Upper Dolpo and Mustang Trek
Upper Dolpo and Mustang Trek is customize as the Best tour packages offer by Plan Holidays and it is a real adventure trekking on remote and rugged natural unspoiled corner simply beyond the Himalayan valleys across western Nepal as Upper Dolpo and Mustang Trek. After exploring Kathmandu wonder historical sights and obtaining special permit for the upper Dolpa trekking we take our flight to Juphal via Nepalganj and start our trek.The Upper Mustang a remote trans Himalayan region north of Annapurna region or the Himalayan Kingdom been a very popular destination for both the domestic and the international travelers which is situated at the average altitude of 4000m. One of the highest inhabited realms on the planet, Dolpo is also still a stronghold of the pre-Buddhist, shamanistic Bon-po religion as well as Tibetan Buddhism. Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake; we take a day to explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake.
The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Many beautiful glaciers can be viewed above the lake. There are many monasteries (Gompas) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and will visit some of the very old and important monasteries. Moreover, if we are lucky enough and make a way around the lake we may catch a glimpse of the very precious and endangered species the Snow leopard. The Himalayas offer an endless variety of landscapes,cultures and great people. Enjoying the scenic beauty, wonderful natural sites of the landscapes along with the glazing faces of the Himalayas in the lap of nature and exploring the authentic evidences of different episodes of super powered human existence en bloc provide the eternal satisfaction. The main attraction of this trek is the walled city of four storey Lo-Manthang palaces. Hidden religious and cultural treasures makes the trip momentous adventure. Our priority is to bring more tourists and provide them quality, safety, hospitality and other services to their satisfaction.
|Day 01:||Arrive Kathmandu|
|Day 03:||Nepalgunj Juphal Jufal we prepare in same day and trek to Dunai|
|Day 04:||Dunai – Chhepka: 2835m|
|Day 05:||Chhepka – Polam: 3395m|
|Day 06:||Shey Phokusundo Lake: 3733m.|
|Day 07:||Shey Phokusundo Lake|
|Day 08:||Shey Phokusundo Lake Lar-Tsa: 4120m|
|Day 09:||Lar Tsa- Mendok Din|
|Day 10:||Mendok -Shey Gompa (monastery): 4160m|
|Day 11:||Shey Gomba (monastery)|
|Day 12:||Shey Gompa Namgong Gompa (4360m)|
|Day 13:||Namgong -( via Karang, Sibuk,) Marang (4350m)|
|Day 14:||Marang(via Sungjer Gompa -Lurigaon) Dora Simna (3670m)|
|Day 15:||Dora Sumna(viaYanjer Gompa-4599m) Mishagaon-4200m(Mugaon)|
|Day 16:||Mishagaon Chanpola Goth near Shimengaon-3850m|
|Day 17:||Shimengaon – Tinje gaon (4110m)|
|Day 18:||Tinje gaon Rapka(4535m)|
|Day 19:||Rapka – Chharka(4302m)|
|Day 20:||Chharka – Tulsi khola(4935m)|
|Day 21:||Tulsi khola – Nakhkem Khola (5066m)|
|Day 22:||Nakhem Khola – Kharka camp (5445m)|
|Day 23:||Kharka camp (Cross Ghami Pass-5694m) Ghami Phedi|
|Day 24:||Ghami Phedi – Ghami (3520m)|
|Day 25:||Ghami – Marang(5hrs)|
|Day 26:||Marang – Lo-Manthang(3810m) 6hrs|
|Day 29:||Lo-Manthang – Yara Gaon(3650m) 6-7hrs|
|Day 30:||Yara Gaon|
|Day 31:||Yara – Tangge (3240m)|
|Day 32:||Tangge Paa Khola|
|Day 33:||Paa Khola – Chhusang (2980m)|
|Day 34:||Chhusang Jomsom(2720m) via Kagbeni (2810m)|
|Day 35:||Jomsom/Pokhara morning flight same day afternoon Kathmandu flight.|
|Day 36:||Departure Or sightseseeing in Kathmandu city.|
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Meeting at airport upon arrival by Plan Holidays Personnel. We will pick up from airport and then escort you to your hotel in kathmandu. During the driving of half an hour, enjoy the heart-stopping views along the kathmandu city. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area, overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
After the Breakfast, transfer to airport 1 hr fly or Drive to Nepalgunj by Bus (it will be takes 10/11 hours) As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgung. At Nepalgunj we will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical in character.
