Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: Nagdalo La Pass (5350m)

Highlights

  • Old monasteries, Gompas, Chortens, and other Buddhist monuments in the Dolpo region.
  • Exploring the tranquil Shey Phoksundo Lake.
  • Meeting nomads guiding herds of Yaks.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park and rare species like Musk deer and Snow leopard
  • Astonishing views of the Himalayas like Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Mt Api, Mt Saipal, and others.
  • Tibetan Buddhists people, their lifestyle, culture, and traditions.  

Description

It has only been a short while since the hidden kingdom of Upper Dolpo has been revealed to trekkers from around the world. If you decide to trek in the north-western part of Nepal, you have made a good decision. The Upper Dolpo Circuit trek is gracefully awaiting your arrival with a pouch full of exciting adventures.

You will be stepping up to newer steps towards heaven as you begin to trek from Nepalgunj. Your definition of wealth is definitely going to change. Wealthy is the remote villages in lower and upper Dolpo. The unique tradition and culture are their wealth. The exotic natural scenarios and purity of life add to their assets. 

Prepare to face some of the rare wildlife and plant species at the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. you will be walking over the wildest trails, dense jungles, wearing hats of bare rocky cliffs. While you are walking, you are seeing the unexplored trails and unspoiled originality.  

Imagine, you are standing nowhere with a far-fetched view of giant Shey Phoksundo Lake. You hear the bells of Yak herds approaching near. Your senses are softly touched by the mountain winds. Isn’t that amazing! This is Upper Dolpo. Aren’t you excited to trek to a dreamy world? 

Discover the undiscovered amazements in Upper Dolpa with Mount Mania. In 24 days, we will take you to the beautiful land of Upper Dolpo. Crossing many high altitude passes is a highlight of this trek. These passes not just make the trek strenuous but also add excitements to the journey. 

Upper Dolpo region is well known for von Buddhism. You will see several Buddhist shrines including Buddhist gompas and monasteries. People in Upper Dolpo migrated from Tibet a long time back. They continue to practice their traditions and culture without modifications. Thus, you will see the direct influence of the Tibetan lifestyle on the lifestyle of people here. 

Upper Dolpo region is a restricted trekking region in Nepal. In order to trek there, you must get a restricted area permit. To obtain the permit you should fulfill several rules by the government of Nepal. If you are a solo trekker, you should know that solo trekking is not possible in Upper Dolpo. In fact, you should go with a team of at least two trekkers. Along with that, you should hire an experienced guide or a porter. 

You can rely on Mount Mania. We are a bunch of experienced trekkers who will help you have a successful trek in any part of Nepal. We will help you arrange the trekking permits. We have experienced guides and permits who will go with you on the trek. 

Contact Us if you have any queries regarding Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek. Serving you is our purpose, your safety and satisfaction is our concern. 

23 Days Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek Itinerary

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The first day is a trek preparation day. We will meet at our office. There, we will hold a short discussion about your trek. You can introduce to our official team members and your trekking team. If you want to buy some trekking gears, we will help you buy them. 

In the evening, you can go around Thamel. Thamel is a popular touristic hub in Kathmandu. The bright streets, live music, clubs, pubs, at Thamel can be something you want before going to remote trek. 

  • Altitude: 1320m

On this day we will take a domestic flight to Nepalgunj. From Tribhuvan International airport, we will board on a flight to Nepalgunj. The total distance from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is ‎366. It will take us about an hour to reach there on a plane.

The flight is scenic. You will be flying over several rivers, valleys, and changing landscapes. Overnight at a lodge in Nepalgunj. 

Flight Duration: 60 minutes

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 366m

We will have breakfast at the lodge. From there, we will walk or drive to the airport. From Nepalgunj, we will again take a domestic flight to Juphal. Juphal is the only airport in Dolpa. From Juphal, we will begin to trek. The trek is exciting. We will walk to a small town called Suli Ghat. This place sits beside a riverbank. Here you can find some lodges. Overnight at lodge in Suli Ghat. 

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2070m

After having breakfast at the lodge in Suli Ghat, we will begin to trek. Crossing the Suli Bridge, we will make our way towards Renje. The Suli River is a beautiful river that flows down a beautiful gorge. We will trek across many villages. We will walk through the stone houses in Jyalhasa. In these villages, people migrate during winter from upper Dolpo regions along with their cattle.

We will meet a stream called Anke Khola on our way to Chhepka. From there, the trail passes through amazing jungles of bamboo and conifer. After the forested section, we will see the gorge opening up wide. Then, the trail becomes easier. There is a bridge on the trail just before Renje. Walking through the splendid trekking trails for a few hours, you will reach Renje. 

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camps
  • Altitude: 3010m

We will have a good morning breakfast in our tent kitchen. Then, we will make our way towards the Ringmo village. From Ringmo village, the valley narrows down. We will take several ascends and towns. We will meet the confluence of two rivers: Phoksundo and Pungmo River. Samduwa lies at the confluence.

We will walk further over the exciting trails. On the way, we will see a large waterfall. You can take some pictures at the waterfall. From there, we will walk to Ringmo. We will see beautiful Shey Phoksundo lake on our way. On approaching near the village, we will see a beautiful valley surrounded by walls of rock.

The village lies by the side of Phoksundo Lake. Staying here is an amazing thing to do. You will love the afternoon there. Tent accommodation in Ringmo village.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camps
  • Altitude: 3620m

Today is our first acclimatization day. We have walked all the way up to Shey Phoksundo Lake, 3611 meters. For acclimatization, we will walk around the Ringmo village. Doing this, we can get an insight into the very unique way of life at the village. The village here is directly influenced by Tibetan culture. People living around Shey Phoksundo lake were Tibetan inhabitants who migrated here a long time ago.

We will explore the turquoise colored Shey Phoksundo Lake. A short hike near the Ringmo village and you will reach a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. We will visit the monastery where we can see portrayals of von Buddhism.

Overnight in tent at Ringmo village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camps
  • Altitude: 3620m

We will have a warm and filling breakfast in our tent kitchen. Then, with beautiful views of Shey Phoksundo lake, we will trek over splendid trails. The trail is narrow at places. You will meet with the herd of Yaks. You should be really careful while they are approaching near.

After trekking for several hours, we will reach Phoksundo Khola. We will set our tents at the campsite and will stay there overnight.

 Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camps
  • Altitude: 3630m

Today we will trek to the Phoksundo Bhanjyang. The trek is as exciting as of the other days. You will see splendid sceneries around. You will meet the traders guiding Yak caravans. The trails are remote, rugged, and are adventurous. Be more careful while you trek. After hours of walking, we will reach the Phoksundo Bhanjyang. We will set a camp there and will stay overnight.

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camps
  • Altitude: 4120m

Today, we will cross the first pass on our trek, The Kang La pass. Starting from Phoksundo Bhanjyang, we will continue on the trekking trails. After a few hours of walk, we will reach the Nagdalo La Pass (5350m). Crossing this pass is a challenge.

You must be really careful. The trails are highly rugged. And, there also prevails the risk of altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water and walk slow.

Crossing the pass, we will trek towards Shey Gompa. Today is a long and tiring day. After all, it’s a day of crossing the high pass. We will stay overnight in Shey Gumpa.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4340m

Yesterday we did a high pass. And tomorrow is again a high pass day. A day between these tiring days should be a rest day. Today is our second acclimatization day. On this day, we will explore the Shey Gompa. Shey Gompa is a famous monastery in Upper Dolpo region where lots of devotees visit yearly.

Overnight at tent in Shey Gompa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4340m

It’s again a high pass day. We will start early after a nice breakfast. We don't want to be late reaching top of the pass. It might get windy or the views might hide inside clouds if we reach there late.

We will follow the trail through amazing Juniper forest. We will walk uphill and will climb the beautiful trail to Sela La Pass (5090m). From the top, we can enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding. Then we will trek down the pass towards Namduna Gaun.

This is a beautiful village with a beautiful monastery. Overnight in a teahouse at Nam Gung. 

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4430m

We will start to trek from Nam Gung towards Sal Dang. The trail passes through exotic landscapes, quiet and wonderful. Enjoying the splendid trekking trails, we will walk further.

Sal Dang is the largest village in Dolpo. There are around 80 houses in the village. In ancient times, Sal Dang was an independent kingdom of Dolpo.

Overnight in Saldang.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3620m

After having breakfast, we will begin to trek. Today, we will trek to the inner parts of Upper Dolpo. We will walk through several villages like Tiling and Lurigaun. People in Upper Dolpo have their own culture and traditions. You will see men, women, and children wearing their attractive traditional attires.

Walking for several hours, we will reach the campsite in Yangze. We will stay overnight there in a teahouse.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4960m

There are two routes from Yangze to Sibu. We will take the shorter route by retracing our way back to Saldang village. From there, we will head towards Sibu. Being a shorter trail, this will save your time and energy.

From Samdo, we will trek towards Namdo village. On the way, we will walk across the Chaiba monastery. We will also meet Nam Kong Khola on our way. From the river, we will reach Sibu in a couple of hours (approx). At Sibu, we will stay overnight.

(If you decide to choose the longer route to Sibu, you will walk through Nishalgaon and Shimengaon.)

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4560m

The trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi starts following Nam Khong river. The trail is quite and is rough and rugged. You will see many Yak herds while trekking. The climb to Jeng La pass begins at a meeting point of two streams on the way. Today, we will climb up to Jeng La Phedi.

We will arrange our tents and will stay overnight in Jeng-La Phedi.

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 4900m

And today is the last day that we will be doing a high pass. Though the day is long and tiring, it is satisfying. The day starts climbing to the top of Jeng La Pass(5110). It will take us around two hours to reach the top. From the top of Jeng La pass, you will see great views of Mount Dhaulagiri.

After spending some time at the top, we will walk towards Tarap Valley. The descending trail is more exciting. Be careful while you walk down. After crossing the pass you will meet a stream. We will follow an exotic trail along the stream to Tokyu village.

From Tokyu village, we will walk over flat and easy trekking trails. Walking through the wide valley of Tarap we will reach Dho Tarap.

Overnight stay in Dho Tarap in a teahouse.

Trek Duration: 8 to 9 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4200m

Today is a rest day. You will have a whole day to explore the village observing the lifestyles, traditions, and culture. On this day, you can visit the gompas around. Dho Tarap is a place where the trek routes to Mustang, Jomsom, and Tibet meets. People here are Magars and Tibetans. You can see different monuments of Buddhism here. Here, people follow Bon Buddhism. There is a popular Bon Gompa above Dho Tarap. You can make a visit there if you want to. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4200m

We will begin by descending towards a wide valley. We will walk through the wide valley that narrows down gradually into a gorge. The trek route passes through some Juniper trees. Following the trail, we will reach the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola.

From there we will walk further to reach Tarap Khola or Kama Kharka. We will stay overnight at Kama Kharka in a tent.

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 3800m

We will begin to trek by following the beautiful trail along the Tarap Khola gorge. The gorge narrows and widens at places. After hours of exciting walks through the gorge, we will reach Khanigaun.

At the campsite in Khanigaun, we will set a tent and stay overnight there.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Altitude: 3150m

On this day, we will trek to Dunai, the district headquarter of Dolpo. After having breakfast, we will set off on the rugged trekking trails. After walking for a certain time, we will reach Lalberi village. From the village, the trail passes into a lush forest and descends down to a gorge.

From there, you will follow the riverside trail to Tarakot, a small town. We will have lunch here. Tarakot was the capital of Tichorung Kingdom. Along with being a trading point, it had fortress also.

From Tarakot, we will begin to trek towards Dunai. We will follow the splashing Bheri River. Walking for several hours passing through the splendid surrounding, we will reach Dunai.

Overnight at a lodge or a teahouse in Dunai.

Trek Duration: 8 to 9 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2020m

Most of the trekking trail makes its way alongside the Thuli Bheri river. Walking across several villages like Dhupichaur, Rupgad, Kalagaonda, and Motipur we will trek towards Juphal. The last day on the trek is exciting. Overnight in Juphal.

Trek Duration: 2 to 3 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2320m

We will fly on a domestic plane from Juphal to Nepalgunj. Overnight in Nepalgunj. Prepare for your Kathmandu flight tomorrow.

Flight Duration: 25 minutes

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 660m

From Nepalgunj, we will fly to Kathmandu airport. The one-hour long flight is scenic. It is interesting to observe the aerial view of the Kathmandu valley getting denser and denser.

After landing in Kathmandu, we will escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu. We will serve you farewell dinner on this day.

  • Altitude: 1320m

Trip Map

23 Days Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek map

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop (Domestic Terminal)
  • Camping and Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Flight Ticket (Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Jhuphal)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Porter with Insurance, Transportation, Food, and Accommodation
  • Cooking Staff and Helper 
  • All Camping equipment like Tents and Kitchen equipment
  • All Necessary Trekking Permits (Upper Dolpo Special Permit, Shey Phoksundo National Park)
  • Use of sleeping bag & Duffel bag (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Helpers

Optional

  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu Twin Sharing on BB USD 60$ Per Night 

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
03 Jun, 2024 - 25 Jun, 20241 BookedAvailableUS$4300
06 Jun, 2024 - 28 Jun, 20242 BookedAvailableUS$4300
12 Jun, 2024 - 04 Jul, 20241 BookedAvailableUS$4300
26 Jun, 2024 - 18 Jul, 20243 BookedAvailableUS$4300

Useful Information

Best Time for trekking in Upper Dolpo Circuit

The most popular times of the year for trekking in Upper Dolpo is during Autumn and Spring. These two seasons are the transition seasons between less popular Summer and Winter seasons. 

Autumn season is popular for its absolutely amazing visibility. Also, you can trek under good weather. The bright radiance of the sun will boost your energy. The turquoise blue lake of Shey Phoksundo will look beyond amazing. 

Spring is known for green meadows and beautiful flowers on the grasslands. The sky becomes clear. With the warmth of the sun, you will see the vegetation and wildlife coming back to life after a harsh winter. Also, the weather and temperature will remain suitable for trekking. 

Winter is the coldest time of the year. There are several high altitudes passes on Upper Dolpo trek. These passes will remain dipped inside lumps of snow. Crossing the passes in mid-winter is more than tough. The frequently changing weather adds complexity to trekking. 

Summer isn’t a good time to trek. Due to monsoon rain, the trails get very slippery and wet.  The trails are too dangers to trek in monsoon. 

Trek Difficulties During Upper Dolpo

Tent Accommodation:

Upper Dolpo is a camp trekking. At several places on the trek, there are no teahouses or lodge for overnight stay. At such places, there are campsites where you have to arrange your own tent houses and stay there. 

Many High Altitude Passes:

On our 25 days trek to Upper Dolpo, there are three passes above 5000 meters. Crossing the passes are tough and challenging. 

Altitude Sickness:

This is one of the difficulties that anyone on trek might have. You will be trekking to higher altitudes. At such places, the amount of oxygen in the air lowers gradually. As a result, you might suffer from altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water. Trek slow. These two tips will help a lot. 

Clothing and Gears:

Sometimes, the trek becomes tough due to inappropriate and inadequate trekking gears. So, before going you must have a look at packing lists for trekking in Nepal. 

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Yes, a training regime at least two weeks before the Everest base camp trek is ideal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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