Dolpo Mustang Trek

21 Days

Conquer the Epic 18-Day Lower & Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

This challenging 18-day trek through Lower and Upper Dolpo in western Nepal is tailored for extremely fit hikers seeking an exhilarating high-altitude adventure. The rewarding journey encompasses five arduous passes over 5,000 meters, including the towering 5,700m Ghami La.

The constantly breathtaking scenery defies description, from the turquoise jewel of Phoksundo Lake to pristine wilderness where blue sheep roam. You’ll experience a profound immersion in Tibetan Buddhist culture still thriving here. The rare chance to glimpse elusive snow leopards makes this a thrilling trip for wildlife lovers too.

Lower Dolpo highlights include the crystal waters of Phoksundo Lake, made famous by the film Himalaya, and the picturesque village of Chharka where time stands still. Ancient Bon-Po traditions persist in this region isolated from the modern world.

Venturing into roadless Upper Dolpo means accessing a high-altitude snowbound kingdom rarely visited by outsiders. Enjoy the privilege of solitude and nature’s magnificence, with towering peaks surrounding you. Just you, your dedicated trek crew, blue sheep, lammergeyers, perhaps wolves or snow leopards.

With multiple days spent above 5,000m, this trek requires excellent fitness and acclimatization. Approaching the finale at Ghami La may bring snow, adding an extra challenge but also a magical blessing to your crossing.

Re-entering civilization after this epic 18-day odyssey may bring mixed emotions. But an overwhelming sense of awe and achievement will surely accompany you home from conquering one of Nepal’s most demanding and rewarding treks.

Itinerary of the Dolpo to Mustang Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – Transfer to hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2: Flight to Nepalgunj (1 hour). Overnight: Hotel in Nepalgunj
Day 3: Flight to Juphal (2,475m/8,120ft) – Trek to Rupagad (2,120m/6,955ft, 3 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 4: Trek to Chhepka (2,670m/8,759ft, 6 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 5: Trek to Jharna (3,000m/9,845ft, 6-7 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 6: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,811ft, 3-4 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 7: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake.Overnight: Camp
Day 8: Trek to Baga La Phedi (4,200m/13,780ft, 5 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 9: Trek over the Baga La (5,214m/17,107ft) to beyond Danigar (4,800m/15,748ft, 8-9 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 10: Trek over the Numa La (5,238m/17,185ft) to Tokyu (4,200m/13,780ft, 8 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 11: Trek to Dho Tarap and on to Moran (4,200m/13,780ft, 3½-4 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 12: Trek over the Jhyarkoi La (5,360m/17,586ft) to reach camp at 4,600m/15,092ft (8 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 13: Trek over the Mo La (5,035m/16,519ft) to Chharka (Charkabhot, 4,100m/13,421ft, 6 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 14: Trek to camp at Nakhkham Khola (4,600m/15,092ft, 7-8 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 15: Trek to High Camp (4,900m/16,076ft, 5-6 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 16: Cross the Ghami La (5,700m/18,701ft) and descend to camp near a lake at 4,800m/15,748ft (8-9 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 17: Trek towards Ghami (3,490m/11,450ft, 7-8 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 18: Descend to Ghami (3,520m/11,549ft, approximately 6-7 hours). Overnight: Camp
Day 19: Drive to Jomsom.  Overnight:lodge in Jomsom.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara – Transfer to hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 21: Transfer to International Airport for your flight to the next destination.

Please note that walking times are approximate and can vary based on individual pace, trail conditions, and group speed. The altitude mentioned in each day’s description provides an idea of the terrain you’ll be covering.

Basic Trip Info

  • deluxe + basic lodges as per available
  • Kathmandu
  • Around the Year
  • only to Service staff, self travel insurance is required.
  • English or as you required.
  • 5700 m.
  • 12


Dolpo Mustang trek, an unique and magnificent  trek with diverse scenery, amazing landmark, geographic terrain and cultural remarks, is  one of the classic treks of Nepal with a remote and strenuous route exploring two long forbidden lands. It is 20 day trek through the remote region of Nepal along the Tibetan boarder seldom starting from Juphal (Dolpo) and eventually hiking down from Mustang ending at the airstrip in Jomsom. Several high elevations pass between beautiful valley, gorge, alpine meadows, soaring view of snow-capped peaks and landscapes, nomadic lifestyle of people are the hidden gems of the isolated trans-Himalaya region of Nepal. Shey-Phoksundo National Park that preserves the extensive Eco-System of the region and enriches the variety of Vegetation and wildlife, incredible and dramatic lake, biggest waterfall and scenic beauty of the glacier will certainly amuse you with the opportunity to experience the uneaten thrill of adventure amid uniqueness of the mystic trans-Himalayas land.

Dolpo to Mustang Trek

Upon arrival, you will be greeted and taken to your hotel. If you're up for it, you can explore the nearby area of Thamel for dinner, or simply relax in the hotel restaurant after your journey.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

There is time for you to do some last minute shopping during morning time or wander at your pace. We will then drive in the afternoon to catch up a flight to Nepalgunj, This 1 hour of flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas to the north. Nepalgunj is tropical area where during summer temperature rises to pick upto 48 degreee celcious, it is close by the Nepalese-Indian border.
Overnight: Hotel in Nepalgunj

After breakfast, we drive to the Nepalgunj airport again to catchup flight to Juphal, an exhilarating 35-minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, witnessing the majestic peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Juphal Airport we meet our additional crew and sherpa guide to accompany through our whole trek and provide necessary service. Descending through the village below the airstrip, we pass terraced fields, the Bheri River, and a narrow gorge until we reach Sulighat. Spend the night camping in the lodge garden at Rupagad.

Overnight: Camp

We take the north trail in the peripheri of Thuli Bheri and Suli Gad river, we walk through the surge of terrain that leads mostly uphill. Our sorrounding are filled with amazing flora, village and people. Marijuana plants, village crops, and the production of a lotus-like plant called 'chuk, which is mainly used to produce veniger like substance and some medicine, it is one of the export of this region to India. Beside this we pass thorough the villages that is named after the parts of eyes like Parela "Eye lash" Ankhe "Eyes" Rahagaon "eyebrow", finally we arrive at Chhepka.

Overnight: Camp

The trail has been renovated by locals and government effort with new river crossings. We walk through the peripheri of same river crossing several times. The path comes to the cliff face but offers mesmerizing view. We Reach Jharna"waterfall" for the night.
Overnight: Camp

As we realize that we are gaining altitude, our trail today is more of ascend, the trail steeply from Sumdo leads stepply uphill, leaving the river behind. Admire the 300m/1,000ft waterfall, the highest in Nepal, and catch the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake, a stunning turquoise gem. Descend through birch forests to Ringmo, a picturesque village with mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. Set up camp near the enchanting Phoksundo Lake.
Overnight: Camp

Day 7 :
Rest day.

We spare this day to rest and recover. We have the option to visit the Bon Monastery, explore the village of Ringmo, or enjoy a relaxing walk around the lake. You can also sse the time for personal tasks and relaxation.
Overnight: Camp

After a beautiful moment in the sorroundings of lake we leave the lake and enter a beautiful pine forest on an ascending trail, surrounded by the melodious calls of laughing thrushes. Reach a clearing with excellent views of the route to Phoksundo, including the bandstand and snowy peak. Continue on a rising trail, overlooking the villages of Rikke and Maduwa below. The scenic traverse gradually ascends, offering vistas of Norbung Kang's impressive snow dome at 6,985m. After approximately three hours and 4.5 miles from Phoksundo Lake, reach Yak Kharka at 3,982m, where tents, stone shelters, prayer flags, and grazing yaks dot the landscape. Have lunch before a 1.5-hour ascent to the campsite in a meadow, marked by a large white prayer flag. Look out for choughs and lammergeyers. Observe the starting point of the route to Baga La and a trail to Chhoital Tal (lake). Consider an energetic walk to the lake in the late afternoon for acclimatization, although it's a challenging climb taking 1.5 to 2 hours with false summits. Conserve your energy for crossing the pass the next day!
Overnight: Camp

Today we are crossing a pass therfore when we start the day our trail leads with a steep ascent along the Ghuchun Khola, enjoying views of Norbung Kang. After 4 hours, reach the Baga La pass adorned with prayer flags and stunning vistas. Descend to the meadow of Danigar and continue for a couple of hours to the campsite at around 4,800m. Overnight: Camp

