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West Himalaya Treks

Jomsom Jumla Trek

Number of Days 26
Highest Point 5,378 meters (Chhan La Pass)
Trek Difficulty Strenuous
Accommodation Teahouse/Tent
Walking Time Approx 6 hrs per day
Starting Point Jomsom
Ending Point Jumla

Trip Highlights

  • Crossing of six 5,000-meter high passes
  • Bon, Tibetan Buddhism and Masta culture
  • Ancient monasteries and villages
  • Wild species like musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, marmot, snow leopard
  • Phoksundo Lake
  • Off-the beaten trails far from the madding crowd

Overview

Jomsom-Jumla Trek, a section of the Great Himalaya Trail that spans from Kanchanjunga in the east to Vyas Himal in the west, offers everything that an adventurous trekkers need: high passes, difficult terrains, rivers and rivulets, deep lakes and long waterfalls, lush vegetation, arid landscape, remote hinterlands, cultural attractions like Bon, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and what not. The trek begins from Jomsom in the Mustang region and ends at Jumla. This is a journey into wilderness. On most of the days, the only people you see is your trekking members and support staff. The trek is perfect for those who are fed up with the crowded trails and are looking for some hardcore walking far from the madding crowd.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal. Meet our representative at the airport and get transferred to your hotel. In the evening, meet your guide, check equipment and attend trek briefing.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Half-day sightseeing and fly to Pokhara - Hotel

After breakfast, your guide will take you for a site seeing in Kathmandu Valley. Visit Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. After lunch, get transferred to the airport for your flight to Pokhara.

O/N: Hotel
Day 3
Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

After early breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Jomsom. The early morning flight will offer you breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains from the comfort of your aircraft seat. The flight takes some 20 minutes. Upon arrival in Jomsom, meet your trekking support team. After early lunch, take a leisurely walk toward Kagbeni.

O/N: Lodge
Day 4
Trek to Yak Kharka – Tent – Approx 4-5 hrs

Your trek begins in earnest today. The trail is easy till Muktinath Temple. From the temple, however, the trail climbs southward. After crossing Kali Gandaki River, climb a series of steps to a grassy pleateau locally known as Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka translates into Nepali as pastureland for yaks. You crew will set up a camp here.

O/N: Tent
Day 5
Trek to Sangta via Bhima Lojun Pass (4460m) – Approx 7 hrs

Today, you will cross the first pass of your trek. It is going to be a challenging way as the trail is uphill once you leave the camp. After reaching Phalyak, continue walking westward until you reach Bhima Lojung Pass. Enjoy view of the pass and start descending toward Sangta. Packed lunch will be served for the lunch.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 7
Trek to Galdang Guldung – Approx 5-6 hrs

The trail today is on the gorge created by the river before the trail winds its way up to Jhansye (4195m). From here, the trail is easy as we cross a hillside. Once we cross the hillside, it makes a descent to Kyalunpa Khola and continue along its back to our campsite at Galdang Guldung.

O/N: Tent
Day 8
Trek to Maling Gompa via Jungben Pass and Niwa Pass – Approx 8 hrs -- Tent

Another long day, as you will be doing two 5,000 meter passes today. The first pass in Jungben Pass which offers magnificent views to the south of the Hidden Valley as well as Mt Dhaulagiri. Then, continue your walk toward Niwa Pass. From here, make a descent to Maling Gompa where your camp will be set up.

O/N: Tent
Day 9
Trek to Chharka Bhot – Approx 6-7 hrs

Continue your walk toward Chharka Bhot. The walk is easy in the alpineland. Chharka Bhot is a fortified village. People have been living here for centuries. Your camp will be set up near the village.

O/N: Tent
Day 10
Rest Day in Chharka Bhot

Take a well-earned and much-needed rest day today. Explore the village and experience the culture, tradition and lifestyle of the local people.

O/N: Tent
Day 11
Trek to Chhapchhu – Approx 6 hrs -- Tent

Head westward from the village and descend to Chharka Tulsi Khola. Walk along the river, criss-crossing it many times, and make a short climb. Descend again to a small brook and climb up a trails with stone steps. Another climb of about an hour from here will take you to your camp site at Chhap Chhu.

O/N: Tent
Day 12
Trek to Dho Tarap via Chan La Pass (5378m) – Approx 8 hrs

You will be crossing another high pass today. The trail to the pass is easy as you are not fully acclimatized. You will be rewarded with magnificent views of the arid landscape of Dolpa. After spending some time at the pass, descend on a winding trail to the valley below. From the valley, make a climb to a ridge above Sheru Khola. Continue walking till a chhorten. From there, descend to Tarpi Khola valley and to the village of Maran. Your destination, Dho Tarap, is only an hour’s walk from here.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 13
Explore Dho Tarap

Dho Tarap is a small valley comprising of three settlements of about 300 households and some 1,500 people. Dho is the main village. Tokyu, which lies slightly upstream at about 300 meters, has more or less the same number of households as Dho, while Lang is a small settlement of some 30 households. The main attraction is the Bon, Buddhism and Amchi tradition and philosophy. Visit Ribum Gompa nunnery and Regu chhorten.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 14
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) – Approx 7 hrs

Begin the day with a walk to Tokyu village. The trail passes through cultivated fields of barley, buckwheat and potato. From Tokyu village, it’s a steep climb toward the Numa La Base Camp. The trail offers fascinating view of the valley behind you. You camp is set up just below the Numa La Pass.

