Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek 2016 - page 1
A one month trek across one of the most remote regions of Nepal. The route differs from the usual Upper Dolpo treks in that we continued along a less travelled route along the Tibetan border to reach Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang before descending to Jomsom and flying back to Kathmandu.
We chose to do this trip in November. Although it is often considered to be a bit too late in the year it has the advantage of offering very stable, dry weather and generally snow free trails. The disadvantages compared to travelling earlier in the year is that days are short, temperatures lower (which also makes crossing freezing rivers difficult) and all is very dry and barren.
For the best part of the trek there is no accommodation and it is nearly impossible to resupply with food or fuel. There is no electricity, river water is often frozen or near freezing. Mobile phones do not work anywhere and the nearest roads are many days walk away . This trip can only be done in full expedition style.
The first page below shows the first 5 days of the route. These are at relatively low altitude (between 2100 and 3750 m) in a region that still gets a fair amount of monsoon rainfall and is therefore quite green and with a few villages.