Walking holiday Dolpo Shey Goenpa Via Mustang 30 Days

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check  all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will  suggest to add some  other necessary  equipments at the place where it is available.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.


  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Sun cap
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Towel for shower
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  •  Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Hot water bag under sleeping bag

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165m) 1 hour stay

Today, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the various culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. We staty in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) (2475m)and walk  to Dunai (2140m) 45 minutes  flight, 2-3 hours walk

Today we fly to Jhupal by a small aircraft after breakfast. The town is magnificently located over the Himalayan foothills, with spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Here, we meet our trekking staff and begin the adventure. We walk through the beautiful terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai, which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. We walk around the small town in the evening and camp there for the night.

Day 05:  Dunai to Ankhe (2750m) 5-6 hours

After leaving the small and beautiful Himalayan town, Dunai, we cross a suspension bridge over Phoksundo River and turn to the west. The trail goes up the side of the barren lands, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk, we get to the spectacular view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We walk through walnut orchards, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe. We have a camp at night in Ankhe.

Day 06: Ankhe to Ringmo Phoksundo Lake (3641m) 5-6 hours

Toady our trail goes up and down along a forested riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail finally leaves the forests and passes through a green slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail encircled by green forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a unstable stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat where we spend the night.

Day 07: Acclimatization and resting at Phoksundo Lake (3641m) 

Today we will have a rest day at Phoksundo Lake for acclimatization. During the day Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will manage for a short walk to the village of Ringmo and its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. We can meet the local people and observe the local culture. The Dolpoli people usually wear homespun clothing and they favour Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious lucky charm and strings of coral.

 Day 08: Phoksundo to Campsite camp (3750 m) 7-8 hours hours

From Phoksundo, we move towards campside.The way to Campside is not only  thrilling but also risky . So it is one of the tough way to walk.We walk throughout the side of lake which is very narrow  and it takes around 30 minutes. We can see small shrubs upto(  4000m).On the way ,while walking,we can see view of Phoksundo lake and Phosundo village.From there, we climb up and down simultaneously crossing small forest,streams and rivulets. We follow the small stream and forest .While walking, we can view the beautiful scene of Mount Kanjirowa (6612m).Then we reach to Campside.We do camping in the mid of forest at the side of Phoksundo river.

Day 09: Campside camp to Nangdalo La Base Camp (4717m) 6-7 hours

Today, we follow the river and small shrub that contains sources of water like stream and rivulets.We follow the small stream Tuk khyagsa khola  which lies in between the deep valley .We climb low steep way which lead to open space to us the  Nangdalo La Base camp. We spend the night in the camp at the altitude of( 4717m) meters and during the night it is definitely very cold…

Day 10: Nangdalo La  Base Camp – Nangdalo La pass (5350 m) to Shey Gumpa ( 4160 m) 6-7 hours

Today will be the day of tiring since we are going to cross a pass Nangdalo La. The chances are that there may be snow on the trail and we may have to make our path.This contains  too steep way with weak bond of soil upto the top . We can see  fantastic view of mountains  Kanjirowa  (6092m) , Shi- Shikhar  Karo Himal (5900m)  We finally descend, through the difficult path which may contain ice .We follow the river Hubaiun khola and reach Shey Gompa which is the meeting point of Hubaiun Khola and Sephu khola..Shey Gupa is a traditional village which is fullof small houses made of mud.We can see shrubs and Budhist Monastery that depicts the Tibetian Culture.The tribe are Tibetian and now they are following Tibetian culture however they are called Gurungs there. Even now they speak Tibetian Language. It is  a delightful place. The houses are strong and almost always decorated with Buddhist prayer flags.Today ,we spend overnight here.

