Upper Dolpa- Shey Gompa Trek is a thrilling journey into the spiritual heart of Dolpo Region-Shey Gompa also known as the Crystal Monastery that positions itself at the base of revered Crystal Mountain. Many devotees visit the mountain for religious circumambulation which they believe will liberate them from the vicious circle of life and death.
Upper Dolpa- Shey Gompa Trekking is the Restricted Area Trekking which demands the special permit from Nepal Government for a visit. Remained closed to foreigners till 1990, it was able to keep the ancient religion and traditions unspoilt from the modern influences.
Walking through more desolate terrains of Upper Dolpo, passing through several Trans Himalayan Villages, an opportunity to observe the Ancient Bonpo Tradition, visiting Phoksundo Lake- one of the deepest Himalayan Lakes in the world, crossing the High Passes of Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La and stepping in Shey Gompa are major highlights of Upper Dolpa- Shey Gompa Trek.
Upper Dolpa- Shey Gompa Trek at ‘Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ is the 28-days electrifying trekking experience that initiates with an hour long flight to Nepalgunj from where we will take another flight to Jhupal. Scenic trekking begins at Jhupal as we walk past Dunai, Ankhe and Sulighat to arrive at Shey Phoksundo Lake. Enjoying the view of one of the deepest Himalayan Lakes in the world, we will ascend the High Pass of Kang La to reach the navel of Dolpo- Shey Gompa Monastery. Return trip is made through the High Passes of Saldang La and Jeng La. The trail continues through villages and monastery to arrive at Jhupal from where we will fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and thus the fun-filled ‘Upper Dolpa- Shey Gompa Trek’ meets its end.
Itinerary Outline of Upper Dolpa- Shey Gompa Trek: Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m) Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day03: Flight to Nepalgunj Day04: Flight to Juphal Trek to Dunai (2850m) Day05: Trek to Ankhe (2896m) Day06: Trek to Sulighat (2282m) Day07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3611m) Day08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake Day09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola Day10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang Day11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4550m) via Kang La Pass (5350m) Day12: Rest Day at Shey Gompa Day13: Trek to Namduna Gaon (4800m) via Saldang La (5200m) Day14: Trek to Saldang (3620m) Day15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4960m) Day16: Trek to Sibu (4560m) Day17: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) via Jeng La (5090m) Day18: Trek to Tokyu Monastery Day19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4040m) Day20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap Day21: Trek to Kamakharka (3800m) Day22: Trek to Khani Gaon (3150m) Day23: Trek to Tarakot (2537m) Day24: Trek to Dunai (2140m) Day25: Trek to Juphal (2475m) Day26: Flight to Nepalgunj Flight to Kathmandu Day27: Free Day in Kathmandu Day28: Departure
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Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1345m)
Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative from Tourist Link Treks & Expedition who will then convey you through the vibrant streets in Kathmandu to the hotel where you will receive a brief explanation regarding your trekking package. You will spend the pleasant night in the comfy bed.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu:
Taking light breakfast early in the morning, our guide will then take you for a pleasant day tour inside Kathmandu which encompasses the UNESCO enlisted sites like the holiest shrine of Shiva at Pashupatinath Temple Complex, the Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple aka Monkey Temple. The tour will conclude by taking you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a historical site. Home of Living Goddess- Kumari, Kasthamandap Temple and Kal Bhairab are some must see sites around Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day03: Flight to Nepalgunj:
An hour long flight with a beautiful aerial view of mountains and terraces will lead us to the western central hub of Nepalgunj. Positioned in Western Terai, Nepalgunj is located near to the Indian border which makes it an important trade center for Nepal.
Day04: Flight to Juphal Trek to Dunai(2850m)
45minutes of pleasant flight with aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains will take us to Airport at Juphal. Disembarking at Juphal, we will begin 3hours trek through terraced fields and the roaring Bheri River to arrive at Dunai where we will be staying overnight.
