Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek
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Dolpo Region Special Offer Trekking in Nepal Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek

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Price
$4500 per person
Duration
24 Days
Destination
Nepal
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1+
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Max Altitude:
5350 m
Arrival City:
Kathmandu
Departure City:
Kathmandu
Activity:
Trekking and Hiking
Route :
Nepaljung, Shey Gompa, Dunai
Group Size :
2-16
Tour Customize :
On Request
Trip Grade :
Difficult
Best Season:
Mar- May/ Sept - Nov

Highlights

  • Explore one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries at high altitude.
  • Visit one of the most religious lakes of Nepal, Phoksundo Lake.
  • Learn the nomadic ways of Tibetan-Buddhist lifestyle in rustic villages.

Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek relishes on natural and cultural beauty. The Upper Dolpo region is a high altitude Tibetan zone. Being isolated, the areas are brimming with natural beauty. The region houses ethnic groups adapted to the nomadic lifestyle. Additionally, the Dolpo area features amazing species like the snow leopard. Similarly, lucky travellers also spot blue sheep. The landscape hosts dense alpine forests and flowing waterfalls.

Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek provides a taste of old, rustic, and untouched western Nepal. Villages are sparse. Hence, people have preserved their culture.  Yet, yaks move around in herds peacefully. People work in buckwheat fields. The terrains are a mix of both natural and cultural beauty.

The long trek firstly begins from Juphal (2475m). The trek goes around Dunai and Chhepka to reach Phoksundo Lake. Trekkers find about 20 stupas placed around the large lake. The lake holds religious worth to traditional Tibetan culture. One of the finest architecture, Shey Gompa, sits at (4320m). The monastery was built in the 11th century. Finally, trekkers reach Namgung. Likewise, they descend slowly towards Dunai.

The Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa is a fairly steep region. Therefore, trekkers need prior experience. Consequently, each day has up to 7 hours of walking. Even fairly fit trekkers prepare for the long journey. Moreover, a permit is needed to travel deeper.

Himalayan Adventure Treks regards to comfort as the main concern. They arrange everything from food to lodging. The guides speak fluent English. No-one travels Upper Dolpo alone. Hence, Himalayan Adventure makes sure there is a fairly large trek group for it.

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Outline itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport.

Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Preparation day. (B)

Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj (150m) 1 hour. (B/L/D)

 Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m) and Trek to Dunai (2000m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhekpa (2838m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 06: Trek from Chhekpa to Palam (3820m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 07: Trek from Palam to Phoksundo Lake (3720m) 4-5 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 08: Explore around the Phoksundo Lake (B/L/D)

Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari (3640m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Trek from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa (4120m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Trek from Lar Tse to Shey Gompa (4320m) 7-8 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa. (B/L/D)

Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4460m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 14: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (4046m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Sibu (4000m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

 Day 16: Trek from Sibu to the foot of the Jeng La (4480m) 4-5 hours (B/L/D)

Day 17: Trek from Jeng La to Tokyu Gaon (4240m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 18: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap (4200m) 2-3 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 19: Trek from Dho Tarap to Serkam (3623m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 20: Trek from Serkam to Tarakot (2280m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 21: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2000m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 22: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 23: Fly from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. (B/L/D)

Day 24: Departure to Airport. (B)

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Preparation day. (B)
  • Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj (150m) 1 hour. (B/L/D)
  • Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m) and Trek to Dunai (2000m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhekpa (2838m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 06: Trek from Chhekpa to Palam (3820m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 07: Trek from Palam to Phoksundo Lake (3720m) 4-5 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 08: Explore around the Phoksundo Lake. (B/L/D)
  • Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari (3640m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10: Trek from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa (4120m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 11: Trek from Lar Tse to Shey Gompa (4320m) 7-8 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 12: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa. (B/L/D)
  • Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4460m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 14: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (4046m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Sibu (4000m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 16: Trek from Sibu to the foot of the Jeng La (4480m) 4-5 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 17: Trek from Jeng La to Tokyu Gaon (4240m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 18: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap (4200m) 2-3 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 19: Trek from Dho Tarap to Serkam (3623m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 20: Trek from Serkam to Tarakot (2280m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 21: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2000m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 22: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)
  • Day 23: Fly from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. (B/L/D)
  • Day 24: Departure to Airport. (B)
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport.

