Upper Dolpo with Upper Mustang trek is considered as a very panoramic trekking in the remote place of western Nepal. The destination is isolated in the trans-Himalayan zone; between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Upper Dolpo contains some flat lands with deep gullies and narrow valleys which is unique for most of peoples. Walking through Upper Dolpo region, the trek will lead you to the remote and semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom; Mustang which is one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. The trek starts from the Jhupal airport in Dolpa and ends at Jomsom in Mustang. While undertaking this trek, one will get an opportunity to round the world's deepest Shey-Phoksundo Lake having Turquoise colour, which is formed by the alpine fresh water and does not contain aquatic life.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,400m.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, our representative will meet, greet and welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel. You can rest relax and enjoy your time in the hotel or you can stroll around the city. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1hr Flight.
The flight to Nepalgunj will give you good views of the Himalaya towards the North. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. There will be time in the evening to have a good look around the town, which is 3 kms from the Nepal-India border. Overnight hotel.
03 - Fly to Juphal (2,400m). 35 Mins. Trek to Dunai (2,150m) - 3 hrs.
Early in the morning, you will fly to Juphal airport of Dolpa, it takes about 35 minutes. From Jhupal, you will commence your first day walking to Dunai through terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow canyon which lead you to a relatively larger village called Dunai. Overnight / camp.
04 - Trek to Ankhe (2,660m) - 6 hrs.
You will have your breakfast in Dunai and commence walking. In the beginning, you will cross the new suspension bridge and turn west to reach the confluence of Thuri Bheri and Suli Gad Rivers. From here, you will follow the Suli Gad and walk through the river bank; you can also hear its roar. You pass through an area which is overgrown with marihuana plants but also has crops for the villagers and animals including millet, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet corn and chilly. Many of the villages in this area are involved in the production of a lotus-like plant called 'chuk' that is used to make vinegar and medicines. You will continue walking and eventually reach the settlement of Ankhe, which is also the entrance to the Phoksundo National Park. The three villages you pass through have a strange name connection: Parela, meaning eyelash, Rahagaon meaning eyebrow, and Ankhe meaning eye. Overnight/Camp.
05 - Trek from Ankhe to Renje (3,104m) - 7 hrs.
The trail is really difficult, once you cross the river by well made bridges; you have to climb steep ascent on very narrow path. You will reach at the top and will descend to the river. Again the trail takes another steep ascent, where you can enjoy the panorama of the landscapes and the surrounding environment. You will camp on the side of Suligad River. Overnight/Camps.
06 - Trek to Phosundo Lake (3,600m) - 6.5 hrs.
In the beginning, you will walk through the easy trekking trail until you reach Sumdo. Now, the trail becomes very much like an incline. You will leave the river behind and follow walking upwards. You will reach to a ridge which is about 3,875m above sea level, which offers you the most confounding view of 300m waterfall, the highest in Nepal, and your first view of Phoksundo Lake. Now, you descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of Phoksundo Khola and then to the picturesque settlement of Ringmo which welcomes you with the Tibetan Buddhist Chortens and Mani walls. The village has solar panels helping to improve the quality of life of the villagers. From the settlement it is a short walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake where you will stay overnight. Overnight/Camps.
07 - Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m) - 6 hrs.
In the morning, you will visit the Phoksundo Lake and know the specialty of the unexplored land and visit the remoteness of the area. After visiting around the Lake you will start walking steeply up to 4,040m and then walk down again to the valley to enter the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola and trek to your night stop alongside the river, within the confines of the forest to avoid the worst of the wind which is prevalent in the valley bottom. Overnight/Camp.
08 - Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m) - 7 hrs.
Today, you will walk through the way, where you must cross the streams several times, so it is better to wear sandal instead of trekking shoe. You will continue along the glacial valley that now heads north and the path becomes narrower and narrower and there are impressive vertical cliffs and twisted rock formations. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another, unnamed, mountain stream; there is an old wooden bridge. Now, you will walk through the unspecified path so it is necessary to climb over rocks and to ford a stream which rushes down the steep valley. A long climb brings you to a meadow where the trail turns up a steep gorge. A hard climb to the top brings you to another valley where you can see the Kang La. The pass will lead you to Shey Gompa. Overnight/Camp.
09 - Cross the Kang La pass (5,151m) and trek to Shey Gompa (4,126m) - 7 hrs.
Leaving Bhanjyang, you will head towards Kang La pass, which will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach the top. The views from the top are magnificent and well worth of all the hard work. You will start descending steeply to the valley for about 45 minutes. From here you will have a long meandering trek along the bank of the river and crossing it. A red Chorten indicates that now you have arrived to Shey Gompa where a picturesque wooden log bridge leads up to the Shey territory. Overnight/Camps.
10 - Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa.
Today is your rest day in Shey Gompa. Shey means crystal - this monastery is also known as the Crystal Mountain. The lama of Shey resides at a red hermitage known as Tsakang Gompa which is west of Shey. It is not really a monastery but a retreat. Tsakang has been a meditation centre to many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects.
