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Upper Dolpo Shey Festival Trek - 2024

Upper Dolpo Shey Festival Trek - 2024

Trip Facts

Start/End: Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Destination: Nepal
Trip Duration: 25
Transportation By Air-Jeep
Best Season: July-Nov
Difficulty Challenging
Max. Altitude 4542
Group Size 2-15
Activity Trekking/Sightseen

Overview And Highlights

  • Witness rarest Shey Festival in your lifetime
  • Many ancient & white-washed monasteries like Thasoon Chholing Bon-po Gompa
  • The Phoksundo Lake, the world’s highest altitude lake
  • Special Bon cultural villages and inhabitants like DhoTarap
  • Amazing country of Crystal Mountain at SheyGomba
  • Visit religiously very important Shey Gompa

Shey-crystal Mountain (Ribo Drugta) and Shey Gompa is one of the most sacred Himalayan pilgrimages of Nepal. It has a legendary connection to Buddhism, located in the north of the Phoksundo Lake in Upper Dolpo with an elevation of 4160m from sea level, is the spiritual heart of Dolpo. Being the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo the trek into Upper Dolpo is a revered and sacred holy place. His immense holiness Tuptop Singe Yeshe had enlightened from Shey-Gonpa. The Crytal Mountain (Ribo Drugta) is the major panoramic and pilgrimage of Shey gompa. The crystal mountain (Ribo Drukta) is also known as the younger brother of Mt. Kailash. Shey Festival is commenced every 12 years Tibetan lunar calendar. In the year of Dragon (Druklho), Shey Festival takes place in Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo. Shey Festival happens in the twelve-year cycle in the Buddhist calendar each year is represented by a different animal and each year with the importance of twelve different pilgrimages, which include Mt. Kailash in Tibet, Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Shey Gompa in Dolpo, and other in many other places in the world. The last time Shey Festival happened was in 2012 and the next festival took place in Shey Gompa in 2024.

Join our exclusive 2024 Upper Dolpo Shey Festival Trek to experience the famous Shey Festival celebrated in Shey Gompa which is situated Upper Dolpo region of Nepal. Festival Date from 17 Aug to 19 Aug 2024. Booking is Open !!

Outline Itinerary

04 Aug Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
05 Aug Day 02 : Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m) 1 hour flight
06 Aug Day 03 : : Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai(2150m) 3 hours
07 Aug Day 04 : Dunai to Tarakot(2450m) 5-6 hours
08 Aug Day 05 : Tarakot to Laina Odar (3350m) 5-6 hours.
09 Aug Day 06 : Laina Odar to Nawarpani(3650m) 6 hours
10 Aug Day 07 : Nawarpani to Dho Tarap(4100m) 7-8 hours
11 Aug Day 08 : Dho Tarap to Jyantha Banjyang BC (4542m) 6-7 hours
12 Aug Day 09 : Jyantha Banjyang Basecamp to Yak Kharka (4160m) 5-6 hours
13 Aug Day 10 : Yak Kharka to Cha Gaon (3840m) 5-6 hours
14 Aug Day 11 : Cha Gaon to Saldang (3770m) 3-4 hours
15 Aug Day 12 : Saldang to Namgang Gompa (4360m) 3-4 hours
16 Aug Day 13 : Namgang Gompa to Shey Gompa (4160m) 7-8 hours
17 Aug Day 14 : Shey Gompa-Festival
18 Aug Day 15 : Shey Gompa-Festival
19 Aug Day 16 : Shey Gompa-Festival
20 Aug Day 17 : Shey Gompa-Festival
21 Aug Day 18 : Shey Gompa to Kang Base Camp (4500m) 6-7 hours
22 Aug Day 19 : Base Camp to Phoksundo North Camp (3610m) 5-6 hours
23 Aug Day 20 : North Camp to Phoksundo(3600m) 3-4 hours
24 Aug Day 21 : Phoksundo to Chhepka (2720m) 7-8 hours
25 Aug Day 22 : Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 6-7 hrs
26 Aug Day 23 : Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
27 Aug Day 24 : Free Day in Kathmandu
28 Aug Day 25 : Final Departure

 

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

We Himalaya Trekking Team will pick up you from Kathmandu airport and drop to your Hotel.

