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Upper Dolpa Trekking

Upper Dolpa Trek is the most remote and least visited trekking in Nepal. Trek to a rugged mountainous region of Nepal through dry stone-walled villages, Tibetan gompas and meandering alpine land in 25 days Upper Dolpo Trekking. We have brought here 25 days Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary from Kathmandu with fixed departure dates of 2018.

Trek Facts

Trek Name: Upper Dolpa Trek

Trek Duration: 26 Days

Trek Difficulty: Medium / Hard

Trek Season: Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May

Trek Altitude: 2050m- 5350m

Trek Cost: USD.

Group Size: 1 - 12 people

Trek Package: Budget/Standard/Deluxe

Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight

Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu / Nepalgunj

The Dolpa are generally adherents of Bon Po religion whose origins predate Buddhism but whose modern form is officially accepted as the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism. The remote region has preserved its Tibetan culture in relatively pure form, making it attractive to Westerners. Dolpo was the location for the 1999 Oscar-nominated film "Himalaya".

There are sixty-four big and small monasteries in Dolpo. Most of the monasteries are built on the high mountains tops. Some of them are even found around rocky isolated surroundings. Since it is believed that the followers of spiritual world should live peaceful and isolated life, most of the monasteries are found in calm and lonely places. Some of the well-known monasteries are: Shey Tsakang Monastery, Shuktsher Monastery, Yangjer Monastery and Shey Gumba Monastery among others.

  • Upper Dolpo Trek Overview
  • Trek Itinerary
  • Cost Details
  • Trekking Equipment
  • FAQs

Upper Dolpo Trekking is also known as Inner Dolpa Trek and Dolpo Circuit Trek is one of the best treks that extends to far-flung wilderness of western Nepal. Undoubtedly, Upper Dolpo Trek caters some of the most intriguing highlights of Dolpo. The highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek with explore Dolpo include natural paradise like Phoksundo Lake, unique cultural encounters so often as we traverse through villages of different ethnical tribes and religious devotees. Some of the oldest and most important monasteries like Yangtze Gompa and Shey Gompa are exciting trek highlights and the pain that every trekker would love to endure while crossing 5000m above passes like Kang La and Shey La lifetime experiences of Inner Dolpo Trek.

Dolpa, a remote district of Nepal is situated in the Trans Himalayan region of mid-western Nepal. It was open to trekkers in 1989 however the Upper Dolpo was not opened to 1992. Part of the region lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest designated park in Nepal, covering an area of 3555 square kilometer. The park is home to the most beautiful and deepest lake in Nepal - Phoksundo Lake. This is a freshwater lake located at an altitude of 3610m. The village of Ringmo sits on the landslide dam that formed the lake some 35,000 years ago.

