Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trek

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Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking, an adventure towards Nepal Far Wild Western Himalaya into complete wilderness of pristine and unspoiled country, where very few trekkers and adventurer often visits this awesome areas of Upper Dolpo.

A great opportunity for trekkers to explore this hidden areas of Upper and Inner Dolpo within tranquil environment and visiting traditional Dolpo villages of immense culture and age-old traditions life similar to Tibetans across its border beyond Upper Dolpo areas.

Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking areas, which was once exposed to the outside world from the famous classic novel by Peter Mattessian called ‘Snow Leopard; the book published in early 1980’s and then a famous French and Nepalese joint venture movies called Himalaya which was nominated as best foreign film in 1999.

Beside good exposure of this remote country still remains unexplored and least traveled where you can walk into a world of its own on Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking in the land of snow leopard, blue sheep within ancient Bon (pre Buddhism) and Buddhist villages of immense culture that fascinates you on this beautiful journey and adventure.

Starting with sweeping flight to Nepal South West at Nepalgunj and then flying to Dolpo, where our walks starts entering into Nepal largest Shey Phoksumdo National Park to reach at beautiful turquoise Phoksumdo Lake around Ringmo village.

Walk leads further north crossing high Kang-La pass to reach our goal and highlight of the adventure at mysterious and isolated Shey Gompa or Crystal monastery with crystal Mountain nearby, explore the hidden religious treasure of the monastery of great interest with grand views of peaks and landscapes.

Return journey leads crossing few high passes to inner Dolpo at Saldang-Tokyu and
Dho Tarap village and walk into wide scenic Dho Tarap valley after visiting interesting villages and monasteries towards historical Tarakot village.

From Tarakot a short drive reaches you at Dunai, the headquarter town of Dolpo and then to Jhupal for sweeping flight back to Kathmandu with overwhelming adventure and high experience on  Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotel and lodge and camping on treks.
  • Total Trip : 25 Nights & 26 Days
  • Higest Point : Crossing over Kang-la above 5,350 m high
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous to Challenging in snow condition.
  • Season : April to November months includes monsoon wet months (as Dolpo falls on rain shadow areas with less rains)
  • Trekking : 21 Nights & 22 Days (With flight to and from Jhupal-Kathmandu)

Day 01:            Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour afternoon fly to Nepalgunj.
Day 03:            Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 hrs.
Day 04:            Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05:            Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 06:            Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.
Day 07:            Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake for local excursion.
Day 08:            Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,750 m- 05 hrs.
Day 09:            Trek to Phuksumdo Bhanjyang 4,717 m - 04 hrs.
Day 10:            Cross Kang-La at 5,350 m high and trek to Shey Gompa 4,160 m via -06 hrs.
Day 11:            Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.
Day 12:            Trek to Namgung 4,608 m via Sela (Gela) La 5,094m.
Day 13:            Trek to Saldang 3,770 m - 05 hours.
Day 14:            Trek to Chagaon 4,910 m - 05 hrs.
Day 15:            Trek to Rakyo 4,160 m via Darshamna Dovan - 06 hrs.        
Day 16:            Trek to camp at 4,542m after Jyanta Bhanjyang 5,231 m - 06 hrs.
Day 17:            Trek to Murjung 4,965 m - 06 hrs.
Day 18:            Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090m-06 hrs.
Day 19:            Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040m- 05 hrs.
Day 20:            Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.
Day 21:            Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 - 06 hours.
Day 22:            Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.
Day 23:            Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 24:            Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 25:            In Kathmandu free day with optional tour.
Day 26:            International departure for home ward bound

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.

On reaching Kathmandu via various respective airlines, walk to airport terminal exit, here our guide and staff receives you with warm greeting and then transfer into car or coach (depending upon group size) for short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.

 

On reaching your hotel check into your rooms, after rest and refreshment join in the main hall or lobby to join with other members of Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking for briefing of treks with do's and don'ts.

 

Evening includes welcome group dinner in a nice restaurant introducing you with typical Nepali cuisine with folk dance program of all parts of Nepal as entertainment.