Day 2 : Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(150m) 1 hour flight

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
150

Today, you have free morning at the hotel. This would be your final preparation for trek such as if you missed to buy anything for trekking, you can buy. In the afternoon, you’ll transfer to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and will fly to Nepalgunj. An hour flight to Nepalgunj takes you the south-west part of Nepal. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport, you’ll be picked by hotel. Check-in at hotel and rest at the hotel.

Day 3 : : Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai(2150m) 3 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
2150

Today early morning, you’ll be transfered to Nepalgunj airport and then will fly to Juphal (2475m). A pleasant 45 minute’s flight to Juphal by small 17-seater aircraft will provide you views of Himalayan foothills with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Upon arrival at Juphal, you’ll meet your trekking crew (guide, cook, kitchen team etc). From Juphal, your first day trek to Dunai will take about 2-3 hours walk. The trekking trail follows terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow canyon which after in 3 hours will lead you to a relatively larger village called Dunai. Tented Camp at Dunai (2140m).

Day 4 : Dunai to Tarakot(2450m) 5-6 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
2450

After breakfast at first tented camp night, you’ll trek to Tarakot today. As the trek begins today, you follow the upstream trail that banks Bheri River. First part of today’s trek is very pleasant as you’ll trek along the leveled path occupied by beautiful landscapes in the neighborhood. Almost a couple of hours of trek bring you to the settlement of Byasghar (2430 m). Exiting out of Byasghar, you’ll continue trekking along the riverside trail that heads towards northeast direction. During this part of the trek, the trail most of the times flanks the river closely and at other time it climbs over the hill or around the ridge. The trek continues along open trails before it arrives to Baijibara. This small settlement holds a Bon Monastery. After a short uphill trek further, dry stone walls and cultivating fields indicate the arrival of famous mid-hill settlement of western Nepal, Tarakot, a small settlement that nestles high above Thuli Bheri River was once a famous trading point as it was the capital of ancient independent kingdom Tichorung. Most of the natives of the village belong to Magar tribe and the most of them practice Tibetan Buddhism as their religion. In some clusters of ‘Kaike’ a local dialect is spoken, which is not spoken anywhere else.

Day 5 : Tarakot to Laina Odar (3350m) 5-6 hours.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
3350

After breakfast at camp, the trek begins today by hiking along the trail that lies on the southern bank of Bheri River. An hour-long trek brings you to the open valley created by Bharbung Khola. Then the trail heads east along the bank of Bharbung Khola. This part of trek brings you closer to PuthaHuinchuli and Churen Himal. The trail beyond Bharbang Khola chases the easy steps that eventually bring us to Laisicap (277 m). Now you cross the main river and begin to trek along the west bank of Tarap Khola. You’ll head north until we arrive to Khanigaon (2950m). Khanigaon is the winter residence of the Dho-Tarap people. Then you can see the wonderful view of Sandul Gompa across the valley from Khanigaon. The final push on the steep uphill trail finally brings you to Laina Odar, which is a wonderful camping site with a beautiful waterfall nearby.

Day 6 : Laina Odar to Nawarpani(3650m) 6 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
3650

After breakfast at camp, today’s trek begins along the spectacular trail. As you head further from Laina Odar, the trail goes through the deep gorges with scary cliffs above them. After couple of hours of trek to the north from LainaOdar, the trail begins to become relatively open. A little bit of effort put to make the trail easier can be seen. You now trek on the easy trail paved with wooden planks and flat stones that leads us to Chhyugar (3440m). Chhyugar lies at the bank of small stream which we cross and begin to trek along its western bank to Pibke or Nawarpani (3475m).

