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Upper Dolpo/Shey Gompa Trek

Trip Highlight

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, visit world heritage sites.  
  • Scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
  • Explore Shey Phoksundo Lake and National Park
  • Crossing passes of Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La
  • Visit Gompa- the Buddhist monasteries
  • Spectacular views of high mountains.
  • Unspoiled mountains, Flora and  Fauna, unique culture and tradition of Doplo region

About Trip

The unearthly beauty of Phoksumdo Lake -- the blue sheep, and of course the legendary but elusive snow leopard made famous by Peter Matheson’s book of that name...the remote, 800-year-old monastery of Shey Gompa All of these await the very fit and adventuresome trekker in the fascinating but remote region called Dolpo.  Located west of Mustang, so much of it is actually surrounded by high Himalayan Mountains that it is substantially isolated even from the rest of Nepal.  Here in Dolpo the timeless cultural and religious traditions of Tibet continue to be maintained even in the present day: many of the hardy folk who live here continue to practice the ancient Bon religion, which predates Buddhism by many centuries. Our trek into Upper Dolpo brings us across high, arid plateaus as well as high mountain passes, and thus requires careful preparation. After landing in Kathmandu, you will have some time for sightseeing -- you may want to explore Durbar Square and perhaps other UNESCO World Heritage Sites nearby.  We will, however, carefully review the clothing and gear needed for this challenging trek; to be sure no necessary items are overlooked.  To reach the beginning of our trek we will first fly to Nepalgunj in Nepal's southern region, the Terai. We will overnight there before taking a second flight early the next morning, which will bring us north into Dolpo, to the town of Juphal.

At last we will "hit the trail", with a three-hour trek from Juphal to the Dolpo capitol town of Dunai (2850mt/9,350ft).  Already at a fairly high elevation, we will continue a gradual ascent with acclimatization uppermost in mind as we trek northward.  After overnight in Ankhe and Sulighat, we reach stunning Phoksumdo Lake, located within Shey Phoksumdo National Park.  Having now trekked up to (3,500mt/11,483ft) in elevation, we will spend an additional day alongside Phoksumdo turquoise waters before continuing north.  Continuing our gradual ascent over the next few days, we will cross the pass called Kang-La (5200mt/17,060ft) before finally arriving at ancient Shey Gompa.  

At this point in our trek more great adventures still await.  Rather than retracing our steps, we will head first northeast, crossing the pass known as Saldang-La on our way to the town of Saldang.  At last we turn south, reaching the interesting town of Dho Tarap after several days. There is plenty to see and explore in Dho Tarap, so we will enjoy an extra day of rest and recreation here, before heading back to Juphal, where our trek began a few weeks before.  After overnight at Juphal, we fly first to Napalganj and then finally back to Kathmandu. After a very well-earned farewell dinner, we fly back home the next day.

Please be aware that weather can easily influence the precise schedule of this trek, especially at the end.  It is not uncommon for weather problems to delay flights to or from Napalganj, so it would be wise for you to plan an extra day or two in Kathmandu before your international flight departs.  If the flight from Nepalgunj leaves as scheduled, you certainly will not run out of amazing things to do in Nepal's capitol and the neighboring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur. (The possibility of returning from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by helicopter does exist, but it would cost about US$5,000 for four persons.)

As is true for any trek into remote mountainous regions, in order to protect the safety of all participants, it might be necessary for the leader of the trek to amend or even cancel part of the itinerary in the event of dangerous weather conditions, health issues of one or more members of the group, unforeseen natural disasters, etc.  We will always strive to have the trek unfold just as planned, but we must ask for your flexibility if changes need to be made should such conditions arise.


