Rara Upper Dolpo Trek via GHT Trail is a challenging wilderness trek in Nepal connecting Rara Lake to Jomsom via Upper Dolpo through the Upper Great Himalayan trail. The trek leads us through the remote Mugu Karnali River over the Challenging high passes Nyingma Gyanzen La Pass (5563 meters) connects to Phophagon and Bhijer remote village in Upper Dolpo.
Jumla Rara Lake to Upper Dolpo trek via the upper Great Himalayan Trail journey is a challenging trip but very unique, remote, and absolutely breathtaking trekking destination that includes the biggest Lake of Nepal Rara Lake via Mugu Karnali toward Upper Dolpo over the Nyingma Gyanzen La Pass 5563 meters that is the upper route of Great Himalayan Trail connecting one of the remote village Phogaon, Bhijer, and now following hard route of Inner Dolpo trekking route toward to Jomsom via Niwar Pass 5510 meters. Please follow the link given how our client describes (Jumla to Jomsom) Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) and Upper Dolpo: Jumla to Jomsom also please follow the link for Images - (Rara Lake to Jomsom) Upper Dolpo GHT Trail
Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek GHT Trail is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. Rara Lake is one of the jewels of Nepal, tranquil and restful, while the GHT (Great Himalaya Trail) High Route onwards to Shey Gompa is very remote. The trek from Jumla via Rara Lake to the Upper Great Himalayan trail to Upper Dolpo will even challenge the most seasoned trekkers. There are multiple passes over 5000m (16,400 feet), Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Trek via the GHT trail. Expanding road networks improve villagers’ lives in Nepal; trekkers seek out more remote areas to encounter solitude and ancient village rhythms. Nowhere is this experience more available than in Dolpo, northwest of Mt Dhaulagiri, and straddling the Himalayas. Upper Dolpo is one of the highest permanently inhabited regions on Earth and one of the most remote.
Culturally Tibetan Dolpo borders Tibet and is high and arid, surrounded by 5000m (16,400 ft) passes to the west, south, and east. Much of it is in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal’s largest at 3555 sq km and protecting the 800-year-old Shey Gompa under the pilgrim-magnet Crystal Mountain and the spectacular Kanjiroba mountain range. Upper Dolpo is sparsely populated with mainly pastoral families and its people are generally adherents (Bonpo) of Bon, a religion whose origins predate Buddhism but which is accepted as a sect of Buddhism.
Upper Dolpo is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. They are valleys reminiscent of paradise that can only be reached with enormous hardship. Crossing over more than five 5000 meters passes, camp at a high altitude for about two weeks, explore the very remote village of Phophagaon, Potalgaon, Bhijer, remote and ancient Shyamling Gompa, Shey Gompa, views of Mount Kanjiroba and crossing Niwar Pass (5500 meters) and Sangda La pass (5150 meters) hard route of Upper Dolpo brought us to Jomsom.
Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek via GHT Trail Trekking route,
Take a flight to Nepalganj western Nepal from Kathmandu You will stay overnight at Nepalganj in Hotel. The next day another flight to Jumla and the trek began; Jumla is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. Challenging long treks includes Rara Lake, the biggest Lakes in Nepal. Trek over the challenging high passes; via Chyargo Pass (5150 meters) Yala Pass (5414 meters) and Nyingma Gyanzen Pass (5563 meters) finally connect us to Upper Dolpo. Trek via the Bhijer, Shey Gumpa, Saldang, ShimenGaon, Tinje, and Rakpa, over the Mola Pass that joint to Chharka Bhot. From Charka Bhot trek continue to Jomsom via Niwari Pass. This long trek finally ends at the Jomsom Upper Mustang trekking starting point.
