Shey Gompa - Upper Dolpo Trekking

Trip Overview
  • Duration 27 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major Attractionviews of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Kanjiroba, Himalayan blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

Several high passes cross 5000 meters, where the trail takes strenuous ascents and bestows impressive views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Kanjiroba, et cetera. Today's culture in small villages, which remains in its traditional form, makes the trek special. The SheyPhoksundo National Park conserves various rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. Wildlife species like Himalayan blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, et cetera, and highland vegetation form a unique attraction. 

Shey Gompa - Upper Dolpo Trekking is a strenuous endeavor that sweeps past unimaginable natural beauty and age-old traditional Buddhist and Bonpo villages. Desolate landscapes with isolated villages still follow shamanism, untouched by external influences passed along the journey. In the fairytale-like Crystal Mountain, SheyGompa resides as the spiritual center for Upper Dolpo and is a revered pilgrimage site. The Upper Dolpo region requires special permits, making this trek even more exclusive.

We fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal. Dunai is a short trek from Jhupal, passing through terraced fields and the Bheri River. Hankhe, our next stop is the entrance to SheyPhoksundo. Passing forests, grassy slopes, and narrow trails along the river, we cross Regi and then head to the Buddhist village of Ringmo with Phoksundo Lake nearby. We stop here one more day and take a short hike to the RingmoGompa. Climbing a rocky ledge to reach an altitude of 4060m and then descending along with alpine vegetation, we settle down and the campsite of Chunemba. Passing a ridge that gives spectacular mountain views with valleys below, we reach LarTsa. Following similar trails, we get to Mendok Din, after which we go to the ancient SheyGompa village. Next, the trail passes Saldang La pass(5010m) and descends through yak grazing pasture lands to NamdoGaon and Saldang. We follow small settlements and this least explored territory by taking barren wind-eroded terrain following the Nang Chu river. We reach YangjeerGompa. Climbing to Musigaon and further on to Lnag La, we take a descent to Tinjagaon. Next, we cross Charka pass(5036m) and Sangda pass(5490m), camping along the way in the subsequent days. The rest of the journey is a gradual descent to Yak Kharka, Sangda village, and Jomsom, where we take a flight to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. 

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We will arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Then, you can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, et cetera, is also arranged as per request.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On the third day, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a city on plain terrain. We can enjoy the rickshaw ride around the city or visit the famous Bageshwori temple.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We fly from Nepalgunj above the plains of Terai, Across the Chure hills, past the Mahabharat range, to land at the Juphal airport of Dolpo. Our trek begins right after we meet our team in Juphal. It’s an easy walk to Dunai and takes a couple of hours, so we stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2230m

The trail takes a suspension bridge and turns west. After a climb along the hills of ThuloBheri Valley, we reach the Phoksundo River Valley. Next, we move towards the entrance to the SheyPhoksundo National Park and reach Hankhe, where we stay overnight in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2660m

Climbing and descending along small hills, the forested route reaches the river. As we continue through the ascent above the river, the forest area slowly thins out to reach Regi, where we stay overnight in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • 2950m

On the seventh day, our trek continues from Regi. Continuing through the valley floor, we ascend past the confluence of Phoksundo and Pongma River. The steep and narrow trail that climbs eastward leads to Ringmo. Finally, the path reaches the ridge of the 3730m, from where we can see approximately 200m high waterfall and a few hours further. Finally, we reach the bank of Phoksundo Lake.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • 3660m

Today is the rest day for acclimatization. On this day, we explore most of the aspects of Shey Phoksundo Lake. A walk along the bank of the lake is peaceful and scenic. We can view the medieval Phoksundo village, RingmoGompa, and Thasung Chholing Gompo built approximately 60 generations ago.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3660m

The next day we continued our trek through rocky ledge to the crest at 4060m, following the steep trail. The trail further leads through birch and blue pine forest. The course further leads through birch and blue pine forest to PhoksundoKhola and Chophu. Walking further in 5 hours, the indistinct trail covered with bushes and shrub trees, we reach our campsite known as Chunemba.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 3630m

We leave our campsite in Chunemba and follow the trail along the bank of PhoksundoRiver, then to the steep valley up north. We walk past the ridge to reach a few groves of birch. The views of mountains and valleys are beautiful while descending to the campsite at Lar-Tsa at 4120m.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 hours
  • 4120m

Our trek begins with an ascent of around 500m and an immediate 130m downhill. The trail passes across the bridges up to 4490m past grass ridge. Finally, we reach our campsite at Mendok Din.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3 hours
  • 4610m

Today’s trek will last for approximately 7 hours until we reach SheyGompa. There are two routes; the first is by herdsmen called Dolmala, and the second is by pilgrims known as Sehu. We can enjoy the scenic beauty while descending the trail. Eventually, we reach the ancient Shey Gompa monastery.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 7 hours
  • 4390m

Today is the thirteenth day of our trek, and we take a rest and explore the places. Shey Gompa, believed to have been built 800 years ago, is an ancient scroll with Padmasambhava, Shakyamuni Buddha, and Milepara. This Gompa is not so huge and lacks rich decorations with artifacts and paintings.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4390m

The trail descends through juniper forests and then takes a zigzag ascent along a rough path to Saldang La. We descend to NamdoGaon and ascend again along the trail for a few hours to reach Saldang, where we tent for the night.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 hrs

Further north, we take a path less trodden by trekkers. After taking a trail along the Nang Chu River, we walk past the Panzang River to finally reach the YangjeerGompa, where we stay overnight in a tent.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 hrs
  • 3890m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6hrs
  • 4270m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6hrs.
  • 3950m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6hrs
  • 4150m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6hrs
  • 4550m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 7hrs.
  • 4180m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6/7 hrs
  • 5110m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • 4780m

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5hrs
  • 3909m

Crossing the hill behind Sangda, the trail continues through scenic ridges and descends into the Kali Gandaki Valley. We pass the large village of Phalek, climb another ridge and take a rough descent along a rocky trail to Jomsom. Overnight stay in a camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3/4hrs
  • 2710m

It’s a short and exciting flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. In 25 minutes, we reach Pokhara, where we stay in a lakeside hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A 5/6 hours bus ride from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu. Mountain Rock Trek and Expedition will arrange the journey's end with a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6/7hrs

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also prolong your stay and choose another package with us.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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