Dolpo to Mustang Trek with Five High Passes - 22 days

Dolpo to Mustang Trek with Five High Passes - 22 days

Dolpo to Mustang Trek is an ultimate off-beat high altitude trekking experience in Nepal's remote and restricted northwestern region. The 22 days long trek in the challenging Himalayan trail crosses five high passes, namely Baga La, Numa La, Jhyarkoi La, Mo La, and Ghami La Pass, connecting Dolpo to the Mustang district. The trek traverses to the medieval settlements, towering western peaks, and the trans-Himalayan ecosystem of Shey Phoksundo National Park.

The trek offers an experience of witnessing the preserved Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture through their traditions, practices, and ancient monasteries. From bizarre rock formations to vertical cliffs, snow-capped Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Kanjirowa, and surrounding mountains, the topography is fascinating beyond belief. The mythical Lower Dolpo trail passes by incomparably beautiful Phoksundo Lake and some of the highest altitude settlements of Nepal. At the same time, the Upper Mustang trail gives you a glimpse of the ancient forbidden Buddhist kingdom.

Flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, then to Juphal in the north, the trek follows the Bheri River in the arid lower Dolpo passing the Ringmo settlement to Phoksundo Lake. From there, head west and cross the Baga La Pass (5,214m/17,107ft), then Numa La Pass (5,238m/17,185ft) to settlements of Tokyu and Do Tarap. Continue to cross Jhyarkoi La Pass (5,360m/17,586ft), then Mo La Pass (5,035m/16,519ft) to the final Dolpo settlement of Chharka. Traverse through the rugged and isolated terrain to cross Ghami La Pass (5,700m/18,701ft), the trek's highest point, entering the Upper Mustang region with a final stop at Ghami. Drive to Jomsom, then fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Triumphantly cross the five high passes of Baga La, Numa La, Jhyarkoi La, Mo La, and Ghami La Pass from Dolpo to Upper Mustang.
  • Views of the snowcapped Dolpo Himal, Churen Himal, Kanjirowa, Norbung Kang, Kagmara, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Annapurna, peaks in the western Himalayas.
  • Trek alongside the Bheri River bed to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest and the only trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal.
  • Witness Jharna, one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal at 330m/1,083ft drop located in Dolpo.
  • Camp near the majestic turquoise Phoksundo Lake near Ringmo settlement.
  • Understand the Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion and culture prevalent in the Dolpo region while visiting their monasteries and shrines.
  • Get a chance to witness rare wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, Himalayan vulture, Mountain Finches, Redstar, and Tibetan snowcocks, in the trans-Himalayan ecosystem of Dolpo.
  • Visit the highest altitude settlement of Nepal in Do Tarap (4,080m/13,385ft) to understand their lifestyle and traditions.
  • Drive through the villages of Upper Mustang to the villages in Kali Gandaki valley.
  • Scenic flight from the green lowlands of Terai in Nepalgunj to the snow-covered Himalayas of Juphal.
  • Visit the religious sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath based in Kathmandu.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Cultural Sightseeing and Trip Preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3 Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490ft) - 50 minutes flight
Day 4 Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m/8,120ft) and Trek to Rupagad (2,120m/6,955ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 hours trek
Day 5 Trek from Rupagad to Chhepka (2,670m/8,759ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 6 Trek from Chhepka to Jharna (3,000m/9,845ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 7 Trek from Jharna to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,811ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 8 Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake
Day 9 Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Baga La Phedi (4,200m/13,780ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 10 Cross Baga La Pass (5,214m/17,107ft) then beyond Danigar (4,800m/15,748ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek
Day 11 Cross Numa La Pass (5,238m/17,185ft) to Tokyu (4,200m/13,780ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 12 Trek from Tokyu to Do Tarap (4,080m/13,385ft) then to Moran (4,200m/13,780ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 13 Cross Jhyarkoi La Pass (5,360m/17,586ft) to campsite (4,600m/15,092ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 14 Cross the Mo La Pass (5,035m/16,519ft) to Chharka/Charkabhot (4,100m/13,421ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 15 Trek from Chharka to Nakhkham Khola Campsite (4,600m/15,092ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 16 Trek from Nakhkham Khola to High Camp (4,900m/16,076ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 17 Cross the Ghami La Pass (5,700m/18,701ft), then descend to a campsite near the lake (4,800m/15,748ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek
Day 18 Trek from the campsite towards Ghami (3,490m/11,450f) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 19 Trek from campsite to Ghami (3,520m/11,549ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 20 Drive from Ghami to Jomsom - 5 to 6 hours drive
Day 21 Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) and Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 50 minutes flight both
Day 22 Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel

As you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted with the views of snow-capped mountains surrounding the green valley. After completing the customs and duties at the airport, head to the terminal, where you meet our representatives from Third Rock Adventures. From there, they will transfer you to your hotel in Thamel.

Thamel is a major tourist hub in Kathmandu valley, located just 5 km away from the airport. After reaching the hotel, take some rest, then head to our office located nearby to get introduced to the team and ask any queries that you might have. Later in the evening, head out to the streets to enjoy food, drinks, shopping, and more. At night a welcome dinner will be served with authentic Nepali food to tingle your taste buds.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Cultural Sightseeing and Trip Preparation in Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a treasure trove of ancient history and religious monuments. After having breakfast, we have a cultural sightseeing trip planned for you. First, make preparations for the trek by getting the permits and documents ready. Your guide will assist you in obtaining the required documents from the respective authorities. You can also buy or hire relevant gears that you might need for the trip on this day.

After the preparation is over, take a drive around the different UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley. Your first stop can be at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, located very close to Thamel in Basantapur/Freek Street. You'll walk in the courtyards and alleys filled with small shops, restaurants, shrines, and temples.

From there, head to the western outskirts of the city to Swayambhunath stupa. From the hilltop, observe a wide-angle view of the city. You can visit the Boudhanath stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal located in the city's northeast. Then your next stop could be Pashupatinath temple, one of the world's holiest Hindu temples. Stroll the vast vicinity of the temple and witness more than a dozen temples. In the evening, head to a popular restaurant or pub in Thamel to enjoy a wide range of cuisine.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490ft) - 50 minutes flight

Take a flight in the afternoon from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in the western region of Nepal. As you leave Kathmandu, the city life passes by, and green hills come closer until finally reaching Nepalgunj, another busy city.

One of the hottest cities of Nepal, you most certainly feel the heat and humidity in Nepalgunj. However, there is nothing that a fan or AC can't solve. Drink the famous yogurt-based drink or sweet sugarcane juice to cool yourself. As the city is located only 3km from the border of India in the south, there are many small trade markets. Stroll around in the streets and enjoy some local cuisine, but make sure that you don't upset your stomach before the trip.

Overnight stay in Nepalgunj city.

Day 4
Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m/8,120ft) and Trek to Rupagad (2,120m/6,955ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 hours trek

Juphal airport, Dolpa Juphal airport, Dolpa

After breakfast, board the flight from Nepalgunj domestic airport to Juphal, in the north. There is a drastic change in the scenery as the flight takes off, leaving the green flatlands towards green hills. Further north, witness Himchuli Patan mountains beside you which is a fascinating sight. Upon arrival at the Juphal airport, take some rest, then commence your trek with the crew.

The trek to Rupagad is a short but refreshing one. You begin with a fast descent to the village below the airstrip. Walk past terraced fields to the Bheri River. Walk along the riverside, then pass Roop Ghar with a water mill. Then, take a short walk to Dunai town, which is the headquarters of the district. On the way, visit a nearby Bon religious stupa before crossing the Bheri river via a long bridge towards Sulighat. From there, continue your walk to Rupagad, located near the riverside.

Overnight stay in Rupagad.

Day 5
Trek from Rupagad to Chhepka (2,670m/8,759ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Chehepka Village Chehepka Village

Early in the morning, begin your trek to Chhepka, with the initial leg of the trek taking you to the confluence of the Bheri river and Suli Gad river. Take a swift north following the Suli Gad River, and feel the humidity in the air. There are only a couple of uphill climbs on the trail. The fields are filled with cash and food crops like millet, pumpkins, corn, and potatoes grown by the locals. The 'Chuk' plant is also grown here and used to produce lemon concentrate. It is profitable to locals for trading to nearby cities and India as well.

