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Mukot Himal Climb

Climbing the Mukot Himal!

Mukot Himal Climb

‘an adventure within remote Dolpo with climb of stunning peaks ending at Mustang region’

Highlights:

“A great adventure around isolated areas of remote Dolpo and Mustang region
On off the beaten tracks away from mainstream trekking trails on least visited scenic areas
An adventure of life time experience with trek and climb into hidden pockets of Himalaya
An ultimate adventure with scenic walks within perfect wilderness of Dolpo region
Climb on top virgin and hidden peaks of Nepal Himalaya with eye catching panorama
Explore local traditional villages of ancient Bon and Buddhist culture of great interest”

Mukot Himal Climb Profile:                                                                                                

Trip Mode:                          Hotel- Lodge and camping.
Trekking grade:                 Moderate & Adventurous to Challenging.
Climbing Grade:                                PD ‘Per Difficule’ as per French / Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification.
Activities:                            Cultural and scenic trekking with adventurous climb, exciting flights.
Trek & Climb duration:   20 Nights & 21 Days (with both ways flight via Nepalgunj).
Total Trip:                            25 Nights & 26 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Best Season:                      April to October includes monsoon months of July and August, but
April to May and September to October months days are clear.

Introduction:

Sherpa Climbing offers a unique and picturesque trek and climb on top remote peaks of Dhaulagiri Himalaya within Far Western region of Nepal around Dolpo on Mukot Himal Climb at 6, 087 m / 20, 088 ft high.

Mukot Himal, which is almost a forgotten peaks to many adventurer and trekkers where people can only find in maps of Dolpo areas, located within pristine country and well hidden from other range of Himalayan Mountains and outside world.

Mukot Himal Climb, although a lesser 6,087 m high peaks, receiving less attention and interest by other trekkers and climbers, but it offers one of the most mind-blowing experience on walks and as well on climb exploring the unexplored areas around unspoiled areas of Far Western Nepal.

Truly a journey which certainly fascinates you throughout the adventure and walks around beautiful Lower Dolpo areas which is close to Dhaulagiri massive range of mountains and Mustang region.

Adventure starts on Mukot Himal Climb taking a sweeping flight to South West Nepal around warmer sub-tropical zone at Nepalgunj city, and then flying high to Jhupal at Dolpa where our real adventurous journey begins.

Walk leads through Dunai the main town of Dolpo and further towards east at historical village of Tarakot, and then leaving the main trail towards hidden corners of Dolpa away from the rest of the world and modernization in complete wilderness.

Our route leads with climb and descends around Barbung River valley past interesting villages of Mukot and Pimari village with time to explore its ancient culture and traditions bounded with old Bon and Buddhism religions.

Slowly walk leads to the base of our final destination at Mukot Himal base camp for classic climb to its virgin summit, where Sherpa Climbing Guide Mr. Phenden Sherpa first summated in 2015 several times leading groups from Britain.

Here he will accompany your safely to the top and back, the climb grade of PD ‘Per Difficule’ as per French / Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification, a straightforward climb to its summit with some technical effort to tackle some sections.

After a classic climb on top of Mukot Himal, a peak of great interest with marvelous views where only few climbers have summated in the history of Trekking Peaks of Nepal.

