Dolpa to Rara Trek via Shey Gompa

23 Days

$ 2863.00

The Dolpa to Rara Trek leads you from the barren landscapes of Dolpa via Shey Gompa into the vast, thick alpine forests around Rara Lake. The trail will lead you by two stunning lakes, the emerald green Phoksundo Lake and pristine Rara Lake, the biggest lake in Nepal.

Along the way you will pass by Shey Gompa, 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 visited by hundreds of pilgrims each year who make a kora (circuit) around the mountain. We like to think of it as Dolpo’s own version of Mount Kailash.

The Dolpa to Rara Trek is a strenuous hike with four passes above 5,000 meter: Nagdalo La (5350 m), the Nyingma Gyanzen La (5563 m), the Yala La (5414 m) and the Chyargo La (5150 m). On top of that the trail lingers above 4000 meters for quite a while resulting 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.

There are a few basic teahouses along the way but bringing a tent is highly recommended for this trek.



Duration: 23 Days

Max Attitude: 5563 m.

Seasons: March, April, May, September, October, November

Accommodation: Camping/Teahouse/Lodge

Start Point: Juphal

End Point: Talcha Aiport.

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Group Size: Min. 2 & Max.15


Restricted Area trekking permit for Upper Dolpo and Part of Mugu District (issued by the Immigration Office in Kathmandu), entrance fee for Shey Phoksundo National Park and Rara National Park (can be purchased on site or at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu)

View Itinerary

Day 1: Flight Kathmandu - Nepalgunj

Day 2: Flight Nepalgunj - Juphal (2475 m), trek to Shyanta (2520 m) or Chhepka (2830 m) 5-6 hrs

Day 3: Shyanta (2520 m) or 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: Explore Ringmo village and Phoksundo Lake, visit Bon Gompa

Day 6: Ringmo - 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) pass (5350 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 9: Shey Gompa (4343 m). Rest day.

Day 10: Shey Gompa (4343 m) - Bhijer Gaon (3850 m) 8 hrs

Day 11: Bhijer Gaon (3850 m) - Pho (4087 m) via Yambur La pass (4813 m) 9 hrs

Day 12: Pho (4087 m) - Pung Kharka (4650 m) via Nyingma Gyanzen La pass (5563 m) 9 hrs

Day 13: Pung Kharka (4650 m) - Chyandi Khola (4830 m) via Yala La (5414 m) 6 hrs

Day 14: Chyandi Khola (4830 m) - Takla Khola (3785 m) 7 hrs

Day 15: Takla Khola (3785 m) - Thajuchaur (4050 m) via Chyargo La pass (5150 m) 7 hrs

Day 16: Thajuchaur (4050 m) - Shilenchaura Kharka (2945 m) 6 hrs

Day 17: Shilenchaura Kharka (2945 m) - Tiyar (2418 m) 3-4 hrs

Day 18: Tiyar (2418 m) - Mangri (1950 m) 4 hrs

Day 19: Mangri (1950 m) - Gamgadhi (2095 m) 4 hrs

Day 20: Gamgadhi (2095 m) - Rara Lake (2990 m) 4 hrs

Day 21: Rara Lake (2990 m). Rest day.

Day 22 Rara Lake (2990 m) - Talcha Airport (2200 m) 2-3 hrs walk and flight to Nepalgunj/Surkhet and onward flight to 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.

Start Date
End Date
07 Oct 2018
29 Oct 2018
$ 2863.00

Trip Includes

  • 2 night accommodation at 3 start hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • 20 Nights accommodation in Teahouse/Lodge during this trip.
  • All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner).
  • All surface transportation as per itinerary
  • Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal & Talcha Airpot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • All Travel permits (TIMS & Entrance Rara  & Khaptad National Park fees)
  • English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
  • Comprehensive first aid kits
  • Insurance for the staff
  • All applicable government taxes. 


Trip Excludes

  • Accommodation & Meal in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
  • Gratuities for Staff


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