Trails of the ancient salt caravan route: Saldang, Yangsher, Shey Gompa…

In Tibetan language, Dolpo is known as a “Bae Yul”, a “Hidden country” because of its isolation and inaccessibility. For trekkers, it is a Shangrila, a "paradise lost".
Foreign travelers were long time prohibited in these mythical high valleys. Apart from some villages and monasteries, it is a desert of high mineral mountains, snow-capped peaks and green valleys. We will not miss the main village of Shey Gompa, the “crystal mountain monastery" whose pilgrims still perform the “kora” (circuit around the mountain), and Saldang, small capital of the largest and yet less inhabited districts of Nepal.


We will reach High Dolpo via the Tarap Valley, its rich pastures, famous for its little horses and the beautiful Phoksundo Lake,where the Oscar-nominated movie Caravan was shot by Éric Valli. The movie celebrates the salt routes which have today given way to the Yarsagumba road.Yarsagumba is, a precious little caterpillar parasitized by a mushroom that is adored by the Chinese, is the new wealth in the country.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

- A wild and remote region in the steps of the ancient salt caravans, captured by Éric Valli’s movie "Caravan"

- The high mountain atmosphere with 4 passes over 5 000m
- Old-style trekking in Bivouac in an underexplored area
- A particular Tibetan culture and the ancestral animist religion : Bonpo

Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: June - September
  • Duration: 27 Days
  • Flights: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Camp during trek

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Day
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel.
- Accomodation : Hotel

- Accomodation : Hotel

- Walking hours : 5-6h
- Accomodation : Camping

Gradual ascent in pine and juniper trees forest. We pass many hamlets and herds. Camping by the river side.
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Camp

Narrow path in the Tarap Khola gorges. Camping near the river.
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation: Camp
We leave the gorges and reach the Tibetan plateau at about 4000 meters. Actually, Tarap is the name of the valley where there are many villages, the main one being Dho.
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Camp

Day of rest for acclimatization and visit to small temples, monasteries and villages of the Tarap valley.
- Accommodation : Camp

Morning in Tarap. Short trek to reach the camp at the foot of the Numla pass that we will cross the day after.
- Walking hours : 4h
- Accommodation :  Camp

Crossing the Num la (2h, 5 200m) then walk to Langmosi La (4 900m). Beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayas in the South and of the Tibetan Plateau in the North.
- Walking hours : 5-6h
- Accommodation : Camp

Crossing the Langmosi La Pass (4 900m) and descent to Nyalde to camp near the river.
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Camp

Easy walking along the river to reach the village of Sibu.
- Accommodation : Camp

Reaching Saldang, Dolpo’s biggest village.
- Walking hours : 5h
- Accommodation : Camp

- Accommodation : Camp

Following the banks of a stream, easy walk to Yangshe. Camping near the Yangsher monastery, the largest gompa of Dolpo.
- Walking hours : 5h
- Accommodation : Camp
Easy trek to Karang, a beautiful village in the middle of stone walls and barley fields.
- Walking hours : 3h
- Accommodation : Camp
Hard trek to cross the Yang La pass (5 400m) and reach the village of Phyger.
- Accommodation : Camp

Visit to the Samling monastery (Bönpo religion) and trek along the riverbed to Tra, among the nomad camps.
- Accommodation : Camp

We first follow the riverbed. Then we ascend and descend to reach Shey Gompa, Dolpo’s famous monastery. In front of the village, there is a hill called Crystal Mountain that is a renowned Khora.
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Camp

Visit and rest.
- Accommodation : Camp

From Shey, few hours walk before crossing the Kang La (5 500m), the highest pass of this journey. Then long descent into a rough terrain to reach Phoksumdo Khola and our bivouac.
- Walking hours : 7-8h
- Accommodation : Camp
Maybe the most beautiful day of trekking as we follow the small track along Lake Phoksumdo in an amazing environment of mountains and forests. Camping in Ringmo.
- Walking hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Camp
Morning in Ringmo to visit the Bönpo monastery over the lake. Afternoon, walk to Sepka. Last night in camp.
- Walking hours : 5h
- Accommodation : Camp

Long trek to reach Juphal airport.
- Walking hours : 8h
- Accommodation : Lodge

Rest of the day is free in Kathmandu.
- Accomodation : Hotel
Free day in the city.
- Accomodation : Hotel
Free day in the city.
- Accomodation : Hotel
Airport transfer for return flight.
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