The hidden Himalayas and culture of Nepal
A perfect way to see the real nature, the hidden Himalayas and cultures of western Nepal
Trekking in the west of Nepal is quite a different proposition to treks in other parts of the country. This part of Nepal is far less developed and with fewer facilities available for visitors. Access is also far harder, especially to areas such as Dolpo, Upper Dolpo, Jumla and Humla.
The area in question, Beni to Dolpo, can be reached by various means accordingly in a different number of days. But when we talk or plan trekking then surely it is much more exploration, seeing a new thing and realizing the fact. The focal points of this path are the Dorpatan Hunting Reserve, numerous villages with different cast groups and histories, the Dho-Tarap valley, the Phoksundo Lake, and multiple high passes.
Dorpatan, one of the famous nature reserves and only park permitted for hunting, can be reached from Baglung via Burtibang or from Beni via Myagdi Khola. The natural reserve is to the west of Kathmandu and the south of the Dhaulagiri Himalaya. It is known for its beautiful and broad valley. This area is the home of indigenous Kham Magar and Tibetan people. During the summer months, large herds of livestock are brought north from Rapti Zone by Kham Magar to graze in surrounding pastureland. Farming, animal husbandry, handicrafts, and some tourism movements are the principal economic activities of the people in the region.
The lower Dolpo bordered with Dorpatan hunting reserve can be accessed by a few days trek to the further western Dhaulagiri range from Dorpatan.
The trekkers intending a trek in this area must prepare for some delays and other hardships. It is also considerably more expensive to trek in the remote parts of the west. The west of Nepal is impossible to describe in a few lines. This part of Nepal is rich in the range of flora and fauna the most particular interest and value are the medicinal herbs and plants that find in the higher regions, which represent an essential source of income for the locals. Western Nepal, especially the Upper & Lower Dolpo region, is also known as medicine hills. In the summer many people from the surrounding villages and district and even from Kathmandu and Tibet arrive here to collect this strange insect know as even Himalayan Viagra.
The history and anthropology of western Nepal are complex and fascinating. Much of the geographic territory, now recognized as Nepal, formerly consisted of several small hill states and petty kingdoms (minimum 46). The Jumla was one of the powerful, petty Hill States of that time. Since centuries the western part of Nepal including Jumla has played a significant role in the political and cultural chapters of Nepal, mainly while the Malla empires declined and split into numerous petty hill states. To develop their domain as a trading centre and to obtain Tibetan goods, the rulers of Jumla turned their attention eastward. They assumed control over Lo (Upper Mustang), from which they extracted as annual tribute. Soon after when Jumla assumed control over Lo, the Army of Bahadur Shaha attacked Jumla and annexed both of the petty Hill State, Jumla & Lo, into Nepal in around 1800.
In our day, the entire Jumla and Dolpo region has become one of the major travel destinations. The cultural route of Jumla extends north into Tibet and west to Kumao in India. We get to cross four different atmospheres: the medium mountain with forests and pastures, the trans-Himalayan vertical desert with the oases of the villages, the high quota with tundra and cliffs and the microclimate of the Phokosundo. The entire upper Himalayan range of Dolpo, Jumla, and Humla are with the Tibetan/Mongolian majority and keeps a significant influence on the areas by trading. Most of the villages are packed tightly together, one atop another with flat roofs. The main ethnic groups of this area are Thakuris, Chhetris, Matwali Chhetris (many of them are Tibetan) and of course the Tibetans.
The most prominent group of people seen in the northernmost parts of the area, particularly in Dolpo, is of Tibetan origin. The local pasture and supplementing this with the trade both to the north and the south. Their religion is a mixture of Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient, pre-Buddhist religion in Tibet, the Bon religion, a largely animistic faith. Strangely, their language is Tibetan dialect, spoken in Kham, a province of old Tibet located many hundreds of kilometres to the east. Lower down the people are a mixture of ethnic groups, such as the Magar, Gurung, and hill people of Hindu caste origin. Of particular interest are the Thakuri, the royal family’s caste. Again they are quite different in culture and language to their cousins further east.
