About Dolpo Mustang traverse trek
Upper Mustang and dolpo region is known for its dramatic landscape, similar to the Tibetan plateau. The both area preserved the ancient culture and traditions for centuries, in this way it is a hidden gem of the Himalayas. Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek is an unforgettable adventure that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and physical challenge.
Upper Dolpo to upper mustang trek connects two sacred and isolated region; upper dolpo and upper mustang of Nepal. Both routes are control by the government of Nepal as a restricted area require special to discover this mysterious world. Individual trekking is not allowed in this area. Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal.
Min 2 to Max 10 Persons
April to November
Trekking & Sightseeing
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek is high Himalayan nature and culture discovery trip. It is possible to start either from mustang side or from Dolpo “Karnali” Nepal. Major attractions of this trek are natural wonders of Himalayas, verity of wildlife and plants. Amazing places to see during trek are Shey Gompa, Phoksumdo Lake, Lo Manthang and outlook of remote Nepal.
Dolpo to upper mustang trek only trek in the world that grants you the experience of prehistoric Tibetan culture and tradition including Bon-Po religion. Traditional agricultural practices in Himalayas like groundwork for plantation, harvest, look for sheep; cattle in pasture and eco system make you spellbound. Experience the hidden religious and cultural treasures of Dolpo to Mustang are not easily forgotten.
Walking journey starts from Juphal and continue towards mystical area like Phoksundo lake, shey gumba, Saldang, Dho tarap, Chharka bhot to upper mustang Nepal. Where you’ll witness breathtaking mountain vistas, ancient monasteries, unique culture, architecture and traditions.
Upper dolpo to Mustang trail is takes you through wilderness area, traditional villages, rugged terrain, high passes and narrow gorges. That’s why better to do this trip during spring and autumn seasons when the weather is mild and stable.
Travelers have to apply for permit with the support of reputed travel agency Nepal. Upper mustang trekking permit cost is US$ 500 and Upper Dolpa permit cost is US$ 500 per person for minimum 10 days duration. It is good trip for experience hikers but anyone physical fit can do this. We advise novice trekkers to practice physical exercise, daily walk, cardio exercise and yoga to make trek easier.
Dolpo trek takes to the two remote areas lower and upper parts of dolpa and offers dramatic view of landscapes, valleys and wilderness. Best time of the year for Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek is monsoon season but possible to visit from April to October. It is difficult to get the trekking map of this route. Our experience local guide led mustang to dolpa trip to show you wonderful natural scenery. Please, do mail us for any amendments to itinerary and information on this trek. We will be pleased to assist you with generous response.
After arrival in Kathmandu Airport (TIA) Nepal, our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At hotel he/ she will give short briefing about program agreement and day to day plan. Check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.
City tours, gear shopping and permit preparation is the main task of this day. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is known for its rich cultural heritage, ancient temples, and beautiful landscapes. Our guide takes you to the Swayambhunath & Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square for sightseeing. Kathmandu sightseeing trip covers major historical, and cultural monuments that beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. After city tours, we will drive back to hotel and conduct Pre-trip meeting. You spent rest of the time at hotel or explore around Thamel.
(trail separate for Ghami la from this place but Ghami la track open only Oct and Nov months takes 7 nights to reach Lo Manthang.
The journey from Kagbeni to Chele begins after breakfast at lodge. The trail winds its way northwards along the Kali Gandaki River. It offers stunning views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus and Tukuche peak of Himalayas and unique landscapes of Mustang. Chele itself is a fascinating destination, with a rich history, ancient monasteries, chortens, culture, traditional architecture influences by Tibetan Buddhism.
We traverse several ridges, farm land, apple orchard, picturesque mountain scenery and Tangbe villages to take a break at Chhusang village for lunch. Then after walk along the river observing unique rock formation, high cliff and sky caves of Nepal. Finally cross the Kaligandaki River and from the river bed short uphill climb to reach Chele village of Mustang. This area become very windy and dusty after noon try to cross earlier as much as possible and use sunglasses, mask and windproof clothes. Kagbeni to Chele is a beautiful journey to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Mustang region in Nepal.
Chele to Ghiling trek is a part of Upper Mustang journey starts from Chele and goes through beautiful villages, rocky trails, and narrow canyons. Hiking from Chele to Syangboche or Ghiling will be hard compared to other days to cross two passes, Taklam La 3,624m and Dajori La 3,660m.
You will get to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the people living in Mustang. The trail passes through several small villages like Ghyakar, Samar to reach Syangboche, and Ghiling. Samar is a beautiful village with traditional houses and ancient monasteries, well known common lunch stop of travelers. Along the way you will pass ups and down off-road trail in barren hills, rocky terrain via Ranchung Chungsi cave of Mustang.
The trip ends at Ghiling where you can discover ancient monasteries, chortens, school, village and interact with local. Ghiling is a beautiful village with traditional Mustang houses located in the middle of barren meadow surrounded by mountains and agricultural field. Chele to Ghiling trek is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang region.
The trek from Ghiling to Ghami passes through beautiful landscapes, including arid desert-like terrain, deep canyons and impressive rock formations. There is a new walking path to connect two villages Ghiling and Ghami. We follow new walking route to avoid the road.
Along the way, we will visit ancient monastery of Ghami, which is one of the oldest monasteries of Mustang. Ghami village surrounded by the farm land and desert types hills, Ghami river supply water for whole valley. The trek from Ghiling to Ghami is a scenic and rewarding experience for those looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mustang.
Ghemi to Charang trek in Mustang is known for its fabulous mountain views, ancient monasteries, Mani wall, ancient Chorten in unique landscapes. Journey of the day start with downhill walk to cross Ghami river. After crossing the river, we climb along longest Mani wall of Mustang, years old Chortens, and red cliff of Dhakmar to reach Chinggel La pass 3870 meters above sea level. From the pass you can see the incredible view of mountain and valley. We take a short break at pass, capture some picture then walk towards Charang village of Mustang.
The scenery around Charang / Tsarang is truly amazing offers a glimpse into the rich culture and natural beauty of Mustang Nepal. Charang / Tsarang is a second largest and beautiful village of upper mustang area. There are ancient Chortens at the beginning and the end of village. Beside that red Gumba, royal palace, Mani wall, holy flags, stupas, farming land and vibrant village are worth to discover.
Today is the final day to reach the highlights of upper mustang trip the wall city “Lo Manthang “. Tsarang to Lo Manthnang distance offers stunning views of mountains, an opportunity to explore the culture, history and natural beauty of Mustang. Most of the walking trail to Lo Manthang is flat; wide and gradually up crossing Sungda Chorten.
Lo La pass 3960 meters is the highest point of the day to reach the wall capital of former kingdom of Lo. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village.
Trail to go to Lo Manthang from Tsarang is easier than other part. It offers eye catching views of Himalayan range including two above 8000 meters’ peaks Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.
From the Lo La pass explorer gets the first glimpse of Lo Manthang city, wide barren land in mustang valley. Famous wall city known for their traditional mud-brick houses, narrow alleys, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Finally, we reached ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang. At the Lo Manthang city we feel pure Tibetan culture, rich history, interact with Lowa people and know about their way of life. There are many things to see around Lo like historic royal palace, ancient monasteries, local markets, mani, chortens and prayer wheels that provides lifetime experiences.
Today is the day to discover the secret of Lo Manthang Nepal that you’ve been waiting for. After breakfast trip starts with either horse riding, walking or jeep safari towards chhoser, garphu & kora la border. Chhosar village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life, daily activities that the practice in upper mustang.
Ancient monasteries like Garphu and Niphu monastery, surrounding colorful rock formations and centuries old caves in rock cliff are really impressive to see in Chhoser area. Niphu monastery is an ancient cave monastery carved into the cliffs. Travelers impressed to visiting Jhong cave, Konchok ling cave & Ritseling cave in Chhoser valley Nepal.
After of before Chhoser we heading to kora la, a high mountain pass located in mustang district of Nepal. It is a part of ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of china. Kora la is known for its stunning mountain views and rugged terrain.
Afternoon we will be back to Lo Manthang and spent rest of the day visiting the city’s ancient monasteries, palace, narrow alleys, stupas and the architecture of earthen wall city. The long walls of the prayer wheels and flags provide a colorful appearance of the place. Royal palace, three ancient monasteries, Amchi school and the local way of life are the highlights of Lo Manthang exploration.
Lo Manthang is a small town surrounded by towering mountains and arid landscapes. It is a fascinating place to explore, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty which make an epic journey into the Himalayas.
………………Journey to Dhakmar village began early in the morning as we left the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. The day bit more adventurous then others because the path was rough, long way ascend and decent and cross 2 high passes of mustang. Lo Manthang to Dhakmar trail via Chago La 4280m, Ghar Gumba and Mui La 4170 m offers fabulous view of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more.
You will pass ancient monastery, several Chorten, Deurali and many Buddhist monuments, which carry great religious and historic significance. You visit Lo Gekar monastery, which is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal built by guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in 8th century. The monastery decorated with great architecture, Buddhist arts, stone carvings, vivid murals in walls depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, as well as images of other deities and figures from Tibetan Buddhism. Stay silence inside to monastery to feel the peaceful atmosphere and the profound spirituality of sacred space.
Trek takes you through the scenic landscapes canyons, barren hills and ancient villages of mustang region in Nepal. You explore truly unique red cliffs of Dhakmar, village life and interact with locals. Lo Manthang to Dhakmar trip was an amazing experience and gave us a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
The journey from Ghami to Syangboche is a relatively short but incredibly scenic one. Along this route traveler spellbound with picturesque mountain vista, exceptional landscape, ancient monasteries, chortens, mani wall and traditional hamlet of Ghiling area.
Ghami to Syangboche route cross Ghami la 7365m and Nyi la 4010 m then descend towards Ghiling and Syangboche village. Route follow Zaite, Chhunggar, Ghiling and Tamagaon villages of upper mustang to reach Syangboche. Syangbovche is a small settlement with few tea houses but nice and quiet place to spend the quality time. Where you can observe the stars in the sky, feel the sense of peace and tranquility after mustang excursion.
Syangboche to Chhusang journey start after breakfast at local tea house. Today’s trek is relatively easy, with a few uphill sections and some downhill stretches. Walking trail was dusty and windy, but the views were amazing. During the journey we cross narrow gorges, passes (Dajori la 3735 m, Bhena la 3860m, Yamdo la 3865m & Syangboche la 3850 m), several streams and Kali Gandaki river of mustang area. After pass the path continue descent and leads to small hamlet like Samar, Ghyakaar and Chele, amazing rock formations and beautiful waterfalls.
There are 2 alternative routes in between Syangboche to Chusang. If you hike up via Chungsi cave, then back via bhena for better experience. Journey of the day ends at Chhusang village where one can discover ancient monasteries, Chortens, farm land and mesmerizing red cliffs. It is a wonderful ending of upper mustang trip that frequent in your mind forever.
It was time to say goodbye to upper mustang and head back to Jomsom. Walking trail is easy with several flat stretches and gentle descents. After a few hours of walk you cross Tangbe village and reach Kagbeni. It is a small but charming village, famous as the gateway to upper mustang with traditional mud-brick houses, narrow alleyways and adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.
From Kagbeni, the trail gradually ascended towards Jomsom, and the landscape or topography also began to change. The barren terrain give way to lush green vegetation and the mountains became even more majestic. You pass through several small villages like Tangbe, Kagbeni, Ekle Bhatti along Kali Gandaki river and eventually reached Jomsom. At the Jomsom you can roam around city, visit eco museum, apple orchards or take a rest at lodge to make good time.
Chhusang to Jomsom part of the trip provide an opportunity to see awe-inspiring view of mountains, desert-like landscape, cultivated fields, traditional village, people, culture and way of life. The journey from Chhusang to Jomsom is an incredible experience in Kali Gandaki valley where you witness the beauty of mustang closely.
Today is the day to say goodbye to Mustang, early in the morning, we will take a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom to Pokhara flight is a popular domestic route of Nepal. Plane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, offers stunning view of snow-capped mountains and valleys below. Once you arrive in Pokhara, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. You can spend rest of the day in leisure or walk around the streets of lake city, souvenir shopping, boating in Phewa lake and experience nightlife in Pokhara etc.