The sparse, agro-pastoral population, known as Dolpa in standard Tibetan and Dhol-Wa in the local dialect, is connected to the rest of Nepal via Juphal airport, which can be reached in three days by walking. The region is sparsely populated with estimates up to 18,000 only.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will receive you there and drive to Hotel. Tour briefing in the afternoon and trekking preparation.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
A free morning in Kathmandu to relax or explore Thamel. In the afternoon we'll take the short flight to Nepalgunj in the Terrai. Overnight in a simple hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Sulighat (2050m, 6kms, 3 hours)
An early morning flight to Jhupal in the Lower Dolpo district where we meet up with our trek crew. An easy start to our trek as we walk downhill to camp by the river at Sulighat (2050m).
Day 04: Trek to Chepka (2970m, 16km, 7/8 hours)
We start the trek to Inner Dolpo following the Suli Gaad river north. We'll pass through many villages including Jyalhasa which is only inhabited in the winter when the Dolpopa (local Dolpo people) bring their animals down from mountain pastures.
Day 05: Trek to Samduwa village (3600m, 12km, 6/7 hours)
Crossing the river many times today, we ascend a narrow gorge through forests of bamboo and conifer. The valley opens up at the village of Renje beyond which the trail climbs upwards further.
Day 06: Trek to Ringmo (3600m, 12km, 7/8 hours)
From Samduwa the river becomes the Phoksumdo Khola. Trekking through Palam we enter the Dolpo National Park. From a ridge above the valley we get our first view of Phoksumdo Lake. Descending through forest we climb to the Dolpopa village of Ringmo (3600m), where we camp close by.
Day 07: Acclimatize day at Ringmo.
A day for acclimatisation at Phoksumdo Lake. There are options for many day hikes here and a visit to Ringmo and its monastery is highly recommended. A second night camping near Ringmo.
Day 08: Trek to (3700m, 13km, 7/8 hours)
Following a spectacular trail around the western edge of the lake we head north into Inner Dolpo. The path is chiseled into the steep rock walls and was featured in Eric Valli's film, Himalaya. The trail then climbs to a ridge and we make a descent to the north shore before ascending a wide valley where we make camp (3700m).
Day 09: Trek to (4650m, 8km, 6 hours)
The valley narrows as we continue our ascent, crossing several streams. Leaving the main valley we enter a narrow gorge and climb up a steep-sided valley, following in the footsteps of Peter Matthiessen camping at the spot he names Snowfields in his book at approx 4650m .
Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4370m, 12km, 8 hours)
Today we cross the Kang La (5350m). It's a 2-3 hour climb from camp on loose scree that may be snow covered. From the prayer-flag bedecked pass we descend to the valley floor and follow the river to Shey Gompa. The monastery is set dramatically beneath Crystal Mountain. We set up camp below the Gompa at around 4370m.
Day 11: Shey Gompa Exploration and Acclimatization day.
A rest day at Shey Gompa. There is much to do and see here. Besides Shey Gompa itself, a visit to Tsa Kang monastery, perched on a ledge of a cliff-face, is highly recommended. A second night at our Shey Gompa campsite.
Day 12: Trek to Namgung (4415m, 13km, 8 hours)
Heading east we cross the Shey La pass (5100m) from where we can see Tibet in the north and Mustang in the east. We make a long descent to the pastures at Namgung (4415m) where we set up camp outside the village.
Day 13: Trek to Saldang (4100m, 7km, 3/4 hours)
A shorter day starting with a traverse high above the Namgung Khola, then a steep descent to the village of Saldang. Close to the border, Tibetan yak caravans pass through here trading salt for salt from the lowlands. Saldang is the largest settlement in Inner Dolpo. We set up camp here and have the afternoon to explore.
Day 14: Trek to Sibu (4150m. 14km, 6/7 hours)
Heading south now we follow the Nagaon Khola passing through Namdo Village with it's 2 Gompas. Our riverside campsite tonight is near the smaller settlement of Sibu (4150m).
Day 15: Trek to Jeng La Phedi (4850m, 15km, 7/8 hours)
A shorter day following the river intiially. Later we make a a steady climb to a grazing area below the Jeng La at 4850 metres where we set up camp for the night.
Day 16: Trek to Tokyu ( 4160m, 14km, 6/7 hours)
A steep climb takes us to the summit of the Jeng La (5110m). From the top there are spectacular views south to Dhaulagiri. Descending to the Tarap Valley we follow a stream to Tokyu Village, our overnight campsite (4160m).
Day 17: Trek to Yak Kharka (3840m, 16km, 8 hours)
An easy morning's walk, descending the upper Tarap valley towards Dho (4020m). There are many monasteries here and the local women wear traditional headpieces of beaten silver. We set up camp beyond the village at Yak Kharka where it is less windy.
Day 18: Rest day at Yak Kharka.
This is a contingency day in case we have encountered any difficulties with our trekking schedule. If not required, we have the option to spend a rest day here.
Day 19: Trek to Shim Ora (3690m, 16km, 7 hours)
Descending beside the river we cross to the west bank beneath imposing cliffs before cresting a ridge. We drop down to the Shishul Khola, home to the herds of bharal (blue sheep) studied by George Schaller in 1973. Beyond we cross the Tarap Chu to Shim Ora where we make camp.
Day 20: Trek to Kanigaon (2620m 16km, 7 hours)
An interesting day of trekking through the gorges of the Tarap Chu to Kanigaon. After 4 hours of descent we break for lunch before a further descent to the police checkpost at Kanigaon. Camp tonight is beside the river. At this lower elevation (2620m) its much warmer.
Day 21: Trek to Tarakot (2440m, 9km, 3 hours)
Just after the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Barbung Khola, we cross the latter via a high suspension bridge. The trail continues high above the river until the descent to Tarakot where we camp by the river. The afternoon is free for a visit to Gumba Tara where there is a monastery.
Day 22: Trek to Dunai(2090m, 16km, 6 hours)
Today we complete our circuit following the Barbung Khola to Dunai (2090m). This is another short day and allows us a leisurely afternoon. Dunai has a couple of small lodges selling soft drinks and beer.
Day 23: Trek to Juphal (4480m, 11km, 3/4 hours)
A pleasant walk beside the Bheri river and a last climb to reach the airstrip at Jhupal (2480m). We camp beside the airstrip and celebrate the final night of this amazing trek with our crew.
Day 24: Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj 
Flying out to Nepalgunj in the Terrai, we connect with an onward flight to Kathmandu. Time for a welcome shower and an enjoyable evening dining in the city. Overnight in a Kathmandu hotel.
Day 25: In Kathmandu
Today is a contingency day in case of problems with the weather-dependent flights out of Nepalgunj. If we have flown out on schedule, this is a free day for all in Kathmandu and we'll enjoy a final celebratory night dinner in one of the city's restaurants.
Day 26: Kathmandu Airport
Breakfast and final complimentary airport transfers are provided to get your flight back home.

Cost Included:

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer
  • Twin Share Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a local guide.
  • All internal airfares including taxes: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal / Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Twin Share Hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj with full meals.
  • All permits - Dolpo trekking, Special Restricted Permit for inner Dolpo, TIMS card.
  • All camping equipment including tents, sleeping pads and dinning tent and staff tents.
  • All food and beverages on the trek- breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner.
  • Trekking staff - Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa and porters for both personal and trek equipment. Staff will have to leave 8 days early with our equipment, food and fuel to walk in to where our plane lands.
  • Insurance and expenses for trekking staff.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • All taxes.

Cost Not Included:

  • Airfare to Kathmandu and return.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu with the exception of the farewell dinner.
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek.
  • Tips for the Nepal staff.

Trek Gear List: No need to bring unnecessary trekking equipment with you for trekking in Nepal. The following trekking equipment and gears are recommended before trekking in Nepal. Most of the trekking equipment what you will need can be rented or purchased  in Nepal either in Kathmandu or Pokhara at cheap price. We will help you with the necessary arrangements. Except your day pack all the luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 15 kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking part of the trip can be stored in the storage room of hotel without extra cost.
Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body:
Under Garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body:
T-shirts
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Trekking Poles
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries:
1 medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Extras/Luxuries:
Binoculars
Novels
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
iPod
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Modest swim suits (for Kathmandu)

Frequently Asked Questions Section

Further Answer Question Section
Please kindly some further more questions and answer on this section regards your trips - trekking tour holidays in Nepal. I hope this will be helpful for you. More question to us, please drop us mail or call us at any time from any corner of the world.

How can I enter into Nepal?

You can enter into Nepal both by land and flight. Several Airlines have direct flights to Kathmandu from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa and Varanasi.

Do I need a visa to travel Nepal?

All foreign nationals except Indian require a visa to enter Nepal. Please, keep in mind that all countries

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist visa?

The Immigration department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the tourist visa. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

What kind of Accommodation I can have during the trip?

In City like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot we do provide star hotel as per your request and during the trekking, we will provide tea house accommodation. A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on day’s weather. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. It is advisable to carry wet wipes as an alternative
There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted). There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. Most tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.
All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.

Can I charge Camera batteries along the trek?

Yes, most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek. It costs US$ 2-3 per hour for charging while you are doing Trek in Everest region.

Is it ok to take photographs of people of Villages?

Yes, it is ok and they really get a kick out of seeing themselves in print. So if you take photographs, please take copies and post them back that will make sure they get delivered back to the people on one of your treks. But it is better to take permission from them before taking photographs. Sometimes they may angry in taking photos without asking them.

Do I have to tip my guide/porter?

Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers you use. Recommendations for tipping guides/porter would range from 5 -7 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service.

How much weight do I allow for my porter?

We provide one porter for every two travelers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10 Kg per passenger. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla only allows for a personal weight limit of 5 Kg for hand luggage. Some of your luggage can be left in Kathmandu

Should I feel embarrassed expecting a porter to carry my pack?

Definitely not. If you can afford a personal porter it is highly recommended. It gives wages to the people who earn a living for trekking. This is the terrain where they grew up. Hence they make walking up and down mountain look easy.

How fit do I have to be for Trekking?

You don’t to be a marathon runner or training for the Olympics. But you do have to be healthy fit and mentally prepared for trekking in Nepal. Depending on your walking/trekking speeds, you may have to trek for 5 to 7 hours per day on a trek, and no mountaineering skills needed for Nepal trekking.

Is there any trek briefing?

You will have trek briefing, and meeting with fellow travelers before departure of Trek.

How do I book my trek?

You can book trekking with us from anywhere in the world. Booking can easily be made online using our secure booking engine accessed from each tour page on this website. You can contact our office by phone, fax or by email. Please email us for further information if you are unsure how to book with us.

Why should I travel with Mission Eco Trek?

Mission Eco Trek has been the clear "Mission and Vision" on eco tourism and green tourism since decade long. Through green tourism, we have the experience and the commitment to provide you with the trip of lifetime. We can offer you a quality holiday at an affordable price and we will show you places you could not see while traveling alone.

Are there any age restrictions?

No, there is any age restriction. We can design trek for children/teenager/ pensioner. For children and pensioner, we offer short and easy trek around Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. For adult and teenager, we offer moderate to hard trek to Everest Base Camp/ Manaslu/ Dolpo/ Mustang/ Annapurna/ Langtang etc.

What if I haven't camped before?

Don't worry, we make it easy! Most of our first time clients actually grow to love sleeping in the great outdoors. You will sleep in good quality, two men tent which you share with only one other trekkers of same sex. We provide all Trekkers with a thermal sleeping mat. For those who want added comfort, you can bring your own mattress. On lodge/Teahouse Trek, normally single trekkers share rooms with only one other of same sex.

Can you arrange flight tickets?

Of course, we arrange all domestic and international flight tickets.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Insurance is compulsory on all trek regions for your safety. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

What to take for trekking in Nepal?

We have listed a few essentials that you will have to bring along and when you make your booking we will send you out a full list of essentials. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 1)
Pocket hand warmers (for winters)
Hand sanitizing lotion
Reading/writing material
Binoculars
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking, Chlorine Dioxide (water purification tablet for water sterilization).
Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased at Kathmandu.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Health requirements arranged
Money: cash/credit card
Money pouch
Swiss army knife
Whistle to attract attention in the event of an emergency.
Spare Boot Laces
Sleeping Bag/Sleep sheet - Four season bag is recommended for high altitude trekking in summers and -20 degrees sleeping bag in winters. Sleeping Bags can be rented in Kathmandu at reasonable rate.
Light weight Towel
Toiletries
Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
Alarm clock and torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
Ear plugs & eye mask can assist light sleepers
Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre Aluminium or Nalgene polypropylene are best
Nepali phrase book
Warm Hat
Sunhat/bandana
Sunglasses
Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore tex
Scarf
Sarong a multitude of uses
Bag Liners to waterproof your bags
Sewing Kit
Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
Running shoes or sandals for evening
Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter. Down jackets can be hired in Kathmandu.
Fleece Jacket
T Shirts 2 or 3
Shirt - Long Sleeved
Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
Thermals upper and lower
Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.

What's involved in a Typical Day?

07.30 Breakfast
08.30 Start Walking
11.00 Tea/Coffee Break
01.00 Lunch Break
04.00 Reach to Guesthouse.
07.00 Evening Meal.
08.00 Briefing for the Next Day
08.30 Entertainment.