Western Nepal is remote and unknown because of its relative inaccessibility from the Capital, Kathmandu, or other Major commercial cities of Nepal. The life here is complicated, and poverty is unforgettable in every way. These days various NGOs are currently working with the local people in the west to try to establish a certain level of tourism infrastructure. At present this is limited to community camping sites and porter and hotel training and in some parts with homestay facilities for tourists.
The west of Nepal also reserves two famous and beautiful National Parks. Those National Parks are Shey Phoksundo and Rara.
- One of the less-travelled trekking areas of Nepal.
- Walking into one of the best hunting Reserves of Nepal
- Visiting numerous villages with different cast and cultural groups
- Exploring the Dho-Tarap valley, the Phoksundo Lake, and multiple high passes
- See the most luxurious range of flora and fauna including various medicinal herbs
- Experience the pre-Buddhist, Buddhist and the Hindu practices
- The most magnificent panorama filled trails
- The total length of the trip: 28 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / optionally take a guided tour to visit UNESCO sites
- Road transport mode: 4x4 Jeep / Landcruiser
- Trek starting point: Darbang
- Trek ending point: Juphal
- Road transport: Kathmandu to Darbang
- A domestic flight out: Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
- Highest elevation achievement: 5,320 metres Numila Pass
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and tented camps on full board basis on the trek
- Meals: Each day a wide variety of complete meals will be prepared and served by our mobile cook and kitchen staff.
- Trip Grade: Moderate to strenuous
- Mode of transport: Private bus transport to Beni and flight back to Kathmandu
- Best season to Trek: from the end of August to mid-November and from mid-April to the end of June.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (Nepal)
Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (880m) and Beni
Day 3: Drive Beni to Babio Chaur and Darbang
Day 4: Trek from Darbang to Dharapani and Sibang
Day 5: Trek from Sibang to Darbang Lumsum
Day 6: Lumsum to Jaljala La (3390m)
Day 7: Jaljala La to Dhorpatan (2990m)
Day 8: Rest day
Day 9: Dhorpatan to Takur (3190m.) via Phagune Dhuri Pass (4061m)
Day 10: Takur to Khaim and Dhule (3340m)
Day 11: Trek Dhule to Nautale Pass (3961m) and Seng Khola (3820m)
Day 12: Seng Khola to Panidal Pass (4412m) and Purpang (4050m)
Day 13: Trek to Jangla (4530m), Tokar (3740m) and to Sahartara (3010m)
Day 14: Rest day
Day 15: Sahar Tara to Lahina Odar (3475m)
Day 16: Lahina Odar to Dho-Tarap (4150m)
Day 17: Rest day and visits
Day 18: Trek to Numila Base Camp (4500m)
Day 19: Trek Numila BC to Numila Pass (5320m) and Bagala BC (4630m)
Day 20: Trek Bagala BC to Bagala Pass 5190m and to Dajok Thang (4075m)
Day 21: Trek Dajok Thang to Phoksundo Lake (3510m)
Day 22: Phoksundo to Chekpa (3000m)
Day 23: Chekpa to Juphal (2670m)
Day 24: Dunai to Juphal airstripDay 25: Extra Day One extra day to use whenever or wherever the group may be needed. If not used in the trekking period then the group can spend it in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Extra Day
Day 26: Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu (Flight)
Day 27: Kathmandu
Day 28: Departure
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (Nepal)Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about the necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (880m) and BeniAn 8-hour drive From Kathmandu, we drive to Beni, the trekking starting point, via Pokhara. The 285 kilometres is covered in about 8 hours. The first phases of drive take us out of Kathmandu valley which crosses the busiest section if Thankot, the only entry, and exit toward the south. Then we enjoy a thrilling high way drive to Pokhara, through the Prithivi High Way. The sceneries are vast valleys, cultivated land, villages scattered over the green hills and giant mountains and rivers. We stop in Pokhara for our Lunch in one of the best restaurants in Lake Side. Pokhara, one of Nepal's most beautiful cities, is located in the mid-western region of Nepal. It is nestled in a beautiful natural setting, featuring majestic Mt. Machapuchare along with Annapurna and Lamjung. The valley also has many fine, clean lakes within its short perimeter. After Lunch, we continue to Beni, which is another 83 kilometres. The drive from here goes uphill on a zigzag road to Naudanda, providing beautiful views of its Lake and the entire city. From Naudanda we cross a hill and reach Beni by driving along the bank of Mardi River. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 3: Drive Beni to Babio Chaur and DarbangA 4-5 hour drive We take a rough road drive to Darbang. The means of transportation, jeep or bus, will depend on the road condition of the time. We arrive at Darbang and camp there. The guides and trekking staff will be busy to manage loads for porters for next days' better start.
