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Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa


Upper Dolpo Region


5,115 Meters


Moderate to Challenging




25 Days


Nepalgunj - Phoksundo Lake - Shey Gompa - Dho Tarap

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day


Hotel / Lodge / Tea house


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek


Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu


Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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The Upper Dolpo trek “The Caravan trek” 24 days is an extension of the lower Dolpo trek. It takes you to the plateau with the wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet. Since 1984 this region is under National Park, making it Nepal’s largest National Park. This is the only one encompassing a Trans-Himalayan ecosystem. The National Park Status has helped preserve not only the culture but also the wildlife. It also helps to preserve the children of the Himalayas.

Upper Dolpo trek offers the best scenery on the north-westernmost side of Nepal. The centerpiece of the park is the biggest lake in Nepal. We offer the following itinerary for Upper Dolpo Rara Lake Trekking.

Dolpo is one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world. It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles in Nepal’s northwestern frontier with Tibet. It encompasses 30 villages and monasteries, at altitudes above eleven thousand. Dolpo is in Nepal but, its people, religion, and culture are Tibetan Buddhists descended. Nomadic tribes of Tibet settled in this area around the tenth century.

In fact, people living in certain pockets of the region practice Bon Po. It is an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism with belief. it is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer. On your trekking trail, you might have your encounter with this endangered species. You can also see a great variety of birds that resides in this district. Most of the wild animals are rear to get out in front of humans on this terrain. Blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and the Himalayan wolf are also found in Dolpo.

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Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

Half-Day Sightseeing and permit preparation

Today you will visit some of the best UNESCO heritage of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Bauddhanath. In the meantime, the Parikrama Treks team will complete all the necessary paper works. 

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)

Today we take a flight to Nepalgunj for our next flight to Jhupal tomorrow. Nepalgunj lies in the southwestern part of Nepal a steaming hot city.

Flight to Juphal (2475m)

Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Jhupal from Nepalgunj. We can also see the beautiful snow-capped mountains in a distance from our flight. Juphal is a small mountain village from where we start our trek to Dolpo.

Trek from Juphal to Chhepka (2838m / 6 hrs)

Today we start with a descend to the Thuli Bheri River and crossing a big suspension bridge. From here we will make an entrance to Shey Phoksando National Park (SPNP). It is  Nepal’s largest National Park with an area of 3,555km/sq. It is comprising the Trans Himalayan easy stem and the Tibetan type of floras and faunas. On the trail, we can enjoy Dhauligiri Range and walk past pine tree line spruce. At the end of the day, we will reach Cheep Ka, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field.

Trek from Chhepka to Palam (3820m / 7 hrs)

Today we have to pass through a beautiful forest, following a river. We have to ascend sometimes and descend sometimes. On the way, we can see the local people with their mules as Dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow).

Trek form Palam to Phoksundo Lake (3620m / 4 hrs)

Today we have to climb for about 2hrs before reaching the top. On the trail, we will also see Nepal’s highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 107m high. It is also known as the Phoksundo waterfall or sunlight waterfall. Then we will descend from the top to get Ringmo village a small charming village. people practice it.

Exploring Day

Today we get a day of rest for our body to get used to the higher elevation. We can visit some nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist religion. Later we mesmerize the beauty of Phoksundi Lake.

Trek to Salla Ghari (3640m / 6 hrs)

From today we will have an entry inside Upper Dolpo with our permits checked. First, we descend and later ascend through a wide valley. It leads to the spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal (66612m). Later we walk an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lakeside camp.

Trek from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa (4120m / 6 hrs)

Today we trek through high rock walls on both sides and crossing a couple of streams. We will enter a narrow gorge where will set our camp. We can continue the trek but there is the possibility of an altitude sickness problem.

Trek from Lar Tsa to Shey Gompa (4320m /8 hrs)

Today's trek is a long and strenuous climb to cross Kang La (5350m), also called Ngadra La. Once on top, we descend through a pass covered with snow which is very steep. later we will reach Shey Gompa, a very small village with a couple of houses and the Gompa. It is an 11th-century gompa.

Rest Day at Shey Gompa

Today we take this day for rest and explore around Tsakang Gompa.  Tsakang had been a meditation center of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community. They are followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. In Dolpo, the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley.

Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgun (4430m / 6 hrs)

Today we start by crossing the Glen Pass which is also known as Sheyla Pass. From here we can see the beautiful view of the northern part of the Tibet plateau. It is the highest plateau in the world. After through pass, we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung.

Trek from Namgun to Saldang (4046m / 3 hrs)

Today we ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to Saldang village. It lies on a plateau high above the Nam Khong Nala and the biggest villages of the lower Dolpo area.

Trek from Saldang to Sibu (4000m / 6 hrs)

Today we pass through through fields, Stupas, Chortens mani, and a Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having nearly four hundred inhabitants.

Trek to Jengla (4480m / 5 hrs)

We will follow the line of the river valley and the trail is easy going. After two hours, we cross another stream from where the rise becomes very sharp.

Trek from Jengla to Tokyo Gaon (4240m / 7 hrs)

To reach Tokyo Gaon we have to cross the Jeng La pass which is about 4850m. It will take about 2 hrs to climb to reach the top of Jeng La. Form the top of the peak we can have good views of Dhaulagiri and descend towards Tarap valley. Later we walk through the green valley which leads us by a beautiful trail down to Tarap Chu.

Trek from Tokyo Gaon to Dho Tarap (4200m /2 hrs)

Today we will walk east along the downward lower of Tarap Chu. The trail is easy as it is well-traveled. There are many mani walls, we can see but some of the Chhortens are in a bad situation. The “French School” is outside the village of Dho Tarap. 

Trek from Dho Tarap to Serkam (3623m / 7 hrs)

Today's trail follows the course of the Tarap Khola, generally downhill. You go through narrow gorges with the river rushing through. If you are lucky you may encounter wild animals including blue sheep, marmots. Later meet people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter.

Trek from Serkam to Tarakot (2280m / 5 hrs)

Today we reach Khanigoan by the new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river. The trail is quite demanding till we reach Tarakot. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning 'fort'. Before the Gorkha dynasty, Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The also has a famous Sandul gompa.

Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2109m / 5 hrs)

Today we walk beside the Bheri River you use the ingenious path built twenty feet above the river. All too soon you have reached the village of Dunai and the campsite you used before.

Trek to Juphal (2404m / 3 hrs)

You now retrace your steps to Juphal.

Flight from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Today we take a flight back to Kathmandu. First, we take a flight to Nepalgunj and take a connecting flight to Kathmandu.

Free day in Kathmandu

Today is a spare day to catch a flight if we miss it a day before. We can use this day to rest and relax at your hotel. ONce can also go for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. 

Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure.

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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