Dolpo to Mustang Trek

The Dolpo to Mustang trek is undeniably one of the exceptional traverse linking Nepal’s two most beautiful regions. 

The Dolpo and Mustang are one of the fascinating territories in Nepal Himalaya where the local’s have lived for centuries to the rhythm of the yak caravans ensuring the supply of salt to the lower Himalayan valleys. 

The deep blue lake of Phoksundo, the remote and beautiful villages of Dolpo & Mustang, with a lot of passes of 4000m-5000m to be crossed, the little exploration and an option to climb Araniko Chuli before heading to the Lomanthang via Kekyap La – this Dolpo to Mustang trek will leave you enticed with its beauty, remoteness and culture. 

This is definitely a great moment to know, see and experience the ancestral way of life of the people living in high mountains. The trek around Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang is truly amazing, where landscapes & culture is completely different from the rest of the country.

There’s a lot of questions that come into mind when you start planning about Dolpo to Mustang Trek. A well-organized logistics, special permits to trek in Dolpo and Mustang, experienced & strong team is very important when it comes to doing a long trek like this.

If you are planning for an adventure trekking like Dolpo to Mustang Trek, just write to us. We Yak Expeditions team will help you to plan your trip and are happy to have you as our next client on this amazing trek.

Dolpo to Mustang trek

Is it possible to customise Dolpo to Mustang trek itinerary?

Yes, of course. 

Our itinerary is quite long where we will trek along to Chharka Bhot via Phoksundo Lake, then head toward Araniko Chuli Base camp before entering to Lomanthang, Mustang. For this, you will need to take the special permits for both Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang.

Another option that you can follow is head toward Niwas La and Jungben La pass from Chharka Bhot, which will lead you to Sangta and then to Kagbeni. You will need to take the special permit for only Upper Dolpo.

You do can start this trek from Upper Mustang. The another great itinerary is to follow the Upper Mustang trail until Lomanthang, then head toward Araniko Chuli Base camp and descend to Phalyak via Ghermi La, Niwas La & Jungben La.

Just feel free to write to us to plan the best itinerary according to your need. Contact us!

Is there any alternatives for flights to Dolpo?

If you have enough time and are willing to walk, then trekking from Beni to Dolpo via Dhorpatan is a great choice.

If you are limited in time and want to do it more comfortably, the flight is the best option.

If you are adventurous enough and want to do it by road, there’s still a possibility. You can take the bus from (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jajarkot) and then to Talubagar by a small vehicle. From there, you will need to walk for around 3 days to reach Dunai.

The new routes are opened and constructed in Nepal every year. So, the above information could not be precise.

You can take the bus until Jumla and then start trekking to enter Dolpo.

How difficult is Dolpo to Mustang trek?

With around 5x 5000m and 2x5600m passes to be crossed, 20 days of continuous trek above 3800m, this will be a long and challenging trek. You will be trekking in a very remote region of Nepal and away from all the infrastructures.

One should be physically fit enough and should be able to walk around 7-8 hours per day.

Best season to do Dolpo to Mustang trek?

Autumn is the best season to do this trek. It is ideal to start the trek around mid-October.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Kathmandu, you will be picked up and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
Flight to Nepalgunj
Day 3
Flight to Juphal, trek to Dunai (2140m)
Day 4
Trek Dunai-Shyanta (2520m)
Day 5
Trek Shyanta-Rechi (2940m)
Day 6
Trek Rechi- Ringmo (3730m)-Phoksundo Lake (3730m)
Day 7
Day 8
Trek Ringmo- Forest camp site (3700m)
Day 9
Trek Forest camp site- Kang La Phedi (4650m)
Day 10
Trek Kang La Phedi - Shey Gompa (4350m)
Day 11
Rest day
Day 12
Trek Shey Gompa- Sele La (5010m)- Namgung Goma (4430m)
Day 13
Trek Namgung Gonpa- Karang (4284m)
Day 14
Trek Karang- Tora Sumna (3670m)
Day 15
Trek Tora Sumna- Saldang (3770m)- Cha Gaon (4080m)
Day 16
Trek Chagaon-Jyanta La BC (4850m)
Day 17
Trek Jyanta La BC- Jyanta La (5129m)- Tokyu- Dho Tarap (3944m)
Day 18
Trek Dho Tarap- Jhyarkoi La BC (4800m)
Day 19
Trek Jhyarkoi La BC- Jhyarkoi La (5400m)- Lajar Sumna (4775m)
Day 20
Trek Lajar Sumna-Mola La (5027m)- Chharka Bhot (4325m)
Day 21
Trek Chharka Bhot- Tulsi- Khaukim Sumna (4545m)
Day 22
Trek Khaukim Sumna- Nakhren Khola (5150m)
Day 23
Trek Nakhren Khola- Araniko Chuli base camp (5675m)
Day 24 & 25
Exploration around Araniko Chuli
Day 26
Trek Araniko Chuli Base camp- Ghyun Khola (5125m)
Day 27
Trek Ghyun Khola- Kekyap La (5600m)- Lomanthang (3810m)
Day 28
Rest day at Lomanthang
Day 29
Trek Lomanthang-Tsarang
Day 30
Drive back to Jomsom
Day 31
Flight back to Pokhara and to Kathmandu
Day 32
Day 33
Depart Kathmandu

Essential Info

Price Includes
All kind of ground transportation and flights mentioned in the itinerary
Required permits and government taxes for the trek
Food and lodges during the entire trek
English Speaking guide, Sirdar and required porters
Insurance, Equipment, Food and Salary for Nepalese team
Hotel in Kathmandu B/B plan
Trekking map and first aid kit
Satellite Phone and Gammow Bag
Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu
Price Excludes
Visa and International flight
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Personal Insurance and equipment
Personal expenses and TIPS
All kind of entrance fee in monuments during the trek
Emergency rescue evacuation
Alcoholic and other beverages, hot shower, battery charge, laundry


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