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02:Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel : 1 hour flight

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (2,475 m) and trek to Dunai (2,850m) : 45 minutes flight, 2-3 hours trek

Day 05:Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m) : 5 -6 hours trek

Day 06:Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours trek

Day 07:Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) : 4-5 hours trek

Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake for acclimatization

Day 09:Phoksundo Lak to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m) : 4-5 hours trek

Day 10:Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m) : 6-7 hours trek

Day 11:Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m) : 5 -6 hours trek

Day 12:Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa

Day 13:Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La pass (5,200m) : 6-7 hours trek

Day 14:Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m) : 4-5 hours trek

Day 15:Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m) : 4-5 hours trek

Day 16:Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m) : 6-7 hours trek

Day 17:Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m) : 5-6 hours trek

Day 18:Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4,209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m) : 5-6 hours trek

Day 19:Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m) : 4- 5 hours trek

Day 20:Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m) : 6-7 hours trek

Day 21:Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m) : 4-5 hours trek

Day 22:Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m) : 4-5 hours trek

Day 23:Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m) : 5-6 hours trek

Day 24:Dunai to Juphal (2,400m): 2-3 hours trek

Day 25:Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj : 1 hour and 35 minutes flight

Day 26:Leisure at Kathmandu

Day 27:Departure from Kathmandu


What is Included

  • Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights in a private vehicle. 
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis (4 nights).
  • Standard  twin sharing hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj.
  • Accommodation in Tented camp while trekking.
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal- round trip) with airport departure tax.
  • Full board meals prepared by our cook (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) with tea /coffee.
  •  Camping equipment (two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents).
  • Government licensed, English-speaking Trek Leadr /guide trained in Wilderness first aid. 
  • Sharpa porters and Yaks or Jhopkey (Strong Animal similar to Yak) to carry your luggage during the trek. 
  • Staff cost including their Salary, food, accommodation, transportation, medicine and domestic airfare.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Special Upper Dolpo trekking permit and all government taxes.
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees.
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • Comprehensive First aid medical kit, duffel bag, T-shirt and  trekking map.
  • All government and Local Taxes.

What is not Included

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and dinner in Kahmandu  (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Important Note:

The above information is a guide and standard template of our services. Our trips can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Included Meals: Dinner

Day 02Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparationThe exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.
included Meals: Breakfast

Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel : 1 hour flightAfter breakfast, we transfer to the domestic airport for an hour-long flight to Nepalgunj, which lies in the western Nepal, right on the border to India. There are good views from fright side of the plane as we fly close to the Himalayan Mountains. Nepalgunj is known for its local bazaars, which have goods with cheap price rates. It is largest city in the Terai with a hot and humid climate. Waiting for the next day flight, we can walk around the local market place. Overnight at hotel.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner,.

Day 04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (2,475 m) and trek to Dunai (2,850m) : 45 minutes flight, 2-3 hours trek After breakfast we take a 45 minutes flight to Juphal, main airport of the Dolpa district. The terrain of Dolpo is similar to the Tibetan terrain. On arriving at Juphal our trekking staffs will welcome you. Our first day adventure begins with an hour downhill walk through the village below the airstrip, then leading through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. This is a much larger village or small township, with a new hospital and it is administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Here we have ample time for leisure walk around the village. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m) : 5 -6 hours trek Good morning Dolpo. We have breakfast and begin to move from the western ridge of the Suli Ghat. Now, the striking scenery of potatoes fields, millet, barley and chillies make the trip superb. They can be seen as jewel in this arid terrain. All the way we follow the bank of the River and reach to Ankhe via Hanke village, then set a camp at the bank. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours trekGood morning Dolpo. We have breakfast and begin to move from the western ridge of the Suli Ghat. Now, the striking scenery of potatoes fields, millet, barley and chillies make the trip superb. They can be seen as jewel in this arid terrain. All the way we follow the bank of the River and reach to Ankhe via Hanke village, then set a camp at the bank. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 07Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) : 4-5 hours trek Taking the right side of the River, we begin our trek. We pass the Amchi hospital, Chunuwar, Polam and reach to Ringmo Gaon, which is resided beside the big blue lake-the Phoksundo Lake. The 300 meters cascading waterfalls on the way is just amazing. We can walk around the Ringmo village, experience the lifestyle of Dolpo people and head towards the bank of the Lake. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 08 Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake for acclimatization The beauty of Phoksundo Lake cannot be described in words or sentences. The pristine lake is the most stunning attraction of in the Dolpo region (Shey-Phoksundo National Park). Sitting beside the lake and think of the heavenly pleasure will be a lifetime experience. Also the setting is highly preferable for the meditation. Enjoy the dinner in peaceful setting. Overnight at tented camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .

Day 09Phoksundo Lak to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m) : 4-5 hours trek Spending an exciting day, we begin to walk further. From here, we approach to the Upper part of Dolpo. First we climb up to the hill, which is 4000 meters at the top and gradually climb down to the Phoksundo Khola, walking through the forest. The more higher you walk, the lesser you can see the human settlements. Of course, we are heading to the isolated part of the Dolpo region. overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m) : 6-7 hours trek Following the bank of the Phoksundo Khola, we walk towards the Phoksundo Bhanjyang. The trail lies on the rocky boulder and the jaw dropping rocks. Now, due to the harsh altitude, our excursion becomes slower and tough. Bhanjyang is a place before crossing the pass. Phoksundo Bhanjyang is before crossing the Kangla pass. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m) : 5 -6 hours trek Beginning the trek in the morning, we climb up continuously to the Kangla pass. If we begin the trek early in the morning, we could reach the top before the heat of the sun. From the top, the stunning views of the Upper Dolpo can be explored. Descending gradually, we trek down to the stream and continually walk to Shey Gompa. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa Today, we have a wonderful day to visit around the Shey Gompa and explore the rich cultural aspect of the village. Shey Gompa (11th century colorful monastery) is located in a peaceful place where Buddhist monks come to meditate and gain the spiritual tranquility. It is a land of the Chhaiba communities, who follow the footprint of Guru Padmasambhava. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La pass (5,200m) : 6-7 hours trekToday, we bid farewell to the Shey Gompa and head towards the land of mystery. Mystery in the sense that you will find a different setting than you imagine. Making a Dolpo circuit trek, we head towards the Namduna Gaon and explore the Namduna monastery. The monastery is also one of the popular monasteries. Local people are linked with the husbandry profession. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m) : 4-5 hours trek From Namduna Gaon, we start to climb the uphill, walking through the challenging cross. During the trek, we can take pleasure in the view of calming land. Then we take a side trip to the village, which is the biggest village in inner Dolpo before trekking down to Nam Khola. In Saldang, we can see the large agricultural production as it has got a large cultivating area. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m) : 4-5 hours trek Today we walk to Yanze Gompa from Saldang. The trail is pretty much challenging. Yanze Gompa is beautifully located beside the village. We can enjoy meditating or taking part in the evening prayer. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 16Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m) : 6-7 hours trek Again, the trail is tough. But we walk gradually to reach Sibu. Quite a long walk today. Find a better place; we take a rest at Sibu. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 17Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m) : 5-6 hours trek The trail is gentle and moves above the River. Cross the stream and walk through the next side. We can see the meadows spreading in a large area. Waiting for another big day, we stay in Jeng La Phedi. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 18Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4,209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m) : 5-6 hours trek From Jengla Phedi, the trail is steep climb. We need to walk about a couple of hour to reach the summit. From the Jengla top (4845m), we trek down to the picturesque valley. Colorful Gompa and Chhortens on the way make us feel awesome. Reaching Tokyu Gaon, we explore the Tokyu monastery, that belong to the Chaiba sect. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 19Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m) : 4- 5 hours trek Visiting the Chaiba monastery early in the morning, we come back, have a breakfast and proceed to Dho Tarap. The trail is wide and easy. The local people will be busy in taking care their cattles. On the way, we take a side trip to the French supported school. Dho Tarap is one of the famous areas to collect Yarsagumba. There is a monastery of Nigmapa sect and also the Bon Po sect. finding a better place, we take a rest. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 20Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m) : 6-7 hours trek Embarking from Dho Tarap, we head through the scenic gorge and pastures. These pastures are also famous for the caravan tour to collect caterpillar fungus. The trail is fine most of the distance. Crossing the suspension bridge, we follow the bank of the River and manage a place for the camp at Tarap Khola. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 21Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m) : 4-5 hours trek The trail is steeper from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon. We trek down to the bank of Tarap River and walk through the comfortable trail. We cross the brown hill gorges and the inner part of this region is cultivating and the scenery is exciting. Steadily, we reach to Khani Gaon, search the good place to stay. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner .

Day 22Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m) : 4-5 hours trek Leaving Khanigaon, we walk down to the Riverside and walk through the steep trail. It is quite challenging. But the sceneries are wonderful with the attractions of Gompa, Dzong and meadows. While walking, we can take a side trip to some of the monasteries and explore rich Buddhist practices. Gradually, we reach to Tarakot and rest. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 23Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m) : 5-6 hours trek From Tarakot, we walk continually to the downhill. We descend to the base of the hill; follow the bank of the Bheri River and head further to Dunai (the district center of Dolpo). We can enjoy our washings beside the River and rest on the beach. We walk to Dunai and stay. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 24Dunai to Juphal (2,400m): 2-3 hours trek The last day of the trek is not a long excursion. Walking above the River, we gradually retrace to Juphal from Dunai. Reaching early, we take a rest and if you love we walk around Juphal for about an hour. Having a confirmed flight will be our wish. Overnight at tented camp.
included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 25Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj : 1 hour and 35 minutes flightToday, we fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and connect the flight to Kathmandu. However, the flights can be delayed due to bad weather, so it’s better to have an extra day. If the weather is fine, we fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj at the same day. However, you can not underestimate it. Then transfer to the hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel.
included Meals: Breakfast .

Day 26Leisure at KathmanduIt's also spare day in case of bad weather in Jumla. This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 27Departure from KathmanduAdventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Meals: Breakfast included.

Trip Note

Flight Delay in Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Nepalgunj

Please be aware that weather can easily influence the precise schedule of this trek, especially at the end.  It is not uncommon for weather problems to delay flights to or from Napalganj, so it would be wise for you to plan an extra day or two in Kathmandu before your international flight departs.  If the flight from Nepalgunj leaves as scheduled, you certainly will not run out of amazing things to do in Nepal's capitol and the neighboring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur. (The possibility of returning from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by helicopter does exist, but it would cost about US$5,000 for four persons.)

As is true for any trek into remote mountainous regions, in order to protect the safety of all participants, it might be necessary for the leader of the trek to amend or even cancel part of the itinerary in the event of dangerous weather conditions, health issues of one or more members of the group, unforeseen natural disasters, etc.  We will always strive to have the trek unfold just as planned, but we must ask for your flexibility if changes need to be made should such conditions arise.

NOTE: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all our treks and expeditions, we host a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce them to other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trekking.

Best Time to Trek to Upper Dolpo 

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to October) are the best months for this trip. Since the Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, you can also take this trip during the Monsoon season (June to August).

FAQs

What are Trekking Trips?

Typically our trekking holidays involve 4–8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5000 meter in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back – not so! During the day group members often 'string out' and there will usually be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it. There will be always our trekking guide at the front and rear ensuring no-one gets lost.

How is the Trekking Day?

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekkers and staff positive attitude creates great company and many memorable events. The day begins early at around 6.30 in morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into duffle bag by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 a m and following a good morning's walk, we stop for lunch. About 1 - 2 hours lunch break that allows for the group meal, enjoy the surroundings, and catch up on your diary or reading. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized. You can opt to relax, read, write diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 p m.

Do you have airport transfer facilities?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Who are my guides? Are they trained and experienced?

Adventure Club Trek, being a professionally managed trekking company base in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who care the fragile environment, knows Nepal better and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc. to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have year's long trip leading experience and high dedication on rendering the qualitative services. Many of them have work experienced on international adventure travel companies.

How fit do I need to be?

It's important to be ready for your trip or trek. Our treks are not "races" and you will enjoy them as walking holidays. They are suitable for most ages, depending on your level of comfort in walking and altitude. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. First-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them in destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not walking competition, but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. Altitude acclimatization is important. And in order to prepare for the thinner air in Nepal try to walk or jog around an hour a day for a few weeks before coming to the Himalayan region. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, and jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hill.

How do I book a trek with you?

After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the form available here (http://www.adventureclubtrek.com/book-this-trip.html). A deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book. The next step is to book a plane ticket to Asia and then get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Are the staff is being taken care of? What about Insurance?

We are committed on the welfare of our staff from Trek Leaders / Guides to Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good wages, salary, provident fund, proper insurance to the equipment and clothing needed for all staff including porters. They are our kith and kin as well as the backbone of adventure industry in Nepal.

Can I use credit cards during the trekking?

Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.

Can I change the itinerary?

Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

What is the teahouse /guesthouse like?