Day 11: Shey Gompa Resting  Day (4160m)

Today again we have a rest day at Shey Gompa for acclimatization. During the day we can make a trip to the Tsakang Shey Monastery (4575 meters) that lies above the valley at a high red rock wall with stupas. On the way we may have luck to see blue sheep undoubtedly in a herd.  Hunting blue sheep is banned. On this trip we will undoubtedly see other wildlife, birds of prey, Himalayan vultures, and perhaps “Naur”, a Himalayan wildlife whose nickname in Nepal is God of the mountains. We may have chance to see a snow leopard too.

Day 12: Shey Gompa – Sela (Gelu) La (5094 m) –  Namgung (4606 m) 5 to 6

hours walkToday ,we follow the bank of  Sephu  Khola for a while and walk towards Sela Gela which contains low steep path ,stream and rivulets and reach the top from where we can see the amazing view of Mount Kanjirowa and Kang Nyun than etc. and the beautiful ranges of hills with barren soil.We decend from the top of Sela Gela following a small trail and reaches to small stream. Later, we follow the stream and walk through the plain trail  angain we decend and cross  a stream  we  reach  to the beautiful village  Namgung .The village lies in a cleft of a landscape that is intersected by deep ravines. We camp  Namgung where small gumba and houses., . We can have fun of walking to the village before the evening falls.

Day 13: Namgung to Saldang  (3770m) 3-4 hours

On the way to Saldang today, we walk past prayer walls with a numerous of prayer stones. Sacred Buddhist manuscript is chiseled on these stones. Different from most other Dolpo valleys grow in Saldang trees, the fortress-like houses are at the bottom of a slope on a plateau above the Nagung Khola. In Saldang ,we see pretty much agricultural land domesticated from the harsh environment. At this altitude, farmers can grow often only barley ,potatoes or sometimes wheat as food crops. On June and  July ,we may find cabbage too. People in Dolpo live on one of tubers (potatoes) and livestock products.People use horses for transportation.  People speak Tibetian language and follow Buddhism.There are stupas ,monasteries ,  schools  healthpost and clinic.It is very beautiful village The population is semi-nomadic and pulls in the hottest part of the year on the highlands around with herds of yaks and sheep. As we reach Saldang earlier ,we visit the village ,monasteries , schools  and talk with local people. Today stay overnight at Saldang

Day 14: Saldang to Khomagaon (4060m) 4- 5 hours

Today, we climb down to  Nagon Khola from where we started to climb up with low steep path and reach Khoma Pass.(4460m).Later,we walk somehow plain path  about 2 hours to reach Khomagaon , a bustling, white-washed village and past long mani walls, painted chortens and old gompas perched high up along the mountainsides. There are school, gompas ,monasteries and stupas.We can visit village and interact with friendly people. The main product of agriculture is potatoes ,wheat and barley Yak , Sheep are the domesticate animals here.Horses are used for transportation.Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Khomagaon- Shimengaon (3850m) 3-4 hours

Today, we walk to Simengaon, it is easy to walk today, the easy path with low steep trails.The path contains shrubs   and small trees. We pass through Garchu Khola. .We walk low steep path and  reaches to top.,Shimen pass (4260m).Later , we climb down and follow somehow plain path and reaches to Panjyan Khola. Today ,we have enough time to get relaxed and visit the simengaon which is very beautiful and contains named Simen Gompa, Monasteries and Stupas..Potatoes, Wheat ,Barleys are the main agricultural products. Sheep and yak are the common domestic animals there. We stay overnight at the bank of Panjyan  Khola at tent

Day 16: Shimengaon – Tinjegaon (4110m) 5-6 hours

Today ,we follow the bank of Panjyan Khola . Today  is very easy for walking.We can see trees , shrubs and water sources like small streams and rivulets.Nowadays, Motorbikes can be ridden from Simengaon to Tinje.Some local people use motorbikes to visit Simegaon to Tinje time by time. We can see stupas ,river and and green hills which seems very beautiful naturally.We pass through Sonmagaon  crossing small river Mukdem Khola to reach Tinje.Tinje is a big village with people following Buddhism. Potatoes, Wheat  and Barleys are the common agriculture products as food crops.The village has clinics ,schools,shops  and monasteries.Almost all are Tibetian people and speak Tibetian language and Nepali too.We stay overnight at Tinje..