Day 4: Trek from Darbang to Dharapani and SibangA 5 hours trek The trekking or regular trails everywhere in Nepal are similar. It needs to climb and descend to the same level or even deeper or higher. It takes about 2 hours to reach Dharapani (1470m) around where we will stop for our Lunch. En the trail, we will enjoy seeing spectacular views of green hills, forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron and local vegetation, typical villages and views of Dhaulagiri mountains, Mana Pathi Himal and other unnamed mountains. We further continue through several villages and arrive at Sibang, at an elevation of 1,610 metres, which is another three hours walk from Dharapani. We make overnight camp here.
Day 5: Trek from Sibang to Darbang LumsumA 4 hours trek Begin the day with gentle flat land with green hills on both sides and cross the villages of Takam, Mechim and to Muna which is in a distance of 2 hours walk from Lumsum. The forest is full of pine, oak, rhododendron, and local vegetation. Muna is a big village in the area. We probably stop at Muna for our Lunch. From Muna to Lumsum is another 2 hours walk which is the base for Jaljala Pass. So today we make an easy trek and stop at Lumsum (2100m).
Day 6: Lumsum to Jaljala La (3390m)A 5 hours trek We start the trek with a long uphill from Lumsum to Jaljala, which is approx 5 hours walk passing through a village called Moreni. This area is best described as a hunting area.
Day 7: Jaljala La to Dhorpatan (2990m)A 6-7 hours trek From Jaljala we continue another 3 hours long downhill walk to Gurjakot at an elevation of 3,070 meters, a small village mostly dominated by people who follow Tibetan culture. From here we catch a flat trail, along the bank of the river, and in around 2 hours we reach a place called Chentung with a teashop. The further continuing 1 more hour we are at Dhorpatan. The trail Jaljala to Dhorpatan is covered with oak, pine, rhododendron, and junipers. The Dorpatan village, with a Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve checkpoint, spreads out over the largest valley in Nepal and takes at least an hour to walk through and several hours to visit. The village is beautiful with Buddhist shrines such as chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. These days Dhorpatan is a junction for roads from Beni - Baglung, Rolpa, and Rukum. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 8: Rest dayA full rest day. After a hearty breakfast, needy washings and shower we will also visit a monastery and the interested ones can use the rest of the time by visiting local markets and hiking green hills around. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 9: Dhorpatan to Takur (3190m.) via Phagune Dhuri Pass (4061m)A 7-8 hours trek. Leaving our camp at Dhorpatan the trail climbs out of the valley, over a small pass, and in about 2 hours we reach a tiny settlement of 2 houses at Jaunde Bisauni. From Bisauni to Phagune Dhiuri are a steep walk through the forest, grassland, sparse forests, and sometimes treacherous walk of about 4 hours. This pass is surrounded by a green hill and from its summit can see villages at a distance. After the pass, the trail again goes steeply down passing villages, terraces and a suspension bridge over Pelma stream. After crossing the bridge, we head up to Takur with a gentle climb through villages. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 10: Takur to Khaim and Dhule (3340m)A 6 hours trek The trail goes through several villages and arrives at Bustung village in about 2 hours and further continuing through the mid-hill settlements to Khaim village, with several teahouses, in about 3 hours. from here we continue and reach to Tato Paani in about 2 hours.
