Located in mid-western Nepal, Dolpo was opened for trekking only since 1990. A trans-Himalayan and remote region, Dolpo is still a mysterious land that has its unique culture, traditions and values of life. Dolpo Shey Gompa Monastery Trek is a highly satisfying spiritual trek. You will be introduced to remnants of Tibetan culture. Dolpo is considered one of the few other places where Animism religion is still being followed. Guru Rinpoche is believed to have founded settlement in Dolpo to provide shelter to Tibetans during war. Dolpo remained cut off from the outer world for long due to the challenges of High Passes and mountains. We will choose ancient salt trade route used by locals for trade with neighboring Tibetans. Shey Gompa Monastery lies in the upper Dolpo region. Dolpo experiences minimal rainfall as it lies in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri Mountain and thus Upper Dolpo trek is possible also in rainy season. Dolpo is famous for blue sheep, elusive snow leopards and monasteries.
Upper Dolpo Trek continues through the secret valley. The popularity of Upper Dolpo increased after Novelist Peter Matthiessen depicted its beauty in his work ‘The Snow Leopard’. Life in Dolpo was also well portrayed in Oscar nominated movie The Caravan.
Alaya Holidays operate 25-days Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa Monastery Trek. Shey Gompa is also known as Crystal Mountain. High priest called Lama observes daily worship in Shey Monastery. The Lama dwells in Red hermitage called Tsakang Gompa. Shey Gompa belongs to Chaiba sect who follows Padma sambhava. Shey Gompa is the first Kagyupa monastery built in the region. We can observe Animism religion in Shey Gompa.
Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1310 m/ 4297 ft)
Day02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2400 m/ 7873 ft) and Trek to Dunai (2150 m/ 7053 ft)
Day05: Trek to Ankhe (2660 m/ 8726 ft)
Day06: Trek to Renjo (3104 m/ 10183 ft)
Day07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3600 m/ 11810 ft)
Day08: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3507 m/ 11505 ft)
Day09: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402 m/ 14442 ft)
Day10: Cross Kang La pass (5151m), Trek to Shey Gompa (4126 m/ 13536 ft)
Day11: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa
Day12: Cross Saldang La pass (4785 m/ 15698 ft), Trek to Namgung Gaon (4400 m/ 14435 ft)
Day13: Trek to Saldang (3903 m/ 12804 ft)
Day14: Trek to Sibu (3942 m/ 12932 ft)
Day15: Trek to foot of the Jeng La (4369 m/ 14333 ft)
Day16: Cross Jeng La pass (4845m), Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4240 m/ 13901 ft)
Day17: Trek to Dho Tarap (4090 m/ 13418 ft)
Day18: Trek to Serkam (3630 m/ 11909 ft)
Day19: Trek to Khani Gaon (2550 m/ 8366 ft)
Day20: Trek to Tarakot (2281 m/ 7483 ft)
Day 21: Trek to Dunai (2052 m/ 6732 ft)
Day 22: Trek to Juphal (2404 m/ 7887 ft)
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 24: Free Day at Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure !!!!!!
Our representative will be there to welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will find him waiting for your arrival with a placard written Alaya Holidays outside the airport terminal. He will transfer you to the Hotel in private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding your itinerary. Enjoy cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant while viewing cultural dance. Stay overnight in the hotel.
This is the day in which you will closely observe the medieval city of Kathmandu by participating in an exciting sightseeing tour. Out of 10 UNESCO sites in Nepal, 7 lies in Kathmandu Valley while 4 of these sites exist in Kathmandu. On this day, you will visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath, holy temple of Hindus Pashupatinath, 2500 years old Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath and the ancient Royal Palace at Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will get time for your trek preparation and shopping in the afternoon.
We will drive to Tribhuvan Airport and board a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. We will enjoy panoramic views of mountain to the north. In about 50 minutes, we will reach Nepalgunj. This is one of the major trade centers for trade in between Nepal and India. This city lies near to Nepal- India border. We will stay overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, we will catch 35 minutes of flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. We will lower down at Airport in Juphal. Once porters arrange the baggage, we will start Shey Gompa Trek. We will descend to Bheri River and walk through canyon to reach Dunai where we will stay overnight.
Crossing suspension bridge, we will follow the trail that heads west. We will walk along newly constructed hospital and arrive at the convergence point where Thuli Bheri River and Suli Gad River conjugates. Moving further, we will arrive at Hanke Village. Entrance point to Phoksundo National Park exists in Hanke. We will walk through Parela and Rahatgaon to Ankhe where we will stay overnight.
From Ankhe, we will follow the straight path till Sumdo. Climbing up to the small ridge, we will enjoy scenic view of 300m waterfall. This is believed to be the highest waterfall in Nepal. We will enjoy view of Phoksundo Lake and lower down to the river. Walking further, we will reach Suli Gad River in about an hour where we will stay overnight.
