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
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.