Day 7 : Nawarpani to Dho Tarap(4100m) 7-8 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4100

After breakfast at camp, from today one of the most interesting days of the trek is about to begin. The trek most of the times run along the bank of Tarap Khola switching sides frequently. On the first part of the trek your hike along the northwest bank of Tarap Khola to Ghyamghar, a small settlement with a monastery. At Ghyamghar, you’ll cross the river and begin to trek along the eastern bank to Sisaul. At Sisaul once again you’ll cross the river to its western bank and begin to trek along the lonely valley. As you arrive to Langa, you’ll once again cross the river and follow its eastern bank that climbs to a small arid hill. The last part of today’s Inner Dolpo Trek slides down from this small hill to Dho Tarap (3944m). Dho Tarap is a fascinating settlement that manifests the real attributes of Dolpo. This famous settlement of Dolpo nestles high above a wide valley and was a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the ancient days. You will settle down our camps at DhoTarap for the overnight stay. There are plenty of places to see around Dho Tarap. In fact, Dho Tarap is a highland settlement dotted with monasteries. If you time enough for trek, you can spend one more night at Dho Tarap to explore around.

Day 8 : Dho Tarap to Jyantha Banjyang BC (4542m) 6-7 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4542

After breakfast at camp, you’ll begin the trek along a gentle uphill trail from Dho Tarap. Nearly an hour-long uphill climb brings us to Crystal Mountain School and Health Post. Schools and health posts are very rarely seen in Dolpo. En-route to Jyanta La Base Camp you’ll trek along the easy trail that reaches to Tokyu (4209m). Authentically traditional looking village Tokyu is a widespread village with graceful and old-fashioned houses. Tokyu is also a delightful place for a photographer on a bright sunlight. From Tokyu, you’ll take another route to Jyanta La instead of route of Numa La Base Camp as it is straight forward. After couple of hours of walking you’ll reach Jyanta La Base Camp, a camping site below Jyanta La.

Day 9 : Jyantha Banjyang Basecamp to Yak Kharka (4160m) 5-6 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4160

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll hike up to Jyanta La (5220m) by ascending from Jyanta Bhanjyang. It takes 7 to 8 hours of extensive time in order to accomplish the trek and arrive in the camp.

Day 10 : Yak Kharka to Cha Gaon (3840m) 5-6 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
3840

Yak Kharka to Cha Gaon (3840m) 5-6 hours

Day 11 : Cha Gaon to Saldang (3770m) 3-4 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
3770

Cha Gaon to Saldang (3770m) 3-4 hours

Day 12 : Saldang to Namgang Gompa (4360m) 3-4 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4360

After breakfast at camp, you’ll trek to Namgung. Today you’ll descend steep slopes from Saldang village situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala and the biggest villages of lower Dolpo area.

Day 13 : Namgang Gompa to Shey Gompa (4160m) 7-8 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4160

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll cross Saldang La (5200m) over forest leading to a rocky canyon. You walk through a meandering trail to reach the top of Saldang-La Pass.

 

Day 14 : Shey Gompa-Festival

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4160

Today is the opening ceremony of Shey Festival. Buddhist believers from different villages will gather in Shey Gompa and start Shey Festival. Different types of dances, poojas (worship) will be performed there. You can attend in the festival and rest at Shey Gompa.

Day 15 : Shey Gompa-Festival

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4160

In second day, food festival, local handicraft exhibition with demonstration and ritual performances will be done today.

Day 16 : Shey Gompa-Festival

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4160

On third day, Shey Ribo drugta circumambulation will happen.

Day 17 : Shey Gompa-Festival

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4160

On fourth day, mask dance in the morning and Dolpo cultural show in the evening will be shown.

Day 18 : Shey Gompa to Kang Base Camp (4500m) 6-7 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4500

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll ascend gradually up for about 2 hours to reach High Camp of Kang La Pass following rock valley. From there, you’ll ascent to the Kang La Pass (5350m) which will take about 3 further hours. From the Kang La Pass, you’ll view Crystal Mountain, range of Mount Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa Himal etc. From the pass, now you’ll descent about 1.5 hours to reach our today’s camp.

Day 19 : Base Camp to Phoksundo North Camp (3610m) 5-6 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3610

Base Camp to Phoksundo North Camp (3610m) 5-6 hours

Day 20 : North Camp to Phoksundo (3600m) 3-4 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3600

Today After breakfast we start our trek to Phoksundo Lake When we reach therer we have a Lunch after that we spend time exploring the lake, the major attraction of this package. Along with the exploration of the Ringmo village, we will also pay a visit to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery) which is situated on the top of a ridge above the turquoise lake.

This monastery is more than 900 years old and is quite remarkable. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs.

The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Besides that, we will also explore some settlements with Bon-Po culture and local traditions involving the Dolpo people.

Day 21 : Phoksundo to Chhepka (2720m) 7-8 hours

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
2720

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll descent to Chhekpa all the way down through forest and villages.

Day 22 : Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 6-7 hrs

Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
2475

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll finish off your trekking. The trail starts with about 3 hours descent till Sulighat and then you’ll trek about 3 hours ascent to reach Juphal.

Day 23 : Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Food
Breakfast, Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

uphal-Kathmandu (alt. 1300m) After early breakfast at Juphal, you’ll take a short 30 minutes’ flight to Nepalgunj from Juphal. And then you’ll catch another flight to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. Depending the flight time to Kathmandu, you can spend some time in Nepalgunj to wait connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you’ll be transfer to hotel.

Day 24 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 25 : Final Departure

Our Company representative from Himalaya Trekking Team will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport before your 3 hrs departure time. Hope you enjoy your time in Nepal.

Service Includes

  • 3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis
  • 1 night in Nepalgunj at tourist-class hotel on twin sharing basis
  • 20 nights in tented camps during the trekking on twin sharing basis
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking at tented camps served by our cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except
  • In Kathmandu Breakfast during Kathmandu hotel stay
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
  •  Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj -Kathmandu flight with airport taxes
  • Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Dolpo-Nepalgunj flight with airport taxes 18 kg baggage per person for trek and flights
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park Fee
  • Lower and Upper Dolpo Special Permit Fee
  • 1 English-speaking experienced trekking guide 1 experienced trekking cook Required kitchen team (kitchen helpers)
  •  Porters to carry personal baggage, camping equipment, kitchen utensils and trekking food
  • English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

 

Service Excludes

  •  International airfares
  • International airport departure tax.
  • Trekking equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) - you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  •  Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Guide & Porter

 

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Additional Information

Equipment and Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Peregrine Treks inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your porter will carry your luggage but you are required to carry a day pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.


Important documents and items
•    Valid passport (at least 3 month validity), 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.
Head
•    Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
•    Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
•    Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
•    Sunglasses with UV protection
•    Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
•    Light and expedition weight thermal tops
•    Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
•    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
•    Down vest and/or jacket *
Lower Body
•    Non-cotton underwear briefs
•    1 pair of hiking trousers
•    1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
•    1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
•    2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
•    2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
•    1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
•    1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
•    Cotton socks (optional)
•    Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Medical
•    Small, personal first-aid kit. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
•    Anti-diarrhea pills
•    Anti-headache pills
•    Cough and/or cold medicine
•    Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc
•    1 set of earplugs
•    Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Toiletries
•    Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
•    Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
•    Deodorants
•    Nail clippers
•    Face and body moisturizer
•    Female hygiene products
Personal Hygiene
•    Wet wipes (baby wipes)
•    Anti-bacterial hand wash
•    Sanitary Pad (for menstruation period
Extras/Luxuries
•    Reading book
•    Trail map/guide book
•    Journal and pen
•    iPod
•    Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
•    1 modest swim suit
•    Binoculars (optional)
•    Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

 

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