Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Ghami (5694 m)

Highlights

  • The route takes you through Shey Phoksundo Lake, which lies at the height of 3,611 meters. Located in Dolpa district of Nepal, Shey Phoksundo is visited by many devotees since the turquoise blue water of the lake is believed to wash away all the sins. 
  • In this trial, you will trek across several passes at an elevation of 5,000+ meters. There are 8 passes below this altitude throughout the route.
  • You will also get an opportunity to visit one of the oldest monasteries, Shey Gompa, that reflects the 12th-century civilization followed by the route to Lo Manthang, an ancient kingdom of Lo.
  • Tibetan cultural exploration and a chance to indulge in the local traditions of the Sherpas and the Thakalis residing in this region.
  • Seasonal festivals like Tiji festival in May
     

Description

Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang Trek is the best deal to traverse through this region with rich Tibetan culture and Buddhist followers. The trail route of Dolpo to Jomsom is considered one of the most adventurous trek routes. With the maximum elevation of 5545 meters, Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek is a challenging trek that includes a diverse spectrum of cultural exploration. Throughout this trial, you will be amazed by the mesmerizing views of the mighty Himalayas, mysterious religious, and cultural traditions of the Sherpas.

This region is home to two long lost territories of Nepal, which are, Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang. These highlands are still believed to be a fascinating destination to trek to. Upper Dolpo has seen Bon Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism prosper simultaneously while, Upper Mustang is known as the forbidden kingdom that proudly carries a history of Lobas, and had the culture of sky burial a long time back.

The trek starts from Nepalgunj and ends in Jomsom of Annapurna region. Since this trek route is a long and tiring one, no animals can go through the trial. Only humans have been able to traverse through this region. Keeping difficulties aside, this is the best trek route to explore the high land of Nepal and witness the ancient Tibetan culture. Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek Package meets your adventurous travel needs in the most convenient way. Join us in this exciting trek and we assure you to provide you with the best travel experience.

If you are a seeker of adventures and want to add more tales in your adventure diary, then Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang Trek is exactly what you are looking for. Let’s get into this thrilling journey together.

Itinerary

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You will fly Nepalgunj from Kathmandu on day 1. The flight will take a minimum of one hour and you will fly through the maximum elevation of 150 meters. Nepalgunj is an ethincally rich place with majority of Muslim community. There are many temples and the habitat of wildlife is also quite diverse in Nepalgunj.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Nepalgunj
  • Altitude: 150 m

You will fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2530 meters) on the second day, and walk to Dunai (2850 meters). Jhupal is beautiful in Dolpo where locals have enthralling culture and traditions. Dunai is also known as a gateway to Dolpo. Dunai has a light settlement of households spread across the bank of Thulo Bheri river. You will get to see Dhaulagiri and Chure Himal ranges from Dunai. The walk will take a minimum of 3 hours and you will stay overnight at Dunai.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Dunai
  • Altitude: 2850 m

After a night's stay at Dunai, you will head towards Ankhe at an altitude of 2896 meters. As you start your walk along the treeless Thulo Bheri Valley, you will pass across a suspension bridge, and small settlements in Dhera and Rahagaon. Ankhe is also an entrance to Shey Phoksundo National Park. You will have to walk for 6-7 hours to reach Ankhe from Dunai. You will rest the journey for the night in tented camp. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Ankhe
  • Altitude: 2896 m

On day 4, you will continue your journey from Ankhe. Your destination for the day will be Renje. The journey would be of a grassy slopes with lots of ups and downs. Minimum 7 hours of walk to Renje will take you to an elevation of 3104 meters. You will rest the day at Renje.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Renje
  • Altitude: 3104 m

You will start your 7 hours journey to Shey Phoksundo Lake from Renje on day 5. Shey Phoksundo lake is one of the renown lakes because it is believed to wash off sins in Hindu culture. Shey Phoksundo has a deep blue and pristine water. You will then take a rest at the altitude of 3612 meters to continue your journey from the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Altitude: 3612 m

You will walk for 6 hours to reach Chunemba (3639 meters) from Shey Phoksundo Lake. On your way, you will come across the Himalayan lifestyle of Sherpas residing there and get to try some local cuisines too.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chunemba
  • Altitude: 3639 m

You will ascend to an elevation of 4400 meters as you move to Snowfield Camp from Chunemba after the overnight stay there. The trek will take you around 7 hours. Snowfield Camp has also been mentioned in one of the bestselling books by Peter Mathiesson as ‘The Snow Leopard’. This is where the name, ‘Snowfield Camp’ has come from. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Snowfield Camp
  • Altitude: 4400 m

Day 8 gives you an opportunity to visit one of the oldest monasteries, Shey Gompa (4310 meters), that reflects the 12th-century civilization followed by the route to Lo Manthang, an ancient kingdom of Lo. Shey Gompa is also known as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo. The villages here are isolated and authentic. You will have to walk for 6 hours to reach Shey Gompa from Snowfield Camp. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shey Gompa
  • Altitude: 4310 m

As you continue your trek from Shey Gompa, you will have to walk for 6 hours to reach Nam Gaun Gompa, at an altitude of 4360 meters, which will be your destination for day 9. The day will begin with a pleasant sight of lush juniper trees descending into a stony canyon. On moving forward through the trail of bare rocks, you will then reach Namgung monastery. You will witness yaks grazing on your way and a few nomadic tents built from yak’s hair. Namgung monastery is also known as a red stone monastery.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Nam Gaun Gompa
  • Altitude: 4360 m

You will then head for Marang at 4350 meters from Nam Gaun Gompa. You will have to trek for 7 hours to reach there. Marang is a small village besides Ki in Dolpo. Marang has a few inhabitants who earn their living through tourism and animal husbandry.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Marang
  • Altitude: 4350 m

On day 11, you will descend downhill to Dora Sumna (3670 meters) from Marang. This will be a journey of 7 hours. When you head towards Dora Sumna, you will come across fascinating Sungjer Gompa and Luirgaon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Dora Sumna
  • Altitude: 3670 m

You will then ascend to Misha Gaun at an altitude of 4200 meters on day 12. It will take you 5 hours to reach there. You will cover this trail through the famous Yangjer Gompa, which is known to be the richest gompas in that region.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Misha Gaun
  • Altitude: 4200 m

On day 13, you will walk for 6 hours from Misha Gaun to reach your next destination, Shimen Gaun (3850 meters). The journey to Shimen Gaun from Misha Gaun will take you through Musi La Pass at an elevation of 5,030 meters and stop at Chanpola goth near Shimen Gaun.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shimen Gaun
  • Altitude: 3850 m

Day 14 will be a 7-hour trek from Shimen Gaun to Tinje (4110 meters). Once you start your trek to the beautiful village of Tinje, you will see the huge land area of this village surrounded by scenic beauty and wonderful culture of local residents. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Tinje
  • Altitude: 4110 m

You will walk for 5 hours as you ascend from Tinje to Rapka at a height of 4535 meters. Rapka is a small village with few settlements. You will be able to observe amazing landscapes of surrounding villages from here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Rapka
  • Altitude: 4535 m

Day 16 will be a journey of 7 hours from Rapka to Charka (4302 meters). On your way to Charka, you will pass through Chharka Crossing also known as Chharka La/ Mola Pass at an altitude of 5,030 meters. You will also get to see Bon Gompa while in this pass.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Charka
  • Altitude: 4302 m

Your next destination will be Tulsi Khola (4935 meters) at a walking distance of 6 hours. From Charka, you will trek along a rough downward trail until you descend to Tulsi Khola.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Tulsi Khola
  • Altitude: 4935 m

The trek to Nakhkem Khola (5066 meters) from Tulsi Khola will take you about 5 hours.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Nakhkem Khola
  • Altitude: 5066 m

You will then head to Kharka (5445 meters) from Tulsi Khola which will take you 6 hours for the journey. The path again will start to ascend from Nakhkem Khola. You will observe enchanting views of mountains and lakes on your way to Kharka.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Kharka
  • Altitude: 5445 m