Accommodation in Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek Via GHT trail;
Trek to Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Trek GHT trail will require a full of trekking experience because this four weeks wilderness trek involves high altitude. Visit Himalaya Treks is one of the pioneer companies for Rara Lake to Dolpo via following the upper GHT trail trekking with the full support of an experienced team, high quality of gears which is really necessary for such a high trip in the remote Himalayan treks. Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Trek via the GHT trail is one of the most challenging treks in the remote place in Nepal, Tea house or Lodge trek is not possible on this trekking route, because of remoteness so you will need full camping arrangements with full of supporters team like cook, helpers, porters. You will need high-quality gear for Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Trek via the GHT trail with a strong support team. Our latest video of Rara Lake Upper Dolpo GHT trail.
Best time of Year to do the Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek via the GHT trail.
The best time to trek Rara Upper Dolpo Trek via the GHT trail is a month of August to October in the autumn season and late April to June in the perfect time in spring. Full of details information about Rara Lake to Upper Dolpo Jomsom via GHT Trail go through the link. We also offer a shorter version of Dolpo Trek combined with Lower and Upper Dolpo Trek as well. For more details of the trip please follow the link Lower and Upper Dolpo trek via a hard route that also brings us to Jomsom in the end.
Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek Via GHT Trail trek Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj overnight at Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Jumla (2370m)
Day 05: Jumla to Danphe Langa (3500m)
Day 06: Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m)
Day 07: Chauta to Dhotu (2380m)
Day 08: Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m)
Day 09: Acclimatization in Rara Lake
Day 10: Rara Lake to Lusa or Beyond (1875m)
Day 11: Beyond Lusa to Pulu 2257m (6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Pulu - Maila (2820m) 5hrs
Day 13: Maila to Chyarga La camp (4000m)
Day 14: Chyarga La camp to Chyarga La high Camp (4400m)
Day 15: Chyarga La high camp to Takla Khola (3500m) 5-6hrs
Day 16: Takla Khola to Yala La high camp (4500m) 8hrs
Day 17: Yala La high camp to Pung Kharka (4550m) 6hrs.
Day 18: Pung Kharka to Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp (4650m) 3hrs
Day 19: Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp to Phophagaon (4070m) 7-8 hours
Day 20: Phophagaon to ridge camp above Potalgaon (4400m 4.5hrs
Day 21: Ridge camp above Potalgaon to Bhijer (3850 meters 3.5hrs
Day 22: Rest Day at Bhijer (3850 meters)
Day 23: Bhijer - Shyamling Gompa - Den Khola (4500m) 5-6 hours
Day 24: Den Khola - Shey Gompa (4390m) 3hrs
Day 25: Rest day at Shey Gumpa (4390 meters)
Day 26: Cross Sela Bhanjyang (5075 meters) and trek to Namgung. (4430 meters)
Day 27: Trek to Saldang. (3980 meters)
Day 28: Trek to Khoma Gaon. (4100 meters)
Day 29: Trek to Mendo. (4000 meters)
Day 30: Trek to Tinje Gaon. (4110 meters)
Day 31: Trek to Rapka. (4535 meters)
Day 32: Cross Chharka La (5030 meters) and trek to Chharka. (4110 meters)
Day 33: Acclimatization day
Day 34: Trek to Norbulung. (4750 meters)
Day 35: Trek MulumSumna. (4900 meters)
Day 36: Cross Niwar Pass (5500 meters) and Sangda La (5150 meters), and trek to Sangda Phedi. (4220 meters)
Day 37: Trek to Sangda village (3710 meters)
Day 38: Trek to Kagbeni. (2800 meters)
Day 39: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters)
Day 40: Fly to Pokhara (822 meters)
Day 41: Flight to Kathmandu (1335 meters)
Day 42: Departure
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
After breakfast drive to KTM airport and take a flight to Nepalgunj.
Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m) we take flight to Jumla from Nepalgunj meet our team at Jumla.
Following the main street of Jumla, passing throw Jumla Bazar. After a long climb the trail passes through Sisnamul (2830m) entering a forest of big trees to Chere (3010m) which is a large horse and sheep pasture. From Chere the trail becomes steeper and climbs through meadows to Danphe Lagna offering the views of Patrasi Himal (6860m) and Jagdula Himal (5785m). The trail descends gently through a forest of spruces, birches and rhododendron and reaches Danphe Lagna.
Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m) Descending steeply through the forest of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo the trail comes to Hiran Duski (2840m) and then Sinja Khola. Crossing the bridge the trail follows to Nyawre (2660m). From here the trail leaves the river and starts climbing to Kabra. The steep climb proceeds to Bhara (2920m) which is a classical Tibetan village and descends to the village of Chautha.
Chauta to Dhotu (2380m) the trail follows the uphill way crossing some fields at Chante Chaur (2940m) and climbs to Bhulbule, the Rara National park entrance station (3130m). From here, climbing gently you get to Ghurchi Lagna (3450m). From here you can observe views of Mugue Karnali River and the snowy peaks bordering Tibet. Then the trail descends through a spruce forest leading to Pina (2400m). Following the direct trail to Rara Lake through pine forest passing Jhyari Khola at 2400m you reach to the small settlement of Dhotu over night at Camp.
Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m) Crossing a stream and making a steep climb to the village through a cedar forest to a huge meadow you can see excellent views of Rara Lake. Descending a short distance you reach Rara Lake Over night at Camp.
Acclimatization in Rara Lake After having breakfast you can visit all around Rara Lake which is almost 13km. In Rara Lake there found otter and different kinds of fish. This region is full of birds, flowers and wild animals over night at Camp.
After breakfast trek lead us about an hour through pines and juniper to reach the lip of the valley then descend quite steeply on a dusty track to Gamgadhi (2074m), stretching down a long ridge above the Mugu Karnali river. Continue down a very steep zig zag track to a swing bridge over a side valley east of Gamgadhi, at 1752m the hot lowest point on this trek, then climb to the lower unused road that goes to Mugu village and eventually Tibet and finally arrived at beautiful campsite Just before Lusa Over night at Camp.
Trek start Leave early to enjoy the cool of the day, traversing up and down on a road and then on a stepped path, staying on the true left of the cloudy Mugu-Karnali River which drains glaciers from Tibet via Mugu. Walking up and down, passing bridges, villages, fields Riusa where it is possible to cross to the true right on a local bridge or continue to cross a new metal swing bridge. More hot and dry trekking up and down follows until arriving in Pulu Over night at Camp.
After breakfast trek lead us usual day’s stage towards Mugu village turnoff right onto the GHT high route. Walking continue river bank of Mugu Karnali, and cross the Mugu Karnali finally lead us to Maila Over night at Camp.
A narrow forest track leads up the gorge to the right after the Maila through black walnut and pines with the Chham Khola raging on your left and sheer cliffs above red in the rising sun. Take the second local bridge to the true right and climb steeply over endless large rockfalls into autumn broadleaf forest and dwarf rhododendrons without the common cinnamon-honey scent.
Walking a crude bridge to the true left over the gin-clear stream and climb cairn marking a river crossing back to the true right. Camping is just over the rim, an open grassy campsite finally above the treeline with glaciers above and a huge amphitheatre that dwarfs the tents. We called this delightful place Chyarga La camp (4000m) and is just above Thajuchaur (4050m) as shown on some maps. Over night at Camp.
For acclimatization reasons we took an easy day here and simply moved to a higher camp after lunch, a very pleasant walk through native grassland free of weeds and not grazed by yaks or even by wildlife. Seekers of the highly lucrative aphrodisiac yarsagumba had been here during the monsoon and may have shot out the wildlife but even choughs were not in evidence. There were small burrows under tussocks used by some seed-eating rodent, to judge from the weasel scats full of brown hair, and flocks of small grass-seed-eating birds but otherwise the country was strangely empty and silent despite the presence of adequate water. The Chyarga La high camp (4400m) was a sunny sheltered nook among tussocks and boulders with marvellous snow and mountain views all around. A short acclimatisation walk to 4650m and dozing in the sun were all the activities available but the night was very cold, a just waning moon making the frost sparkle. Over night at Camp.
The first 5000m pass of many to come was a straightforward climb of 750m on grass, keeping left against the cliffs, and then across a slope of large rocks to the line of chortens and prayer flags marking Chyarga La (5150m). Keep an eye out for Tibetan snowcocks. A marvelous view of unknown snow peaks and domes to the north along the border with Tibet. This pass marks entry into the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Descend steeply on a rockslide then down valley past a small lake to enter beautiful autumn birch forest shedding leaves. Traverse above the stream, noting that the tree-filled gash in the cliffs below willbe the path ahead on the morrow, and then eventually come down into an enchanted glade of pines and white birch. The Takla Khola (3500m) itself, coming from the north, is a murky glacial stream from Tibet Over night at Camp.
This is a long and tiring day. There is a solid local bridge 15-20mins downstream that may have ice on it, bear left then climb steeply through briars on loose rocks up the white birch-filled gully above and traverse for 2.5hrs to chortens at 4300m. Descending to traverse open grasslands with some cliff descents and great views back to the Kanjiroba massif and across the valley to autumn birch forests. Descend in increasingly prickly subalpine scrub towards the Chyandi Khola. Cross the Chysandi Khola if at all possible so as to remain on the true left and start a slow rocky scramble on a track with short sharp climbs above the Chyandi Khola, pretty but rough through birch forest and huge boulders until emerging above the treeline grassy Yala La high camp is just over the lip of the valley. Over night at Camp
This is one of the most scenic days of the GHT high route, with a sense of space and remoteness that we have never experienced elsewhere in Nepal. Continue up valley on a gentle grassy track on old moraines, crossing one stream which may delay you with ice. Good views of a glacial snow dome to the left and of the long yellow valley of ungrazed grass unspooling behind. Climb on slippery exposed shale all dipping band to the narrow cairn-encrusted Yala La (5414m).The desolate valley beyond was like a coffee swirl of earthy colors, with the snow dome above a scoop of icecream, very pretty. The views reach right along the Tibetan border with the obvious snow dome to the north identified as Yala Khang, part of the Palchung Hamga Himal. Allow time to appreciate the marvelous earthy colours and jumble of mountains above then descend on loose shale to a small spring. Drop through untracked snowgrass tussocks, steep and greasy at times, to the braided river in the flat valley floor below then enjoy the level walking to a lonely campsite at Pung Kharka (4550m) past or before an unusual gravel glacier front with waves of advances and retreats preserved in stone. Over night at Camp.
A lazy day as the landscape seemed to demand time for it to soak in and some recovery was needed from the last two hard days. Descend the valley through various braided streams, many frozen, aiming to settle on the true right and staying low as the valley narrows and the deeply incised cliffs rise around you. Further progress is blocked by a shale bluff, climb the bluff with some difficulty and continue up the narrow limestone gully to the southwest. Some tent platforms were hacked out where water briefly appears and disappears in the stream, Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp (4650m) was made then it was time to sit in the sun. Over night at Camp.
This will be one of the best mountain days you will have during the entire trip. Walking all above 5000m in perfect weather and with views from Nepal to Tibet is the highlight of the trip. Climb steadily over limestone scree hummocks in the early morning shadows, with grass in places, and then make a final steeper zig zag through rocks to the classic notch of Nyingma Gyanzen La 5563m. Beyond is the Kanjiroba range in all its complexity and a labyrinth of valleys. The Kanjiroba range was surveyed in the 1960s by Scotsman John Tyson. Make a climbing traverse left on loose scree to the actual ridge and climb to the beflagged highest point at 5564m, then commence a long up and down traverse with deep views to the right and long views across wild mountains into Tibet. Look out for the remote village Kuwagaon way below left. The panorama stretches from Mustang, Manaslu, Tilicho, Nilgiri, the Annapurnas, Dhampus and Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Puthong and the separate peaks of Chaganath. The ridge starts to open out into classic more rounded Dolpo landscapes, tortured rock and a wide palate of earth colours from white to dark red until finally a large chorten is reached from which a view below of the first village in 7 days can be gained. Drop on a dry and stony ball-bearing track to Phophagaon (4070m) Over night at Camp.
Descend to the Tora Khola in 1.5hrs, cross it on a hoary cantilever bridge reflecting on the lack of trees to build such a structure, Continue through thorny scrub up to a shelf shown as Potalgaon (4070m; Pho Kharka) with ruins of houses abandoned for a generation as there is no water except in the monsoon. Continue southwards to the left of the red cliffs above towards a pass on the right shoulder. A thorny ridge camp above Potalgaon (4400m) provided two campsites right on the path adjacent to water down to the right, with views back over the Nyingma Ganzen ridge and Pho Over night at Camp.
Continue climbing through red autumn thorn bushes to Yambur La (4865m) under the beautiful cliffs of Yambur Danda (5485m) and start a long dry and very thorny traverse to above Bhijer. Descend slowly on dry marbles with gentian violets in season to camp by the welcome Phulak Khola in the surprisingly large and active village of Bhijer (3850m) dominated by a dark red gompa and surrounded by extensive barley fields. This is classic grey-brown rounded Dolpo landscape Over night at Camp.
The highlight of the day was a visit to the Vijer Bonpo Chakhang Monastery (also called “Nesar Temple in Bicher”) downstream in the older part of the village. Snellgrove in 1956. Amazing gompa with its unique and world famous illustrated manuscripts and carved book covers dating from the 11-16th century. This library of 642 volumes spanning the 11-16th centuries had been hidden behind a sealed wall but was opened to researchers in 2000 and has since been fully digitized. It forms the core of Hidden Treasures of the Himalayas by Amy Heller (Serindia Publications, Chicago USA 2009 The fluid illustrated figures, living colours and flowing Tibetan calligraphy were fascinating, illuminating the perfection of wisdom Over night at Camp.
Leave Bhijer by the gully to the right of the dark red gompa, then take a track to the right towards a stupa overlooking Bhijer. Continue gently upwards to a shallow saddle then traverse left until a ridge gives the surprising view below of Shyamling Gompa (Samling Monastery, 4163m) set over a deep valley with a ring of mountains beyond. The complex includes the 738 year old main gompa and a subsidiary gompa (both restored 30 years ago so not very ancient inside).
After visiting Shyamling Gompa Climb steeply above the complex tending left to a visible skyline chorten, then follow the ridge east to join the main trail from Bhijer at the flagged pass (Tora La?) at 4500m. There are broad views right back to the Nyingma Gyanzen ridge over vast deserts of rock and scree and the canyons below are frightening in their savage remoteness. The fluted face of Kanjiroba Himal (6612m) rises above the grey-brown hills. There is an exposed scree traverse to another pass ~4700m and yet another. Descend steeply to a small kharka with rings of stones and access to Den Khola (4500m) that provides water for a remote camping site. Over night at Camp.
Traverse under a high summer village and climb 300m of the mountain to the right, trending right around the shoulder then make a climbing traverse with views across a deep canyon to the 800 year old Tsakhang hermitage, a spectacular meditation retreat for monks from Shey Gompa. There are also good views of the even more remote Gamoche Gomba on the circuit around Crystal Mountain. The Nandalo La which accesses Ringmo and Phuksundo Lake can be seen in the distance to the left of Crystal Mountain (5566m). Climb again to about 4800m then descend and traverse deeply to the left until finally Shey Gompa (4390m) Over night at Camp.
Enjoying the frolicking marmots and the Turkoman hill pigeons whirling. The must-see destination is a 1-2hr climb to the 800 year old Tsakhang Gompa, spectacularly sited above the gorge on the true left of the Sephu Khola. At Tsakhang there is a sacred spring beside several ancient buildings hugging the ochre cliffs, with fine views of Crystal Mountain. Tsakhang Gompa is used for long winter retreats and appears to be under the wing of a Thailand monastery which is training lamas and maintaining the building. Over night at Camp.
