Kangmara Pass Trek JUMLA to lower DOLPO

Trip Duration

20 days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

4,631m

Accommodation

Lodge/Tea House

Transportation

Flight/Private vehicle

Group Size

2-12max

Best Season

Spring/Autumn

Kangmara Pass Trek JUMLA to lower DOLPO Overview

Jumla to Dolpo is one of the most challenging, demanding, and technical treks which lies in the western part of Nepal. This trek takes two remote areas Jumla and Dolpo where people have their own different lifestyles. This trek offers the perfect blend of nature and culture from high passes to arid landscapes to carefully preserved Bon culture. The trail passes through small villages in Jumla leading you to the higher trail from Hurikot to Kangmara La Pass (5115m). You get to see a beautiful view of the Kanjirowa Himal range and other snowcapped mountains from the top of Kangmara La pass. On your way, you cross two more passes, Baga La (5182m), and Numa La (5190m).

This route takes around 23/24 days with proper rest and a few days off. It may cost you approx. 1500$ including insurance, permits, transportation, clothing, etc.

Highlights of Kangmara Pass Trek JUMLA to lower DOLPO

  • Explore two of the remotest part of Nepal.
  • Expereince the Bon Po culture
  • Stunning view of Kanjirowa Himal
  • Cross two more passes, Baga La and Numa La.

Trip Map

Best season to visit

Like many parts of Nepal, the best time to do Jumla to Dolpo trek is spring (March-May) and autumn (September- November). Being a rain shadow region, Dolpo receives very less or no rain at all which makes monsoon season also one of the best times to visit. Winter is very cold and filled with snow. However, if you have proper equipment and experience in trekking in winter you can still trek.

Other requirements-

Travel Insurance – high altitudes places are not the kind of places you want to travel to without an insurance policy. Travel insurance has become part of trekking requirements. If you ever have some medical emergencies your travel insurance will have to bear it and that is why you need to mention the details about the places you are going to and the altitudes you will be reaching.

Valid visas/passports – all foreigners except Indians are required to have valid visas and passports to enter Nepal. The visa application will need the passport having a minimum of 6 months of validation along with your passport size photo. You will receive your visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport.

Highpass Equipment List

 

Woolen t-shirts/shirts/thick sweaters Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down) Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit
Hiking shorts Power bank
Waterproof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifiers
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex Toiletries
Neck gaiter Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat Water bottle

Payment and cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:
Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation:

1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

Dates of Trip

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Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Persons
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Food and accommodation
In Kathmandu, there are a lot of options for accommodation whereas, during the trek you have to stay in small yet comfortable teahouses. Teahouses are small lodges run by local people. They provide a small room with twin sharing beds, blankets, and bedsheets. Toilets and bathrooms have to be shared with other trekkers as well. Food- enough options for food are available in this trek. Traditional Dal, Bhat, and vegetables are most commonly served. Besides this, fried rice, bread, eggs, momos, Italian, Thai, Tibetan food are available.
Transportation
Bus- the bus is available from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes around 8-9 hours and costs 1200-1400 NRS (12-14$). You can also take a bus from Kathmandu to Jumla via Surkhet and you need to trek from Jumla to Dolpo. Or you can also take a private jeep from Kathmandu to Jumla. If you want a long journey then you can take a bus from Kathmandu to Jajarkot and a jeep from Jajarkot to Jhupal. Or you can go from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and again take flight from Nepalgunj and trek further. Airplane- airway transportation is available from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj which takes 55 minutes. From Nepalgunj you can take another flight to Dolpo airport Jhupal) which takes 35 minutes. Or you can also take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla which takes 35 minutes and trek from Jumla to enter Dolpo.
Electronics and communication
Dolpo and Jumla both being very remote parts of Nepal, there is no electricity provided in many parts. However, you can luckily get electricity in very few places to charge your electronics. Wi-Fi service is available in the Shey Phoksundo area only and in some parts of Jumla recently. That is why you need to take extra batteries and power banks with you.
Permits and fees
Every trekker entering the Dolpo district needs a special permit of 500$ since the entire Dolpo is a regulated zone. Shey Phoksundo National Park entry Permit- this permit will cost you 27-30 $ (3000NRS). Lower Dolpo Restricted area permit- it is required for everyone traveling to the Dolpo district. It cost you 20$ (2000 NRS)
Guides and porters
Being restricted areas, hiring guides are most in this trek. It is better if you travel through travel agencies. They have more educated guides than local ones. However, if you hire a guide they may charge you around 30-35$ per day. Porters are needed to carry your belongings. They may charge you around 15-20 $ per day.
Safety and fitness
Jumla to Dolpo trek is certainly among the difficult ones. However, it depends on which route you take and how long it is. You have to walk for 6-7 hours per day at least for 23-24 days. It is mandatory to have a high level of fitness so that you can enjoy your journey without any difficulties. You need to practice light exercise, running, jogging, and build your muscle strength before your journey starts. Most of the areas in Upper Dolpo lies at an elevation of over 5000m, which increases the risk of altitude sickness. You have to be more careful than ever, stay hydrated throughout your journey, eat nutritional food, and check your oxygen level from time to time and walk slowly so that you can adjust with increasing heights. If you ever feel any symptoms of altitude sickness like nausea, increased heart rates, breathing difficulties, etc. you need to talk to your guide, your friends, or anyone near

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