Dolpo Mustang Trek
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.
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.
You will be warmly greeted by our staff member at airport and will be dropped at the hotel. After you check into hotel, our guide will pay you a visit to brief you about your trek and we will be having welcome dinner with typical Nepali cultural program.
Our city guide will take you to the warming visit of UNESCO enlisted heritage site such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Bouddha and Basantapur Durbar Square. Stay overnight at hotel.
You will be attending two early morning flight from to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where you will gear up yourself for a trek of about 2-3 hours to reach Dunai. Stay overnight at Dunai.
A small path among fields with wheat and vegetables to the Thuli Bheri River and steeply over the rocky slope will take you to Chhepka with Shey Phoksundo National Park (SPNP) on the way, Nepal’s largest National Park aimed to conserve the Trans-Himalayan ecosystem and the Tibetan type of flora and fauna.
The freshening breakfast will energize your trek between the high towering impressive steep rocks and through beautiful pine forests and rugged terrain to Sumdo.
Here begins the exciting trek to Suligad waterfall and Phoksundo Lake. The cold water of the fall will certainly work magic on your tired feet and the deep and intense look of the Phoksundo Lake is actually breath catching.
It is a perfect free day to take rest and explore the scenic beauty of lake, village and nearby beautiful Bonba monastery closely that truly reflect the ancient life of the local people residing there.
After the breakfast, we trail through the adventurous spectacular path going high above the lake narrowing to the ridge from where the view of dark green pine forests and the snowcapped mountain Norbung Kang (6085 m) is incredibly magnificent. It is 6 -7 hours trek to Bagala High pass where our night stay is arranged in camp.
Along the restricted area of Inner Dolpo, we trek along the steep path crossing the Bagala pass from where we take the narrow terrain entering the pine forest and descending down along long and strenuous pretty path to Numalaphedi. The scenic beauty of the landscape on the way is actually the photographic moment to be captured on the film.
It is a big day trip and we climb along the steep trail to Numula pass for the best spectacular view of the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and many other snow capped mountains then we descend down for about 5 hours to Numula Base camp.
We will be descending down along the easy path to the Dho tarap, typical Tibetan village with traditional agricultural styles, houses and culture. You will be amused to view their culture from close and enjoy their hospitality.
We will be trekking along many Mani walls and small Chortens following the Tarap Khola and finally to Dharo where the Dharo Gumpa worth a visit that reflect the ancient life and culture of the typical Tibetan lifestyle. We will spent enough time to explore the Gumpa more closely.
Continuing down our wide valley for an hour, we have to wade the wide, icy but shallow river to get to the access valley for the Chharka La (Mola Bhanjyang), then we turn to the flood-plain like Myantoku Khola and climb a bit on the right side of the river, drop back down and then at the chortens start climbing again for the fantastic view of classic Dolpo landscape glowing in the high mountain sunrays. We pass the village school on the left as we descend, pass through the large kane that marks the beginning of the main village, and then wind our way through this ancient village to reach our campsite in Chhorabot.
We pass on towards the series of passes that will eventually lead us to Jomsom and Lower Mustang and then start to climb gradually only to descend back to the river at Naliyang Sumdo. The high trail on next bank of river ascends gradually up the high plateau to a more defined trail to take us to Norbung.
Passing through the high yak pastures, we’re trekking through a remote region of stark, Himalayan beauty, with varying hues of ochre, sable and tan, classic mountain scenery. The Sangda La marks the border of Dolpo and the Annapurna’s, so we’ve now entered the Annapurna region. We descend along a steep, gravel trail, quite difficult, and follow the Bheri Khola to the Sangda Phedi (Sangda Gunsa),
At the Chorten to our left, we’ll cross the Bheri Khola on a small bridge and descend slowly to Jhyanse that awards us with the view of Dhampus Peak (6012m) in the southwestern part in this massif, and moving east from there is the Sechi Lek (5981m), Tashikang (6386m) and Tasartse (6343m) that is really magnificent. Soon we reach to blue sheep territory, Sangda dada.
We start climbing and spend most of the morning making a high traverse, crossing many ridges until we finally reach the ‘pass’ at about 4500 meters. The magnificent vista, looking out to snow-capped peaks and down to Mustang’s patch-work of trails and villages far below to Kagbeni, Jharkot, Muktinath, Thorung Peak, the Thorung La, Niligiri, Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki, an awe-inspiring site is amazing and a photographic moment. From here, we descend branching off to the southern trail after cresting the Jeula Danda (ridge) eventually reaching the fortress-like entrances to the small villages of Phalyak. Stay overnight at tented camp.
The sunrise moment on Niligiri and Dhaulagiri is really sensational. Today we climb to a ridge 400 meters above Phalyak, and then head directly south down a steep, sandy trail towards Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. Long, cobbled path that connects upper and lower Jomsom, along which beautiful textiles, woven on hand looms in the traditional style can be your new experience.
The end of an amazing trek and an equally impressive exit as we fly by Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range to reach Pokhara with good impression on your trip. Then we will drive to Kathmandu and check into our hotel where evening together farewell dinner with Typical Nepali Culture is arranged.
Our representative of our company will arrange a car to drop you to the airport; and then bid farewell with safe flight and with wonderful and impressive memories and new experience, you are ready to take off.