Dolpa to Mustang

21 days, Grade C

In the far north west of Nepal, Dolpa is a remote, fascinating and magnificent Shangri-La…..This region is home to high mountain passes, the highest population of snow leopard in Nepal who reside in Shey Phoksundo National Park, and the Bhotia people practicing the ancient Bon Po religion that disappeared from Tibet in the 9th century. Peter Matheson’s the Snow Leopard book was based here, in which he describes Phoksundo Lake and the surrounding areas. Home not only to the flagship snow leopard and prey species Blue sheep, Tibetan wolf and musk deer, this region is also rich in flora with 286 species of botanical importance and medicinal plants such as Yarchagumba. It has also been made famous by the Oscar nominated film “Caravan” which was filmed in the National Park. Due to it’s unique natural, social and cultural diversity Shey Phoksundo has been proposed as a world heritage site. Trekking here is the ultimate wilderness experience. The area has only been open to western exploration since 1989. The terrain is high and tough, so this is not for the faint hearted. Those who travel here will be rewarded with a true ancient mountain culture and Shangri La. Our itinerary takes you on a point to point trip from the far west district of Dolpo to the central area of Lower Mustang and Annapurnas. Starting in Dolpo, this horseshoe route includes Phoksundo Lake, Numa la and Baga la Pass, Sipchowk (one of the highest settlements in the world), and Dho Tarap with it’s monasteries. Then crossing numerous high passes on this tremendous wilderness journey, you will trek along very infrequently trodden paths and see the untouched way of life in the local cultures, completing the journey in Jomsom – the headquarters of Mustang. This is a tough trek, but one which will be a rewarding and enriching experience for any visitor.

Click here to view Dolpa to Mustang High Passes Trip Notes

The Vital Statistics

  • 21 days ex Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu sightseeing
  • 16 day camping trek
  • 4 nights city accommodation
  • Passes over 5000m
  • Daily Walking: 6-9 hours

 

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