Lower Dolpo Trekking ..18 Days

Trip Introduction

Trekkers relatively rarely visit the remote and wild district of Dolpa and yet it offers a wonderful chance to experience  a landscape and culture far different from that seen in other pars of the country. The treks that are possible are divided into lower and Upper Dolpa.

Located in the central west of the country the focal point of the area is the Shey Phoksundo National Park. This remote and rugged protected area is both scenically and culturally attractive. It is the habitat of various rare and endangered plant and wildlife speices many of which can be seen nowhere else in the country. Animal species of particular interest in the national park are populations of snow leopard, grey wolf and blue sheep.

The least complicated trek to undertake, and also one of the most popular treks in the west of Nepal, is the trek to Lower Dolpa. It is relatively easy to visit provided you have the services of a reputable agency ans unexperienced guides. The season for both Upper and lower Dolpa is generally reckoned to be June to September. A trekking permit is required, see the section of permits and fees. The trek passes through Shey Phoksundo National Park for which an entry fee must be paid in addition to the trekking permit.

The fasest access is by air to Juphal, which is located about four hours walk from the district headquarters of Dunai. There are flights to Juphal from Nepalgunj on a regular basis. Alternatively, it is possible to trek to Dunai from Dhorpatan, which in turn can be reached from Tansen or Pokhara as described in the Dhorpatan circuit trek.

The lower Dolpa trek circuit can be completed in as little as eight ays from Juphal back to Juphal but ten to twelve days is a more reasonable allowances as bad weather can strike at any time and delay the party. Additionally, extra days will allow for some sight-seeing side trips. The circuit can be completed either clockwise or anticlosewise, depending on preference but in both cases the focal points of the trek are Phoksundo Lake and the Tarap Valley.

For an anti-clockwise trek the route leaves Juphal and follows the valley of the Barbung Khola through Dunai and Tarakot. Tarakot was the capital of the independent kingdom of Tichurong before the Gorkha invasions. The remains of the palace can be seen close to th Barbung Khola.

Just east of Tarakot the trail swings north to follow the Tarap Valley, an area steeped in religious significance with an abundance of Buddhist and Bonpo temples. The two days trek up the Tarap valley to Dho Tarap csn be difficult if the trails has been washed  away by one of the many waterfalls that enter  the valley. The trail crosses and recrosses  the Tarap Khola so a local guide  is invaluable to make sure that the correct trail is followed. Be sure to take your time ascending the Tarap Khola, as the altitude at Dho Tarap is over 4000 meters. Dho Tarap is an ideal place to spend a couple of days. The flat upper valley contains a number of villages mostely inhabited by people of Magar and Gurung origin although they speak and dress like the Tibetans that they share the valley with. There are a number of Buddhist and Bon temples here, all worth investigating.

From Dho Tarap, two high passes must be crosses in order to reach Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake. The crossing can be made in two days from Dho but snow on the passes can easily extend this.

The attraction around Phoksundo Lake will justify another extension to the programme. At the southern end, near Ringmo is a truly impressive waterfall, over 300 meters high, that constitutes the main outlet from the lake. The lake itself is quite large being around five kilometer wide. Glaciers entering directly into the lake feed its crystal clear waters. At this time, travel north of the lake is restricted to trekkers with an upper Dolpa pertmit but  the lakeshore close to Ringmo can be explored. The Buddhist gompa at Ringmo, set in a forest  glade, is also worthy of a visit. Ringmo is isolated by snow from October to March or April and during this time its inhabitants move down to winter villages a day's walk below Ringmo.

From Ringmo it takes another two or three days to trek back to Juphal passing through the winter villages of Sumduwa, Sepla and Hanke.

DAY 01 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

DAY 02 – SIGHTSEEING / CULTURAL DAY IN KATHMANDU VALLEY
Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 03 – KATHMANDU TO NEPALGUNJ

We have to fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is the jumping-off place for flights and busses throughout western Nepal. Unfortunately there is no connecting flight to Jumla (the start of our trek), so we will spend the night here.