Another early start and a long steep climb to the top of Sela Bhanjyang is rewarded with views of Mustang Valley and mountains of Tibet and the Kanjiroba Range. A drop again leads to a river and a more easy terrain in afternoon finally leads to Namgung. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
A steep climb for the most of morning ends at Saldang. Saldang is one of biggest settlements of the region. Ironically, this one of the most remote village of country is home to one of the biggest star of the country. Saldang is home of Thinle, the main character of the academy award nominated movie ‘Himalaya’. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
The day starts with a climb and changes into a descent later in the morning as the trail drops once again to a river. Afternoon walk is similar as the trek first climbs to Khoma La (4565 meters) and then drops down to Khoma Gaon. Gaon in Nepali means village. (6-7 hours)
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The trail drops to the river and follows the river for most part of the day. Yet another drop follows a climb to a top of a ridge and ends at a green valley of Shimen. A brief walk after Shimen leads to Mendo. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
The trek continues to follow the river towards south and passes through small villages, chortens and mane walls before reaching Tinje Gaon. The village was also one of the major points of ancient Tibetan trade route. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
An easy trail in the morning starts the trek and continues to head south of the valley. Later in the day, the trail starts to undulate and passes through narrow gulleys before reaching the wide valleys of Rapka. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
Another early start and yet another pass makes the day one of the longer days of trek. After crossing Chharkha La, a long descent finally ends at Chharka. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
The day can be used as rest day to prepare for the final few passes of the trek. (Overnight at Camp) or make side trip around Chharka Bhot.
The trail undulates and many rivers are crossed on suspension bridges throughout the day towards the south of the valley. The trek keeps heading south of valley for most of the latter stages of trek. A final climb leads to Norbulung ending the day. (3 to 4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
Once again the trek starts to gain elevation as the trek now enters the final stages. Few passes separates Dolpo region from Kali Gandaki Valley and Sangda La is one of them. The day’s trek ends at the Mulum sumna (3 to 4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
The day to Sangda Phedi includes crossing of two passes and is one of the hardest day of the trek. The trail climbs up Niwar Pass (5320 meters) and then crosses Sangda La and offers stunning views of the valleys in front for all the hard work. Long descent finally ends at Sangda Phedi. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
The trek enters into descent mode and passes several small rivers throughout the day. More mountains of Kali Gandaki Valley starts to open up near Lower Sangda and the region also have huge number of Blue Sheeps.(Trek about 6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
A small ascent in the morning soon turns into gradual drop and turns steeper with the day. These final descents also provides the view of Kali Gandaki Valley continuing descending to Kali Gandaki and cross the suspension bridge take us finally at Kagbeni village. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
The trek now continues on the dusty secondary roads following the river south towards Jomsom. Jomsom is administrative headquarters of Mustand and is a busy town and marks the end of adventure. (4 hours)
Morning taking Short Mountain flight to Pokhara, Pokhara is lake city one of the nice place to relaxes after such a heavy trek, check in Hotel Pokhara and free day at Pokhara stay overnight at Pokhara.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Airport for take short flight to Kathmandu, receive in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel, Evening cultural dinner stay overnight at Kathmandu.
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This was our fifth trek with Visit Himalaya Treks, the hardest and longest at 40 days, and it was very professionally organized by a friendly and obliging team. We have been 18 times to Nepal but never to such a wild and uninhabitable country, we had never seen a snow leopard up close, and we had never enjoyed the wilderness so much. We lost track of how many 5000m passes we went over (the maps, where we had them, were no use) and lived on dalbhat ingredients bought as we went along in the few villages we encountered. It was a unique and fantastic experience (google Nepal-Dolpo-track notes for free track notes) made possible only by the skill and experience of the team, all of whom worked happily to give us the trip of a lifetime, again. Thanks to Issu Rai, Mingma Bhote, Dawa Bhote, Jamling Bhote, Sambhu Tamang, and his twin Ramesh Tamang who all worked extraordinarily hard and well together, and to Himal Tamang for organizing it so professionally. Howard and Sue Dengate. From - Australia.
