Climb Mukot Peak in Dolpo, North of Dhaulagiri
Nepal, Climbing, 21 days - from £2,895 (land only) - from €4,055 (land only) - from $4,660 (land only)
Day 1: We rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. KE Land Only package services begin with a transfer from Kathmandu Airport to the group hotel. This evening our guide will brief us on the weeks ahead and we will have dinner at our hotel or in a nearby restaurant.
Day 2: We transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the short flight west to Nepalgunj, a lowland town close to Nepal's southern border with India. We are met at the airport and transfer to our overnight hotel before exploring this very different aspect of Nepal which is well off the normal tourist trail.
Day 3: Early morning, we return to the airport for the 45 minute flight to Jhuphal enjoying views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Arriving at Jhuphal we meet our trek crew who have walked here from Nepalgunj with our equipment and supplies. We begin trekking with an hour of downhill and then following the Bheri River for a further 1 or 2 hours to our first camp at Dunai (2128m).
Day 4: We follow the Bheri and Barbung rivers through a spectacular gorge and several traditional villages to the terraced fields of Tarakot, an ancient fortress town of the region. We make our second camp at Tarakot (2560m). Approximately 17 km and 6 - 7 hours trekking.
Day 5: A day of relatively level trekking as we follow the Tarap Chu (river) to the Bharbul Chu. We take lunch along the way at Chhedul monastery. Our campsite is on a grazing area at 2895 metres in one of the few available campsites in this narrow river valley. 15.9 km. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 6: We continue our eastward journey following the Barbung Khola (stream). After over an hour of trekking the narrow green valley opens up as we enter the fields of Kakkot Gaon, one of the main villages in the region. There are majestic views of the Dhaulagiri range to the south. We set up camp close to the monastery of Kakkot Gaon (3285m). 10.8 km. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 7: We continue to follow the Barbung Khola, trekking through a gorge at times high above the river. After lunch we make a steady climb up to Pimari Gaon (3941m) where we make camp. 9.5 km 4 - 5 hours
Day 8: An easier day than the last and mostly downhill as we descend over 600 meters back down to the river. Our campsite will be at the junction of the Bharbul Khola and Mukot Khola. We will pass through several traditional villages today where life goes on in much the same way as it has for last hundred years. Altitude at camp is 3430 metres. 13.4 km. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 9: We now follow the Mukot river whose origin is the slopes of Mukot peak. The trail takes us past a veritable wall of 6000-metre peaks and gradually we climb up into a hidden valley seldom visited by outsiders. Here we find the isolated Mukot Village (4022m) where we make camp. 8.3 km. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 10: Mukot village is the last village in the valley and now we follow herders trails up the hillside to 'Neni Goth' a summer pasture ground for the Yaks. We make our camp here at 4430 metres. 4.5 km. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 11: A short day as we need to take care to acclimatise to the altitude now we are above 4000 metres. We move camp to a higher pasture area (Neni Goth) at 4748 metres. 2.3 km. This will take around 2 hours and the afternoon can be used for rest or further exploration.
Day 12: Another short but quite steep day as we move up to our base camp (5080m) for the attempt on Mukot Peak. We have fantastic views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks which everywhere surround us now. 1.8 km. 3 - 4 hours.
Day 13: This is a day for rest and acclimatisation. A time to catch up on laundry or diaries or for exploration around base camp.
Day 14: We move up to a high camp at 5453 metres. A short distance of only 2.6 km but the way is steep and at this altitude a steady pace is the order of the day. We will reach the high camp after approximately 3 - 4 hours trekking.
Day 15: The ascent of Mukot Peak begins with a steep 500 metre climb to the Mukot La below the north ridge. The angle eases for the final 200 metres along the ridge to the summit where we have extensive views across the various ranges which surround us. We descend the south side of the peak to a camp (5653) set up by our crew who have taken a longer, easier route around the mountain. 5.7 km. 8 - 9 hours
Day 16: From our high camp we descend to 'Hidden Valley' behind Dhaulagiri. We are mostly descending today but there is a sting in the tail with a final 2 km of uphill. Sensational views of Dhaulagiri and of our own Mukot Peak from the camp (5336m). 12.5 km. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 17: Contingency day in case of any delays to our schedule up to this point.
Day 18: We trek through 'Hidden Valley' steadily gaining height until we can make a high traverse across to Dhampus Pass (5280m) at the end of the valley. Once over the pass, we descend steeply to our camp at Yak Kharka (4185m). 10 km. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 19: Today we descend almost 1500 metres to the floor of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the pretty village of Marpha (2667m) on the Annapurna Circuit. A short trek north then takes us to Jomsom (2750m), where we check into a lodge. 9.8 km. 5 - 7 hours.
Day 20: We take the short, spectacular flight from Jomsom to Pokhara where we connect with an onward flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in the city we check into our hotel and in the evening we will have a celebratory dinner in Thamel.
Day 21: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Depending on flight times there may be further opportunity for independent sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.