Waking further ahead following the riverbed, you will reach the Hanke village, which is the gateway to Shey Phoksundo National Park. It is the largest and only trans-Himalayan national park based in Nepal. There is a drastic change in the topography and climate from here on. On the way, you come across the strangely named villages of Parela, Rahagaon, and Ankhe, translated to the eyelash, eyebrow, and eye, respectively. From hereon, pass the derelict terrain filled with Serbian pea-tree shrubs to reach Chhepka.

Overnight stay in Chhepka.

Day 6
Trek from Chhepka to Jharna (3,000m/9,845ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Only a couple of years before, the route from Chhepka was not as clear and well designed as it is now. There have been ample significant developments in the course. However, its beauty has not diminished a bit. Your initial stretch to Jharna will take you to a steep path and hugging cliffs sides at some points. Walk along the cedar forest towards the Ringmo villager's winter settlement. You come across rhododendron, juniper, and white Himalayan birch forest followed by a steady climb then a stop at Jharna.

The major highlight, Jharna waterfall, at the spectacular drop of 330m/1083ft, is one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal.

Overnight stay in Jharna.

Day 7
Trek from Jharna to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,811ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Shey Phoksundo Lake Shey Phoksundo Lake

On this exciting day, head to the most renowned Phoksundo lake. You begin a steady walk uphill following the river. Passing the birch forest, reach a ridge from where you move to Ringmo village closest to the lake. Views of Mt. Kanjirowa (6,883m/22,582ft) are visible. Ringmo village takes you back in time with mud-plastered houses, chortans, and mani walls. However, in recent years there has been some development with villagers installing solar panels.

A short walk from there will take you to the majestic Phoksundo Lake. The view of the turquoise lake is even better than the hype. The sizable lake spans south, north, and east, but we will observe views from the south.

Upon your arrival, get settled, then take a brief walk alongside the shore of the lake to enjoy its up-close views.

Overnight stay at Phoksundo lakeside.

Day 8
Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

Only a day is not enough to enjoy the views of the majestic Phoksundo lake; hence we will make a second night stop here. Also, after the long trek, this is a good way to recuperate your energy for the remaining hike. Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater lake that has been designated as a Ramsar site.

Take a walk around the lakeside and enjoy the views of the surrounding Kanjirowa and Kagmara (5,115m/16,781ft) peaks. The lake is clear enough to see the sight of the clouds hovering above is reflected in the water's surface. Witness yaks taking a bath in the cold water of the lake. There are more than 20 gompas/ stupas located in the southern belt of the lake that you can visit. Most popular is the Tshowa Bon Monastery, a highly significant monastery for the Bon religion followers. The lazy day seems to pass away rather quickly.

Overnight stay in Phoksundo Lake.

Day 9
Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Baga La Phedi (4,200m/13,780ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Ultimately, it is time to leave the beautiful Phoksundo lake and head closer towards the first challenging point of the trek, Baga La Phedi. If you were to head straight from the lake to Shey Gompa, you would be taking the Upper Dolpo Circuit trek. However, for this trip, you move to the eastern side. Passing by the lovely trail, take a quick ascend, then head to the village of Rikke. From there, you come across another small village called Maduwa, from where the trail rises gradually. You will get to witness up-close views of Norbung Kang (6,085m/19,963ft) peak. Continue your trek from there to reach Yak Kharka, a flat landmass best for grazing yaks. The place is decorated with colorful prayer flags. Have a hefty lunch here before you continue to your campsite stop.

Passing by meadows, you might have a chance to witness Himalayan Thar, blue sheep, and ghorals on the way. You will reach Baga La Phedi in a short while, which lies just below the Baga La Pass. Set camp in the Phedi and take some rest. Enthusiastic trekkers can even take the trail towards Chhoital Lake, an hour and a half away from the campsite. The climb is tough and will take you through uphill battles. Alternatively, you can reserve your energy for the tough climb the next day.

