Dolpo to Jomsom trek 26 Days │ Great Himalaya Trail
Duration: 26 days
Trip level: adventurous (info? )
Maximum altitude: 5550 m
Season: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Dolpo to Jomsom trek takes you through a remote and spectacular region of western Nepal. This section of the Great Himalaya Trail goes through a rugged landscape on the Tibetan plateau which is shaped by dry wind. The tough and adventurous trail follows along rushing mountain rivers, through impressive gorges and over high passes. Due to the fact Dolpo has been isolated from the rest of the world for centuries, the local culture you encounter has hardly changed. You will visit authentic monasteries, the nomad camp of Dho Tarap and the fortified medieval village of Chharka Bhot.
This Dolpo to Jomsom trek crosses five times 5000+ meter passes, making it one of the toughest Upper Dolpo trek. You have to be physically at your best and have no fear to follow small mountain trails. We also have a Lower Dolpo to Jomsom trek available. This is still tough and going through remote areas, but it is a lighter version with more accessible trails.
An early morning flight will take you to Nepalgunj in western Nepal. The next day a spectacular flight with superb views of the Annapurna mountain range will take you to Juphal. From here on your adventurous Dolpo to Jomsom trek begins. It is only a 3 hour trek to Dunai which is the trading centre of Dolpo. Up north you hike alongside the Suli Khola river and through a pine and fir forest towards the beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake. This lake is a great place to stay for a resting for acclimatization. The classic Upper Dolpo trek is following the banks of the lake, however you are leaving the traditional trails and your Dolpo to Jomsom adventure is going east towards Bagala Phedi. During this part of the trail you can see quite clear mountain Norbung Kang which is dominantly present in the mountain view.
From Bagala Phedi you ascend, on an old yak trail, towards your first 5000+ pass of this trek. The view from the Bagala pass, with an altitude of 5169 meters, is stunning with old chortens, the Norbung Kang and other snowcapped mountains in the distance. The picturesque campsite of Danigar is a pleasant reward after the high pass. A second high pass follows the next day with hiking alongside the Ghyambo Khola river towards Numala pass (5309 meters). Again the views are stunning with mount Dhaulagiri the most famous peak in this view. After you have crossed the pass, the trail is relatively easy towards Numala base camp and Dho Tarap. Soon after easy descending from Numala base camp you join shortly the Upper Dolpo trek to the trading village of Dho Tarap. Chortens and Gompas (monasteries) are scattered alongside the trail. During your resting day at the tented Dho Tarap it is possible to do a day hike to the 500 year old Ribum Gompa nunnery. The Gompa is a typical monastery of the Bon religion which is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist religion in the Dolpo region.
Soon after you have passed by the village of Maran, you have to cross the Tarpu Khola river several times. Eventually you ascend to the Chan La pass (5378 m). The panoramic views from the pass are stunning and breathtaking. After a short break an easy descent and a few crossings over a watercourse will take you to the small lake of Chap Chu. The adventurous trail continues with river crossings, some climbing and descending and finally a junction at an old chorten nearby Chharka Bhot. Chharka Bhot is a medieval fortivied village with a Bon-Gompa. The trail towards Nulungsunda is relatively easy with a slow climb. Nulungsunda Kharka is a picturesque campsite located at the confluence of the Malun Khola river and the Thasan Khola river. A perfect spot for a resting day. From Nulungsunda Kharka the toughest trekking day, with crossing two 5000+ passes, starts with a short climb to the Niwas La pass (5120 m) which lies on a plateau. An easy climb will bring you to the Jungben La pass (5550 m). From the pass you look into the Hidden Valley and mount Dhaulagiri. Hidden Valley is a valley trekkers pass through doing Dhaulagiri round trek. Other mountain ranges can be seen as well with the Annapurna’s and the Kanjiroba being the most dominate ones. After having crossed the high passes the trek continues through a gully followed by a mountain ridge with juniper trees and scrub towards Ghok. Another passing through gully’s and river crossings will take you to the village of Sangda.
Once you have arrived at Phalyak you are walking out of the Dolpo plateau and have arrived in the Mustang region. In Phalyak you feel like being back in the inhabited western world with shops which sell beer and soft drinks. Also a well deserved shower is finally possible again. The easy hike to Jomsom feels more like a short walk to stretch the legs. After a short flight you arrive in Pokhara where you will enjoy a rest day. This memorable trip ends in Kathmandu where you can do some souvenir shopping, or visit one of the cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley.
Day 01 Pick up at Kathmandu International Airport and drop of 3* Hotel in Thamel
Day 02 Free day Kathmandu at leisure; preparations for permits
Day 03 Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hrs.)
Day 04 Flight Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475 m – 45 min.) and trek to Dunai (2140 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Chhepka (2970 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Rechi (2940 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3611 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 08 Resting day at Phoksundo Lake for acclimatization
Day 09 Trek to Bagala Phedi (4115 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 10 Cross over Bagala pass (5169 m) and trek to Danigar (4512 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 11 Cross over Numala La pass (5309 m) and trek to Dho Tarap (3944 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 12 Resting day at Dho Tarap
Day 13 Trek to Chan La camp site (5227 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Cross over Chan La pass (5378 m) and trek to Chap Chu riverside camp (4320 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Chharka Bhot (4302 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Nulungsunda Kharka (4987 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 17 Resting day Nulungsunda Kharka
Day 18 Cross over Niwas La pass (5120 m) & Jungben La pass ( 5550 m) and trek to Ghok (4200 m – 9 hrs.)
Day 19 Trek to Sangda (3778 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 20 Trek to Phalyak (3175 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 21 Trek to Jomsom (2720 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 22 (Morning) flight Jomsom to Pokhara, and drive to hotel
Day 23 Free day at leisure Pokhara
Day 24 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu, flight is optional (6 hrs.)
Day 25 Free day at leisure Kathmandu
Day 26 Pick up hotel and drop off Kathmandu International Airport
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When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Flight Kathmandu to Juphal (over Nepalgunj) ; flight Jomsom to Pokhara, and all transfers to and from domestic airport.
-Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus, and transfer to hotel
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all transport Nepal
-1 night in hotel in Nepalgunj; 1 night in guesthouse in Pokhara; 4 nights in hotel Thamel in Kathmandu
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter or mule service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea/coffee/ hot water
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance fee, Upper Dolpo permit , TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
-All other beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff