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33 Days
Availability : All Years
Tribhuvan International Airport
Kathmandu
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

Upper Mustang trek via Dolpo is considered a very panoramic trek in the remote place of western Nepal. The destination is isolated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range in the trans-Himalayan zone. Upper Mustang Trek via Dolpo contains some flatlands with deep gullies and narrow valleys which is unique for most people. Walking through the 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 Juphal airport in Dolpa and ends at Jomsom in Mustang. While undertaking this trek, one will get an opportunity to round the  Shey-Phoksundo Lake which has a Turquoise color, which is formed by the alpine freshwater and does not contain aquatic life.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek via Dolpo
  • An excursion trip to Shey Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries of the region holding 800 years of history
  • Visit the ancient kingdom of Lo- Manthang
  • The mesmerizing view of Lake Phoksundo
  • Explore the culture, food, and people in Mustang
Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek via Dolpo 

Choosing the best time to go to the Upper Mustang trek via Dolpo determines the difficulty of any trek. Upper Mustang Trek via Dolpo is possible throughout the year with proper preparation, gear, and equipment. However, most people prefer to trek Upper Dolpo in the spring and autumn. 

Permits for Upper Mustang Trek via Dolpo

There are only 250 foreigners allowed to enter Upper Dolpo each year, which makes permits for Upper Dolpo expensive and strictly enforced. You must also purchase a permit for Lower Dolpo, which you pass through to Upper Dolpo.

Also See: MUSTANG TOUR

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • 1-night accommodation at Pokhara in 3* Batika Classic Hotel or similar including breakfast.
  • 1-night accommodation at Kathmandu in 4* Yatri Suites and Spa or similar including breakfast.
  • 31-nights accommodation throughout the trek in local lodge or Camp on full board basis.
  • As mentioned the hotel accommodations are a twin-sharing basic.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Juphal and Jomsom-Pokhara
  • TIMS, Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang, ACAP, Upper and Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit & other required permits.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder trekking guide.
  • All porter (one porter can carry 18 kilo of luggage and share between two clients. So both clients are suggested to bring 9 kilo of luggage each).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment and accommodation.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • First aid kit.

Price Excludes

  • Your personal expenses.
  • Food(lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu, and drinks/ beverage bills in all places.
  • Tipping (Tips).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • International Flights.
  • Donation in temples, schools, monasteries.
  • Emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • Any other items not mentioned in includes section.
Itinerary

DAY 1Flight From Kathmandu To Nepalgunj Flight Duration: 1 Hour

The flight to Nepalgunj will give you good views of the Himalayas towards the North. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. There will be a time in the evening to have a good look around the town, which is 3 km from the Nepal-India border.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

DAY 2Fly To Juphal (2400 M) & Trek To Dunai (2150 M) Flight Duration: 35 Minutes, Hiking Duration: 2-3 Hours

Early in the morning, you will fly to Juphal airport of Dolpa, it takes about 35 minutes. From Juphal, you will commence your first day walking to Dunai through terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow canyon which leads you to a relatively larger village called Dunai.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 3Dunai To Ankhe (2660 M) Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

We begin our journey as we cross a suspension bridge and turn west to reach the confluence of the ThuliBheri and Suligad Rivers. From here, you will follow the Suligad and walk through the river bank; you can also hear its roar. You pass through an area that 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 4Ankhe To Renje (3104 M) Hiking Duration: 6-7 Hours

The trail is really difficult, once you cross the river by well-made bridges; you have to climb steep ascents on a very narrow path. You will reach 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 the Suligad River.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 5Renje To Phoksundo Lake (3600 M) Hiking Duration: 6-7 Hours

In the beginning, you will walk through the easy trekking trail until you reach Samdo. Now, the trail becomes very much like an incline. You will leave the river behind and follow walking upwards. You will reach a ridge that is about 3,875 m above sea level, which offers you the most confounding view of a 300 m 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 6Phoksundo Lake To Phoksundo Khola (3507 M) Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