Day 3 :Nepalgunj-Juphal(2,320m/7,610ft)-Trek Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)
After Breakfast, transfer to airport for the 40 minutes flight to Jufal. You can see the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north If we will be able to take earlier morning flight to Jufal we prepare in same day and trek to Dunai On arriving at Jufal our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Here at Jufal a short 2-3 hrs walk from the air strip leads to our overnight camp at Dunai village. Our first day adventure begins with an hour downhill walk through the village below the airstrip, then leading through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. This is a much larger village or small township, with a new hospital and it is administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Here we have ample time for leisure walk around the village. Overnight at Dunai Village.
Day 4: Dunai – Chhepka: 2835m.
From Dunai we trek to Chhepka, which has few houses and lodge. We will stay overnight at the local lodge.
Day 5: Chhepka – Polam: 3395m.
We start the trek to Polam through forests of big cedars towards Polam a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. We can also visit the Bon School “Tapariza” on the way.
Day 6 :Polam – Shey Phokusundo Lake: 3733m.
Then we will trek to Phoksundo viewing the highest waterfall in Nepal (200 m). Our route then continues into Ringmo village, and then finally we will camp in the national park camping grounds.
Day 7 :Shey Phokusundo Lake
Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake; we take a day to explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Many beautiful glaciers can be viewed above the lake. There are many monasteries (Gompas) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we will visit some of the very old and important monasteries. We will explore the natural sites and enjoy our nature tour. Moreover, if we are lucky enough and make a way around the lake we may catch a glimpse of the very precious and endangered species the Snow leopard. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.
Day 8:Shey Phokusundo Lake-Lar-Tsa: 4120m.
Today we will trek to Lar Tsa, a camp site beside the river at 4120m. It’s possible to continue walking, but you have now ascended more than 500m in a day and should spend the night at Lar tsa for acclimatization. You camp for the night.
Day 9: Lar Tsa-Mendok Din
Trek from Lar Tsa to Mendok Din takes about three hours. You cross a new bridge and climb to the top of a scree slope at 4490m, then make your way up a grassy ridge to a crest at 4,640m. You contour and then drop gently into Mendok Ding (flower valley). You again climb alongside a stream to a campsite at 4610m. You are almost certain to spot herds of blue sheep on the slopes above the camp. You camp for the night.
Day 10: Mendok -Shey Gompa (monastery): 4160m.
Trek from Mendok Din to Shey Gompa which takes approximately eight and half hours. You continue on the route that follows the upper reaches of the Phoksumdo Khola, and then you turn north towards the peak of Riwo Drugdra (Crystal Mountain). There is a choice of trails here; you follow the more scenic pilgrim route across the Sehu La to the west of Crystal Mountain, making a kora (circumambullation) of this sacred peak. The Dolma trail turns north soon after camp while the pilgrim trail starts up a steep scree slope on the opposite side of a stream that flows from the north. After a long pull to Sehu La (also known as Mendok Ding La) at 5,160m the trail descends a scree slope to a grassy meadow besides a stream valley and begins a series of long ascents and descents across ridges in and out of side valleys as it traverses around Crystal Mountain. After a steep, rough climb to a crest at 5,010m and another at 4860m, you begin the descent to the Tar valley. Soon after the route reaches grassy slopes a side trail leads to Tsakang, a gompa said to be 800years old that is perched dramatically on the side of a cliff. The final descent is on a wide trail to a campsite in a large meadow near a few nomads huts at 4310, just below Shey gompa. You camp for the night.
Day 11: Shey Gomba (monastery)
Another well earned rest day for local hike around Shey meaning crystal, this monastery is also known as the Crystal Mountain (well described in Peter Matthissen classic novel Snow Leopard). The lama of Shey resides at a red hermitage known as Tsakang gompa which is north of Shey. It is rather a retreat than a monastery. Tsakang had been a meditation centre of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belong to the Chaiba community, followers of great saint Padmasambhava, known as Guru Ringpoche and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Tenzing Ra-Pa, built during 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture the Bon Po. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe first introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Hundreds of years ago he came to Dolpo encountering a wild people whose supreme God was a ‘fierce mountain and nature spirit’. Crystal Mountain is to the east of Shey gompa it is one of the strangest mountain, as 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 River. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Each year people from all over Dolpo region travel great distances to attend the festival at Shey and to complete the circuit of Crystal Mountain. This is an amazing trip to here that certainly makes this trek as special as only few Westerners have ever ventured up to Shey gompa.
Day 12: Shey Gompa-Namgong Gompa(4360m)
Trekking along the trail that caters the views of true Tibetan landscapes beyond Tibet. From Shey Gompa you will walk to Namgong. Namgong Gompa is one of the popular Gompas of Nepal.
Day 13: Namgong -(via Karang, Sibuk,) Marang (4350m)
The trek begins towards Marang via some interesting villages on the trail.