Day 11: Trek Dhule to Nautale Pass (3961m) and Seng Khola (3820m)A 6 hours trek The first part of the trail takes us ascending through the pine, rhododendron, and juniper forests until you reach Nautale pass (nine-story pass). The path provides panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri range. Nautale pass, which sits atop a ridge, is pastureland where local people bring their yak and sheep. And another 2 hours to reach the destination, Seng Khola, a village at the bank of Seng river. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 12: Seng Khola to Panidal Pass (4412m) and Purpang (4050m)A 7 hours trek We make a long ascend to Panidal Pass following rocky and dry land. En route, you come across alpine grassland. From the Pass Panidal, we can view panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range, Kantagaton, Nurbukang, and other unnamed mountains. We walk along the pass about 1 hour and begin descending to Saunre Khola; cross-stone bridge and ascend, rocky and slippery trail, to Purbang shepherds' tented Campsite at Purpang in about 2 hours. One may find about 4 - 5 tents of shepherds. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 13: Trek to Jangla (4530m), Tokar (3740m) and to Sahartara (3010m)A 7 hours trek Today we make several passes to reach our camp. The first mini-pass is 4,340m which can be reached in about 2 hours walk and it finishes the area of Dorpatan hunting Reserve area and enters to Lower Dolpo Area. Then further steep ascent up to Jangla Bhanjyang through rocky trails. Panoramic views of Norbu Himal, Kantagaton, Dhaulagiri, Serkeam Himal can be viewed from every step. After Jangla, we get to make a gentle walk down to Tokar, a small village. We again follow a steep descent passing through villages and sparse vegetation and reach to Sahar Tara. It is a small village atop a ridge formed on a hill-ridge. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 14: Rest dayRest Day.
Day 15: Sahar Tara to Lahina Odar (3475m)A 6 hours trek We have recharged ourselves by allowing the most necessary rest day at Sahar Tara. The trail still needs to climbs until the hilltops of Numila and Bagala which are separating the beautiful and mystic valleys of Dotarap and Phoksundo. From here or entire upper regions, the hidden valley of Tarap and Dolpo, are one of the last bastions of Tibetan culture in Nepal. So we start our trek with gentle climbs through the Sahar Tara village and cross the bridge over Thulo Bheri river and reach to Khani Gaun where we will probably visit its monastery. This point is a major junction for the people of Tarap Valley, Upper Dolpo, and Barbung Chhu Valley. Following Barbung Chhu one can reach the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna regions through some impressive passes of Mu La and Chharka La, but those passes fall under special area and to enter this area a Special Permit with a minimum period of 10 days, paying $500 per person, is needed. After Lunch and visiting Monastery at Khanigaon the trek continues with gentle hikes through the woods of cedar. Eventually, the trail comes on top of a ridge and enters the small meadows under stiff giant rocks. We contour up the cliff and walk to the riverbed with a small campsite, where we will set our campsite.
Day 16: Lahina Odar to Dho-Tarap (4150m)A 5 hours trek We cross the Tarap chhu (river) and follow a gentle climb up through bare hills. Finally, the trail reaches to an old abandoned settlement and heads to west for Dho-Tarap village. The village lies between two major valleys. The northeast valley leads to a massive glacier and west valley is well inhabited with a string of small towns. The monastery of Dho is located in the nearby village, so it is easy to visit and does not need a special time dedication. There is also a school funded by the Action Dolpo, time permitting, or if the school is open, it would be interesting to visit. The name Tarap refers to the entire region, so the correct name of the first village is Dho. Accordingly, one can visit other neighbouring villages, monasteries and schools into Tarap valley.
Day 17: Rest day and visitsWe are already at the Tarap Valley, beautiful and wild Tibetan landscape, one of the highlights of the trek. The Tarap valley, surrounded by high mountains, needs special acclimatization before crossing the Passes of Numila and Bagala, which is a reasonably harder section of this high barren land. Optionally we will visit some of its monasteries, there are six monasteries in Tarap Valley, but most visited one is the Kagar and Champa Gompa. Most of the monasteries are Bon-Po, the ancient pre-Buddhistic religion of Tibet, and Choba, the orthodox Buddhist. The main monasteries are Champa Lhakhang, Sharring Gonpa and Jonglung Gonpas (Gompa and Lhakang mean Monasteries). Visiting local houses will also be interesting, where one can see the reality of local life.