Leaving Renje, we will take couple of hours of trek to Sumdo. From this place onwards, our trek is going to be bit challenging. We will climb up to the ridge from the bank of river. The ridge locates at 3875 m altitude. We can get striking view of Phoksundo Lake from the ridge. We will cross ethnic villages and arrive at Phoksundo Lake for overnight stay.
We will wake up early in the morning and circle around Phoksundo Lake. After taking breakfast, we will choose rather difficult path that is suspended on pegs that are driven into crevices. This path is famous as devil’s path among tourists. The trail takes us down through the valley to flood plain of Phoksundo Khola where we will stay overnight.
After taking breakfast, we will leave Phoksundo Khola and follow the trail that continues through glacial valley. Heading north, we will climb vertical cliffs and arrive at the meeting point of Phoksundo Khola and another river that has its origin in glacier around Phoksundo. The trail continues northeast through meadow to reach to the Phoksundo Bhanjyang where we will stay overnight.
We will cross KanglaPass on this day. Climbing to the top of Kangla Pass is considered as one of the hardest part of trek. We will take slow and calculated steps through loose slate and make it to the top of Kang La in about 3hours. We will enjoy the views of valley that lies far below from Kang La. We will descend to the valley and walk past red chortento SheyGompa. Chortens are believed to protect the village from evil spirits. Stay overnight in SheyGompa.
Shey Monastery is famous among trekkers as the crystal monastery. It is the ultimate destination of Upper Dolpo Trek. High priest called Lama observes daily worship in Shey Monastery. The Lama dwells in Red hermitage called Taktsang Gompa. Shey Gompa belongs to Chaiba sect who follow Padmasambhava. Shey Gompa is the first Kagyupa monastery built in the region. We can observe Animism religion in Shey Gompa. Stay overnight in Shey Gompa.
Leaving Shey Gompa, we will cross juniper forest and reach to the top of canyon. The trail continues through rocks and boulders. In about half an hour, we will reach to the top of Saldang La pass. We will enjoy the scenic view of Mustang from Pass and descend to the meadow area from where we will reach Namgung Gaon. We will visit Namgung monastery and stay overnight in Namgung Gaon.
We will leave Namgung Gaon and climb to the top of ridge. We can get bird’s eye view of valley from the ridge. The trail lowers down to Saldang village that is located above Nam Khong. The village of Saldang consists of around eighty stone houses. Saldang is located close to Tibet trade route and locals live mainly by trading with Tibetans. Stay overnight in Saldang.
Leaving Saldang, we will descend to river. We will walk along terraced field where wheat, millet and barley are produced. The trail continues along stupas and chortens to Chaiba monastery. After brief visit to the monastery, we will reach Namdo village. Walking along left edge of Nam Khong River, we will reach Namdo monastery. Brief walk from Namdo Monastery takes us to Sibu village which is located at the edge of river. Stay overnight in Sibu village.
Leaving Sibu, we will walk along the river valley. After almost couple of hours of trek, we will reach another river. Our trail continues through valley to the meadow. Walking further, we will reach to the base of Jeng La where we will stay overnight.
We will follow the steep slope for couple of hours and arrive at the top of Jeng La Pass. The top of Jeng La allows close-up views of Dhaulagiri Mountain range. We will lower downto Tarap valley and walk through plains to Tokyu monastery. We will observe wall paintings in Tokyu Monastery. This monastery belongs to Chaiba sect of Buddhism.
Early in the morning, we will visit Chaiba Gompa to observe worship ritual by priest. Later, we will follow the trail along mani walls. As we walk along French School, we will reach outside of Dho Tarap village which is inhabited by Magar ethnics. Locals adopt ancient BonPo religion. Stay overnight at Dho Tarap.
Early in the morning, we will follow the level path along Tarap River. We will walk past narrow gorges. We can meet local yaks and mules on our way. We will cross steel suspension bridge and pass through meadow to Serkam where we will stay overnight.
Leaving Serkam, we will descend to gorge. We will walk through narrow trail that is constructed in steep slope. We will walk past stone staircase and reach meadow. After brief rest, we will move towards Khani Gaon where we will stay overnight.
We will cross suspension bridge and move through valley to Barbung Chu. Walking along farmland, we will reach Tarakot which is a fortress town. Sandul Gompa is located near to the east of Tarakot. Stay overnight at Tarakot.
Leaving Tarakot, we will lower down to Bheri River. We will follow the same path that is used by native people. Thus, you can meet with locals. Walking along the path existing above river, we will reach Dunai village where we will stay overnight. Dunai became more famous after the release of Oscar nominated Caravan movie.
We will return back from Dunai to Juphal. The trail continues through native villages and plain. Hotels and lodges are available in Juphal for accommodation. Stay overnight in Juphal.
We will board a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. The flight allows views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. We will catch connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel.
This is a free day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel. Thamel is famous for shopping curio goods and handicraft items.
Our representative will transfer you to Airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. We hope you will have a memorable time in Nepal with us and we wish to serve you again.