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Dolpo with Shey Gompa - 25 Days

Dolpo with Shey Gompa

Overview And Highlights

Trip Standard

On Camping Basis

Trip Grade

moderate & adventurous

Total Duration

24 Nights & 25 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Best Season

5,360 m at Kang-La

Highest Spot

April to July & September to November

Highlights:

  • On the far north west Himalaya in the land of snow leopard the upper Dolpo 
  • On the extension of Tibetan plateau with awesome views and landscapes 
  • Trekking on the old yak caravan route of Trans Himalaya Trade route.
  • Visiting high country villages and lakes with crystal monastery of Shey
  • Sweeping flight in and out of Dolpo with fabulous sceneries of mountains.

Team Himalaya a journey to Dolpo with Shey Gompa in the Land of Snow Leopard which is a unique adventure in the Far North West Nepal Himalaya, this region was explored and well mentioned in the classic Peter Mattessian Novel “The Snow Leopard” in the mid 1980’s. Since then the area of trekking to Upper Dolpo with Shey Gompa being been opened for outside worlds to feel it’s awesome natural environment, culture and traditions with panorama of high snow mountains from Mt.Dhaulagiri massif range to Kagmara peaks including many snow capped mountains that borders Tibet.

This trekking Dolpo with Shey Gompa the land of Snow Leopard is more of an exploration adventure where things has to be taken at ease as it comes the charm of Dolpo is the people with very similar way of life of Tibetans its culture, traditions and way of life, visiting its old monasteries where the early sect of pre Buddhism still exists the Bon sects, which later it mixed with present day Tibetan Buddhism. A unique culture as it was for many hundreds of years ago with fascinating scenery looking at Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains including Kagmara, Kangibroba and other peaks that straddles with Tibet, the country views are impressive with windswept terrain but beautiful it was the location in the movies called Caravan and later changed into Himalaya which is must see classic movie after being in the Nepal’s Far North West Dolpo with Shey Gompa.

After a great time visiting the Ringmo and Phoshumdo lake and the Shey monastery return journey via interesting Tokyu, Saldang and Tarakot villages  and back to Jhupal for the scenic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu by Nepalgunj after an awesome and memorable trip to Dolpo with Shey Gompa with Team Himalaya outstanding services in the remote areas of Far Western Nepal.

 

Itinerary Detail Expand All Close All

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff. 

On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding Dolpo with Shey Gompa Trek.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest. 

Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for 55 minutes scenic flight to Nepal’s South West region at Nepalgunj close to the border of India, where the temperature are warm of sub-tropical climate on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to respective hotels for overnight stop.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 3 : Fly to Jhuphal 2,320 m then trek or drive to Dunai 2,850m. 

Morning a short drive from the hotel to Nepalgunj airport for the connecting short scenic flight to Jhuphal which takes about 40 mins, on the flight super panorama of Dhaulagiri mountain range, on reaching Jhuphal, our field and trekking crews will meet and then with a short drive on the jeep track road to Dunai for overnight stop, Dunai a moderate size and a headquarter town with Government administrative of Dolpo region.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
2850
Day 4 : Trek to Ankhe 2,896m - 06 hrs.

After the flight and short drive to Dunai, from here morning starts with the first day walk by crossing a suspension bridge and then leading towards North West with a climb to the banks of Thulo Bheri Valley, after a while it leads to a ridge at Phoksumdo river valley at 2,499 meters, with magnificent views of Kagmara Peak, then walking on the path with a long downhill through several scattered houses and walnut groves near to a stream, then reaching at Dhera a small winter settlements of cattle herders, from here climbing to Rahagaon village inhabited mostly by Thakuri, a Hindu tribe of people of the Western Himalaya mid hills, after Rahagaon walking downhill towards a dense forests, reaching  at Ankhe for overnight camp, this small place is the main entrance to Shey Phoksumdo National Park, afternoon at leisure for short walk around this nice area.

Elevation
2896
Day 5 : Trek to Sumdu / Sulighat village 3,500m -06 hrs.

Morning from Ankhe starts with short ups and downhill walks into
a forest and then to river side, then climbing to a ridge leaving behind the forested area high above the river, after the ridge top descending back to forest area to another riverbeds. From here walk leads to an upstream then crossing a small bridge near Ryajik village, after this village walking further towards  our overnight camp at Sumdu near Sulighat village with time for short visit around this nice small village.
 

Elevation
3500
Day 6 : Trek to Phokshumdo Lake 3,500 m - 05 hours.

Today’s walk leads to one of the highlight of this trip to a beautiful emerald Phoksumdo lake, starting the morning walk into the valley of Phokshumdo and Pungmo Kholas (streams) confluence, after crossing the western side of Phokshumdo Khola, and then following the Pungmo Khola west bank, after a nice and pleasant rest stops, walk leads on the downhill path through birch and pine forests towards upper side of Phokshindo Khola, and then finally reaching at Ringmo village, this is one of the interesting and attractive village with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls, from this nice village a short walk towards the enchanting, turquoise and emerald colored Phokshindo Lake, overnight camp near the bank of this beautiful lake.

Elevation
3500
Day 7 : Rest day at Phokshumdo Lake for local excursion.

An important and necessary rest day at Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake for acclimatization before heading higher area,  this is an ideal spot for free day around this place one take an optional walk or visit the Ringmo village and its old interesting Buddhist Monastery along with stunning views of surrounding landscapes and snow capped mountains.

Day 8 : Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,640 m - 05 hrs.

After a great and enjoyable time on this serene, emerald Phokshumdo lake area, our journey continues towards higher unto upper Dolpo region which is our final destination of this wonderful adventure and the highlights of this trip, morning walk leads contouring a rocky ledge on the river bank towards an unsteady trail, at the western rim of Phoksumdo lake then entering a  summer grazing pasture opening into a flood plain of Phokshumdo Khola for our overnight camp on the bank of the river.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3640
Day 9 : Trek to Phokshumdo Bhanjyang - 07 hrs.

From this nice camp by the stream in the middle of nowhere, our walk starts on a pleasant trail towards a glacial valley leading north of Phokshumdo Khola confluence where another stream joins, then from here walking up on the long ridge slopes on the grazing land area, after a strenuous walk uphill reaching to the ridge top with views of another vast wide valley and of Kang-La pass which leads to Shey Gompa and our destination, here our overnight camp will be set on the nice wide grazing spot, this camp is christened with a name as ‘Snowfields Camp' by Peter Matthiessen in his classic novel “The Snow Leopard” 

Day 10 : Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m via Kang-La 5,360 m -06 hrs.

Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m via Kang-La 5,360 m -06 hrs.
Today trek leads to our destination at Shey Gompa and the high lights of this great wonderful journey, morning walk starts with a steep climb on the slated stone scree atop Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, the highest spot of this trip offering grand vista of surrounding valleys and snow capped mountains and all the way views of Mt. Dhaulagiri range. 

After enjoying the rest with the magnificent scenery, walk leads downhill towards a valley floor, from here the trail meanders along the river banks, then walking on the green marsh and wet meadows, encountering herds of yaks, sheep’s, goats, nomadic huts of cattle herders, and then slowly heading towards a red chortens (Buddhist monument) this is a relief sign that the walk is complete for the day and welcoming you at Shey Gompa, our overnight camp set beneath the stunning Crystal Mountain regarded as sacred mountain as well.

Elevation
5360
Day 11 : Rest day at Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery.

A rest day after a hard walk for a week, this morning optional excursion around Shey Monastery, Shey means crystal in local language, this monastery is also known as the Crystal Monastery, which is mentioned in Peter Matthiessen novel The Snow Leopard. Crystal Mountain to the east of Shey Gomba one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs is laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. 

Day 12 : Trek to Namduna Gaon 4,800m via Saldang La 5,200m.

After a wonderful enjoyable time here our journey continues with a mesmerizing moment of Shey and the Crystal Monastery, walk follows in the middle lined with juniper trees, and then descending into a canyon, the track winds up on top of Saldang-la pass, from here on the downhill path towards north direction, then reaching to an area at a pasture with yaks, sheep grazing, from here a gradual walk to our overnight stop at Namduna Gaon.
This village with an old monastery of Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism this is a farm village growing only one crop a year mainly barley, in some village's buckwheat’s, mustard, potatoes and radish are also cultivated. 

