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Upper Dolpa Trek

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Upper Dolpa Trek 

The Upper Dolpa Trek, also known as the "Dolpo Trek," "Dolpa Trek," or "Upper Dolpa Circuit," is a remarkable Nepalese trekking route. This route provides an unforgettable trek through rugged terrain, high mountain passes, and breathtaking scenery. The trek provides breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and ancient monasteries. In addition to its natural beauty, the Upper Dolpa Trek provides a profound cultural experience, immersing trekkers in the Dolpo region's rich heritage and resilient communities. This journey goes beyond mere exploration, leaving an indelible impression on every trekker.

The Upper Dolpa Trek is a hidden gem in Nepal's mid-western region, located within the pristine Shey-Phoksundo National Park. This pristine wilderness offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, with its breathtaking views of towering peaks and crystal-clear streams." The region is also rich in history and culture, with ancient monasteries and traditional villages dotted across the rugged terrain. The warm hospitality of the locals offers a glimpse into a way of life that has not changed over several centuries. The Upper Dolpa Trek is an unforgettable adventure, whether you cross high mountain passes, camp beside pristine alpine lakes, or simply relax in the wilderness.

The Dolpa Trek is an unforgettable adventure that goes beyond mere adventure, leaving an indelible imprint on the soul of every trekker. The trek unfolds like a natural masterpiece, displaying the Himalayas in all of their glory. The sheer magnificence of your surroundings, the soaring mountain passes, and the unmatched views will enthrall you as you travel through Dolpo's remote areas. Each step forward reveals a new wonder, ranging from rare and unusual flora and fauna to breathtaking panoramic views. Every moment of the journey is filled with a sense of discovery, as ancient traditions and cultures flourish in Dolpo's pristine wilderness.

The Upper Dolpa Trek is a one-of-a-kind journey through the Himalayas, known for its natural beauty and deep immersion in Buddhism. The trail passes through areas primarily inhabited by devout Buddhists, with ancient monasteries and prayer flags serving as reminders of the region's rich religious traditions. Trekkers can witness daily rituals and ceremonies, which provide insight into Dolpo's spiritual heart. Shey-Gompa, an ancient monastery immortalized in Peter Matthiessen's "The Snow Leopard," is a spiritual beacon, providing a peaceful setting for pilgrims to contemplate life's mysteries. As the trek continues, trekkers are invited to immerse themselves in Buddhist teachings, gaining insights into the wisdom that has guided generations of mountain dwellers. The trek has a long-lasting impact on trekkers, instilling a deep sense of connection to something greater than themselves through encounters with ancient traditions and timeless wisdom.

The Upper Dolpa region of Nepal is a treasure trove of over 130 monasteries, providing spiritual seekers and cultural enthusiasts with a glimpse into Buddhism's enduring legacy in the Himalayas. The region's oldest and most revered gompas, found in Saldang, Dho, Chharka, and Bhijer, are not only religious sites but also living testaments to the region's rich history and cultural importance. These monastic structures, which have stood for more than seven centuries, provide a glimpse into the region's spiritual and cultural history. Trekkers can explore the intricate prayer halls of Saldang Monastery, meditate in the tranquil Dho Gompa, or admire the architectural marvels of Chharka and Bhijer. The presence of these ancient monasteries gives the region a timeless quality, reminding trekkers of the enduring faith and devotion that thrive amidst the rugged beauty of the Himalayas.

The Dolpa Heritage Circuit offers trekkers a unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist traditions that coexist harmoniously in the Himalayas. Ancient temples and monasteries in villages such as Tarakot, Dho Tarap, and Ringmo reflect the region's deep spirituality. Hindus and Buddhists participate in religious festivals and rituals, demonstrating the two faiths' long-lasting influence on daily life. This harmonious coexistence enriches the cultural tapestry, fusing tradition and modernity while reminding visitors of the region's resilience and adaptability. The enchanting landscape exemplifies the beauty of cultural diversity and the power of faith to bring communities together.