It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Many years ago he came to Dolpo and came across wild people, who's supreme God was a 'fierce mountain spirit'. Crystal Mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju nala. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Overnight/Camp.
Day 11: Shey Gompa –Namgong Gompa (4360m)
From Shey Gompa you will walk to Namgong. Namgong Gompa is one of the popular Gompas of Nepal.
Today we will explore Shey Gompa. It is said to be about 800 years old monastery, with murals inside and an ancient scroll describing the mythology behind the Crystal Mountain. The monastery is locally known as Shelri Sumdho Gompa. After the exploration of Shey Gompa, the trek begins following the trail beside Sephu Khola for almost couple of hours. The landscapes during this part of the trek are typical Dolpo landscapes- barren and enchanting. Then you will start climbing up towards the top of Shey La Pass, which is almost two hours of hike. The acme of Shey La Pass west of Shey, rewards us with the magnificent views of Mustang to the East, Tibet to the North and Kanjiroba, Kagmara and Riu Dhukta, or the Crystal Mountain, to the West. The final push downhill from the pass, which is almost 2 hours of hike, brings us to Namgong. Namgong Gompa is one of the popular Gompas of Nepal. Overnight/Camp.
Day 12: Namgong - (via Karang, Sibuk,) Marang (4350m)
After having breakfast in Namgong, you will commence trekking to reach Marang. You will enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. On the way, you will pass through Karang and sibuk village where you can enjoy the lifestyle and have some local foods. Overnight/Camp.
Day 13: Marang – (via Sungjer Gompa -Luri Gaon) Dora Sumna (3670m).
From Marang the trail heads up towards Dora Sumna, the next stopover for today. On the way, you will walk through the famous Sungjer Gompa and Luri Gaon. Overnight/Camp.
Day 14: Dora Sumna – (via Yanjer Gompa-4599m) Misha Gaon-4200m (Mugaon)
You will have the locally available breakfast in Dora Sunma and commence trekking towards Misha Gaon (Mugaon). Foremost, the day begins with a trekking to the popular yangjer Gompa (one of the richest gompas in that region), after visiting the Gompa, you will lead the way to reach Misha Gaon. Overnight/Camp.
Day 15: Mishagaon – Chanpola Goth near Shimen Gaon - 3850m.
While trekking from Misha Gaon to Chanpole Goth; you will cross the Musi La pass (5030m) on the way. From Musi La pass, you will continue walking to Chanpola Goth. Overnight/Camp.
Day 16: Shimengaon - Tinje gaon(4110m).
You will have locally available Breakfast in Shimen village and commence walking towards the beautiful village of Tinje. The village is located in the valley. When you reach the Tinje Gaon, you can observe the natural scenic beauty and the tradition of the local people.
Day 17: Tinje gaon – Rapka(4535m)
You will visit the beautiful valley Tinje after having breakfast and you will commence walking through the trail which leads to Rapka. Overnight/Camp.
Day 18: Rapka - Chharka(4302m)
From Rapka you will walk to the day's destination; Chharka after crossing the crossing the Chharka La /Mola pass-(5030m). In Rakpa, you can stroll around the surrounding and visit the beautiful Bon Gompa. Overnight/Camp.
Day 19: Chharka - Tulsi khola(4935m)
You will have your Breakfast; you will start descending in the first part of the trek to reach Tulsi Khola. The Tulsi Khola had a great significance in Hindu Culture. You are now very close to territory of The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo. After sometime you will start ascending and again descending to towards Tulshi Khola. The Camp will be set up at the bank of Tulsi Khola and Overnight Stay.
Day 20: Tulsi khola - Nakhkem Khola (5066m)
After having Breakfast in the Camp in Tulsi Khola, you will commence walking to reach Nakhem Khola. The trail is almost flat to Nakhkem Khola. Overnight/Camp.
Day 21: Nakhem Khola - Kharka camp (5445m)
Today, you will walk to reach Kharka Camp. You will start ascending towards Kharka having good views of mountain ranges and lakes. The trail to Kharka is very scenic and beautiful. There are a few lakes and you can have the incredible view of Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges. Today is the final night in Dolpo area. Tomorrow you will step towards the Mustang area. Overnight/Camp.
Day 22: Kharka camp – (Cross Ghami Pass-5694m) Ghami Phedi.
Today, you will start trekking early in the morning through quiet difficult way as it is not specified trail. You must be careful and should concentrate on every foot step. You can see the spectacular view of the mountain ranges and the surrounding area. You can enjoy the unique terrain of Upper Mustang from the top of the Ghami Pass. The views and the trail are as same as that of Dolpo, but the culture is somehow different. Overnight/Camp.
Day 23: Ghami Phedi - Ghami (3520m)
Today, you will get back to the human settlement area. You have to rise up and go down along the way to reach Ghami. You will be crossing Ghami River several times on your way to game .Ghami is the village with the beautiful settlement of people who are totally influenced by the Tibetan cultures and traditions. Overnight/Camp.