Overnight stay in Baga La Phedi.

Day 10
Cross Baga La Pass (5,214m/17,107ft) then beyond Danigar (4,800m/15,748ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek

Before dawn, make your way to Baga La Pass, the first high pass of the trek. The initial leg of the walk will stretch to the upward trail to Ghuchun Khola River. The track is made more beautiful with the views of Norbung Kang on the backdrop. At times you might have to take breaks to catch your breath as the trail goes uphill. After about 4 hours of uphill drag, you will be welcomed by prayer flags fluttering rapidly in the wind, signifying that you have reached Baga La pass at 5,214m. You are overwhelmed with the feeling of triumph.

The terrain is desert-like, but the views of the surrounding mountains are phenomenal. After clicking pictures and enjoying the scenery, continue on the trail towards Danigar. Take a descent in the initial stage, then it becomes steeper, passing meadows to Danigar. It is not our campsite, but we will have our lunch here. Continue downhill to the river, then take an ascend for an hour or so to reach a flat land to set camp for the day. It is closer to Numa La pass, which you will cross tomorrow.

Overnight stay near Danigar.

Day 11
Cross Numa La Pass (5,238m/17,185ft) to Tokyu (4,200m/13,780ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

On this day, you will cross the challenging second high pass of the trip, Numa La Pass. Begin the trek with an ascent in a steep path which only seems to go upwards. It is a tough trek in the rugged path with what seems like a neverending uphill climb. With Kanjirowa peak in the backdrop, move ahead only to see the pass ahead at the altitude of 5,238m/17,185ft. It is a triumphant climb to the top. Again, like any other high pass, it is decorated with prayer flags welcoming you aboard.

Observe the views of the soaring mountains as you walk over the boulder to flat land. After taking some pictures in the windy pass, continue down the stony path until you reach the river. Eventually, you end up in a flat land from where the course is pretty easy. In a short while, set foot in the scenic Tokyu settlement with the Thakchiu Khola river running through it and small houses, Chorten, Mani walls, and stupas alongside. You may witness the locals engaged in barley harvesting with the amazing views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) mountain towering behind. After reaching Tokyu and settling down, visit the nearby Champa Monastery. It is a significant Tibetan Buddhist monastery decorated with statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and hermit Guru Rimpoche.

Overnight stay in Tokyu.

Day 12
Trek from Tokyu to Do Tarap (4,080m/13,385ft) then to Moran (4,200m/13,780ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

After breakfast, begin your short and easy trek to Moran. The flat trail goes to the south towards Do Tarap. It is regarded to be the highest altitude human settlement in Nepal at an altitude of 4,080m. It is amazing to witness how the influence of Buddhist religion shapes people's day-to-day lifestyle, traditions, and culture. The houses are constructed in an architectural way, built underground with only a small area peeking beyond the surface to tackle the cold wind. The people are welcoming and friendly but are unaware of the changes in the rest of the world.

Continue your walk from the village and visit the Crystal Mountain School on the way along with the Tarap Health post, which are recent developments in the area. Just above the Tarap settlement, there is the significant Ribo Bumpa Monastery, known to be 1000 years old. There is a high statue of Guru Rimpoche. It is the lower Dolpo trekking trail if you take it to the south of Do Tarap. However, we will be heading east from Tarap.

Take a slow descent to the Shipchock and Dhoro villages. At Dhoro, visit the peculiar red-roofed Dhoro Monastery. You'll witness images of Guru Rimpoche, Green Tara, and Vajrasattva, which are some of the significant figures in the Buddhist religion. From there, take a gradual ascend to a grassy meadow towards Moran campsite, where you might see rare blue sheep grazing far in the cliffs.

Overnight stay in Moran.