Elevation
5200
Day 13 : Trek to Saldang 3,620 m -05 hours.

From here morning walk heads up on a scree rocky slope, along a dusty windswept country, after four hours of strenuous climb reaching at Saldang an interesting village of this area, located high above on a plateau and it is one of the largest village of inner Dolpo area. 

In Saldang there are five villages a flourishing village scattered around near the area, this is one of the main village not only agriculturally but also for its prime location with trade route to Tibet. 

Elevation
3620
Day 14 : Trek to Yangze Gompa 4,960 m - 05 hrs. 

This grand classic trek leads further north on least visited area by other western trekkers, and then following Nang chu river most of the way on this dry arid and picturesque terrain, leading ups and downs and through Tiling and Lurigaon small cattle herders settlement then reaching to our overnight camp, at Yangze village with an old Bon-Po Monastery, Bon – Po or Pa a pre-Buddhist religion started before Buddhism came to Tibet.  

Buddhism started only from 6th Centaury onwards in Tibet and in the high country of Nepal.

Elevation
4960
Day 15 : Trek to Sibu 4,560m - 07 hrs.

Our journey continues by retracing the trail towards Saldang village as this is the most straight forward route, and as well it saves time making the walk much shorter than on the northern western trail to Siby and beyond, after criss-crossing the path reaching at Saldang village area, from here our walk follows the river into terraced fields with rows of stupas, chortens, monastery, then through Namdo another large flourishing village with more than sixty houses after visiting the monastery at Namdo, walk continues for another two hours further descending towards a river and into a temporary Sheppard’s settlement at Sibu for overnight stop.

Elevation
4560
Day 16 : Trek to Jeng-la phedi 4,900 m -06 hrs. 

From this campsite at the grazing pasture land, morning walk starts following Nam Khong Khola (stream) for an hour, then coming towards yaks laden caravan on their way towards Tibetan border for trade and bartering, as this area on the old Trans Himalayan Trade route, been trading with Tibet for hundreds of years till today, walk continues following the same river, and then finally our route diverts heading east to the meeting point of two smaller rivers, from here walks leads on the steep uphill climb towards Jeng –la base or a bottom for overnight camp on a nice grassy spot.

Elevation
4900
Day 17 : Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090 m - 06 hrs.

After being few days in total isolation away from the village, today’s walk leads to an interesting village at Tokyu Gaon, one of the largest village of this region, starting the morning with a steep climb for near two hours at the top of Jeng - la with panoramic views of snow capped mountains looking at the North Face of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif range of peaks, after enjoying the awesome scenery, walk leads to a long descend towards Tarap valley, which is one of the longest beautiful green valley extending near about 20 k.m. distances along the Tarap Chu River, with more than 10 villages with well tended farm fields with monasteries and chortens, then walking on a pleasant trail after completing the downhill portion to reach our overnight stop at Tokyugaon a wonderful village with an old interesting monastery, afternoon with ample time to visit the village and the monastery or just relax and interact with the locals.

Elevation
5090
Day 18 : Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040 m - 05 hrs. 

From this nice village, morning walk follows on the downhill path towards Tarap Chu into a wide valley, around this picturesque valley with temporary settlements of local cattle herders, the people here belongs to both Bon Po and Chaiba sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Mahyana) living together in friendly harmony. 

Then with a good nice walk on this beautiful valley reaching at Dho Tarap for overnight camp, afternoon with time for local visit around this interesting village which is inhabited by Tibetans origin people and with mostly Magar hill tribe.

Elevation
4040
Day 19 : Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamekharka) 3,800m - 07 hrs.

On the long day walk but with moderate and gradual trail with few short climb and down hills, morning starts with a descent into a wide valley which further narrows into a gorge. Following the path with sparse vegetation of juniper and wild rose bushes which is typical in this dry barren area of inner Himalaya climate and arctic temperate zone, around this place chances of spotting some wild life including herds of blue sheep’s, after a great enjoyable walk reaching at the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, flowing from Tarap River beyond east, source of the river from the glacier of North West Dhaulagiri Himalayan range of mountains. 

After a nice and pleasant walk reaching to a beautiful grassy field a meadow or a summer pasture which is called Kamekharka, the word Khaka meaning shelter or shades of the Sheppard’s.

