In this charming country, the Upper Dolpo Trekking to Shey Gompa is an essential piece of life and has a good many age-old Buddhist and Bonpo customs together with shamanic repercussions. You have a remarkable impact on the villages, gompas, and individuals that you encounter on this trek. The scenes here are more demolished, and the communities are much more disembroiled and unadulterated.
Dolpo is Nepal’s most isolated and least developed area. Although a few geographers and anthropologists had explored the region, the entire area was shut off to hikers until 1989, when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to managed trekking tours. The Snow Leopard and the Himalayan Pilgrimage of David Snellgrove added to the person and enthusiasm of Dolpo.
The Upper Dolpo Trek passes various monstrous mountain ranges. It also meets the Lower Dolpo Trek a tiny territory at one time in its own right. Then making it the connection of Shey Gompa, which combines Saldang and Dho Tarap, yet lesser-known places. Trekking in Upper Dolpo is enthusiastic about the wild, remoteness, and the fantastic mountains. The people living in exorbitantly outlying districts still have to overlook this sheer truthfulness.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft). Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you with the garland of flower and assists to transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft). After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square . Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & Transfer to Hotel. After breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the airport (in a private vehicle), to board a flight to Nepalgunj. After about an hour of scenic flight the plane will land at the Ranjha Airport located in Nepalgunj. From the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you in Nepalgunj. If time permits, we can spend the remaining day visiting the attractions of Nepalgunj: mini zoo, Muslim bazaar and the Tharu villages. In the evening, we will get back to the hotel and make preparations for the next day’s flight to Jhupal. Overnight in a hotel in Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2320m/7601ft) and trek to Sulighat (2070m/6790ft) (2-3hrs)After breakfast at the hotel in Nepalguj, we will be transferred to the airport in Nepalgunj, to board an early morning flight to Juphal. The plane flying over the high mountains will land at the airport in Juphal, where we meet the rest of the crew members (especially porters), awaiting our arrival. The luggage will be prepared for the porters, while you enjoy your lunch. Once the arrangement is finalized, we will walk down, toward the bank of the Thuli Bheri River, past a beautiful village and terraced fields. As we reach the river, following the bank of the river we further walk down towards the bridge across the Thuli Bheri River. Crossing the bridge, we now head up towards our destination, Sulighat. Sulighat is about 2-3 hour walk from the airport in Juphal. Overnight in a camp in Sulighat.
Day 05: Trek from Sulighat to Renje (3010m/9873ft) (5-6hour).After breakfast, the walk continues towards Renje. Crossing the bridge, and now on the west bank of the river, we first head towards Jyalhasa- a winter settlement of Rimgmo village, past abandoned settlement of Raktang, herders’ hut and horse pastures over the ridge. Before heading ahead, we again cross the bridge and now following the up and down trail, passing through grasses and fern along the east bank of the river we reach the trail junction to Phoksundo Lake. Following the Phoksundo Lake trail, we first continue up on a ridge and then down on a rocky path to Chepka. From here, staying close to the river, we climb a small ridge, cross to the west side and continue upstream climbing up and down to the Renje campsite. Overnight in a camp in Renje .
Day 06: Trek from Renje to Ringmo village (3640m/11940ft) and the Phoksundo Lake (3620m/11874ft) 5-6 hrs. After breakfast, the walk continues first up the ridge and then down to the wooden bridge. From the bridge about an hour of up and down walk, along the valley floor will take us to the confluence of the Pungma River and the Phoksundo River. Crossing the river, and now on the west bank of the Phuksundo River, the trail continues through the forest, traverses a grassy slope high above the river and switches back steeply on a sandy trail through open country. From this place, the trail gets much steeper (around 400 meter ridge). Shortly after we cross the ridge, we will get the first view of the Phoksundo Lake. We will then descend through the forest of Birch and Chir pine to the upper ridges that allows us to enjoy the rushing water of Phoksundo River. Finally a gentle climb will take us to the charming village of Ringmo. Following the trail along the edge of the village, we walk all the way up to the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight in a camp in Phoksundo Lake.
