Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpa Trek & Shey Gompa Trekking with Pristine Nepal is a most adventurous and overwhelming journey leading you to the remote and isolated area of Nepal. It lies in Far northwest Himalaya, on the hidden country where you could find in the classic novel Snow Leopard and from the great Nepali and French movie “The Himalaya or Caravan”.
Upper Dolpa & Shey Gompa Trekking a fabulous and out of this world adventure as it leads you to a picturesque country of beautiful turquoise Phuksumdo Lake, visiting medieval old traditional villages and towns, before heading higher land at Crystal Monastery of Shey. This interesting area is full of immense interest with pristine and serene environment untouched by the outside world, where few trekkers and explorer seldom visits this forgotten area of Upper Dolpa and Shey Gompa. After reaching our grand highlight of this adventure return trek crossing high passes to reach a beautiful Tarap River Valley and at-large villages of Tokyu and Dho-Tarap.Our journey concludes with a visit to the historic village of Tarakot once an important village with a huge fort on the lookout for across the border invaders.
From Tarakot with a pleasant tour of the village and monastery, our adventure ends with a short drive back to Dunai and Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city, after a fantastic journey Upper Dolpa & Shey Gompa trekking with great planning and services of Pristine Nepal.
Our Social Activities
We are coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal as well. And we are supporting to needy people of Nepal through our trekking agency. We are helping some students with their school expenses back on the mountain. You may check those of our social activities on the free volunteering page.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu, morning sightseeing afternoon fly to Nepalgunj
Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m – 02 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Sepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Phuksumdo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours
Day 07: Rest day at Phuksumdo Lake for the local excursion
Day 08: Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,750 m- 05 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Phuksumdo Bhanjyang 4,717 m – 04 hrs
Day 10: Cross Nangdalo -La 5,350 m and Trek to Shey Gompa 4,160 m via -06 hrs
Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery
Day 12: Trek to Namgung 4,608 m via Sela (Gela) La 5,094m
Day 13: Trek to Saldang 3,770 m – 05 hours
Day 14: Trek to Chagaon 4,910 m – 05 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Dachau Khola camp at 4,700 m – 06 hrs
Day 16: Trek and cross Jyanta-La at 5,220 m and walk to Phedi 4,900 m – 06 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m – 06 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m – 07 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours
Day 21: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs
Day 22: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel
Day 24: In Kathmandu free day with a sightseeing tour
Day 25: International departure for homeward bound
Pristine Nepal Treks guide or staff will pick you up from arrival & drive to the hotel. Normally, we bring you at Thamel which one is a popular tourist place in Kathmandu where you can see many gears shop, art shop, souvenirs shop, hotels, department stores, restaurants, travel agencies, trekking agencies, banks, & more. If your arrival in the day time you may explore Thamel.
As per the time informed morning half day tour around Kathmandu places of interest, Kathmandu Valley full of historical places of ancient culture listed as World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old Royal Palaces and courtyard; after sightseeing tour back to hotel for refreshment, afternoon as per the flight time to Nepalgunj city transfer to domestic airport for the flight to Far South West Nepal at Nepalgunj.Nepalgunj located near India border, during 50 minutes flight panorama of Himalayan Mountains, from Nepalgunj airport transfer to respective hotels for an overnight stop.
Early breakfast for another short connecting flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, on reaching Jhupal after 40 minutes on air, received by our trekking staff that has traveled here taking a long overland drive and walks, from Jhupal at present a motor road has been constructed connecting Dunai the main headquarter town of Dolpa area. From Jhupal a short drive of more than an hour rides to Dunai for an overnight stop, in the comfort of the nice local lodge, afternoon walk around Dunai town an interesting place to observe its culture and way of daily life.
After overnight in Dunai, morning walk past market crossing a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then climb over a ridge to Phoksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak, from here trek leads downhill passing farm villages with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhara, a small cattle herders settlements, from here a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe, then downhill walk into forested area to reach overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.
From Chhepka near Ankhe area, morning walk with short climb and descend through forest reaching a river bank, from here climb on leaving the forest, from the top walk downhill to forested area leading upstream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek further to Samdua for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.
The Morning walk leads to our first destination at Phoksumdo Lake after Pungmo Khola valley and crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach at upper side of Phoksumdo Khola, after a short break continue to walk to Ringmo village, an interesting village of Tibetan origin with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls. From here a short walk to Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp by the shore of beautiful turquoise Phoksumdo Lake.