Elevation
3800
Day 20 : Trek to Kharigaon 3,150m - 05 hours. 

After a nice morning in this wonderful surrounding, walk leads towards Tarap River and into a gorge, rising above from the path built on steep slopes.
This narrow gorge offers some challenge and with an adventure as the path in some places with damaged broken bridge by river floods, and sometimes wading across the chilly river on foot, after some adventure and excitement this fine day walk reaches at Tarap- khola near Kharigaon for overnight camping.

Elevation
3150
Day 21 : Trek to Tarakot 2,850 m - 05 hrs. 

This exotic journey carry’s on reaching at lower Dolpo area through Lalberi village and then back into tree lines on the trail following the river again downstream to Tarakot village, this picturesque village with a nice terraced cultivated fields and an old fortress around this village- town'. 
(over hundred years ago, before the Gorkha dynasty, this beautiful was the capital and had Dzong meaning Fort). 

Tarakot village houses the famous Sandul Gompa, located at the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chum after an interesting detour and with a visit of Tarakot village, walking down from the village to our overnight camp near by the river just below the village close to a monastery at the edge of a grassy plateau, with an interesting solitary tree.

Elevation
2850
Day 22 : Trek to Dunai 2,850 m and drive to Jhupal 2, 320 m - 01 hr.

This remarkable and finest journey slowly comes to an end at Jhupal, the gateway to Dolpo and many other destination on this far west region, starting this final days walk to Dunai following several scattered farm villages and cattle herders shades and huts, then leading to a gradual uphill to a valley and then with a descend to the other side on the barren treeless landscapes at Thulo Bheri valley at Dunai area, from here walking past a hospital to cross the new suspension bridge then finally reaching at Dunai town, a large town area with an administrative headquarter of Dolpo zone, to make this walk shorter and to reach Jhupal on time to check with our flight taking a jeep ride for an hour drive on the dirt rough road to Jhuphal for the last and final overnight stop of this impressive journey at Jhupal with time for short walk around this village.

Elevation
2320
Day 23 : Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Early morning, depending upon the flight time get in a small plane Dronier or Twin Otter or similar type for a short scenic flight of 40 minutes to Nepalgunj with awesome panorama of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains, on reaching at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours of rest and refreshment at Nepalgunj, then connect the flight to Kathmandu which takes almost 50 minutes with sweeping panorama of mountain range from the plane, then finally concluding this fantastic journey in Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

Elevation
1400
Day 24 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest. 

We have reserved this day to relax and enjoy your last day in Kathmandu with another sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, or book Everest / Mountain Flight with us. 

Day 25 : International departure homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya Dolpo with Shey Gompa Trek with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.

Altitude Graph

FAQs

What is the best season to go on a Dolpo Trek?

The best time to visit the Dolpo Region is during the spring season (April to June) and fall (September to November). At these times, the temperature is moderate, skies are clear and low chances of snowfall.

What kind of food should I need to bring on this trip?

Basic snacks item such as candy, crackers, power bars, etc can be brought for the trek. You may also want to bring flavored drink mixes for water bottles. There are numerous grocery shops and mini markets in Kathmandu where such items are easily available.

How much experience should I need for the trek?

The hiking trail is rough but, no prior experience of climbing is required. Good hiking boots will get the job done on the muddy and snowy path.

What should I do about the Insurance?

For our employees, we provide them all the insurance coverage. We expect you to insure yourself against any emergency medical expenses that may occur. You need to make sure you have full travel insurance for coverage of uncertain medical care or evacuation.

Is there a facility of safe drinking water on the Dolpo Trek?

In tea houses, you will be able to get safe and boiled drinking water as well. We recommend you to bring some purifying tablets along with you. During the trial, you can find small streams but it is better not to drink it without purifying it. 

Can a woman travel solo on this trek?

We serve our clients and keep the safety of women travelers at the top priority. Our guides are highly professional and humble as well. We ensure you that you will have the best experience during the trek. But since Dolpo Region is one of the most isolated parts of Nepal, we don’t recommend you travel solo.

What is the communication like in the Dolpo Region?

Some of the villages do have the service of communication. But, don’t expect much of the mobile phone signals as the Dolpo Region is rather on the remote part of Nepal.

How should I prepare myself for this trek?

You should do activities such as cycling, jogging, stair climbing. This is going to help you gain some stamina by strengthening your lungs, legs, and heart. You should prepare yourself both mentally and physically for this trek. Studying about the mountains of Nepal would be a great idea as well.

What is the accommodation like in the Dolpo Region?

There are some teahouses on the trail but it is not good to rely on them. The upper Dolpo region does have food shortages so it is advised to be fully equipped with food provisions. But you need not worry about such as you can fully depend upon our guides and porters.

What is the elevation of the Dolpo Region?

The Dolpo region elevation ranges from 1650m to 5350m above sea level.

Will I get Altitude Sickness during the trek?

Generally, altitude sickness occurs after trekkers pass through 3000m and almost 90% of the Dolpo region is above 3500m. You need to inform us of any kind of allergies, your health status that could affect your ability to participate in this trek. Some basic medication for the prevention of altitude sickness should only be used after private consultation with a physician.

Will we be using tents during the Trek?

Yes, The Dolpo Region is in a remote part of Nepal so, there are a smaller number of teahouses and lodges so, most of the time you should be spending your nights in tents. Our guides and porters shall be properly equipped with all the necessities including tents.

What makes the Dolpo Region special?

One of the most isolated and remote regions of Nepal. 
Breathtaking views of mountains
Less traveled region
Valleys and dense forest of oaks and rhododendron

How many hours should I have to walk on this Dolpo Region Trek?

You need to walk at least 4 – 8 hours daily. Which means this trek will test your limits of will power and good health. It is better to get a physical check if you are physically fit for this Dolpo trek.

How to Avoid Altitude Sickness?

Stay hydrated, avoid alcoholic beverages and eat foods that provide nutritional value. Proper rest every 3-4 days and climbing only 300-500 m a day etc can help in the prevention of altitude sickness.

Do you have a first aid service for this trek?

Our guides are fully equipped with the first aid kit and will be readily available for your service 24/7.

Additional Information

Team Himalaya list of outdoor equipment requirements are in following list order depending upon the type of holidays chosen from leisure tour, moderate, adventurous to challenging trekking and climbs.

Gear required depending upon the season of travel as well and grade of travel and trekking as Nepal is for all season except the wet months of July to mid-September where few travelers visit Nepal.

For Simple Sightseeing Tours in Kathmandu and beyond:

Personal Toiletries, a small day pack or bags to carry your personal belonging that’s water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece and insect repellent cream as per the season.

Running /sports shoes or comfortable shoes for short walks, for elderly people walking poles, personal medication, binoculars as option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens.

Sun Hats, Sunglasses, for long drives soft inflatable cushion/pillow is advisable as options and rain proof or umbrella.

For Moderate Hikes and Treks:

Personal Toiletries, a moderate size daypack to carry your personal belonging that’s is water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece and insect repellent as per the season.

Running/sports shoes, for elderly people walking poles, personal medication, binoculars an option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens and torch/flashlights.

Sun Hats, Sunglasses, water bottles are necessary (try to avoid plastic bottled waters as they make litters which is hard to recycle in Nepal) use the same waterfalls for refills you bottle where available, rainproof or umbrella. Scarf or mask to avoid dust and smokes.

For long Trekking for a week or more above 3,000 meters:

Personal Toiletries, a moderate size day pack or rucksack to carry your personal belonging that’s is travel documents, water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece insect repellent as per the season.

Running/sports shoes, good pair of boots, warm woolen/cotton socks, snow gaiters, rain/windproof gear, walking poles an option, personal medication, binoculars an option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens, torch/flashlights.

Gloves, Woolen Beni (camp) Sun Hats, Sun/snow glasses, water bottles are necessary (try to avoid plastic bottled waters as they make litters which is hard to recycle in Nepal) use the same waterfalls for refills where available. Scarf or mask to avoid dust and smokes.

On trekking, bigger kit/duffel bags are carried by porters/pack animals (yaks, mules or ponies) which include your heavy personal gear that is sleeping bags, down / duvet jackets and the items that you do require during daytime on walks till designated campsites/lodge.

Challenging Treks and Trekking Peak Climb:

Personal Toiletries, a moderate size day pack or rucksack to carry your personal belonging that’s is travel documents, water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece as per the season and altitude wise.

Running/sports shoes, a good pair of boots, warm woolen/cotton socks, snow gaiters, rain / windproof gear, walking poles an option, personal medication, binoculars an option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens, torch/flashlights and spare batteries.

Gloves, Woolen Beni (camp) Sun Hats, Sun/snow glasses, water bottles are necessary (try to avoid plastic bottled waters as they make litters which is hard to recycle in Nepal) use the same waterfalls for refills where available. Scarf or mask to avoid dust and smokes.

On trekking, bigger kit /duffel bags are carried by porters/pack animals (yaks, mules or ponies) which include your heavy personal gear that is sleeping bags, down / duvet jackets and the items that you do require during daytime on walks till designated campsites/lodge.

For Trekking Peak Climb:

Plastic Boot

 

a pair

Crampons

 

a pair

Ice Axe

 

one

Harness

 

one

Carabineer or Karabiner

 

two each

Snow Gaiters

 

a pair

Snow / Sun Glass

 

one each

Warm Gloves

 

a pair

Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser.

 

a set each

Down Jacket

 

one each

Down sleeping bags

 

one each with inner linear

Main Ropes

 

200m ( 50m per person) as per the peak is chosen

Snow Bar

 

2/4 pieces depending upon group size.

Ski Pole (optional)

 

one each

Following items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu, the above list is standard items required in all climb, however on booking, we will inform with more details on equipment required depending upon the type of various peaks of your choice, ropes, jumar, ice screw are also needed in most of the climb.

Dear Guest and Travelers to Nepal and other Himalayan destinations, please make sure that you have understood our Terms & Conditions, after having read carefully mutual contract and legal process, which will certainly keep our friendly relation between us for long terms.

After selecting the trip of your choice from our varied programs and itineraries, first step on booking procedure you are requested to fill our booking form and send after completion with 20 % as non-refundable deposit for entire Nepal Trips, as for Tibet & Bhutan trips 40 % non-refundable deposit.

Along with the completed form, you are required to  e-mail your passport copy and flight Ticket  with all detail to us in Kathmandu office at Team Himalaya (info@teamhimalaya.com) .

On receiving your passport copy and detail with completed booking form Plus your non-refundable deposit, then we will proceed and send you a final affirmation receipt with acknowledgment.

All deposit required for selected and chosen trip as per person basis, we will inform you by e-mail regarding direct deposit procedure and details.

As per the booking and Trip money transfer, service charge of respective banks might apply and it should be paid at the time of deposit.

We will e-mail you the details on making payments through your credit card once you have filled up the Booking form.

We accept Visa or MasterCard only with 4% surcharge will be added as processing fee on credit card and wire Transfer  as service charged by the Banks.

The Condition for clearing the remaining balance as per the trip booked is as follow:

The remaining due and balance for all Nepal Trips should be paid and cleared upon arrival.

The remaining balance for other Himalayan countries like Bhutan, Tibet and all multi-country tours needs to be cleared within 35 days prior to your trip departure dates.

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd reserves the right to cancel your trip if the full amount is not paid on time.

In certain circumstances we will accept your last hour booking minimum a week prior to tour departure date for all the trips, in this case full payment is required.

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Payment:

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Bank Transfer:
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Bank address : Tridevi marg ,Thamel ,Kathmandu
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03: Refund & Cancellation:

No refund will be made by the company for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of your trip for any what so or other reasons.

After having paid full amount of any selected trip, you are entitled to incur refund in case if you want to cancel your trip by informing us earliest as possible to make the charge reasonable as per the company rules and regulation.

Still, cancellation charge is invoiced to you. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip. Nevertheless, you are imposed cancellation charge as advised below:-

60 days or more deposit retained
45 – 50 days before departure 50%
30 – 40 days before departure 75%
20 days before departure 100%

04: Extra Supplement Charge:

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd tour / trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed as extra to client who does not have another tour participant to share room / tent with. It also applies to clients who need single supplement in tents / rooms in hotel or lodge.

05: Early return from any Tours or Treks:

No refund will be entertained to clients on early return from our trips due to personal domestic / medical or personal problem from any other trips regardless of whatever portions remain unused in the itinerary.

