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Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek - 21 Days

Dolpa district (also referred to as Dolpo) lies in the trans-Himalayan region of north-west Nepal. Dolpo remains as an isolated and one of the remotest areas and is generally dry, cold and sparsely vegetated. A trek through Dolpo will be an experience of lifetime. The major attractions of Dolpo are the wild and pristine landscape, unlike to most other parts of the Nepal Himalayas. The scenery of fascinating ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Phoksundo Lake and remote Buddhist monasteries are the additional highlights. It is a part of the Tibetan Plateau and is still a land of mystery and also well-known as “Ba Yul” or the ‘hidden valley’. Dolpo made open to foreign trekkers since mid-1989 only and then Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa trek program came in operation. The Dolpo region splits between two very distinctive areas as Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo.

Special Permits are necessary to enter both the sections. The finally preserved ecosystem encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife. The park is home to many rare and endangered animal species including the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, Tibetan wolf and 29 species of butterflies including the highest flying butterfly in the world. Trek to Upper Dolpo starts after the Phoksundo Lake and includes a visit to the popular Shey Gompa monastery (4,500m/14,764ft). This region has a long characteristic of mysticism about it. A great Tibetan influence can be experienced while travelling inside Dolpo. The villagers of Tibetan stock are skillful traders taking their yak caravans between Tibet and Nepal. The air strip at Juphal allows access connecting a flight between Nepalgunj and Juphal.

Looking for soft Dolpo trek? Then Lower Dolpo trek would be the right option.

  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Juphal
  • The spectacular view of the Phoksundo Lake
  • Shey Gompa and many other isolated monasteries
  • Some challenging high passes
  • Various species of flora and fauna
  • Panoramic views of the snowy peaks
  • Ancient and lonely villages
  • Enthralling Buddhist culture and traditions
  • Experience of the remoteness of Nepal

Day 1
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, overnight at a hotel.

Day 2
Fly Nepalgunj to Dolpo (Juphal) and trek to Sulighat (2,900m/9,514ft).

Day 3
Trek Sulighat to Rechi (2,940m/9,646ft).

Day 4
Trek Rechi (2,940m/9,646ft) to Ringmogaon (3,600m/11,811ft).

Day 5
Rest day at Ringmogaon for excursion trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,811ft).

Day 6
Trek Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (3,510m/11,516ft).

Day 7
Trek Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,405m/14,452ft).

Day 8
Trek Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa crossing over Kang la pass (5,360m/17,586ft).

Day 9
Rest day at Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,764ft) for excursion.

Day 10
Trek Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaon (4,800m/15,748ft) crossing over Saldang la pass (5,200m/17,061ft).

Day 11
Trek Namduna Gaon to Saldang (4,100m/13,452ft).

Day 12
Trek Saldang to Sibu (4,560m/14,961ft).

Day 13
Trek Sibu to Jeng la Phedi (4,370m/14,337ft).

Day 14
Trek Jeng la Phedi to Dho Tarap (4,050m/13,288ft) crossing over Jeng la pass (4,845m/15,896ft).

Day 15
Rest day at Dho Tarap for excursion.

Day 16
Trek Dho Tarap to Nauri Odar (3,800m/12,467ft).

Day 17
Trek Nauri Odar to Lahini (3,370m/11,056ft).

Day 18
Trek Lahini to Sahartara (2,730m/8,957ft).

Day 19
Trek Sahartara to Dunai (2,150m/7,054ft).

Day 20
Trek Dunai to Juphal (2,400m/7,874ft).

Day 21
Fly Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Cost Includes:

  • Upper and Lower Dolpo special trekking permits
  • Shey-Phoksundo National Park permit
  • A City Hotel in Nepalgunj for one night
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge and at our own kitchen
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge/tents in the mountains
  • Group leader, Cook and kitchen crew for camping period
  • Necessary porters
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Regular flights for Kathmandu-Nepalgunj (KEP)-Juphal-Nepalgunj (KEP)-Kathmandu and ground transfers
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

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