Shey Gompa Trek - 27 Days

Dolpo is situated in the Trans Himalayan region of mid-West Nepal. The greatest part of the district is situated on very high altitude, some of the highest areas of the world that are still inhabited by humans. It still is a hidden land of peace and mystery. Our trekking leads from Lower Dolpo all the way to the highlands of Upper Dolpo. Along the way a fascinating range of cultures can be discovered with religous traditions ranging from Hinduism and Shamanism in the lower areas and Buddhism as well as the ancient Bon tradition in the higher areas. In the lower Dolpo areas ranging from Juphal to Sangta, the practice of Hindu culture is dominating but once the trail climbs upwards towards Upper Dolpo, the main religions are Buddhism and Bon.

Lower Dolpo is inhabited with the people of different casts and ethnic groups ranging from Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung and Magars and Dolpo-pa. The latter are sometimes also referred to as Bhote, but as this term has been used disrespectfully for Tibetan speaking people along the Tibetan borders of Nepal, the Tibetan speaking people of Dolpo prefer to just be called Dolpo-pa (translates as: The Dolpo people). The ancient customs and practices of Dolpo have been maintained and are still similar to the epic movie “Caravan” (Europe: Himalaya) of Eric Valli, describing a yak caravan through Dolpo.

The flora and fauna of the region is rich and very varied. Animals like Jhoral, Ghoral, Snow leopards, blue sheep can be seen in this area. Mostly the people of the region are farmers and traders,they depend on a mix of agriculture, animal husbandry and trade. Yaks provide milk, that is used for butter and cheese, they are important pack animals and their wool, fur and skin is used for cloths, tents etc. Animal husbandry, trade, local handicraft and agriculture are the major source of income in this region.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative of Destination Dolpo will receive you from the airport and drop you in your designated hotel. As this is the first day, you will have time on your own. In the evening, our manager will brief you about the trip and your stay in Nepal.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is one of the most popular places of the world which is blessed with many world heritage sites. On this day, we will be having a wonderful trip around the different world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley. This trip include Kathmandu durbar square, Swayambhunath, the holy shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan etc.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj

On this day, depending on the schedule of your flight, you will be taken to the Domestic Airport of Kathmandu and from there, once you reach Nepalgunj Airport, our representative will pick you up from there and drop you to your designated hotel. You will have time to look around the places and have a free time on your own.

Day 4
Fly from Nepalganj -Juphal to Sangta

An airplane drops you in Juphal airport. It is the starting point of your trek. From Juphal, you can either take jeep or on foot till Suligad. The trail is first downward till Kaligauda and then it is straight before leaving Suligad. Along the way, there is a suspended bridge from Suligad and it passes through Suligad Army Post leading you to Shey Phoksumdo National Park Head office. There, you should take permits of Rs 3000 each. The path is now steady and in some places you meet exposed rocky section with some landslide at some places. The next station is Kageni and from there you will reach jyalas, consisting of basic houses with prayer flags of the people of Ringmo winter settlement. Along the way, there is a continuously flowing river (Phoksumdo river/Suligad river) till Sangta; you can see rocky jungle with white monkeys. Sangta is your camping spot for the day in a grassy meadow.

Day 5
Trek from Sangta to Tapriza School /Chunuwar

On this day, the trail leads you through the jungle and steep ascends till Sepka village. After crossing Sepka, you need to cross a river to the west side of jungle containing different tree species. There is also a narrow gorge flowing by the side. Crossing of the rivers, ascending and descending of the highlands are common till next camping site of Tapriza School. After leaving Renji, we cross a river and then follow the same river bank with tall pine forest. Sumduwa Army camp, situated on the high ground across the river on our left can be reached in a little while. ( It is now in ruins as it was destroyed in the people’s revolution ). From Sumduwa, walking for around 30 mins takes you to Tapriza Secondary School.

Day 6
Trek from Tapriza School to Ringmo Phoksumdo Lake

The trail of this day is shorter and easy. We can take some time to have a tea-break or look around the library of the school. This is one of the best schools of Dolpo. After a short break in the school, we will ascend towards the left to reach Chunuwar. From Chunuwar, Amchi hospital and Jharanalodgeis very near. The trail is quite straight till Palam. From Palam, the path is relentlessly up and zigzag. Along the way, Blue sheep are seen on the rock. After sometime, wooden bed stand is reached from where beautiful magnificent Waterfall above which prayer flags can be seen. After walking for 30min we can reach Ringmo village. We can either camp near the lakeside or opt for a lodge or home stay in the village.

