Upper Dolpa (Shey Gompa) Trek

Trip Overview

If you wish to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Himalayas along with the spectacular view of two of the famous lakes of Nepal (Rara lake and Shey Phoksundo lake) then the Upper Dolpa Trek is an ideal option for you. Upper Dolpa Trek is a trekking to one of the most remote and under developed district of Nepal. This trek is a trek in the hidden and mysterious land of Dolpa District which lies in the far western development region of Nepal. The entire district of Dolpa was closed to foreigners until 1989, when the southern part of Dolpa was opened to organized groups. The Uooer Dolpa Trek offers the spectacular sight of mysterious mountains, snow leopards, blue sheep, unique culture and lifestyle and different tropical landscapes. The main attraction of this trek is the famous Shey Gompa and Shey Phoksundo Lake. Saldang, Dho Tarap, authentic buddhist monuments, David Snell groove’s Himalayan pilgrimage and Shey Phoksundo National Park are other attraction of this trek. This area is the home of spotted snow leopards, blue sheep, wolves and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The ancient and rare Buddhist Bon Po religion is still in practice in this area. Most of the people are involved in the salt trade from Tibet as it is difficult to grow crops in this area. Upper Dolpa Trek is especially designed for those people who are physically fit and want to explore the beauty of Himalayas in a short period of time.


The adventurous and breathtaking trek begins from Nepalgunj with a flight to Jhupal from where we will begin our trek to Dolpa region. We will then head ahead of few Himalayan passes and reach Renje from where a trek about 6-7 hours will take us to Phoksundo lake (one of our destination of the trip). We will then trek to Shey Gompa crossing the Phoksund Khola, Phoksundo Bhanjyang and the famous Kang La pass. We will then cross another pass Saldang La pass from where we will Saldang. Heading ahead and crossing the Jeng La pass will lead us to Dho Tarap from where we will start to descend our trip to Tarakot and then to Jhupal. We will be back to Nepalgunj and then fly to Kathmandu from where we will end our incredible journey.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj
Day 2: Flight Nepalgunj – Juphal (2475 m), trek to Shyanta (2520 m) or Chhepka (2838 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 3: Shyanta/Chhepka (2838 m) – Chunuwar near Amchi Hospital (3110 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Chunuwar (3110 m) – Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) 3 hrs
Day 5: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m). Rest day and visit to Bon Gompa.
Day 6: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) – Forest Camp beyond Sallaghari (3730 m) 6 hrs
Day 7: Forest Camp (3730 m) – Kang La Low Camp (4400 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 8: Kang La Low Camp (4400 m) – Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Nagdalo-La (Kang La) (5350 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Shey Gompa (4310 m). Rest day.
Day 10: Shey Gompa (4310 m) – Namgung (4430 m) via Shey-La (5010 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Namgung (4430 m) – Saldang (4060 m) 3-4 hrs
Day 12: Saldang (4060 m) – Chagaon (3840 m) 4 hrs Day
Day 13: Chagaon (3840 m) – Jyanta-La Base Camp (4550 m) 7 hrs
Day 14: Jyanta-La Base Camp (4550 m) – Tokyu (4210 m) via Jyanta-La/Jeng-La (5220 m) 7 hrs
Day 15: Tokyu (4210 m) – Dho Tarap (4080 m) 2-3hrs
Day 16:Dho Tarap (4080 m) – Toltol (3523 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Toltol (3523 m) – Laina Odar (3370 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 18: Laina Odar (3370 m) – Lingdo (2390 m) 6 hrs
Day 19: Lingdo (2390 m) – Dunai (2140 m) 5 hrs
Day 20: Dunai (2140 m) – Juphal (2475 m) 3-4 hrs
Day 21: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Cost Included

Cost Include

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.


Cost not Include

  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.


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