We book clean and comfortable teahouse/guesthouse which we know very well. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded sharing accommodation. We can book private room for you if you like, at an additional cost as per your requirements.

Do the tea houses have electricity so I can charge my electronic devices?

Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

We provide the full board meals while on trekking and climbing. We offer the open and choice Menu in our tea house trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food. Most tea houses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables.

A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Plenty and healthy dinner comprises of soup, variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes etc as per your section and as available. Tea or coffee is also provided at all meals.

What currency should I bring to Nepal and for my trek?

It is impossible to buy Nepali Rupees outside of Nepal. You can change all major currencies in Kathmandu, and there are a lot of international ATMs. You should change/withdraw money before you start your trek as you will need Rupees everywhere outside Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

Do the porters and guides speak English?

All of our guides speak English some speak French and German. Most of the porters understand Basic English, but do not speak it.

Can we meet the guides and porters before we leave?

You can meet the guides before leaving, the porters are all local to the area of your trek (this helps us to give something back to the local community) so you will meet them upon your arrival to your trekking gateway.

What happens if or someone else in the group gets altitude sickness?

 If any problem occurs it will be dealt with as suits the group. If the group is in a hurry we will split the group and one English speaking guide will remain with (or descend with) the person while the rest of the group continues with the other English speaking guide. If the group is not in a hurry, they can wait for a day or 2 while the person acclimatizes. Our guides all carry a first aid kit which includes Diamox, the drug used to treat altitude sickness. If there is a case of severe altitude sickness or any other emergency, we will call for an emergency helicopter pickup (paid for by your insurance company) and the person can be taken to hospital in Kathmandu, usually accompanied by a friend, or if they're travelling alone, an English speaking guide.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

Yes, we provide you sleeping bags, down jackets, tents, mattresses and kitchen equipment, all of the highest quality. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipment is up to you. See our equipment list or email us for a specific list.

Is it cheaper to buy trekking gear in Nepal or in my home country?

Apart from shoes, you can pick up everything you need for a trek in Kathmandu for less than you'd pay at home.

Are any permits required for trekking?

Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What should I pack?

Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but over packing is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.

Will my mobile work while in Nepal?

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Check with your service provider before you go if they have a reciprocal agreement with the countries you are travelling to, and make sure you remember to get international roaming turned on. You can also get the local mobile sim card in Kathmandu.

What temperatures are like during the day and night?

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in Himalayas. Off course days are warm and nights are cold. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time. Between 1000 and 3500 meter the temperature could be as high as 20°C to 5°C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20°C to -10°C. During winter it is around 10°C colder. Good polarizing sunglasses (not trendy fashion one) for high altitude and large brimmed hat are really helpful. Expect the unexpected.

What communication options exist while trekking?

It varies. Mobile coverage is list expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Do you arrange private treks?

Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 50 at a time). Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

What about security during trekking?

Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping trek' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Can you give me a description of an average day of trekking?

Depending on the day ahead we might wake up at 6:30am, have breakfast at 7:00am and leave at 8:00am. However, for crossing difficult passes the day might start as early as 4:30am. If you are going on a teahouse trek, we would stop for lunch any time from 11am to 1pm depending on availability of lodges. In the camping trip the cooking team goes ahead of the rest of the group to get the lunch ready. After lunch we might walk for another couple of hours or if the morning's climb was steep and we have reached the desired altitude we might stop for the night. At around 6pm the dinner is served and in teahouse trek most lodge dining rooms close for the night between 8 and 9pm.

Start from   $4489 USD

  1. 27 Days
  2. Strenuous
  3. 1-12 People

Trip Code:ACT50

Destination:Nepal

Best Month :March -June & Sept - Nov

Activities :Trekking, Cultural Excursion

Max. Altitude :5,190m/17,028ft at Numa La Pass

Trip start /finish:Kathmandu

Trek Style:Camping

Accommodation :Hotels in Kathmandu /Nepalgunj &Tented camp during the trek

Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu/ Nepalgunj and all meals during the trek

Transportation:Private vehicles & Domestic Flight

Activity Per Day:Approx 4-6 hours walking

Permits :TIMS card, Dolpo restricted -area trekking permits, Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit.

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