Day 13
Cross Jhyarkoi La Pass (5,360m/17,586ft) to campsite (4,600m/15,092ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Jhyarkoi La Pass Jhyarkoi La Pass

You will be crossing the third high pass of the trip, Jhyarkoi La Pass, on this day which is not as tough as the first two passes. However, wake up early before dawn to begin your trek to avoid the harsh wind during the day. The first phase of the hike will take a gradual ascend to a canyon with impressive rock formations. Along the way, follow a watercourse through a steep and narrow path. It is crucial to watch your step as you approach the steep pass along the zig-zag trail. A high pile of stone and decorative prayer flags will signify that you have reached the high pass.

From the top of the pass, you are offered views of the stunning Dolpo Himal, Churen Himal (7,385m/24,229ft), and Mt. Dhaulagiri. After enjoying the sights, make a descent to the campsite, which takes a couple of hours. Along the way, you might witness Blue Sheep/Baral searching keenly for food in the dry land. This part of the national park is home to some birds like Mountain Finches and Redstart. The campsite is not a designated area, but it is near a water source and flat land.

Overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 14
Cross the Mo La Pass (5,035m/16,519ft) to Chharka/Charkabhot (4,100m/13,421ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Yet another tiring but exciting day awaits as you trek to the fourth high pass, Mo La Pass. Begin walking to the Upper Panzang valley, along the trail towards Mo La, where you might witness griffon vultures circling, searching for carcasses. Other wildlife includes golden eagles, Lammergeiers, larks, marmots, and many yaks. You might be lucky enough even to spot a blue sheep in the blue sheep valley.

The trek is easier than the other days, and the trail is daily straight with just a couple of ups and downs. Climb to the top of the pass adorned with prayer flags and stacked stones. The views are as mesmerizing as can be. After enjoying the pleasantries, take a descent down through a grassy path for a short while. Have lunch while enjoying the mountain views.

Continue towards a ravine, then onwards an entrance to Kani village, then to Chharka town. The town is more advanced than others in this region as there is a school, a shopping center, and numerous lodges. Stock up on supplies from the supermarket if you are running out. The picturesque town in the remote location has also gained a place in Eric Valli's movie, Himalaya. After settling down, head to the nearby monastery to witness the ancient architecture and religious significance. Almost all of the people residing here are Buddhist, with only a small percentage of people identifying as Hindu.

Overnight stay in Chharka.

Day 15
Trek from Chharka to Nakhkham Khola Campsite (4,600m/15,092ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

After breakfast, leave the last habitation, Chharka, before reaching another settlement, Ghami, three days later. You are surrounded by nothing but nature and wildlife. In the initial phase of the long trek, walk towards a bridge on a route not frequently used by the locals, who instead prefer the northern riverbank route. The terrain sees a drastic change heading to canyons taking ascends and descends.

A landslide has blanketed the trail in many areas, so you might need to cross the river. Have your lunch at the Chharka Riverside with possible sights of Himalayan Vultures flying above. Then continue your trek to the southern side of the river. Keep your hopes up high as tourists in the past have noticed snow leopards in the higher altitude here, along with blue sheep herds. Keeping your eyes open to these possibilities, head to the wide valley beside the Nakhkham Khola river. Near the river bed, set camp for the night and take some much-needed rest.

Overnight stay in Nakhkham Khola campsite.

Day 16
Trek from Nakhkham Khola to High Camp (4,900m/16,076ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Begin your trek by climbing through the tough terrain, then follow the river. The trail is less frequently used to be very careful while following your guide. The hillside is home to Tibetan snowcocks, among other wildlife. Head to the wide-open arena in the valley, the high camp, a base to the Ghami La High Pass that you will cross the next day.

The weather conditions and availability of water sources will define where your camp is to be set for the night. The high camp offers views of the surrounding high hills and mountains. After settling down, opt for a short walk around to explore the area and acclimatize for the next day.

Overnight stay in High Camp.

