Upper Dolpo Trek

Trexmount Ventures's Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the most culturally rewarding trekking destinations for visitors to Nepal. This itinerary offers an immersive experience of the isolated communities and the long-held cultural traditions of the locals in the region. Witness awesome views of the world's seventh highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 26,795ft) together with Api and Saiphal, Kagmara Himal, Kanjibroba, Mukut Himal and more. Another highlight of this itinerary is the incredible views of the Himalaya Shangri-La - the land of the snow leopard and blue sheep.

Starting with an incredibly scenic fifty-minute flight to Nepalgunj, close to the border of India, you then take another short flight to Jhuphal (2,320m/7,611ft). Here, the journey begins with a three-hour trek to reach Dunai (2,850m/9,350ft), the district headquarters of the Dolpo region.  Trekking through the valley heading towards Phoksumdo Lake near Ringmo Village – spend some time enjoying the lake - the perfect place to get acclimatized to the altitude before continuing on to Shey Gompa (otherwise known as the Crystal Monastery). Shey Gompa is located in an isolated, far flung corner of the Himalaya near the south west Tibetan border. Explore this fascinating place that lies beneath the towering Crystal Mountain - an area well described in the classic novel Snow Leopard by Peter Mattessian after he visited in the early 1980s.

Continuing the adventure and leaving Shey Gompa,return via an alternate route that offers even more beautiful scenery and opportunities to experience the local traditions and customs.The locals of this region are very similar to the Tibetans in terms of beliefs and culture. They have combinedtheir own ancient religion of Bon and the present Buddhist culture, as practiced in daily life. The Upper Dolpo Trek would not be complete without a visit to the high pass of Saldang-La (5,200m/17,060ft) before reaching the village of Saldang. One of the larger villages of the area, Saldang is also home to Thinley- the main character in the movie Caravan later changed to Himalaya, shot in the late 1990s by a French producer. The trail then leads past Yangze Gompa and Sibu (4,560m/14,961ft) heading towards the last pass crossing of the trip, Jeng-La (5,090m/16,699ft).

Trekking through the villages of Tokyu Gaon (similar to Dho Tarap), explore Dolpa and take the chance to meet the warm-hearted locals. Leaving the highlands, we make the return journey through Tarakot, another of the interesting villages along the way and our last village stop. With its ancient dzong (fort) and history as a trading post on the caravan route through Nepal/Tibet as it is still today, it is well worth exploring. Leaving Tarakot it is just a few hours trek to Jhupal and the short flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu welcomed by our staff and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Free day for Trek preparation
Day 03: Morning free afternoon fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jhuphal (2,320 m-7,611 ft) then drive to Dunai (2,850 m-9,350 ft) – 01 hr.
Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,896 m-9,501 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Sumdu / Sulighat village (3,500 m-11,483 ft) -06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Phokshumdo Lake (3,500 m-11,483 ft) – 05 hours.
Day 08: Rest day at Phokshumdo Lake for local excursion.
Day 09: Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola (3,640 m-11,942 ft)- 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Phokshindo Bhanjyang (4004 m-13,136 ft)– 07 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500 m-14,764 ft) via Kang-La (5,360 m-17,585 ft) -06 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.
Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon (4,800 m-15,748 ft) via Saldang La (5,200 m-17,060 ft).
Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3,620 m-11,877 ft) -05 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960 m-16,273 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Sibu (4,560 m-14,961 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la phedi (4,900 m-16,076 ft) -06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,200 m-13,780 ft) via Jeng la (5,090 m-16,699 ft)-06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,040 m-13,255 ft)- 05 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamekharka) (3,800 m-12,467 ft) – 07 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Kharigaon (3,150 m-10,335 ft) – 05 hours.
Day 22: Trek to Tarakot (2,850 m-9,350 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 23: Drive to Jhupal through Dunai –  04 hrs journey.
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 26: Transfer to airport for departure.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will conduct a pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meeting will covers trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance copy).

Day 02:   Kathmandu: Free day for Trek preparation
Breakfast, free day for trek preparation. You can do your own activities OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting fascinating world heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as Hindus holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: Flight to Nepalganj. 
In the afternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for a 50 minute scenic flight to Nepalgunj, a transit place for another flight to the Dolpo region. Nepalgunj is warm with sub tropical temperature. It is located close to UP border of India. There are beautiful view with panoramic vistas of chain snow capped peaks during the flight. Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jhuphal (2,320 m-7,611 ft) then trek to Dunai (2,850 m-9,350 ft)
Early morning transfer back to Nepalgunj airport for another flight to Jhuphal in Dolpo. We have excellent view of mid hills, dotte villages and farm fields during this 25 minute flight.  We will start the hiking after meeting your porters for the trek. Dunai is district headquarter of Dolpo where you have overnight in the first trekking day.

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,896 m-9,501 ft) – 06 hrs.
We start with crossing a suspension bridge with a gentle climb into the other side of Thulo Bheri River valley. We will follow the river valley and cool forest to reach Ankhe for overnight.

Day 06: Trek to Sumdu Sulighat village (3,500 m-11,483 ft) -06 hrs.
We begin with short gentle ups and downs into the forest to reach the river side from where we climb to a ridge above the river and descend to cross a small bridge near Ryajik village and gentle climb before reaching at Sulighat village in Sumdu.

Day 07: Trek to Phokshumdo Lake (3,500 m-11,483 ft) – 05 hours.
We start through the Phokshumdo valley in a confluence Pungmo Kholas (streams). Cross the west side of Phokshumdo Khola to follow Pungmo Khola on the west bank. Ascending to Reach Ringmo village which is an interesting traditional Tibetan like village with chorten and Mani (prayer) walls. We walk little further to reach beautiful turquoise colored Phokshindo Lake. 

Day 08: Rest day at Phokshumdo Lake for acclimatization.
A pleasant and wonderful place for a rest day for acclimatizing which is important before hiking into higher, With a leisure in the morning, take a  short hike to explore the pretty village and meet the locals with their rich old traditions.

Day 09: Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola (3,640 m-11,942 ft) – 05 hrs.
From this beautiful spot, our journey continues to reach other highlights of this trip. Our route contours a rocky shelf over a river bank towards western end of Phoksumdo Lake. Arrive at a summer grazing field, opening into the vast flood plain of Phokshumdo Khola and stop here for overnight by the riverside. 

Day 10: Trek to Phokshumdo Bhanjyang (4,420 m-14,501.31 ft) – 07 hrs.
From this isolated area, morning walk begins on a gradual path towards a glacial valley which leads north of Phokshumdo khola. Arrive at another confluence where another small stream joins. Walk over a long ridge through grazing area. After a good ascending to reach a ridge top which is offering fabulous scenery of another wide valley and the Kang-La pass on the trail to Shey Gompa.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500 m-14,764 ft) via Kang-La (5,360 m-17,585 ft) -06 hrs.
We start to reach our main destination, Shey Gompa and the Crystal Monastery today.

We will be starting with steep uphill climb over slated stone to reach on the top of Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, the highest point of this adventure. Enjoy a super vista of valleys and snow capped peaks as far towards Mt. Dhaulagiri range.

After a great moment, we descend to the river bank, then on the wet marsh and meadows. See herds of yaks, sheep, goats, nomad’s shelters. Slowly reach a red chorten (Buddhist monument), a relief sign. This long hard trek comes to magnificent Shangri-La at Shey Gompa beneath the Crystal Mountain. 

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery.
Another rest day to marvel the beauty of this mysterious and fascinating place, Visit Shey Monastery, Sheymeaning crystal in Tibetan and the native language. This monastery is also known as Crystal Monastery. It was described in the Peter Matthiessen novel The Snow Leopard. Crystal Mountain is located east of Shey Gompa, strangest and mystical Crystal Mountains, as beams with contorted cliffs laced with quartz, embedded with rich variety of marine fossils. 

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon (4,800 m-15,748 ft) via Saldang La (5,200 m-17,060 ft).
Leaving certainly this strangest and supernatural spot, we will be heading towards farms and villages to the lower Dolpo area with Saldang and Namuna villages. Follow the path lined with juniper trees and descending into a canyon. The trail winds up to Saldang-la pass providing awesome views of surrounding hills and valleys. We will be walking towards a pasture land of yaks, sheep. Take a gradual walk to reach Namduna Gaon which is a nice village with an old monastery of Karmapa of Tibetan Buddhism sect. Namduna Gaon is a farm village that harvests only one crop a year mainly barley, As other villages in the area grow buckwheat’s, mustard, potatoes and radish. 

Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3,620 m-11,877 ft) -05 hours.
We start in a steep rocky slope and dusty barren. After few hour’s climb, reach Saldang another impressive village that is located above a plateau  which is one of the largest villages of inner Dolpo area.

