Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa trekking a remarkable adventure with tremendous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), range of mountains with Api and Saiphal including Kagmara Himal visiting rural remote villages of interesting culture and traditions of Tibetan origin and in the country where Blue sheep and beautiful snow leopard dwells.
Adventure to Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa begins with a scenic sweeping flight to Nepalgunj city towards Nepal Far South West in warmer zone, from Nepalgunj with another scenic flight to Dolpo and landing in Jhupal village with amazing views of Api, Saiphal and Dhaulagiri range of mountains.
From Jhupal head towards Dunai town a headquarter town of Dolpo district, from here our remarkable adventure starts with a good walk towards emerald Phokshumdo Lake also called Ringmo located in tranquil environment. Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa trekking around interesting villages with Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture (earlier of pre Buddhism) and traditions, walk continues leading to barren arid country with amazing views of red rock formation walls high cliffs in the backdrop of high snow capped mountains. Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa trekking leads through villages of Ankhe 2,896m, Sumdu / Sulighat village 3,500m to reach at Phokshumdo Lake with nice Tibetan cultured village of Ringmo, after a rest day with awesome time exploring the lake and village, adventure carries on to cross a high pass of Kang-la 5,360 m the highest point of this adventure, and then to our highlight and destination at Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery beneath the towering Crystal Mountain.
This area is well described in Peter Mattessian classic novel “The Snow Leopard” and made it much popular by exposing this beautiful country to the outside world. Here explore the mystical old Monastery, Shey means crystal in local language, just close to the monastery stands Crystal Mountain one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs is laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. From here taking an alternative route crossing high pass of Jeng-la to reach wonderful villages of Tokyu, Dho Tarap and Tarakot a nice place with monastery, after a great time our adventure around Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa trekking concludes, on reaching at Jhupal with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj after an amazing Upper Dolpo & Shey Gompa trekking.