Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Kathmandu, Nepal
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Shey Gompa and Saldang
If you are thinking about Dolpo, a Must-Read book is The Snow Leopard by Peter Mattheissen. (Amazon link) One of the best travel books ever written, it describes Mattheissen's trek with biologist George Schaller to Dolpo in search of the reclusive snow leopard. Their trip, in 1973, was one of the first times foreigners had ever been to Shey and Saldang. Even today, once you get above Ringmo the experience of this remote sanctuary is remarkably similar to theirs.
Like all Dolpo treks, this route can also start by walking in through Dhorpatan National Park, nine or ten days from the roadhead at Beni. By doing that you could follow exactly the route Mattheissen and Schaller took.
22 Days from US$ 3600 per person
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and overnight there.
Fly Nepalgung to Juphal and walk to Dunai
Trek Dunai to Sulighat
Trek Sulighat to Chhepka
Trek Chhekpa to Ringmo
Rest day in Ringmo
Trek Ringmo to Chabluk Phu
Trek Chabluk Phu to a camp under Ngongda La
Cross the pass and trek to Shey Gompa
In Shey Gompa for exploration
Trek Shey Gompa to Namgung
Trek Namgung to Saldang
In Saldang for exploration
Trek back to Juphal
Fly Juphal to Nepalgung; then Nepalgunj to Kathmandu