DAY 04 – NEPALGUNJ TO JUMLA
An early morning plane will take us to the town of Jumla, which lies on the banks of the Tila Khola river at 2370 meter. Jumla is one of the highest rice-growing areas of the world, where the unique ‘red’-rice is grown. We will meet our trekking crew today and make the final preparations for our camping-trek.

DAY 05 – JUMLA TO GOTHI CHAUR (2500M)
From Jumla our trail leads past several water-driven mills before dropping to the confluence of the Tila Khola and the Chaudhabise Khola. We cross both rivers on a cantilever bridge which looks like it is held together by giant clothes pegs. From here our trail climbs gently alongside rice terraces to the village of Dochal Ghara at 2530 meter. From here we follow the trail through a forest of maples and walnuts to a meadow. In season the wildflowers seen here include cinquefoils, terrestrial orchids, forget-me-nots, mints, buttercups, primulas, edelweiss and gentians. Beyond the meadow the trail climbs to a rocky cairn at Pattyata Lagna (2830m), and then descends into a magnificent alpine amphitheatre towards Gothi Chaur close to the stream at the bottom of the valley. At the spring here there are some 13th century Malla dynasty stone carvings. We set up camp close to the river (5 hrs).

DAY 06 – GOTHI CHAUR TO NAPHUKANA (3080M)
We will re-enter the Tila river valley and follow this river slowly to its source. After ascending through fields of barley and buckwheat we arrive at the trail junction at Muni Sangu, a small settlement where we can see peculiar carved wooden faces, called dok-pa and are supposed to offer protection from evil spirits. These faces can be seen throughout the whole Dolpo region. We stay on the southern side of the river from here as the valley slowly becomes narrower and follow our way to Changrikot (a series of houses built into the hillside on the opposite side of the river at 2900m). The trail then finally crosses the river and climbs towards the grey stone houses of Chotra (3010m). The village has typical mani walls (walls containing stones carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers) and a kani (arch, decorated with paintings on the inside) over the trail. A short distance from here is the Tibetan settlement of Naphukana where we will make our camp (6 hrs).

DAY 07 – NAPHUKANA TO BALASA (3110M)
The trail becomes steeper today as it climbs past rocky fields to forests of oaks and birch trees strangled with Spanish moss. The climb will end at the Mauri lagna (‘honey pass’) at 3820 meter. From this pass we have good views of the snowy peaks of Gutumba (5608m) and Mataumba (5767m) to the north-east and Bhalu Himal (5460m) to the south. We will descent from here to the Bheri valley to the large Khampa settlement of Chaurikot at 3060 meter. A short time past this village there are some excellent campsites alongside the trail (5 hrs).

DAY 08 – BALASA TO KAIGAON (2610M)
We will continue our trek through walnut forests; the local people seldom eat the nuts but use them as a source for cooking oil. We slowly descend to the village of Rimi at 2890 meter, where the amusing faces of the dok-pa peek at us from the tops of houses. After crossing the stream we will arrive in Kaigaon, where we will find the first shop since leaving Jumla (3-4 hrs).

DAY 09 -KAIGAON TO TOIJEM (2920M)
We follow the west bank of the Bheri river and climb slowly up leaving the river deep below us. The trail stays high above the river and continues to the confluence where the Jagdula and Garpung Kholas join to form the Bheri. We then drop to the Jagdula Khola river and cross it on stones to our campsite near the army post at Toijem (5 hrs).

DAY 10 – TOIJEM TO KAGMARA PHEDI (4000M)
Today we follow the trail up the western side of the Garpung Khola river to about 3650 meter, after which we cross it and continue upstream on the eastern side. The valley narrows and the river becomes a series of waterfalls as the trail climbs to a moraine at 3900 meter. We will make a high camp in the boulders at Kagmara Phedi. The panoramic views of the peaks from here are sensational. Wildflowers are of the hardy alpine species, including blue poppies, buttercups, mint, gentians and puffballs. Among the birds here you may sight snow pigeons, redstarts, ravens and griffons. This is also an excellent place to spot blue sheep (6 hrs).

