Dolpo Jomsom Trek is the most classic trek of Nepal. Which connect the hidden, unexplored and remote Dolpo via Upper Dolpo to Kalidaki River gorge valley Jomsom crossing the several high passes.
Dolpo Jomsom trek takes you through trans-Himalayan tracks of Upper Dolpo to Kaligandki River gorges valley Jomsom. It is One of the most exhausting and exhilarating trek suits to the adventure addicts, which covers the long walking trails about 230km from Juphal to Jomsom via Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa and Saldang before diverting to east. Beyond the Saldang the trail leads to the most beautiful valley of Dolpo ‘Panzang valley’. Along the Upper Panzang flat terrain and wilder route, encountering Mola Pass 5030m the last settlement of Dolpo is Chharka before Sangda of Mustang. The last week of the trek is an exploration of wilderness, and barren landscapes inhabited by blue sheep and an elusive Himalayan big cat snow leopard and the trek conclude in Jomsom.
Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.
The following few points helps on acclimatization process
- Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace then you reaches on the sky’.
- Drink lots of water: There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
- If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.
A Typical Day On Trek
The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.
After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.
There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.
While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.
In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes out to Jomsom, September is the most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.
This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day. In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5 and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 C. At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.
High Passes During Trek
Kang La Pass 5350m – A gateway to Shey Gompa
Sela Pass 5095m- A pass on way to Shey Gompa to Saldang
Muri La Pass 5030m – A ridge from Musi village to Simen village
Mo La Pass 5030m – A pass on way to Upper Panzang to Chharka
Jungbenla Pass 5550m – A ridge in between Mulumsumna to Ghalden
Bhimajung La pass 4460m – The last pass on way to Sangda village to Kagebeni/Jomsom
Permits Needed During Trek
Lower Dolpo Permit
Shey Phosundo NATIONAL park Fee
Upper Dolpo Permit
Annapurna Conservation Permit
Highlights of Dolpo Jomsom Trek
Dolpo Jomsom Trek caters you a lifetime adventure experience of Himalaya Nepal. Some of the highlights that you encounter during trek are;
Phoksundo Lake – A deepest turquoise blue lake, it changes color based on the amount of light fall on it.
Bon Tsoba Gompa – Pre-Buddhist Bon Monastery situated on the Eastern bank of Phoksundo Lake
Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain – Spiritual Heart of Dolpo and legendary sacred mountain
Saldang Village – Largest village of Dolpo, an ancient Kingdom of Ranag dynasty
Thinley’s native village
Simen Village-One of the most beautiful village of Dolpo
Tinje village – A flat and terrain village of Upper Dolpo
Chharka village – One of the highest Human settlements on earth
Mulumsumna – the highest camp of the entire trek
Jungbenla 5550m Pass – Highest and maximum altitude of entire trek
Sanda village – The las frontier village of Mustang
Kagbeni/Jomsom – The Valley town