Dolpo and Mustang Trek


( Upper Dolpo and Lower Mustang Trek )

Duration
28 Days - Contact for dates

Starts from
USD 5250

Elevation
5,360 m

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Dolpo and Mustang Trek

Circuit of Inner and Upper Dolpo

The Himalayas offer an endless variety of landscapes, cultures and people. This unbounded diversity means it is a destination you can visit over and over again. Upper Dolpo is difficult to reach and is very arid. Few people live in the harsh climate. They are farmers, traders and shepherds, often all in one because this is the only way to survive. We pass through a great variation of scenery between Dolpo and Mustang, rice and wheat fields, incredible mountains and a high altitude desert, all in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. This variation makes this trek very interesting. Foreigners have ‘discovered’ Dolpo only recently. Peter Matthiessen was one of the first to document the region in his book, “The Snow Leopard”, which describes his journey searching for the elusive snow leopard and rare Himalayan blue sheep. Even after the opening for tourism 17 years ago it remains relatively untouched. It is still a restricted area and high permit fees keep away many tourists. The costs are increased further by the lack of infrastructure so the trail has to supported by serviced camps.

Our Route starts at Juphal in Lower Dolpo. After walking some days in dense forests we will reach Ringmo. The village lies amidst lush fields near the beautiful Phoksumdo lake. From there we continue northwards along the lake, after crossing the first high pass the scenery changes all of a sudden, and we are in Inner Dolpo. A horseshoe of high mountains encloses the area, endless barren hills and ranges dominate the landscape.

We make a special stop at Shey Gompa which dates from the 11th century, making it one of Nepal’s oldest monastries.

We then keep going north towards Nishal and Mushi Gaun, these village lies just 3 kilometers away from the Tibetan border. Once we cross Musi La we start our decent towards Chhraka Bhot. Where we will find wide golden barley fields instead of desolate deserts. From here we trek to reach Jomsom, possibly the most difficult part of the journey. Apart from two villages, the area is uninhabited and wild, often trails are non-existent, bridges may be absent and campsites not easy to find.

Technical Grading

This is a trek only and it requires no prior trekking experience. However, some camping experience is advised as Dolpo is a remote region so only minimal facilites will be available along the trail. Good fitness is essential as most days will involve 4-8 hr of trekking carrying a 5-10 kg day pack. The trail is non technical but will cross 5 passes above 5000m.

Highlights

  • Road less travelled trails into remote untouched Dolpo
  • Stunning high pass crossing above 5000m
  • Rain shadow high altitude desert
  • Ancient nomadic Tibetan culture

The Itinerary

Twenty Eight Days

Day 1-2: Arrive in Kathmandu, In Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj, stay in Nepalgunj
Day 4: Fly to Juphal, trek to Dunai
Day 5-7: Trek Dunai to Ringmo (Shey Phoksundo Lake)
Day 8:Acclimatisation Rest in Ringmo
Day 9-12: Trek Ringmo Shey Gompa
Day 13: Rest and explore Shey Gompa and surrounding caves
Day 14: Rest in Shey
Day 15: Trek Shey to Namgung
Day 16:Trek Namgung to Nishal
Day 17: Trek Nishal to Musi La base camp
Day 18: Trek Musi La base camp to Panzang Chu river camp
Day 19: Trek Panzang Chu river camp to Charka Phedi
Day 20:Trek Charka Phedi to Chharka Bhot
Day 21-24: Trek Chharka Bhot to Jomsom
Day 25:Fly Jomsom to Pokhara, stay in Pokhara
Day 26: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu
Day 27: In Kathmandu
Day 28: Depart Kathmandu