Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa

The Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa brings you into a mystical land where centuries old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions, interwoven with shamanistic influences, are still an important part of daily life. The villages, gompa’s and people you meet during this trek will leave an unforgettable impression on you. The landscapes here are even more desolate than on the Dolpa Circuit and the villages even more isolated and pure.

The trekking brings you to Shey Gompa, which is often referred to as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo. It’s a magical place, situated at the base of Crystal Mountain. Crystal Mountain is visited by hundreds of pilgrims each year, who make a kora (circuit) around the mountain, Dolpo’s own version of Mount Kailash.

This is quite a strenuous hike. You have to cross three high passes, Nagdalo La of 5350 m, the Shey La of 5000 m and Jeng La of 5110 m. These crossings involve long climbs and long descends. Besides, you stay above 4000 meters for a long time, 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.

Leaving from Kathmandu, it’s a 21 days trip, but it can be shorter or longer, depending on the length of your walking days. There are (basic) guesthouses in Juphal, Dunai, Kageni, Chhepka, close to Sanduwa (next to the Amchi Hospital), Ringmo, Shey, Saldang, Dho and Lingdo. At the other places you have to camp (day 7, 10-14, 16 and 17 of this itinerary).

Trip Facts





Max. Altitude:

5350 m








Teahouse/homestay/Camping (it is needed to take a tent)


Day 1

Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj

Day 2

Flight Nepalgunj-Juphal (2475 m), walk to Chhepka (2838 m) 6 hrs

Day 3

Chhepka (2838 m) to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m) 6 hrs

Day 4

Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m) to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) 3 hrs

Day 5

Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m), free day

Day 6

Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) to Chunemba (3639 m) 5 hrs

Day 7

Chunemba (3639 m) to Snowfields Camp (4400 m) 7 hrs

Day 8

Snowfields Camp (4400 m) to Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Nagdalo La (5350 m) 6 hrs

Day 9

Restday Shey Gompa (4310 m)

Day 10

Shey Gompa (4350 m) to Namgung (4430 m) via Shey La (5000 m) 6 hrs

Day 11

Namgung (4400 m) to Saldang (4060 m) 3 hrs

Day 12

Saldang (4060 m) to Sibu (4200 m) 5 hrs

Day 13

Sibu (4200 m) to Lagmo Che (4570 m) 4 hrs

Day 14

Lagmo Che (4570 m) to Tokyu (4209 m) via Jeng La (5110 m) 7 hrs

Day 15

Tokyu (4209 m) to Dho Tarap ( 4080 m) 2 hrs

Day 16

Dho Tarap (4080 m) to Sisaul (3750 m) 4 hrs

Day 17

Sisaul (3750 m) to Laina Odar (3370 m) 7-8 hrs

Day 18

Laina Odar (3370 m) to Lingdo (2391 m) 5 hrs

Day 19

Lingdo (2391 m) to Dunai (2140 m) 5 hrs

Day 20

Dunai (2140 m) to Juphal (2475 m) 3½ hrs

Day 21

Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu