scene from hiking in dolpo
Date Sun 12 May 2024 (until Thu 06 Jun 2024)
Stages 15
Category Fastpacking, Training camps
Altitude ~5000m
Distance ~170km
Elevation change Lots
Website https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/training-camps/wild-dolpo-to-mugu-skydance/
Organiser Kora Explore

Wild Dolpo to Mugu Skydance – Summary

Introduction: Embark on an extraordinary journey along part of the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), traversing the remote and wild region of the Nepal Himalaya. Starting from Dhorpatan, the only hunting reserve in Nepal, the trail leads to Dunai, the district headquarters. The route then ascends through the picturesque Phoksundo Lake, delving into Upper Dolpo, and concluding at the mesmerizing Rara Lake. This challenging trek encompasses traditional villages, high mountain passes, and diverse cultures.

Skydance: The trek is a supported “fastpack,” blending elements of racing and traditional trekking. Described as a “Skydance,” it offers flexibility in the itinerary, allowing the small group to explore and move fast through the stunning landscapes. The journey, led by Lizzy Hawker, an elite athlete and GHT completer, involves carrying personal gear with support for wild camps. The experience promises physical and mental challenges, providing a unique perspective that may lead to profound personal changes.

Who Are You? Ideal for mountain and wilderness enthusiasts, the journey seeks individuals ready for a rugged experience, willing to forgo luxuries. Whether a runner, hiker, or mountaineer, participants should have an adventurous spirit, humor, and openness to challenges. The trek offers a holistic journey, impacting the mind, heart, and spirit, fostering a transformative experience.

Who Are We? Led by Lizzy Hawker, an accomplished athlete, and guided by Laxman Khatri, the trek is organized by local partners, Hidden Trails Adventures, and Kora Explore GmbH. With extensive experience in organizing races and tours in Nepal, the team aims to provide a seamless and enriching adventure.

Dates and Cost: Scheduled from May 12 to June 6, 2024, the basic cost is 3950 USD / 3610 EUR, based on a minimum of 2 guests. The journey begins and ends in Kathmandu, including domestic flights, permits, accommodations, and meals on the trail. The cost excludes international flights, insurance, additional meals, and personal expenses.

Itinerary:

  • Days 1-3: Arrival in Kathmandu, briefing, and travel to Dhorpatan.
  • Days 4-8: Trek from Dhorpatan to Chhepka via Phoksundo Lake.
  • Days 9-14: Explore Upper Dolpo visiting Chharka Bhot, Tinje, Saldang, Bhijer, and Pho.
  • Days 15-20: Cross into Mugu, visiting Kugaon, and conclude the journey at Rara Lake.
  • Days 21-22: Extra days for flexibility or exploration on the trail.
  • Days 23-24: Return to Kathmandu, with an additional day for potential delays.
  • Days 25: Departure from Nepal.

Insurance & Cancellation: Participants must have travel or medical insurance covering evacuation, hospitalization, and repatriation up to 5600m. A trip cancellation policy is advised, with a 400 USD (375 EUR) deposit, refundable up to 8 weeks before departure. Full payment is due 3 weeks before departure.

Equipment List and Joining Info: Upon registration, participants receive a gear list and detailed joining information covering Kathmandu orientation, mountain protocols, and useful tips.

Contact: For inquiries or registration, contact Lizzy directly at info@koraexplore.com.

Support: Contributions to local communities, especially the school in Kugaon, are encouraged. Kora Explore supports families in Nepal with educational costs, and participants are welcome to contribute or bring materials like shoes and warm clothing.

Embark on this extraordinary Skydance journey, navigating through the pristine landscapes of Dolpo and Mugu, led by the experienced Lizzy Hawker and a dedicated team, promising a beautiful, rough, hard, and unforgettable adventure.


Recap

Date Sun 12 May 2024 (until Thu 06 Jun 2024)
Stages 15
Category Fastpacking, Training camps
Altitude ~5000m
Distance ~170km
Elevation change Lots
Website https://www.ultratourmonterosa.com/training-camps/wild-dolpo-to-mugu-skydance/
Organiser Kora Explore

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