DAY 11 – KAMARGA PHEDI TO LASA (4060M)
We start early to climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to Kagmara La pass at 5115 meter. Then we descend about 900 meter along a stream into the Pungmo valley. On this side of the pass there are sweeping scree slopes and massive rock formations that contrast with the vertical uplifts and thrusts of the southern side. We descend further to Lasa, a shepherds’ camp at about 4060m (7 hrs).

DAY 12 – LASA TO SUMDUWA (3100M)
The trail stays high above the stream, which eventually becomes the Pungmo Khola river. The route enters birch and juniper forests, which give away to blue pines as the trail crosses the river on a wooden bridge. The route continues through barley fields to the fortress-like village of Pungmo. From here we continue our way downstream to the school at Sumduwa and descend to a camp on the banks of the Phoksumdo Khola (5 hrs).

DAY 13 – SUMDUWA TO PHOKSUMDO LAKE (3730M)
We will join the direct trail to Phoksumdo lake today climbing through forests of big cedars on to Palam (3710m), a winter settlement used by the people of the Ringmo village. The entrance station for the Shey Phoksumdo National Park is at the south end of the village. The route then descends on switchbacks through open country to an elevation of 3300 meter, and then starts up another set of dusty switchbacks to a ridge at 3780 meter to the highest waterfall in Nepal (200 meter high). Our route then continues on to Ringmo village, a picturesque settlement of flat-roofed stone houses with lots of mani walls. Just below Ringmo we cross a bridge and follow the trail to Phoksumdo Lake, where we camp at the national park camping grounds west of the lake (6 hrs).

DAY 14 – PHOKSUMDO LAKE
Today we rest to admire the beauty of this great lake. We visit nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist Settlers and can make a short excursion to the white Pal Sentan Thasoon Chholing Gompa, a Bon-po gompa overlooking the lake, which is said to be build 60 generations ago.

DAY 15 – PHOKSUMDO LAKE TO RENJE (3010M)
We back track our path to Ringmo village and continue past Palam to the Suli Gaad valley, following the stream originating from the Phoksumdo Lake. After a descent of almost 900 meters we will arrive in the small village of Renje, which consists of 9 houses on the side of the river. Here we will find a good campsite about 5 minutes from the village (5 hrs).

DAY 16 – RENJE TO CHEPKA (2670M)
Our route follows several ups and downs alongside the river through forests of firs and larches as it continues downstream. The trail then becomes a collection of rocks and sticks forming a dyke along the river bank. We will set up camp beside a huge rock in a walnut grove about 20 minutes away from Chepka. (4-5 hrs).

DAY 17 – CHEPKA TO JUPHAL (2354M)
Today we walk to the region famous for its lotus-like plant called chuk, which is used to make vinegar and medicines. We pass through the villages of Ankhe, Rahagaon and Parela, meaning ‘eye’, ‘eyebrow’ and ‘eyelash’ respectively. We keep walking downstream following the river to Dunai. From here we ascend to Juphal climbing through wide meadows. In Juphal we will spend the night in one of its hotels where a well deserved hot shower awaits us (7 hrs).

DAY 18 – JUPHAL TO NEPALGUNJ
We fly to Nepalgunj today and connect with our flight back to Kathmandu next day.

DAY 19 – NEPALGUNJ TO KATHMANDU
We take our return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 20 – KATHMANDU
Departure from Kathmandu.

Prices:

Starting From: $1899

Cost includes:

  • Meet / Greet with flower on arrival terminal of Kathmandu international airport.
  • Transfer from International airport to hotel (vehicle will be provided as per group size). Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks on arrival at Hotel.
  • 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel on twin sharing basis for 03 nights with bed and breakfast.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Nepaljung and Dunai & Vice Versa airfares.
  • Air Cargo Charges in order to supply trekking gears and meals ( we also have part of storages in Dunai)
  • Trekking Crews food and transport from Kathmandu to Dunai and return.
  • One Night stay in Nepaljung at Hotel Siddhartha or Similar and half day tour in Nepaljung.
  • Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley covering major UNESCO listed sites.
  • Three course of delicious meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.) Depending on the types of Trekking.
  • Twin sharing camping accommodation throughout the trekking route.
  • Travel crews including local Guide, Sherpa, Cook, Kitchen boy, Porter. The total no of crews are decided as per the group size & requirement accordingly.
  • Trekking equipments including Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Toilet Tent, Shower Tent, Shower Bag, Table and Chair, Sleeping Bag, Mattresses & Pillows Etc.
  •  All meals, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance and other expenses of travel crews.
  • Shey-Phoksundo National Park fees & Lower Dolpo Trekking Permit.
  • First aid kit box  & Emergency rescue service by helicopter ( You must have insurance Coverage)
  • Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant.
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport.
  • One Trekking Map for each Member in Kathmandu Hotel on arrival.
  • All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change) ( No Hidden Cost )