The Upper Dolpa Trek is a transformative journey through Nepal's mid-western region, providing an unparalleled experience of natural beauty and ancient cultural heritage. The trek, from rugged terrain to sacred monasteries, is full of wonder and discovery, reminding visitors of humanity's interconnectedness with the natural environment. The Himalayas, with their ancient traditions and wind whispers, form a symphony of awe and inspiration. The Dolpa Trek is more than a trek; it is a spiritual pilgrimage, a testament to the enduring allure of adventure and the limitless depths of the human soul.

Upper Dolpa Trek

Upper Dolpa Trek Highlights

Region

Dolpa

Duration

29 Days

Starting Price

USD 4,500.00

Group Size

7 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Domestic flight

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodge and Tent

Meal Plan

Full Camping

Trip Grade

Strenuous

Max. Altitude

5,515m

Best Season

Spring, Summer and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

5-10 Hours

Competency

Physically Fit


Trip Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m).

    When you arrive at the airport, our company representative will greet you warmly and ensure a smooth transfer to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet our team. We plan to hold a pre-trek briefing in the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This gathering is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delicious dinner. During the welcome dinner, you will be able to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and watch captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in Nepal's rich cultural traditions.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02

    Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Get ready to be enthralled by the distinct charm and spiritual atmosphere of Kathmandu.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03

    By Domestic Plane: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)

    Fly domestically from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and have a smooth, enjoyable trip. Take off from the contemporary Tribhuvan International Airport to make a quick connection to the thriving Terai city. Experience Nepal's diverse landscapes from above with amazing aerial views while flying in state-of-the-art aircraft that also provide attentive service and complimentary refreshments. Easy access to Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj awaits you, whether you are a business traveler or a leisure traveler. Experience a trip that stands out for its effectiveness, dependability, and genuine Nepalese hospitality.

    Transfer: 25-30 min | Flight: 1:30 | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04

    By Domestic Plane: Nepalgunj to Juphal (2450m). Trek to Dunai (2,090m)

    You will head to the airport to catch an early morning flight to Juphal after eating an early breakfast. Beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills, including glimpses of the majestic Himalayan peaks to the north, can be seen during this quick 45-minute flight. We will make the required preparations and get our gear ready for the upcoming trekking adventure once we get to Juphal.

    We begin the trek on our first day by walking through lovely terraced fields and down towards the Bheri River, where we eventually come to a small gorge. This picturesque drive usually takes two or three hours, taking us to our campsite at Dunai, the administrative center of the Dolpo region. You will get some free time once you arrive in Dunai to explore the village and its environs, giving you a chance to take in the local way of life and natural beauty. At the campsite, you will spend the night sleeping and getting ready for the thrilling trekking days that lie ahead of you.

    Flight: 45 min | Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -480 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05

    Dunai to Chhekpa (2,660m)

    Today, we set out on an exciting trek adventure along the well-known Dolpo route, which promises to be both comfortable and fascinating. We formally began our trekking at the Silughar checkpoint inside Shey Phoksundo National Park after presenting our trekking permits. After that, we will travel alongside Kageni, Jutung, and Shangta as we follow the picturesque Phoksundo River through lush tropical forests. At the intersection of Phoksundo and Maiba Khola, we will cross a bridge that spans Phoksundo Lake. We will set up a cozy and safe campsite for the night in Cheppka, where we will continue our journey north, guaranteeing a good night's sleep.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +920 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06

    Chhepka to Amchi Hospital (3,110m)

    Our trek today switches back and forth between the valley's two sides, with sturdy bridges to keep us safe as we cross. There will be moments when we are strolling alongside the river and other times when we are negotiating a narrow trail above the gorge. Further up the valley, our route leads us through a variety of forests, including birch, larch, horse chestnut, and pockets of bamboo. The valley fills in more and more as the day goes on, and we come to a river convergence. Here, the Phoksundo Khola leads northward to a bridge that leads to Amchi Hospital, while another trail proceeds northward along the Pugma Khola towards Jumla. Traditional Tibetan medicine, or "Amchi," is tailored specifically to the distinct climatic and cultural conditions of the Tibetan plateau.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -460 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07

    Amchi Hospital to Ringmo (3,630m)