Day 17
Cross the Ghami La Pass (5,700m/18,701ft), then descend to a campsite near the lake (4,800m/15,748ft) - 8 to 9 hours trek

Today is an exciting and challenging day of the trip as you will cross the fifth and final high pass, Ghami La Pass, which is also the highest point of the entire trek. Take a hike up the hill for the initial phase of the trek. You might witness snow leopard tracks as well since this is a high-altitude area. The views of the entire valley and Tibetan plateau far beyond look amazing near the Nakhkham Khola trail. There are many high-rising boulders in the path towards the pass, and the lower end of the high pass is quite long.

After a long and tiring climb on the distinct trail, you reach the top of the pass. Stacked stones represent that you have reached the top of the pass. Although tough, the trek is well worth it. The views of the valley below and the distant mountain range coving the area look surreal. After enjoying the views, take a descent downhill through high boulders into a grassy hillside. Take a descent further until you reach the riverside, where you stop for the night. After the tough, long, yet triumphant trek, relax at your campsite, enjoying mesmeric views and the sound of the river flowing.

Overnight stay in a campsite beyond Ghami La Pass.

Day 18
Trek from the campsite towards Ghami (3,490m/11,450f) - 7 to 8 hours trek

The trek today is long, but the trail is fairly forgiving. Strive to reach the nearest settlement, Ghami, by tomorrow. Today, begin your trek down to the Ghami Khola that is shallow and easy to cross. Continue your walk to the east and enjoy your lunch in the river bed. After a while, head to a narrow trail across the hillside, then a steady and short climb, you will take you to a ridge from where snow-capped Dhaulagiri looks beautiful.

Take a descent to your campsite with a steep walk crossing a small boulder then traversing around the hillside. Take a dramatic drop on the steep gorge while enjoying the views. The waterfalls look amazing as it cascades down high rocks. We will set the camp in a wide area for the night.

Overnight stay at a campsite on the way to Ghami.

Day 19
Trek from campsite to Ghami (3,520m/11,549ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Ghami, Mustang Ghami, Mustang

Early in the morning, begin your trek, finally to Ghami settlement. As you start your walk, you come across a few sights of human existence and a small monastery that you can explore. While some peaks are covered with heaps of snow, others remain partially naked and rocky. The river will be gushing below. Passing the snaky trail to the hillside, sometimes narrow and steep, finally set foot at Ghami.

Ghami is filled with terraced fields where locals grow buckwheat and barley. It is green and looks distinct from all the desert-like landscape that you saw throughout the trek. There are small houses predominantly painted white. As it is a windy area, the rooftops are covered with sticks. Surrounded by green hills and snow-capped mountains, this is a picturesque village in Upper Mustang. The streets are dusty, and the settlement looks like it is stuck in time.

After settling down, take a stroll in the streets and visit the monasteries adorned with prayer flags. Stones are stacked up to make a pathway into the village area. Locals are seen busy with producing vegetation and grazing their domesticated animals.

Overnight stay in Ghami.

Day 20
Drive from Ghami to Jomsom - 5 to 6 hours drive

Kegbeni Nepal Kegbeni Nepal

After the long and tiring trek for about seventeen days, pack up your belongings and take a drive to Jomsom in lower Mustang. The long drive feels almost heavenly as you hop from one village to the next. Along the way, there are high red cliffs with small caves, a testament to the ancient setters in the Mustang region. Pass by the villages of Syangbochen, Chele, and the mythical Kagbeni. 

Jomsom is located south of Ghami in the Kali Gandaki valley. It is the commercial hub of the Mustang region with facilities of an airstrip. It is also abundant in apple farming, so locals sell their sweet apples in the main street that you certainly must try. In the evening, interact with the locals, enjoy locally brewed apple drinks and local meals.

Overnight stay in Jomsom.

Day 21
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) and Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 50 minutes flight both

Jomsom Airport Jomsom Airport

In the morning, you will be transferred to the Jomsom airport for your departure to Pokhara. As you fly from Jomsom, observe the views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft) and Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m/23,166ft). Heading towards Pokhara, the sights of Mt. Macchapuchre and Annapurna become prominent.

Upon reaching Pokhara, board on another flight back to Kathmandu. The terrain sees a change from green hills and close-up mountains to city life with tall buildings and crowded streets.

