Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa is an adventurous trek in the remote yet untouched and unique landscape of western Nepal. This fascinating trekking journey begins with a short and scenic flight to the low land area at Nepalgunj. And again, short flight to the Himalayan north hills of Jhupal in Dolpo region.
You’ll begin the trek officially through magnificent remote countryside village of Dunai. From here you’ll pass through several charming villages with the great scenery of snow-clad peak of the Dolpo and Tibetan mountain ranges.
This Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa adventure trekking journey will take you to Shey Gompa via Phoksundo lake. It is one of the deepest lakes in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The views, tranquility of this region will touch you. You’ll get a chance to spend two days at Phoksundo lake. During this time, you can explore the surrounding traditional villages and also nearby ancient Shey Gompa Monastery.
After spending a wonderful time is Shey Gompa you’ll return back via an alternative route. Enroute you’ll pass some challenging and dramatic passes like Saldang La (5,200 m), Jeng La (5,090 m), and Numala Pass (5,400 m).
Likewise, you’ll come across some of Nepal’s wild-west traditional villages like Tokyu Gaon, Dho Tarap, Tarakot, and Sibu. In these villages, you’ll get a wonderful opportunity to meets some great people. You’ll also learn some ancient Bon Po Buddhist culture and lifestyle. In this way. following the oldest Trans-Himalayan caravan route, your memorable journey ends with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa Trek Highlights
- Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
- A scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj and Jhuphal
- Explore isolated and mysterious places of Nepal
- Visit Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest lakes of Nepal and is famous for its turquoise color and crystal-clear water
- Views of dazzling Himalayan peaks of massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
- Visit ancient Shey Gompa, an 800-year-old monastery at the base of the Crystal Mountain
- Visit Shey Phoksundo National Park and witness some rare species like Snow Leopards, Blue Sheep, and Himalayan Thar
- Close view of culture, tradition, and remote lifestyle of the local people
Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa Trek Difficulty
Trekking to an unexplored and isolated Dolpo valley is a very challenging and adventurous trek. Thus, Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa Trek is basically graded as strenuous one. As there are several steep climbs and you’ll also need to cross three high passes above 5,000 m. You’ll be spending several nights above 3,500 m and trek for some 6-7 hours per day. So, to conclude this trek successfully you need to have good physical conditions with powerful mental dedication.
Best Time for Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa Trek
The best time for Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa trek is the spring (March-May) and the fall (October-November). During this time of year, the weather is pleasant, the mountain views and the skies are clear. There is a minimal chance of snowfall at high altitudes so there is no any risk to cross some high passes.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu 1,300m. and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jhuphal (Dolpo) 2,320m. trek to Dunai 2,850m. 2 - 3 hrs walks.
Day 05: Trek to Ankhe 2,896m. 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Sulighat 3,500m. 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,500m. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksumdo Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Phuksumdo Khola 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Phoksumdo Bhanjyang 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m. via Kang-La 5,360m. 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery.
Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon 4,800m. via Saldang La 5,200m.
Day 14: Trek to Saldang 3,620m. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa 4,960m. 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Sibu 4,560m. 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi 4,900m. 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m. via Jeng la 5,090m. 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040m. 4 - 5 hrs.
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap.
Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola( Kamakharka) 3,800m. 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Kharigaon.3,150m. 5 hours.
Day 23: Trek to Tarakot 2,850m. 5 hrs.
Day 24: Trek to Jhupal via Dunai 2,850m. 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 25: Fly Jhuphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu.
Day 26: In Kathmandu.
Day 27: Transfer to Airport for international departure.