Your arrival in Kathmandu will be marked by landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). A company representative of Himalayan Adventure Treks & Tours will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Evening you can meet the participants and the trek members. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Preparation day. (B)

After breakfast, we start for Kathmandu city tour which includes the four of the UNESCO world heritage site in the valley.

Pashupatinath: The temple is one of the most sacred pilgrims’ sites for Hindus all over the world. It is the temple of Lord Shiva, the temple where the dead bodies are criminated on the Bank of Bagmati River.

 Boudhanath Stupa: which is one of the biggest stupas in Asia and the holiest Buddhist Pilgrims and famous tourist destination in Valley. It is also famous for over 50 Tibetan gompas or monasteries.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: It holds the places of the ancient king who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom.

Swayambhunath(Monkey Temple): It is located in the heart of the valley. It is another famous tourist destination and holiest Buddhist pilgrims. It is also known as Monkey temple among tourists.

Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj (150m) 1 hour. (B/L/D)

The morning after breakfast as per the flight schedule we fly to Nepalgunj. One hour scenic flight crossing a whole range of the western part of the Himalayas like Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Comparatively, Nepalgunj is warmer than Kathmandu. It lies near the Indian border. Nepalgunj is the gateway to the Dolpo Region. Afternoon you can explore the Nepalgunj city where you can find both Hindu and Muslim religious people.

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m) and Trek to Dunai (2000m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)

The morning after breakfast we fly to Juphal Airport. Thirty-five-minute flight from Nepalgunj with beautiful views of a snowcapped mountain and deep valley we landed on a small mountain village, where we can breathe cold and fresh air than Nepalgunj. After reaching in Juphal we arrange luggage, other kinds of stuff, and meet our porters and other members of the staff, then an easy walk to Dunai. It is the district headquarter of Dolpo based at 2000 meters on the bank of Thuli Bheri River. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhekpa (2838m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

The morning after breakfast we start our trek to Chhepka village. First, we cross the suspension bridge and head further bypassing the newly built hospital. At the juncture of Thuli Bheri and Suli Ghat, we turn to the north trail. The river bed is the main trail that we follow. On the way, we cross the grazing meadows of buckwheat, millets, and potatoes fields.

Trekking along the riverbank, we reach to Hanke village, which is the gateway of the Phoksundo National Park. At the end of the day, we will reach Chhekpa, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Trek from Chhekpa to Palam (3820m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

The morning after breakfast we cross through beautiful forest, following a river, have to ascend and descend the trekking trails. On the way, we can see the local people and their culture with their mules as Dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow).

On the way, we visit the Reechi and Chumuwar village where you can see the local people caravan houses, yak, and cattle with buckwheat fields. Finally, in the end, we reach Palam you can walk around in the evening. Overnight at the tented Camp.

Day 07: Trek from Palam to Phoksundo Lake (3720m) 4-5 hours. (B/L/D)

The trek goes steeply uphill for the first few hours. There is minimal vegetation, and hills are very dusty in the dry season. As we arrive at view tower, we can see the highest waterfall in Nepal with a height of 107 meters, mind-boggling sceneries surrounding hills. Ten minutes uphill from the view tower; we can get the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake. Then, the trail goes gradually descending through the pine forest to the small Ringmo village.

People residing in this village practice Bon Po religion, it is related to Buddhism but it is older than Buddhism religion. The religion was founded by Buddha Lonpa Shanrab Miwo, 18000 years ago. It is also believed that Dolpo used to be the center of Bon Kindom called Zhang. It uses to be a big and powerful kingdom in present western and northwestern Tibet. It is believed that at the time of King Zhang he was defeated by the Buddhist kingdom of Tibet and Bonpo disappeared completely, but still, some people practice it. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Explore around the Phoksundo Lake. (B/L/D)

This is a big day to explore around the pristine Phoksundo Lake, surrounded by the Tibetan Buddhist settlements. A wide and large platform on the face of the blue Lake, Buddhist colorful flags decorate the lake looks more beautiful and mind-blowing.

It looks like the sky is felled on the land and we are in heaven. We can see the Yak caravans heading to their destinations carrying rack sack behind. Visiting the monasteries and discovering the hidden social practices enchant us.  The hike offers us a special day with pleasing scenarios. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari (3640m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Same as another day morning after breakfast we start our trek to Salla Ghari. Today we will enter the restricted area of Upper Dolpo from the Ringo Village which is the boundary between Lower and Upper Dolpo. We will follow the famous trail where the famous movie called CARAVAN by the French director Eric Valli was cast in 1998. The movie was nominated on the OSCAR award.

The trail is a salt trade route between the people of Dolpo and Tibet. The twisted trail is more adventures along the lake. As we reach a height of 4085 meters, on the top we will have a beautiful view of Lane Ringmo after that we gradually descend through the dense forest and climbs up towards open valley with a spectaculars view of Kanjirowa Himal with an elevation of 6612 meters then we will reach an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lakeside camp, a beautiful place of camping. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa (4120m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Frequently, we need to cross the stream today. The flat trail leads us into the remote and glacial valleys through the narrow trail with the gigantic cliffs and contorted rock formations. We also cross the wooden bridge at the confluence of the glacial stream and Phoksundo Khola. The soft muddy trail makes you yawning and a bit tough to hike further.

The trail is narrower from here to climb down the steep rocky bounders. We will enter a narrow gorge where will set our camp. We can continue trek but there is a possibility of altitude sickness problem. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Trek from Lar Tse to Shey Gompa (4320m) 7-8 hours. (B/L/D)

Today is a bit long and difficult day. As usual, after breakfast we start the trek strenuous climb about 2 and a half hours over a dusty path to Kang La (5350m), also called a Ngadra La. We descend through pass covered with snow which is very steeply and after about 3 hours we will reach Shey Gompa village It is a very small village with a couple of houses and the Gompas made on the 11th-century situated beneath the crystal peak on a small grassy plain, at the confluence of two rivers people believed that it was constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, who arrived here on the back of flying snow lion.

It is also called the spiritual heart of the Dolpo Region. Every year many pilgrims visit his Gompa to make Kora (clockwise circuit) of crystal peak. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa. (B/L/D)

Today morning after breakfast we exploration more Shey Gompa. You can explore around Tsakang Gompa which is at about 4570m high. It is not only a monastery but a retreat Place. It has been a meditation center of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava, and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-skin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century.

Shey Gompa is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture in Dolpo, the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Many years ago Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley he came to Dolpo across a wild people whose supreme God was a 'fierce mountain spirit'. Crystal Mountain is to the west of the Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangju Nala and Yeju Nala. Near the confluence, there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4460m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Today also after breakfast in the morning we start our trek to Namgung. Today we do the Shey La pass, which is also called Glen La, which is about 5000m. While we are through the Glen pass, we can see an amazing view of the northern part of the Tibetan plateau, which is the highest plateau in the world to the east, we can see the Mustang region.

After through pass, we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung village. Local Peoples of Namgung heartily warm welcome to the Tourist. It is a beautiful place with a friendly environment. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (4046m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)

Passing the Namgung monastery, we start to climb uphill. The trail is dusty and the views come of the barren landscape. The traverses make the trail challenging. We have to ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to the picturesque village of Saldang, situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong Nala and the biggest villages of the lower Dolpo area. The village is prosperous, not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Sibu (4000m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

From Saldang village, we catch up the trail down to the River bed across the picturesque terraced fields, Stupas, Chortens mani, and a Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having nearly four hundred inhabitants. It stretches 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola, from here; we descend to the River bed along the high slopes. We can see another colorful monastery near Sibu village. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek from Sibu to the foot of the Jeng La (4480m) 4-5 hours. (B/L/D)

Same as the usual day after breakfast we start our trek to Jeng La. Today is a bit short trekking. The starting section of the trek goes through the easy trail. After walking for a couple of hours, we cross a stream and head through the pleasant trail beside the village. The enticing meadows beyond the village are our campsite today. Evening you can walk around the village. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Trek from Jeng La to Tokyu Gaon (4240m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