Day 14: Marang-(via Sungjer Gompa -Lurigaon) Dora Simna (3670m).
From Marang the trail heads towards Dora Sumna through the famous Sungjer Gompa and Luirgaon on the way.
Day 15: Dora Sumna(viaYanjer Gompa-4599m) Mishagaon-4200m(Mugaon)
The day begins trekking towards the popular yangjer Gompa (one of the richest gompas in that region).
Day 16: Mishagaon Chanpola Goth near Shimengaon-3850m.
Today you will be crossing Musi La pass 5,030m and stop for the night at Chanpola goth near Shimen village.
Day 17: Shimengaon – Tinje gaon (4110m)
From Shimen village you will walk towards the beautiful village of Tinje. The village is located in valley with big spread land mass. The village is observable for its scenic beauty and the tradition of the people there.
Day 18: Tinje gaon Rapka(4535m)
Leaving this beautiful valley the trail leads you to Rapka for the night camp.
Day 19 : Rapka – Chharka(4302m)
From Rapka the next night stop will be in Chharka Crossing Chharka La /Mola pass-(5030m). Here you can observe the Bon Gompa too.
Day 20: Chharka – Tulsi khola(4935m)
Leaving Chharka the trail goes towards Tulshi Khola. The walking will be descending.
Day 21: Tulsi khola – Nakhkem Khola (5066m)
Having a night rest in Tulsi Khola the treks leads to Nakhem Khola.
Day 22: Nakhem Khola – Kharka camp (5445m)
The trail ascends towards Kharka having good views of mountain ranges and lakes.
Day 23: Kharka camp(Cross Ghami Pass-5694m) Ghami Phedi.
Today all the trekkers should be careful and should concentrate on their every foot step. The trail is not distinctly made and not easy as other trails. So the day’s trek will be very challenging.
Day 24: Ghami Phedi – Ghami (3520m)
The trail goes moderately up and down. You will have to cross the rivers several times on the trail.
Day 25: Ghami – Marang(5hrs).
You can observe the village and the Gompas. The Ghar gompa at the height of 3,950m where you can observe the scriptures of Padmasambhav.
Day 26: Marang – Lo-Manthang(3810m) 6hrs.
Here it will be wise to have two days stay to visit the following places that still hold the unique Tibetan taste.
Day 27 : Lo-Manthang
Here it will be wise to have two days stay to visit the following places that still hold the unique Tibetan taste. Observation of villages and Gompas that have Tibetan culture and traditions. (Namgyal and Tinghar, Kimaling) Nyamdo (4168m)-6hrs.
Day 28: Lo-Manthang
Visti to the villages (Garphu, Dhuk, Barcha, Nenyul)Lo-Manthang
Day 29: Lo-Manthang-Yara Gaon(3650m) 6-7hrs.
The trail from Lomanthang to Yara is moderate with slight up and down. You will see two villages on the trail before reaching Yara.
Day 30 : Yara Gaon
In the vicinity of Yara gaon the place worth to visit is Luri Gompa. Here you can observe the tradition of the people.(6-7hrs.)
Day 31: Yara-Tangge (3240m).
The journey between Yara and Tangee will be moderate.
Day 32 : Tangge-Paa Khola.
From Tangee you will walk up to Paa Khola to camp for the night.
Day 33 : Paa Khola – Chhusang (2980m)
Then from Paa Khola you will proceed to Chusang for the night stop.
Day 34: Chhusang Jomsom(2720m) via Kagbeni (2810m)
The walk to Jomsom via kagbeni will be enjoyable, you can get some tea shops on the way.
Day 35: Jomsom/Pokhara morning flight same day afternoon Kathmandu flight.
We take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and fly right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range same day you will transfer kathmandu 35 minute flight or 6 hrs drive with deluxe tourist coach.
Day 36: Departure Or sigheseeing in Kathmandu city.
You are saying good bye to your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Before your scheduled flight a representative from Plan Holiday drops you to the airport and say good bye. On way home, we hope you will be thinking about your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Trekking Guide, transfer, and entrance fee
- The cost of obtaining the restricted area permit, usually $100 per person
- All airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- 11 days trek with all meals, camping equipment, sherpa guide/cook, and porters
- TIMS permit fees
Cost does not include:
- Mustang Permit Fee (US$500 per person)
- Nepal visa fee
- Medical immunization
- International airfares (hotel accommodation en route if any)
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Insurance of any kind
- Emergency evacuation by helicopter or other means which client’s insurance should cover
- Personal expenses such as sodas/soft drinks, alcoholic beverages,laundry etc.
- Monastery donations where applicable
- Tips to all support staff