In the morning, you will visit Phoksundo Lake and learn the specialty of the unexplored land and the remoteness of the area. After sightseeing around the lake, you will start walking steeply up to 4,040m and then walk down again to the valley to enter the floodplain 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 7Phoksundo Khola To Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402 M) Hiking Duration: 7 Hours

Today, you will walk the way, where you must cross the streams several times, so it is better to wear sandals instead of trekking shoes. 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 that rushes down the steep valley. A long climb brings you to a meadow where the trail turns up a steep gorge and reaches Phoksundo Bhanjyang. A hard climb to the top brings you to another valley where you can see the Kang La Pass which leads you to Shey Gompa.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 8Cross The Kang La Pass (5151 M) & Trek To Shey Gompa (4126 M) Hiking Duration: 6-7 Hours

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 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 at Shey Gompa where a picturesque wooden log bridge leads up to the Shey territory.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 9Rest and exploration day at shey gompa.

Today is a rest day in SheyGompa, also known as the Crystal Mountain. The monastery is linked to TsakangGompa, a red hermitage where the Shey lama resides. Tsakang is a meditation center for renowned Tibetan lamas. SheyGompa, founded by Lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa in the 11th century, belongs to the Chaiba community, following Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. Known for its ancient Buddhist culture, Shey combines animism with Buddha’s teachings. DrutupYeshe introduced Buddhism in Dolpo Valley, where the Crystal Mountain stands, featuring contorted cliffs with quartz and marine fossils. SheyGompa overlooks the Kangjunala and YejuNala confluence, with nearby prayer mills turned by water wheels.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 10Shey Gompa To Namgong Gompa (4360 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

Today’s trek from Shey Gompa to Namgong involves exploring the 800-year-old Shey Gompa, known locally as Shelri Sumdho Gompa. The monastery houses murals and an ancient scroll detailing the mythology of Crystal Mountain. The trek starts along Sephu Khola, showcasing typical Dolpo landscapes. After a couple of hours, ascend to Shey La Pass for stunning views of Mustang, Tibet, and the Crystal Mountain. Descend for about 2 hours to reach Namgong, home to the popular Namgong Gompa.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 11Namgong To Marang (4350 M) Via Karang, Sibuk Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

We commence our trekking to reach Marang while enjoying 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 12 Marang To Dora Sumna (3670 M) Via Sungjer Gompa & Luri Gaon Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 13Dora Sumna To Misha Gaon (4200 M) Via Yangjer Gompa (4599 M) Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

You can 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

 

DAY 14 Mishagaon To Chanpola Goth Near Shimen Gaon (3850 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

While trekking from Misha Gaon to Chanpole Goth; you will cross the Musi La pass (5030 m) on the way. From Musi La pass, you will continue walking to Chanpola Goth.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 15Shimengaon To Tinje Gaon(4110 M) Hiking Duration: 4-5 Hours

You can have a locally-made 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 traditions of the local people.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 16 Tinje Gaon To Rapka (4535 M) Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

You will visit the beautiful valley of Tinje after having breakfast and you will commence walking on the trail which leads to Rapka.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 17Rapka To Chharka (4302 M) Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

In Rapka, you can stroll around the surroundings and visit the beautiful Bon Gompa. From Rapka, you will walk to today’s destination; Chharka. After crossing the Chharka La /Mola pass-(5030 m) and descending for some time we reach Chharka.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 18 Chharka To Tulsi Khola(4935 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

Start descending in the first part of the trek to reach Tulsi Khola. The Tulsi Khola had great significance in Hindu Culture. You are now very close to the territory of The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo. After some time you will start ascending and again descending towards Tulshi Khola. The Camp will be set up at the bank of Tulsi Khola.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 19 Tulsi Khola To Nakhkem Khola (5066 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

After having breakfast at the Camp in Tulsi Khola, you will commence walking to reach Nakhem Khola. The trail is almost flat to Nakhkem Khola.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 20 Nakhem Khola To Kharka Camp (5445 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

