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Unknown Inner Dolpo Trek

Dolpo & The Crystal Mountain

Shey Gompa - Phoksundo Lake - The 'Crystal Mountain' - Traditional costumes of Dho Tarap - Realm of the snow leopard

Challenging Himalayan treks don't come much better than this.True Himalayan afficionados will already be enthralled by the mere mention of Dolpo and most likely inspired by reading Peter Matthiessons iconic novel 'The Snow Leopard' as well as having been moved by 'Thinle's' trials and tribulations in Eric Valli's truly magical film 'Himalaya'. Indeed to the informed, Dolpo has near mythical status. That remains so as this is a truly remote, isolated Himalayan land that can only be reached on foot and an arduous, lengthy trek at that. One of the longer treks in Nepal. With several 5000m passes to cross & with snow conditions likely, there are many long, challenging days walking at high altitudes. Indeed this trek is often called 'The Snow Leopard Trek'. Thus this rarely visited magical land where the Bon Po religion thrives beneath the 'Crystal Mountain' will likely remain the domain of the determined, experienced (and very fit) trekker for many years to come. This circuit trek of Dolpo visits the bejewelled Phoksundo Lake before tackling the 'Demons Trail' and then over the Kang La to the restricted area of Inner Dolpo for which special permits are required. Leaving Inner Dolpo by crossing the Shey La and down through the Tarap Chu the traditional dress of the people of Dho Tarap is encountered on this journey through the realm of the snow leopard. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and you may wish to consider additional acclimatisation days, rest & contingency days added.  The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely  'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent camping. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required. 


24 Days -  Very Challenging - Max altitude 5375m - 20 days walking- 3nts Hotels - 20nts Camping


Price Guide

£ GBP 3293

$ US 4275

Detailed Itinerary All Nepal Classic Treks

 EUR 3777

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu


Day 2 - Fly to Nepalgunj


Day 3 - Fly to Juphal, trek to Sulighat


Day 4 - Trek to Chepka


Day 5 - Trek to Samduwa


Day 6 - Trek to Phoksundo Lake


Day 7 - Acclimatisation at Shey Phoskundo


Day 8 - The Demons Trail


Day 9 - Trek to Snowfields


Day 10 - Over the Kang La to Shey Gompa


Day 11 - At Shey Gompa


Day 12 - Over the Shey La


Day 13 - Trek to Saldang


Day 14 - Trek to Sibu


Day 15 - Trek to Jeng La Phedi


Day 16 - Over the Jeng La


Day 17 - Trek to Dho Tarap


Day 18 - Trek to Shim Ora


Day 19 - Trek to Kanigaon


Day 201 - Trek to Tarakot


Day 21 - Trek to Dunal


Day 22- Trek to Jhupal


Day 23 - Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj


Day 24- Depart Nepal


Don't forget, this trek can be customised too





All meals on trek included

Trekking map of route to Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Gompa - Inner Dolpo Trip Image Gallery

Example Itinerary Overview

Departures Information tailor made nepal holidays & custom bhutan vacations Snow Cat Travel

WARNING:High risk of Inspiration



The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers,  private overland travel, internal flights as indicated in the itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary (all meals on trek), porterage on trek, permits & fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

NB Entry into Inner Dolpo requires an additional 'Inner Line' Permit - the cost (circa $500!) is included in the land only trip price.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR PRICE GUIDES Prices per person displayed are for guide line purposes only. Please contact us for a personal quotation. Factors such as the size of your party, seasonality, international exchange rates, tailor made options and final itinerary chosen etc will affect the price. For more info-see the “more information about prices” link below. About Customising Your Private Trip