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Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Ghami)Trek

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July 17, 2018

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Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Ghami) trek  bridges the two forbidden Buddhist highlands of Nepal, Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang are the heavenly worlds for adventure lover and Himalayan admirers. Both territories are blessed by great Tibetan Buddhism founder Guru Rinpoche and prospering Bon and Buddhism still today. The barren and deserted landscape with arid climate is weakening even in the monsoon while another part of Nepal is sleeping.

Tour Details

 

Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang (Ghami) Trek, via Ghami La pass, is one of the most adventurous trips approaches from Lower Dolpo along the Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang to Jomsom. Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang trek is an exploring and discovering the hidden treasures of Himalaya, and it caters the hidden religious, cultural and natural wonders.

 Mesmerizing scenic beauty of the landscape, century old Bon and Buddhist monasteries, glazing faces of snowcapped mountains, beautiful hamlets in the foothills of Himalayas, and discovering an authentic culture of these Himalayan highlands offers an eternal satisfaction to trekkers.

Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Ghami) trek via Ghami La Pass could be done either before May or after October, because of local people from Ghami village abandon entry in the Ghami village in during agriculture season. However, October is still the best one.

The trek is a bit challenging, adventurous and expensive in comparison to other trails. No possible of pack animals and double permit are major factors of cost. Besides, all these constraints the trek gives lifetime adventure experience. Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Ghami) trek via Ghami La pass is the only one trek of Nepal provides the real experience Himalayan culture, tradition, Bon and Buddhism.

 Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Ghami) trek via Ghami La pass begins with a spectacular flight to the airstrip Juphal, in Lower Dolpo.Then trail heads up the lush vegetation and beautiful Suligad River gorge up to the turquoise, amazing and miraculous Phoksundo Lake, and then along the ‘Dare Devil’s Trail’ encountering with complicated high pass Kang La 5360m leading to sacred valley of Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain. Beyond the Shey Gompa the trip further heading to Saldang village, the largest village of Upper Dolpo. Furthermore, approaching through the Mani walls and Chortens we enter to the most interesting and authentic valley of Dolpo ‘Panzang Valley’. Soon after wind swiping through long valley another stunning valley is Chharka. From the Chharka the trail continues to the wilderness for a week and crossing Ghami La pass we enter to the forbidden Himalayan-Tibetan Buddhism land Upper Mustang. Indulging a week long inside the Upper Mustang, finally the trip end at Jomsom and fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

 

Our Tour Package Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, 1 sherpa (tents), porters (1 porter for 2person), their food & accommodation, bus ticket, salary, equipment, and insurance.
* All transportation.
* Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang (500 USD/10 Days Per Person.)
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* Upper and Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit (800 USD per Person)
* All necessary permits
* Domestic flight ticket Pokhara/Jomsom/Juphal/Nepalganj/KTM and Domestic airport tax.
* All Camping Equipment (Tents) and Kitchen equipment.
* Tourist service charge, Vat.
* Office Service charge.
* Guide & support staffs insurance and salary.

Doesn’t include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

 

 

 

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.

Communication

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 courses 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.

Food

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 courses meal will follow later in the evening.

Climate

In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during the month of May, this gives you best chances of the crossing of high passes out to Jomsom. 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 tempretures sometimes rise to 25 C. At higher altitude tempreture range from about 15C to -10 C.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tribhuvan Intl. Airport and transfer to Hotel

Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj (280m) and transfer to Hotel

Day 3: Flight from Nepalganj to Juphal airport (2475m) trek to Kageni (2520m)

Day 4: Kageni to Chepka (2838m)

Day 5: Chepka   to Amchi Hospital (3110m)

Day 6: Chepka to Phoksundo Lake (3640m)

Day 7: Phoksundo Rest and exploring day

Day 8: Phoksundo Lake to  Sallaghari (3739m)

Day 9: Sallaghari to Low Camp (4500m)

Day 10: Low camp to Shey Gompa (4280m) crossing Kangla pass (5350m)

Day 11: Rest and Explore Shey Gompa

Day 12: Shey Gompa –Namgong Gompa (4360m)

Day 13: Namgong Gompa to Karang(4350m)

Day 14: Karang to Nisalgaon Yangjer Gompa (4390m)

Day 15: Nisalgaon to Michagaon (4200m)

Day 16: Mishagaon to Chanpola Goth 3850m crossing Muri La pass (5030m)

Day 17: Shimengaon to Tinje gaon (4110m)

Day 18: Tinje gaon to Rapka(4535m)

Day 19: Rapka to  Chharka(4302m)

Day 20: Chharka to Tulsi khola(4935m)

Day 21: Tulsi khola to Nakhkem Khola (5066m)

Day 22: Nakhem Khola to Kharka camp (4745m)

Day 23: Kharka camp to Ghami Phedi Crossing Cross Ghami La Pass (5694m)

Day 24: Ghami Phedi to Ghami (3520m)

Day 25: Ghami to Marang (3650m)

Day 26: Marang to Lo-Manthang(3810m)

Day 27: Lo-Manthang

Day 28: Lo-Manthang –Visti to the villages (Garphu, Dhuk, Barcha, Nenyul) .

Day 29: Lo-Manthang – Yara Gaon(3650m)

Day 30: Yara to Tangge (3240m)

Day 31: Tangge to Paa Khola

Day 32: Paa Khola – Chhusang (2980m)

Day 33: Chhusang –Jomsom(2720m) via Kagbeni (2810m)

Day 34: Jomsom/Pokhara morning flight same day afternoon Kathmandu flight.

Day 35: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 36: Depart from Kathmandu to Home

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