In Saldang there are five villages a prosperous village spread out area. Saldang is the prime village of Dolpo area. It is known not only for its agriculture product, but also for being a major location for trade and caravan route to Tibet. 

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960 m-16,273 ft) – 05 hrs
This great journey leads on to a least visited area by other trekkers. Follow the Nang chu River most of its way in this windswept scenic trail. We hike ups and downs pass to reach Tiling and Lurigaon, a smaller settlement. Walking little further will get into the Yangze village with an old Bon-Po Monastery. Bon–Po or Pa is a pre-Buddhist 6th Century religion that originated before Buddhism came reached Tibet around 6th Century. 

Day 16: Trek to Sibu (4,560 m-14,961 ft) – 07 hrs.
Our route retracing the path towards Saldang village, This route is more straight forward and shorter to Sibu and beyond. Re-cross the path to reach Saldang village. The path follows the river into terraced fields with rows of stupas, chortens and a monastery. We hike through Namdo village which is another large flourishing village with more than 60 houses. Here visit an old impressive Namdo monastery. Descend towards the river side a sheppard’s temporary settlement at Sibu grazing land. 

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la phedi (4,900 m-16,076 ft) -06 hrs
Our return journey leads through many grazing pastures after visiting cultural villages. The morning walk follows Nam Khong Khola (stream) for an hour. Encounter a yak caravan laden with Nepali goods for trade on the way to Tibet border on this old Trans Himalayan Trade route. Follow the same river for for sometime and turns east to confluence of two smaller rivers. We will hike uphill towards Jen–la Pehdi.

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,200 m-13,780 ft) via Jeng la (5,090 m-16,699 ft) – 06 hrs.
We start quiteearly in the morning to cross the last high pass of this adventure. After a gentle climb, reach on the top of Jeng-la marked by prayer flags and stone monuments. Enjoy magnificent views of the distant Dhaulagiri mountain range and towards the west Kagmara, Kanjiboraba Himal. We will start descending to reach Tokyu Gaon. Tokyu Gaon is a pretty village with monastery which is one of the oldest of this area. Have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating village and its monastery. The people of this area belong to both Bon-Po and Chaiba sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Mahayana), living together in friendly harmony. 

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,040 m-13,255 ft) – 05 hrs. 
We start descending towards a wide green valley of Tarap Chu. Pass temporary shelters of Yak herders. After a nice break with great views, walk to Dho Tarap for overnight. Explore this nice village populated mostly by people of Tibetans and the Magar tribes.  

Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamekharka) (3,800 m-12,467 ft) – 08 hrs.
Today WE going to walk one of the longest trek of this trip. As the country changes, reach the lower Dolpo area.  Enjoy a moderate walk on gradual path with few up hills and down. Enter a wide valley and which narrows into a gorge. Take-in the vegetation of juniper, wild rose, and blueberry bushes which is typical in this dry arid landscape being that it is in the inner high Himalayan of the arctic temperate zone.  You may encounter some wild life including herds of blue sheep before reaching into Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, which flows from Tarap River beyond east and originates from the glaciers of North West Dhaulagiri Himalaya range.

After a pleasant trek come to a wonderful grassy field of summer pasture called Kamekharka.

Day 21: Trek to Kharigaon (3,150 m-11,516 ft) – 05 hours. 
After few days of camping in complete wilderness in nice grazing fields, today’s walk leads back to a small village of Khairgaon.  Walking beside Tarap River and enter a deep gorge. Mount above a path built on sheer stony slopes.

The walk into a narrow gorge provides some challenge. We will cross over a flood damaged to reach Kharigaon.

Day 22: Trek to Tarakot (2,850 m-9,350 ft) – 05 hrs. 
The walk today leads to another most interesting and exciting village at Tarakot. Continue heading to the lower side of Dolpo area through Lalberi village and then into tree lines of willow, poplars and junipers. We will follow the river downstream to Tarakot village which is a picturesque village with neat terraced cultivated fields and an old fortress. Tarakot is a village of old interesting history as this place, even before Gorkha king and Shah dynasty who has an ancient capital during Malla period and had forts known as Dzong.

Upon reaching Tarakot village, visit its famous, old Sandul Gompa, standing between the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu.  After an interesting tour of this village, overnight near a monastery on the shelf of a grassy plateau. 