Cost does not include: 

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc.
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

NEPAL ( HIMALAYA )

We offer the finest and the most complete adventure package in Nepal. Our programs allow you to experience all aspects of this truly wonderful country and we make sure that you get the most from your trip. The following travel information has been prepared to ensure your hassle-free trip to Nepal:

PASSPORT & VISA

All travelers to Nepal must hold a valid passport except Indian ID holders. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. As of Now, US$ 25 for 15 Days and US$ 40 for 30 Days on arrival.

An entry visa for Nepal can be obtained either in advance from your local embassy or upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport.

CLIMATE

Temperatures could vary from cool mornings and evenings to heated-up middays due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes.

Mid-October/November- Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings.

December/January/February- Clear skies, warm afternoons but cold nights.

March/April/May- Clear mornings, hazy skies in the afternoon, hot during the day and cool evenings.

June/July/August- This is Nepal's rainy season, fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.

BAGGAGE

We strongly recommend you pack in a soft-sided bag in order to keep the weight down. Departing from Nepal, the weight limit is 42 pounds (20 Kg.). Only two check-in bags and one hand carry bag are allowed. Excess baggage is charged up to US $ 15 per Kg. Make sure you have locks/padlocks for the bags.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

ABOUT TOWN

Unless you plan to attend a special party, ceremony or an official function, dress casually. In middle-to-higher priced establishments, men wear slacks and a sports shirt; women wear a casual dress, or a skirt or slacks outfit. Conservative outfits are always appropriate and recommended. Both in the cities and along trekking trails, tight revealing clothing and shirtless men may offend the modest norm. However, outside of Kathmandu loose-fitting shorts with decent length are acceptable for both men and women.

ON TOUR

Comfortable clothes made of breathable fabrics are essential. Shorts and a loose shirt of lightweight cotton are ideal during the day, since it is always warm. Comfortable trousers would also be appropriate. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures drop considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.

WHILE TREKKING

The most important item you will require while trekking is suitable footwear. Lightweight walking boots with ankle support and rubber soles with thick tread are the best. Unless you're trekking during the rainy season, they needn't be waterproof. It is important that your walking boots are comfortable and broken-in; uncomfortable shoes can ruin the entire trek. Your boots should be worn with thick natural-fiber socks.

For your convenience, Exotic Himalayas Nepal will provide each traveler with a day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, walking stick, cotton scarf and sun hat. Down jackets, wool gloves and hats can be purchased in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in Lukla.

TOILETRIES AND MEDICAL ITEMS

All travelers should bring a supply of personal toiletries. Sometimes, trekkers do suffer from blisters, colds, coughs and minor stomach upsets. Therefore, we recommend every traveler to bring a basic medical kit containing nail scissors, moleskin, Band-Aids, sunscreen, diarrhea tablets, aspirin and a remedy for colds and coughs. Taking Acidophilus tablets a few weeks before travel can help prevent bacterial diarrhea abroad.

CUSTOMS

There are limitations on the export of Nepalese antiques and items of archaeological or historical value. If you purchase any such item, ask the shopkeeper to assist you in obtaining an export license from the Department of Archaeology; reputable dealers are usually willing to assist. Antique carpets, brass metal statues, and Thankas (finely detailed paintings depicting Buddhist themes) are among the items in this category. Remember, it is illegal to import any items made from any endangered species of wildlife into most countries.