Completing our marvelous adventure and then heading back to Jhupal via Tarakot village for the flight back to Kathmandu after a most mesmerizing time on Mukot Himal Climb.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:            In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mukot Himal Climb.
Day 03:            Fly to Nepalgunj (50 mins scenic flight) and transfer to hotel.
Day 04:            Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m in Dolpo and drive to Dunai 2,140 m – 02 hrs.
Day 05:            Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06:            Trek towards Barbung Khola (stream) and camp at 2,895 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07:            Trek past Kakkot Gaon and camp at Kakot monastery at 3,285 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08:            Rest day for acclimatization and to explore the least visited areas.
Day 09:            Trek to Pimari village 3,941 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10:            Trek to Bharbul Khola and camp 3,430 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Mukot Gaon 4,022 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12:            Trek to Lower Neni Goth 4,430 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13:            Trek to Mukot West Base Camp – 5,080 m – 04 hrs.
Day 14:            At Mukot Base Camp for acclimatization and practice climb.
Day 15:            Trek and Climb to Mukut High Camp 5,453 m – 03 hrs.
Day 16:            Climb of Mukot Summit at 6, 087 m / 20, 088 ft high
Day 17:            At base camp packing for onward journey and cleaning garbage.
Day 18-19:       Trek back to Mukot Gaon using the same route.
Day 20:            Trek towards Pimari village – 07 hrs.
Day 21:            Trek to Kakkot Gaon past its monastery – 05 hrs.
Day 22:            Trek to Tarakot – 06 hrs.
Day 23:            Trek to Dunai and drive to Jhupal – 07 hrs.
Day 24:            Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 25:            In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 26:            International departure for home ward bound.

PERSONAL CLIMBING GEAR FOR MUKOT HIMAL EQUIPMENT LIST:

Plastic Boot                                        a pair
Crampons                                           a pair
Ice Axe                                                 one
Harness                                               one
Carabineer or Karabiner                  two each
Snow Gaiters                                      a pair
Snow Bar                                             2-3 pcs.
Snow / Sun Glass                               one each
Warm Gloves                                      a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser          a set each
Down Jacket                                        one each
Down sleeping bags                            one each with inner linear
Main Ropes                                          200m (50 m per person) as per the peak chosen
Snow Bars                                             2-4 pcs
Ski Pole (optional)                              one each

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be received with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other climbing members and staff.

Here our guide or group leader will brief you with information regarding trekking and Mukot Himal Climb, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese Restaurants includes Folk program of various parts of Nepal.

Day 02:            In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mukot Himal Climb.

A day in Kathmandu free for full preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipments, to obtain permits from concern Government department for the climb

On this day where one can take an optional sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities, where you will be soaked within culture and historical sites most of the monuments listed as World Heritage Sites.

Day 03:            Fly to Nepalgunj (50 mins scenic flight) and transfer to hotel.
As per the flight time for Nepalgunj morning or afternoon time, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for sweeping scenic flight of 50 minutes to land at Far Southern Nepal at Nepalgunj airport.

During airborne panorama of mountain views from Langtang-Ganesh-Manaslu-Annapurna to Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, on landing at warm sub-tropical Nepalgunj, then transfer to hotel within city areas of Nepalgunj.

Day 04:            Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m in Dolpo and drive to Dunai 2,140 m – 02 hrs.
Early breakfast for another short flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, at Jhupal join with our trekking staff with short drive or trek to Dunai for overnight stop, drive leads through interesting farm villages and farm lands with views of snow capped peaks in the distance in Jhupal in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Dunai the headquarter and administrative town of Dolpo district where most of the trekking around Far Western Himalaya begins, here with time to browse around the town of great interest.

Day 05:            Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Starting our first day walks past the town areas of Dunai and then over many small streams to follow Bheri and Barbung River in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river.

After a good walk reaching at Tarakot an old fortress town where colorful terraced fields greets us, the fort known as Dzong.

Tarakot was an early capital of Malla period before 16th century before Gorkha dynasty. On the way to Tarakot, here observe the villages with an old traditional ways of life around Dharapani, Lawang before reaching at Tarakot.

Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where our overnight camp is made.

Day 06:            Trek towards Barbung Khola (stream) and camp at 2,895 m – 05 hrs.
Our route from Tarakot follows Tarap chu River upstream for few hours crossing bridge and criss-crossing the same river twice where lunch stop near Chhedhul monastery.

The famous Gompa / Monastery of the area, where our walk lead further east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu (river).

As the walk progress reaching a village on a hillock south of Bheri River, this village at one time supervised collection of tolls from the trade on this caravan route.