To reach Tokyu Gaon we have to cross the Jeng La which is about 4850m. It will take about 2 hours to reach on the top of Jeng La. Form the top of the peak we can see the amazing views of Dhaulagiri, seems like cover with the gold in the morning then we will descend towards Tarap valley where we can see green valley which leads us by a beautiful trail down towards Tarap Chu. Ascending from there, we reach to the Tokyu Gaon, surrounded by the monasteries and Chhortens. We can also see people working in their agricultural fields. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap (4200m) 2-3 hours. (B/L/D)

Early morning we hike to the Chaiba Gompa before breakfast. The antique monastery has a long history with wonderful architecture. Then we return to the camp and have breakfast. We walk further through the gentle trail crossing the animal herds and beautiful farming lands. We can see the local people in their unique dress which relates to their religion.

The French School is just outside the village of Dho Tarap. It is surrounded by an irregular stone wall and consists of thirty-four houses. Both Bonpo and Buddhist is inhabitant here. We will visit a Buddhist Gompa where Lama lives to explore his monastery and might even let you see his private Gompa and the Thankas which they made themselves in the Monastery. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Trek from Dho Tarap to Serkam (3623m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

Again, we follow the bank of the Tarap Khola and head through the narrow gorge with the river rushing through. One may see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep, and goats and perhaps meet people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter. The afternoon brings more undulations in the path when it leaves the immediate course of the river.

There is evidence of improvements to the trail where parts of the rock have been blasted out. Then we leave the regular course of the River bed and head through the hill gorges after crossing the newly built suspension bridge and reach Serkam. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Trek from Serkam to Tarakot (2280m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Following the gorge of the Tarap River, we trek from Serkam to Tarakot via Khani Gaon. The trails have been made through the steep slopes. We have to deal with the narrow and crumbly path along the day.

The famous Sandul Gompa, which lies 8 km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbing Khola and Tarap Chu, stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River and at one time supervised collections of tolls for the trading caravans traversing an area called Tichu Rong. As an alternative to camping at Tarakot, you may camp down by the Khani Gaon River as there are good cooking facilities. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 21: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2000m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

The morning after breakfast out trek to Dunai, the trail goes along the wide route and after a bit walk, we walk above the Thuli Bheri River. With an easy walk, we reach the district headquarter of the Dolpo region of Dunai. It is unbelievable to make an amazing round trip via Upper Dolpo, Crossing the breathtaking high passes. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 22: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)

Following the sloppy trail, after breakfast, we begin the trek to Juphal. Above the Bheri River gorge, we leave a tree line behind us and reach the top. Where we can see the incredible view of Juphal. This is a pretty rough trail, but the motor road has made it easier.

Reaching Juphal, we take rest and walk around gradually. Tonight is the last night in the Mountain so time to celebrate to successful trekking and say goodbye to your porters and return the equipment. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 23: Fly from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. (B/L/D)

We leave the Dolpo region today with a scenic flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. The long-isolated foothill journey ends here with life experience and good memories. From Nepalgunj, we catch our next flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, the first transfer to the hotel. Evening you can do shopping in Thamel for your friends & family.

In the evening we will have dinner in a Nepalese Restaurant along with the cultural dance program.

Day 24: Departure to Airport. (B)

A representative from Himalayan Adventure Treks and Tours will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

What’s included?

  • Pick up from Airport and Transfer to the hotel.
  • Three Night’s  3* hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • One Night’s  3* hotel in Nepalgunj with full board meals.
  • Kathmandu/ Nepaljung/Jhupal/Kathmandu flight.
  • Lunch, dinner & breakfast during the trek.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle with an experienced tour guide.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • All accommodations in Camping/tea houses during the treks.
  • Special permit.
  • ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • An experienced, helpful, Govt Licence holder and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 clients).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Last Night farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.

What’s excluded?

  • Nepal Visa fee you may obtain easily in Kathmandu airport.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Entrance fee in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • All meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara. (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).

