The Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa brings you into a mystical land where centuries old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions, interwoven with shamanistic influences, are still an important part of daily life. The villages, gompas and people you meet during this trek will leave an unforgettable impression on you. The landscapes here are even more desolate than on the Dolpa Circuit and the villages even more isolated and authentic.
The trail leads to Shey Gompa which is often referred to as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo. It’s a magical place situated at the base of Crystal Mountain. Crystal Mountain itself is a well-visited pilgrimage site visited by hundreds of pilgrims each year who make a kora (circuit) around the mountain.
This is quite a strenuous hike. You have to cross three high passes, Nagdalo La (5350 m), the Shey La (5010 m) and Jeng La (5220 m). These crossings involve long climbs and long descents. The trails linger above 4000 m for long periods of time which results in very cold nights. That being said, the unforgettable landscapes, the views from the passes and the rare insight into a preserved culture makes it all worth it.
Upper Dolpo is a restricted area, for which a fee is charged of US$ 500 for the first 10 days, and US$ 50 for each additional day. The relatively high trekking permit fee limits the number of trekkers that visit Upper Dolpo, making this trek a very special and exclusive experience.
Leaving from Kathmandu it’s a 21 days trip, but it can be shortened or extended depending on how many hours of walking you fit into your days. There are basic guesthouses in Juphal, Dunai, Kageni, Chhepka, close to Sanduwa (next to the Amchi Hospital), Ringmo, Shey, Saldang, Dho and Lingdo. At the other places you have to camp (day 7, 10-14, 16 and 17 of this itinerary).
Duration: 21 Days
Max Attitude: 5350 m.
Seasons: April, May, September, October
Accommodation: Camping/Teahouse/Lodge, Homestay
Start Point: Juphal
End Point: Juphal
Level of Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: Min. 2 & Max.15
Restricted Area Trekking Permits (for Upper Dolpo $500 for 10 days and $50 for each additional day and $20 for Lower Dolpo), issued by the Immigration Office in Kathmandu and Shey-Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. Also available at the National Park entry point for a fee of NRS 3390 (subject to change)
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Day 2: Flight Nepalgunj - Juphal (2475 m), trek to Shyanta (2520 m) or Chhepka (2838 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 3: Shyanta/Chhepka (2838 m) - Chunuwar near Amchi Hospital (3110 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Chunuwar (3110 m) - Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) 3 hrs
Day 5: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m). Rest day and visit to Bon Gompa.
Day 6: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) - Forest Camp beyond Sallaghari (3730 m) 6 hrs
Day 7: Forest Camp (3730 m) - Kang La Low Camp (4400 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 8: Kang La Low Camp (4400 m) - Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Nagdalo-La (Kang La) (5350 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Shey Gompa (4310 m). Rest day.
Day 10: Shey Gompa (4310 m) - Namgung (4430 m) via Shey-La (5010 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Namgung (4430 m) - Saldang (4060 m) 3-4 hrs
Day 12: Saldang (4060 m) - Chagaon (3840 m) 4 hrs
Day 13: Chagaon (3840 m) - Jyanta-La Base Camp (4550 m) 7 hrs
Day 14: Jyanta-La Base Camp (4550 m) - Tokyu (4210 m) via Jyanta-La/Jeng-La (5220 m) 7 hrs Day 15: Tokyu (4210 m) - Dho Tarap (4080 m) 2-3hrs
Day 16: Dho Tarap (4080 m) - Toltol (3523 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Toltol (3523 m) - Laina Odar (3370 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 18: Laina Odar (3370 m) - Lingdo (2390 m) 6 hrs
Day 19: Lingdo (2390 m) - Dunai (2140 m) 5 hrs
Day 20: Dunai (2140 m) - Juphal (2475 m) 3-4 hrs
Day 21: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with GHUMNAJAU.COM. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
23 Sep 2018
13 Oct 2018
- 20 Nights accommodation in Teahouse/Lodge during trekking.
- All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner). Pokhara.
- All surface transportation as per itinerary
- Flight Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Juphal –Roundtrip.
- All Travel permits ( Upper Dolpa Restricted Area permit, Lower Dolpa permit, TIMS & National Park entry fees)
- English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Insurance for the staff
- Medical insurance for the client
- All applicable government taxes.
- Accommodation & Meal in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses
- Health & Rescue Insurance
- International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
- Gratuities for Staff