Overnight camping nearby Bharbul River which is east of Chhedhul monastery around grazing fields finding few appropriate spots for camping within narrow river valley. Today’s trail hardly has any significant up hills and is an easy but a longer trek than usual.

Day 07:            Trek past Kakkot Gaon and camp at Kakot monastery at 3,285 m – 05 hrs.
From this nice camping field, morning walk leads towards east following Barbung khola (stream), for an hour reaching a narrow green valley which soon opens up into a wide riverbed of Bharbung Kola.

The route on following the river upstream until Kakkot gaon, a moderate size village among other areas of this region, from here views of many peaks of Southern Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, our destination in the vicinity of the same river bed, with small up hills where elevation gain slowly. The day is one of the easier parts of the trip. Camp will be set up beside a monastery of Kakot.

Day 08:            Rest day for acclimatization and to explore the least visited areas.
A pleasant place for rest day for acclimatization as well for excursion around this remote village seldom visited by few other trekkers and adventurer, here explore the pristine areas in the harmony of local culture and marvelous views.

Day 09:            Trek to Pimari village 3,941 m – 05 hrs.
Our wonderful adventure continues heading towards the base of Mukot Himal, where walk leads up to a valley gorge of Barbung River, often negotiating few steep up-hills high above out from steep slopes.

The real climbs begin on second half of the day with last four kilometers, taking a diversion towards a cliff on northern side of a river, and then start climbing south of high and big barren hill.

The section of the trail offers best view of Dhaulagiri Range and then uphill climbs completes at Pimari Gaon our overnight stop.

Day 10:            Trek to Bharbul Khola and camp 3,430 m – 05 hrs.
Today’s walk leads further east staying within same face of the hill. After Pimari village with four smaller villages (includes Chinang and Teran villages.

Walk with easier day than the earlier, as the trail drops over six hundred meters towards same river bed. Campsite will be pitched at the junction of Bharbul Khola and Mukot Khola.

A day dedicated for cultural pursuits, where you will encounter many villages still lost in time and people still living a life style that goes back hundreds of years ago.

Day 11:            Trek to Mukot Gaon 4,022 m – 05 hrs.
From the camp our journey heads eastwards following Mukot River, that originates from our prime destination at Mukot Himal.

 

Walking into a hidden valley after traversing over a smaller ridge of 6,000 meter peaks, walking around in one of the most isolated places in Nepal Himalaya, where trekkers seldom visits.
Rarely has the area been explored or being photographed, as our walk carries on with a climb to the South face of a mountain, gaining elevation gradually of above 4,000 meters.  Covering a distance of just over eight kilometers, where it takes us right in the middle of mountains, due to its location, the village will certainly remain isolated and hidden from outside influences for a long- long time come.

 

Day 12:            Trek to Lower Neni Goth 4,430 m – 05 hrs.
This will be our last village for many days till Mukot Himal climb is accomplished, from here following the faint path, heading towards east ascending more rapidly than previous days.
Neni Goth is a summer pasture ground for livestock of Mukot village. Slower growth of vegetation due to cold temperatures and thin air forces the natives use such grounds even if they are as far as Tarakot. Overnight camp is set on a nice flat space where available.

Day 13:            Trek to Mukot West Base Camp – 5,080 m – 04 hrs.
From here on, altitude gains as the walking distance is much shorter than before. Trek leads towards the base of Mukot Himal, which is situated on the North West Face of Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains.

A short trek today with some steep climb in some sections over rocks and moraine boulders, as the walk progress on isolated areas and at the same time offering glamorous views of surrounding high snow capped peaks, and then camping is set on best available flat and level ground.

Day 14:            At Mukot Base Camp for acclimatization and practice climb.

A free day and rest for proper acclimatization before our final bid to the summit of Mukot Himal, one of least and unknown peaks which exists within Western Flanks of massive Dhaulagiri range of mountains.

