Dolpa lies in the trans-Himalayan region of mid-west Nepal, a land remote and isolated from the rest of the country. Since Dolpo was part of Tibet once, Dolpo’s culture, landscape, and ethnicity is same as Tibet and Tibetans. The Tibetan culture in Dolpo is the only one well preserved on this side of the Himalaya.
Upper Dolpa Trek focuses on journey to Shey Gompa Monastery located deep into the heart of Dolpo valley. The 11th century Shey Gompa belongs to Kagyupa sect (the first Kagyupa monastery) and was founded by Lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. Shey in Tibetan language means vivid, crystal and pure. Today the monastery is in the care of Chaiba community.
The trekking starts from Juphal, which is connected by a direct from Nepalgunj. Two days walk from Juphal will reach you Shey Phoksundo Lake (3600m), a high altitude lake, is a Ramsar site lying within Shey Phoksundo National Park. The Lake is breathtaking beautiful with turquoise water and a natural serenity. Along the trek you will have constant backdrop of snowy Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri in the north to Wedge peak, Kang peak and Mt. Api in the west.
The Kangla Pass at 5151m is one of the highest passes in the Himalayas and crossing this is mandatory to get to Shey Gompa (4200m). The Gompa offers splendid views of crystal mountain and lack mountain. After spending time in the Gompa you will drop down to Tarakot via Lahini by passing two other passes: Saldang La pass (4785m) and Jenjela Pass (4845m).
All along the journey you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Ghyuthumba, Matathumba, Kanjiroba, Kagmara, Triangle peak, Api Himal etc.