Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

26 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Jungbenla pass (5550 m)

Group Size

Minimum 2 pax

Trial Access:

Private vehicle drive. flight to Kathmandu-Pokhara & Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

Dolpo is already a trekkers' paradise & is unspoiled as it does not attract that many crowds. When you explore the route and you will immediately know why it is marked as paradise. Even today it is one of the most restricted location that allows only around 250 foreign tourists visits per year.

Imagine the most expensive platinum ring and a very small but even more expensive diamond upon it. The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek explains precisely that the route avoids the reasonably traveled common routes of Upper Dolpo and brings you to Jomsom via largely untouched lands. You can also visit the pace at which the film "Himalayan Caravan" written by Eric Valli was shot.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is one of the places that still preserve pre-Buddhist religion based on shamanism -Bong Po. The tribes that are scattered throughout the region have many followers of the religion and give you a peek into Nepal before the advent of Buddhism. Here you have to be careful with the acclimatization schemes because you have to pass several high passes, such as the Kang La, Saladang La, Chharka La, etc. and most of them rise above 5000m.

Here you will also see majestic views of sparkling mountains, Lake Phoksundo, the old Shey monastery, the Shey Phoksundo National Park and modest yet beautiful settlements of the locals. Domestic behavior will cultivate in the urge to explore and engage more with the natives. You would also encounter different forests of bamboo, figs, pines, etc. and feel that your journey through the past has ended when you reach Jomsom, Mustang's headquarters.

Make sure you practice and get into your best shape before you embark on this adventure. This would certainly twist your guts and test your determination if you are a beginner but should be perfect for experienced adventurers.

Trek HighLights 

  • Exploring Phoksundo Lake (Nepal's deepest lake)
  • View of stunning panoramic Himalayas and Mountains
  • Indulging with the locals and knowing their lifestyle practices
  • Learning a new culture and traditions
  • One of the trails of Great Himalayan Trails (GHT)
  • Tibetan Gompas, Monasteries, Mani Walls, Chortens

Starting Price

USD 3999 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (city of thousands temples).

Meals included: BB

Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will be waiting for you with your name card at the airport, meet and escorting towards your respective hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Meals included: BB

We will spend this day to explore Kathmandu and discover its amazing historical and cultural monuments. Afternoon time is free for you to be fully prepared for a trek.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

Meals included: BB

We will have a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj today. Our representative will escort you towards the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day 4

Scenic flight to Juphal (2,475m) & trek to Dunai.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It’s a 35-mins flight to Juphal. Our trek starts, it's an easy trail where you can see Thuli Bheri River, Monasteries, Riverside, landscapes, etc. Then we reach Dunai which is a small yet beautiful town. Overnight at Dunai.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 35 min flight & 3 hrs trek.

Day 5

Trek to Chhapka (2,687m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will gradually move on the trail of Dolpo via Sulighar. This route is quite beautiful and comfortable to walk. After some documents formalities, we now move inside the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We trek through the isolated villages, lush green vegetation and suspension bridge we can also get a chance of learning the culture and traditions of the people residing there. Overnight at Chhepka.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Chunuwar (3,110m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We today, trek towards Lower Dolpo area. We cross through the suspension bridge where we can see the beautiful Phoksundo Khola. We pass on through Kharka and then towards Rechi. Further walking we arrive at Chunuwar. Overnight stay at Chunuwar.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, we follow the Trail of Phoksundo Lake. We can have an amalgam to see the varied landscapes, Bon Po Culture, vegetations, Mani Walls, Chorten, We finally reach towards Phoksundo Lake. The Mesmerizing Lake makes you feel relief your all pain and stress.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ temporary tea house. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 8

Acclimatization and Explore around Phoksundo Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we spend the time to explore the lake, the major attraction of this trek. Along with the exploration of the Ringmo village, we will also pay a visit to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery) which is situated on the top of a ridge above the turquoise lake. This monastery more than 900 years old and is quite remarkable. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Besides that, we will also explore some settlements with Bon-Po culture and local traditions involving the Dolpo people.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ temporary tea house.

Day 9

Trek to Sallaghari.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we move on to trek from Dolpo to Mustang, it's one of the best trekking trails. It goes along the mesmerizing cliffs, Landscapes, pine forest and chit chat with locals provides an additional touch. Overnight at Sallaghari(the beautiful pine forest).

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Nangdala (4,717m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we continue our trek to Nangdala High Camp 4100m. The trail leads us to the opposite side of Tuk Kyaksa River. We walk along the suspension bridge and reach towards Nangdala High Camp. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Shey Gompa (4,280m) via Nangdala pass (5,240m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we trek towards the most beautiful peak of Dolpo. We walk towards the mystical land and reach to the top of Nangdala Pass. As soon as reaching towards the top the view will mesmerize you through its beauty. You can see the different landscapes, vegetation, Chorten, peaks like Kang Chunne and Shey Shikhar. Camp at Shey Gompa.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Namgung Gompa via Shey La Pass (5,100m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After warm breakfast, we will explore Shey Gompa then we follow the trail beside Sephu Khola. You can have eye watch on the barren and enhancing land of Dolpo. As on the movie 'Himalayan Caravan' by Eric Valli, Sherri Sumdho Gompa was recognized as Thinley's son's gompa. After some exploration, we then trek up to Shey La Pass where you can have the views of Kanjiroba, Tibet, Mustang to East and crystal mountains. After some walk, we then reach towards Namgung.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 13

Trek to Saldang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we hike down to Saldang. You can witness the dry land with different vegetation. You can also have an opportunity to talk with the locals and share there culture and traditions.

Accommodation: Tea house/tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 14

Trek to Yangjer Gompa (4599m) and return back to Saldang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we head towards the Yanjer Gompa which is truly mesmerizing. We then move back to Saldang after exploration for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ tea house/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 15

Trek to Khoma village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will trek for 5-6hrs to reach Komash. On our trail, we pass on through Khom La, 4500m and then towards Komash Village (a beautiful varied cultural village). Overnight.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 16

Trek to Shimen.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we gradually move towards Shimen. On the way, you can see the wild species such as Snow leopard and Blue Sheep. We pass on through the Shimen La(4260m) and then hike towards Shimen.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 17

Trek to Tinje.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, we move towards Tinje, a beautiful valley. We will walk along the side of Panjyang Khola and look over the beautiful villages and Monasteries along the way to Tinje. Overnight at Tinje.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 18

Trek to Yak Kharka (4,780m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we trek towards Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is grazing ground for Sheep and Yaks. 

Accommodation: Tented camp/ temporary tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 19

Trek to Chharka via Mola Pass (5,030m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we trek towards Chharka by crossing the Mola Pass. We can have an amalgam view of the local culture and Bon Monasteries in Chharka.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 20

Trek to Norbulung.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We trek towards the high land today. Crossing the hills with the beautiful views of surroundings we trek up to Norbulung. Overnight at Norbulung.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 21

Trek to Ghalden Ghuldum (4,247m) via Niwala (5,120m) and Jungbenla (5,550m) passes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we move on towards Ghaldang Ghuldum. The trail takes you through Niwa La Pass and Jungbenla Pass where you can have an ample opportunity to see the different surroundings with different vegetation and the lifestyle and livelihood of people residing here. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 8-9 hrs

Day 22

Trek to Sangta (3,777m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we move up and down to reach Sangta. Sangta is an isolated village which provides a mesmerizing view of the rain shadow area/surrounding and different landscapes. Overnight at Sangta Village.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 23

Trek to Phalyak (3,175m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We today, trek up to the hill behind Santa after crossing nine ridges then we descend towards Kali Gandaki Valley, where you can see the beautiful varied landscape as well as high cliffs. Then after some walk, we reach towards the large village of Phalyak. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ homestays/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 24

Trek to Jomsom (2,720m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, we hike towards the trail that passes on by the loose rocks and challenging trail. We finally reach Jomsom and enjoy our time there. Jomsom is one of the famous destinations for tourist.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 25

Scenic flight from Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today, we will have a scenic flight from Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu. Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will pick you up and escort you towards the hotel. during day time, you can stroll around Thamel and get realize from pain by visiting a spa or good massage center. In the evening, farewell dinner with a team of Himalayan trekkers by enjoying a cultural show. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour flight and 30 min comfortable drive.

Day 26

Departure from Kathmandu.

Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you towards the airport 3 hrs prior to your scheduled flight.  Hope to see you again on next vacation!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Guided Sightseeing with all applicable entrance fees as per itinerary in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation with breakfast in Nepalgunj as per itinerary
  • All Guesthouse, Lodge/Tented Accommodation during the Trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) During the Trek
  • All Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & Jomsom – Pokhara - Kathmandu) Airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters & Crew
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crewmembers.
  • She Phoksundo National Park Fees
  • Special (Protected area) Permits fees
  • Annapurna conservation Fees
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Trekking & Camping / Kitchen Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All GOVT local taxes

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100 – 15/30/100 Days Cash On arrival)
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Excess baggage (cargo) charges
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle etc)
  • Meals (Lunches & Dinner) in the city
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight cancellation, etc.)
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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