Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Nangdala pass (5240m)

Highlights

  • Very few trekkers ever see Upper Dolpo Trek through parts of Nepal.
  • Visit Shey Gompa Monastery
  • Explore the  Monasteries of the base of Crystal Mountain
  • Commemorate in Peter Matthiessen's "The Snow Leopard."
  • The Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentrations in the world.
  • Go through thrilling High passes; Khang La, Saldang La, and others.
  • Desert and landscape and striking valleys such as Dho, Tarakot, and  Saldang.
  • Views of Dhaulagiri and Tibetan peaks.
     

Description

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek is one of the difficult but enjoyable and remote trekking routes of Nepal. This trek is for those who love adventure and do not mind getting lost in the wilderness of the Himalaya. The trails here are quiet and sometimes without the human settlement. Thus you can get a thrilling experience of trekking in remote areas.

Upper Dolpo is surrounded by massive peaks including the Dhaulagiri. This region of mid-West Nepal takes you to the freezing settlement of legendary Shey Monastery beyond Phoksundo Lake. The lake has turquoise blue colored water.  It is surrounded by dense forest and snow-capped mountains.

In Upper Dolpo, the Pre Buddhist religion called Bon- Po is practiced. This region has preserved its ancient religion even after the extensive spreading of Buddhism. The region protects one of the last leftovers of traditional Tibetan culture.

The Dolpo people settle at altitudes of 3,660 m to 4,070 m and these are one of the highest settlements in the world. There are 130 gompas in Dolpa which speak volumes for the religious nature of its inhabitants.

The upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek begins with air-flight to Nepalgunj ending at traditional Juphal village. Juphal village is the entry point to the Dolpo region. Passing through the rusty roads, farming lands and traditional villages you will follow the trekking trail to Shey Phoksundo Lake. You will get boarded on nearby lodges for resting after reaching the Shey Phoksundo Lake region. 

Later you will do the sightseeing at Shey Phoksundo Lake and follow the trekking trail towards Shey Gompa. The Shey Gompa lies at Saldang village of 2km which is the traditional village of Bonpo sect. Passing the Shey Gompa you will walk towards the Shey La Pass and then towards Yak Kharka. Walking past the Yak Kharka, you reach Mola Pass located at 5030m.

You will follow the trekking trail of the Trans Himalaya trade and reach Niwa La Pass. It is located at 5120m. Then you will finally descend your way back to Jomsom. After the trek, you will drive your way back to Pokhara and take air-flight to Kathmandu.

Lastly, You can also extend the trek as your schedule. This is the full itinerary of Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek. We can change the routes according to your choices. Mount Mania provides you with a complete plan of your trek and takes you through a hassle-free journey.

Itinerary

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This is the first day of your tour. Today we will have a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Our representative will receive you at the airport and you will be taken to your hotel.

Flight Duration: 45 minutes

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Nepalgunj
  • Altitude: 150m

It’s a 35-mins flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. Our Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek starts on this day. It's an easy trail where you can see Thuli Bheri River, Riverside, landscapes, Monasteries, etc. We reach Dunai which is a small yet beautiful town. Overnight at Dunai.

Trek Duration: 3 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Dunai
  • Altitude: 2850m

After breakfast, we will gradually move on the trail of Dolpo via Sulighar. This route is quite beautiful and comfortable to walk. After some documents formalities, we now move inside the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We trek through the isolated villages, lush green vegetation, and suspension bridge. We can also get a chance of learning the culture and traditions of the people residing there. Overnight at Chhepka.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chhepka
  • Altitude: 2687m

Today we trek towards Lower Dolpo area. We cross through the suspension bridge where we can see the beautiful Phoksundo Khola. We pass on through Kharka and then towards Rechi. Further walking we arrive at Chunuwar. Overnight stay at Chunuwar.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chunuwar
  • Altitude: 3110m

After a warm breakfast, we follow the Trail of Phoksundo Lake. We can have a chance to see the varied landscapes, Mani Walls, Chorten, Bon Po Culture, vegetations on the way. Then we finally reach Phoksundo Lake. The Mesmerizing Lake makes you feel relief your all pain and stress.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Phoksundo Lake
  • Altitude: 3600m

After breakfast, we spend the time to explore the lake, the major attraction of this trek. Along with the exploration of the Ringmo village, we will also pay a visit to Tshowa monastery. It is situated on the top of a ridge above the turquoise lake. Tshowa monastery is more than 900 years old and is quite remarkable. 

We drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep cliffs. The lake is famous for its gorgeous turquoise color and incredible scenery. Besides that, we will also explore some settlements. We will experience Bon-Po culture and local traditions interacting with the Dolpo people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Phoksundo Lake
  • Altitude: 3600m

After breakfast, we move on to trek from Dolpo to Mustang, it's one of the best trekking trails. It takes around 6 hours to reach Sallaghari from Phoksundo. It goes along the mesmerizing cliffs, landscapes, pine forest and chit chat with locals. Overnight at Sallaghari (the beautiful pine forest).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Sallaghari
  • Altitude: 3630m

After breakfast, we continue our trek to Nangdala High Camp located at 4717m. The trail leads us to the opposite side of the Tuk Kyaksa River. We walk along the suspension bridge and reach towards Nangdala High Camp for overnight.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Nangdala
  • Altitude: 4717m

Today we trek towards the most beautiful peak of Dolpo. We walk towards the mystical land and reach to the top of Nangdala Pass (5240m). It is a 5-6 hours walk from Nangdala. As soon as you reach the top the view will mesmerize you through its beauty. You can see the different landscapes, vegetation, Chorten, peaks like Kang Chunne and Shey Shikhar. Camp at Shey Gompa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shey Gompa
  • Altitude: 4280m

After a warm breakfast, we will explore Shey Gompa then we follow the trail beside Sephu Khola. You can see the barren and enhancing the land of Dolpo.

After some exploration, we then trek up to Shey La Pass (5100m) where you can have the views of Kanjiroba, Tibet, Mustang to East and crystal mountains. After some walk, we then reach Namgung.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Namgung Gompa
  • Altitude: 4360m

After breakfast, we hike down to Saldang. You will reach Saldang after 4 to 5 hours of walk. You can witness the dry land with different vegetation. You can also have an opportunity to talk with the locals and share their culture and traditions.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Saldang
  • Altitude: 3770m

After breakfast, we head towards the Yanjer Gompa which is truly mesmerizing. We then move back to Saldang after exploring the gumba. Overnight in Yangjer Gumba.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Saldang
  • Altitude: 3770m

We will trek for 5-6hrs to reach Komas. On our trail, we pass on through Khom La, 4500m and then towards Khomas Village (a beautiful varied cultural village). Overnight at Khoma village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Khoma Village
  • Altitude: 4060m

After breakfast, we gradually move towards Shimen. On the way, you may see the wild species such as Snow Leopard and Blue Sheep. We pass on through the Shimen La (4260m) and then hike towards Shimen.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shimen
  • Altitude: 3850m

After a warm breakfast, we move towards Tinje, a beautiful valley. We will walk along the side of Panjyang Khola and look over the beautiful villages and Monasteries along the way to Tinje. Overnight at Tinje.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Tinje
  • Altitude: 4110m

Today we trek towards Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is grazing ground for Sheep and Yak. Overnight in Yak Kharka.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Yak Kharka

After breakfast, we trek towards Chharka by crossing the Mola Pass (5030m). It is a 5-hour walk from Yak Kharka. We can explore the local culture and Bon Monasteries in Chharka. Overnight in Chharka.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chharka
  • Altitude: 4300m

We trek towards the high land today. Crossing the hills with the beautiful views of the surroundings we trek up to Norbulung. Overnight at Norbulung.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Norbulung
  • Altitude: 4980m

After breakfast, we move on towards Ghaldang Ghuldum located at 4247m. The trail takes you through Niwa La Pass (5120) and Jungbenla Pass (5550). Going to Jungbenla Pass is the highest elevation we will go through in our Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek. 

You can have ample opportunity to see the different surroundings with different vegetation. And know more about the lifestyle and livelihood of people residing here. Overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Ghalden Ghuldum
  • Altitude: 4247m

After breakfast, we move up and down to reach Sangta. Sangta is an isolated village that provides a mesmerizing view of the rain shadow area and different landscapes. It is located at an elevation of 3777m. Overnight at Sangta Village.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Sangta
  • Altitude: 3777m

Today we trek up the hill behind Santa after crossing nine ridges. Then we descend towards Kali Gandaki Valley. You can see the beautiful varied landscape as well as high cliffs on your way. Then after some walk, we reach towards the large village of Phalyak located at 3175m. Overnight.