Day 23: Trek to Dunai (2,850 m-9,350 ft) and drive to Jhupal (2, 320 m-7612 ft) – 01 hr.
Our outstanding adventure is coming back to impressive village Dunai. Walk a short distance to a motor road before driving with a jeep to Jhuphal and for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
We will transfer to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj with time to refresh in this warm area, in afternoon catch another flight back to Kathmandu and then transfer to hotel.

Day 25: In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest
This day reserved day in case of flight delay at Jhuphal due to unfavorable weather conditions. On this extra day, you are free to do your own activities. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 25: Departure:
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for  departure towards your next destination. Meals included: Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

Transport: 
–        Airport Pick up and drop transfer by car, van or bus depend on group size.
–        Private Ground transportation as per itinerary
–        All round flight from Kathmandu-Nepalganj- Kathmandu and Nepalganj –Juphel-Nepalganj.
Accommodations:
 –       3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Nepalganj with Breakfast.
–        Private room during the trekking (Tea House section).
Food: 
–       24 Breakfast 20 lunch and 22 Dinner

Permit:
–        Dolpo Special entry permits.
–        TIMS Permit.
Staffs: 
–        An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipments.
Equipments:
–        Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
–        Trek bag
Taxes:
Taxes are included

Excluded:
–       Meals as Mention in the inclusive list. 
–        Tips to staff or any donations.
–        Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in kathmandu & Nepalganj.
–        Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation (Just in case).
–        All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold drinks, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks).
–        All personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:     Hotels & Lodge
Trek grade:                        Moderate to Adventurous
Highest altitude gain:    5,360 m at Kang-La.
Total Trip:                        24 / 25 days
Seasons:                           March to June & September to November.

Trip Highlights

Beautiful traditional impressive villages, isolated remote living, green to barren hills, forest, picturesque landscapes and mountains are the main attraction of this trip, around Snow Leopard trail to Shey Gompa, on the far north west of world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m and, dramatic variation from sub-tropic -Mediterranean, alpine to arctic climatic zone, daily amazing views of snow capped mountains, visit of turquoise Phoksumdo lake, fascinating traditional mid hills of Thakuri, Dolpa’s & Magar tribe villages, crossing of high scenic passes of Kang la, Saldang-la and Jeng-la of over 5,000 meters high.

 

Trip Information's

Arriving in Nepal & Transfers:  Before you depart for Nepal please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our staff and representative will have a sign-board with “Trexmount Ventures“, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal. Please note our phone numbers if in-case of flight delay and change in time & schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and don’t give any money who ever asks for it. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Passport: Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements: You can either processed tourist visas from any Nepalese Embassy or via the web or you upon arrival in Nepal. Please note that once the visa is issued, it may not be amended or re-validated and visa fees will not be refunded. USD cash or Visa and Master Card credit cards are accepted for visa fees. Visitors who wanted to get tourist visa at arrival, they can obtain into following arrival points in Nepal:
Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu| Kodari| Kakarbhitta| Birgunj| Belhiya Bhairahawa | Nepalgunj |Dhangadi | Mahendranagar.

REQUIREMENTS for Visa is as following:
Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form.
Visa fees easier to be paid in cash.
Visa fees at arrival points in Nepal: Visa for 15 days = $25, For 30 days = $40, For 90 days = $100.
Please also note that: Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points of Nepal.

Note: Nigeria | Ghana | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Cameroon | Somalia | Liberia| Ethiopia| Iraq| Palestine and Afghanistan’s Travel Document holders (Passport holder) should apply for a tourist visa at the Nepalese Embassy. Entry validity: The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Nepal which is Six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension: A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than cumulative 150 days.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS.
Country entry regulations can be changed, Unique Path Travels does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Currency: The official currency in Nepal is Rupee. The most commonly use symbol for Rupee is NPR or Rs. One Rupee is made up of 100 Paisa, a smaller unit.  There are coins  for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Nepal.

Money Exchange: Nepal Rastra Bank (National Bank)  sets the exchange rate and lists rate in daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity.  The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Kathmandu, Pokhara and so on. Where you can get cash (only Nepalese Rupee) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 30,000 NPR a day from your Card.

Accommodations: In Nepal most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Nepal trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Travel / Medical Insurance: Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trexmount Ventures .

Vaccinations: Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical center for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note: Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend: A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies: In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items: Band Aids / bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur if one does not acclimatize well while trekking in the high Himalayan region. Usually the symptom of AMS can be felt above 3,000 m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness:

  1.  AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness: 
    The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.
  2. HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
    This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.
  3. Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
    The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by heli-copter or by other possible arrangements.

Decision Making: All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation and in helicopter.

