A JOURNEY TO NEPAL’S UNDISCOVERED PEAKS, REMOTE HIGH PASSES AND HIDDEN VALLEYS
▪ Travel into the Mukot Himal opened in 2015
▪ Remote and unexplored trekking route
▪ Experience pure Tibetan Culture
▪ Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries
▪ Spectacular Himalayan mountain views
▪ The Hidden Valley beneath Dhaulagiri
▪ Cross the Mulung Pass at 18,780 feet
On September 15, 2018, we are offering a unique journey into a remote region of northwestern Nepal. The secluded Mukot Himal, situated in a little-known corner of eastern Dolpo, opened to foreign travel for the first time ever in 2015. For those looking to get off the beaten path and become some of the first trekkers to enter an obscure corner of the Himalayas, this is most definitely the trip for you!
There are not many recently opened and little-traveled regions remaining in the Himalayas, but the Mukot Himal in the northern reaches of Nepal’s Wild West is certainly among them. Tucked beneath the snow-capped giants of Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak and the 8,000 meter Mount Dhaulagiri, the Mukut region remains an undiscovered gem in Nepal’s trekking crown. The diversity in scenery, interaction with locals, ability to immerse ourselves in pure Tibetan culture and opportunity to walk where few have before us, will surely make this a truly incredible Himalayan walking experience.
Our new Dolpo to Mustang Trekking Traverse will be run as a true exploratory journey. We will literally be writing our itinerary as we go! Our objective will be to complete a unique and little-traveled traverse connecting the culturally rich region of Dolpo over to Mustang by way of the newly-opened Mukot Himal and the spectacular Dhaulagiri Massif. This incredible mountain range consists of the world’s seventh highest mountain, Dhaulagiri at 26,795 feet / 8,167 meters, and its 7,000 plus meter neighbors of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Dhaulagiri IV, and Dhaulagiri V.
The Dolpo region was made famous by Peter Matthiessen who, thirty five years ago, wrote The Snow Leopard, one of the most acclaimed nature travel books ever written. This novel takes us back to Matthiessen’s peaceful and spiritual journey accompanied by zoologist George Schaller, as they search for the elusive snow leopard of the Himalaya.
The trek is both a cultural journey and Himalayan exploration ripe with pristine mountain vistas, high pass crossings and adventurous, challenging territory. For 16 days, travelers walk through one of “the last enclaves of pure Tibetan culture on earth” into the heart of the least developed district in Nepal. This committing and physically demanding trek crosses five 5000-meter (16,500 foot plus) passes and maintains camp primarily above 10,000 feet. It provides access to centuries-old monasteries and gompas rarely seen by Western eyes, some that even predate the Buddhist religion so devoutly celebrated throughout the region.
The new Dolpo to Mustang Traverse is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series. These “gourmet” trips represent the ultimate trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range.
Day 1: Welcome to the kingdom of Nepal & the Himalayas! Arrive in Kathmandu. 4,265 feet. Hotel.
Day 2: In Kathmandu for sightseeing. Hotel.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj. Hotel.
Day 4: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai (7,052 feet / 2,150 meters). 2 to 3 hour trek. 7 miles.
Day 5: Trek to Tarakot (8,860 feet / 2,700 meters). 6 to 7 hour trek. 11 miles.
Day 6: Trek to Masi Khola Camp (9,500 feet / 2,895 meters). 5 to 6 hour trek. 10 miles.
Day 7: Trek to Kakkot Gaon. (10,775 feet / 3,285 meters). 4 to 5 hour trek. 7 miles.
Day 8: Trek to Gharegaon Camp. (13,185 feet / 4,020 meters). 4 to 5 hour trek. 6 miles.
Day 9: Trek to Terang Gaon Camp. (11,250 feet / 3,430 meters). 6 hour trek. 9 miles.
Day 10: Trek to Mukot Village. (13,195 feet / 4,022 meters). 5 to 6 hour trek. 6 miles.
Day 11: Trek to Neni Goth. (15,575 feet / 4,748 meters). 6 hour trek. 5 miles.
Day 12: Rest day at Neni Goth Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Mukot West Base Camp. (16,055 feet / 4,895 meters). 3 hour trek. 2 miles.
Day 14: A well earned and needed rest and acclimatization day.
Day 15: Trek to Mu La Tal Camp. (17,502 feet / 5,336 meters). 6 to 7 hour trek.
Day 16: Cross the Mulung La Pass (18,780 feet / 5,725 meters). 5 to 6 hour trek. 8 miles.
Day 17: Trek to Gowa Phedi Camp.
Day 18: Trek to Sangda Kharka Camp. (13,940 feet / 4,250 meters). 6 to 7 hour trek. 6 miles.
Day 19: Trek to Kagbeni Village and drive to Jomsom. 6 to 7 hour trek. 6 miles.
Day 20: Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 22: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.