The Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa offers an opportunity to visit mystical land where centuries old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions, with shamanistic influences, are still an important part of daily life. The visitors will have unforgettable impression during visit to the villages and gompas and interact with the local people. The landscapes are more desolate in comparision with the Dolpa Circuit. The settlements here are even more isolated and pure.
Upper Dolpo is a restricted area which needs special permit to visit. Maximum 250 foreigners can enter into Inner Dolpo each year which makes the trek very special and exclusive one.
The trekking brings you to Shey Gompa, considered as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo. It is very miraculous place which is visited by hundreds of pilgrims every year. They make a kora (circuit) of the Crystal Mountain, Dolpo’s version of Mt Kailash.
The Upper Dolpo Trek is quite arduous hike. One has to cross three high passes—Kang La/ Ngadra La (5375 m), the Shey La (5000 m) and Jeng La (5110 m). These passes have long ascends and descends. Moreever, you stay above 4000 meters for a long time. The unforgettable landscapes, magnificient views from the passes and the unique culture of the local people make your trip memorable.
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Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
Your first day begins with breakfast at your Hotel. You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
After breakfast at hotel you will drive to domestic airport for the short flight to Nepalgunj. You will see the beautiful mountain and enjoy marvelous landscape on the way. Nepalgunj, a largest city in the western Terai, lies about 10 km from Nepal-India border. Overnight in a local hotel.
You will fly to Juphal early in the morning. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Jhupal from Nepalgunj. You will enjoy beautiful views of the spectacular landscape and stunning terraced rural villages. Juphal, the main airport in the Dolpo region, is high above the Thuli Bheri River. You will take some time to explore Juphal and surroundings. Then you will trek to Chhepka which takes about six hours.
Today you will trek to Chunuwar from Chhepka. The trail passes through beautiful pine forest. The path is full of ups and downs. On the way you will encounter with local people. Some part of the trail gets very narrow and some with impressive steep rocks. About four hour walking, you will pass the village of Rechi. Two hours walk from Rechi takes you to Chunuwar. This is very interesting place to visit. You can meet an Amchi, a doctor who is educated with the techniques of traditional Tibetan style. They use mediational herbs and use the techniques like pulse analysis and urine analysis for diagnosis.
Today you will hike to Ringmo and the Phoksundo Lake .The trail includes long and few steep climbs. On the way you can explore the spectacular waterfall of 167 meters high, named Phoksundo Lake or Suligad waterfall. From the pass you will view Phoksundo Lake. The path is going down till it gets close to the river that you follow until you reach to Ringmo. Ringmo is a village where people practice Bonpo religion. Bonpo is related to Buddhism but it is older than Buddhism. Ringmo lies at the shore of the holy Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo is an alpine fresh water lake. Phoksundo, the deepest lake in Nepal, lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park. It offers stunning beauty.
Today is a free day. You will have an extra day in Ringmo. Make fit yourself for the further journey. This day is for acclimatisation. Prepare yourself physically and mentally for adaptation in changed environment. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is helpful for further journey.
Today’s trail is very spectacular. You will enter into the restricted area of inner Dolpo. The trail climbs to a ridge from where you can explore the spectacular Lake Ringmo and snowcapped mountain of Norbung Kanga. After then you gradually descend to the lake's northern shore. The trail takes you through a wide valley, crossing some streams with splendid views of flanks and snowcapped Kanjirowa Himal.
You will walk to the northwest through scrub and briar. You enter into the real Dolpa, the mystical land, where you will cross the Ngongda la or Kang la pass. The valley is magical as you head north and pass a small campsite marked by the beautiful mani stone. You walk to the right and reach a small intersecting valley from where a rocky river follows. You will climb through rocky trail, cross the stream several times by rock-hopping, wading or through wooden bridges. After an hour walk you will finally reach Snowfields Camp (Mattheissen named it so).
Today’s trek begins early in the morning. You will climb on the steep trail littered with slate towards the pass. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach the summit of the Kang la. The high pass into inner Dolpo is also known locally as the Nagadra la. It is adorned with cairns and prayer flags. North side of the pass covers with snow most of the time, making the descent a bit difficult. You descend pretty steep for 45 minutes first. It goes further for about 3 hours till you reach Shey Gompa. Shey Gompa is a small village with a couple of houses and the gompa (monastery). Shey Gompa is a magical place often called the spiritual heart of Dolpa.
You have rest a day to explore Shey Gompa. One can visit Tsakang Gompa and amazing Kagyupa monastery of Tsa Kang. You will visit the village and the surroundings.This day is for acclimatisation. Prepare yourself physically and mentally for adaptation in changed environment. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is helpful for further journey.