PACKING CHECKLIST

To assist you in planning your trip, we have prepared a suggested packing list. It is meant as a guideline only. Always take your own preferences into account when determining what to bring.

CLOTHING

Please refer to our Equipment Check List.

If you're willing to do a white water rafting, add a pair of rubber sandals and a pair of quick drying shorts. We will provide life jackets, helmets and waterproof drums for your equipment.

If you're visiting Chitwan National Park, some of your clothing should be in neutral colors, like khaki. White and bright colored clothes may disturb the wildlife.

If you're trekking during the off-season, heavier (waterproof) boots and outerwear will be required.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is mainly available in the Kathmandu Valley with few hours of power cut. The current is 220 V/50 Cycles. Sockets have either three round pins or two thick round pins. An extra battery is important due to periodic power supply.

CURRENCY

Money Exchangers or Banks will easily exchange your currency into Nepalese Rupees. Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted by most local hotels, but only accepted in some restaurants and shops. Master and Visa Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards.

TIPPING

It is not an obligatory culture to tip any where you travel within Nepal. However, since, the total suggested amount does not exceed US $ 70 for a two week program and US $ 35 dollars for a trek; you may choose to tip with some extra cash to show your appreciation for the service provided. 10% of the total amount is appropriate.

BANKING HOURS

Banks are open for money exchange and other transactions from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, throughout the week except for Saturdays and other public holidays.

HEALTH

Even though trekking is not so physically demanding, you still have to be in good health, as medical facilities are only sparsely available in the trekking areas. Kathmandu’s altitude is 4500 feet and we trek between n 3500 to 7000 feet, so altitude sickness should not affect you at these heights. However, almost everyone experiences shortness of breath in some uphill climbs. Those with breathing difficulties should consult a physician prior to the trip to determine their fitness for travel.

Only boiled water is safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a flask of purified drinking water in each room: when in doubt, stick to bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, however you can still treat your water with purifying tablets. Remember, even ice should be avoided when you don’t want to risk your health.

During emergency situations in trekking without road access, a helicopter is chartered. You will then be air lifted with your guide to Kathmandu where you will be received by our office staff and taken to an international hospital. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Apart from the inaccessible areas of the trek, you will be rescued by road to Kathmandu where the same procedure will take place. You have to ensure that your insurance policy covers all the expenses for any unforeseen and unpleasant incident. Medical evacuation by helicopter has to be paid for by clients prior to the departure from Kathmandu. 

SAFETY

Thefts do occasionally occur in Nepal. Therefore, your valuables should be protected. Always carry your passport, airline tickets, and other valuables with you, or lock them in the hotel’s safety box. We recommend leaving valuable jewelry at home, and using lockable baggage.

TREKKING CONDITIONS AND PREPARATION

Each morning, after an early breakfast we set out at around 8:30 a.m. We will stop mid-morning for tea and continue trekking until lunch break around midday. The trails are winding and well worn, but are generally in good condition. Along the way, there will be ample time to stop and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop, and to explore the countryside. After lunch, we continue until our overnight accommodations, where we arrive around 4:00 PM. During the day, we walk 6 to 8 miles per day.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We urge our guests to purchase adequate trip cancellation, medical and baggage protection. Please ask for additional information.

ETIQUETTE

While Nepal is generally a tranquil and informal country, there are a few norms visitors should be aware of. While entering temples, you must always take your shoes off and the customary practice implies while entering a Nepali house. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather clothes or accessories. Other temples such as Pashupatinath, devotees besides Hindus are strictly forbidden to enter. These customs are well marked around the temple premises, generally with signs in English and we strongly recommend you to respect such practices.

BEGGING

We discourage giving anything to beggars, particularly to children. If you wish to help, it is more fruitful to give contribution to your tour leader who will fairly distribute the donation to the local schools. Exceptions can be made for physically handicapped and to wandering religious mendicants called “Sadhus.”

MINIMIZING YOUR IMPACT

Getaway strongly supports the conservation and preservation of the nature and historical places by opting for lodges over camps during the treks. By doing so, make minimal use of the valuable firewood and make least impact in the nature, which is our chief goal.