 

Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour afternoon fly to Nepalgunj.
Morning activities starts after breakfast, where our city guide will accompany you to interesting World Heritage Sites in our wonderful sightseeing tour, after lunch transfer to airport for the flight to Nepalgunj around Far Southern West Nepal.

 

On reaching at Nepalgunj airport, then transfer to respective hotels with time for walk around the city of Nepalgunj which is close to India border of UP (Utter Pradesh). 

 

Day 03:            Fly to Jhupal 2,320 m then trek to Dunai 2,850m – 03 hrs.
Early breakfast for another short flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, at Jhupal join with our trekking staff and trek to Dunai for overnight stop, walk leads through interesting farm villages and farm lands with views of snow capped peaks in the distance in Jhupal in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 04:            Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.
After overnight at Dunai, morning walk leads into market to cross a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then climb over a ridge to Phuksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak, from here trek leads downhill passing spread out houses with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera a small cattle herders settlements. From here a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri  Hindu people, then downhill into thick forest to reach overnight camp at Chhepka near Ankhe, a small village by the entrance of Shey Phuksumdo National Park.

Day 05:            Trek to Sumdu / Sulighat village 3,500m -06 hrs.
From Chhepka morning walk with short climb and descend through forest reaching a river bank, from here climb on leaving the forest, from the top walk downhill to forested area leading upstream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek  further to Sumdu near Sulighat village for overnight stop.

Day 06:            Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,500 m - 05 hours.
Morning walk leads to our first destination at Phuksumdo Lake after Pungmo Kholas valley  and crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach at upper side of Phokshindo Khola, after a  short break continue walk to Ringmo village, an interesting, attractive Tibetan like village with mud plastered chhorten and Mani (prayer) walls.

From here a short walk to Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp by the shore of beautiful turquoise Phoksumdo Lake.

Day 07:            Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake for local excursion.
A perfect place for free and rest day, just relax and marvel the beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, or visit this interesting Ringmo village and walk to the lake side.

Day 08:            Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,640 m- 05 hrs.
From this lovely place morning walk starts to higher area of upper Dolpo region to our another highlight and final destination of this awesome journey walk follows to contour around rocky ledge over the river bank on the unsteady path, then approaching at the western side the lake through a summer pasture which opens into a wide plain of Phoksumdo Khola for the overnight camp by the river shore.

Day 09:            Trek to Phoksumdo Bhanjyang - 07 hrs.
After a nice walk of previous day, today’s morning trek begins on a good path leading northern area of Phoksumdo Khola and then walking up on the hill slopes, after a steep uphill to reach at a ridge top with impressive scenery of wide green valley and looking over Kang-La pass that leads to Shey Gompa, setting the camp for the night stop on this nice green summer pasture.

Day 10:            Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m via Kang-La 5,360 m -06 hrs.
Morning walk starts to our main destination at Shey Gompa which the high lights of this adventure after Phoksumdo Lake, trek continues with a climb on stone and rocky path to cross Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, highest point of this adventure.

The top offers super views of landscapes with snow clad peaks including Mt. Dhaulagiri.

After reaching the top ridge, descend to the bottom of the hill leading by the river then across cattle herder camps, after a short stop continue towards Buddhist prayer monument Chortens and Mani.

After a great walk reaching at Shey Gompa located beneath Crystal Mountain regarded as a Holy Mountain with an old monastery nearby.

Day 11:            Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.
A perfect place for rest day in this high mountain area, in the harmony of nature and chanting of monks, visit Shey Monastery also known Crystal Monastery, this area is well described in the novel Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.

Day 12:            Trek to Namduna Gaon 4,800m via Saldang La 5,200m.
From this wonderful place, our journey continuous into a wall canyon, trail meanders atop Saldang-la, offering great views of landscapes and of Mt. Dhaulagiri peaks, downhill on the grazing area with pleasant walk to Namduna Gaon for overnight stop.

