Western Great Himalaya Trail, Dolpo Mustang

Trek from Rara Lake in western Nepal over the Great Himalaya Trail high route to Bhijer, Shey Phomsumdo and down to Jomsom.

THIS IS A RIGOROUS ROUTE IN A REMOTE LOCATION SO YOU MUST HAVE SOME PRIOR TREKKING OR BACKPACKING EXPERIENCE. WE WILL BE CROSSING SEVEN 5000 METER PASSES.

Background: I have trekked x15 years in Nepal and Indian Himalaya, accompanying my friend Robin Boustead in mapping and exploring the Great Himalaya Trail. However, I haven’t had a chance to do this last section. I’m looking for companion(s) to share the adventure.

I’ve arranged the trip with my friend Pema Tshiri Sherpa – who accompanied Robin and I on the rest of the GHT and is the only Nepali sherpa to have done the whole Nepal GHT. The cost is high because of permits, but it’s the best cost we can come up with. (I won’t make any $$ on this – I just want Pema will make a little).

There is a chance cost might be slightly less if Nepal government decides to encourage trekking post-earthquake. Note: this area was NOT affected by earthquake.

You may notice I’m 65 years old. In case you worry I am too old: I’ve been hiking the Sierra Nevada all summer to be sure I’m in shape for this, and will be leading a trek in the Khumbu (Gokyo region) right before this for Yeti Mountain Homes, so I’ll be acclimatized. That being said, although I’m a fast hiker for my age, I’d be a little slow for a 20-30 year old. But we’ll be hiking with a good crew (most of whom I’ve trekked with before), so we can each go at our own rate.

You can get more information about me at www.zenqigong.com, and about this trek at http://www.zenqigong.com/GHT/

Day Route and end of day elev (ft)
1 Rara – Gamgadhi 9875
2 Gamgadhi – Mangri 6873
3 Mangri – Tiyar 6398
4 Tiyar – Shilenchaura Kharka 7933
5 Shilenchaura Kharka – Thajuhaur 9662
6 Thajuhaur-Chyarga La (16896( -Takla Khola 13287
7 REST
8 Takla Khola – Chyandi Khola 12418
9 Chyandi Khola – Yala La (17762) – Pung Kharka 15846
10 Pung Kharka – Nyingma Gyanzen La (18251)- Pho 15256
11 REST
12 Pho – Yambur La (15791) – Bhijer 13409
13 REST
14 Bhijer – Shey 12631
15 Shey – Nagdala La (17552) – Pass Camp 14249
16 Pass Camp – Phoksumdo 15476
17 Phoksumdo Khola – Ringmo 11909
18 Ringmo – Temche (Bagala La BC) 11946
19 Temche – Bagala la (16959) – Danigar 13107
20 REST
21 Danigar – Numala La (17418) – Tokyu 14803
22 Tokyu – Dho Tarap 13911
23 Dho Tarap – Maran 12940
24 Maran – Chan La (17644) – Chap Chu 14272
25 Chap Chu – Charka Bhot 14173
26 Charka Bhot – Nulungsunda Kharka 14114
27 Nulungsunda Kharka – Niwas La (16798) – Ghalden Ghuldun 16362
28 Ghalden Ghuldun – Santa 13934
29 Santa – Bhima Lojun La (14633) – Yak Kharka 12392
30 Yak Kharka – Kagbeni 11411
31 Kagbeni – Jomsom 9219

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  1. Please let me know if this trip is still on. I am currently in Kathmandu and quite interested.