    We will be visiting Shey Phoksundo, the deepest lake in Nepal, on our current journey. We will follow the direct route to Phoksundo Lake, which begins with a climb through cedar forests to Palam, the locals' winter residence from Ringmo village. We will first descend to about 3,300 meters, and then climb to about 3,875 meters to reach a ridge. This ridge provides an amazing vantage point from which to see the breathtaking 300-meter-tall waterfall, which is the highest in Nepal, as well as our first look at the captivating turquoise gem that is Phoksundo Lake. We descend through magical forests of birch, reaching the upper Phoksundo Khola area and the quaint village of Ringmo, with its Mani walls and chortens painted with mud. The village is now remarkably better off thanks to solar panels, which raise the standard of living for everyone. We will set up camp for the day on the serene shores of Phoksundo Lake after a short stroll from the village.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -190 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08

    Acclimatization day

    Today's itinerary includes a visit to the nearby Bonpo Buddhist monastery, which offers a picturesque viewpoint of Phoksundo Lake. We will also take some time to explore the village of Ringmo. Interestingly, Bonpos—followers of the Bonpo Buddhist tradition—have a distinctive ritual in which they circumambulate chortens and other religious structures in the opposite direction from mainstream Buddhists.

    Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09

    Ringmo to Forest Camp (3,680m)

    We are heading to Upper Dolpo today, an area beyond Ringmo that needs a special permit to enter. We will be trekking along the "Devil's Trail," a well-known and narrow path that promises to be an amazing experience. Thinle immortalized this trail in the Erice Valli film "Himalayan Caravan." The trail meanders around the western edge of Phoksumdo Lake. Rising to a ridge, it affords us spectacular views of the azure lake, the village of Ringmo, and the towering peaks of Norbung Kang (6,085m), Kanjiroba (6,612m), and Jhyarko Dingla (5,892m). After that, our route takes us on a leisurely descent through stands of birch trees, arriving at our campsite, which is tucked away on Phoksundo Lake's northern edge.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +550 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -490 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10

    Forest Camp to Kangla Phedi (4,620m)

    After breaking camp, we stroll through a broad valley that is lined with lovely streams that flow into the Phoksumdo Khola. We reach Chunemba camp after a two-hour hike through thick forests of birch and pine trees. This camp is well-known for having an abundance of Cordyceps sinensis, sometimes referred to as Yarcha Gompa or caterpillar fungus. We are rewarded with an amazing view of Kanjiroba Himal (6,612m) at Lar Tsa camp. We hike up the valley to continue our journey, stopping occasionally to admire azalea and juniper trees. We use a strong bridge to cross the river. Next, we follow a narrow trail that winds up a rocky slope and reaches a crest. We then make our way down to Snowfields Camp, which became well-known after Peter Mathiesson's book "Snow Leopard." This camp is in a tranquil location, tucked up next to the river.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,150 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11

    Cross Kang La Pass (5,380m). Trek to Shey Gompa (4,400m)

    We leave our camp and head into the valley that leads to Kang La, crossing a river and ascending grassy slopes. Two passes are available. Since the one on the right frequently gets snow, we decided to take the left pass in May 2010. Walking poles are an advisable item of equipment for this route due to the loose, slatey scree. At 5,380 meters, it typically takes three hours to reach Kang La Pass. From there, we have an amazing view of the massive Dhaulagiri range to the east and the Tibetan mountains to the north. There is less scree on the descent from the pass, which makes it possible to descend quickly to Hubajung Khola, where we have lunch. The valley narrows and forms a gorge with visually arresting stratified orange rock formations as we proceed. We soon come upon a lengthy mani wall after about an hour, and we can soon make out Shey Gompa across the valley. Shey is situated at a river intersection beneath Crystal Mountain, so named because of its quartz veins. This mountain, which is regarded as Mount Kailash's younger sibling in Tibet, is extremely significant in Dolpo. The lama instructs pilgrims to complete a 12-hour circuit around Crystal Mountain twice a year. Our camp is in a grassy area beneath the gompa, surrounded by several herders' huts.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +750 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,050 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12

    Acclimatization day

    Today, we have the opportunity to leisurely explore Shey Gompa, unwind, and even catch up on some laundry if needed. In the afternoon, we suggest considering a visit to Tsakang Gompa, which is perched on a cliff and reachable within an hour's walk from Shey. Along the trail, keep an eye out for several herds of blue sheep, as this route is also part of the pilgrims' kora around Crystal Mountain.