Day 18: Trek to Numila Base Camp (4500m)A 5 hours trek The morning walk passes through the villages off Kagar and Clumaga, both extremely interesting with many Chörten and Tok-Kyu. We pass through the villages and begins climbing high above Numila Hill. The campsite is the basecamp for the next day's crossing. After Tok-yu village, at 4000 metres, there are no settlements, but one can look back to the villages and monasteries. On the trail to Numila and Bagala, one can see many kinds of high altitude flower plants, depending on the season of our trek, the flowers seem to grow from the stones, especially in summer.
Day 19: Trek Numila BC to Numila Pass (5320m) and Bagala BC (4630m)A 5 hours trek From the basecamp, it takes about 2 hours to reach the top of Numila. Weather permitting one gets to enjoy fine views of the mountains of western Nepal including Shey Shikhara 6,139m and Kanjeralwa 6612m, above the Lake Phoksundo, and Dhaulagiri 8167m. The views to the east and north are one of complete contrast to those of the previous two weeks trekking. The mountain is orange and brown stretching out into Tibet to the north. The pass is often windy, and the descent is party rapid to the river below and our camp at 4,630 metres. From Numila pass the trail abruptly descends through a narrow rocky gorge and reaches to the main trail, the path to Upper Dolpo area. The path to Shey Gonpa and Saldang is visible far into the barren landscape, etched out of the barren land, the footprint of thousands of Yaks and traders that made the journey north to south over the centuries the lifeline of Dolpo. At this point, we are only one day from the village of Shey, but access is not permitted. To enter this area a Special Permit with a minimum period of 10 days, paying $500 per person, is needed. We take left turn and, the trail toward the Phoksundo, reach to Bagala basecamp. Between these two passes, there is a beautiful meadow where we'll stop for a night. One can enjoy the magnificent view Norbu Kang 6005 metres and its glacier just above our campsite. This small valley provides a divine atmosphere due to its natural setting. From here one can see the high and deserted valley of Upper Dolpo area, the deep valley of the upper parts of Lake Phoksundo and Mout Norbu Kang. This valley is also known as the Hills of medicine. In the summer many people from surrounding villages come here to find this strange insect known as "Himalayan Viagra" and costing about 24,000$ per kilo. This medicine is a combination of insect and plant remains inactive in winter and comes out as a plant in summer. In Nepal, it is known as "Yar-Cha Gun-Bu" which is an insect having high commercial demand as a tonic. It is found in subalpine pasturelands of Nepal including Jumla, Dolpa, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchanjunga and Solukhumbu area. Yar-cha gun-bu, which means plant in summer and insect in winter is found mainly on the high hills of Dolpo, and collected during the spring, and early summer when the snowmelt and sprout out on the hills.
Day 20: Trek Bagala BC to Bagala Pass 5190m and to Dajok Thang (4075m)A 3 hours trek After having a wonderful night stop in this beautiful place, the morning begins with a climb to cross the next and the last pass to enter Phokhundo valley. But the trail is not the effort taking one as Numila Pass. After the pass, the trail descends through seemingly a glacial stream with fantastic views of Yak grazing pasture known by Dajok Thang. Maybe this place is one of the most beautiful places for its natural setting. Dajok Thang is a lovely meadow with pine trees and numerous waterfalls from tops of high rocks of Bagala in the backdrop of Norbu Kang. One can continue the trail to Lake Phoksundo on the same day, but this place is worth suggesting to stay overnight with their natural beauty. This meadow is known locally as Dajok Thang "means: prayer flags meadow" at an elevation of 4,075 metres. Below, Kang Taiga 5,916 metres.