COMMUNICATION

A Ncell Sim Card for mobile phones are easily available at NPR 100, approximately 1.5 $ upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport just on the right side of the arrival Terminal.  Be sure, you can produce them a copy of your Passport and one Passport size (1.5”X1.5”) picture. This Ncell Mobile Phone is well connected to almost in major towns and tourist hubs in Nepal except for some trekking routes.

LANGUAGE

The national language is Nepali, with multiple distinct dialects spoken in different parts of Nepal. All of our guides speak English, also the porters, however at a more basic level. In  touristic places like Thamel, Lake Side and Sauraha, Chitwan English is widely spoken.

TIME ZONE

Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time; 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

PHOTOGRAPHY

We recommend bringing all the camera equipment and film you'll need for your trip. Most people find Nepal more photographable things in here than anticipated, so it is a good idea to bring more films than you think you'll actually need. However 100, 200 and 400 ASA films are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and are relatively inexpensive.

FOOD AND DRINK

Kathmandu has a surprising wide variety of restaurants serving many types of international cuisine. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nepal has a laid back and relaxed culture and service can be relatively slower than what the Westerners are used to. Outside of the cities, the food is primarily a combination of Nepalese (which has a large Indian influence), and Tibetan. Rice, lentils and vegetables are staples, with a variety of meats used somewhat sparingly. Tasty soups, fresh breads and steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables stuffing are among the local favorites.

TRANSPORTATION 

Taxis: Metered taxis are easily available. However, they generally do not use their meters for Westerners. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting in or insist on having the meters on.

Rickshaws: These two-seater tricycles are a fun way to see the city. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting on.

Bicycles and Motorcycles: Bicycles can be rented from bike shops or hotels on per hour or day basis. Motorcycles can also be rented, however,a driving license is required.

Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!

Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.

The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.

A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.

For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.

Is trekking for everyone?

Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like.  One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.

We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.

Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.

Types of Trekking

# Tea House (Lodge) Trekking

# Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)

# Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.

Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers.  Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.

Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.

Trekking Seasons

Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.

Autumn:  September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.

Winter:   December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.

Spring:   March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.

Summer: June to August - Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.

Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries 

We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.

Causes of Accident       

Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

MEDICAL CONSIDERATION

Immunizations

Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.

Suggested Medicine

Lip Salve (Chap Stick, blister or glacier cream)

Foot powder

Band-Aids (plasters) and tape

Moleskin or other blister pads

Elastic (Ace) bandage

Antiseptic

Aspirin

Throat lozenges or cough drops

Decongestant tablets

Iodine-small bottle for water purification

Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP

Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy

Thermometer

Antibiotic eye drop

Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)

Azithromycin

Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%

Decongestant (Actifed)

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Hydrocortisone 1%

Ioperamide (Imodium)

Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin

Paracetamol

Painkiller

Promethazine (Phenergan)

Ranitidine

Rehydration salts

Tinidazole

Suntan lotion or sun-block cream

Recommended Vaccines & Immunization

Cholera

Typhoid-paratyphoid

Tetanus

Polio (oral)

Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)

Typhus

Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)

Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.

The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.

WATER

Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water  safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is  to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.

CLOTHING EQUIPMENT

The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.

TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS

NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Organized Trekkers

Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour/s

TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.

Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt.Ltd: Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Documents required for different Permits

To obtain TIMS Card

Passport

Two (2) Passport-size Photographs

Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa

Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays: 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)

10 AM – 4 PM  (from mid November to mid February

GUIDE BOOKS:

Nepal, APA, APA Publishers

Nepal, Nelles, Nelles

Trekking in Nepal, Bezruchka, Mountaineers

Lonely Planet Nepal

MAPS

Mandala

Nelles
Recommended Restaurants: You may find many international standard Restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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Trip Information

Price start from : $ 1899

Activities:

Trekking & Hiking

Accommodation:

Tented Camp & Home Stay

Trip Duration:

2-3 weeks

Trip Grade:

Hard

Altitude:

4900 Meters

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Transportation:

By air and Private Vehicle

Group Size:

2-14 Pax

Best Month:

March to June & Sep to Dec

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