    Walking duration: 2-3 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -400 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13

    Cross Saldang La Pass (5,060m). Trek to Namgung (4,430m)

    Leaving Shey, our path leads eastward, tracing the Sephu Khola. Along the way, we encounter numerous mani walls, isolated fields, and doksas, which are seasonal settlements for yak herders. After an hour of walking, we veer into a northeast-bound valley that leads us toward Saldang La through a narrow gorge. This gorge eventually opens up into a bowl with loose scree, displaying various shades of yellow and orange.

    A panoramic vista that stretches northward into Tibet, eastward to Mustang, and westward to Crystal Mountain and Kanjiroba greets us at the top of Saldang La. The landscape here bears a resemblance to the arid Tibetan plateau, featuring narrow gorges akin to those in Upper Mustang. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular, with visible folded strata in the rocks, a result of the tectonic uplift of the Asian plate.

    Descending from the pass, we stay to the left as the dusty trail traverses hillsides with minimal vegetation, save for a few isolated pine cushion mosses. Our route continues to descend until we reach a stream, after which we contour further until the ancient red and white gompa, perched on the cliffs above Namgung village, comes into view. The village itself consists of just a handful of stone houses and a new monastery. Our campsite is located outside the village, below the entrance chortens (Buddhist shrines) and a mani wall.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +810 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -780 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14

    Namgung to Dora Sumda (3,770m)

    Leaving our camp, the trail takes us high above Namgung village, providing panoramic views back to Saldang La, which we crossed yesterday. After several hours of contouring, we reach a crest offering a vantage point to see Saldang village below and the mountains of Tibet to the north. Keep an eye out for soaring eagles in the expansive skies above.

    The Dolpo-pa, the resilient inhabitants of Dolpo, lead challenging lives in this unforgiving environment. They work diligently to cultivate what they can from the high, arid land while tending to large herds of yaks and goats. To supplement their food supply, they engaged in trade with Tibet, relying on extensive caravans of yaks. In the past, this trade involved bartering salt for grain, but nowadays, it includes manufactured Chinese goods and the increasingly profitable Yarcha Gompa, a valuable fungus collected in the area.

    Following lunch, we follow the high-level trail to Karang village, where the villagers are busy plowing and planting their fields. We later descend to the valley floor, walking alongside the riverbank to reach our camp at Tora Sumda, situated at the confluence of Wagon Khola and Panzang Khola.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,150 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15

    Dora Sumda to Mischa Gaon (4,200m)

    One of the major highlights of our trek through one of the most fascinating cultural areas is today. Our journey takes us to a remote valley close to Tibet, a place that few other trekkers have ever visited. This particular valley is a veritable treasure trove of biodiversity; be on the lookout for herds of blue sheep, elusive musk deer, the enigmatic Himalayan fox, and, if fortune favors us as it did for an American group in May 2010, the elusive snow leopard, which was spotted just an hour prior.

    Shortly after leaving our camp, we embark on a thrilling journey as we traverse the newly constructed bridge spanning the Panzang Khola River, leading us to its north bank. The oldest gompa in Dolpo is located in Yangur village, which is also home to nine chortens and intricately decorated mani walls. Beyond this picturesque village, the valley takes a dramatic turn, gradually narrowing into a breathtaking gorge characterized by striking orange and yellow rock formations.

    While our hearts yearn to follow the meandering path along the Panzang Khola directly to Shimen village, the precipitous nature of the gorge compels us to alter our course. Instead, we must scale the heights of Muri La to the north, offering us an alternative route to our destination.

