Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang (Lo – Manthang) Trek- A journey obove the thin air

Upper Dolpo Upper Mstang Trek

Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang (Lo- Manthang) trek is one of the most strenuous treks of Nepal, which winds into the extremely challenging and logistically difficult trails of Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang. Following the popular Upper Dolpo Circuit route up to Chharka, we come across the several high passes and beautiful hamlets of Upper Dolpo. Beyond the Chharka village, the trail enters to the further north an area proximity to Tibet border and encountering two high passes conjoins to the Lo- Manthang of Upper Mustang.

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang (Lo- Manthang) Trek

 Catch breathtaking views of Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang

Observe age-old Buddhist and Bon Monasteries and feel the essence

Walk beneath towering granite cliffs

Test your limits on the grueling

Camp in the pristine wilderness

 

Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang (Lo- Manthang) Trek is an extraordinary which electrifies the minds and stressing the physical body as we step on higher and higher frontiers. Camping at Kekyap Lake bank 5370m is commonly Snow-Leopard Lake, where we can observe the fresh footprints of snow-leopard.

 

Kekyap Lake
Photo Credit : Ferdinand Rieder

 As a normal trekking trend, we take an early morning flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj and trek to Kageni through Phoksundo National Park Checkpoint.

Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Point

 

Our journey heading through the lush green vegetation of Shey-Phoksundo National Park and Phoksundo river bank then we are welcomed by turquoise magical Phoksundo Lake and beautiful Bon village ‘Ringmo’ on the 1st week of the trek.

 Phoksundo Lake

Kang La 5350m is our first pass, allows us to enter in the hidden Upper Dolpo. We immerse in to the barren landscape, the beautiful hamlets, sculpted gorges, Dolpopa culture and age old Bon and Buddhist Monasteries of Upper Dolpo for the few weeks.

 Kang La Pass

We engage our time, on observing and try to feel the people’s lifestyle, culture, and essence of Bon and Buddhism.

Saldang Gompa

Our Upper Dolpo Trek section venturing through the Shey Gompa, Namagang Gompa, Saldang village, Yangjer Gompa to Mischa gaon – the northern most village of Upper Dolpo, an isolated from the world.

Musigaon

 

Leaving the Mischa Gaon, crossing Muri La, our next story begins along the Panzang valley’s villages Shimen, Tinje and Phalwa. The flat and wide opening valley ‘Panzang’, where the sign of rising modernization in Upper Dolpo could be witnessed through the evidence of running Motorbikes.

Phalwa Chorten

 

Rolling along the Panzang and Upper Panzang Valley, across the Mola pass we enter to the last fortified village of Dolpo ‘Chharka village’.

 Mo La Pass

 

The rest few days of trek leads into an ultimate wilderness and taking into the glorious big sky through the stunning lost snow-leopard lakes, close to the Chinese border.

Three notorious nights on above 5000m and two high passes above 5500m conjoins trail to Lo-Manthang, a former Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom of Upper Mustang.

 

Yeti La Pass
Photo Credit: Ferdinand Rieder

Exploring around the Upper Mustang’s hamlets, Monasteries and Kaligandaki gorges for last few days end our trip by flying out from Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu.

 Garphu Gompa

 Kagbeni

Level of Participant

  • This trekking trip is a bit longer which will be FIVE weeks-long journeys in the thin air and a good level of fitness is needed for this trip.
  • This is a journey to the high frontier wilderness and a good dose of patience, tolerance and humor are needed.

 Trekking Season

Trekking in Dolpo and Mustang is best done in summer with good conditions from April to October.  However, best one is of course autumn i.e September/October.

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