Day 17: Tinjegaon  Resting  Day (4110m) 

Tinje is a  big village where Tibetians are inhabited. Tibetian is their common language  and they do friendly behave to the visitors. On this day, we visit village and explore  Tibetian culture with the people of Tinje. We visit monasteries  Gumbas and local Schools where we can interact with children. Our camp is in riverside from where we can feel the beautiful nature. We  can do the work of cleaning and washing on this day at Panjyang  Khola  as we have enough time.

Day 18:) Tinjegaon –Rapka Khola (4600m)   6-7 hours

Today, we cross the Polte Khola and we follow the Panjyan Khola.The patha is about plain  and the path is full of rocks and small pebbles. We passes through the small shrubs and incent tress.  We see the barren hills and small streams and rivulets. The path lies like in ravine and we follow it however it is easy and very wonderful as we see various natural views.We may see birds like vultures  and animals like blue sheeps ,Yak ,mountain rat etc. if the days are sunny and humid weather. We stay overnight at Rakpa Khola

Day 19: Rakpa Khola  – Mo La Pass ( 5027m)- Chharka Bhot ( 4302m) 7-8 hours

Today , we walk following the bank of the river Khein Khola.The path includes the small shrubs and tress . We reach the place where Lakkyam Khola and Pandi Ladum Khola. Later we  follw the   bank of Lakkyam Khola. Gradually, we climb up and somewhere following plain path , We reach Mo –La  Pass after walking steep path around 20 minutes.We can see the beautiful views from Mo –La – Pass like  Himalays  series    Jyanche Bhanjyang (5534m, Pindu Bhanjyang  (5600m),Kankun Bhanjyang (5564m).We follow the steep path unless we reah Charka Bhot.On this day we can’t manage hot lunch however we use the pack launch. We stay over night at Charka Bhot.

Day 20: Charka Bhot Rest Day ( 4302m) 

Charka Bhot is typical Tibetian Village.It contains Stupas , Monasteries, Schools and Health post. The famous Sarchhen Gumpa lies here. We can enjoy visiting these places on talking with local people . Local people are very friendly. It contains fertile soil. So ,wheat , barley , potatoes are produced  and they are the source of daily meal of the people of Chharka Bhot. Horses  are used to  harverst crops. Chyanjun Khola is very near from the village. It is the source of water for the village.

This village has homestays and friendly people are good to explain natural beauties. Small shops and tea houses are available here.The people has unique culture. After the death of a person, the corpse is divided to vulture, fire and land according to their priest. We stay overnight at Chharka Bhot today.

Day 21: Chharka Bhot – Nulungsumade Kharka  (4987m)  8-9 hours

Today,we  follow the river  Chharka Tulsi Khola. We walk the rocky path throughout the bank of the  Chharka Tulsi river from where we may see snoo too . We can see blue sheep, Himalayan rat  Yak and donkeys. Horses and donkeys are used for transportation. On this day ,we stay overnight at Nulungsumade  at the meeting point of  two river . We stay overnight at Nulungsumade Kharka

Day 22: Nulungsmade Kharka -Jungben La (5550m)-Phedi (4247m)  7-8 hours

Today, we start to walk from Nulsungsmade Kharka . It is easy walk contains low steep path and somehow plain and reach Niwar Pass. The land is like desert  so no existence of plants  but animals like  blue sheeps can be seen. However, we may see snow leopard  too.After Niwari Pass (5120m), the structure of land is very weak  and we walk a bit  steep and  the trail is very narrow.After sometime we reach Jungben La (5550m)  from where we can see very beautiful view of Mountains and Hills. Later we start to climb down which contains narrow and difficult trail. We cross a stream named Lsannimar Khola and we take lunch rest. We follow the plain and steep  path and reach Phedi Camp . We stay overnight at Phedi Camp.In Phedi Camp , there is Inn shrubs and  tress  . From here a beautiful village  Santa Jhyanse village is seen.