    As twilight descends, we make camp in a serene field on the outskirts of Mischagaon village, also known as Mugaon, a resting place that promises respite and reflection after an exhilarating day of exploration.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +760 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -470 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16

    Cross Musi La Pass (5,030m). Trek to Shimen (4,250m)

    Our trek continues from Camp through the charming Mischagaon village, leading us on an ascent towards Muri La. Along the way, we are treated to sweeping views of towering 6,000-meter-plus peaks such as Tshu Kalpo, Kang Serku, Dholam, and Tripura Thumba. The pass itself offers a breathtaking panorama, with the majestic Dhaulagiri gracing the horizon. Descending from Muri La, we encounter challenging terrain, urging us to make use of trekking poles for stability. We take a well-earned lunch break in a serene grassy area by a meandering river after descending about 500 meters.

    Our journey continues through a captivating gorge adorned with occasional waterfalls, eventually leading us to Chanpola Goth—a hub of trade and cultural exchange between Dolpo-pa and Tibetans. Here, the rich history and traditions of the region come to life. Our day concludes at a peaceful campsite beside a settlement of yak herders, offering the option to relax by the nearby river and even attend to some laundry while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +320 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -530 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17

    Shimen to Tinje Gaon (4,180m)

    Embarking from Camp, a scenic hour-long walk guides travelers to the charming Shimen village, characterized by its verdant willow groves and extensive terraced fields of buckwheat, barley, and potatoes. Noteworthy landmarks include a new school and a remarkable 600-meter-long mani wall.

    Our journey leads us through the enchanting Panzang Valley, a vital component of Upper Dolpo alongside the Tarap, Nangkhong, and Tsharka valleys. After an hour's walk, we ascend alongside a tributary river, passing under an imposing overhang, ultimately reaching the serene Mendo Campsite on a grassy shelf. Subsequently, Pu Gompa appears on the opposite riverbank, and we continue along Panzang Khola for another hour and a half to our lunch spot near the Namygal chorten.

    After lunch, the valley gradually widens as we travel through it, taking us to the Tibetan-populated hamlet of Phalwa, where men are identifiable by red sashes in their hair. Our journey continues, bringing us to Tinje, a significant village set within a wide valley adorned with extensive fields, two revered gompas, and an ancient fort. To reach our night's campsite, we'll pass by a disused airstrip before descending to a tranquil grassy area by the river.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +565 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -305 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18

    Tinje Gaon to Rapka (4,550m)

    Proceed along the Panzang Khola, passing by the remnants of an ancient settlement situated on the opposite bank of the river. After a two-hour journey, we reach the confluence of rivers, at which point we veer left onto the Kehen Khola tributary for an additional hour's walk, leading us to a verdant and inviting lunch spot nestled alongside the riverbank.

    Following our midday break, our path continues along the left bank of the Kehen Khola, taking us past a series of doksas, or seasonal herders' shelters. This scenic route leads us to the charming village of Rakpa, where we establish our camp for the night.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,050 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -650 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 19

    Cross Chharka La Pass (5,015m). Trek to Chharka (4,300m)

    Starting from Camp, our journey leads us up the valley. After a brisk half-hour walk, we'll cross the Kehen Khola. During the spring season, we nimbly hop from rock to rock to navigate the river, but come autumn, it's advisable to carry sandals as the water levels tend to rise.

    Upon reaching the confluence near a yak herder's camp, we veer onto the left river, Myantoku Khola. Several tributary rivers that require numerous crossings cut through this valley, gradually transforming it into a wide floodplain. As we ascend, we'll aim for a cairn perched at 4,950 meters. Beyond this point, the valley once again widens, offering picturesque views of numerous yaks grazing on the expansive pastures. From here, one can spot the cairn and trail leading to Chharka La. After about an additional hour of trekking, we'll arrive at the summit of the pass, where a breathtaking panoramic vista awaits. Following a brief descent, the majestic Dhaulagiri massif will unveil itself to the right.

    Continuing onwards, it's a three-hour walk to reach Chharka village. The trail contours high above Chharka Tulsi Khola, periodically descending and ascending as it meanders through side valleys. Upon passing the entrance chortens and the local school, we enter the old village, where narrow alleys crisscross courtyards filled with the presence of goats, horses, and yaks.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,000 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 20

    Acclimatization day

    Today offers an opportunity for exploration and relaxation in the village as we prepare for the upcoming challenging days, including the crossing of the Sangda La passes en route to Jomsom. Our schedule includes visits to two significant gompas, one representing the Buddhist faith and the other the Bonpo tradition, showcasing the rich religious diversity of the Dolpo region. This day also serves as a valuable buffer, allowing us to account for any delays encountered during our journey thus far.

    Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 21

    Chharka to Norbulung (4,750m)

    Descending from Chharka village, our path leads us to the Chharka Tulsi Khola, where we'll cross on a sturdy metal box girder bridge. At the confluence of the rivers, we make use of a suspension bridge to access the left bank of Thasan Khola. The trail takes us along high contours above the river, tracing the undulating ridges. Following a passage through a landslip zone, we descend to a tranquil grassy spot for a well-deserved lunch break, a journey of approximately four hours.

    Post-lunch, our adventure continues as we trek up the valley. Here, the gorge gradually narrows, and after two more hours of steady progress, we arrive at the doksa of Norbulung. If time permits, we may consider extending our hike for an additional hour, leading us to Molum Sumna. This strategic decision can help us reduce the distance covered in tomorrow's walk.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +750 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -210 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 22

    Cross Sangda La Pass (5,515m). Trek to Sangda Phedi (5,100m)

    Departing from Norbulung Camp, our path leads us through the expansive yak pastures of Molum Sumdo. Continuing onwards, we make our way to a crest adorned with a prominent cairn, perched just beyond the altitude of 5,100 meters. From this vantage point, it's a further two-hour journey to reach Sangda La, taking us across a picturesque grassy plateau where yaks graze peacefully. Here, we begin the ascent towards the significant Sangda La pass, a geographical marker delineating the boundary between Dolpo and Annapurna regions.

    The trail then descends, leading us over loose scree terrain until we arrive at our camp at Sangda Phedi, situated next to the Bheri Khola. It's important to note that this campsite stands as the highest point of our trek, which means it will likely be a cold night as we prepare for rest and further adventures ahead.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +890 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,240 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 23

    Cross Lower Sanga La (5,035m). Trek to Sangda (3,800m)

    From our camp, we embark on a trek alongside the Bheri Khola for 45 minutes, then ascend the lower Sangda La at 5,035 meters. This elevated vantage point affords awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the Kali Gandaki Valley, Thorong La, and the grandeur of 6,000-meter peaks like Tongu Himal and Mukot Himal.

    Descending from the pass, we navigate a challenging trail of loose slate, reaching a crest marked by a cairn at 4,800 meters, followed by a descent to a prominent rock at 4,500 meters. Here, we encounter two trail options: a steeper, more direct path favored by porters on the right, and a longer, scenic route on the left, passing a waterfall and a saddle. We then proceed to a grassy plateau adorned with pine trees and continue along an exposed new trail, leading to a suspension bridge at 3,900 meters, where we pause for lunch. This morning's trek covers approximately 3 ½ to 4 hours.

    After lunch, we undertake a steep ascent, traversing higher along the Kyalunpa Khola. An hour later, we cross a crest marked with prayer flags at 4,150 meters. Descending through a steep gulley, we reach our first tributary river crossing at 3,800 meters, followed by another half-hour traverse to the second river, crossed using rocks as stepping stones. Soon, we reach Sangda village, enclosed by a wall surrounding cultivated fields, designed for efficient land use. Across the valley, the abandoned remains of two villages stand as poignant reminders of the challenges of life in this region. We set up camp for the night in the school grounds above Sangda village, ensuring a safe and comfortable rest stop.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +890 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,440 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 24

    Sangda to Dhagarjun (3,280m)

    From our camp, we embark on a trek alongside the Bheri Khola for 45 minutes, then ascend the lower Sangda La at 5,035 meters. This elevated vantage point affords awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the Kali Gandaki Valley, Thorong La, and the grandeur of 6,000-meter peaks like Tongu Himal and Mukot Himal.

