Jan 23 - Feb 18, 2019 | Change

Upper Mustang to Dolpo trek (27 days)
Dolpa (Dolpo) Region, Nepal

Highlights: Kagbeni, Chusang (Chuksang), Geling, Charang (Tsarang), Lo Manthang, Chogo La (Marang La), Dhakmar, Khoma, Shey (Sela) La, Nangdalo (Kang) La, and Phoksundo Lake

Difficulty: strenuous
Upper Mustang to Dolpo
Starting at $6,014 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.01 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $206 per person for guide's transport
+ $405 per person for specialized guide surcharge
+ $992 per person for expedition porter for trip supplies
+ $15 per person for restricted area permit processing
+ $220 per person for sat phone
+ $297 per person for camping
+ $220 per person for equipment for staff
+ $1,409 per person for permits
+ $1,382 for single surcharge for Restricted Area

( Purchase of at least 2 permits required. If someone else joins your trek this fee will be refunded.)

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Sherpana prices are based on group size. We refund you the difference if more people join your trek.
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Included Services
  • Permits ACAP, Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit, Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit, Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit, and Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • Specialized Guide Surcharge Compensates guide for expertise required for this trek
  • Expedition Porter for Trip Supplies Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
  • Equipment for Staff
  • Guide's Transport
  • Camping Food while camping
  • Sat Phone rental charge with $50 credits
  • Restricted Area Permit Processing
Optional Services (Expedition P...)
  • Expedition Porter Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $28 per day per expedition porter

    + $206 per expedition porter for porter's transport (dolpo)
    + $30 per expedition porter for porter's insurance

  • Expedition Tent Rental North Face 4 season 2 person tent
    $7 per day per expedition tent rental
  • Sleeping Bag & Pad Rental
    $3 per day per sleeping bag & pad rental

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This trek takes in two of the most remote and culturally distinct regions of Nepal joining them via high altitude passes along the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT). Follow the ancient trade route once dominated by the Kingdom of Lo. Few regions offer this spectacular mix of cultural and geographic treasures. The spectacular eroded canyons of the trans-Himalayan landscape are a kaleidoscope of colors set beneath the distant snow-clad peaks of the Annapurna Range. Throughout this arid colorful landscape are the shrines, monasteries, caves and villages built by the devote Buddhist population. The highlight of the region are the monasteries and caves around the fortified walled city of Lo Manthang. Form upper mustang cross the high passes to the west into the Upper Dolpo region. Another region of dotted with ancient Buddist shrines and even more ancient Bon temples and monasteries before coming to the spectacular Phoksundo Lake.

Weather Conditions in January

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January is one of the coldest and driest months, which makes it good for Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. While there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. The days are short and the nights long, so you can finally catch up on War and Peace while hiking the Himalayas. Now that’s something to be proud of! Go with the e-book version, your back or your porter’s back will thank you for it. At high altitudes, temperatures can drop to well below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing, if at all, and the snow that does fall doesn’t melt and can become hard and icy. This can make crossing high passes more difficult. During this season it may be wise to bring crampons or at a minimum a good trekking pole.

At a glance
On average there are 2 days with precipitation in January. The highest point on the trek is Sangda La (Jungben La) at 5550 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around -5.9°C (21°F) and lows down to -22.9°C (-9°F) at Sangda La (Jungben La).

Upper Mustang to Dolpo Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Wed Jan 23 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.4°C (72°F) and lows of about 5.4°C (42°F) in January.

Pokhara
Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $117.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Jomsom (2760 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.8°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.2°C (21°F) in January.

Jomsom

Kagbeni (2840 m)

About 3 hours from Jomsom
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.4°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.6°C (20°F) in January.

Kagbeni
Thu Jan 24 (day 2)

Tangbe (3020 m)

About 3-4 hours from Kagbeni
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.3°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.7°C (18°F) in January.

Chusang (Chuksang) (3040 m)

About 1-2 hours from Tangbe
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.2°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.8°C (18°F) in January.

Chele (3070 m)

About 6-7 hours from Kagbeni or about 1 hour from Chusang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.0°C (48°F) and lows of about -8.0°C (18°F) in January.

Fri Jan 25 (day 3)

Dajori La (Chele La) (3630 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -11.4°C (11°F) in January.

Samar (3650 m)

About 3 hours from Chele
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.5°C (42°F) and lows of about -11.5°C (11°F) in January.

Syangmochen (3700 m)

About 6 hours from Chele or 3 hours from Samar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.2°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.8°C (11°F) in January.

Sat Jan 26 (day 4)

Geling (3550 m)

About 1-2 hours from Syangmochen
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.1°C (43°F) and lows of about -10.9°C (12°F) in January.

Ghemi (Ghami) (3560 m)

About 4 hours from Syangmochen or about 3 hours from Geling
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.0°C (43°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in January.

Charang (Tsarang) (3630 m)

About 5-6 hours from Ghami
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -11.4°C (11°F) in January.

Sun Jan 27 (day 5)

Lo Manthang (3840 m)

Explore around Lo Manthang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.4°C (40°F) and lows of about -12.6°C (9°F) in January.