What is the best season for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early Dec, then March to mid June, even though you can trek all round the year. June/August is better to do trek in rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpa in Nepal and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

Is Communication to home possible on trek?

There are telephone and internet in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. We inform daily trekking report to your relatives to home.

Do I get Nepal Visa on arrival?

Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit Nepal, must hold a valid passport prior to apply for a Nepal visa. The passport must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Travelers can obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration office. One recent copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for Tourist Visa to Nepal. The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on arrival at any border are as follows:
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40 payable only in USD dollars
A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable only in USD dollars

What sort of transportation do you use?

We use a mixture of local buses and taxis, private mini buses or cars for city sightseeing and airport pickups and sometimes land cruisers for journeys into the mountains, to and from trekking points. The choice of vehicle will also depend on the size of your group. See the “Price Includes” section for your trek’s options. All vehicles are maneuverable and flexible enabling us to take you through the narrow roads of Nepal. We carefully omit to talk about the crazy, exciting, heart thumping driving that whips you from place to place. Should you have special transport requests, please contact us.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and while trekking?
We use standard rooms, as per our “Price Includes” section, in Kathmandu. We serve you lodge double room available in the route in sharing basis with other fellow travelers of same se. This service provide as per trekking plan you purchased with us. Lodges are mostly in village which allows you to buy sweets and drinks that we do not carry with us. For Tea House (lodge) trekking you will get a double room, on shared basis, as per your trekking plan.

How fit do I need to be on Nepal trekking?

Most treks are suitable for anyone who is moderately fit. No previous experience is required. To make fit for trekking in Nepal, some physical fitness programs such as regular walking, running, swimming, and hiking are recommended before your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering a trek. Whilst on a trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before you become fully acclimatized to altitude.

What meals can I expect on Trekking Nepal?

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner each day as per itinerary is included. If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us beforehand.
Are there any opportunities to shower on trekking in Himalaya?
Hot showers will be available in some lodges at your own expense.

Can I charge my digital camera and other batteries on trekking?

Electricity will not always be available, especially in more remote areas. Carry a second set of charged batteries with you – and don’t forget your adapters!  Your guide will know where you will be able to charge your batteries next. But most of the places in Langtang, Annapurna and Everest Trek, you can charge battery but need to pay extra cost.

Is it possible to communicate while we are on trek?

There are telephones in a few villages along the routes from which you can make international calls. Cell phone reception is not reliable on in the mountains and in many regions not at all. If required, we can supply a satellite phone service. Please inform us if you need this service, which must be at your expense.

Can I use a credit card while on trekking?

In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave the cities behind, you can only use cash. Make sure that you take sufficient Nepalese rupees for your needs in small denominations. In some places, Dollars, Euros and Pounds will be accepted.

How much extra money do I need per day?

It all depends on your spending habits. 15 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, souvenir shopping of local crafts when available and a few drinks. You can buy these things only in certain villages.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

Tips are always expected. It is good to tip trekking staff at the end of a trek. The standard recommendation for tipping is for each person in a group of 10 or more persons, tip to the guide US$ 10 per day and each porter US$ 3 per day. For groups of one or two persons and above USD$ 12 per day for guide and USD$ 5 per day for porter is recommended.

Do I need to bring purifying tablets and filter?

Please bring a water bottle to fill with purified water. We will provide you with purified water to each day. So you don’t need anything unless you want to bring your own water purifier (If so, please inform us beforehand). You can also buy mineral water in some villages along the trail.

Where do I store my unnecessary trekking stuff and how much does it cost?

All stuff what you have, not necessary to take to trekking as this makes your porter extra heavy and things can be lost and damaged during the trek. You can leave such stuff at your Hotel in Kathmandu or our office store. Luggage storage facility is absolutely free of cost.

When do the treks leave? How are trek dates arranged?

We plan each trek to depart at our customer’s convenience. Usually, a day or two after you fly into Kathmandu; spend a day or two in the capital, meeting the team, checking on all the gear and then departing after breakfast on the pre-arranged day.