An ideal spot for a rest day, marvel, the beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, or visit interesting Ringmo village and walk by the lakeside.
From this lovely place morning walk starts to higher area of upper Dolpo region to our another highlight and final destination of this awesome journey walk follows to contour around rocky ledge over the river bank on the unsteady path, then approaching at the western side the lake through a summer pasture which opens into a wide plain of Phuksumdo Khola for the overnight camp by the river shore.
After a nice walk of previous day, today’s morning trek begins on a good path leading northern area of Phuksumdo Khola and then walking up on the hill slopes, after a steep uphill to reach at a ridge top with impressive scenery of wide green valley and looking over Kang-La pass that leads to Shey Gompa, setting the camp for the night stop on this nice green summer pasture.
Morning walk starts to our main destination at Shey Gompa which the high lights of this adventure after Phuksumdo Lake, the trek continues with a climb on stone and rocky path to cross Nangdalo-la pass at 5,350 meters, the highest point of this adventure. The top offers superb views of landscapes with snow clad peaks including Mt. Dhaulagiri. After reaching the top ridge, descend to the bottom of the hill leading to the river then across cattle herder camps, after a short stop continue towards Buddhist prayer monument Chortens and Mani, from here a nice walk to Shey Gompa located beneath Crystal Mountain regarded as a Holy Mountain with an old monastery nearby.
A perfect place for a rest day in this high mountain area, in the harmony of nature and chanting of monks, visit Shey Monastery also known Crystal Monastery, this area is well described in the novel Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.
From this wonderful place, our journey continues into a walled canyon, the trail meanders atop Sela or Gela-la at 5,094 m offering great views of landscapes and of Mt. Dhaulagiri peaks, downhill on the grazing area with a pleasant walk to Namgung Gaon for an overnight stop.
After a stop in this village walk on dusty windswept terrain, leading to steep uphill to reach our overnight camp at Saldang, another impressive large village of the region, situated higher side of the plateau.
From here, morning walk following river Nang Chu all the way with short ups and down and then passing Sugugaon and Dechen Lapran a cattle herders settlement, and then heading to our overnight camp at Chagoan village with an old Rapa Gompa of pre-Buddhist and ancient Bon-Pa culture.
The Morning walks south towards Tarap Valley around Tokyu and Dho Tarap village, then taking southern direction to reach Dachu Khola and beyond, after crossing the same trail following the river through farm fields, and then walk into Yak herder areas for overnight camp.
After a nice stop in this summer pasture area walk follows the river for short while, and then encountering yaks and mules laden caravan on route Tibet, trade with Tibet exists since hundreds of years, and this walking route lies on the old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route. From the base of Jyanta-la, morning starts with a steep climb to reach the top of the pass with views of massive Mt. Dhaulagiri range, from here a long descent to the base of the pass on route Tokyu village.
After a steep climb an easy walk today for hours reaching at Tokyu gaon for overnight, this is one of the most impressive and interesting villages of Dolpo area, consist of more than ten villages and nice tended farm fields with old monasteries.
After Tokyugaon, morning starts with downhill walk towards Tarap Chu on broader green valley, this is one of the scenic wide valleys with lots of Sheppard’s settlements of Yaks and Sheep, and walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, this is another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.
From here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls heading due south following the trail after Sisaul and small place of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.
Today walks on Tarap nice valley, as the trail enters into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might see some wildlife like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals. As the walking progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of about 6 hours.
Start morning walk passing smaller villages and then into a small wooded area, following river all the way at Tarakot, a large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village. Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is placed.
After a great time at Tarakot, our last day walk leads to Dunai for short while and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu. The morning starts following many spreads out villages and farmers huts, walking on a wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai, on reaching Dunai time permitting having lunch. From here jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.
Morning board on a smaller aircraft for short flight to Nepalgunj, on reaching Nepalgunj, transfer to another flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains during 50 mins flight, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels.
Pristine Nepal reserves this day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Jhupal, due to unfavorable weather conditions, if all runs well according to our itinerary days join for sightseeing tour as Kathmandu is full of world heritage sites of historical monuments-enjoy the tour of Kathmandu old Durbar square, Swayambhunath the landmark of Kathmandu or visit Bouddhanath “Little Tibet”.
Last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time around Upper Dolpa & Shey Gompa Trekking with grand services and guidance of Pristine Nepal.