Dolpo to Humla Simikot Trek

September 17, 2017

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Dolpo to Humla Simikot via Mugu village is an enthralling journey across the Karnali region, which interconnects the three remote districts of Karnali Region.


Tour Details

Dolpo to Humla Simikot trek via Mugu village is an enthralling journey across the Karnali region, which inter connects the three remote districts of Karnali Region. This trail begins from Juphal via Shey Gompa Upper Dolpo, crossing Nyimagalzen La 5563m joins Mugu Valley, the last frontier village of Mugu district. Further to the north following the Rimar Khola and Tanke Khola heading across the Mugu Dada ridge descends to Nepka village a remote and last isolated village of Humla.

Dolpo to Humla Simikot trek via Mugu village is a complete exploration of Karnali region; this trip caters the life time experience of Karnali’s, culture and geographic landscape. At the beginning few days, the trail leads along the lush vegetation of Phoksundo River and nextly reaches at turquoise and amazing Phoksundo Lake and beautiful Bon village ‘Ringmo’. Upper Dolpo’s Dolpa Pa culture and landscapes, ancient Bon and Buddhist monasteries is witnessed after battling with first notorious pass Kagngla 5350m at the second part of the trek. Approaching through the remote and rugged uninhabited area beyond the Bhijer village a few days sinking in the wild route joins the Mugu Karnali River. Following upstream Mugu Karnali River to the north soon reaches at a winter settling village Shailenkharka a top of Mugu Karnali River. A few hours trekking to the north is Mugu village in the third part of the trip.

The next part of the trail adds further amazing and an exceptional after the Mugu village following the Chinese border and Mugu people’s ancient salt trading route which is now preparing motorable road up to Rimar Khola. Beyond Rimar Khola the trail leads to the North-west along the Yarsagumba collection pastures of Mugu people, Tanke Khola and Tanke Pasture. Crossing Mugu Dada ridge 4987m the trails descends along the Loti Karnali River and lush vegetation to the Nepka village, a last frontier village of Humla.

For the next few days, the trek leads following the Loti Karnali River all the way to Chala, Mathillo Pali, Tallo Pali to Piplan. From Piplan one may take another route to Rara Lake traversing Changkheli Lek 3594m but we traverse the Margor Bhanjyang Lek 4037m and finish our trek at Simikot. 

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee


Practical Information

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 you reach on 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.


We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

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 a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes.September is 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 temperature sometimes rise to 25 C.At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.


Day 1Arrival in TIA Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2Fly to Nepalgunj 1 hour and transfer to Hotel

Day 3Fly to Juphal 35 minutes and hike 2.30 hours to Dunai

Day 4Dunai to Chhepka 6-7 hours

Day 5Chhepka to Amchi Hospital 6-7 hours

Day 6Amchi Hospital to Phoksundo Lake 3 hours

Day 7Exploring and rest day in Phoksundo

Day 8Phoksundo to Sallagarai 6 hours

Day 9Sallaghari to Kangla Base Camp 7 hours

Day 10Kangla base camp via Kangla Pas 5360m to Shey Gompa 8 hours

Day 11Exploring and rest day

Day 12Shey to Saldang via Sela Pass 5030m 8-9 hours

Day 13Saldang to Neng La base camp 8 hours

Day 14Nengla Base Camp to Bhijer 8 hours

Day 15 Bhijer to Pho village via Yambur la 4813m 8 hours

Day 16Phot village to Pung Kharka (4650 m) via Nyingma Gyanzen La pass (5563 m) 9 hrs

Day 17Pung Kharka to to Chyandi Khola (4830 m) via Yala La (5414 m) 6 hrs

Day 18Chyandi Khola to Takla Khola (3785 m) 7 hrs

Day 19Takla Khola to Thajuchaur (4050 m) via Chyargo La pass (5150 m) 7 hrs

Day 20Thajuchaur to Shilenchaura Kharka (2945 m) 6 hrs

Day 21 Shilenchaur Kharka to Mugu village 4 hours

Day 22Mugu village to Dani Odar (3700m) 7 hours

Day 23Dani Odar to Tanke Khola (4000m) 6 hours

Day 24Tanke Khola to Kangla Chaur (4000m) 8 hours

Day 25Kangla Chaur to Dadiya (3200m) 7 hours

Day 26Dadiya to Galangna (3000m) 7 hours

Day 27Galangna to Nepka (2580m) 6 hours

Day 28Nepka to Mathillo Pali (2300m) 7 hours

Day 29 Mathillo Pali to Melchham (2591m) 7 hours

Day 30Melchham to Apsia Lek (3195m) 7 hours

Day 31Apsia Lek to Punkha Khola (3010m) 6 hours

Day 32Punkha Khola to Gatte Khola (2100m) via Margor Bhanjyang (4037m) 7 hours

Day 33Gatte Khola to Gagru (2650m) 7 hours

Day 34Gagru to Simikot (2985m) 6 hours

Day 35Fly Simikot to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 36Free day in Kathmandu

Day 37Depart from Kathmandu to Home


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