O/N: Tent
Day 15
Cross Numa La Pass (5190m) and camp at Phedi

Start early, as you are crossing a high pass today. The trail is very steep till the top of the pass. The view from the top, however, is rewarding. Enjoy views of surrounding valley as well as the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri massif as well as other snowcapped peaks far away. After enjoying the view, start your descent toward Phedi, which is located at the base of another high pass – Baga La, where your camp will be set up.

O/N: Tent
Day 16
Trek to Dajoktang/Yak Kharka (3860m) via Baga La Pass (5070m) – Approx 8 hrs

Like yesterday, start from your camp early, as you will be doing another high pass today. The trail, as expected, is steep as Bag La Pass is more or less of same height of Numa La Pass. The top provides breathtaking view of Mount Kanjiroba and other peaks. After spending some time at the top, start descending toward Dajoktang. Your camp will be set up either at Dajoktang or Yak Kharka.

O/N: Tent
Day 17
Trek to Ringmo

The walk is easy today. After leaving Yak Kharka, you enter a beautiful pine forest. The trail is mostly downhill. The breathtaking view of Phoksundo Lake will greet you before you reach Ringmo. Ringmo is a seasonal village of about 200 people. People here are mostly of Tibetan origin and follow Bon religion. Yak herding, trading and tourism are the main occupations of people living here.

O/N: Tent/Teahouse
Day 18
Explore Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake

You will get a rest day today to explore Ringmo Village and Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo Lake – one of the the largest in Nepal – is a spending turquoise water body. Suligad River, which joins Bheri, drains this lake. The river forms a magnificent waterfall of 167 meters below the village. Also visit a Bon temple just outside the Ringmo village.

O/N: Tent/Teahouse
Day 19
Trek to Chhepka – Teahouse/Tent – Approx 7 hrs

Leave Ringmo along the banks of Suligad and start walking toward Chhepka. The trail passes through beautiful birch forests as you descend slowly to Chhepka. The trail is busy as you are now in the easier lower Dolpo region. The walk takes approximately 7 hrs. There are good teahouses available in Chhepka.

O/N: Tent/Teahouse
Day 20
Trek to Suligad/Dunai (2000m) – Lodge – Approx 7 hrs

After breakfast, continue your walk toward Suligad or Dunai – the district headquarters of Dolpa. As we continue to walk in the lower altitude, the surrounding is greener. Continue your walk along the banks of Suligad River. Before reaching Suligad, you will see national park office where you will be required to show your permit. From Suligad, it is a short climb to Dunai – the district headquarters of Dolpa.

O/N: Teahouse
Day 21
Trek to Tripurakot – Teahouse – Approx 6 hours

From Dunai, we walk westward toward Tripurakot. We pass by a STOL airfield at Juphal and continue our walk toward Tripurakot. The trail is downhill for couple of hours, but starts to climb up after reaching a valley. A walk of around 6 hours from Dunai will take you to your destination of the day. Tripurakot gets its name from the Tripurasundari Temple which is located on a ridgetop.

O/N: Tent
Day 22
Trek to Forest Camp/Ghodakhor – Tent – Approx 7-8 hrs

The trail starts climbing from the very beginning today. You won’t feel much tired as the trail passes through lush vegetation. You pass through beautiful villages like Liku and Pahara and beautiful pasture fields for yaks as your progress further. It will take an easy walk of some seven hours to reach Ghodakhor.

O/N: Tent
Day 23
Trek to Kaigaun via Balangra Pass – Approx 6 hrs

Your last walking day! Continue uphill climb from Ghodakhor toward the last pass of your trek. The trail mostly passes through woods. After reaching a pastureland, however, the trail gradually uphills to Balangra Pass. After enjoying the view for some time, start making your descent. Kiagaun, your destination of the day, is not far away. Kaigaun is a small village in Dolpa district surrounded by pine forest. It is located near the border with Jumla.

O/N: Tent/Teahouse
Day 24
Drive to Jumla – Approx 8 hrs

Today, you will board a four-wheeler and drive toward Jumla. Be prepared for an off-road adventure as the road is not blacktopped. It will take around 8 hrs to reach Khalanga – the district headquarters of Jumla. Jumla is a bustling town with good hotels. You will stay in one of those. Back to modernization, yeh!

O/N: Hotel
Day 25
Fly to Nepalgunj; fly to Kathmandu

Take a morning flight to Nepalgunj from Jumla. The flight takes around 30 minutes. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, take a flight back to Kathmandu which takes around an hour. After arriving in Kathmandu, get transferred to your hotel. In the evening, a grand farewell dinner will be organized, at a typical Nepali restaurant in your honor, to celebrate successful completion of the trek.

O/N: Hotel
Day 26
Departure

Your final day in Nepal! Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home. While flying back, you will have plenty of time to reflect on the amazing trek you had and plan your next holiday. See you soon!

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