Upper Dolpo Trek
- 28 Days
- 5600 m
- 3 meals a day during trek
Trip Facts :
- Adventure into Nepal Far West Himalaya around scenic
- Explore Wild West impressive villages enriched with Buddhist
- Tour of former walled kingdom Lo-Manthang and its medieval period town
- Walk within high eroded cliffs
- Interesting villages with great barley and buck-wheat fields
- Enjoy its beautiful barren and arid landscapes of windswept
- Scenic flights to and from Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara with
Upper Mustang trekking, leads you to Nepal Far North Western Himalaya close to Dolpo-Dhaulagiri and west of Annapurna Himalaya range, on route Tibet border Karo-la pass located on old Trans-Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet. Upper Mustang trekking where you feel as you are into Tibet due to its scenic landscapes and similar cultural villages interwoven with Buddhism and old practice Bon sect religions (a pre Buddhism).
Upper Mustang once a forbidden kingdom with its walled city / town of Lo-Manthang ruled by late Raja / King of Mustang, the area was open for outside visitors since last three decades where you can travel and witness its great treasures of old magnificent custom, culture with tour of impressive monasteries. Starting this marvelous journey Upper Mustang Trekking taking a swift scenic flight from picturesque Pokhara, a renowned touristic city blessed with Annapurna Himalaya and lakes where our adventure begins.
After a panoramic flight landing at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district and the hub of native Thakali people who have been in trade with Tibet since past hundred of centuries. Walk leads into restricted areas to Upper Mustang after Kagbeni where trekkers requires special permits to enter into this Far North Himalaya around Upper Mustang and the kingdom of Lo, as journey progress heading into lovely villages lined with prayer walls and spinning bells with large agriculture fields where few trees exists.
Adventure continues crossing over passes with super views of snow peaks to reach at former walled kingdom in Lo-Manthang, with tour of historical and cultural sites of Lo-Manthang, with four grand monasteries of Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and its Great Entrance Hall. A special permission required to enter late Raja palace and visit its interior of old palace if possible, after fascinating times around Upper Mustang walks leads back to Jomsom with visit of holy Muktinath facing glorious panorama of Dhaulagiri and other peaks range.
At Jomsom taking a short flight back to scenic Pokhara where our marvelous and exciting adventure Upper Mustang Trekking completes.
Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet)
Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and after time in getting refreshed, that evening you will be invited to a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu. You will also receive a trip briefing before retiring for the night at the hotel. Overnight at a hotel. Included meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 02 Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour N trek preparation
Today after breakfast if you wish you can go to visit several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world and sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion for tomorrow as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at a hotel. Included meals: Breakfast
Day 03 Fly or drive to Pokhara (825 m / 2,706 ft): 20 minutes flight N 7 hours drive
Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Phewa Lake during the afternoon enjoy boating too. You can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight at a hotel. Included meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 04 Fly to Jomsom (2,720 m / 8,923 ft) N commence trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m / 9,219 ft): 4 hrs
We are up early this morning for our spectacular mountain ﬂight to the district headquarters of Mustang, Jomsom. Once on the ground, at (2,720 m), we look forward to being greeted by the sound of jingling horse bells as the Mustangi people pass by with their pony caravans we have even seen yaks in the main street! After sorting out gear, meeting our crew and loading up, we trek up the windy Kali Gandaki valley to Kagbeni (depending on the ﬂight time and time to get gear sorted, we usually have lunch in Jomsom before we hot the trail). The wide trail along a rocky, saligram ﬁlled riverbed provides views of the surrounding peaks of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, and to the south the entire Annapurna Massif.
Kagbeni, spectacularly situated atop a cliff overlooking the conﬂuence of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola rivers, is the last village in Lower Mustang and guards the entrance into Upper Mustang, an oasis of green ﬁelds in the midst of rocky, arid mountains, with Nilgiri looming grandly behind it. We will have time to explore in the late afternoon as the light fades and herders bring in their livestock to corrals for the night.
This ancient, partially ruined citadel town provides us with a taste of scenes to come in Upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green ﬁelds of barley and its massive, newly-restored brick-red Gompa, 800 years old. We’ll also wander past the ancient, crumbing, l00-room King’s Palace. At the police check post at the north end of the village where a sign reads ‘Restricted area, tourists please do not go beyond this point’, we will complete our paperwork to enter Upper Mustang tomorrow. Overnight at a Local Guest House. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner