Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Mustang is a remote semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and is one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Only opened to westerners in 1992. This trek takes you to the capital Lo-Mangthang in the fascinating upper Mustang region. Indeed a challenging trek due to high altitude, exposed terrain and continuous strong winds.

Lo-Mangthang- a walled city is the capital of Mustang situated at an elevation of nearly 3800 meters. It lies in the central part of northern Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. The entire region is famous for its inaccessible caves, chortans, monasteries and arid desert-like conditions.

Hidden behind the majestic Himalaya ranges, Mustang is a truly beautiful trek zone. Special Area trekking Permits are required by trekkers when they visit this region.

Upper Dolpo Trek Itineary:

Day 1: On Arrival Kathmandu, Transfer To the Hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara Driving duration: 7 to 8 hours by bus
After an early breakfast, your tour officer will pick you up and take you to the vehicle. The mountain scenery along the drive will also be amazing- looks like a magnificent amphitheatre in a staggering scale and the scenes in the passing villages are astonishing. You will spend the night in Pokhara – a tourist destination which is popular for its ambient lakeside and fine views of the Annapurnas. There are a large variety of shops, hotels and restaurants which caters to different tastes and preferences. Pokhara challenges all of your five senses.

Day 3: Flight to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) Flight duration: 35 Minutes Hiking duration: 3 hours
The early part of flight to Jomsom is extremely breath- taking. Under clear weather conditions, one can witness the Annapurna (8091m), the Dhaulagiri (8167m) and many more radiant peaks peeking out from the clouds. It is truly a magnificent sight to behold. You can have breakfast in Jomsom before tackling the obstacle of crossing the Kali Gandaki River. Upon reaching the village of Kagbeni, ample time will be allocated for you to explore around the Tibetan village to ignite and satisfy your curiosity. The people are pleasant, giving the village a friendly vibe. Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers is an interesting windswept villagw which is situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.The Mustang district has the oldest monastery which houses secrets which have still yet to be unveiled. There are many lodges to choose from to stay in overnight.

Day 4: Kagbeni to Chele Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours
Our journey starts off with a checkpoint where we present trekking permit of the Upper Mustang trekking permit. We proceed onwards following the trail alongside the riverbank of the Kaligandaki and continue up river. Slowly but surely, we will start experiencing the smells, sounds and sight of this unique region. The first village spring onto us will be the Tangbe village surrounded by its green fields. From there we will trek forward to chhusang. After walking on the riverbed where we can find old fossils if we are sharp enough, we will cross an old wooden bridge and pass a huge red rock which once use to be part of the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki river follows. We head on to a small ridge which take us on to the Chele (3050m). Overnight accommodation will be in a teahouse.

Day 5: Chele to Syangbochen Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours
The trek today becomes a bit challenging. From Chele, the initial part of the trek is an uphill. We will be climbing to Taklam Pass (3624m), through plateaus and narrow stretches which give a vantage point to get in excellent views of the Tilicho peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Onwards we will descend to the quaint village of Samar where will make a stopover for lunch. After lunch, we will continue for more 3 hours before reaching Syanbochen (3475m) which will be our stop for the night. We will explore the surrounding area and have a community evening with the locals which can help us better understand the local culture. Overnight accommodation will be in a teahouse.

Day 6: Syangbochen to Tsarang Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours
After breakfast we will be trekking uphill to the Yamda La pass (3850m), passing teahouses, chortans and small local settlements. The typical local architecture painted bright red and white, which we will see along the way, will stand out from the natural background. We will be climbing up to the Nyi Pass (4010m) and descend to Ghami- one of the larger villages in the upper Mustang region (3520m) for lunch. After lunch, we will hit the road again and cross the Ghami river. From there the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside one of the longest Mane wall. Barren hills and uncanny rock formations with no greenery or the remotest sign of human life welcomes us. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang and after 11 kilometers of ascending and descending we reach Tsarang our stop for the night. Overnight accommodation will be in a teahouse.

Day 7: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours
The next morning we will be making our way to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The trail descends down to Tsarang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a chain on a ridge opposite the village at 3,580m. Then, the trail enters the Tholung valley and turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Tserang and Lo. Finally, we will reach Lo La (3,950m). There is a view of the walled city of Lo-Manthang. A short descent leads onto the plain of aspiration, and then the trail crosses a stream and climbs up onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang. We will be spending the night at Lo-Manthang.

Day 8: Rest day at Lo-Manthang
Lo-Manthang was established around 1450 by the son of the legendary Ame Pal, who conquered and united the small kingdoms in upper mustang. A wall, 300 meters long and 150 meters wide, has served as protection against bandits, warriors and the ferocious winds. The small community of Lo-Manthang is made up of more than a thousand residents whose houses are connected by narrow cabble stone alleys. The ground floors of most houses have stables where horses of each family are kept and one can see the Mustang Palace towering over the settlement. We will be exploring Lo-Mangthang and its surroundings. Overnight accommodation will be in a teahouse.

Day 9: Lo-Mangthang to Dhi Hiking duration: 4 to 5 hours
We start off with a walk to Dhi (3360m) which is an interesting place to explore. The walk back will allow us plenty of time to reflect about the sights and people we have met in the past few. You will wonder how Mustang looked like such an inhospitable and uninhabited place at first, but was actually so charming and unique. Despite the hardships, the people seemed content with their lives. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 10: Dhi to Ghami Hiking duration: 7 to 8 hours
Today we will have a challenging walk back to Ghami (3520m). In Ghami we will mingle with the local residents and enjoy an evening with simple companions and good food. Overnight accommodation will be in a teahouse.

Day 11: Ghami to samar Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast we will hit the road again, passing familiar sights which will bring about nostalgic feelings. Mind-blowing sights accompany us during the journey with a Himalayan view always around. We enter samar (3660m) and spend the night. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse.

Day 12: Samar to Kagbeni Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours
Onto our second last day of the trek, we will be breaking from camp earlier than before. Many trekkers also end the trek walking directly to Jomsom. It is better to start early and trek to Kagbeni (2858m) exiting the upper Mustang trails. We will be stopping over at Kagbeni for lunch and a relaxing evening with the locals. Overnight accommodation will be in a teahouse.

Day 13: Kagbeni to Jomsom Hiking duration: 4 to 5 hours
After breakfast, a comparatively short walk takes us back to Jomsom (2700m). Apple brandy, dried apple sweets, Apple wine and the famous hospitality of Jomsom awaits us where we will be spending our last night in the Mustang region. Overnight accommodation will be in a Local Hotel.

Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara
A flight trip from Jomsom, will take you deep into the Himalayan range between the gorge of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Our representative will be waiting for you at the Pokhara airport and help with the accommodation to your hotel at Lakeside.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu Driving duration: 6 to 7 hours
After breakfast, we will hit the road and drive to Kathmandu through scenic countryside stopping for lunch only. On arrival at Kathmandu your tour officer will help with the accommodation to the hotel.

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Activities: Trekking (walking)
Difficulty: Challenging
Max Elevation: 3660m
Trekking Style: Lodge to Lodge
Meal: All Meals Included during the Trekking
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge on trek
Transportation: Flight & Private Car
Trip Duration: 15 Days

Cost Includes

  • Airport/ hotel/airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Three nights’accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transports by private car
  • Pokhara – Nayapuland Nayapul – Kathmandu transports by private car/taxi
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes &office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter ( it is expected).

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