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 an incredible view of the Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges. Today is the final night in the Dolpo area. Tomorrow you will step towards the Mustang area.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 21 Kharka Camp To Ghami Phedi (4520 M) Via Ghami Pass (5694 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

Today, you will start trekking early in the morning in quite a difficult way as it is not a specified trail. You must be careful and should concentrate on every footstep. 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 22 Ghami Phedi To Ghami (3520m) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

Today, you will get back to the human settlement area. You have to rise and go down along the way to reach Ghami. You will be crossing the Ghami River several times on your way to the game. Ghami is a village with a beautiful settlement of people who are influenced by Tibetan cultures and traditions.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 23 Ghami To Marang (3650 M) Hiking Duration: 5 Hours

Today, you will trek to Marang village. In Marang, you can observe the village and the Gompas. During the day, you can visit the historical Ghar Gompa situated at an altitude of 3950 m where you can observe the scriptures of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 24 Marang To Lo-Manthang (3810 M) Hiking Duration: 6 Hours

Leaving Marang, you will head towards Lo-Manthang, where you will get the desert-like landscape and the places that 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 the 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.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

Lo Manthang

DAY 25Explore Lo-Manthang

You can explore 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 beliefs of the local people. Tingkhar, a village on the east 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 a very unique building and it is more than seven hundred years old.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 26 Lo-Mangthang To Yara (3650 M) Hiking Duration: 7-8 Hours

After 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. From Dhi, you continue walking along the riverbed to Yara.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 27Explore Yara Gaon

Today, you can explore the YaraGaon. LuriGompa is the major attraction of this village where you can get lots of information about Tibetan Buddhism and the Guru Rinpoche. After visiting the Luri cave, you can stroll around the village and observe the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the local people.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 28Yara To Tyange (3240 M) Hiking Duration: 8-9 Hours

The journey between Yara and Tangee is moderate but compared with other days’ trek, today’s walking is quite long and some parts of the trek are quite steeper too. After a long walk, you will reach a river bank that starts from Damodar Kunda where you will see some black fossils. Continuing the walk from the river, you will reach the village Tange where several Chorten give you a warm welcome.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 29Tyange To Chhusang (2980 M) Hiking Duration: 8-9 Hours

Descend to a river crossing, then climb to the 4,100m Pa Pass with panoramic views of Tsarang, Lo, and Dhaulagiri to the north. The summit at 4050m reveals a stunning view of Dhaulagiri to the south. Prayer flags mark the pass, and the only water source, Ba Ha, is half an hour away. After a break, continue with a spectacular descent, reaching Chhusang by choosing the right fork towards Chuksang
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 30Chhusang To Muktinath (3710 M) Hiking Duration: 6-7 Hours

The trail goes up the Narsingchu to the nice village of Tetang. The village is in two parts. The walls of the outer houses are over 10 m 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 4030 m; the superb views of the 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 Muktinath.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 31Muktinath To Jomsom (2720 M) Via Kagbeni(2810 M) Hiking Duration: 5-6 Hours

In the morning, visit the famous Hindu temple Muktinath where lots of pilgrims come to worship the god. Afterward, start descending towards Kagbeni while passing through the fields. Then after some walking, you will reach Jomsom to catch the flight to Pokhara, the next morning.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

DAY 32 Flight From Jomsom To Pokhara Flight Duration: 25 Minutes

In the morning, visit the famous Hindu temple Muktinath where lots of pilgrims come to worship the god. Afterward, start descending towards Kagbeni while passing through the fields. Then after some walking, you will reach Jomsom to catch the flight to Pokhara, the next morning.
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodges.

pokhara

DAY 33 Drive Back To Kathmandu Driving Duration: 6-7 Hours

After having breakfast in the Hotel, you will catch the Vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu and check in to the Hotel. This marks the end of the Upper Mustang trek via Dolpo.
Accommodation: Overnight in Yatri Suites & Spa or similar.

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