06: Amendment in Trip Cost:

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. reserve the right to revise or change the trip costing rate posted at our website, under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors beyond our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. inflation, however assuring that we will put our effort as much possible to keep the present cost rate as it is.

07: Unforeseen Circumstances:

If the company have to cancel the respective trip due to unforeseen circumstances like, natural disasters, political conflict, unfavorable worse climate, broken trail and roads etc., we will refer you for alternative trip of similar types and standard.

Even if this doesn’t suit and fit your like and interest, all trip price paid by you to our company will be refunded with some administration and trip arrangement charge of 15 to 20 % depending upon the trip chosen.

Please note, any other expenses incurred by you as a result of this booking are entirely your responsibility.

08:  Travel / Medical Insurance:

We strongly suggest and recommend all booking Clients to acquire Travel and Medical Insurance as compulsion in all our tour and trekking and climbing trips. It should include adequate protection for tour / trekking / climbing / rafting or any other adventure sports with duration to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, and repatriation or emergency evacuation expenses by any means of transportation such as helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

09: Health & Fitness:

All our Treks and Tours require sound health and level of fitness before signing with the booking with us, client requires should always check with your local Doctor or Physician regarding your health and fitness before the trip departures to Himalayan destinations.

It’s solely client’s responsibility to inform Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions of any pre-existing medical condition or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your required medical attention, which may affect your capability to travel on the trips booked with us.

Children and Elderly person:

An authorized guardian by the parents must accompany all travelers under the age of sixteen.

Person of more than 70 years of age, although in good health still needs a partner, family member or friends to accompany he / she.

If you have any queries regarding age and suitability, please contact us for further information.

10: Nepal / Tibet Visas & Passport Conditions:

It is important that all clients should have a valid passport with at least six months validity from the return date of travel.

Nepal visas can be obtained from the Nepal Consulate or Embassy in your country or upon arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. The costs of Nepalese visas are sole responsibility of clients. All clients must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. As you are unable to obtain visas to Tibet you need to send your passport details to Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions for visa applications to travel in Tibet, we require this information at least three weeks prior to departure.

11: Risk and Liabilities:

Team Himalaya main concern is your safety and satisfaction including our staff welfare, therefore we carry out all our assignment sincerely & honestly to ensure your holiday a Hassel Free without any problems.

Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be changed under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road block, floods, heavy snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

Flight Delay/Cancellation:

Possibility of domestic flight delay or postponement due to bad weather in Himalayan regions which happens sometimes, in particular around Everest region Lukla, Phaplu, Annapurna / Mustang / Manang region Humde, Jomsom and on the Far West Dolpa, Simikot and Jumla region and on Far East sector Tumlingtar, and Taplejung area.

Trekking in the remote areas or in as described above, especially during off season, you are highly advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence.

In case of flight cancellation pre-tour/post-tour, you need to borne accommodation and food costs yourself.

12: Our Responsible Adventure Policy:

Our entire tour / trekking guide representing Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions deserve all authority during tours and trekking / rafting or on climb .

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions will ensure to make every effort comfortable and satisfactory in all our trips, but one must understand that Himalayan or Third World and Developing Countries like Nepal cannot afford much of Western and highly timed facilities sometimes depending upon the area of travel, however we will try our best to make your travel enjoyable with memorable time while with us.

Weather is another factor that directly impact on some trips, hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm and proper preparation before head is must.

Your personal belongings:

On any account, we’re not responsible for any loss or damage of your baggage / luggage or property even when it is shouldered by our porters, ponies or vehicles. Our trip escorts and guides will provide necessary safety precautions that this does not arise while with us.

Papers & Documents:

All necessary papers and documents should be presented in sequence for example to issue visa, necessary permits etc. We’re not accountable in case of any trip formality not completed in time before the trip departs on the absent of essential papers and documents.

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Overview And Highlights

Trip Standard

On Camping Basis

Trip Grade

moderate & adventurous

Total Duration

24 Nights & 25 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Best Season

5,360 m at Kang-La

Highest Spot

April to July & September to November

Highlights:

  • On the far north west Himalaya in the land of snow leopard the upper Dolpo 
  • On the extension of Tibetan plateau with awesome views and landscapes 
  • Trekking on the old yak caravan route of Trans Himalaya Trade route.
  • Visiting high country villages and lakes with crystal monastery of Shey
  • Sweeping flight in and out of Dolpo with fabulous sceneries of mountains.

