Highlights of the Treks
- Visit biggest lake of Nepal’s Rara Lake
- Trek to Upper GHT trail connecting to Dolpo
- Trek high and arid valley of upper Dolpo
- Breathtaking views of the western Himalayas
Rara Upper Dolpo Trek Via GHT Trail is challenging wilderness treks in Nepal connecting Rara Lake to Upper Dolpo via upper Great Himalayan trail.
Rara Upper Dolpo Trek Via GHT Trail Trip Highlight.
Visit biggest lake of Nepal’s Rara Lake and explores the beauty of nature around Rara Lake.
Trek to Upper GHT trail connecting to upper Dolpo crossing Nyingma Gyanzen La pass 5400m.
Trek high and arid valley of upper Dolpo pure off the beaten trek in the high Himalayan zone.
Breathtaking views of the western Himalayas Kanjiroba, Shey Gumpa monastery and Phoskundo Lake.
Rara Lake Upper Dolpo 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 in from Jumla via Rara Lake to 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 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, north-west of Mt Dhaulagiri and straddling the Himalayas. Upper Dolpo is one of the highest permanently inhabited region 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, the stunning blue enamel of Phoksundo Lake, 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 in high altitude about two weeks, explore very remote village of Phophagaon, Potalgaon, Bhijer, remote and ancient Shyamling Gompa, Shey Gompa, views of mount Kanjiroba and enamel Lake of the Phoksundo Lake are the trip highlights.
Trek to Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Trek GHT trail will require full of trekking experience because of this four weeks wilderness trek involves in high altitude. Visit Himalaya Treks is one of the pioneer companies for Rara Lake to Dolpo via following the upper GHT trail trekking with full support of experience team, high quality of gears which is really necessary for such a high trip in the remote Himalayan treks. Best time to trek Rara Upper Dolpo Trek via GHT trail is month of August to October in autumn season and late April to June in the perfect time in spring. Full of details information about Rara Lake to upper Dolpo via GHT Trail go through the link.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters).
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. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half 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. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by Flight Over night at Nepalgunj O/N Hotel.
- Day 04: Fly to Jumla (2370m).
Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m) we take flight to Jumla from Nepalgunj over night Jumla at Camp.
- Day 05: Jumla to Danphe Langa (3500m).
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 Over night at Camp.
- Day 06: Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m).
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 Over night at Camp.
- Day 07: Chauta to Dhotu (2380m).
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.
- Day 08: Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m).
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.
- Day 09: Acclimatization in Rara Lake.
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.
- Day 10: Rara Lake to Lusa or Beyond (1875m)
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.
- Day 11: Beyond Lusa to Pulu 2257m (6-7 hrs)
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.
- Day 12: Pulu - Maila (2820m) 5hrs
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.
- Day 13: Maila to Chyarga La camp (4000m).
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.
- Day 14: Chyarga La camp to Chyarga La high Camp (4400m)
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.
- Day 15: Chyarga La high camp to Takla Khola (3500m) 5-6hrs
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.
- Day 16: Takla Khola to Yala La high camp (4500m) 8hrs
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
- Day 17: Yala La high camp to Pung Kharka (4550m) 6hrs.
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.
- Day 18: Pung Kharka to Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp (4650m) 3hrs
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.
- Day 19: Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp to Phophagaon (4070m) 7-8 hours
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 5400m. 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.
- Day 20: Phophagaon to ridge camp above Potalgaon (4400m 4.5hrs
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.
- Day 21: Ridge camp above Potalgaon to Bhijer 3.5hrs
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.
- Day 22: Bhijer REST DAY
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.
- Day 23: Bhijer - Shyamling Gompa - Den Khola (4500m) 5-6 hours.
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.
- Day 24: Den Khola - Shey Gompa (4390m) 3hrs
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.
- Day 25: Rest day at Shey Gumpa
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.
- Day 26: Shey Gumpa to Snowfield Camp (4625m) 7hrs
Slowly and gradually, climb up to Kang La pass one of the many passes of the trek and descending continue toward to Snowfield Camp. The camp has been mentioned in the bestselling book of Peter Mathiesson, ‘The Snow Leopard’. The name Snowfield Camp to the campsite comes from the same book. (7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 27: Snowfield Camp to Ringmo Gaon. (3733m). 7hrs
The trek continues descending following the Phoksundo Khola to Ringmo Gaon (Phoksundo Lake). This day also marks the treks into the upper valley of Dolpo and provides a brief look into the wilderness and remoteness that waits in the valley ahead. The campsite at Ringmo Gaun. (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 28: Ringmo Gaon to Chhepka
After an insightful visit we leave Phoksundo and make our way towards Chhepka.The trail goes downhill through a narrow gorge of Suligad River. We pass Gurung and Tibetan villages surrounded by beautiful fields over night at Camp.
- Day 29: Chhepka- Juphal
Trek from Chhepka to Juphal takes about five hours. We trek along a gentle ascent path until we reach Raktang. On the way you come across forests covered by pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo and other natural vegetation rich in wildlife. After leaving Raktang, we go down steeply for a few hours till our trail moves along a flat land. En route we cross several terraces; villages rich in typical culture, check post and grass land. The trail comes down to Sulighad from where the trail goes straight up to Kalagauda. From Kalagauda the trail ascends towards Juphal Overnight at Camp.
- Day 30: Flight to Nepalganj – Kathmandu.
A long month holiday is nearly over now; we will take a flight to Nepalganj and continue connecting flight to Kathmandu transfer to Hotel over night at Kathmandu.
- Day 31: Free day at Kathmandu.
Free day at Kathmandu.
- Day 32: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- Airport arrival and departure service.
- Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) in Kathmandu on 3 star standard levels Hotel with breakfast.
- Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) nepalganj – with Breakfast
- Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Jumla & Juphal and Nepalganj - Kathmandu domestic airfare.
- Rara National Park & Shey-Phoksundo national park permits and Trekkers information management system (TIMS)
- Dolpo special permits (Upper dolpo special permits cost $500 for 10 days valid and after 10 days $50 per day which is includes on cost)
- Experience Government license holder trekking guide, cook and supporter porters.
- All necessary land transport for Cook staffs and porters.
- Tented Accommodation during the trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea coffee while on trek, serve by our trekking cook staffs.
- Dining tent, Table, chairs, toilet tent, and sleeping mattress.
- Accommodation, food, salary, and insurance, for Guide cook, staffs and Porters.
- All necessary cooking gear, cooking fuel, (we use kerosene for cook food on trek)
- If need down jacket, sleeping bag, walking pole, duffel bag, we will provide without cost.
- Medicine kit (first aid kit)
- Government taxes and service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. Mineral water, beer, coca cola, personal expenses as like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.
Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots, Trekking Socks
Waterproof (trousers / jacket)
Base layer shirts
Sunhat and Woolen hat
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips)
Head torch (spare bulb and batteries)
Water bottles 1 Litres
Antibacterial hand wash
Daypack (25-30 Liters)
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season (up to – 20ºC)
Personal First Aid Kit
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu.
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