Day 7
Rest day/hike

This day is very special as you can take a day off from a tiresome hiking. There is a special surprise too on this day which will be given by the Destination Dolpo team. You will have free time to explore the lakeside or the Bonpos Monasteries like ThasungtsolingGompa which is one of the best Gompa of this region.

Day 8
Trek from Ringmo to Sallagari

The trip of this day heads along the lakeside where Eric Valli made the legendary movie caravan/Himalaya. The path leads high above the Phoksumdo lake. It is a wonderful site for taking pictures, as the scenic beauty is splendid. The path ascends from here towards the hilltop of Noepotse. From this hilltop, the trail again starts descending via pine forest. The trail is really splendid and adventurous. The journey further leads us to one of the corners of the Phoksumdo lake. From there, after hiking for a few hours we reach Sallagari.

Day 9
Trek from Sallagari to Ngadra-La basecamp

Today, we have to face high altitude but we are no pass the Ngadra-La pass (also known as Khang-La pass). From Sallagari, the trail heads up with narrow gorges and the river of Tukkyaksa. The path has torrential rough edges in different sides. Crossing of the same rivers many times is common for this day. This may turn your feet cold and icy. The trek of this day ends at Ngadra-La basecamp.

Day 10
Trek from Ngadra-La pass via to SheyGompa

On this day, we will be preparing for passing Ngadra-Lapass. There might be snowfall in this region. Ngadra-Lapass is supposed to be window of Upper Dolpo. Mind blowing view of Kanjiroba Peak can be seen from this site. After reaching windblown summit with prayer flags, the path starts to descend further until Shey Gompa. We will be camping in the grassy meadows of Shey Gompa for overnight.

Day 11
Rest day in Shey Gompa

Today you visit some monasteries, cultural beauties and natural beauties of sheyGompa. The Crystal mountain panorama is special and it is just above the Shey monastery.

Day 12
Trek from Shey Gompa to Shey la pass to NamgungGompa

This day, the trail continues northeast to Saldang and leads you to Shey la pass. Its altitude is about 5095m. It is also known as Gela pass. On the top of Shey La the view makes you feel like you are in the top of world. From the summit of Shey-La pass Namgumg village can be seen. After sometimes of descending down, Namgung is reached and we will be camping here for the night.

Day 13
Trek from Namgung to Nisal village

The trek to Saldang will be steep. The trek of this day is towards Nisal. Nishalgaun is also famous for Yangtser monastery. The trail consists of overall desert with rocks and small bushes. Your today’s treks ends at Nisal. We will camp in Nisal.

Day 14
Trek from Nyisal to Musi village

The trail to Musi from Nisal is same like the way of Namgung to Nisal. There are no settlements; no forests in the area and only desert with small brushes are seen. We will be heading continuously towards Musi village which is vastly influenced by Tibetan culture. Musi is one of the remotest of the remote villages of Dolpo where nothing is facilitated by the government of Nepal. The village of Musican be seen after passing Musi-La pass, which opens the window to the Tibetan border. It lies just on the border.

Day 15
Trek from Musi to Shimen village

The trail from Musi Village to Shimen villageis almost same like the trail of yesterday. But you will feel difference only in culture and costumes. The altitude starts to descend slowly. Shimen has temporary airport which was operated by former government. The border of China is not far from here.

Day 16
Trek from Shimen to Tinje/Tinkyu

Passing SimenGompa, PhuGompa, and NamgyalGompa, the trail leads toward northeast side of Panjang river bank. At Tinje we will get a pleasant camping spot.

Day 17
Trek from Tinje to Shilungsumna

On this day, we will be heading from Tinje towards Shilungsumna. Along the way we can see herds of Yaks going towards the trail is not descend and ascend, we follow Kesang Rapka river bank right side to ChhortenMarkop. At the ChhortenMarkop small tea house where our lunch. After lunch we leads same condition of trail until we reach Shilungsumna and our camp is there. On the way we see Yak caravan, summer pasture and blue sheep and mountain view.