  1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise. 
  2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.

Prevention is better than cure. A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

  • Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 
  • Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
    Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 
  • Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
    Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment: The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent, the best way of recovering. However, there are few medicine which maybe helpful when suffering: Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important: Go up slowly with take your own pace. Do not let your body get cold. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day). Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Nepal is not mandatory. It is now a traditional way, asset by earlier visitors, to tip guides, porters and Tour Driver, who now expect a tip. Any gratuity for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is part of Nepalese culture, especially in markets when hiring the local vehicles, buying the jewelery and local clothing.

Travel Tip: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Safe Travel:

  • Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
  • Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.
  • Pickpockets are not common in Nepal but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.
  • Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket.

Time Zone: Nepal Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:45 Hours).

Climate: Nowhere in the world is the climate so distinct and poles apart. The long stretch of the northern frontier, which is mostly rugged terrain, towered by the mighty Himalayas experiences arctic type of climate and a few hours down south at the fringes of the Indian borderlands the landscape and climate changes dramatically as the elevation decreases. With lush green tropical forests and vast stretches of plains one can encounter hot humid climate.

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal – winter, spring, monsoon and autumn.
The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Himalayan region climate varies as per the altitude wise from the low southern land of Gangetic plains of Terai at 60meters above sea level to the mid hills-valleys at 9,00m, 1500-200m and to the high mountain settlement at 3000-4000m and above. From over 40oC warm sub-tropic, to the arctic climate of -0oC to -20oC conditions exists. Here’s our Climate Guide that can help you with your selection of treks in the Himalayan region and Good Luck! Nepal and its Himalayan range have a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time in Nepal and around the Himalaya. As the Himalayan regions have low precipitations, the snow fall is limited depending upon the region, season and elevation. The main trekking area of Annapurna Region will be as follows.

From 800m-1200m quite subtropical climate with hot and humidity in summer and at end of spring till starting of autumn, however in winter the temperature drops down almost 0 degree Celsius with mild sunshine of 15-18 degree Celsius.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.

Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

From 3000m-4000m. minimum of 0-5 degree Celsius and maximum of 15-18 degree Celsius. Above 5000m it can snow even summer, while it rains below but the snow melts quickly as it reaches the ground at this time of the year in summer and monsoon. (The wind chill factor above 3000m-4000m can be quite freezing bringing the temperatures down. In the Everest Region and as at other High Himalayan region the temperatures are as follows from 2000m on-wards.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.
Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.
Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

In winter Dec to mid Feb this place can be very cold at sometimes in places like Loboche on-wards with minimum of -15-20 degree Celsius and maximum of 12-15 degree Celsius.

Above 3000m on-wards the afternoon sun will be brilliant with much glare and  strong UV (Ultra Violet Ray) while in the sun, however the temperatures drops down dramatically while in the shade.

Temperatures Chart

(In Celsius)  

                    1,330m                  850m                     200-300m (above sea level)

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan

                    max min                max min                max min

Jan               19     2                   20     8                    24   7
Feb              20      4                  21     8                    26   8                  
Mar              25      8                  27   11                   33   12       
Apr              30     11                 33   12                   35   18
May             30     16                 30   19                   35   20
Jun               30     20                 30   20                  35   23
Jul                29      21                30   21                   33   24
Aug              29      20                30   21                   33   24
Sep              27     19                29   20                   32   22
Oct               23      15                27   18                   31   18
Nov             23      4                 23     11                  29   12
Dec              20       2                  20     8                   24     8                           

Rainfall Chart (in mm.)                                 

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan                

Jan               25                         15                          10

Feb              25                         15                          10

Mar              75                         30                          10

Apr              50                         50                          15

May             100                         300                         200

Jun               225                         575                         300

Jul                375                         800                         500

Aug              360                         700                         450

Sep              175                         575                         400

Oct               50                         220                         100

Nov             10                         20                           5   

Dec              10                            5                            5                                

Climate Chart:   Kathmandu. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

95%   91%   93%   85%   74%   54%   33%   37%   62%   88%   98%   99%

5:54    5:39    7:37    9:30    5:43    4:54    2:37    2:23    3:18    5:12    5:12    5:06

Pokhara. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

94%   94%   89%   80%   53%   5%     3%     3%     7%     64%   96%   99%

5:49    6:23    7:19    8:59    5:17    4:02    2:04    1:34    1:44    4:30    4:51    5:12

Voltage:  Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy: Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water:  You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Photography: Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offense by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

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