Mystique Upper Mustang to Upper Dolpo Trekking via Chharka Bhot
Upper Dolpo trek via mystique Upper Mustang must be world's most beautiful mountain tour to the unexplored corners of Nepal's restricted area in the hidden paradise in world. Explore completely wilderness and undiscovered land but have given explorer's entrée to almost every corner of the world. One of the few regions which could escape foreigners was Mustang, the last forbidden Buddhist kingdom in the Trans Himalaya. Before it was allowed to trek in 1992 for tourism, only a handful of westerners had visited the area in western Nepal. They spread out reports of a primitive old society but culturally prosperous and highly civilized, a landscape almost beyond description. It is situated north of the two 8'000 meter peaks Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I. The arid place with snow-capped mountains and barren hills reaches deep inside the vast Tibetan plateau. Cold winds sweep through narrow canyons and over plains. Erosion has left its marks in bizarre rock formations.
Yet humans have lived in this hostile environment for centuries. They have built their settlements along rivers and creeks, the villages of whitewashed houses appear like oases in a huge desert. People work as farmers on their fields, sowing and harvesting barley and potatoes, and driving yaks and goats to relatively fertile meadows. High up in vertical cliffs are inaccessible caves where people dwelled two thousand years ago. Much later the region came under the influence of the Tibetan Yarlung dynasty. In the 15th century the independent kingdom of Lo was founded by Ame Pal, whose invitation of the famous Buddhist scholar Ngorchen Künga Zangpo led to a cultural zenith never to be reached again in the following centuries. It was probably thanks to its remoteness that even in later times of conquest Mustang was granted large self-government. The destruction of their culture and religion could be avoided but the Hindu culture and tourism are surely a threat these days. Only in 1950 was it officially declared part of Nepal. The years following the Chinese invasion of Tibet proved to be the most difficult ones in Mustang’s history. Large numbers of Tibetan guerilla freedom fighters set up their camps and attacked the nearby Chinese troops, putting Nepal in a delicate situation.
Dalai Lama asked the rebels to stop their fighting in 1970; the Nepalese government arrested and sentenced some of the leaders. It contributed to discover the scenic and cultural beauties and mysteries of such an area. Our tour plan is to follow the Kali Gandaki from Jomsom to north for two days, then taking the west route to the capital Lo-Manthang and from there back to Jomsom over the holy site Muktinath. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. In places the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses.
The Shangri-La of Dolpo was first settled by Rokpa farmers and Erokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century. It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-Like villages and monasteries nestling among mountains of stark ascetic beauty. Initially very steep and exposed, the way into the valley is quite sensational, affording a breathtaking view of the waterfall where the Phoksundo Khola plunges into the valley south of Ringmo, and back to the west of Kagmara Himal. Upper Dolpo being one of the remotest, poorest and backward regions in whole of Nepal with its difficult terrains and extreme cold weather has been overlooked despite being a land of tourist potential and other opportunities. There are no motor able roads or airport in Upper Dolpo, except the airport near district headquarter, Dunai which is several days journey from Upper Dolpo. The people of Upper Dolpo are disadvantaged of fundamental rights of good education, basic medical facilities, and others such as postal and electricity services. The death toll cause by lack of basic medical facilities is quite alarming. The existing schools in Upper Dolpo have only primary levels and health posts are functional only for a brief summer season. Recently some western NGOs and Nepal Government have supported in opening up schools and health posts but due to the insurgency going on in Nepal, these NGOs are being apprehensive of fully implementing further programs. Therefore, some of the NGOs are being inconsistent in supporting for the restoration and renovation of religious monuments, preservation of its valuable religious scriptures, artifacts and its unique monasteries in the region, donating Buddhist text to monasteries and repairing bridges, renovating and built at stupas and monasteries.
The altitude ranges from 2500m to 5070m.The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal; Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan Culture. Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast and cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year, Dolpo is close to Tibet, where people migrated from perhaps 1,000 years ago. Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. Shey-Phoksundo National Park in the core of Dolpo Region is famous for snow leopard. A great Naturalist Rodney Jackson conducted his research on snow leopards in Shey Phoksundo area. The finally preserved Eco–system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites, Preparation and obtain permits.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara with A/C Tourist bus (6/7 hours) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m (35 Min.) and trek to Kagbeni 2800m (3/4 hours), Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m (5/6 hours), Overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m (6/7 hours) via Ranchung Cave Monastery, Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Ghiling to Drakmar 3820m (5/6 hours), Overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang 3840m (7/8 hours) via Ghar Gompa & Marang-La Pass 4230m, Overnight in lodge.
Day 09: Excursion around The Medieval Walled City, King’s Palace and Buddhist Monasteries, Overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Tsarang 3560m (4/5 hours), Overnight in lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Tsarang to Ghami 3510m (4/5 hours), Overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Ghami to Yak Kharka 4200m (6/7 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Ghami-La Base Camp 5100m (6/7 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Ghami-La Base Camp to Chharka Bhot 4110m (9/10 hours) via Ghami-La Pass (Bhanjyang) 5333m, Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Trek from Chharka Bhot to Rapka 4535m (6/7 hours) via Chharka Bhanjyang 5027m, Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Trek from Rapka to Tinje Gaon 4150m (7/8 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek from Tinje Gaon to Shimen Gaon 3870m (5/6 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Trek from Shimen Gaon to Nisal Gaon 3750m (5/6 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Trek from Nisal Gaon to Saldang 3770m (5/6 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 20: Trek from Saldang to Namgung 4430m (4/5 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 21: Trek from Namgung to Shey Gompa 4160m (5/6 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 22: Trek from Shey Gompa to Full Bari 4600m (7/8 hours), via Nangda-La Pass 5360m, Overnight at tented camp. (best view point Kyangyurpa sout, east…………)
Day 23: Trek from Fulbari to Phoksundo Khola, 5/6 hours, Overnight at tented camp.
Day 24: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Lake 3733m (4/5 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 25: Exploring to Phoksundo Lake and surrounding hills, Overnight at tented camp.
Day 26: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Rechi 2940m (4/5 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 27: Trek from Rechi to Chhepka 2838m (4/5 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 28: Trek from Chhepka to Juphal 2475m (6/7 hours), Overnight at tented camp.
Day 29: Fly from Juphal to Nepalganj - Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 30: Trip conclusion and free day in Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.
Day 31: Final departure to International Airport.