The weather of Jomsom change in no time that affect Pokhara flight frequently. If the weather is not fine, we’ll arrange jeep to drive back to Pokhara. We request you to plan some buffer time for this possibility and be flexible to use alternative ways of transportation like jeep or helicopter.
Jomsom Pokhara travel by jeep is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery, countryside, waterfalls, people and culture of Nepal, the memories will remain forever.
The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is one of the most scenic and breathtaking routes in Nepal. The distance between the two cities is approximately 200 kilometers/ 124 miles, and the travel time is around 6-7 hours by road and 25 minute by plane. Keep in mind that the actual travel time may vary depending on the mode of transportation, traffic conditions, and your personal preferences.
As soon as reach Kathmandu you will check into hotel, take a rest, spend evening time explore city for souvenirs shopping. Enjoy farewell dinner at evening to celebrate the successful excursion.
Today we will transfer you to airport 3 hours before scheduled flight to depart from Kathmandu or back home after amazing trip to Himalayas. “Have a safe journey! hope to see you again in future”
Upper Mustang trek & tours organize verity of trip in Himalayas. Departure dates are 100% guaranteed until and unless there is no political unrest, natural disasters or epidemics in the destination. Start dates are your arrival date in Kathmandu and end dates are the returning date from Nepal. Listed departure dates & price quoted on group joining basic. if given dates are not suits you, or travelling with friend let us to know to book private trip as per your requirements.
The Dolpo to Upper Mustang route is a challenging trek to explore the two hidden gems (Dolpo and Mustang) of trans-Himalayan region. Typically, this journey begins from Juphal and end at kagbeni after explore whole Dolpo and upper mustang area. You’ll encounter rugged terrain, high mountain passes, and pristine landscapes along the way.
Dolpo to mustang trekking is an opportunity to experience two most remote culturally and naturally rich area of Nepal. Trekking from Upper Dolpo to Mustang is a true adventure, involves crossing high passes and barren dry land of High Himalayas. You’ll also pass through deep valleys, dense forests, traditional villages, unique landscapes and experience local way of life influences by Tibetan culture.
Upper Dolpo to upper mustang trek can vary in length. Generally, it takes between 28 to 35 days to complete. The exact duration will depend on your fitness level, acclimatization time and specific itinerary you choose. Journey pass through rugged terrain, high mountain passes, and pristine landscapes of most remote and least-visited regions of Nepal.
Acclimatization is crucial for trekking in high altitudes because mountain sickness can affect anyone, regardless of fitness level or previous hiking experience. Listen your body and follow accordingly is only way to avoid the risk of AMS. Some Essential tips to avoid AMS are acclimatize gradually, stay hydrated, eat nutritious meals, maintain slow and steady pace, take a rest in between, avoid alcohol and smoking and travel with experience guide and support staff. just in case if you feel the symptoms of AMS consult with guide and descend lower altitude or use rescue helicopter as soon as possible for safety.
The best time to cross the five high passes in between Dolpo to mustang trek during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally mild and sunny, with less risk of snowfall and high winds, clear visibility, make an ideal environment for trekking in Dolpo.
General cost of upper Dolpo to mustang trek depends on transportation, duration, permit, food, accommodation, time of year, guide, support staff, individual needs and preferences. However, typically it cost around US$ 5,000 to US$ 7,500 per person for a 30 days’ trip.
Dolpo to Mustang is an adventurous journey in remote regions of Nepal. All you need to prepare physically, mentally and logistically. Understand the trail, altitude gains, duration of trek and spend a few days in lower elevation before ascending to higher altitude to prevent altitude sickness. Use proper trekking gear, carry enough high-energy foods, drink enough water, Travel as light as possible with local guide and porters to make safe and enjoyable journey.
The safety of crossing five high passes depends on several factors, like the time of year, weather conditions, individual’s fitness level, experience, quality of gears you use and the guide and support team. Dolpo Mustang traverse trek cross 5 high passes of Himalayas. It is risky and challenging task requires careful planning and preparation. If you acclimatize properly then possible to enjoy its charm without any problem. Dolpo to Mustang trek is not recommended for beginners.
Dolpo to mustang trek is a challenging trek because of the high altitude, steep ascents and descents and unpredictable weather. Trekkers need to be in good physical condition, enough stamina and experience to trek in this route.