    We descend from the pass along a difficult slate trail until we reach a crest at 4,800 meters, where we then descend to a prominent rock at 4,500 meters. Here, we have two trail options: a longer, scenic route on the left that passes a waterfall and a saddle, and a steeper, more direct path that porters prefer on the right. We then proceed to a grassy plateau adorned with pine trees and continue along an exposed new trail, leading to a suspension bridge at 3,900 meters, where we pause for lunch. This morning's trek covers approximately 3 to 4 hours.

    After lunch, we undertake a steep ascent, traversing higher along the Kyalunpa Khola. An hour later, we cross a crest marked with prayer flags at 4,150 meters. At 3,800 meters, after descending through a steep gulley, we reach our first tributary river crossing. From there, it takes another 30 minutes to traverse to the second river while using rocks as stepping stones. Soon, we reach Sangda village, enclosed by a wall surrounding cultivated fields, designed for efficient land use. Across the valley, the abandoned remains of two villages stand as poignant reminders of the challenges of life in this region. We set up camp for the night in the school grounds above Sangda village, ensuring a safe and comfortable rest stop.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +470 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,030 meters l Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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    Dhagarjun to Jomsom (2,670m)

    Our journey continues as we ascend to one more pass before descending to Jomsom, a prominent stop on the renowned Annapurna Circuit. In Jomsom, we'll find accommodation at the Hotel, considered the finest establishment in town and conveniently located opposite the airport. Here, you can enjoy refreshing hot showers, catch up on emails, and explore the charms of Jomsom.

    In the evening, our talented cooks will prepare a special farewell meal, providing us with an opportunity to savor one last memorable dinner together. Later, we'll express our gratitude to the dedicated crew who have tirelessly supported us throughout the trek by distributing well-deserved tips as a token of appreciation for their hard work.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +160 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,080 meters l Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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    By Domestic Plane: Jomsom to Pokhara

    We'll start the day early with a scenic morning flight to Pokhara, where breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, await us. This aerial journey is nothing short of stunning.

    Upon arriving in Pokhara, the entire day is at our leisure. You can choose to unwind at the hotel, take in the tranquil surroundings, or embark on a leisurely exploration of the charming Lakeside area. With a backdrop of mesmerizing mountain panoramas and the serene beauty of nature, you can visit intriguing attractions like the Mahendra Cave, David's Fall, and various lakes scattered throughout the region. It's a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Pokhara's rich natural and cultural wonders.

    Flight: 25 min    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
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    By Plane: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After a morning of exploring the picturesque Pokhara Valley and taking in its natural and cultural attractions, we'll prepare for our afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. During the flight, you can once again savor the enchanting mountain views that Nepal is renowned for.

    Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we'll be transferred to our designated hotel, where we can unwind and reflect on the memorable experiences of our journey. The mountain views and the sense of accomplishment from our trek will undoubtedly leave lasting impressions as we conclude our adventure in the capital city of Nepal.

    Flight: 25 min    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 28

    Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, you have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on your own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 29

    Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Transfer: 25-30 min l Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Private Airport Transfers: We provide convenient and comfortable airport pick-up and drop-off services via private vehicles.
  • Kathmandu Valley Full-Day Sightseeing: Explore the wonders of Kathmandu Valley with our comprehensive package, which includes all entrance fees to monuments and attractions.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu: Enjoy a comfortable 4-night stay in Kathmandu in a twin-sharing room with a bed and breakfast plan.
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj: Experience a restful night in Nepalgunj with a twin-sharing room on a bed and breakfast plan for one night.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara: Experience a restful night in Pokhara with a twin-sharing room on a bed and breakfast plan for one night.
  • Domestic Airfare: We arrange domestic flights for your convenience, covering Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Jomsom to Pokhara, and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Camping Trekking Experience: Immerse yourself in the wilderness with our all-inclusive camping trekking package, featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Tented Accommodation and Equipment: Our package includes twin-sharing tented accommodations and a complete set of camping and kitchen equipment, such as mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, dining tables, and chairs.
  • Phoksundo National Park Entry: Gain access to the pristine beauty of Phoksundo National Park with our included entrance fees.
  • Special Permits: We obtain special permits for both Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo regions, ensuring a seamless trekking experience.
  • Safety and Medical Support: Our package covers first aid and medical kits to ensure your safety throughout the journey.
  • Professional Support Team: Benefit from the expertise of our English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook, assistant cook, and porters, who are dedicated to making your trek memorable.
  • Insurance for Nepalese Staff: Rest assured that our Nepalese staff members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Government Taxes and Official Charges: All government taxes and official fees are included in our package, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure.

