Upper Mustang is located north of Annapurna and at an average altitude of 4000m, is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. It was once part of Tibet and was used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalayas into Nepal. The semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom with a walled capital called Lo Manthang.
The adventure starts from world’s deepest gorge Kaligandaki region to world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang valley. In between you pass through barren yet beautiful landscape, steep rocky trail up and down the hills and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. Thousands of years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage of this area unchanged for centuries. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region.This region has Nepal’s many oldest Buddhist Monasteries; you will be able to explore monasteries from the 14th century, Buddhist shrines, Thankas, Mandalas, and Deities.
The first trekking groups were only allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and there are still very few people (about 700 trekkers each year) visiting Upper Mustang. As a result it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture. Access to the region is restricted. Trekking is possible with authorized trekking agents who can organize the legal permits. The permits limit the number of trekkers entering the region, and therefore the area is much less crowded even during the tourist season.
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sight seeing Tour.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara
(30 minutes flight or 6 hours drive as your prefer) .
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (18 minutes flight) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m) .
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) .
Day 06: Chele to Geling (3570m).
Day 07: Geling to Charang (3560m) .
Day 08: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m) .
Day 09: In Lo Mathang.
Day 10: Trip around Lo Manthang.
Day 11: Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3820m) .
Day 12: Drakmar to Shyangmochen.
Day 13: Shyangmochen to Chhuksang.
Day 14: Trek back to Kagbeni.
Day 15: Trek back to Jomsom.
Day 16: Flight back to Pokhara.
Day 17: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Transfer to airport for departure.
Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. It is remote trekking destination in Nepal, where Nepal’s most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored.
Dolpo region with Phoksundo Lake, designated to protect the Trans- Himalayan ecology with diverse terrain and altitude variation, wildlife and vegetation. The Dolpo region is home to a unique culture and preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan Culture. Its eco–system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants, rare flora and fauna, sweeping vistas and wildlife like yaks, Blue sheep; musk deer, mountain goat, jackal, wolf, snow leopards and other Himalayan birds in the Dolpa region.
Highlight of upper dolpa trekking are Shay Gompa, Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and Dhaulagiri massif etc. Dolpa trek in camping only. Individual trekking is not allowed in this region that’s why trekking in group is recommended and access to the region is controlled. Permits to trek this region is obtained through any registered trekking agents. This system limit the number of trekkers entering the Dolpo region, and therefore the area is fewer crowds even during the tourist season.
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley city tours and preparation for Upper dolpo trek.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal, trek to Dunai,( 2150 m).
Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Hanke Check Post.
Day 06: Trek from Hanke to Sumdo.
Day 07: Trek from Sumdo to Ringmo (Shey – Phoksundo Lake).
Day 08: Rest day at Rigmo explore around Shey Phoksundo Lake.
Day 09: Trek from Rigmo to Phoksundo Khola.
Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang.
Day 11: Trek from Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass.
Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa explore around Shey Gompa.
Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La.
Day 14: Trek from Namduna to Saldang (4000 m).
Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa.
Day 16: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu.
Day 17: Trek Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi.
Day 18: Trek from Jeng-la Phedi toTokyu Gaon via Jeng la.
Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap.
Day 20: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola.
Day 21: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon.
Day 22: Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot.
Day 23: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai.
Day 24: Trek from Dunai to Jhuphal.
Day 25: Return to KTM via Nepalgunj evening farewell dinner.