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Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Lomanthang) Trek

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July 17, 2018

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Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Lomanthang) Trek is the strenuous trek, it combines the two beautiful Himalayan valleys Dolpo and Lomanthang. Dolpo recites in the rain shadow alpine of west Nepal.

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Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Lomanthang) Trek is an extraordinary journey that takes through the thin air above the 5000m several times. Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Lomanthang) Trek is the strenuous trek, it combines the two beautiful Himalayan valleys Dolpo and Lomanthang. Dolpo recites in the rain shadow alpine of west Nepal. Messed in the Tibetan plateau enriching by the Dolpo-pa cultures and traditions, it is one of the highest settlement places in the world.

Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Lomanthang) trek,  begins from the lower Dolpo via lush vegetation of Phoksundo national park to the turquoise Phoksundo lake and a stressful but the breathtaking scenic beauty of the lakeside up to ‘Sallagari’ a campsite mirroring in front of Kanjeruwa Peak. Following the rocky, stony and zigzag crossing over the small river several times along the birch trees and rocky gorges few hours we stop in the lap of Kangla pass high camp 4700m. Next day further ascending to the Kangla top 5360m, chilling winds blowing around and spectacular views of surrounding mountain ranges refreshes mind and body, and makes a feeling of on the top of the world with the victory.

Kang La pass is the gateway of Upper Dolpo, then descending from Kangla pass through the long valley with stunning canyon leads to the popular Himalayan pilgrimage Shey. Hallowed Crystal Mountain on the top in-front Shey village and a red-brown monastery Tsakang Gonpa and Gomache monasteries are at the right corner of Crystal Mountain. Shel Sumdo Gompa or Shey Gompa is located in Shey village with a well-carved Chorten and mani wall. Then further to the northeast across the Sela pass you will be entered to the long barren landscape ‘Nakhong Valley’ the valley which has the legendary history of Upper Dolpo. After the few days along the valley, again entering to the most beautiful landscape of Upper Dolpo ‘Panzang Valley’ the valley which has road connection with China. Again messing into Upper Panzang valley for 2-3 days by passing Mola pass 5030m you will reach in the highest human settlement place Chharka Bhot.

Further continuing to the Northeast corner of the Chharka village following a Chyanjun river then indulging   4-5 days in the wilderness following the rocky, rough high passes, and spending three nights above the 5000m, finally encountering Yeti la pass 5720m we enter to the Forbidden Himalayan Kingdom Lomanthang.

Exploring Few days around the upper Mustang region we descend to Muktinath and following Kaligandaki River and at the end, we interrupt our trek in Jomsom and fly out 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-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.

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-course 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 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.

Outline Itinerary

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

Day 2: Kathmandu – Nepalganj (280m) flight (1h)

Day 3: Nepalganj- Juphal airport (35′) (2475m) – Shyanta (2520m)

Day 4: Shyanta – Chepka (2838m) – Rechi (2940m)

Day 5: Rechi- Samduwa – Ringmo / Phoksundo Lake (3640m)

Day 6: Phoksundo Rest Day

Day 7: Phoksundo Lake – Sallaghari (3739m)

Day 8: Sallaghari – Kang La Base Camp (4500m)

Day 9: Kangla Base Camp– Kangla pass (5350m)- Shey Gompa (4280m)

Day 10: Shey Gompa- Tsakang return – Yak Kharha (4550m)

Day 11: Yak yak Kharha – Tora (4000m)

Day 12: Tora – Samling gompa (4163m) – Bijher (3850m)

Day 13: Bijher – Neng La High Camp (4375m)

Day 14: Neng La High Camp – Neng La Pass (5368m) – Kadang Gompa (4370m)

Day 15: Kadang Gompa – Yanger Gompa (3890m)

Day 16: Yanger Gompa – Musi La (5030m) – Musi village (4326m)

Day 17: Musi village – Simen Villege (3850m)

Day 18: Simen villege – Tinje village (4110m)

Day 19: Tinje – Taraka Sundo (4210m) – Raman Kheng (4550m)

Day 20: Raman Kheng – Ma La (5030m) – Chharka(4302m)

Day 21: Chharka Rest Day

Day 22:  Chharka –Naljyang Sumna/Khy

Day 23: Naljyang Sumna –Pass Yeti La 5720m –Tsophkho Lake 5300m

Day 24: Tsophkho Lake –The Kyekap la Phedi 5000m

Day 25: Rest day in-case of difficulty in pass

Day 26: Kyekap la Phedi – Kekyap la (5590m)  Lomanthang 3800m

Day 27: Lomanthang Rest Day

Day 28: Lomanthang –Dhie 3360m

Day 29: Dhie –Tange 3320m

Day 30: Tange –Tetang 3050m

Day 31: Tetang –Muktinath 3650m

Day 32: Muktinath – Jomsome 2700m

Day 33: Jomsome-Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 34: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 35: Departure from Kathmandu

 

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