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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

Nestled within the majestic Himalayas, the Upper Dolpo Trek offers intrepid adventurers a journey through remote landscapes and cultural treasures that few have experienced. This extraordinary trek, an extension of the lower Dolpo route, leads to the enchanting realm of Shey Gompa and the awe-inspiring Crystal Mountain. Embarking on this 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’s trekking destinations, stretches across approximately 2100 square miles in the northwestern region of the country. This remarkable landscape is punctuated by soaring peaks, pristine valleys, and high-altitude plateaus that capture the essence of the Trans-Himalayan ecosystem. The itinerary weaves 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 a testament to the region’s rich historical tapestry. With Tibetan roots, these inhabitants continue to follow their ancestral traditions and beliefs. Their way of life is closely intertwined with Tibetan Buddhism, making this 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 uphold the ancient animistic Bon Po religion, which predates Buddhism itself and serves as a precursor to the faith as it is known today.

Wildlife Encounters and Natural Wonders

Beyond its cultural treasures, the Upper Dolpo region is home to 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 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, with its Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain highlights, beckons adventurers seeking to tread upon the lesser-known trails of Nepal. This 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.


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

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  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