Jomsom Dolpo Trek can give the experience the medieval fortified village of Chharka Bhot, the nomad camps in the heart of Dolpo, Dho Tarap, and a fitting finale at perhaps the most beautiful place in the entire Himalaya, Phoksumdo Lake on Upper Dolpo trekking section of great Himalayan trail.
Until 1996, Dolpo was a forbidden land with an authentic Tibetan culture largely unchanged for the last 1200 years. High, arid plateaus scarred by deep canyons form Upper Dolpo, which is a distinct contrast to the fertile lower valley to the south of the Kanjiroba and Dhaulagiri ranges. Dolpo trekking is the 6th stage of the GHT trail snakes along the natural border of the two regions, at times exploring one and then the other. We will frequently meet nomads from Tibet and explore ancient Buddhist sites. After the major trading valley of Dho Tarap we cross windswept passes to the astoundingly beautiful Phoksumdo Lake before returning to Kathmandu.
During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined, some trails have been trekked only once by a small party, and so the going will be tough. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. Your trip leader will advise any changes should this occur. All participants on the GHT should be flexible and open minded.
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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you there and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free on your own, walk around Thamel market is a colorful tourist market.
Day 2: In Kathmandu (1330m)
Kathmandu guided tour and preparation for trekking pack up and final and last trekking gear buying. On Kathmandu tour, we visit historical and heritage sites of Kathmandu valley like old palaces squares, temples and stupas.
Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal second largest town and our first night camp. On arrival we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range.
Day 4: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (2760m)
This morning we take a spectacular mountain flight to Jomsom where we will meet our trekking crew.
Days 5/6: Trek to Muktinath (2810m, 6hrs). Rest day.
A half day walk brings us to Muktinath, an impressive village that is our gateway to Mustang. To pass beyond this point you need a special Mustang permit. We will meet the Full GHT group today.
Day 7: Trek to Goat Kharka (3478m, 6hrs).
From Muktinath we head south through the village and cross a suspension bridge to a series of steep switch backs that lead to a grassy plateau. From here we follow the main trail leading to a Kharka. Surrounded by mountains over 6000m, this landscape can only be successfully inhabited by tough, hardy people. There are 25 or 30 villages spread over an area of about 1300 square kilometers. The Dolpo people are very hospitable and kind, and grow most of the crops they need, as well as keeping yaks, sheep and goats for meat, wool and milk products, or to be sold or traded. Their houses are built of rough stone and all huddled together, as though trying to gain warmth and comfort from each other. This often makes the villages look like forts. Their traditional ‘fancy’ dress for women includes a striking headdress made of two rectangular brass plates with edges that turn up over the top and back of the head. These headdresses are adorned with coral and turquoise and often represent the wealth of the family. They marry by choice or arrangement, and follow Buddhism and Bon.
Day 8: Trek to Santa (3778m, 7hrs).
Today is a challenging day and we must cross two passes on our way to Santa. We set out early and climb a hillside where the gradient increases as we enter a gully and pass by some caves before reaching a watercourse. We meet the main trail once again from Phalyak and make our first pass crossing at 4306m. Continuing west we contour through basins before crossig the Bhima Lojun La (4460m). Traversing for 1 -2 hours we reach a spur where we descend into a large ravine and cross a scree slope to Santa.
Day 9: Trek to Ghalden Ghuldun Khola (4247m, 6hrs).
We follow the trail through two gullies before reaching a series of switchbacks to Jhansye (4195m). The trail now levels out as we cross a hillside and then make a descent to Kyalunpa Khola where we cross a wooden bridge and head west to a narrow gully. Our campsite set in juniper trees is gained by climbing up a steep gully.
Days 10/13: Trek to Lalinawar Khola (4800m/ 4hrs). Cross Jungben La (5550m) & Niwas La (5120m) to Nulungsumda Kharka (4987m/ 7hrs) & Chharka Bhot (4302m/ 6hrs). Rest day.
In the coming days we make two challenging pass crossings above 5000 metres. From the top of the Jungben La we gain magnificent views to the south of Hidden Valley and Dhaulagiri can be seen. The following day we cross the Niwas La and make any easy descent to Nulungsumda Kharka where we camp at the confluence of the Malun and Thasan Kholas. The trek to Chharka Bhot is a relatively easy day and we will spend a rest day here. Chharka Bhot is a century’s old fortified village and a great place to spend our well earned rest day.
Days 14/16: Trek to Chap Chu (4320m/ 7hrs), Maran (4350m/ 8hrs), & Nungmala Base Camp (4440m/ 6hrs).
Heading west from Chharka Bhot we descend to the Chharka Tulsi Khola. Whilst travelling alongside the river we are forced to make a few crossings back and forth. We then make a short climb before descending to a minor tributary and crossing on stepping stones. Another climb of 45 minutes brings us to Chap Chu and our camp for the night. Our trekking day to Maran sees us crossing the Chan La (5378m), it is an easy gradient to the pass and we are now fit and acclimatised. From the top the views are stunning and we get a sense of the scale of the dramatic mountain scenery around us. From the pass we descend a series of switch backs to the valley before ascending to a ridge that sits above the Sheru Khola to our south. Once we reach a chorten we head down to the Tarpi Khola valley and on to Maran. An hour from Maran is the large trading village of Dho Tarap. Above the village is the Ribum Gompa nunnery and Regu Chorten, and time permitting we will make a visit. Today’s trek is relatively easy going to our campsite at a roofless Nungmala Base Camp at 4440m.
Days 17/20: Trek to Bagala Base Camp (4500m/ 6hrs), Temche (3900m/ 7hrs) & Ringmo (3641m/ 4hrs).
Rest day. Leaving the Nangmala Base Camp we are now well on our way to Ringmo and the stunning Phoksumdo Lake. We travel over the Numala La to a picturesque campsite at Danigar. This area is dominated by Norbung Kang (6085m). The following day will find us descending to Temche, a large grassy kharka, where animals are often kept. The trek to Ringmo is a stunning day and we enter pine forest before arriving at Ringmo. Phoksumdo Lake is a few minutes beyond Ringmo and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya.
Days 21/22: Trek to Chhekpa (2720m/ 5hrs) & Dunai (2140m/ 5hrs).
Early in the morning, we bid farewell to the Full GHT group. As we head down south we make our way to Dunai, the administrative & trading centre of Dolpo. The landscape through which we are now travelling consists predominantly of forests, grassy meadows and plateaus. Before reaching Chhekpa we pass by the Tapriza Secondary School. The school was established by a Swiss anthology student, Marietta Kind. Visits to the school are most welcome. Finally we reach the confluence of the Suli Khola and head down stream to cross the Thulo Beri Khola on a suspension bridge and arrive into Sulighat.
Day 23: Trek to Juphal (2475m, 4hrs). Fly Nepalgunj.
Today is our final day of trekking and we pass through terraced fields on our way to Juphal. From Juphal we take a short 40 minute flight to Nepalgunj and a welcome shower. Our accommodation tonight is in a basic hotel.
Day 24: Flight Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
After breakfast we will return to Kathmandu. The flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu is approximately 1.5 hours. On arrival transfer to Hotel.
Day 25: Dolpo trekking ends and transfers to airport.
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.