“A journey of great fascination on Nepal’s Far Wild Himalayan with impressive scenery
On the least travelled area by other trekkers and explorer within an absolute wilderness
Exploring the hidden culture of Dolpo people with interesting Buddhist and ancient Bon religion
Country of great beauty from alpine green hills, emerald lakes to windswept arctic terrain
Following the classic Snow Leopard trails to remote and isolated Shey the crystal monastery”
Awesome Nepal Treks presents an overwhelming journey to Nepal’s Far Wild West Himalaya around Upper Dolpo & Shey Monastery, away from mainstream trekking trails in the complete wilderness in the harmony of rolling green hills, turquoise coloured lakes of Phuksumdo and around high peaks with crystal mountains.
Beautiful Upper Dolpo & Shey Monastery located and protected within its huge National Park covering an area of 3,555 sq.kms covering whole areas of Dolpo extends towards further North West at Mugu districts. Shey Phoksumdo of Dolpo regarded as the largest national park of Nepal. Dolpo treasures rich alpine vegetations with the luxuriant forest of blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch. The trans-Himalayan area of Northern Dolpo has with near-desert type vegetation of mainly dwarf juniper and caragana shrubs.
The whole areas of Dolpo are home for snow leopard and blue sheep, other common animals found in the park are Ghoral, Himalayan Thar, Serow, leopard, wolf, jackal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, yellow-throated marten, languor and rhesus monkeys.
Around Dolpo where you can spot many species of birds, such as Impheyan pheasant ‘Danphe’ national bird of Nepal, blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow-billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge and many others. Beside wild and bird life culturally the areas is famous for its impressive Buddhist culture and ancient Bon pre-Buddhism) sect practice of animism worshipping the natural spirits and its scenic environment.
Upper Dolpo & Shey Monastery trekking begins with the super scenic flight from Kathmandu to land at lower Nepal far south-west in Nepalgunj, warmer areas of sub-tropical climate and then heading higher further North West taking a short flight to Jhupal at Dolpo.
From Jhupal our adventure starts heading first around inner Dolpo at beautiful turquoise Phuksumdo Lake near Ringmo village, after an enjoyable rest and time at Phuksumdo Lake our journey leads higher to cross the highest pass of the trip over Kang-la of above 5,350 m high to reach at Shey Monastery within Crystal Mountain. (This areas well described on classic novel Snow Leopard by Peter Mattessian)
After an exciting and pleasant time around Shey monastery, our walk heads back to Juphal taking an alternative route crossing Jyanta and Jeng – La passes to reach lovely villages of Saldang- Chagaon-Tokyu and Tarakot village then reaching at Dunai headquarter and the main town of Dolpo. After Dunai our wonderful adventure Upper Dolpo and Shey Monastery concludes at Jhupal with a flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj with fond memories and overwhelming experience of Upper Dolpo and Shey Monastery.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Morning free and then fly to Nepalgunj city on route Dolpo.
Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m – 02 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Phuksumdo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours.
Day 07: Rest day at Phuksumdo Lake for the local excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,750 m- 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Phuksumdo Bhanjyang 4,717 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Cross Nangdalo -La 5,350 m and trek to Shey Gompa 4,160 m via -06 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Namgung 4,608 m via Sela (Gela) La 5,094m.
Day 13: Trek to Saldang 3,770 m – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Chagaon 4,910 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Dachu Khola camp at 4,700 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek and cross Jyanta-La at 5,220 m and walk to Phedi 4,900 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m – 07 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours.
Day 21: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 24: In Kathmandu free day with an optional sightseeing tour.
Day 25: International departure for home ward bound.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Upper Mustang Trekking, lodge, camping on the route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Upper Mustang Trekking.
(other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)
Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with the afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).
After a wonderful stop at Pokhara, depart from the hotel for an early morning short scenic flight to Jomsom, during airborne views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and then reaching Jomsom small airstrip, located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River.
Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley around the windswept country. Afternoon time carries heavy wind, after few hours of a great walk with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and ending our first day walk at Kagbeni village for an overnight stop. Kagbeni a windswept Tibetan like a village which is the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang, located on an old Himalayan Caravan Salt Trade route of Nepal and Tibet.
Morning walk leads on the uphill trail into a canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kali Gandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails. This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.
From Chele (spelled as Tsele also), morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area.
After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering the grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.From here on down-hill to the overnight stop at Gelling village via Syangboche village.
Morning visit old Geling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village.After a few hours of pleasant walk reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buckwheats for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.
Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the walled city (actually a large village) guarding this city / village surrounded by the high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decades, morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village. From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. The walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like a village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on the nice trail to reach at Lo Manthang for two nights stop.
Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within the great high wall, visit historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit the interior of the old palace and to grant an audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.
After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang, trek southwest on herder’s trails, up to a side valley to the Chogo La (4,325m/14,190ft). Then traverse around a grassy valley before descending through a gully to cross the Tsarang Khola and climb to Ghar Gompa (House Temple): a 1,200-year-old monastery; particularly famous for its collection of painted carved stones – framed on the monastery walls. The trail then climbs a ridge and crosses a valley to a cairn at 4,170m/13,680ft. Continue across alpine meadows before descending through a rough gully between towering walls of red rock to the large village of Drakmar (red cliffs). Numerous caves dot the cliff walls.
Today’s trail descends alongside a stream, past the walled village fields before climbing a ridge, dropping once more and rising to Upper Ghemi. Walk down to Lower Ghemi, then gradually contour up to the Nyi La (4,020m/13,190ft). Descend into the Gelling Valley but follow the high trail above the village to Jaite, Chhungar, and Tama Gaon. Zigzag down a rocky canyon to a stream then climb to a large chorten – and the Gelling trail near the ridge below the Shyangmochen La. Summit, then walk down to Shyangmochen.
Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages. The walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Tsusang village.
Morning walks back on the same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.
Today our last and final day of this beautiful Upper Mustang trekking, morning walk starts on the same route to Jomsom town, after retracing Kaligandaki river valley trail to reach in Jomsom and overnight in a nice fine lodge. Jomsom area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples and products cider, brandy and juice. Celebrate last night dinner with staff and among other teams.
Last day of this amazing journey around Mustang concludes with a short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara a lovely touristic city, overnight in Pokhara a scenic spot with many nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake, where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm waters.
(Driving options which is about 6-7 hours via Beni town to Pokhara city from Jomsom)
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting time on Upper Mustang trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.
(By Air options from Pokhara to Kathmandu taking 30 mins of scenic flight)
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Upper Mustang Trekking around Far North West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for the international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.