Highlights: Lo Manthang
Difficulty: strenuous
This is a very remote and high route between Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang and Chharka Bot in Dolpo. It may be difficult to find a guide who has experience on the route and there is no maintained trail. The trail goes over the Kakyap La 5600 m then stays above 5000 m for at least 3 days before going over the 5665 m Chanagor La. Proper acclimatization is crucial.

Mon Jan 28 (day 6)

Lo Manthang (3840 m)

Tue Jan 29 (day 7)

Chogo La (Marang La) (4320 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.5°C (35°F) and lows of about -15.5°C (4°F) in January.

Lo Gekar (Ghar Gompa) (3930 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.8°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.2°C (8°F) in January.

Dhakmar (3700 m)

About 6-7 hours from Lo Manthang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.2°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.8°C (11°F) in January.

Wed Jan 30 (day 8)

Chusang (Chuksang) (3040 m)

About 5-6 hours from Geling
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.2°C (49°F) and lows of about -7.8°C (18°F) in January.

Thu Jan 31 (day 9)

Ghemi (Ghami) (3560 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.0°C (43°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in January.

Geling (3550 m)

About 5-6 hours from Dhakmar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.1°C (43°F) and lows of about -10.9°C (12°F) in January.

Bhima Lojun La (4305 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.6°C (35°F) and lows of about -15.4°C (4°F) in January.

Santa (3780 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.7°C (40°F) and lows of about -12.3°C (10°F) in January.

Fri Feb 1 (day 10)

Ghak Campsite (4247 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.9°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.1°C (8°F) in February.

Sangda Phedi (5140 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.4°C (29°F) and lows of about -18.4°C (-1°F) in February.

Sat Feb 2 (day 11)

Sangda La (Jungben La) (5550 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -3.9°C (25°F) and lows of about -20.9°C (-6°F) in February.

Molum Sumdo (4985 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.5°C (31°F) and lows of about -17.5°C (1°F) in February.

Sun Feb 3 (day 12)

Norbulung (4765 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.8°C (33°F) and lows of about -16.2°C (3°F) in February.

Chharka Bhot (4100 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.8°C (41°F) and lows of about -12.2°C (10°F) in February.

Mon Feb 4 (day 13)

Mola La (5040 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.8°C (31°F) and lows of about -17.8°C (0°F) in February.

Ghajyan Sumna (4700 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.2°C (34°F) and lows of about -15.8°C (4°F) in February.

Tue Feb 5 (day 14)

Chhamdang (4500 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.4°C (36°F) and lows of about -14.6°C (6°F) in February.

Wed Feb 6 (day 15)

Tinje (4410 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.9°C (37°F) and lows of about -14.1°C (7°F) in February.

Thu Feb 7 (day 16)

Shimen (3900 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.0°C (43°F) and lows of about -11.0°C (12°F) in February.

Fri Feb 8 (day 17)

Shimen La (4360 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.2°C (38°F) and lows of about -13.8°C (7°F) in February.

Khoma (4250 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.9°C (39°F) and lows of about -13.1°C (8°F) in February.

Saldang (3750 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.9°C (44°F) and lows of about -10.1°C (14°F) in February.

Sat Feb 9 (day 18)

Namgung (4430 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.8°C (37°F) and lows of about -14.2°C (6°F) in February.

Sun Feb 10 (day 19)

Shey (Sela) La (5112 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.3°C (30°F) and lows of about -18.3°C (-1°F) in February.

Shey Gompa (4360 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.2°C (38°F) and lows of about -13.8°C (7°F) in February.

Mon Feb 11 (day 20)

Nangdalo (Kang) La (5350 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -2.7°C (27°F) and lows of about -19.7°C (-3°F) in February.

Nangdala High Camp (4700 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.2°C (34°F) and lows of about -15.8°C (4°F) in February.

Tue Feb 12 (day 21)

Khola Camp (3725 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.1°C (45°F) and lows of about -10.0°C (14°F) in February.

Wed Feb 13 (day 22)

Phoksundo Lake (3728 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.0°C (45°F) and lows of about -10.0°C (14°F) in February.

Phoksundo Lake

Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake) (3675 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.4°C (45°F) and lows of about -9.7°C (15°F) in February.

Thu Feb 14 (day 23)

Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake) (3675 m)

Fri Feb 15 (day 24)

Chhepka (2670 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.4°C (56°F) and lows of about -3.6°C (26°F) in February.

Sat Feb 16 (day 25)

Suligad (2280 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.7°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.3°C (30°F) in February.

Sun Feb 17 (day 26)
Flight from Juphal (Dolpa Airport) to Juphal (Dolpa Airport) (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $320.00
Travel time: about 5 hours
Must fly via Nepalganj. Flights from Juphal are not daily and subject to sufficient demand it is recommended that you have flexibility in your return.

Juphal (Dolpa Airport) (2400 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.0°C (59°F) and lows of about -2.0°C (28°F) in February.

Mon Feb 18 (day 27)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in February.

Kathmandu
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