What essential documents do I need to carry with me on the trek?

Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you return from your tour. It needs to contain few blank pages. Bring minimum five copies of passport size photos to issue your Nepal visa on arrival which is payable only on USD cash and trekking permit. Travel insurance; keep a separate photocopy with Mountain Mart Trek and into your main baggage, Cash, Flight tickets, Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts, Passport photos: One Nepal visa at the airport and four for your trekking permit and more photos for a multiple entry visa for onward trips to your next port.
Visa fees are: US$ 25/40/100 for 15 days/30 days/90 days multiple entry that is payable only in USD cash. Maximum number of days should be included in the section about extending a trek. Departure taxes are included in flight tickets to any destination since 2005.

Is all your staff insured?

Yes, our company insures all our trekking staff: guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters.

Do you use Yaks/porters on the trek or do we need to carry all of our own gear?

 On a trekking, our porters will take care of your luggage as per the “Price Includes” section. Your porter may carry a maximum of 12kg of luggage per person in a soft bag.  A porter carries two trekkers’ bags (25kg). All you need to carry is your small day bag with important personal belongings like camera, water, sun cream, sufficient warm and rain clothing for the day.

What weather conditions can I expect on trekking in Nepal?

Weather in the Himalayas is difficult to predict: expect the unexpected. Nights are generally much cooler than the day. In winter (December to February) nights can be cold when the sun is out while days are beautiful and warm. Snow can fall at any time of the year. Temperatures can range from 15°C to 25°C above 5000m. It is important to stay warm and dry in any conditions – so carry sufficient gear in your pack each day.

Being a leader of a large group, can I trek for free?

Yes, providing your group size meets tour agreed minimum, we include a free place for a leader, company representative and teacher.
16 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for one leader.
25 participants in a group – get free trekking package for two persons.
40 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for three persons.

How do you minimize risk to ensure a group’s safety?

The safety and well-being of our clients is our first priority. Acknowledging that there are inherent risks in all travel that can never be totally eliminated, we endeavor to minimize any risks or dangers that have the potential to lead to any more than reasonable level of physical or emotional distress for our clients, staff and partners. We aim to do this by:
Ensuring the chosen itinerary is appropriate for your group.
Seeking medical assurance from you that medical advisor prior to trekking departure to ensure all travelers are suitable for the challenge ahead.
Ensuring that our guides are all first aid trained, carries a comprehensive first-aid kit and are fully competent in handling emergency evacuation procedures.
Ensuring that our guides carry mobile or satellite phones: Mobile or satellite phone communication is available on most trekking routes which provide direct access to our company.
Providing a doctor to escort all school trekking groups and on request for charity challenges. Insisting that a complete risk assessment be provided prior travel and trek.
Requiring each client to complete and sign our risk assessment form prior to departure for a trek. Insisting that travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers and trekkers. Insurance documentation to be provided prior to any trek.

Is it possible add an extra days to my trek?

A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along the route we can add days at your request at additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if given sufficient time to make the arrangements.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trek. Please browse our trip extension on home page and the following suggestions offer a few possibilities. Everest Flight: A one hour early morning flight to see Mt Everest and its surrounding peaks. A ticket includes the flight plus transfers to and from the airport weather permitting. Trisuli River Rafting: A one or two day package, including return road transport.
Chitwan Jungle Safari Package: 
2 nights 3 days. Longer trips are also available, Kathmandu City Tour, Meditation Tour- 2/3 days, Tibet Tour, Bhutan Tour, India Tour, Volunteering at a School in a Village.

Does your guide/porter speak English?

Our cultural tour guides are pretty proficient. The trekking guide (Sirdar) and his assistants speak a reasonable amount of English are good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes or is of interest to you.

How big is the group?

We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventurous experience, and this is an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our trek programs. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply

How long do we walk each day?

All our trekking programs are classified into three different categories according to the level of altitude & terrain of the trek. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to walk for around 4 - 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. It's definitely not for beginners. Basically, any trek can be challenging.  You need to know your body & probably take a medical examination before doing any trek above 5000 meters and/or before doing strenuous treks.

