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Nomadic Upper Dolpo Trek with Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain View

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

Exploring the Enigmatic Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain: Upper Dolpo Trekking Adventure

Navigating the Hidden Gems of Nepal’s Remote Northwestern Wilderness

Nestled within the formidable embrace of the Himalayas, the Upper Dolpo Trek is an odyssey that beckons intrepid adventurers to unravel the secrets of a remote landscape and cultural treasures that few have witnessed. This extraordinary Upper Dolpo Trek, extending the allure of the lower Dolpo route, guides explorers into the enchanting realm of Shey Gompa and the awe-inspiring Crystal Mountain. Embarking on this Upper Dolpo Trekking expedition is akin to stepping into the wild, windswept expanses reminiscent of Tibet while immersing oneself in the unique blend of Tibetan culture, religion, and history that thrives in this secluded corner of Nepal.

Unveiling the Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary

The Upper Dolpo Trek, a true gem among Nepal trekking destinations, sprawls across approximately 2100 square miles in the northwestern region of the country. This remarkable landscape is a mosaic of soaring peaks, pristine valleys, and high-altitude plateaus that capture the essence of the Trans-Himalayan ecosystem. The Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary unfolds through a tapestry of thirty villages and monasteries, each perched at elevations ranging from eleven to fifteen thousand feet, offering an unparalleled view of life at these altitudes.

A Journey Through Time and Culture

The people of the Upper Dolpo region are living relics, testifying to the region’s rich historical tapestry. With roots deeply embedded in Tibet, these inhabitants uphold their ancestral traditions and beliefs. Their way of life is closely intertwined with Tibetan Buddhism, making Upper Dolpo Trek trek a unique opportunity to witness the enduring influence of Tibetan culture on the Nepalese landscape. While the majority practice Tibetan Buddhism, pockets of the area still adhere to the ancient animistic Bon Po religion, a precursor to the faith as it is known today.

Wildlife Encounters and Natural Wonders

Beyond its cultural treasures, the Upper Dolpo Trek hosts a diverse array of wildlife that has adapted to survive in these rugged trekking terrains. Trekkers may catch glimpses of the elusive musk deer, a species on the brink of extinction, as well as the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and Himalayan wolf. The presence of these remarkable creatures adds an element of enchantment to the Upper Dolpo Trek, as explorers traverse through valleys and ascend challenging passes like Numla-Bangla, Kangla, and Chhori La.

Permits and the Road Less Traveled

Embarking on the Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo Camping Trek is a privilege granted to a limited number of trekkers each year due to its restricted status. This exclusivity ensures a truly immersive and unspoiled experience for those who undertake the journey. As trekkers navigate the trails and absorb the natural and cultural wonders that abound, they become part of a select group that has ventured into the heart of this hidden Himalayan treasure.

The Upper Dolpo Trek, adorned with the highlights of Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain, extends a call to adventurers seeking to tread upon the lesser-known trails of Nepal. Upper Dolpo Trek trek offers not only a physical journey through breathtaking landscapes but also a spiritual and cultural voyage through time. As trekkers traverse the challenging terrain, they connect with the region’s past, its resilient people, and the untamed beauty that defines the Upper Dolpo’s allure. This odyssey stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of exploration, inviting those daring enough to embrace the mysteries of the hidden Himalayan wilderness.

Some of the highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek:

    • Phoksundo Lake: One of the main attractions of the Upper Dolpo Trek is Phoksundo Lake, a pristine alpine lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The lake is renowned for its deep blue color and is considered sacred by the locals.
    • Shey Gompa: This ancient monastery is one of the oldest in Dolpo and holds cultural and religious significance.
    • High Passes: The Upper Dolpo Trek involves crossing high passes, such as the Kang La and Shey La, offering stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Remote Villages: The Upper Dolpo Trek takes you through remote villages where you can experience the traditional lifestyle of the Dolpo people, who have strong Tibetan cultural influences.

Altitude: The Upper Dolpo Trek reaches high altitudes, so acclimatization is crucial. Proper acclimatization days are usually included in the itinerary to help trekkers adjust to the thin air.

Logistics: Due to the remote nature of the trek, it’s advisable to hire a guide and, if needed, porters. Local trekking agencies can arrange logistics, permits, and provide valuable insights into the region.