We are committed to providing you with a seamless and memorable trekking experience, taking care of every detail to ensure your comfort and safety.

Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Pokhara are not included in the package. You will need to cover these expenses on your own.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package. It's essential to have proper insurance to cover any unforeseen situations during the trek.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure are not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: If there are unforeseen circumstances like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or any other natural calamities, any additional expenses arising from these situations should be borne by the trek participants themselves.

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Upper Dolpo Trek stands as an exceptional trekking adventure, nestled within the remote and secluded Dolpo region of Nepal. This extraordinary journey not only provides trekkers with the chance to explore pristine landscapes but also offers a rare and profound opportunity to deeply immerse themselves in the ancient Tibetan culture that thrives in the remote enclave of Upper Dolpo. Situated in the far-flung northwestern reaches of Nepal, this trek embodies a truly unique and enriching experience.

The duration of the Upper Dolpo Trek can vary based on the selected itinerary but generally ranges from 21 to 28 days. To maximize the experience of this exceptional journey, the optimal times for embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek are during late spring, spanning from May to June, or in the early autumn, which extends from September to October. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions, ensuring that trekkers can traverse the trails with comfort and immerse themselves fully in the awe-inspiring landscapes and culturally rich experiences that the Upper Dolpo region has in abundance.

Upper Dolpo Trek is widely recognized for its demanding nature, rendering it an ideal choice for seasoned trekkers seeking an adventurous challenge. This expedition involves traversing formidable high mountain passes, navigating through rugged and frequently isolated terrain, and managing the complexities of high-altitude environments. Trekkers embarking on this remarkable journey should be well-prepared for altitudes reaching approximately 5,515 meters at the Sangda La Pass, underscoring the strenuous and adventurous essence of this extraordinary trek.

The Upper Dolpo Trek, situated in Nepal, mandates the acquisition of specific permits for trekkers to gain legal access to this restricted and ecologically protected terrain. Two primary permits are requisite for the Upper Dolpo Trek:

Accommodations during the Upper Dolpo Trek are defined by their rustic and remote nature. Here's a breakdown of what you can anticipate:

The Upper Dolpo Trek offers an incredibly immersive cultural experience, granting you a profound insight into the ancient Tibetan culture and traditions that flourish in this remote corner of Nepal. Here's a glimpse of what awaits you:

For the Upper Dolpo Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Getting to the starting point of the Upper Dolpo Trek involves a combination of flights and trekking. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to reach the starting point:

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Upper Dolpo Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Dolpo Trekking:

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Upper Dolpo Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Dolpo

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

We are dedicated to providing an exceptional culinary experience during your camping trek in Nepal. Our commitment to taste and nutrition ensures that your energy is replenished after a challenging day on the trail. Here's how we elevate your dining experience:

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Upper Dolpo Trek, set in a remote and less populated environment, lacks lodges, teashops, and guesthouses. Consequently, a comprehensive full-board camping setup is meticulously organized, complete with experienced guides, skilled cooks, Sherpas, and diligent porters who oversee all aspects of your journey. Porters manage gear transport and personal belongings, while culinary experts prepare nourishing meals. Accommodation consists of two trekkers per tent, and our trekking cook ensures fresh food. The day starts with hot tea around 6 to 7 AM, followed by cleansing and breakfast before trekking. With a flexible pace allowing for sightseeing and a lunch break after approximately 3 hours, the afternoon trek leads to the next campsite by 4 to 5 PM, complemented by tea and snacks. As evening approaches, the dining tent is prepared for dinner service around 6 to 7 PM, featuring thoughtful design and lantern lighting to underscore our commitment to an exceptional trekking experience.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of a similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Upper Dolpo Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 1,000 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Upper Dolpo Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 500 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 500 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Limi Valley Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

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