Dolpo - Shey Gompa Trek
Dolpo - Shey Gompa Trek
Dolpo - Shey Gompa Trek

Dolpo - Shey Gompa Trek

Hidden behind the high passes, inner Dolpo is one of the least accessible and yet most alluring corners of Nepal. Few travellers have penetrated to the heart of Dolpo, a region beautifully portrayed in Eric Valli's excellent film - 'Caravan'. This is very much the land that time forgot, with a mix of ancient Tibetan religions and a hardy people who make their living through farming and trade with both Tibet and Nepal. The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across the northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Legend says it's a beyul, one of the "hidden valleys" created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 26 Days    |    Best Month: April - November    |    Trip Grade: Strenuous    |    Maximum Altitude: 5000 m    |    Trekking Hour Per Day: 6 - 7 hrs daily    |    Starting Point: Juphal    |    End Point: Nepalgunj    |    Mode of Travel: Flight In & Out    |    Number of Pax: Min. 4    |    Style of Trek: Camping

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Hidden behind the high passes, inner Dolpo is one of the least accessible and yet most alluring corners of Nepal. Few travellers have penetrated to the heart of Dolpo, a region beautifully portrayed in Eric Valli's excellent film - 'Caravan'. This is very much the land that time forgot, with a mix of ancient Tibetan religions and a hardy people who make their living through farming and trade with both Tibet and Nepal. The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across the northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Legend says it's a beyul, one of the "hidden valleys" created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times.

Surrounded by Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast and other high passes in the other directions, Dolpo's easiest access is from Tibet, from where its people emigrated perhaps thousands of years ago. Upper Dolpo shelters about 5,000 people, and their villages over 4,260 meters are among the highest settlements on earth. A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside as "Shey-Phoksumdo National Park," covering an area of 3,555 sq. km. The park shelters different fauna like; blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves and the elusive snow leopard.

At the base of the mountain sits the 11th century Shey Gompa, and it is said to have been constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who arrived here on the back of a flying snow lion. Whatever its origin is, Shey Gompa is widely revered and every year hundreds of pilgrims come here to visit the gompa and make a ‘kora' or circuit of the ‘Crystal Peak'. A visit to the Shey Gompa – dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, will be a memorable experience. Phoksundo Lake situated at 3,627m is another most fascinating part of the whole trek in Dolpo. The lake is a basin of unearthly turquoise blue ringed by rocky crags and forest, framed by snow-capped peaks. The trek into the restricted inner Dolpo offers a variety of trail conditions from maintained trails well trodden by local people to lesser used routes over shale and scree with several high pass crossings though the views are highly rewarding. This trek is for those who would like to trek through a wild and rugged region, and immerse themselves in Tibetan-Buddhist culture. A good level of fitness is required for this trip.

 

 

  1. Dolpo - Shey Gompa Trek Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
    Day 02: Sightseeing or Free day for trek preparation
    Day 03: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj by plane or by bus
    Day 04: Fly Juphal from Nepalgunj and trek to Dunai
    Day 05: Dunai Bazar - Yelakot
    Day 06: Yelakot - Orar
    Day 07: Orar - Dho Tarab
    Day 08: Acclimatization day
    Day 09: Dho Tarab - Jhya Kongma (4680m).
    Day 10: Jhya Kongma - Chhulung Sumana
    Day 11: Chhulung Sumana - Ting Kyu
    Day 12: Ting Kyu - Shimen
    Day 13: Shimen - Kowa
    Day 14: Kowa - Saldang
    Day 15: Saldang - Phedi
    Day 16: Phedi - Shey Gompa
    Day 17: Rest day
    Day 18: Shey Gompa - Phoksundo Khola
    Day 19: Phoksundo Khola - Ringmu
    Day 20: Explore around
    Day 21: Ringmu - Chepka
    Day 22: Chepka - Dunai
    Day 23: Dunai - Juphal Airport
    Day 24: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.
    Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu for Shopping
    Day 26: Transfer to the airport for journey back home

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this trip Items that are covered in the cost of trip price.

•All airport transfers
•All land and air transportation as per itinerary including trekking crew
•Food, lodging, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
•Special Permit fees
•Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj
•Two men tent accommodation while on trek
•Dining tent, toilet tent, Chairs, Tables etc.
•Camping crew including guide/leader, assistant guides, cook, kitchen helpers & porters
•Their wages, food, insurance & accommodation
•Complete camping equipment
•Food (3 meals a day with tea, coffee and hot juice )
•TIMS card
•Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Whats not included in this trip Items that are covered in the cost of trip price.

*International flight
*Nepal visa fee
•Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
•Any activities in Kathmandu
•Personal equipment and clothing
•Insurance
•Cold drinks and alcoholic beverages
•Personal expenses
•Tips to the crew
•Any other things not mentioned in the itinerary
•Emergency rescue by helicopter

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Departure Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Single Supplement  
Apr 02 – Apr 27, 2018
Available
US$5260/ Person on a double occupancy basis
US$570
Oct 01 – Oct 26, 2018
Available
US$5260/ Person on a double occupancy basis
US$570