Upper Dolpo Day to Day Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, our friendly representative from Parikrama Treks will warmly greet you in front of the Arrival gate, displaying a distinctive sign. From there, you will be comfortably transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Free Day and Trek Preparation

Take advantage of a leisure day to explore the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, join our pre-trip departure meeting where you’ll meet your trek guide and fellow team members. Get briefed  for Upper Dolpo Trek, team logistics, equipment, the nature of peak climbing, and other essential details for the upcoming adventure.

Day 3: Flight to Nepalgunj – (150m)

Embark on an exciting one-hour flight to Nepalgunj, offering spectacular views of the Himalayan range, including Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Enjoy the comparatively warmer climate as Nepalgunj is located near the Indian border.

Day 4: Flight to Juphal – 2475m and Trek to Dunai

Fly to Juphal in the morning for a breathtaking 45-minute journey with stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After reaching Juphal, set out on an easy walk to Dunai.

Day 5: Dunai – Chhepka (2630 m) 6h

Walk Cross the Bheri River, taking the left trail to Shulighat, the entry point of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The trail follows the Phoksundo Khola, leading to Chhepka.

Day 6: Chhepka – Chunuwar (3170 m) 6h

Walk Gradually ascend through the forest, crossing small bridges to Raichi for lunch. Experience a dramatic point where two rivers merge, continuing to Chunuwar.

Day 7: Chunuwar – Phoksundo Lake (3620m) 4h

Walk Ascend steeply for three hours, passing the highest waterfall in Nepal. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake. Descend through a pine forest to the village of Ringmo.

Day 8: Acclimatization and Exploration Day

Take a day to admire the beauty of Phoksundo Lake, exploring the small village of Ringo and its Tibetan monasteries.

Day 9: Phoksundo Lake – Forest Camp (3640m) 6h

Walk Enter Upper Dolpo, following the trail featured in the Oscar-nominated movie “HIMALAYA.” Trek through a dense forest and open valley with a view of Kanjirowa Himal, camping at a beautiful spot.

Day 10: Salla Ghari – Base Camp (4120m) 6h

Walk Navigate a unique trail with high rock walls, crossing streams and reaching an open space by the river.

Day 11: Base Camp – Kang-La Pass – Shey Gompa (4320m) 7h

Walk Climb steeply to Kang-La Pass at 5350 meters, descending to Shey Gompa.

Day 12: Rest Day – Shey Gompa, the Crystal Monastery

Explore Tsakang Gompa, a meditation center, and Shey Gompa, known for its ancient Buddhist culture.

Day 13: Shey Gompa – Namgung (4430m) 6h

Walk Cross Shey-La Pass at 5000 meters, with a challenging descent to Namgung.

Day 14: Namgung – Saldang (4046m) 4h

Walk Climb steeply to a 4700-meter pass, then descend to the picturesque village of Saldang.

Day 15: Saldang – Sibu (4000m) 6h

Walk Pass through terraced fields, monasteries, and villages, crossing a knee-deep river to reach the campsite.

Day 16: Sibu – Jeng-La Base Camp (4480 m) 5h

Walk Approach the last pass of the journey, walking along a river and entering barren hills.

Day 17: Jengla Base Camp – Jeng-La Pass – Dho-Tarap (4200m) 7h

Walk Cross the last pass, enjoying Himalayan views, and descend to Dho-Tarap, the highest village in Dolpo.

Day 18: Dho-Tarap – Serkam (3630m) 7h

Walk Descend along the Tarap River, passing through narrow gorges and seeing modern improvements in the trail.

Day 19: Serkam – Shahar Tara (2280m) 5h

Walk Walk through a windy gorge and dense forest, navigating rocky stones and uneven terrain.

Day 20: Shahar Tara – Dunai (2109m) 5h

Walk Enjoy an easy walk along the river, gradually ascending and descending, leading to Dunai.

Day 21: Dunai – Juphal (2404m) 3h

Walk Retrace your steps to Juphal along a motorable road, passing through Kala Gouda.

Day 22: Juphal – Nepalganj – Kathmandu

Take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj and then connect to a flight back to Kathmandu, enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayan foothills.

Day 23: Free Day in Kathmandu

Use this day as a security day or explore the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu if your travel goes as planned.

Day 24: Final Departure

You will be transferred to the airport three hours before your scheduled flight for your journey back home. 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)
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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
Upper Dolpo Trek Map