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Upper Dolpo and Shey Gompa Trek

Upper Dolpo TrekDolpa became part of Nepal 200 years ago when the Gurkhas gained control over the region. Ties of blood and religion made the district a natural refuge for Tibetans who fled the Communist Chinese ‘liberation’ of Tibet in 1959. Within Dolpa’s ring of massive mountains live a people economically and culturally disrupted by their estrangement from Tibet. It has much in common with Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahul and Spiti in India, and with Mustang its eastern Nepali neighbor. 1,000 year old Buddhist monasteries dot the Shey and Ban Tshang Valleys. The principal religion in Dolpa is Tibetan Buddhism. Dolpa has a subsistence economy, based on livestock and barley cultivation wrested from the steep mountain sides at elevations as high as 4,000m. Two groups of ethnic Tibetans make up Dolpa’s sparse population. The Rungba, or ‘valley farmers’, whose yellow village houses belong to the monks while those painted white belong to the lay population. The Drok are nomadic yak herders. Interestingly, Drok girls mix grease and black root extract to use as a sun block on their faces at high altitudes.


Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 02: Fly to Juphal Trek to Dunai
Day 03: Dunai / Rohagoan
Day 04: Rohagaon / Renji
Day 05: Renji / Phoksundo Lake
Day 06: Explore Phoksundo Lake.
Day 07: Phoksundo / Phoksundo Khola
Day 08: P. Khola / Sehula Bhanjyang
Day 09: Sehula Bhanjyang / Shey Gomba
Day 10: Shey Gomba / Saldang
Day 11: Saldang / Yangser Gonpa
Day 12: Yangser Gonpa / Semen Gaun
Day 13: Semen Gaun / Tenqu Gaun
Day 14: Tenqu Gaun / Serung Khola
Day 15: Serung Khola / Tokyu Gaun
Day 16: Tokyu Gaun / Do-Tarap
Day 17: Do-Tarap / Tarap Khola
Day 18: Tarap Khola / Kani Gaun
Day 19: Kani Gaun / Lahan.
Day 20: Lahan / Dunai
Day 21: Dunai / Juphal
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu Via Kep.