UPPER DOLPO TREK

Region

Dolpo Region

Duration

23 Days

Max Altitude

5490m

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

4-6 Hrs Walking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight (optional)

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Peter Matheson's book -  The Snow Leopard and Snell grove - Himalayan pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo.

Dolpo region situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. Geographically a southern extension of Tibet, it lies within the borders of the state of Nepal, since 1984 has been the country's largest national park and conservation, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing. 

Nepal's first English subtitled movie on Dolpo -The Caravan- or -The Himalaya- was a huge success and was nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign-language film category. Boundaries of the park include within 3,500 square kilometres of land, mostly above 4,000 meters. Before 1989, when the southern regions were opened to trekking groups, very few explorers had visited the area. Two notable visits were the first mountaineering expedition by Dr Herbert Tichy in 1953 based in Saigon and the other visit by John Tyson in the early sixties. Dolpo is one of the most beautiful treks in the remote areas of Nepal, very rarely visited by an outsider.

Journey to the Upper Dolpo Region

First on the plains and then in the district of Dolpo, we go to Nepalgúnj.

Most people fly from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Nepalgunj. We ride to Juphal from Nepalgunj. (The most organized tours of the region are flying from Kathmandu. (It is not possible to fly directly from Kathmandu to Juphal, although expensive charter flights are available from Pokhara.) Remember that the Juphal airport is just a small mountain airfield, which often may cause bad weather to disrupt flights. Nepalgunj can be reached by lane, but from Kathmandu or Pokhara it is a long journey. Roads in Western Nepal develop, but Juphal is still on the nearest road for several days.

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek

  • The Dolpo region's main attraction is the captivating Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Experience Nepal's extremly unusual cultural culture
  • Take the opportunity to see Snow Leopard in Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Read about the 800 years old, Shey Gompa at Crystal Mountain Base
  • Starting with the legendary Yarsagumba hunt. Look at the Hunt for Yarsa.
  • Nepal 's largest lake, Rara Lake
  • It is worth skiing at a peak like the Mt. Putha.
  • The Tibetian Culture ethnic society has preserved in its primeval stage.

Trip Grade: Strenuous

From an altitude of 4000m to 5550m is considered a strenuous trek or grade 3. Most of the trekking of Nepal is in grade 3. You need some previous trekking experiences and have decent physical fitness. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a moderate trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required. Climbing and descending are very usual experiences for these types of trekking and you may have to cross small glaciers as well.  This kind of trekking gives you an experience of a lifetime, has very beautiful walking surrounded by spectacular mountains. Above 4000m, there are many settlements in Nepal with a very different landscape. Yaks typically graze at this altitude.

Outline Itinerary ( 23 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and Transfer to Hotel

    Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, representative will be picked up from airport then you will be transferred to a hotel for check in. Overnight stay at Himalayan Suite hotel. (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Kathmandu Sight Seeing and Prepare for Trekking

    After breakfast, our guide will take you to different attractions of Kathmandu Valley. Today, you will visit, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. (B) Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Nepalgunj By flight/Land. Overnight at hotel

    We transport to the southwest region of Nepal to Nepalgunj. It is a long flight of around an hour and we arrive late afternoon or midday there. The weather is very hot in the south of Nepal. We will spend the remainder of the evening exploring the area, including the Bageshwori temple, one of Nepalese 's largest Hindu temples.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: fly -1 Hour
    Altitude: 150m

  • 4

    Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo) by flight and Trek to Dunai

    From Nepalgunj  it is about 35 minute Flight to Juphal then we begin to trek towards Dunai which is around 3 and a half hours away.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: 35 min flight and 3.5 hours trek
    Altitude: 2090m

  • 5

    Dunai to aankhe

    At Thuli Bheriand Suli Ghad's intersection we walk on the North Road. We wander along the river bank and corsican fields of buckwheat and potatoes and enter Hanke Village. We walk over a new suspension bridge to the west after a road past the recently constructed hospital. We visit Parela, Rahatgaon, and Ankhe, eventually. Overnight at camp

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-5 Hours
    Altitude: 2660m

  • 6

    Aankhe to Ringmo

    We walk along the west side of the Pungmo Khola across a bridge. We cross the cedar forests and enter the village of Palam. Instead we hike to the ridges of the Phoksundo Lake and 300 m high waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal, from which one can enjoy stunning views. When we rest for a look, we descend to the upper reaches of Phoksundo Khola through birch trees, then the picturesque Ringmo village with its mud-plastered chortens and manic walls.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 Hours
    Altitude: 3600m

  • 7

    Ringmo to Manda la

    Manda la is a quite and nice place to have the campsite at. Manda la lies just a downward of Mt, Kanjirowa (6883M) so in the morning time we wake up with the clear view of Mt. Kanjirowa.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 Hours
    Altitude: 4570m

