Nomadic Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary With Visit to Shey Gompa Monastary

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27 Nights / 28 Days
Dolpo Region
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 15
Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary, Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain Trekking in the himalaya one of the most remote treks in Nepal is an exotic trek in Nepal. This trek is an extension of the lower Dolpo trek to the Tibetan Plateau. This trek gives the vibes of the same wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet. Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Camping Trek is remote trekking in Nepal on the Himalayas. On this trek one has to cross several passes. Numla- Bangla pass, Kangla pass Chhori la pass are some of it. Upper Dolpo trekking area consists of the Trans-Himalayan ecosystem.

It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles in the northwestern part of Nepal. This region consists of around thirty villages and monasteries. They all lie above eleven to fifteen thousand feet altitude. Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Trek is in Nepal but, its people, race, religion, and culture, are Tibetan. They are Tibetan Buddhists descended from nomadic tribes. In this area around the tenth century, they came and started their settlement.

In fact, people living in certain pockets of the region practice Bon Po. It is an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism. It is also believed that it is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer. One might get to see it along the trails. Blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and the Himalayan wolf are also found in Dolpo.

Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Camping Trek is also one of the hidden trekking destinations.  It is a restricted area with limited permits service for trekkers to enjoy in a year.


Upper Dolpo Day to Day Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu.

Meet Parikrama Treks representative and transfer to Hotel. A short briefing about Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Trek in the lobby.

Day 02: Trekking preparation day.

Today is a free day fr buy and hire fo remaining item for the trek.

Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj ( 150 m)

We take a morning flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj lies in the southwestern part of Nepal a steaming hot city.

Day 04: Flight to Juphal (2475 m / 35 min)

We take a flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. During the flight, we get to see beautiful views of snowcapped mountains. Juphal is a small mountain village.

Day 05: Juphal to Chhepka (2838m / 6 hrs)

Our trek start with a descend through wheat and vegetable field to reach Thuli Bheri River. We will follow Suli Khola viewing a part of the Dhaulagiri Range. Trekking on this trail we pass through the pine tree line spruce. At the end of the day, we will reach Cheep Ka, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field.

Day 06: Trek Chhepka to Palam (3820m / 7 hrs)

To reach Palma, we have to pass through the beautiful forest, following a river.

Day 07: Trek Chhepka to Phoksundo Lake (3620m / 4 hrs)

It takes about 4 hrs to reach Phoksundo Lake. Before reaching the top, we can enjoy Nepal’s highest waterfall. It is a spectacular waterfall of 107m high known as the Phoksundo waterfall. It is also known as sunlight waterfall.

Day 08: Exploring Day

We should have rest at least one day to admire the beauty of Phoksundo Lake. One can visit nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist religion.

Day 09: Trek to Salla Ghari (3640m / 6 hrs)

This day, we will enter the restricted area of Upper Dolpo. This trail has a history among peoples of Dolpo as a trade route Tibetans. We will have to descend first and ascend through a wide valley. It will let us have a spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal (66612m). Then we will reach an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lakeside camp.

Day 10: Trek Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa (4120m / 6 hrs)

Today we will have Salla Ghari, trekking through between high rock walls. It covers both sides and crossing a couple of streams.

Day 11: Trek Lar Tsa to Shey Gompa (4320m / 8 hrs)

We will start the trek by a long and strenuous climb of about 2 and a half hrs over a dusty path to Kang La (5350m). We have to descend through pass covered with snow which is very steep. Furthermore, after 3 hrs we will reach Shey Gompa, a very small village with a couple of houses and Gompa.

Day 12: Rest Day – Shey Gompa

We can explore around Tsakang Gompa. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley.

Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namgun (4430m / 6 hrs)

We have to cross the pass Sheyla which is about 5000m. After through pass, we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung.

Day 14: Trek Namgun to Saldan (4046m / 3 hrs)

Our Trek to Saldang starts with climbing a slope. We have to ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to the picturesque village of Saldang. It takes us to a plateau high above the Nam Khong Nala and the biggest villages of the lower Dolpo area.

Day 15: Trek Saldan to Sibu (4000m / 6 hrs)

We will leave Saldang village and on way to Sibu we have to pass through terraced fields. Stupas, Chortens mani, and a Chaiba monastery are some of today’s highlights. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having four hundred inhabitants.

Day 16: Trek to the foot of the Jengla (4480m / 5 hrs)

We will follow the line of the river valley and the trail is easy going.

Day 17: Trek Sibu to Tokyo Gaon (4240m / 7 hrs)

To reach Tokyo Gaon we have to cross the Jeng La which is about 4850m. It will take about 2 hrs climb to reach the top of Jeng La. Form the top of the peak we can have good views of Dhaulagiri. In the morning Dhaulagiri gives beautiful goldy views. Finally, we hear from Tokyo gaon.

Day 18: Trek Tokyo Gaon to Dho Tarap (4200m / 2 hrs)

Today, we will walk east along the downward lower of Tarap Chu.

Day 19: Trek Dho Tarap to Serkam (3623ft / 7 hrs)

One may see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep, and goats today. You will also see people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter.

Day 20: Trek Serkam to Tarakot (2280m / 5 hrs)

You leave Khanigoan by the new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river. The famous Sandul gompa.

Day 21: Trek Tarakot to Dunai (2109m / 5 hrs)

Today most of the path follows downhill of the Himalayas. All too soon you have reached the village of Dunai and the campsite you used before.

Day 22: Trek to Juphal (2404 m / 3 hrs)

You now retrace your steps to Juphal.

Day 23: Flight from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

Early morning flight to Nepalganj.

Day 24: Free day ( In case of flight canceled)

Today is free to relax this long journey of Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Trek.

Day 25: Final Departure

Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Trek Journey Ends.

Cost Details

Upper Dolpo Trekking Cost

TREK COST: USD 3,890.00 per person on Twin Sharing room accommodation
Single Supplement: USD 500 per person
Extra: KTM – Nepalgunj – Dolpo Airfare US$ 354 Per Person
Extra: Juphal – Nepalgunj – KTM Airfare US$ 320 Per Person

Service Highlight

  1. Guarantee first flight (As per the detail in Itinerary)
For 2023
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Sep: 25, 22 Mar: 18, 14
Sep: 25, 22


Price Includes

  • All land transfer, arrival and departure as per the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast on Twin sharing basis as per the itinerary
  • Food during the trek 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in specified local lodges or prepared by our cook
  • Tea and coffee (cup) three times daily on trek
  • An english speaking experienced & professional trekking guide license holder
  • Porters (1 porter carries the luggage up to 25 kgs of 2 participants during the trek)
  • City tours as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking tour guide and all land transportation with private car/jeep/van
  • All necessary trekking and climbing related permit including TIMS and National Park Entrance fee Insurance, proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass and daily wages with food allowanes for all trekking staff
  • While camping accommodation in 2 men Tents supported with dinning tent, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent, Shower tent, Table, chairs and Mattressq
  • Necessary kitchen utensils

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner while at Kathmandu stay
  • Personal gears and expenses of personal nature and Personal medical and travel insurance emergency evacuation
  • Hard and any form of soft drinks, tea/coffee(pot size)
  • All confectionary and snacks, Charges for desserts including shower and boiled drinking water, Phone calls, Laundry and alcoholic beverages etc
  • Any airfare: Domestic, International departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
  • Unforeseen cost due to landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather,etc
  • Tips and Gratitude for Guides and Porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section