Day05: Trek to Ankhe(2896m)
Crossing the suspension bridge, we will choose the ascending trail towards Thulo Bheri Valley. Enjoying the scenic view of Kagmara peak, we will follow the trail which elongates through the villages and walnut trees towards river. Crossing the river, we will make it to Dhera and Rahagaon from where we will choose the descending trail to Ankhe where lies the entrance to Shey Phoksundo National Park.
Day06: Trek to Sulighat(2282m)
Climbing through the woods, we will pass through the plain land to arrive at a ridge. From the ridge, we will follow the stone steps towards river which is located at 2950m altitude. The trail then proceeds upward to a bridge near Ryajik Village.
Day07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake(3611m)
Crossing Phoksundo River, we will continue our trail through Pungmo River to arrive at Phoksundo Lake which lies adjoining to village of Ringmo. The trail then stretches through cedar woods to Palam. Enjoying the view of beautiful Phoksundo Lake from the ridge, we will pass through the street lined with Mani walls at Ringmo Village to make it to Phoksundo Lake.
Day08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake:
It will be taken as the rest day. We will take rest from our long trekking and prepare ourselves for trekking to be taken in the upcoming days. Admiring the beauties of copper blue Phoksundo Lake, we will have the short side trip to Ringmo Village where we will be visiting Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
Day09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola:
Continuing our journey from the western edge of Phoksundo Lake, we will walk through the meadow full of lush green vegetation to arrive at Phoksundo Khola where we will be setting our camp at the bank of Phoksundo River to stay overnight.
Day10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang:
Walking through the glacial valley, we will arrive at the confluence where Phoksundo River meets with another river. Crossing the wooden river, we will clamber uphill through a meadow to the valley which offers the scenic view of Kang La Pass. We will be staying in Phoksundo Bhanjyang for the night.
Day11: Trek to Shey Gompa(4550m) via Kang La Pass(5350m)
Ascending the steep trail, we will conquer the Kang La Pass. Enjoying the spectacular view of valley and river from the top of Kang La Pass existing at 5360m altitude, we will have a gentle descend to river. Crossing the river through the wooden bridge, we will continue our trail to Shey Gompa.
Day12: Rest Day at Shey Gompa:
Shey Gompa which is also known as ‘Crystal Mountain’ is the Bonpo monastery which locates itself at an altitude of 4500m height in the most isolated part of Dolpo where the locals still practice shamanism. Shey Gompa Monastery was built around 800years back and it belongs to Chaiba community. We will visit the Tsakang Gompa where Lama of Shey Gompa resides. One day is not enough to explore the beauty of Shey Gompa.
Day13: Trek to Namduna Gaon(4800m) via Saldang La(5200m)
The track progresses through the rough surface to arrive at the apex of Saldang La that is positioned at 5200m altitude. Admiring the view of valley from Saldang La, we will lower down to meadow which further leads to Namduna Gaon (4800m). While at Namduna Gaon, we will pay visit to Namgung Monastery.
Day14: Trek to Saldang(3600m)
Climbing the inclined plane, the trail follows the barren land for about 4hours to arrive at Saldang which is located above the Nam Khongmala at 3620m altitude height. Sladang is in fact the largest village of Inner Dolpo Region. We will stay overnight in Saldang Village.
Day15: Trek to Yangze Gompa(4960m)
The trail on 15th day progresses through the remote lands of Dolpo to Nang Chu River. Undergoing through the series of ups and downs, we will make our way via the small villages of Tiling and Luri Gaon to arrive at Yangze. Crossing the Panzang River, we will make it to Yangze Monastery which is ancient Bon Po Monastery.
Day16: Trek to Sibu(4560m)
Although multiple routes are available to walk to Sibu from Yangze Gompa, we will take the easy trail and head back to Saldang Village from where we will continue walking through river and fields to Namdo Village. Lowering down from Namdo Village, we will move along the river to the village of Sibu.
Day17: Trek to Tokyu Gaon(4209m) via Jeng La(5090m)
Beginning with the walk along the Nam Khong Khola, we will arrive at the confluence from where we will choose the trail that escalates uphill to the foothill of Jeng La. From Jeng La, we will make it to Tokyu Gaon where we will be staying overnight.
