Shey Gompa and Inner Dolpo
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 26 days - from £3,095 (land only) - from €4,335 (land only) - from $4,980 (land only)
Dolpo is open for Trekking!
We have heard from our local contacts in the region that Dolpo was thankfully, largely unaffected by the eathquakes of April and May. There is no damage to the trails or villages of this remote area in the far west of Nepal. Meanwhile, our staff in Kathmandu report that life is getting back to normal here, with more shops and restaurants opening for business everyday and the streets lively with trade and traffic once again.
- A real trek in Dolpo, Nepal`s Wild West
- Trek to the remote Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain
- Hike the spectacular path above Phoksumdo Lake and the Kang La
- In the footsteps of `The Snow Leopard` author, Peter Matthiessen
- Trek to Saldang Village and its Tibetan salt traders
This real adventure trekking holiday visits Inner Dolpo, one of the least accessible and yet most alluring corners of Nepal. Few travellers have penetrated to the heart of Dolpo, a region beautifully portrayed in Eric Valli's excellent film - 'Himalaya'. This is very much the land that time forgot, with a mix of ancient Tibetan religions and a hardy people who make their living through farming and through trade with both Tibet and Nepal. The spiritual heart of Inner Dolpo is the 'Crystal Mountain' and the 11th century Shey Gompa at its base. The region was visited in 1973 by Peter Matthiessen accompanying George Schaller, during his study of the rare Himalayan blue sheep and the even rarer snow leopard. Matthiessen's subsequent book detailing both his trek and his personal spiritual journey has become a classic of its genre. Flying to Dolpo's only airstrip at Juphal, our holiday adventure begins with a trek north to the lush green fields of Ringmo and the stunning blue Phoksumdo lake. After a day acclimatising in this beautiful spot we continue across the Kang La to Inner Dolpo and Shey Gompa. Our return route crosses the Shey La to the major Dolpo settlement of Saldang and the Jeng La to reach Dho Tarap. We round off this special trekking holiday with a descent of the impressive Tarap Gorge to Tarakot and return to Juphal. For the connoisseur of Himalayan trekking and for anyone who wishes to visit an unspoilt region of near mythical status, this trek is an absolute must.
Is this holiday for you?
This trekking holiday into the restricted Inner Dolpo offers a variety of trekking conditions from maintained trails well trodden by local people to lesser used routes over shale and scree. With a combination of a number of longish trekking days, several high pass crossings, and the negotiation of the steep gorges of the upper Phoksumdo and Tarap valleys, this holiday is tougher than the Annapurna Circuit and we have placed it at the highest level of our blue grade. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip and it is recommended that this is not your first experience of trekking above 4,000 metres.