Day 1: Warm welcome to Nepal, Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m):
Welcome to Nepal. Upon your arrival, a representative from all Nepal Hiking will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our representative will transfer you to your hotel and will explain you about the trek in brief. You may ask our guides if you’ve any query regarding the trek. Our staffs will also assist you for the trek preparation. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel. Overnight in Hotel. B
Day 2: Halfday sightseeing/ trekking preparation:
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most cultural attraction in Kathmandu including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Durbar Square, Pashupati temple, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Boudhanath Stupa. You will also meet your trek leader for a briefing about the trek beginning from the next day. After the briefing, there will be a short question and answer session about your trip in which you may ask anything regarding the trek. We all finalize our preparation for the trek. In the evening enjoy the nightlife in Kathmandu. BB
Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m): 45 min
Nepalgunj lies in the Mid Western region of Nepal, close to Nepal India border. It is a lowland terrain. The 45 minute flight with great views passes through hilly mid-regions of Nepal, with the long-range of Himalayas in the north. Transfer to hotel and evening tour by Rikshaw to Bageswori temple on the Nepal-India Border. Overnight in Hotel. FB
Day 4: Fly to Jhuphal (2475 m) and trek to Dunai (2140 m): 4 hrs
A 30 minute early morning flight to Jhuphal. We need to arrange porter, fuels and things in Jhuphal. We will take some lunch in Jhuphal. Jhuphal is on the ridge, we walk steep down through a beautiful village, houses are joined with each other, there are Hindu flags in their roof top and the houses are built with mud and rocks. The path is steep downhill mostly till the banks of Thuli Bheri and flat to Dunai. Overnight in Hotel. FB (Dunai is the headquarters of Dolpo district)
Day 5: Dunai to Shar Tara (2730 m): 7 hrs
After having breakfast in the hotel, we trek through Thuli Bheri River. The trails will be full of local villagers, the donkeys carry stuffs for villages up to upper Dolpa. The temperature is a bit high during the day time. We can walk with wearing shorts. The trail is almost flat, overnight in hotel. FB
Day 6: Shahar Tara to Laina Odar (3370 m): 8 hrs
After Shahar Tara, we won’t have proper settlements for the next few days till Dho Tarap. So we are fully equipped with tent, fuel and foods. We can get some tented hotel, where you can order some food as well. Usually, we will have fixed tent next to local big tent like a big house, safety matters! The trail passes through the nature and is full of ups and downs. We will be in Laina Odar. Sleep inside the tent. FB
Day 7: Laina Odar to Toltol (3523 m): 7 hrs
After taking our breakfast, we leave Laina early for Toltol. Another day of full of ups and down through the Dho Khola, the beginning of Thuli Bheri River. We really can enjoy the unique landscape of Dolpo region, with rocky hills, wild animals, various species of butterfly, and the blooming flowers on the trail is amazing. Tented camp next to the river. FB
Day 8: Toltol to Dho-Tarap (3945 m): 5 hrs.
Now, we are in the dry region of mountain beyond the trees lines. We can see only juniper bushes, wild roses with sharp thrones, many types of flowers in the ground, different shapes and full of deep colors. We gradually trek up to the Dho Valley. The valley gets wider and we can see the Dho valley with crops on the field, and the monastery with colorful praying Buddhist flags in the upper ridge of the valley. Overnight at Hotel. FB
Day 9: Rest Day, Explore Bon Monasteries, Visit local village
Today is the day for getting used to the height, or the acclimatization Day. Dho valley is long and lies on east to west. First, we visit a Bon monestry in Sipchyo on the eastern part of the Dho valley. Then we can climb up to the hill, there is Amchey lama and from that monastery we can see the bird’s eyes views of the Dho-Tarap Village. To get into the local houses of Dho Tarap village and to know their life style, food, jewels, dresses, etc will be an extra experience of this trek. Another attraction would be a visit to the Crystal Mountain School. Students of the School get standard facilities even in such a remote area. Sleep in Hotel. FB
Day 10: Dho Tarap to Numa-La Base Camp (4440 m): 5 hrs
After staying two wonderful nights in Dho -Tarap, we continue our trip to Tokyu, a village in the same Dho Tarap Valley. We cross the small river and visit a newly built monastery and our journey continues toward Numa-La Base camp. Grazing yaks and horses can be seen on the field. If you are trekking in May /June, the Caravan in the hunt for Yarcha Gumba makes you think about how important or costly Yarcha Gumba is. Hundreds of thousands of people from the Dolpo and even from lowlands will be in such elevation, camping for months in their search for Yarcha Gumba (it is half plant and half insect) half of its body is in within the ground and the remaining half is above the ground as a plant. Overnight in the tent. FB
Day 11: Numa-La Base Camp to Numa-La (5310 m) and to Danigar (Banga La Base Camp) (4512 m): 9 hrs
After having some breakfast, we start our trekking to Numa-La early in the morning. The first one hour is steeply up and another 3 hours goes gradually upward with wonderful views of Kannjiroba and Mt. NorbiKang mountains. The landscape is amazing with wide views of mountain desert. We step down to Baga-La Base Camp, another 4 hours slow walk to get down to Danigar. Overnight in the tent. FB
Day 12: Danighar to Baga-La (5170 m) and to Yak-Kharka (3860 m): 7 hrs
Danighar is lies on the banks of Panklanga Khola (river). After crossing the river, the trekking trail goes vertically up to the Baga La. It takes about 3 hrs to the top with magnificent views surrounded by landscapes and snow capped mountains. We trek down to the Yak Kharka for another three hours. Overnight in the tented camp. FB
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake) (3641 m): 4 hrs
Here, we are again in the tree line, we can see vegetation like pines, walnut, willow oak etc. Our first one hour trek will be through the vegetation and another 2 hours we walk through the cliffs, narrow rocky with the great views of the landscape. We are very close to our today’s destination Phoksundo Lake. After taking lunch, we may visit Ringmo village, Phoksundo Lake and the monastery on the north corner of the lake. The lake views from the courtyard of the monastery are amazing. Overnight in Hotel. FB
Day 14: Ringmo to Chhepka (2838 m): 7 hrs
The easy way down to Chhepka, through the forest and there is a beautiful viewpoint of waterfall running out from the Shay Phoksundo Lake. From the viewpoint, the trail is rocky and dusty and goes steep down to Amchi Hospital. It would be nice to visit the Hospital where there are Amchy monks. The monks collect herbs and they grind the herbs to make powder which is distributed to the needy people. Overnight in Hotel. FB
Day 15: Chhepka to Jhuphal 5 hrs
Leaving Chepka, follow the Phoksundo River. Sloping upwards and down to Sulighat, Wherethere is national Park Head Quarter then we meet trail we started on the first day of our trekking. Climb uphill to get Jhuphal at the end. We can have Jhuphal village tour in the evening. Overnight at hotel. FB
Day 16: Morning flight to Nepalgunj and next available flight to Kathmandu the same day
Fly to Nepalgunj and same day next available flight to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your Hotel. If interested, you may do the last minute shopping. All Nepal Hiking will organize a dinner for you in a typical Nepal restaurant with ANH staffs. Overnight in Hotel. FB
Day 17: Optional sightseeing around Kathmandu and Souvnir Hounting and more
We can arrange short or long day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Sightsseing around Patan or Bhaktapur and more monuments in the city. Shpoping and some leisure time in Katmnadu before leaving.
Day 18: Fly to onwards destination
Airport reporting time is 3 hrs prior to your flight schedule. A representative from All Nepal Hiking will drop you to the Airport in time. If the flight is in the evening, you can have some sightseeing or souvenir hunting in the day.
COST INCLUDES DURING THE TRIP:
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek, Tents and kitchen equipments too
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
- Pickup and drop to start your trek and from ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or destination
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide),assistant trek leader (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary,insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket,four seasonal sleeping bag, All Nepal Hiking duffel bag,and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit,TIMS)
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
COST EXCLUDE DURING THE TRIP:
- Meals not specific in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks etc.
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
Accommodation during trekking
In Everest, Annapurna and Langtang trekking region we offer you accommodation in tea house (local lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also have hot water for shower. But you will by charge by hotel owner using hot water shower.
Meals during trekking
In Tea House trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants
Safe Drinking Water in Trekking
We suggest you to drink boiled filter water. For boiled water ask to lodge people which might cost little during whole period of trekking or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters as well. Although mineral water is available in most places which is better choice and there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, but we encourage the guests to do what they can protect the environment.
Trekking Team (Guide, Porter)
We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for two trekkers.
We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. Please remember that during trekking your luggage will be carried out by porter. One porter carries luggage of two people. So if you are more than one, he will carry 12 to 15 kg of your stuff.
- Hand sanitizing lotion
- Reading/writing material
- Camera & Binoculars
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
- Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
- Spare Boot Laces
- Sleeping Bag
- Light weight Towel
- Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
- Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre
- Gloves - wool or fleeced
- Sewing Kit
- Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
- Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Running shoes or sandals for evening
- Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight
- Down jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- T Shirts 2 or 3 - Long Sleeved
- Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit
- Extra warm clothing/ thermals
- Medicine (Prescription drugs if you are taking daily, lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)
Note: If you don't have good equipment and are not available in home country, it can be bought or rented from trekking shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The equipment is often top quality. Although daily rental charges are reasonable, a large deposit may be required.
Weather & climate
Weather and climate varies as per season in Nepal.
Autumn (mid-September to end-November)
Autumn is the most popular time to trek. During this time, the weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. However, in the higher altitude, the nights drop into freezing temperature. In this season, the mountains views are clear.
Winter (end-November through March)
It is also possible to trek during winter, from December until the end of February. Daytime temperatures will be cooler; however, the nights will often be very cold. The days are generally clear but occasional winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m. Early October through late November is also the busiest period for trekking. But in mid-winter (January through March), trekking is more challenging in the high altitudes with semi-regular snowfall followed by more winter storms, which break the long fine periods. The mid-December to mid-February is the coldest time.
Spring and early summer (mid-March through May)
During this period the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are mix up with warm and rain, which displays wildflowers like rhododendrons. The whole country is lush and an abundant green at this season. This period instigate the second most popular and pleasant trekking season as this is rice-planting time. Late-march into April is especially beautiful. It is also a good time for climbing as the high passes are usually snow free and the mountain views are still clear in April. Up to May, the weather becomes hazy and disturbed with the clouds.
The monsoon (June to mid-September)
From June to early September, is the monsoon season. Generally the morning is cloudy and cloud wisps form on random ridges and peaks. Trekking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud. During April and May, there is an expectation of thunderstorm, hail shower and strong winds among the fine periods. There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in the trans-Himalayan regions of mustang, Dolpo and Tibet. These regions lie in a rain-shadow and therefore receive significantly less precipitation than the more southerly areas.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Tea house Trekking
Most lodges provide hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water only but availability of hot water can ask to your trekking guide. For ecological reasons please try to limit your use of hot water unless if you are provide solar - heated water. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is rare chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your batteries with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 – 240 volt 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay small amount fee/hour for recharging facilities.
Risk & Liabilities
We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly and seriously to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. The entire programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of the country’s own policies.
All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, and flood and other natural calamities, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident. Any extra cost due to those reasons incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the sports.
Walking in a day
During trekking you do walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal the maximum altitude of most of the trekking is within range of 3500m to 5000m.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese national. We advise you when you come to Nepal; please bring your insurance documents.
Health & Veccinations
For trekking Nepal you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey. We advise you to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information before departure. We recommend you to carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. We advise you to carry sufficient drugs which you are taking daily for specific health problems.
Passport and Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests they take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. To get Nepalese visa you should bring valid passport and two passport size photos. The validity and visa fee is as follows:
Visa Valid Fee
15 days US$ 25
30 days US$ 40
90 days US$ 100
High Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally over exertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics. Click here for more information about altitudes sickness (Add link of Altitude sickness of left banner)
Accommodation in Kathmandu
We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.