Entrance fees of Heritage Sites of Nepal:

Nepal is famous for world heritage sites, Tourist attractions places, and monuments areas. Tourism is the second income source of the country. Entrance fees, National park fees, climbing royalties are the backbone of the Nepalese economy. Foreigner tourists visiting heritage sites, attraction places and monuments of the country and have to pay a certain entrance fee to get inside the area. The people of South Asian countries (SAARC) have to pay fewer entrance fees in comparison to tourists from other countries. Many tourists want to see the typical Nepalese art and cultural places, happily paying the entrance fee because it is worth paying to visit.

The 7 heritage sites of Kathmandu valley are amazing. Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan have their own history. They are not only rich in art and architecture but also fountain spiritual places of Hinduism and Buddhism. Most of the constructions made have a tantric background and old history. Not only the Kathmandu valley but other parts of the country are also rich in nature and history. Lumbini (Birth Place of Gautam Buddha) Chitwan National park, Pokhara, Nagarkot, Trekking trails, Peak climbing, Expedition are the main tourist destination in Nepal and main income sources of the country. It is the government that keeps the price of priceless monuments and makes some money from tourists who visit it.

Please find the attached PDF file for the Entrance fees of World heritage and other attraction places in Nepal.

 Entrance Fees of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal

 

Physical Fitness:

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for trekking in Nepal and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in Nepal  With that said, for a standard easy trek to Extreme hard level of trekking. The daily activity (trek) would be 5-6 hours,(depend on the trekking trail) and elevation will generally not exceed 5,600 meters like Everest Base Camp, Throng la passes, Chola passes treks and other passes or Base Camp but some of them are less than 4000m. The trekking day is involving both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow, depending on the season. Mostly a day would include a number of climbs or descents of 600 meters more or less, starting after the early morning breakfast, resting at a lunch place in the afternoon, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trekking in Nepal, it is important, to begin with, the basic training requirement at least 2 months before departing for trekking in Nepal. Two to three hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine required for the hard trekking and for normal and easy trek just have some physical fitness is enough. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking during the trek. Your calf should be enough fit and prepare for trekking. Mostly during the trekking calf paining or tired is the main issue. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not our goal, will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure trekking in Nepal for all easy and hard level.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal:

There are main two seasons in which Nepal where the most amount of visitors visit. (September, October & November) being the most popular season which is also called the peak season in Nepal, and spring (March, April & May) coming in close behind which is also called the mini-season in Nepal. The summer months of June, July, and August are the monsoon season and most of the time raining as such the trails are mostly washed out sometimes, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Nevertheless, you can trek to rain-shadow regions like Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang during the monsoon seasons. Nepal is a suitable destination for all seasons.

Winter is very dry & extremely cold and all the high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate during the day time temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, you gain the altitude the temperature decreases. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -25 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. Winter trek in higher altitudes is not advised due to the danger of avalanches and also altitude sickness. Although some may enjoy the sight of the snow-covered mountains as you reach your destination.  However, the temperature does not change as much in lower mountain regions the nights are slightly colder than days’ time.

Autumn &Spring is the best timing for trekking in Nepal because the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations of the country on the same time you can see the many festivals during that period.

Trekking Day:

A typical trekking day begins with the early morning breakfast around 7 am in the hotel. (Depend on the trekking region). It would advise you to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack after having breakfast; we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is more energetics to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm.  A good morning’s walk, we make a stop for lunch at around 11-12 pm. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop & enjoys the organic & local food in the mountain. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 2-3 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking experienced guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read, and stroll around the area or doing yoga. You can explore with the local people and observe their lifestyle & culture. Dinner is served around 7-8 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations:

During the trekking period, the accommodation is commonly referred to as teahouses. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, Dining hall, and boarding house for tourists. Now a day’s electricity can be found in the rooms, which mean one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Alternatively, teahouses may also use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary. Still, a few of the trekking route electricity service is not available. Use the local traditional kerosene light.