On this day explore and scout possible and safe accessible route for next day climb, afternoon rest and preparation sorting out the right gear for the Big Day!

Day 15:            Trek and Climb to Mukot High Camp 5,453 m – 03 hrs.
Another short but quick ascending trek and climb today to camp at the entry point of a gorge beneath towering Peak of Mukot Himal, and then slow with short climb on the first half making a mandatory for more acclimatization. Our climb moves north east to the northern tip of Mukot west glacier where there is also a small lake fed by the glacier. The climb and walk takes less than 3 kilometers and ascends over 400 meters. The short trek to High Camp will provide ample time to prepare and to acclimatize as well.

Day 16:            Climb of Mukot Summit at 6, 087 m / 20, 088 ft high.
Our Big Day of the adventure, starting early morning before dawn with steep climb towards Mukot Col, at northern end of its ridge. Some section will be the most demanding and more technically challenging. Elevation gain at Mukot Col will be just less than 500 meters.
From here on remaining 200 meters will be gained with 2.6 kilometers towards south where the tip of Mukot peak is situated.

On reaching top of the summit above 6,087 m and 20,088 ft sweeping panorama of mountains and valley with Mustang and Dolpo areas on the far horizon.

After feeling high on completing our adventurous climb successfully and then descend safely to base camp feeling tired with great relief.

Day 17:            At base camp packing for onward journey and cleaning garbage.
At base camp for rest and packing and as well clearing the garbage to leave this pristine areas free from foreign litters and waste materials, leaving your footprints only and taking memory back home of the adventure with photographs.

Day 18-19:      Trek back to Mukot Gaon using the same route.
A great opportunity walking back on the same route which provides you to enjoy the views of beautiful scenery, if you have missed it on route Mukot Himal with high altitude gain which you might have not noticed some of the corners within this lovely walk in complete wilderness.

Day 20:            Trek towards Pimari village – 07 hrs.
With time at Mukot Gaon and feeling in high spirit on completing our adventurous climb and walk heading back to Pimari village on reaching a valley gorge of Barbung River, and walking on up-hills high above out from steep slopes.

Day 21:            Trek to Kakkot Gaon past its monastery – 05 hrs.
Enjoy the walk on downhill path losing altitude every few hours which makes the trek much easier and then reaching at Kakkot Gaon for overnight stop, the last end of the village east of Dolpo region. Here with time explore the unique culture of local villagers.

Day 22:            Trek to Tarakot – 06 hrs.
Morning walk heading back to Tarakot, a famous historical fort village of Dolpo walk leads with grand views of distant peaks of Dhaulagiri Himalaya and then with pleasant time on trek to reach at Tarakot for overnight stop.

Here again with time to explore this fascinating village and its monasteries that you have might missed earlier.

Day 23:            Trek to Dunai and drive to Jhupal – 07 hrs.
After a great time at Tarakot village, last day walk of the adventure leads you at Dunai for short time and then taking a short drive back to Jhupal for scenic short flight back to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

Morning starts following many spread out villages and farmers huts, walking on wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai, on reaching Dunai time permitting having lunch. From here jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 24:            Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Morning bidding farewell to our camping staff and porters transfer to Jhupal small airstrip to board in a small aircraft, either Twin Otter or Dornier planes and then fly with magnificent views of Far Western Nepal Hills and valley with snow capped mountains.

On reaching Nepalgunj transfer to connecting flight to Kathmandu with super panorama of mountains all along till it lands at Kathmandu airport.

At Kathmandu domestic air terminal transfer to your hotel with rest of the afternoon at leisure for short walks and rest.

Day 25:            In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
A free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay at Jhupal due to bad weather, if all goes well as per the itinerary an opportunity for another sightseeing tour for few hours or just relax and use this day for own individual activities and shopping.

Day 26:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great and grand experience around high hills and mountains of Dolpo and Dhaulagiri Himal with successful climb on top Mukot Himal, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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