Day 23  Phedi – Santa Village (4247m) 4-5 hours

Today, we start to climb down from Phedi and we reach to Kyalunpa Khola. We cross Kyalunpa Khola and we start to climb up. We can see shrubs trees and vultures etc.Later, we follow up and down trails  and somewhere plain.We cross Jharche Khola and again we follow the plain route and reach beautiful Santa Village. Santa village is medium size village where there is schools local shops.The occupation of people is agriculture, so wheat , barly ,cauli flower , potatoes and cabbage are produced.Yak and sheeps are the domesticate animals there  There is  offroad upto Santa village so , jeeps and four wheel vehicles are available there for transport .However horse riding service is available there..People follow Buddhism there and there are some stupas too. We stay overnight here.

Day 24:Santa Village – Kagbeni ( 2818m) 4-5 hours

We start walking from Santa Village today. We climb up about 2 hours and reach the offroad . We follow off road walking alongside the of road to Bhima Lojun La pass (4460m). We cross Bhima Lojun La pass and   we start climb down with narrow trail with shrubs and trees . We cross Kaligandaki  reach Kagbeni which is also famous by it’s name Coca Cola trekking route.Kagbeni is a famous town situated at the boarder of Upper mustang . Kagbeni is in Annapurna Conservation area where  ACAP check point is also set and there is stupas , monasteries, health post tea houses and shops.People produce potatoes , barley wheat , cabbage , cauliflower etc. Yak , sheeps are domesticate animals there. It is famous for apples too which is also the main agriculture production of Kagbeni.The religion of people is Buddhism. Previously, there were amazing culture of having common wife of  two or more than two brothers in a famile however it is vanished nowadays. We stay  overnight here.

Day 25 Kagbeni  – Jomsom ( (2,720m)) 3-4 hours

Today , we start our journey from Kagbeni. We have two options from Kagbeni, either we walk from Kagbeni to Jomsom about 3 hours and catch the flight for next day .On the way we can find Saligram. On this day, we follow some part of offroad too and reach Jomsom  and have visit of beautiful  city Jomsom.Jomsom is a natural city which lies at the lap of beautiful himalays like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna south and Tukuche peak etc. We cannot catch flight on the same day form Jomsom to Pokhara because there are no  afternoon flights  from  Jomsom as there is high speed wind blows . On this day ,we stay overnight at lodge at Jomsom and we fly to Pokhara the next day.

Or we have another option that we take vehicle and travel to Pokhara. The part of road contains offroad and  travelling is exhausting too. We can see popular villages  Tukuche, Marpha,Ghasa ,Dana  , Tatopani  and Beni of old trekking  trials  By road transport we need 9 to 10 hours to reach Pokhara and we stay overnight at Pokhara. with flat roofs. It’s raining here so much we camp in a field above the village and we can meet with several villagers, as they are still present in the village.

Day 26: Jomosom – Pokhara (827m) 19 minutes flight or 1 night 2days  by off-road by jeep.

From here we can either fly or travel by jeep/bus. Honestly saying the road is not so good. If we choose the road transportation, we stop at Tatopani for a night to have hot spring bath which gives us complete relax to our body which is almost fully exhausted due to the long and hard trek. So, it takes 2 days to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. But if we choose the air transportation then we reach Pokhara within 20 minutes.

Day 27: Pokhara (827m) Sightseeing

Pokhara, full of natural beauty, is a great little town to relax from the exhaustion of the hard journey that you completed right now. The climate over here is extremely pleasant, the views round the valley is splendid.  We can also enjoy swimming in the lake enjoy all kinds of tasty dishes in the restaurants in the lake side.

Day 28 Pokhara-Kathmand 6-7 hours  by tourist bus

We take a bus that runs smoothly for seven hours back to Kathmandu. It is afternoon so we can go for looking around, shopping or prepare ourselves for the flight back to home country.

Day 29: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or  Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 30: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.