Day 21: Trek Dajok Thang to Phoksundo Lake (3510m)A 3 hours trek Since it is an easy day involving a couple of hours walks in the morning to Phoksundo we will probably sleep a little more; if you prefer the sun greets us in the tent. Weather permitting, you always have an opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and breakfast with its warmth and natural beauty of Dajok meadow. No matter how the time treats us, we must continue our trip to Phoksundo. The path to Phoksundo skirts along ridges hacked out of cliffs for the Yak caravans from Dolpo. The views down the Suli Gad and across to the Kagmara Lekh are particularly impressive. For Lunch, we arrive at Lake Phoksundo, which is one of the highlighted destinations of many trekkers. The camp will be installed at the Southern corner of Lake Phoksundo, a very spectacular with a length of about 5 kilometres, 2 kilometres wide and 650 meters depth with turquoise colour. With religion, this is a Bonpo country where people practice shamanistic religion. After lunch we will visit the nearby monastery 'Pal Sentan Thasoon Chholing Gompa', a Bon-Po Gompa said to have been built 60 generations ago in which you can find big prayers wheel in a leather bag and all the texts written on birch bark. There are several various Gompa owned by monastic communities and may be permitted to visit on request. We will also see around Lake and visit its village.
Day 22: Phoksundo to Chekpa (3000m)A 6 hours trek Today we trek down to Chekpa, again descending to Dunai. The trail down the valley is less attractive, but it is densely forested with some small establishments, until Dunai. After descending from Lake Phoksundo, we will see how nature made Lake Phoksundo, a sheer cliff guarding the upper valley. Equally impressive is the huge waterfall, 330m.-High, falling from Phuksumdo Lake. Further down we reach to Shey Phoksundo National Park Headquarter, at Sum-Dowa, now abandoned then We cross a wooden bridge and continue to Renje village 3,020m, a small village of around 11 houses where we will take our Lunch. The day continues descending across wooded and grassy areas to Chekpa, where there are some shops.
Day 23: Chekpa to Juphal (2670m)A 5 hours Trek We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small ridge of 2700 metres at Karcha and walk down through fir and rhododendron forests to Tillije. From here we make a level walk along the Thulo Bheri bank, cross the Big steel suspension bridge and reach to the village of Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpo district.
Day 24: Dunai to Juphal airstripDay 25: Extra Day One extra day to use whenever or wherever the group may be needed. If not used in the trekking period then the group can spend it in Kathmandu.A 2 hours trek One and half hour final walk to Juphal airstrip. This evening is the ceremonial evening, to celebrate the happy end of the trek and to see off with the kitchen crews and porters, who will make another four days' journey back to Kathmandu.
Day 25: Extra DayOne extra day to use whenever or wherever the group may be needed. If not used in the trekking period then the group can spend it in Kathmandu.
Day 26: Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu (Flight)We take the flight to Nepalgunj and another connecting flight to Kathmandu. Arrive o Kathmandu and the rest of the time is free.
Day 27: KathmanduA free day / optionally take a guided city tour
Day 28: DepartureBreakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|2 - 3 Persons||4818$||4938$|
|4 - 5 Persons||4182$||4332$|
|6 - 7 Persons||3876$||3996$|
|8- 10 Persons||3586$||3706$|
|Single room supplement||580$||700$|
|HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS|
|CITIES||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|KATHMANDU||Marshyangdi or similar||Hotel Shanke or Malla|
|NEPALGUNJ||Hotel Siddhartha||Hotel Siddhartha|
|DURING TREK||Tented camp||Tented camp|
What is included
- Airport pick-up and departure services as per itinerary
- 4-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
- Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa helpers and the necessary number of porters for the entire trekking period
- Insurance and expenses of all local staff
- All camping equipment such as two men dome tent (Mountain Hard Ware) dining tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, toilet tent, Shower tent, hard and soft mattresses for each
- All necessary food and beverages for trekking
- Lower Dolpo permit and Upper Dolpo permits and National Park entry fees / Juphal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu airfare (tax included)
- A good sleeping bag to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member / A trekking map and duffel bag
- A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose.
- A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
What is not included
- Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
- International air tickets
- Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
- Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
- Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.
During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.
During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).
End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.
January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.
The best months to take this itinerary is from the end of August to mid-November and from mid-April to the end of June.
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.
Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.
Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.
Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
- To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.