Day 13:            Trek to Saldang 3,620 m -05 hours.
After a stop in this village walk on dusty windswept terrain, leading to steep uphill to reach our overnight camp at Saldang, another impressive large village of the region, situated higher side of the plateau.

Day 14:            Trek to Chagaon 3,960 m - 05 hrs visit Rapa Gompa.
From here, morning walk following river Nang chu all the way with short ups and down and then passing few cattle herders settlement, and then heading to our overnight camp at Chagaon a small village with an old Rapa Gomba of pre Buddhist Bon-Pa culture.

Day 15:            Trek to Rakyo 4,160 m via Darshamna Dovan - 06 hrs.    
Morning walking on main route, then taking South West direction to Rakyo beyond, after crossing the same trail following river through farm fields, and then walk into Darshama Dovan another village of farmers and cattle herders, from here walk leads to pasture land at Rakyo for overnight camp.

Day 16:            Trek to camp at 4,542m after Jyanta Bhanjyang 5,231 m - 06 hrs.
Today walk leads away from human settlement and villages to camp in complete wilderness, heading higher but due south with incredible views of Dolpo vast windswept landscapes around isolated area. Walk leads over Jyanta Bhanjyang or a pass at 5,231 m one of the highest pass of this adventure after Kang-la and then heading downhill to camp around pasture field at about 4,542 meters high.

Day 17:            Trek to Murjung 4,965 m - 06 hrs.
After nice stop in this summer pasture area walk follows a small stream for short while, and then encountering yaks and mules laden caravan on route Tibet, trade with Tibet exists since hundreds of years, and this walking route lies on the old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route.
Finally this fine walk ends at Murjung a small interesting village for overnight.

Day 18:            Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090m-06 hrs.
From Murjung, morning starts with steep climb to reach a ridge with tremendous views of massive Mt. Dhaulagiri range, from here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River, after an easy walk for hours reaching at Tokyu -Gaon for overnight, this is one of the most impressive and interesting village of Dolpo area, consist of more than ten villages and nice tended farm fields with an old monasteries.

Day 19:            Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040m- 05 hrs.
After Tokyu-Gaon, morning starts with downhill walk towards Tarap Chu on broader green valley, this is one of the scenic wide valleys with lots of Sheppard’s settlements of Yaks and Sheep, and walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, this is another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill people.

Day 20:            Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.
From here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls heading due south following the trail after Sisaul and small place of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.

Day 21:            Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.
Today walks on Tarap nice valley, as the trail enter into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might see some wild life like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals.

As the walk progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of about 6 hours.

Day 22:            Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.
Starting the morning walk, passing smaller villages and then into a small wooded area, following river all the way at Tarakot, a large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village.
Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is placed.

Day 23:            Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.
After a great time at Tarakot, our last day walk leads to Dunai for short while and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Morning starts following many spread out villages and farmers huts, walking on wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai, on reaching Dunai time permitting having lunch. From here jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 24:            Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotels.
Morning a short flight to Nepalgunj airport, and the connecting another scenic flight to reach Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience on Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking, landing at Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping.

Day 25:            In Kathmandu free and spare day for individual activities.
A free and relaxing day in Kathmandu, relax and enjoy with individual activities shopping souvenirs or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour.

Day 26:            International departure for homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal the country of Himalaya wonders, depart from the hotel as per your international flight for homeward bound or to your next destination country, our staff transfer you with farewell garland or Buddhist silk scarf 'Khada' for your safe and good journey, after a wonderful memories of Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa Trekking.

Trek in Nepal largest Shey Phoksumdo National Park of great interest with wild flora-fauna
On least visited areas by other trekkers into an old caravan route of Dolpo and Tibet
Fantastic panorama of rolling green hills and mountains with deep wide valleys
From green forested areas to windswept and arid-barren country in the high land of Dolpo
Explore Upper and Inner Dolpo villages of interesting culture of medieval times and traditions
Crossing high, scenic Kangla pass to remote and isolated Crystal Monastery of isolated Shey