Your trek continues through Inner Dolpo. You head eastward to another narrow valley and climb to the summit of the Shey La. You will cross the pass named the Shey la, also known as Gelu la (5000 m). You will have good view of the arid Tibetan Plateau in the north and Mustang in the east. You descend north to the pasture at Namgung that consisting of a few stone houses and a gompa.
Today’s hike is short. The trail goes high above the Namgung Khola and then descends steeply to Saldang village. Saldang is close to Nepal-Tibet border. Yak caravans pass through the area. Saldang is a collection of five separate villages and is the biggest settlement in Inner Dolpo. The local people are semi-nomadic. In the warm months they climb to highlands with their herds of yaks and sheep. The better offs let the nomadic people, the Drokpa, do this work. You can see a camp of the Drokpa in the area.
You will trek toward south following the Nagaon Khola through terraced barley, the main staple crop of the local folks, fields. You will pass through a small village surrounded by terraced fields of barley. The path goes alongside many mani walls, chortens and some gompas
Today’s trek begins through the river passing the village called Raka. You enter into a large unhabitated valley. After 2 hours walk, the trail turns away from the river and climbs steeply to a meadow of about 4570 m, the grazing field for yaks. This is Lagmo Che, the base camp for climbing to the Jeng La.
You will climb about two hours to reach Jeng pass. You can have the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri and many other snowcapped mountains from the pass. Now you descend to the extensive Tarap Valley and finally reach Tokyu Village after crossing a stream.
You will trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap. The trail takes you down to the valley named Tarap. You will have an opportunity to visit several gompas and other culturally rich places before you reach at Dho Tarap. It is a cluster of stone houses below the Ribo Bhumpa Gompa with its unusual chorten. The women of Dho Tarap wear very striking headpieces of beaten silver (known as a 'tikpu') and have large amounts of turquoise, amber and zee stone hanging from their necks and ears. The men often wear red woolen braid in their hair in the manner of the Khampas of eastern Tibet. As in the Kali Kandaki Valley on the other side of Dhaulagiri the area is very windy. You'll walk to Yak Kharka beyond the village which is less windy.
Today’s trek is short. You will have all the time to explore Dho in the morning. Leaving Dho Tarap, you come along many mani walls and small chortens. The trail descends following the Tarap Khola. You can see the gradual change of the landscapes. Some bushes appear, getting a bit greener. Just before arriving at Sisaul, you have to climb to a small pass. Then after the valley gets narrow. Following a short descent to Sisaul you will reach at a good campsite next to a tent-hotel.
You will trek to Laina Odar. You will walk mostly in the river valley. One can explore the beautiful landscape where you could see the blue sheep or snow leopard. It takes three and half hour to reach Nawarpani from Sisaul. The path downward is beautifully carved out of the rock. After Nawarpani, the landscape gets greener and the path is going through pine forests sometimes. Overnight in Laina Odar.
Today’s trek takes you to Lingdo from Laina Odar. The trail is through forest surrounded by the steep cliffs full of the pine, spruce, fir, juniper and cypress. It will take 3 hours to reach Laisicap. At laisicap you cross Thuli Bheri river over a suspension bridge. Then the trail goes down for about 45 minute. After this you will walk gradually downward. You can see the impressive landscape on the way. Go on walking until you reach Lingdo, a small village of Magar community following Buddhism.
Today’s trek is easy one. You will start trek through rough landscape. It will take two hours to reach Byasgar village. Then hike along the Thuli Bheri river to the pleasant town of Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa. Both Hindu and Buddhist live in this big village. There is the Buddhist monastery, the Dolpa Kendriya Gompa, to visit.
It’s a short trek to Juphal. After 45 minutes walk you will reach the beautiful stupa, which is the entrance to the village Dunai. Important Buddhist painting of mandalas and Buddhist figures can be seen inside the stupa. It will take 3 and half hours to reach Juphal passing through the bridge in Shey Phoksundo National Park. You will pass Kalagaonda village over the small path through the field of barley, wheat, peach and apricot tree. Finally you will reach Jhuphal. You can spend time looking around. On the way you can visit a Hindu village called Dangiwada.
In the morning you fly to Nepalgunj. Especially the first part of the flight through the mountain valleys is spectacular. Later in the day, you fly back to Kathmandu.
It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before transferring to the airport for flight back.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Jul 25 2016
Trekking Team Group is fantastic. Other hiking groups had to turn back due to heavy snow on passes, Nima, through hisextensive local network was able to get us into Upper Dolpo using an alternate route. His love of Nepal and it's people is evident in everything he does. He had the best price when you look at what's included and length of trip. The food on the trek was outstanding. I was so impressed I am doing another treks with Them this year. Absolutely outstanding!
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