  • 8

    Acclimatization Day

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Rest Day
    Altitude: 4570m

  • 9

    Manda la to Kang la Pass 5240m to Shey Gomba 4280m

    We begin by climbing on dusty way up to Kang La Pass (5350 m), which is also known as Nadra La. We get excellent views of the great valley, separated by the gushing water, from the peak of Kang-la Pass. After about 3 hours on foot you descend through the snow-covered steep pass to Shey Gompa, a small town only a few houses and Gompa also called the Dolpo Spiritual Centre. The Gompa is situated at the intersection of two rivers just under the crystal top.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 Hours
    Altitude: 5240m at Kang la pass and 4280 at Shey Gompa

  • 10

    Shey Gomba to Saldang Pass 5010m to Namgung 4380m. Overnight at camp

     

    The day starts by taking a wonderful path through a dark and steep gulch in the center of the juniper. The path then continues to cross bare rocks and terrain before you reach the highest point of Saldang-la (5200 m). So we go down north, which is very long and tiresome. But, we will enjoy the sight of mixed yaks and sheep and yak-haired tents. We proceed to Namduna Gaun 4 800 m. We are on foot. As Shey's, the Karma-pa sec is the Namgung Gompa. The red-stone monastery is founded at the north side of a gorge on the backdrop of a cliff.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 5-6 Hours
    Altitude: Saldang Pass 5010m to Namgung 4380m

  • 11

    Namgung to Yangze Gumba

    For much of the trek, we travel across Panzang River to the east and cross the river, and enter Yangze Gompa which has the old Bon-Po Monastery. We travel to the most explored area through hikers and trekkers.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-8 Hours
    Altitude: 3890m

  • 12

    Yangze Gumba to Musi gaun 4270m.

    It's the quick way to trek down the Yangze Gompa to Musi Gaon and it'll just be a 4 hours camp for lunch and it isn't long. And we're taking break, because tomorrow we've got to cross the "Lang La cross" big peak. And the Musigaon is the Northmost village of the frontier with Tibet and we will travel about 1 hour to see Tibet and Nepal border.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 4-6 Hours
    Altitude: 4270m

  • 13

    Musigaun to Lang la Pass 5002m.- Sime Gaun 3950m

    Shimen Gaun is the large village of Shimen Gaun from Musi Gaun Via Lang La (5,002 m) and Shimen Gaun, 7 hours walk away, and we camp at the local primary school.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hours
    Altitude: 3950m

  • 14

    Sime Gaun to Tinja 4150m

    7/8 hours walk from Simen Gaun to Tinje. Shimengaun to Tinje is the flat surface down, through Pinyan Khola we walk and there is small vegetation along the way.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: 4150m

  • 15

    Tinja to Kheng 4550m

    We have traveled for approx. 3 hours to reach our destination from Tinje ViA Nawal (4,550 m) to Kheng Khola, 7/8 hour walk from Nawal, and it is like a clear, windy desert.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: 4550m

  • 16

    Kheng to Chharka Pass 5036m to Chharka 4365m

    Charka Bhote is a spot where you can find all the simple necessities, the major village and the population of this area is a little more civilized so that night at Charka Bhote is the memorable site for hiking to the Upper Dolpo, and the region's inhabitants are a little more civilized. (Kheng Khola Through Charka pass)

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: Chharka Pass 5036m to Chharka 4365m

  • 17

    Chharka to Yak Kharka 4780m.

    Yak Kharka is a large, green area, named Yak Kharka because it is named Yak Kharka, because people who came with their Yak for the business that they used to live.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: 1780m                                                               

  • 18

    Yak Kharka to Sangda Pass 5490m to Sangda Phedi 5110m

    Thujeng La Pass is one of Hardest Pass because it's near Mt. Tashiang (6,383 m), Tongu peak (6,197 m), Hongdae peak (6,556 m) and many more mountains near planing the surfaces of this mountain, which make us feel so difficult while we are on Thujeng La Pass.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: Sangda Pass 5490m to Sangda Phedi 5110m

  • 19

    Sangda Phedi to Sangda 3909m

    Sangdak Gaun is the last Tibetan vegetation and the last day of our Dolpo circuit.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: 3909m

  • 20

    Sangda to Jomsom 2670m.

    We climb the hill behind Sangda and spent most of the day making a high traverse, crossing nine ridges to a final crest at 4280m.We climb to a ridge at 3360m and make a final descent on a challenging trail of loose rocks to Jomsom at 2670m.

    Accommodation: Lodge
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: Trek 7-8 Hours
    Altitude: 2670m

  • 21

    Jomsom to Pokhara By Flight

    We take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and fly right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. If weather permits, we will take flight back to Kathmandu or drive back to Kathmandu same day if it is not cancelled. 