Most of the teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place there are limited teahouses so season time dormitories are the norm. Most of the room has 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Some of the places we can get the private bathroom also with a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the same teahouses and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove or coal to provide heat basically in mountain areas. Most of the areas menu will have Nepali style western foods such as Pancake, pizza, Burger, fries, etc. Also on the menu is the traditional Nepali food Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice, vegetable, Pickle, or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Internal Flight Delays:

Nepal is an incredible and beautiful country of mixed of the White Mountains, deep valleys, Landscape, rivers, and green rolling hills. With this incredible diversity of landscapes, road travel can be extremely time consuming and flights within Nepal to reach popular trekking destinations is the easiest way. Not all the trekking destination has flight service, so road transportation is the only option. Mountainous terrain also comes with the possibility of in-climate weather. It mentions the incredibly high number of visitors during peak seasons makes internal flight delays a genuine possibility. To manage this situation, it may be helpful to have a few extras days on either end of your tour. If any cancellations or flight delays do occur (high chances of flight delays from around Kathmandu to Lukla, Everest region, Pokhara to Jomsom, Annapurna region), we also provide services to arrange chopper on the last stage to help you to be on your schedule on the premises of Civil Aviation Rules in Nepal which state that helicopters can fly if the visibility is 1500m. The cost ranges from USD400 to USD650 according to the number of passengers. The payment can be made either to the helicopter company or to us directly and can be made either by cash or using a credit card. It will be beneficial to purchase and review your insurance, the insurance companies may cover some of the alternative measures of travel. Flight insurance may cover changing your international flight if it is necessary.

Travel Insurance:

Most expeditions, Adventurous trekking, and tours require that travel insurance, and it is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other normal treks and tours may not require. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are only a few direct flights. Travel in and out from country can encounter some disruptions if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations also included. Always choose insurance that, though every safeguard is in place during your Holiday, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident during trekking & tours. Read printout of insurance policies carefully to ensure that the trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered or not, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. If you are going above 5000 m or high always mention the policies, so it’s cover the chopper service in the last condition. It is vital that if you have the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully, which makes your trip relaxing and joyful.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure:

There is only one International airport which is the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival.

‘On Arrival’ visa procedure is very quick and simple. October, November, March, April can expect some queues during peak Tourist season and October is basically the Nepalese got the Main festival Dashain. You can also get Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. The choice is yours.

Visa obtains from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, and then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.

Visas obtained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit points are ‘Tourist Visas’. They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa ‘On Arrival’ is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ‘Tourist Visa’ to get into the country. However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from the Department of Immigration by producing required documents.

Please click below for the online Visa form.

http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

The following visa rules apply for tourists:

For 15 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is the US $30 or equivalent foreign currency.

For 30 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.

For 100 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is the US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency.

According to the immigration regulations, a tourist is allowed to stay in Nepal only for 150 days in a year. You can extend the visa up to another 90 days.

US$ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension.

Additional US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee, if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period

For more details please visit our FAQ link

https://www.himalayanadventuretreks.com/faq/

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3200 meters. The symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath, and cerebral pain. The itineraries are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution for our valuable guests. Our staff also equipped with cell phones and satellite phones (Option) in the occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking-Water:

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When visiting the less developed countries like Nepal it is a concern that all travelers should consider. There are few options when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth in an urban area. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has sealed properly. Plastic bottle reuse is a big problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Mountain spring water is drinkable but if you use the purified tablet. The conservation area project also sells this tablet most of the trekking area. A guide will assist you to find out it also.

Arrival Instruction:

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu Nepal, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your and company name placard being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. Our representatives will be responsible to escort you up to your hotel in Kathmandu. There are many brokers, Taxi drivers, and trouble maker people offering you to carry your luggage and take you to your destination as you exit from the gate. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the company representatives and follow their instructions.

How to Book Your Tour:

Before booking any tour or trekking please read all the terms and conditions thoroughly and call or email the company representative with any questions prior to making any payments. Begin by filling out a booking form and pay the non-refundable deposit. Fill out the form completely and if any confusion contacts the company person so as not to disrupt the expediency of the process. The form may be submitted online or by downloading the form and mailing or Whatsapp the form to your company representative.