Day 24: Ghami - Marang – (5hrs).
Today, you will trek to Marang village. You can observe the village and the Gompas. During the day, you can visit the historical Ghar gompa situated at the altitude of 3950m where you can observe the scriptures of Guru Rimpochhe (Padmasambhav). Overnight/Camp.
Day 25: Marang - Lo-Manthang(3810m): 6hrs.
Leaving Marang, you will head towards Lo-Manthang, where you will get the dessert like landscape and the places which still hold the unique Tibetan culture and traditions. From the top you can witness the beauty of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Bhrikuti and Annapurna I. The Pass remains windy most of the time. You will descend to capital of upper mustang. There is so much to see in this beautiful village of Lo Manthang. You will be spending two nights here. Today you can just walk around this medieval village. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 26: Explore Lo-Manthang: 6hrs.
You can explore around the village and Gompas that have Tibetan culture and traditions. In the morning you can start with a trip to Namgyal Gompa. It is a very important monastery with the high belief of the local people. Tingkhar, a village on the last edge of Nepal can be a perfect escape from Lo. You can also experience Pony riding. Explore God House and other major Gompa along with the King’s palace. The Palace is very unique building and it is more than seven hundred years old. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 27: Lo-Mangthang to Yara 7-8 hrs.
After having locally available Breakfast, you will leave the beautiful Lo-manthang and commence walking for Yara. The trail steadily climbs two small passes before plunging through a spectacular canyon to Dhi village. You will have your lunch here. From Dhi, you continue walking along the river bed to Yara. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 28: Explore Yara Gaon. 6-7 hrs.
You will have the locally available breakfast in the Camp and commence sightseeing around the village. Luri Gompa is the major attraction of this village where you can get lots of information about the Tibetan Buddhism and the Guru Rimpochhe. After visiting the Luri cave, you can stroll around the village and observe the culture, traditions and the lifestyle of the local people. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 29: Yara - Tangge (3240m). 8-9 hours.
The journey between Yara and Tangee is moderate but comparing with other days trek, today's walking is quiet longer and some parts of the trek are quiet steeper too. After a long walk, you will reach a river bank which is starts from Damodar Kunda where you will see some black fossils. Continuing walking from the river, you will reach to the village Tange where several Chorten gives you a warm welcome. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 30: Tyange to Chhusang 8- 9 hours.
While trekking from Tyange to Chhusang. You will start walking down to a river crossing then climbing up to a pass at 4,100m named Pa. The views north are increasingly fantastic as the panorama unfolds between Tsarang, Lo and the northern border. Finally, the summit of the pass is reached at 4050m. To the south is the first stunning view of Dhaulagiri. Prayer flags adorn the pass. Half an hour from the pass is the only water source on this section, known by the locals as Ba Ha. After some rest you will continue walking. The trail opens out and to the south one can see the impressive V-shaped Kali Gandaki valley as it cuts between the Annapurnas, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri. From here a spectacular descent begins, and after that, the path flattens out on a plateau and splints in two. The right fork leads to Chuksang whereas the left one leads to tetang. You will choose the right one and reach Chhusang. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 31: Chhusang to Muktinath 6-7 Hours.
The trail goes up the Narsing chu to the nice village of Tetang. The village is in two parts. The walls of the outer houses are over 10m high with few windows, giving a fortress-like appearance. The nearby second part of the village has the remains of a fort, again with high fortress-like walls. The trail heads up, across a plateau area and turns east into a narrow river valley, eventually reaching a pass at 4030m; superb view point of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Then we go down to Jhong and cross the Jhong River before climbing up to Muktinath. After ascending for some hours we reach to Muktinath. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 32: Muktinath to Jomsom 5-6 Hours.
In the morning you will have a sightseeing tour of the very famous Hindu temple Muktinath where lots of pilgrims come to worship the god. You will start descending towards Jomsom to catch the flight to Pokhara, the next morning. Overnight accommodation in local Lodge.
Day 33: Jomsom to Pokhara. 25 Min.
You will have early breakfast in the lodge and you will head towards airport to catch the flight to Pokhara, a lake paradise city. It will take about 30 minutes to reach Pokhara. During the flight you can see many mountains as well as the trail down to Tatopani /Ghorepani. Checkin to Hotel in pokhara. You have a full day to stroll around the city pokhara. you can enjoy roaming around the lake side as well as you can have fun by boating in the Phewa lake and witness the view and shadow of Annapurna, Machhepuchhre, and Dhaulagiri Mountains on the water of Phewa lake. Overnight hotel.
Day 34:Drive back to Kathmandu. 6-7 hours.
After having Breakfast in the Hotel, you will catch the bus to drive back to Kathmandu.Arrive Kathmandu and checkin to Hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 35: Final Departure.
Finally, today is the last day of your Nepal program. After having breakfast, you will pack your luggage, get fresh and check out from the hotel. You will be transferred to the International airport to catch the flight for your onward destination.
Upper Dolpo with Upper Mustang Trekking
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