Kathmandu to Juphal

Traveling from Kathmandu to Juphal is an amazing journey to Dolpo’s peaceful and scenic area. You start your journey from Kathmandu and travel to Nepalgunj, a pleasant town near the border with India. Juphal is the entry point to Dolpo, a secluded region well-known for its pristine natural beauty and traditional Tibetan culture.

Dolpo region has excellent hiking trails that take you through deep valleys, steep mountain passes, and stunning scenery like Phoksundo Lake. The trip from Kathmandu to Jupal shows you Nepal’s different scenery and provides insight into the distinctive lifestyle of the people of Dolpo.

Destination Juphal: Gateway to Shey Poksundo

Juphal is a small village in western Nepal that is the starting point for the trip to the Shey Phoksundo region. It lies at 2,500 meters. Breathtaking mountains and valleys surround the village. You must travel to Juphal to begin your trek to Shey Phoksundo, home to the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake and the old Shey Gompa monastery. The region is famous for its stunning natural beauty and traditional Tibetan culture. 

Juphal is the starting point for entering Dolpo. You can go to Phoksundo Lake, a stunning turquoise-blue lake surrounded by majestic snowy mountains in the Shey Phoksundo region. If you’re up for an adventure, consider hiking to Shey Phoksundo National Park. The area has a wide variety of flora and fauna.  It’s home to endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and Himalayan black bear. There are valuable bird species like wood snipe, Tibetan partridge, etc.

You can also discover Tibetan culture. The locals live traditionally Tibetan, and you can learn about the Bon religion and its link to Buddhism. You can also visit ancient monasteries like Shey Gompa, built in the 11th century, and Thashung Gompa, built about 900 years ago. 

Kathmandu to Juphal by Vehicle 


One of the most popular and affordable ways to reach Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Tourist buses leave from Kathmandu and are often more pleasant than local buses. Long-distance buses include reclining seats and, in certain cases, air conditioning. A one-way trip from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj costs between NPR 2,000 and 3,000 per person. The journey takes around 10-12 hours and covers over 500 kilometers. The road travels through gorgeous scenery and tiny villages, providing you with a look at Nepalese rural life.


Hiring a Jeep is an excellent choice if you want a flexible and quicker journey. You can hire private jeeps directly or through the travel agencies in Kathmandu. Hiring a private jeep from Kathmandu depends on the vehicle type, negotiation, and season. Shared jeeps are also available, where you can share the cost. The travel time by jeep is similar to buses, taking approximately 10-12 hours depending on the road conditions. If you book a jeep with us, we provide direct service to from Kathmandu to Jhupal at NPR 110,000.00.

Accommodation options in Jhupal

In Jhupal, accommodation options are simple and cozy. You can stay in guest houses or lodges that offer basic rooms with beds and shared bathrooms. These places often provide typically local Nepali foods. Some of them might have Wi-Fi also. The teahouses are similar, offering similar amenities and providing a friendly atmosphere for trekkers. Electricity is generally available through solar power, with limited charging facilities. For a more adventurous experience, camping is possible with your gear. You can experience the rural charm of Dolpo and meet locals while exploring this beautiful part of Nepal.


The trip from Kathmandu to Juphal is an exciting adventure involving taking you through beautiful scenery. Whether you travel by bus or jeep, reaching Juphal gives you an unforgettable experience. You can visit different places and enjoy the surrounding environment while exploring this place. No matter what means of transportation you book, we offer a greater value service to you.


How do I go to Dolpo from Kathmandu?

You can get Dolpa from Kathmandu via jeep, which costs NPR 110,000. The distance between Kathmandu and Dolpa is 265 kilometers. However, the roads are slightly off-road, having bumps in many sections.

How to reach Dunai Dolpo?

To reach Dunai in Dolpo from Kathmandu without flying, take a bus or jeep from Kathmandu to Surkhet. Then, continue by road to Jajarkot and trek through Dolpo’s rugged terrain to reach Dunai.

Where is the starting point of the Phoksundo Lake trek?

The starting point of the Phoksundo Lake trek is Juphal. It is a small village in the Dolpo region. From Juphal, you typically follow the trail through Dunai and Shey Phoksundo National Park to reach the stunning Phoksundo Lake.

How hard is Shey Phoksundo Trek?

The Shey Phoksundo Trek is a short and easy trek that takes you to Nepal’s biggest and most stunning lake. It usually takes 7 days from Kathmandu, but the length can change based on how much you can walk daily. 


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