Day18: Trek to Tokyu Monastery
Climbing the Jeng La Pass, we will enjoy the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and other mountains. Lowering down from Jeng La, we will follow the rough course to Tarap Valley which holds the small village of Tarap Chu. While in Tarap Chu, we will visit the Tokyu Monastery.
Day19: Trek to Dho Tarap(4040m)
Traveling east, we will cross the plain land of Tarap Chu and pass through the small settlements of Bon Po and Chaiba Sects to arrive at Dho Tarap (4040m) which is chiefly inhabited by Magar communities. We will set our camp at Dho Tarap for the night.
Day20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap:
It will be the rest day. We will take this opportunity to visit the nearby village. We will have the peek into the ancient traditions, culture and ways of living of the natives. We will visit the Buddhist Gompa which exists nearby the village. Bon Gompa locates at 40minutes of walking distance from our camp.
Day21: Trek to Kamakharka(3800m)
Lowering down from the wide valley, we will make our way through the gorge and juniper trees. Walking along the route that exists above the tree line, we will arrive at the confluence of Tarap and Lang Rivers. We will set our camp at Kamakharka which is a pasture land existing near to the confluence.
Day22: Trek to Khani Gaon(3150m)
Proceeding along the bank of Tarap River, we will walk through the difficult land of deep gorges to arrive at the camping spot in Khani Gaon which is located at 3150m altitude height. It takes about 4-5 hours of trek to complete the journey for the day.
Day23: Trek to Tarakot(2537m)
Making our way through Lalberi Village, we will cross the woods and arrive at gorge. Walking along the river, we will ascend the hill to reach Tarakot which is the ancient fortress town. Sandul Gompa is located about 8km east of Tarakot at the confluence of Barbung River and Tarap River.
Day24: Trek to Dunai(2140m)
Beginning with the walk along Bheri River, we will get engaged in about 6hours of trekking along the path existing above the river to head towards Dunai which is located at 2140m altitude height where we will be staying overnight.
Day25: Trek to Juphal(2475m)
We will follow the short and easy trail all the way to Juphal which is located at 2345m altitude height. Since we will be catching the plane from Airport at Juphal only in the next day, we will stay in a lodge at Juphal for the night where we will be busy packing things for our departure to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu.
Day26: Flight to Nepalgunj Flight to Kathmandu:
A brief yet pleasant flight of about 30minutes duration from the airstrip at Juphal will take us to Nepalgunj. We will then board another plane from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Day27: Free Day in Kathmandu:
This is taken as a leisure day. You can take a stroll around the freak streets of Thamel where you can select from wide range of handicraft goods and other gift items to take along with you as memoir of Nepal. Rickshaw ride especially in the evening will be fun.
The wonderful 28days ‘Upper Dolpa Shey Gompa Trek’ comes to an end on this day as you will be transferred back to Tribhuvan International airport by our representative. We are happy to serve you and we will be looking forward for your next visit.
Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Tample, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
3 – Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the Trek
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) during the Trek
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic Airfare (flight: Kathmandu- Nepaljung and Juphal- Kathmandu)
An experience English –speaking and Government – licensed holder trek leader
Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter)
Staff Costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
Restricted Area permit for Upper of Dolpo and Shey Gompa
TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
All Local/Government Taxes
Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance Company
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to & from home town
Excess baggage charges
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
Tips and donations for guides and porters.
Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
SUGGESTED TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST
1 Pair of hiking boots
1 Medium size backpack
1 Day pack
1 Sleeping bag (20 C)
1 Down Jacket/Gore tax Jacket
1 Light wind & water proof jacket
1 Inner sleeping sheet
2 Long sleeve T-shirts
1 Water bottle
1 Pair gaiters/over trousers
1 Pair sport shoes or sandal
2 Pairs light weight trousers
1 Pair shorts
1 Fleece / warm sweater
2 Pair’ light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 Sweatshirts / light sweater
1 Torch & spear batteries
1 Swimming costume / bathing suits
1 Medium size towel
1 Washing kit including washing powder, small clothesline and pegs, insect repellents etc. & personal toiletries
Moleskin for blister
Swiss type of army knife
Toilet paper, biodegradable soap/shampoo
Underwear (including thermals)
Warm hat/ gloves
Sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream
Spear plastic bags for wrapping clothes
You should satisfy that your cold weather clothing will keep you comfortable down to – 20 degree Celsius. Most of the items mentioned above can easily & cheaply be hired either in Kathmandu.
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So the safari was followed up AFTER the 25 days of trekking in Kanchenchunga, which as you can imagine was very tiring, but certainly enjoyable. The fresh air there was so nice, but my feet certainly payed the price. I had unfortunately acquired some rather large blisters on my right foot but carried on non the less. But let’s just say that I was relieved to spend the last part of the trip riding around on the back of an elephant lol..
All in all though I wouldn’t trade the experience I had with the team for anything! The people, the weather, the scenery was just simply amazing, and I feel that there are many more fun filled adventures to have with tourist link treks in the coming years, and I can’t wait!
Anna Nadia Bandura From Poland
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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When your amongst such beauty, caught in a realm of timelessness, it is easy to get lost in what it is your doing. And when the hand on my shoulder was softly felt by the guide, it was back to reality I stumbled to.
Joe wakefield From Uk
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
I had an awesome trip, great price the best guide (Nigma Sherpa) and very strong happy porter. I did EBC kala pather, Gokyo, Gokyo RI good food good accommodation. Learnt so much about the mountains, climbing the mountains, treated like a king. A very big thank you to Nigma sherpa always felt safe and in good hands thanks for organizing a great trip Hom at a great price.
Scott Blake From Australia
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
My hasband and i am from Germany , we booked the poonhill trek with Tourist Link Treks . Our guide Elmi was really great , he told us lot of about Nepali culture , the life in the hills and about the Flora and Fanna . He cared a lot about us and always went into the Kitchens in the tea houses where we stoped to eat and drink to check whether everthing was clean and well prepared .
Compared to the other guide , Elmi was really well prepared and equipment after the 4th day . I went sick and Elmi gave me medicine and managed to shorten our trip . He even carried my backpack when i was very weak . All we were very satisfied with our guide and the trek . The view from poonhill was amazing , Elmi explaned all the Mountain we could see . so it was a great pleasure and a very good choice
Best regards : Julia & Sascha Michely
julia & Sascha Michely From Germany
Saturday, December 27th, 2014
We , two girls of arround 25 from the Netherlands , booked the Langtang Trek with Tourist Link Trek . we hired a guide and a porter , who took a lot of work out of our hands . The Langtang Trek was very beautiful and our guide had a lot of hummer . He made a new plan when one of us had an injury (ankle) , which was very nice . He told us about local traditional , mountain , animals ,history and local alcohol .
Our porter was never tired , he walked from our endpoint back to carry our other bags .
In short , amazing trip , good organisation .
Kind regards , Maartje and emmely
Maartje Verhoeven and Emmely Vender Steen From Netherlands
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Personally , i don't have that much experience with guide but i know that Raju is am 'A' calss guide , i'm almost certain that guy saved my life or ( my eyes feet etc ) my life times, he's a hardworking guy that will put all his effort on it to keep you going and to make you as comfortable as possible .
Handrik de peeker From Holland
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
To Hom and Niraj ,
Thank you for an excellent and memoriable journey to the Everest Base camp .The itinerary was well planned and guide is very knowledge and attractive .
This is a trip of A lifetime and worth every ....much thanks and until next time , Will zeng
Will Zeng From Australia
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
We had a trip organized by Tourist link from KTM to Langtang for 8 days . The price was excelent and we had great experience with our poter \ guide Elmi . He was a fantastic guide , helping us catch our bus in Ktm . All the way throught the trek until . We were back into Tourist link trek office in Ktm . Our trip was well organized , convenient and very enjoyable . I would recommend Tourist Link without a doubt !! Many Thanks