After landing, you will be transferred to your hotel in Thamel for refreshment. Take some rest, then head out to the streets of Thamel in the evening. Enjoy souvenir shopping in the numerous shops lined up across the street. Pashmina shawls, Dhaka hats, and Thangka paintings are popular choices among tourists. At night feast on the different cuisines that you had been missing throughout the trekking days.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22
Final Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal

Sadly, it is time to say goodbye to the beautiful country of Nepal after an amazing Five High Pass trek in Dolpo and Mustang.

After enjoying breakfast, you will be driven to the Tribhuvan International airport by our representatives. As we bid you a hearty farewell, cherish the amazing memories you had in the off-beat trail of the Dolpo region, also crossing the high passes towards Mustang. If you wish to embark on yet another adventure in the rustic settings of Nepal in the future, feel free to get in touch with us.

Dolpo to Mustang Trek Difficulty

The Dolpo to Mustang Trek with Five High Passes is a difficult to challenging trek and suitable only for experienced high-altitude trekkers with enough time, budget, and fit physique to visit the demanding lower Himalayan trail of western Nepal.

Best time for Dolpo to Mustang Trek

The beginning of August until the end of October is the best time for Dolpo to Mustang Trek.

Early spring and late autumn may not be a good time due to unpredictable snowfall. This could result in it being very difficult to cross the high passes at this time of year.

As most Dolpo to Mustang Trek lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri Himal Range, it receives little or no rain, including when other parts of the country are under monsoon rain conditions. Partly due to this, this area is a high-altitude desert. 

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Callie Estrada
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Feb 19, 2021

Lifetime Experience.

What an amazing trip! Third Rock Adventures has everything taken care of and all their staff were great to work with. Our fearless-n-friendly guide helped my husband and I crossed five high passes exploring remote areas. He was a very experienced guide and always made us feel at ease during the trip. We’d recommend this trip. Will never forget this trip.
Bentley Walker
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Feb 07, 2021

Long-Adventurous trek

My first word here; this trek is completely different trek. If you want to do some off-trek than this trek should be on top list. You will be crossing 5 high passes, traversing through medieval settlements, and remote villages. You gotto have good physical strength before heading through the trail. You will be trekking for at least 15 days along the rough trail, so consider exercising before the trek. I also suggest wearing sturdy shoes, and most importantly hydration-technique: Drink plenty of water. I don't mean to scare the hell outta you, but you gotta ask questions to your travel consultant and be sure of everything, like I did , and the travel consultant did the great job. She was caring and attentive, and promptly replied to all my emails. Talking about the guides, he was really good person, with good heart and attention to details. I am impressed with his work and is much obliged.
I wanted to do a bit challenging and off-the-beaten-path trek.
camping near phoksundo lake, crossing the high passes and exploring Do Tarap, not to forget, a day in Kathmandu.
Do it!!!
Joseph Chapman
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Mar 07, 2020

Great Adventure and Great Memories.

It was not our first trek with Third Rock Adventures. This time we went to Nepal's remote and restricted northwestern region to explore Phoksundo lake, Mustang and Jomsom. It was a rather strenuous trek of about 20 days and crossing 5 passes was a great experience. They organized everything very well. Beginning at the airport, where we were picked up by our guide till the day we had to leave Nepal again. During the trek the team looked for our well-being. Had great time, great adventure and great memories to cheerish for whole life.
Van Carey
flagsUnited States of America
Feb 26, 2020

Great Trek

Recently did Dolpo to Mustang Trek, a trek I did after 1 year-gap of Himalayan trek. I knew mountain's calling and I must go. So I chose this trek and jumped to the beautiful country of Nepal, in my quest to explore Mustang and Dolpa area through off-beat high altitude trail. My 22 days in Nepal helped me hone my travel experience and rewards beautiful memories. I am highly thankful to my guide who was friendly and attentive to all my needs. I enjoyed alot! Crossing hi5 passes was the memorable part of this adventure. Phoksunda Lake and Upper Mustang region were marvelous. Great trek, highly recommended for those who opt for off-beat high altitude trekking experience.

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