Shey Gompa and Inner Dolpo
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 26 days - from £2,895 (land only) - from €3,620 (land only) - from $5,065 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Morning free. Afternoon flight to Nepalgunj and transfer to group hotel.
Day 3: Morning flight to Jhupal in Lower Dolpo and trek easily along the Thulo Bheri river to Sulighat (2050m). Camp.
Day 4: We start the trek to Inner Dolpo following the Suli Gaad river north to Chepka (2600m). Camp. Approximately 7 hours. 600 metres ascent.
Day 5: Continue along the river through a steep sided gorge to reach Samduwa and our overnight halt at 3085 metres. Camp. 5 hours.
Day 6: Following the Phoksumdo Khola through more ravines we enter the National Park before crossing a ridge and descending to Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake (3620m). Camp.
Day 7: A day for acclimatisation at the lake. There are opportunities fior day hikes here and a visit to Ringmo is highly recommended. Camp.
Day 8: We continue north on an exciting trail above the lake, and ascend the valley beyond to reach Salagari (3700m). Camp. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 9: Leaving the main valley we follow the route of Peter Matthiessen heading north up a narrow trackless valley to 'Snowfields' camp at 4717 metres.
Day 10: Today we cross the Kang La (5375m) and descend to Inner Dolpo. We follow the winding river valley to Shey Gompa and set up camp close to the monastery.
Day 11: A rest day. There is much to do and see here. Besides Shey Gompa itself, a visit to Tsa Kang monastery is perched on a ledge of a cliff-face, is highly recommended. Camp.
Day 12: Turning east we cross the Shey La pass with tremendous views of Tibet and Mustang and descend to pastures at Namgung (4411m). Camp.
Day 13: A morning's easy trekking to the major Inner Dolpo settlement of Saldang. The afternoon is free to explore the village, a true insight into the ways of Dolpo. Camp.
Day 14: Heading south now we follow the river passing several settlements to a lunch stop at Rapa. After lunch we continue trelkking to Nagaon Khola junction camp (4200m). 6 - 7 hours.
Day 15: An easy start following the river, then a steady climb to a grazing area below the Jeng La at 4820 metres. Camp. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 16: Today we cross the Jeng La (5110m) and descend to the Tarap Valley where we camp close to the monastery at Tokyu (4210m). Camp. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 17: An easy morning's walk, descending the upper Tarap valley to Dho (4020m) where we set up camp close to this picturesque Dolpo village. The afternoon is free to explore the village. 2 - 3 hours.
Day 18: This is a spare day in case we have encountered any difficulties with our trekking schedule. If not used we have the option to spend a rest day at Dho Tarap or at one of the campsites lower down in the valley.
Day 19: We cross and re-cross the Tarap Chu on a variety of bridges old and new to reach the grazing area of Shim Ora (3647m). Camp. 7 hours.
Day 20: An interesting day of trekking through gorges of the Tarap Chu to Kanigaon (2636m). Camp.
Day 21: A short morning of trekking following the river down to our5 camp at Tarakot. After lunch there is the option to make the 400 metre climb to the gompa at Gumba Tara.
Day 22: We complete our trekking circuit today following the Thulo Bheri river to Dunai (2090m). Camp. 5 hours.
Day 23: A pleasant walk beside the river and a last climb to reach the airstrip at Jhupal (2474m). Camp. 4 hours.
Day 24: Fly via Nepalgunj to Kathmandu where we check into our hotel. Evening celebratory meal at one of Kathmandu's top restaurants. Hotel.
Day 25: A free day in Kathmandu. Optional city tour. The group's final evening together. Hotel.
Day 26: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
You can view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.