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Phalyak
  • Altitude: 3175m

After a warm breakfast, we hike towards the trail that passes on by the loose rocks and challenging trail. This is the last day of your Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek. We finally reach Jomsom and enjoy our time there. Jomsom is one of the famous destinations for tourists.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2720m

Today, we will have a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Our representative will pick you up and escort you towards the hotel. During day time, you can stroll around Lakeside of Pokhara and get a release from the pain by visiting a spa or massage center. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

Today, we will have a scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up and escort you towards the hotel. During day time, you can stroll around Thamel. In the evening, farewell dinner with a team by enjoying a cultural show. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop (Domestic Terminal)
  • Camping and Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Hotel in Pokhara (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Flight Ticket (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhuphal)
  • Flight Ticket (Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu)
  • 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, ACAP)
  • 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
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 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

Useful Information

How is the Food and Accommodation in Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

The treks in Upper Dolpo are fully-catered camping. As it is a remote region the given accommodation and food supplies are hard to come by the trail. Some basic teahouse/lodge accommodation is available in some villages, but shouldn’t be relied upon.

Upper Dolpo is known to have food shortages. It is advised to take as many food provisions when trekking in Upper Dolpo. This is applicable anywhere in Western Nepal. If you go in an organized trek, your food needs will be taken care of by us.

What makes the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek Difficult?

Trek Duration

The length of the trek will depend upon the routes you take. Trekking in Upper Dolpo is considered to be very difficult. The total duration of the trek is 23 days. And you might have to walk more than 6 to 7 hours per day. So you much at least add 2 to 3 acclimatization days during the whole trek.

Weather and Temperature

With elevations ranging from 2,500m at Jhupal to 5,000m, the temperatures vary widely during the standard 3 week trek period. During the best trekking seasons, the temperatures will range from around -10C on the high passes to around 14C at lower altitudes.  

There is no rain during the monsoon season because Upper Dolpo lies in a rain shadow and being a desert landscape. But, during this season there may be flight cancellations/delays due to bad weather conditions at Nepalgunj. 

If you are thinking of trekking in the winter – forget it!  Regardless of how experienced you are at snow trekking at high altitudes, the passes will be closed as well as some of the trails.  We do not recommend to trek in this region from December till the end of February.

Altitude Sickness 

The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek falls on a high altitude trek. You will be at altitudes higher than 4,000m on many days and several nights. You will also reach to a couple of very high passes at over 5,000m. In general, the risk from altitude starts at elevations over 2,500m to 3000m. Thus it is very important to acclimatize in this trek. 

No one knows who will suffer from altitude sickness.  So always stay hydrated and go slow. If you do so, you will reduce the chances of serious altitude problems. 

Below are some of the early symptoms of altitude-related problems.  Most of the symptoms will go with the correct treatment.  But if you ignore them they will increase and develop into more serious, possibly fatal, altitude sickness.  

  • Feelings of uneasiness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Intense headaches
  • Increased heart rates
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Light-headedness
  • Difficulty sleeping

When to Go for Trek?

Spring that falls in March to May and autumn i.e September to November are considered as the perfect season for Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek. You will get to trek in a clear atmosphere. The appropriate temperature makes the trek easier than in other seasons.  

The trails at the period of monsoon season i.e. June to August is particularly hazardous and unsafe because of over precipitation. There are chances of landslides and the flights might get canceled due to heavy rainfall. 

The thick fogs and heavy snowfall in the winter season i.e December to February make the trek difficult.

Permits and Regulations

Permits for Upper Dolpo are expensive and the rules are strictly enforced. You need to buy a permit for Lower Dolpo, which you pass through on your way to Upper Dolpo.

Only 250 foreigners get the permit to enter Upper Dolpo each year.

  • Lower Dolpo Permit Cost: $10 USD per week
  • Upper Dolpo Permit Cost: $50 USD per day (10-day minimum)

There is also an entry fee to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. The cost to enter the Park is Rs. 1000. It is compulsory to trek with a guide on an organized tour in Upper Dolpo. Your tour operator will arrange all the permits. The permit fees are generally included in the total cost of your trip.

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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