It is very important to understand all aspects of the chosen trip, from what’s included and excluded, to the level of service, or even what trip may be right for your level of experience and fitness. Take the time to get all the questions answered so that when booking the trip, it is without trepidation.

Equipment List for Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa Trek:

Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa Trek is difficult trekking but however our long-year experience of operating Trekking to Nepal, We learn many things and would like to give some information to pack your equipment list for your Trekking and we hope, this information will be helpful you so success your trip.

Luggage/Duffle bag:

You will require a duffel bag or a backpack for trekking (65- 75 L) max, and all our trekking stuff is kept in this duffle bag, and our porters will carry this. However, Himalayan Adventure also provides the duffle back if needed.

A day backpack:

You will need a day backpack and you will be carrying it every day by yourself and we recommend you it has to be at least 25L and you can carry important documents like Passport, credit card along with a need to carry a water bottle, snacks bar and clothing layers (hat, gloves, fleece, sunblock, poles, etc…).

Trekking/Hiking boots:

Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa is difficult to trek, and It is essential to have good trekking boots, and it should be waterproof (in case of snow, or rain) Make sure it should be fit on your feet and comfortable during walking. Also, recommend you bring the Crompton during the winter season in Nepal.

Sport Sandals:

You need to have a pair of sports shoes or sandals to use while you are in camp or tea houses after the trek.

Sneakers:

Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa is difficult trekking so sneakers are not suitable for this trek so you can leave your sneakers in Kathmandu hotel until you get back.

Sleeping Bag:

You need to have a lightweight sleeping bag that works for the minus 15 degrees for the summer season but during the winter we recommend minus 20 degrees for the trekking. Himalayan Adventure can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.

Fleece jacket: 

You need to have good quality fleece jacket at least 1 synthetic jacket or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible and gives you enough warmth during the trekking.

Down jacket:

Down jacket is compulsory and recommends you to bring the warm enough so can keep you warm during the  Trek.

Socks:

You need to have at least 5 pairs of thick socks during the spring & autumn but winter and monsoon need at list 7 pairs of socks for this trekking.

Lightweight/ warm insulated pants:

You need to have at least 3 pairs of lightweight trekking pants like Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms, Nylon hiking shorts, Softshell and hardshell trekking pants, Water/windproof trousers, and Casual pants so we can use as the weather.

Short-sleeved shirts:

You need to have 3 ice-breaker merino wool to keep you warm from the cold or synthetic shirts and if you are not allergic to wool products, merino wool is the ideal for Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa Trek & Himalayan Adventure also provide the 1 company T-shirt as a souvenir.

Long-sleeved shirts: 

You need to have at least three shirts.

Underwear:

You need to have few pairs of underwear and this can be as much as you need as there are no washing facilities every day on Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa Trek so, we highly recommend you to have enough pair of underwear.

Waterproof jacket: 

You need at least one waterproof jacket for the rain/snow and wind for the Upper Dolpo Shey Gumpa Trek and waterproof pants may be on option.

Head and face gear:

Sun Hat or cap during the day time, Woolen Hat for morning & Evening and Polarized sunglasses are compulsory.

Hand gear:

You need warm gloves.

Traveling supplies:

Adapter Plug for Charging the Camera and Mobile, Camera belt, Passport belt ( nice to have), Swiss army knife (option), Flashlight, Headlamp, Water bottle, Extra camera battery, Hand sanitizer, Alarm clock, Hiking poles (optional ) and Binoculars (optional).

Toiletries:

Razor, razor blades, shaving cream, aftershave toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, sunscreen, toilet paper, small towel, and period pads (for women).

Medication:

First Aid Medical Kit box (can be purchased in Thamel Kathmandu), Altitude Medicines (Diamox), Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Anti-diarrheic, Powerful antibiotics, and Nasal Spray or Drops.

Filter the fixed Departure Dates

Start Date End Date Availability Cost Status Booking
April 4, 2021 April 27, 2021 10 Pax USD $4400 Guaranteed
September 12, 2021 October 5, 2021 10 Pax USD $4400 Guaranteed
October 10, 2021 November 2, 2021 10 Pax USD $4400 Guaranteed
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