Day 20 will be a tiring 9 hours trek from Kharka to Ghami Phedi (3680 meters). The trail from Kharka to Ghami Phedi will be a challenging walk since the path is sloppy. You will traverse across Cross Ghami Pass at an altitude of 5694 meters.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Ghami Phedi
  • Altitude: 3680 m

Then you will move further to Ghami (3520 meters) from Ghami. The journey for the day will be 4 hours long. Owing to the tiring journey of the previous day, you will walk less and get to re-energize yourself on day 21. However, this route will require you to cross rivers several times and consists of fluctuating hilly slopes.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Ghami
  • Altitude: 3520 m

You will head to Marang (3540 meters) from Ghami on Day 22. It will be a journey of 6 hours. You will pass through many beautiful villages and gompas on your way to Marang. Amongst many gompas, you will witness Ghar Gompa at an elevation of 3950 meters In this gompa, you will also observe the scriptures of Padma Sambhav.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Marang
  • Altitude: 3540 m

You will head towards Lo Manthang, an ancient kingdom of Lo after 6 hours of walk from Marang. Owing to the ancient civilization, Lo Manthang offers visitors a diverse taste of Tibetan culture. You will also be able to visit famous gompas like Namgyal, Tinghar, and Kimaling during your stay. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Lo Manthang
  • Altitude: 3800 m

Day 24 will be an acclimatization day to help your body adapt in accordance with the changes in the environment. It will be 4 hours long session at an altitude of 3810 meters. Acclimatization is the process of adjustment and adaptation with respect to weather and climate by increasing the rate and depth of breathing.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Lo Manthang
  • Altitude: 3800 m

You will head towards Yara Gaun (3900 meters) after walking for 7 hours from Lo Manthang. In this trial, you will pass two villages with few settlements before you reach Yara Gaun.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Yara Gaun
  • Altitude: 3900 m

Day 26 will be a walk of 6 hours from Yara Gaun to Tange (3240 meters)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Tange
  • Altitude: 3240 m

After walking for 8 hours from Tange, you will reach Tetang, at the altitude of 3040 meters on day 27. The difficulty of this trail is moderate as compared to the previous ones.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Tetang
  • Altitude: 3040 m

You will then head for Muktinath (3700 meters) from Tetang after 8 hours of trek. Muktinath is a Vishnu temple which is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is considered a sacred place by many.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Muktinath
  • Altitude: 3700 m

Day 29 will take you through a journey of 6 hours walk to Jomsom (2700 meters) from Muktinath. This day will be the last day of your wonderful trekking journey. Jomsom is the center for all the administrative and commerce activities that happen in the Mustang region.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2700 m

On day 30, you will catch a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820 m

This is the last day of your trip. You will take 30 minutes flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320 m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Camping and Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • One Way Flight Ticket (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhuphal)
  • One Way Flight Ticket (Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Porter with Insurance, Transportation, Food, and Accommodation
  • Cooking Staff and Helper 
  • All Camping equipment like Tents and Kitchen equipment
  • All Necessary Trekking Permits (Upper Dolpo Special Permit, Upper Mustang Special Permit, Shey Phoksundo National Park)
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Meals in Pokhara 
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Helpers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
17 Jul, 2020 - 16 Aug, 2020AvailableUS$5400
24 Jul, 2020 - 23 Aug, 2020AvailableUS$5400
31 Jul, 2020 - 30 Aug, 2020AvailableUS$5400

Useful Information

Best Time to go on Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek

The best time to try trekking from Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang is during autumn and spring. There are several reasons for it. Let’s start with why Autumn can be the best time to trek in this region. One of the significant reasons is the weather and temperature in this trail during autumn.

Autumn Season

Autumn is a post-monsoon season in Nepal, so the minimum chances of precipitation make the trek route clear and the landscapes more enchanting. 

In addition to this, some of the major festivals celebrated in Nepal fall in Autumn which gives you an opportunity to explore festivals like Dashain, Tihar, etc. Autumn in Nepal starts in September and ends in November.

Weather and Temperature During Autumn 

Furthermore, daytime trekking gets easier due to weather and temperature during autumn. The clear sky magnifies the picturesque beauty of panoramic Himalayas. The temperature during the day ranges from an average of 10 Degree Celsius to 15 Degree Celsius. The moderate temperature that is neither too hot nor too cold makes the trek more exciting during autumn.