Jumla to Rara Lake then GHT High Route to Upper Dolpo and Jomsom Trek note.
Highly recommended especially for long off-the-beaten-track treks
I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks, especially if you are planning a longer off-the-beaten-track trek in which they specialize.
My wife and I did two treks of one month each with them in October and November of 2017.
The first trek was a 30-day fully organized trek from Jumla to Jomson via Rara Lake and the Upper Dolpo. This was a very remote trek where we met a few other foreign tourists. You pass through very isolated and traditional Tibetan villages and there is a week-long section in the middle where there is nothing other than the occasional shepherd hut. Much of the trek is above 4000m and you pass a total of 6 passes over 5000m (none of them technical or particularly difficult). Visit Himalaya Treks organized everything perfectly. Due to the remote nature of this trek, you need to be completely self-sufficient. They provided a guide (Ishwar) who spoke perfect English, a cook (Shambu) who was eagerly learning English, four porters (augmented with two additional locally hired porters for a small section that was too rough for the mules to pass), a horseman, 6 mules, and one horse. There was a dining tent, a cooking tent, a toilet tent, a sleeping tent, and a spare sleeping tent. All the equipment was of good quality. We chose to bring our own -30C sleeping bags. The service was exemplary and super friendly. The food was fantastic: it was plentiful and very varied. We never ate the same thing twice and on my wife's birthday, the cook even baked a birthday cake with candles and frosting at 5000m!
We planned this trek from the Netherlands. We wanted to use a local Nepali agency. It is not easy to find a trustworthy agency remotely. We contacted many and it quickly became clear that most trekking agencies have actually never done this remote trek (although they falsely claim they have). We stumbled on Visit Himalaya Treks through a blog post and organized a Skype video call with Himal, the owner. In this call and in many follow-up emails he promptly and clearly answered every question, and it became clear that his staff had actually done this trek multiple times before. Furthermore, he was very flexible in terms of accommodating our specific requests (e.g. we prefer to make long days rather than end the day early). During the trek the guide Ishwar delivered on the promise of flexibility: if we wanted to adjust the itinerary along the way (longer days, shorter days, different stops, ...) he always found a way to adjust the itinerary to make it work.
The second trek was on the opposite side of the spectrum: a 27-day teahouse trek following the Manaslu circuit, the Tsum Valley, the Nar-Phu Valley, and exiting over the Thorung-La pass to Jomsom again. Since there are teahouses along the entire trek we only brought a mandatory guide (Ishwar again) and we chose to bring one porter (Shambu, the cook from the first trek, who also doubled as a cook again when he thought the cooking of the teahouses was not up to his high standards). The price quote from Visit Himalaya Treks included everything (lodging and all meals). Unlike people who traveled with other agencies, we were not nickeled and dimed. In every town where we stopped we were free to choose any lodge we liked and we could pick anything from the menu. The only thing we had to pay for ourselves was alcoholic drinks, hot showers, and boiled water (we chose to drink only boiled water).
We had an absolutely fantastic experience with Visit Himalaya Treks and I would recommend the without any reservations whatsoever.
Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) and Upper Dolpo: Jumla to Jomsom Trek story
Our Trek Photos – GHT and Upper Dolpo (Nepal, September October 2017)
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An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in this trek we will supply most of the foods from nearest store and remaining foods we buy from Locals that mean most of the time we served vegetarian food as well and our camping cook and guide will take care as well.
We use standard quality of (Camping Gears) like Clients tents (3 men tents for couple and two men tent for single), dining tents, Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, staff tend thick mattress, etc. Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek. You will also be requested to have the proper gear for your personal use which will be suggested while confirming the trip.
While during the camping trek it is really difficult to find the place to charge gadget somehow we will manage to charge if we stay close by village otherwise we have to take the portable solar panel to carry with us and charge our gadgets.
Now a day’s most of the areas has been covered by cell phone network connection. However, in this trek, we always send satellite phones along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.
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