How about security during trekking?

Security of our clients is of foremost & vital importance for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping treks' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in a local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Prevention is always the best kind of cure.

Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

On all our Camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, a dining tent and toilet tent; and all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks, there is no necessity to provide any equipment.

What happen in case of an emergency?

In the event of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we surely believe will not happen; you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the event of your having to be evacuated; please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or u must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform our office about the requirements of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send a name of the sick person and always give the exact location from where the helicopter can airlift you.  Our guides will help you on this; do not leave your stationed point even if you are getting better once you have called in the helicopter.

Can we change the itinerary?

Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Are you a licensed trekking company?

Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than a decade. We enjoy our work.

Do you arrange private trek?

Yes, we do. If you prefer to travel independently, or with your friends, families and colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe suiting your convenience. The number could range from a group of people that could be minimum 1 and maximum 100 at a time. Costs for private trips can be fixed on the basis of group size, trek area; duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange Trek for single women if required. However, if none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you; you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a solo trip. We can assign a local professional guide, porters etc whom you could trust with your life.

What is a gap trekking?

This is an abbreviation for 'Guide Accommodation and Porters' (GAP). This trek option is for those who only want basic support services from us. This is the most economical way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters and trekkers who pay for their meals directly to the local lodge owner. This option works only on certain routes in the Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions where trekking routes are served by the local folks in their tea house or lodges. You pay for your own meals. We take care of all the expenses of our staff.

What type of meals served during trekking?

On camping trek we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. Your first meal of the day starts with a king size breakfast that consists of a choice of porridge, muesli or a cereal followed by eggs done to your style; it can be an omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The cooking crew leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation. The head cook makes sure that all food is prepared with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.
On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner. Tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help you with the menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

How do we get safe drinking water during trek?

On camping treks, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium or iodine. On GAP treks, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend that you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.

What is the overnight accommodation like?

In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that range from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek, accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are deciding for a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the tea houses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually during peak or busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to sleep in a dormitory; however, the feel of adventure is always there.

How fit must be for trekking in the Himalayas?

You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions. Living up to a physical challenge is always good for you, no matter what. Trekking once a year is always the best regimen for your body's needs; as per recommendations from most health journals throughout the world.

How should I dress during trek?

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.

Is it possible to change lodge if it is not to my choice?

Yes, you can definitely change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking it over with your guide, provided there are other lodges with good rooms in the vicinity.

Do you book lodges before or during the trek?

We accommodate trekking groups in local lodges available on the trail. As it is not possible to book the rooms days in advance, we send a porter few hours ahead of the group each day to book the rooms.

How do I find you at the airport?

Our airport representative and a vehicle will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport; in his hand will be a plaque board holding your name clearly written on the board or paper. You can’t lose us.

Is it okay to get Nepal visa at airport or in advance?

Obtaining a Nepalese visa on arrival is easier except that you may have to spend some precious time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue. Also, don’t forget to bring cash as ATMs are not available at the airport. Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to arrange a visa for 30 days.

Where should I get my money exchange?

You can get your money exchanged at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you can get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu, visit us for further information.

What is the weight limit of luggage?

The weight limit for the trek is 15 kg per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended which we provide. The lighter you are the better for the trails.

How can I keep my luggage?

You can keep your luggage and valuable items in a locker at the hotel in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Does Tea house have electricity to charge devices?

Most of the tea houses have electricity facilities during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices on the trail.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?

You will only have to carry a daypack, which should be a reasonable size to carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, etc. Your other packs are carried by porters. Again we stress on the wisdom of always ‘travel light’.

It is healthy to take shower during trek?

You can get hot shower services throughout the trip. However, the higher you climb the less pleasant it will be. It’s better to be on the safe side of things.

Is there any advice on Altitude Sickness?

Altitude mountain sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in the Khumbu region. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! When trekking, its vital to realize that you must always hike at a pace that is convenient to your body…& not to anyone else’s, make sure you feel comfortable when trekking  and  listen to your body…always. These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries. 

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