Shey Gompa and Inner Dolpo Trek- 29 Days

Shey Gompa and inner Dolpo Trek takes you beyond Phoksundo Lake to the mystical land of the 800-year-old Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain.  The landscapes include the green, southern fringes of Dolpa, the turquoise Phoksundo lake, and the parched hills of Upper Dolpo. This is quite a strenuous hike with some long, steep ascents and descents and considerable time spent above 4000 meters with very cold nights.  But the unforgettable landscapes, the views from the passes and the contacts with a very special untouched culture make it all worth it. The resilient villagers you meet in this harsh land seem wholesome and almost supernatural.

Shey Gompa and inner Dolpo Trek begins at Jhupal village; a short flight from Nepalgunj that will take you centuries back in time. The trail from Jhupal follows the Phoksundo river valley and leads through natural forests, grassy fields and remote villages until we reach Phoksundo Lake and enter the boundary of Upper Dolpo region, enclosed in a large national park. We spend a day there to rest and feast our eyes on the crystal blue waters of Phoksundo Lake, from which flows one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal. Re-energized, we leave Phoksundo Lake to make the steep two-day ascent to the Himalayan pass of Kang-La, 5360m.

From Kang-La pass, we make a steep descent into the Nam Khong Khola river valley to the Shey Gomba Monastery the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo.  The people of Dolpo followed Bon Po, a fierce mountain and nature spirit before a Tibetan Buddhism was introduced to them. As a result, the worship at Shey Gomba combines elements of both Bon Po and Buddhism.

Shey Gomba sits at the base of the magical place called Crystal Mountain.  Each year people from all over Dolpo reach this secluded place to celebrate the festival at Shey and complete the circuit of Crystal Mountain. Shey means Crystal, and Shey Gomba got its name for the rugged cliffs of Crystal Mountain which are embedded with quartz and a rich variety of marine fossils. As we trek deeper into the Upper Dolpo, we follow ancient paths created by the Tibetan salt traders who traverse this arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau. The terrain is wild, barren, and windswept as we continue eastward into the beautiful valley of Tarap Chu. Soon we come to Dho Tarap, 4040m, an unusual village built in a haphazard way and surrounded by a jagged stone wall. We take a day to explore and visit Bon Gomba, a 40 minute walk from the village.

Leaving Dho Tarap, the trail is lined with juniper bush and wild rose, typical of areas near the tree line. We might see herds of blue sheep and musk deer. As we descend, the valley opens and vegetation increases until verdant grass is seen beside the river. We will camp on a lush meadow known as Kamakharka, 3800m, where the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola meet. Continuing along the gorge of the Tarap River will be another memorable part of the Shey Gompa and inner Dolpo Trek. The deep gorge becomes so narrow that in some places we can jump from one side to another. If the bridges are damaged or washed away, we may have to cross the raging torrent on foot. After passing though an impressive forest we descend into another gorge and follow the river downstream to Tarakot, 2537m, an old fortress town where fertile terraced fields greet us.

Finally, we walk alongside a tremendous gorge of the Bheri River to Jhuphal.

Shey Gompa and inner Dolpo Trek remains one of the least-visited districts in Nepal.


Shey Gompa and inner Dolpo Trek with safety and comfort

You can rest assured that your safety and comfort are our priorities. As a safety precaution, we always carry emergency equipment:

• Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)/Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness)

• Comprehensive medical/first aid kit

• Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls can be placed for $3 USD per minute.

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Trip Highlights


  • physically challenging trek with extreme natural and cultural beauty
  • follows ancient salt trader trails
  • farflung regions of Himalaya
  • Shey Gomba, home of lost Bon Po religion
  • Less explored areas of the Nepal Himalaya


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj, 150m: 1.5 Hours

Day 4 : Fly to Jhupal & trek to Dunai, 2850m: 2-4 Hours

Day 5 : Trek to Ankhe, 2896m: 5-6 Hours

Day 6 : Trek to Sulighat, 3500m: 5-6 Hours

Day 7 : Trek to Ringmo via Phoksundo Lake 3660m: 4-5 Hours

Day 8 : Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake, 3660m

Day 9 : Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4000m: 4-5 Hours

Day 10 : Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 4420m: 6-7 Hours

Day 12 : Rest day at Shey Gompa

Day 13 : Trek to Namduna Gaun, 4800m: 6-7 Hours

Day 14 : Trek to Saldang, 3620m: 4-5 Hours

Day 15 : Trek to Yangze Gomba, 4960m: 4-5 Hours

Day 16 : Trek to Sibu, 4560m: 6-7 Hours

Day 17 : Trek to Sugugaon 3840m 4-5 Hours

Day 18 : Trek to Jeng-la Phedi, 4900m: 3-4 Hours

Day 19 : Trek to Tokyu Gaon, 4200m via Jeng La Pass, 5090m: 5-6 Hours.

Day 20 : Trek to Dho Tarap, 4040m: 4-5 Hours

Day 21 : Rest Day at Dho Tarap, 4040m

Day 22 : Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka), 3800m: 6-7 Hours

Day 23 : Trek to Khanigaon, 3150m: 4-5 Hours

Day 24 : Trek to Tarakot, 2537m: 4-5 Hours

Day 25 : Trek to Dunai, 2140m: 5-6 Hours

Day 26 : Trek to Jhuphal.approx. 2-3 hrs

Day 27 : Flight Jhupal - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

Day 28 : Kathmandu Just Relax

Day 29 : Depart Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
07 December, 2019 04 January, 2020 US $4990 per person Available
12 March, 2020 09 April, 2020 US $4990 per person Available
15 March, 2020 12 April, 2020 US $4990 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj, One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Fully Organzied Camping Services during the Trek.
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Phoksundo National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • All ground transfers.
  • All government and local taxes.


Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer)
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.


Why Trek to Upper Dolpo with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions in Dolpo for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Upper Dolpo Trek

The best seasons for trekking in Upper Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).  A summer trek is also possible however, the flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected by monsoon weather.

Temperatures on the Upper Dolpo Trek

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C.

You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Upper Dolpo is a Camping Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

Tented camping in Upper Dolpo is sure to be a great outdoors holiday.  Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong.  Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package. 

Annapurna Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality.   Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents!  (*Some companies claim 3-person tents, but the tents are all fixed size 2 person tents.  If you wish to have your own tent, you can pay for a single supplement, an additional USD300$)

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips.   The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Drinking Water on the Upper Dolpo Trek

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek.  While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day.  As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.


The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

  • We either take Gamow OR oxygen in case of
  • Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
  • First Aid Kit

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.


It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule.  Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, make sure your policy specifically covers alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 29 Days

Price : US $4990 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5360m

Mnimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Phoksundo National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Nepalgunj:1 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:Fully Organized Camping Trek

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