Day 18
Trek from Shilungsumna to chhoi-la pass and then to Do-Tarap

On this day, the trial leads us towards Chhoila pass river bank to until Chhoila base camp, from the base camp half an hour ascend then we pass the Chhoila and the pass is 5051m high altitude. After the pass trial leads to descend until Takkyu Village. From Takkyu to we follow through the Takkyu village until Do Campsite we camp is at the Do.

Day 19
Rest day at Do-Tarap

This is the day to enjoy the beautiful village of Do. A special program would also be organized by the team members of our company for your refreshment. Do-Tarap is famous for its settlement in the highest altitude of the world. It exhibits all the characteristics and traits of the true land of Dolpo. Do-Tarap has magnificent monasteries. One of the most famous Gompa in Dolpo is RiboBumpa Monastery, built many years ago, and located in the highlands of Do-Tarap. KakarGompa, also known as the ‘White Crevasse Temple’ is located in the village of Kakar. In the northern highlands, the white structure of Mekhyim Monastery can be seen. Another noticeable feature of this region is the Tathagata stupa. Similarly there is also a DrakmarDewa Monastery in Do-Tarap, which is built into the red cliffs, devoted to the Buddha of the future, Maitreya. Shering Monastery, which is known to locals as ShedingDewaGompa, is also Nyingma-pa establishment. If we walk for around half an hour to the east of Do-Tarap, we will reach Bon Gompa complex of Shipchok and the red tin-roofed monastery of Doro. Crystal Mountain School, Amchi hospital and Allopathic health post are also located in Do-Tarap valley.

Day 20
Trek from Do-Tarap to Toltol

The trail of this day heads continuously straight. Some bushes and shrubs can be seen around the trail. The medicinal herb “Sibbokthrone”can be found everywhere. After hiking for around hours, we will reach Sisyol. We head towards Keja and from there the trail is quite straight and leads towards Gyamghar and from Gyamghar, watching the beautiful forests of Juniper and Bhojpatra, we reach Nawarpani.The trek of this day ends here.

Day 21
Trek from Toltol to Laini

The trek of this day is shorter. After having lunch at Chuhur, we ascend about 10 m towards Tilwa. At Tilwa many pines trees can be seen. From Tilwa, we start descending for about 15 meter and then the trail leads straight to Chyabose. From Chyabose, we start descending down the hill towards LainaOdaar. The splendid view of Junipers and pine trees around the jungle will let your tiredness disappear. The trail by and by leads you towards Laini. We will be camping at Laini for this night.

Day 22
Trek from Laini to Tarakot

The route descends continuously until Laisicap with dense forests. We can see the free flowing Tarap river on the other side while descending down. At Laisicap, we will have our lunch. Laisicap also has a conflux where Tarapkhola and Barbung river flow together and form the ThuloBheri river. From there, the trail is quite straight. Finally we reach Tarakot. We can use lodge as well as camping spot at there.

Day 23
Trek from Tarakot to Dunai

This is the last day of the trek to Dolpo. The trail continuously leads straight through Byasghar settlement until we reach Dunai. Dunai is the headquarter of Dolpo. There is no need to camp at Dunai as there are many guest houses around. You can stop there for a while for shopping. You can also opt for a flight towards Juphal on the same day.

Day 24
Trek from Dunai to Juphal

This day, from Dunai you can either walk or use jeep to get to Juphal. If you prefer hiking, the trail is wide and straight until Kaligaura. From there, we have to climb uphill through the scenic fields that looks like a staircase. Juphal is not so far from Dunai and we will stay at a lodge there.

Day 25
Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

On this day you will be heading towards Kathmandu on a plane via Nepalgunj. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu you will be received by a representative of Destination Dolpo and drop you towards your designated hotel.

Day 26
Leisure day at Kathmandu

As a very long tiresome trekking is over, you can enjoy this day by having a time on your own. You can spend your day by roaming around the ancient streets of Thamel and purchasing some souvenirs for your friends and family back in your country.

Day 27
Final Depart Kathmandu

Depending on the schedule of your flight, a representative of Destination Dolpo will pick you up from hotel and take you towards the Tribhuvan International Airport for your safe home-going.

Depending on the trek and on the number of people in the group, the average price per day & per person will range between $90 – $110. (Flight and trekking permit not included)

Trekking permit costs: 
– Lower Dolpo : $20 per day
– Upper Dolpo : $500 for 10 days

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Shey Gompa Trek