We gradually ascend to the Numa La pass, we can witness Kanjiroba Himal behind us. As we walk through our trail we might feel that we have already walked such a long way and still has not arrived to our destination, until we do not reach the pass, once we arrive to the pass its all worth it, when we see cairns & prayer flags, the giant view of Dhaulagiri can be seen from pass during clear weather. Steep descend on stony path until we arrive to river. Crossing the river will brings us to flat and easy path to Tokyu. Tokyu is beautiful village with friendly people and green houses, chortens, mani walls and Gompas. Champa Monastery is a most visit monastery of the Tokyu, where statutes of Shakyamuni, Guru Rimponche and future Buddha can be seen. Tokyu is famous for spotting birds as well, Guldenstadt's redstart can be found in this area. It's good to be here during harvesting time. Overnight: Camp

Today we have easy walk upto Dho Tarap, We pass by school, which is a primary co-ed, hopefully in near future it will be upgraded to higher education school, and Health Post, basic health service are provided. We can witness statue of Guru Rimponche which sits above Dho Tarap in Ribo Bumpa Monastery, we recommend you to visit the monastery. From Dho Tarap we continue our walk about 1½ hrs. to Moran, we pass village called Shipchock and Dhoro. We may spot blue ship, on the other hand we can also visit Monastery of Dhoro. where we can find few images of Guru Rimpoche. Green Tara and Vajrasattra. From Dhoro our trail rises up gradually until we reach our campsite. Overnight: Camp

Embark on a gradual ascent through an impressive canyon with fascinating rock formations. Experience some narrow sections before a challenging zig-zag trail to the Jhyarkoi La pass. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri massif. Descend gently to the campsite, keeping an eye out for wildlife and birds like bharal, redstarts, and mountain finches.
Overnight: Camp

On this day, you continue your trek in the Upper Panzang valley. The trail takes you up and around the hillside to the Mo La pass. The pass is not too challenging and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills. You might encounter various bird species and wildlife such as lammergeyers, golden eagles, griffin vultures, and blue sheep if you're lucky. After reaching the pass, you descend through a pleasant and easy gradient, eventually arriving at the town of Chharka. Chharka is a picturesque village with a monastery, school, flat-roofed houses, lodges, and even a "shopping center." It's a great opportunity to enjoy civilization before reaching Mustang. Overnight:Camp.

We leave Chharka and head to Kahkham, until we reach Ghami we do not see settlment, head eastwards along the north bank of the Chharka Khola. The trail is less traveled and may be indistinct in some parts. As you trek, you'll encounter undulating rough terrain and may need to cross the river due to landslides. Keep an eye out for wildlife like crag martins and blue sheep. After lunch, you'll cross the river again and follow the south side. The day's journey takes you to a high open valley near the Nakhkham Khola, where our camp is set up. Overnight:Camp

This is a shorter day and swifitly we gain altitude before the pass crossing. Following the river, we will reach a point where the valley opens up. Paths become indistinct, on our trail we may spot Tibetan snowcocks. Our camp is setup in such manner that it serves as a base for the next day's crossing of the Ghami La pass. If time permits, we can take an acclimatization walk along the valley to capture some good memory.

This day is challenging but rewarding. The initial ascent from the campsite is relatively gentle, offering scenic views. As we approach the Nakhkham Khola, the path veers southeast and rises sharply towards the Ghami La pass. The journey becomes tougher with boulder fields and difficult route finding. After around 5½ hours, you'll reach the top of the pass, followed by a descent through boulder fields and grassy hillsides. Eventually, you'll reach a campsite near a lake, marking a significant achievement. Overnight:Camp

Due to huge landslides in the year 2018, we may have to take alternative path as saftey comes to us first, we head eastwards by river keeping river on our right side. The trek begins with a gradual descent we recommend you to keep your sandals on your day bag pack, as we may need to cross the river, until we are not sure that the river crossing has been fixed. Enjoy inspiring views of Mustang and snow-capped peaks. The descent to the campsite involves steep sections and a small boulder field. The landscape becomes increasingly dramatic, featuring gorges, waterfalls, and rock pinnacles. Overnight:Camp.