Day 07: Rest day in Phoskundo Lake and explore around Ringmo Village. This day can also be taken as an acclimatization day or the rest day after 3 days of walk without proper rest. Therefore, today, instead of heading further after breakfast, we set out to explore the very beautiful Phoksundo Lake- alpine fresh water oligotrophic and the deepest (145m) lake in Nepal. After exploring the lake area, we also explore the Ringmo village, located south of the lake and white Thasung Chholing Gompa. If time and energy permits, we also walk all the way up to see the source of the lake. Overnight in a camp in Phoksundo Lake.
Day 08: Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (3,630m /1190ft) (4-5 hrs). After breakfast, the hike continues skirting the shore of the lake as it curves on a rocky ridge along the western bank of the lake. The trail is uneven and is suspended on a gangplank of wood that is maintained by pegs driven into the crevasse in the rocks -the first example of the remoteness of the area. As we reach the westernmost edge of the lake, the path leads through a lush meadow that later opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo River. From here onwards, we walk through the valley, cross the river and avoiding the rare marshy land we stop today’s hike at the bank of the Phoksundo River. Overnight in a camp near Phoksundo River.
Day 09: Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,120/13,514ft) (6-7 hrs). After breakfast, leaving the camp site, we head towards the confluence of the Phoksundo River and Ghyampo Kapuwa River through a glacial valley. Crossing the wooden bridge, we continue on a hardly distinctive path, towards the north-east of the valley on the Shey Gumba trekking trail. The trail is difficult, which makes us climb over the rocks and boulders and ford a stream that rushes down the steep valley. After a long climb, we reach a sheep meadow, where the trail swerves up a steep gorge. From here, a steep and hard climb to the top will take us to another valley that presents us the view of the Kang La pass. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Phoksundo Bhanjyang.
Day 10 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4390m/14400ft) via Kang-La pass (5160m/16325ft) (5-6hrs). Today we start early. After breakfast, the walk continues towards the Kang-La pass. The steep trail littered with slate scree makes the walk quite strenuous. The top of the pass presents the amazing view of the large valley cut across into two halves by a gushing river. As we descend from the pass, the path leads us on a long winding trek along the banks of the river, which also requires us to crossing it several times. We walk past the meadow and the old nomadic hut of the herders. Soon we will see a red chorten that marks our arrival at the Shey Gompa. Here we cross the old wooden log bridge and walk up to the Shey Gompa. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Shey Gompa.
Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery. Today, both for the purpose of exploration and acclimatization we visit a monastery, Shey Gompa and the Crystal Mountain, built during the 11th century. The monastery belongs to the Chaiba community, who are the followers of saint Padmasambhava and is the first Kagyaupa monastery. Shey Gompa is located above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala River. After exploring the monastery we also visit the crystal mountain and then get back to the camp for overnight stay.
Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namgung village (4430m/14530ft) via Saldang La (5010m/16432ft) (6-7hrs).The Namgung Village is the destination set for the day. After breakfast, we continue to walk towards the destination. Initially the trail is pleasant as it runs through the juniper and descends into a gray, stony canyon. Then a zigzag path over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil will lead us to the top of Saldang La. The long, tiring trail steeply descends north until we see the first sight pastures of grazing yaks and sheep and nomadic tents. This is a sign that we are approaching towards the Namgung village. Soon we will see a red stone structure build against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The structure is Namgung Monastery of the Karma-pa sect, which has now collapsed. We will explore the monastery, village and the nearby area. The night will be spent in the tented camp in Namgung village.
Day 13: Namgung village to Saldang (3620m/11,874ft) (4-5hrs). Leaving the beautiful village of Namgung, we will head towards today’s destination, after breakfast. Initially, we ascend a scree slope and then continue along the dusty barren mountains. After some hours of hard climb, we will be greeted by the picturesque view of Saldang (the largest village of the Inner Dolpo) below on a plateau high above the Nam Khongmala. We walk all the way down to Saldang. If time permits, we also explore the village and the lifestyle of people living in the village. The night will be spent in a camp in Saldang village.
Day 14: Saldang to Yangjze Gompa (4960m/16267ft) (4-5 hrs). After breakfast at Saldang, the trail further heads north towards the destination, Yangze Gompa. A fairly gradual path with few ups and downs along the Nagon River will also make us walk past the small settlement like Tiling, Kigaon and Lurigaon. We will the cross the bridge over the Panjyang River and a short walk from here will lead us to a rarely explored area of this region, the Yangjze Gompa – a very old Bon-Po Monastery. We will spend the remaining day exploring the monastery and the village. Overnight in a camp in Yangjer Gompa.
Day 15: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4560m/14957ft) (6-7 hrs). Sibu is the destination of the day. There are two trail options to Sibu. However, in order to save time, we retrace the path leading towards Saldang village. As we reach Saldang, following the river bed we walk past the terraced fields, stupas, chortens, mani stones, Chaiba monastery, and Namdo village located left of the Nam Khong River. From here, we further continue for about two hours to reach the destination, Sibu. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Sibu.
Day 16: Sibu to Jeng La Phedi (4900m/16072ft) (5-6 hrs). Sibu is the destination of the day. There are two trail options to Sibu. However, in order to save time, we retrace the path leading towards Saldang village. As we reach Saldang, following the river bed we walk past the terraced fields, stupas, chortens, mani stones, Chaiba monastery, and Namdo village located left of the Nam Khong River. From here, we further continue for about two hours to reach the destination, Sibu. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Sibu.
Day 17: Jeng La Phedi to Do Tarap (4080m/13382ft) via Jeng La pass (5090m/16695ft) (6-7 hrs). After breakfast at the Phedi, around two hours of uphill climb will take us to the top of the Jeng La pass that greets us with a beautiful view of snow ranges and the north face of Dhaulagiri massif. After spending some time here on the pass, we descend through rough path towards the Tarap valley. Around the afternoon, we come to the green valley, which further leads us on a pleasant track down towards Tarap Chu. On the way, we also visit Tokyu monastery belonging to Chaiba sect. The trail further leads east along the downhill couse of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river. After a short trek in the valley we reach Do Tarap. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Do Tarap.
Day 18: Exploration and acclimatization day in Do Tarap. After sever days of tiring walk, this day is set aside for exploration and acclimatization. Therefore, after breakfast, we set out for a leisurely half say excursion up to the valley to Dero Gompa and Shipchok Gompa –a school of Bonpo. We also visit Ribo Bhumpa Gompa above the village, rebuilt in the year 1955 and the village of Do Tarap. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Do Tarap.
Day 19: Do Tarap to Tarap Khola (Karmakharka) (3800m/12464ft) (6-7 hrs). After breakfast, the trail descends towards the wide valley and then into the gorge. We then walk along the juniper bushes and wild roses, just above the tree line. Around the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang River. We walk further towards the meadow in Karmakharka, where we set up our camp for overnight stay. If time permits, we can also go and visit nearby caves. The night will be spent in a tented camp.
Day 20: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3150m/10332ft) (5-6hrs). After breakfast, we continue on a trail down the gorge of Tarap River. We walk past many possible camp sites by the river, narrow deep gorges, stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls acting as bridge. We will continue until we reach the camping spot beside the Tarap River at Khanigaon. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Khanigaon.
Day 21: Khani Gaun to Dunai (2030m/6658ft) via Tarakot (2537m/8321ft) (5-6 hrs). After breakfast, we set out on the trail that passes through the forest and then descends into another gorge. We continue following the river downstream to reach Tarakot, where we can enjoy colorful terraced fields. Soon we will cross the bridge at Lawan and now seven meters above the river we walk past the remote village in the shades of pine trees and deep gorges. Crossing the bridge we gradually descend and head east and following the bank of the Thuli Bheri River, we finally reach Dunai. Overnight in a basic lodge in Dunai.
Day 22: Dunai to Jhuphal (2320m/7610ft) (2-3 hrs). After breakfast, we continue on a flat trail along the Thuli Bheri River. The trail then passes through terraced fields, and beautiful villages all the way up to Jhupal. About 2-3 hours walk will take us to Jhuphal. It is the last day of the trek in this region. The night will be spent at a lodge in Jhuphal.
Day 23: Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.After breakfast at the lodge, we first fly back to Nepalgunj and then from Nepalgunj, we fly back to Kathmandu. As you reach the Kathmandu airport, a company representative will pick you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu in a private vehicle. In the evening, we meet for a farewell dinner and discuss the trek. The night will be spent in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Farewell and Departure.Your last day is free until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport. “End of our Services”.
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