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: 40min Flight

  • 22

    Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus

    This is an extra day in the case the flight is cancelled the day prior. On this day, we will drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle and for those who would rather take the flight, can take plane to Kathmandu instead of  7-8 hours long bus ride.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    Activity: 40min Flight// 6-8 hours drive

  • 23

    Transfer to airport. Departure Farewell

    Today is your final day in Nepal. Our representative will come to pick you up for your transfer to the Airport. 

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu(Himalayan Suite Hotel) or similar category and Pokhara (Hotel Lake Star or similar category on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Fooding, lodging and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Fooding (3 meals a day ) and lodging for the clients in trek days
  • Necessary paper works for permit and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All necessary equipments during the trek
  • Thirty minute massage in Himalayan Suite Spa

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Airfare Kathmandu - Nepalgunj $158 , Nepaljung -Dunai $120 and Jomsom -Pokhara $120
  • Cold drinks and beverages
  • Special Permit fee $500 for first 10 days and $50 for additional day
  • City sightseeing monuments entry fee (NPR 250+400+1000)
  • Personal expenses and tips to the crew

Departures Dates

Trip Dates Trip Costs Actions

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By Air: Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu is available option for anyone who doesnt want to take 7-8 hours long drive back to Kathmandu. This option is however not included in the package and the cost would be extra USD 110 per person. Similarly the domestic flight to Nepalgunj and Dunai from Nepalgunj are excluded in the price.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

The Upper Dolpa trek is one of Nepal 's longest treks, as it takes 32 days to complete. The highest elevation during this trek is 4,530 metres. Around 5,115 metres. And is one of Nepal's toughest treks.Therefore some degree of physical fitness is required. Good fitness should be enough for completing this trek. 

We ensure plenty of rest periods and good speed to prevent excessive strains. In the event that you suffer from some pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you consult your doctor before you pick this trek. Likewise, we commend being physically involved in the months preceding this trek. This can be done in the form of activities such as biking, running, hiking, swimming etc.

Despite the absence of sufficient facilities and very few buildings. Only a few houses will provide the amenities for food and lodging. So most trekking groups will take full catering services to deliver food to them.

Still, the Dolpo region has to be considered to be limited to food. There are also several houses and tea shops about the accommodation services which will provide you with the accommodation facility. It is highly advised, however, that you don't rely on them and take your own tents and sleeping bags. HSJ will arrange for the tents and sleeping bags for its customers.

Just a few places in the Dolpo area have a mobile phone signal. However, some villages do have a satellite emergency telephone. Some lodges in the Dolpo region offer wireless Internet access only at Dunai at an additional fee. If you wish to bring a 4 G sim card with an Internet pack, we recommend Ncell. In Kathmandu, you can buy an internet package which is less than USD 10. Make sure you have one of these before departure.

Since this is not a common trek, all the villages aren't equipped with the amenities you may need. You 'd better bring your cameras and phones along with the solar charging.

This being entirely camping trek, sufficient amount of water would be needed to carried all the way. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals whereever possible. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.

The Dolpo Trek is one of the restricted regions in Nepal. So, you must have a licensed guide or porters and permit via Nepal’s local agency. You’ll need three trekking permits. It also part of the upper Dolpo trek cost which always includes in the trip cost. HSJ will arrange these permits for you. Special permit ie UpperDolpo Restricted Area Permit, however is not included in your trip cost. 

Upper Dolpo Trekking Permit Cost  
Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit Cost NPR 3000
Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit US$ 20 Per Person/week
Minimum required for two weeks permit US$ 20×2 =40 Per Person
Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit US$ 500/Per Person for 10 days
Total Upper Dolpo Trek Permits Cost US$ 570 Per Person

Travel insurance & rescue when travelling to a remote destination like Nepal is strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For the reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestion of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more or Europe assistance or Travel Direct- TID . We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.

Often this depends on the trek and the maximum altitude gain. Each porter carries between 15 and 30 kg on average in the mountain region for trekking. There is up to 40 kg of a camping pack. We usually assign one porter to our two trekkers.  15 kg of luggage is allowed per person on the trek. The health of our porter crew is strictly guaranteed.

With an annual rainfall of less than 50 mm, Dolpo is the only trekking destination in Nepal which can be trekked from May until the end of October. Unlike Nepal's other Trekking Regions, which are not recommended for trekking from May to October, Dolpo has this benefit. June, July and August, the monsoon moths in Nepal, being in the rain-shadow of Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba, the area receives either no or very little rainfall, while the rest of the country experiences significant rainfall.

Treks in Dolpo are closed from November to January because of the heavy snowfall in the region. The snowfall could happen until April and hence treks in Dolpo are recommended during this time of the year as well.

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

HSJ provides Duffel bags, Sleeping Bags, and tents for this trek. You will have to get trekking poles yourselves or our guide will assist you to buy them in Kathmandu.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.