After completeion of three major passes we have that feeling of content that we made it through, we continue our descent, we traverse the hillside, passing by a hermitage and witnessing the awe-inspiring scenery of towering rock peaks, rushing rivers, and Mustang's unique mountain desert landscape. As you wind your way around the hillside, snowy peaks come into view. The trail to Ghami is well-defined but narrow at certain sections. Keeping the Ghami Khola to your left, we descend towards Ghami, encountering a worshipping place adorned with prayer flags. The trail may have well-camouflaged lizards darting about. Approaching Ghami, we will be treated to a stunning sight of fields of red and yellow, resembling an oasis in the desert-like surroundings. The hidden caves in the cliff-face and the captivating 'organ pipe' rock formations add to the beauty. After being immersed in the wilderness, the sight of locals tending to fields, animals, and houses is a striking contrast. Overnight:Camp.

We take jeeps to drive to Jomsom and then evening is followed by some celebration with your trekking sherpa's and their assistant. Tomorrow we have to make two flights Kathmandu. We will stay in a lodge tonight.

You'll embark on a scenic flight from Jomsom, passing through the majestic Himalayan Mountains and descending into the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The flight provides a humbling perspective of the grand surroundings. Landing in Pokhara, you'll then catch a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel.

Transfer to International Airport for your flight to next destination.note: Airport check in time is 3 hrs. before the actual flight time.

Includes and Excludes in the services

Cost Includes

  • ✓ All internal flights and domestic airport transfers.
  • ✓ Comfortable hotel accommodation rated at 3 to 4 stars in Kathmandu, where you'll have a twin share arrangement with breakfast provided.
  • ✓ The best available hotel in Nepalgunj, also on a twin share basis, with full board meals included.
  • ✓ Special permits required for both Mustang and Dolpo, as well as the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit).
  • ✓ Convenient private vehicle transfers throughout your journey.
  • ✓ Comprehensive camping facilities along the trek, along with all meals provided during the trek.
  • ✓ A dedicated team of camp staff to handle all camp-related tasks, ensuring your comfort and convenience.
  • ✓ Complimentary use of a high-quality sleeping bag equipped with a liner during the trek.
  • ✓ Coverage of all porterage costs, including insurance for the porters.
  • ✓ Single, pre-arranged group airport transfers tailored to your international flight schedule for both arrival and departure.
  • All beverages.
  • Laundry, International telephone calls & WIFI, mobile charging, hot shower and hot drinking water.
  • Extra nights of hotel/lodge and food in trekking during physical or weather condition, applies to flight cancelation as well due to weather or technical issues.
  • Helicopter Rescue and extra porter in case of sickness or accident.
  • Travel insurance to cover all your travel needs. (Please do your travel insurance before commencing trek)
  • Tips to service staffs during sightseeing and trekking (Expected by the service staff).
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Ramechap and from Ramechap to Kathmandu incase flights do not operate from Kathmandu
What is the Lower & Upper Dolpo Trek?

The Lower & Upper Dolpo Trek is an 18-day high-altitude adventure in western Nepal, designed for extremely fit hikers. It covers five passes over 5,000 meters and offers stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, and wildlife sightings.

How challenging is the trek?

The trek is very challenging, requiring excellent fitness and acclimatization due to multiple days spent above 5,000 meters and the crossing of five high passes.

What are the main highlights of the trek?

Key highlights include crossing five high passes, the turquoise Phoksundo Lake, potential snow leopard sightings, immersion in Tibetan Buddhist culture, and experiencing the ancient Bon-Po traditions.

What wildlife can I expect to see?

Trekkers may see blue sheep, lammergeyers, wolves, and possibly elusive snow leopards.

How long is the trek?

The trek spans 18 days, with an additional 3 days for arrival, departure, and internal travel, making it a 21-day itinerary in total.

What type of accommodation is provided?

The trek primarily involves camping, with some hotel stays in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, and a lodge stay in Jomsom.

Trekkers may see blue sheep, lammergeyers, wolves, and possibly elusive snow leopards.

How do I get to the starting point?

Travelers fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, then to Juphal, where the trek begins. The return journey includes a drive from Ghami to Jomsom and a flight back to Kathmandu. This trek promises a rewarding and unforgettable experience for those seeking adventure, natural beauty, and cultural immersion in one of Nepal's most remote regions.

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Dolpo Mustang Trek