GHT High Route Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek is essentially a combination of four amazing individual treks that can be enjoyed separately or joined together for an epic adventure: Rara Lake, Upper Dolpo, Lower Mustang and the Upper Great Himalaya Trail. The rewards are a challenging trek, remote valleys and villages, Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture, and amazing camping spots.
Highlights of the GHT High Route Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek
This is a challenging trek, and best suited to people who have plenty of experience trekking in Nepal. There are several 5000m+ passes that need to be crossed, so your fitness level should be very high before attempting this trek.
GHT High Route Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek Route Followed
Begin the trek in Jumla, which can only be reached by a flight from Nepalgunj, on the Western Terai. On the first day, after leaving Jumla, you will cross the first pass of the trip—but definitely not the last!
After a couple of days, reach Rara Lake, a beautiful blue lake surrounded by forests and with the high mountains in the distance. Continue deeper into the mountains, and leave your porter donkeys behind, as they can’t manage the mountainous terrain.
Once you ascend above 4000m, the trekking days become shorter, as it’s not safe to climb too high, too fast. The first high pass is Chargya La (5146m), at the top of which you’ll be able to see views of Tibet and snow-capped mountains of the Kanjiroba Range. You’ll need to cross a few more passes on this trek, including the highest, NyingmaGyanzen La (5557m).
You’ll get the chance to stop in lovely villages, such as Bhijer, and visit a Bon Monastery. While Bon is a religion that predates Buddhism, it is recognized as a sect of Buddhism now, and the lifestyle of Bon people resembles that of Tibetan Buddhism. You can also visit SheyGompa, or the Crystal Monastery made famous by its portrayal in Peter Matthiessen’s classic work of travel literature, The Snow Leopard.
Later in the trek, you’ll enjoy views of the Dhaulagiri Range, the Annapurnas, and Tilicho Peak. Cross the BhimaLojun Pass down into Jomsom, in Lower Mustang. This area, though remote itself, will seem quite lively and developed after Dolpo!
This is a very remote region, and camping is the only option for much of the way. Campsites will be selected according to altitude, water source availability, and of course the beautiful views.
GHT High Route Rara Lake Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek Short 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: Rara Lake to Lusa or Beyond (1875m).
Day 10: Beyond Lusa to Pulu 2257m (6-7 hrs).
Day 11: Pulu – Maila (2820m) 5hrs.
Day 12: Maila to Chyarga La camp (4000m).
Day 13: Chyarga La camp to Chyarga La high Camp (4400m).
Day 14: Chyarga La high camp to Takla Khola (3500m) 5-6hrs.
Day 15: Takla Khola to Yala La high camp (4500m) 8hrs.
Day 16: Yala La high camp to Pung Kharka (4550m) 6hrs.
Day 17: Pung Kharka to Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp (4650m) 3hrs.
Day 18: Nyingma Gyanzen La high camp to Phophagaon (4070m) 7-8 hours.
Day 19: Phophagaon to ridge camp above Potalgaon (4400m 4.5hrs.
Day 20: Ridge camp above Potalgaon to Bhijer 3.5hrs.
Day 21: Bhijer REST DAY.
Day 22: Bhijer – Shyamling Gompa – Den Khola (4500m) 5-6 hours.
Day 23: Den Khola – Shey Gompa (4390m) 3hrs.
Day 24: Rest day at Shey Gompa.
Day 25: Cross Sela Bhanjyang (5075 meters) and trek to Namgung. (4430 meters).
Day 26: Trek to Saldang. (3980 meters).
Day 27: Trek to Khoma Gaon. (4100 meters).
Day 28: Trek to Mendo. (4000 meters).
Day 29: Trek to Tinje Gaon. (4110 meters).
Day 30: Trek to Rapka. (4535 meters).
Day 31: Cross Chharka La (5030 meters) and trek to Chharka. (4110 meters).
Day 32: Acclimatization Day.
Day 33: Trek to Norbulung. (4750 meters).
Day 34: Trek to bottom of Sangda La. (4800 meters).
Day 35: Cross Niwar Pass (5130 meters) and Sangda La (5300 meters), and trek to Sangda Phedi. (5100 meters).
Day 36: Trek to Lower Sangda. (3710 meters).
Day 37: Trek to Dhagarjun. (3210 meters).
Day 38: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters).
Day 39: Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Day 40: Departure.
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|Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on 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:|
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