Spring Season

Another best time to go on Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek is during Spring. Spring season in Nepal starts from March and lasts till early June. 

Trekkers all around the world consider Spring to be the best time to go on adventure treks. During spring, everything is green and beautiful and blooming. The lush forests are all green and the clear sky makes every view beautiful in Spring. 

In this trail, spring is the time when wildlife and rare habitats migrate and can be spotted. Also, rhododendrons and other flowers with enchanting fragrances cover the trail of Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang.

Weather and Temperature during Spring

The weather is comfortable and warm, humid during spring. The temperature in the lower ranges from 15 to 23 degrees Celsius. However, the temperature starts to decline once you elevate towards highlands.

Another reason why Spring can be the best time to trek this trial is that spring has longer days and shorter nights. Hence, you will be able to trek for more hours in the daylight giving you abundant time to rest.

Therefore, while it depends upon you to decide on the time for the trek but you will definitely be able to get the most out of Dolpo to Mustang Trek if you trek during these seasons.

Trek Difficulties While Traversing Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang 

As I have mentioned before, Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek is a strenuous and challenging trek. There are numerous factors that make the trek difficult. From the rough steep trial to lack of experience, anything can add up to the difficulty. So, I have tried to list out the difficulties that can occur during the trek and the measures to avoid it.

Read it and prepare well before you set out for this trek. If there is anything you feel has been missed out, feel free to suggest us through the comment section below or do not hesitate to reach us out. 

Fitness or Stamina

This trek takes you through a high altitude and the path is very rugged. So, the trek requires you to have great stamina and physical endurance. You will walk across passes above 5000 meters of altitude, which means that you have to be physically fit to be able to complete the journey. If you trek to this region during spring and autumn, you will not witness snow throughout the trail. No snow means no technical difficulties including snowstorm or avalanche. 

However, the trail will have steep slopes, so, it is better to have yourself physically prepared for walking long hours, and overcoming fatigue. You can always have energy bars on your way to keep your energy level balanced.

Similarly, your physical stamina also develops from your willingness. If you are mentally prepared, nothing can stop you. Your mental well being also gradually affects your physical output. Prior to preparing for your journey, it is good to examine and introspect yourself of whether or not you are capable of trekking in this region. Then, be prepared for any challenges that can come in your way. 

You can also try some yoga, meditation, and cardio exercise to maintain your fitness for Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek.

Trekking Gears or Equipment 

Remember, you will have to walk 6-7 hours daily throughout the trek and if you are someone who has never trekked in a similar way, it is recommended to get some training first. This trek might not be suitable for everyone. Prepare yourself with all the gears or equipment you could need for the trek. From boots to trekking cane, do not miss out on petty necessities. Good trekking experience is an advantage in this trek but even if you are not from a trekking background, don’t worry; you can always train yourself for it. 

Porters

Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek is a remote area trial and finding ponies or mules in such secluded area is almost impossible. It is all humans only throughout the trek. It is necessary to find porters to make your trek more convenient. We do not only have experienced porters but also have insurance done by every service provider in cases of emergency. You will also be contributing to the local empowerment since we hire and train people from the local residents.

Altitude Sickness

It is a common difficulty trekkers face while trekking in higher altitudes. Reduced oxygen availability in the environment leads to shortness of breathing, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and headache.

If you suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, seek help quickly and do not ascend any further. To avoid altitude sickness, the best thing you can do is, descend to a lower altitude and acclimatize. Once your body adapts to the necessary changes around, it gets easier to face them. The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. Once you start to move upwards, the weather and temperature change dramatically. Acclimatization is a lifesaver at such times.

If you book your package with us, our guides and professionals will help you descend to a lower altitude, help you with all the medical procedures, and take necessary measures in case of emergency.

Travel Insurance

Before you set out, it is important to have your medical emergencies and your evacuations covered. Make sure your travel insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuations up to a minimum height of 6,000 meters. Every journey is unpredictable. While we can reduce the risks of accidents, we can never fully eliminate them. So, travel insurance is very helpful and you should get yourself one before you head out for this trek.