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24 days
Availability : August 2024
Kathmandu Airport
Nepalgunj - Juphal Airport
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 18
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The Shey Festival Trek in Upper Dolpo

Nestled amidst the grandeur of the Himalayan peaks lies a sanctuary of spirituality and serenity – the Upper Dolpo region, home to the celestial Shey-Crystal Mountain (Ribo Drugta) and the venerable Shey Gompa. A revered destination within the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit in Nepal, it not only offers an escape to a picturesque natural haven but is also a doorway to ancient Buddhist legacies. Embark on an unparalleled spiritual voyage with the Shey Festival Trek, intertwined with age-old traditions and celestial energies.

A Gateway to Spiritual Enlightenment

Nestled in the north of the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, the Shey-Crystal Mountain, also recognized as the younger sibling of the sacred Mt. Kailash, serves as a canvas displaying the brilliant hues of spirituality and nature’s grandeur. With an elevation proudly marking 4160 meters, it stands as a towering figure echoing tales of divinity and enlightenment, especially resonating with the vibrations left by the holy Tuptop Singe Yeshe during his path to enlightenment.

Shey Festival: A Spiritual Spectacle

Every twelve years, the sacred valleys of Shey Gompa echo with the resonant chants and vibrant festivities of the Shey Festival. Aligning with the Tibetan lunar calendar’s Dragon year (Druklho), the festival brings together the spiritual significance of twelve globally revered pilgrimage sites, including Mt. Kailash in Tibet and Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. The cycle will come full circle again in 2024, inviting seekers and travellers to immerse themselves in this celestial celebration.

The Shey Festival Trek 2024: A Journey of Spiritual Awakening

Commence your spiritual exploration at Shey Gompa for Shey Festival Trek 2024, a perfect blend of spirituality and adventure. As you step into Juphal Dolpa, greeted warmly by our dedicated team, you are set to begin a trek soaked in natural beauty and spiritual energies.

Embark on a transformative journey as you traverse through picturesque landscapes, ancient villages, and breathtaking passes to reach the vibrant and largest village in Upper Dolpo, Saldang. The trail leads you to the heart of spirituality, Shey Gompa, where you will witness a grand celebration of spirituality, partake in rich cultural activities, and receive blessings from revered Lamas during the four-day festival.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • Airport TransfersPickup and drop-off at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • AccommodationHotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and guest houses/teahouses/camping during the trek.
  • Meals During the TrekBreakfast, lunch, and dinner while on the trek.
  • Experienced Guides and PortersServices of professional and experienced trekking guides and porters to carry luggage.
  • Trekking PermitsAll necessary trekking permits (Special trek permit and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Domestic FlightsRound-trip domestic flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal and back.
  • First Aid KitA comprehensive kit for minor injuries and ailments.
  • Shey Festival ParticipationAccess to all the Shey Festival festivities and ceremonies in Upper Dolpo.
  • Local TransportationAll local transportation is as per the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International FlightsAny international airfares to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel InsuranceComprehensive travel insurance covers emergency evacuation, trip cancellations, and personal accidents.
  • Personal ExpensesAny personal expenses like laundry, charging electronic devices, hot showers, etc.
  • Visa FeesNepal entry visa fees.
  • Extra ActivitiesAny activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • GratuitiesTips for guides, porters, and other staff (optional but appreciated).
  • Single SupplementAdditional cost for single room accommodation, if required.
  • BeveragesCost of alcoholic beverages, bottled water, and other drinks.
  • Emergency EvacuationAny costs associated with emergency evacuation due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Trip completion certificate
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Nepal Hiking T-Shirt

What to Expect

  • Sacred Pilgrimage to Shey Gompa: Discover the tranquil landscapes of Upper Dolpo and visit the revered Shey Gompa monastery, an epitome of spiritual solace.
  • Shey Festival Experience: Engage in the vibrant and spiritual celebrations of the Shey Festival, a rare event occurring once every 12 years that brings together pilgrims from various regions.
  • Crystal Mountain Exploration: Embark on a journey to the magnificent Shey-Crystal Mountain, a spiritual haven synonymous with the sacred Mt. Kailash.
  • Tranquillity at Phoksundo Lake: Witness the pristine beauty of Phoksundo Lake, a picturesque site offering tranquillity amidst stunning vistas.
  • Cultural Immersion: Delve deep into the rich cultural mosaic of Upper Dolpo, experiencing the unique traditions and lifestyles of the local communities.
  • Encounters with Diverse Flora and Fauna: Experience the region's rich biodiversity with an opportunity to spot rare species like the elusive snow leopard.
  • Breathtaking Landscapes: Traverse through Nepal's stunning landscapes adorned with rugged mountains, lush valleys, and vibrant rhododendron forests.
  • Exploration of Historic Sites: Visit historic sites and ancient settlements, including Dunai, Tarakot, and Saldang, to witness the region's rich heritage and history.
  • Guided Adventure with Experts: Benefit from the expert guidance of seasoned trekking guides, ensuring a safe and enriching experience during your spiritual odyssey.


Day 1Touchdown in Kathmandu 

As you step into the vibrant atmosphere of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly welcome you. From there, you’ll be escorted to your comfortable hotel accommodation to unwind and refresh from your journey. As the evening descends, you’ll gather with your fellow adventurers and guide for a heartwarming welcome dinner. This event is a delightful prelude to your expedition, offering a taste of Nepal’s rich cultural tapestry through a delectable array of traditional dishes.

Day 2Permit and Trek Preparation

Following a nourishing morning meal, we’ll commence the day with a brief briefing that encompasses an overview of the trekking schedule. Subsequently, we’ll oversee the essential permit procedures and documentation required for the Shey Festival Trek. As the afternoon unfurls, seize the opportunity to wander through the bustling lanes of Thamel, the heartbeat of commerce in Kathmandu. This locale is an ideal place to procure last-minute necessities for your trekking adventure.

Day 3Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Following breakfast, we’ll facilitate your transfer to the domestic terminal for a flight bound for Nepalgunj, nestled in the verdant Terai plains of Nepal. Once there, we’ll assist you with checking into your hotel. As dusk approaches, we encourage you to stroll to acquaint yourself with the eclectic local culture and the vibrant surroundings. In Nepalgunj, you can observe a rich tapestry of cultures converging with diverse ethnic communities, including the Tharu, Muslim, and hill-dwelling Nepalese people.

Day 4Nepalgunj to Juphal - Journey to Dunai

Embark on an early morning flight to Juphal, a town nestled in the Dolpo region. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by the picturesque landscapes that mark the beginning of your spiritual journey. Embark on your journey towards Dunai, a picturesque settlement at the junction of the Thuli Bheri and Suli Gad rivers. After a day of trekking, find solace and rest in a cosy local guesthouse where you’ll spend the night.

Days 5 to 11: Trekking through the Heart of Dolpo, Reaching Sela Mukchuri BC

During these days, you will immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Upper Dolpo region. The trail meanders through remote villages, dense forests, and roaring rivers, offering stunning views of the Himalayas. Our journey takes us through notable areas such as Ankhe, Sulighat, and Ringmo village before reaching the base camp at Sela Mukchuri. Along the way, embrace the rich biodiversity and see rare wildlife species like snow leopards and blue sheep.

Days 12 to 16: Experiencing the Spiritual Epicentre at Shey Gompa during the Shey Festival

The pinnacle of your journey is the immersive experience at Shey Gompa, the spiritual heart of the region. During these days, you will be an esteemed part of the grand Shey Festival, where you can witness colourful ceremonies and ritual dances and receive blessings from high Lamas. A full moon Kora around Crystal Mountain will be a profound spiritual experience, amplifying the sacred energies of this region.

Days 17 to 21: Return Journey through Kangla Pass and the Pristine Phoksundo Lake

As you bid farewell to Shey Gompa, the return journey promises equally breathtaking experiences. The trek takes you through the majestic Kangla Pass, offering panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Descend towards the turquoise Phoksundo Lake, where you can soak in the serene and surreal beauty of the surroundings. Your trek continues through charming villages before reaching Juphal, marking the end of your trekking adventure.

Days 22 to 24: Back to Kathmandu and a Fond Farewell

On day 22, you will board a flight back to Nepalgunj, followed by a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, indulge in some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. On day 23, enjoy leisurely exploring the historic city, visiting landmarks like Swayambhunath or the Pashupatinath Temple. 

On the concluding day, we will arrange your transfer to the airport, setting you on the path to your next adventure. With cherished memories and newfound spiritual enlightenment acquired during your Shey Festival Trek in Upper Dolpo, you are ready to embark on your journey.

Join us on this sacred journey to rejuvenate your spirit and immerse yourself in the rich cultural and spiritual tapestry of the Upper Dolpo region.



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