Team Himalaya a journey to Dolpo with Shey Gompa in the Land of Snow Leopard which is a unique adventure in the Far North West Nepal Himalaya, this region was explored and well mentioned in the classic Peter Mattessian Novel “The Snow Leopard” in the mid 1980’s. Since then the area of trekking to Upper Dolpo with Shey Gompa being been opened for outside worlds to feel it’s awesome natural environment, culture and traditions with panorama of high snow mountains from Mt.Dhaulagiri massif range to Kagmara peaks including many snow capped mountains that borders Tibet.

This trekking Dolpo with Shey Gompa the land of Snow Leopard is more of an exploration adventure where things has to be taken at ease as it comes the charm of Dolpo is the people with very similar way of life of Tibetans its culture, traditions and way of life, visiting its old monasteries where the early sect of pre Buddhism still exists the Bon sects, which later it mixed with present day Tibetan Buddhism. A unique culture as it was for many hundreds of years ago with fascinating scenery looking at Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains including Kagmara, Kangibroba and other peaks that straddles with Tibet, the country views are impressive with windswept terrain but beautiful it was the location in the movies called Caravan and later changed into Himalaya which is must see classic movie after being in the Nepal’s Far North West Dolpo with Shey Gompa.

After a great time visiting the Ringmo and Phoshumdo lake and the Shey monastery return journey via interesting Tokyu, Saldang and Tarakot villages  and back to Jhupal for the scenic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu by Nepalgunj after an awesome and memorable trip to Dolpo with Shey Gompa with Team Himalaya outstanding services in the remote areas of Far Western Nepal.

 

Itinerary Detail

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff. 

On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding Dolpo with Shey Gompa Trek.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest. 

Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for 55 minutes scenic flight to Nepal’s South West region at Nepalgunj close to the border of India, where the temperature are warm of sub-tropical climate on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to respective hotels for overnight stop.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 3 : Fly to Jhuphal 2,320 m then trek or drive to Dunai 2,850m. 

Morning a short drive from the hotel to Nepalgunj airport for the connecting short scenic flight to Jhuphal which takes about 40 mins, on the flight super panorama of Dhaulagiri mountain range, on reaching Jhuphal, our field and trekking crews will meet and then with a short drive on the jeep track road to Dunai for overnight stop, Dunai a moderate size and a headquarter town with Government administrative of Dolpo region.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
2850
Day 4 : Trek to Ankhe 2,896m - 06 hrs.

After the flight and short drive to Dunai, from here morning starts with the first day walk by crossing a suspension bridge and then leading towards North West with a climb to the banks of Thulo Bheri Valley, after a while it leads to a ridge at Phoksumdo river valley at 2,499 meters, with magnificent views of Kagmara Peak, then walking on the path with a long downhill through several scattered houses and walnut groves near to a stream, then reaching at Dhera a small winter settlements of cattle herders, from here climbing to Rahagaon village inhabited mostly by Thakuri, a Hindu tribe of people of the Western Himalaya mid hills, after Rahagaon walking downhill towards a dense forests, reaching  at Ankhe for overnight camp, this small place is the main entrance to Shey Phoksumdo National Park, afternoon at leisure for short walk around this nice area.

Elevation
2896
Day 5 : Trek to Sumdu / Sulighat village 3,500m -06 hrs.

Morning from Ankhe starts with short ups and downhill walks into
a forest and then to river side, then climbing to a ridge leaving behind the forested area high above the river, after the ridge top descending back to forest area to another riverbeds. From here walk leads to an upstream then crossing a small bridge near Ryajik village, after this village walking further towards  our overnight camp at Sumdu near Sulighat village with time for short visit around this nice small village.
 

Elevation
3500
Day 6 : Trek to Phokshumdo Lake 3,500 m - 05 hours.

Today’s walk leads to one of the highlight of this trip to a beautiful emerald Phoksumdo lake, starting the morning walk into the valley of Phokshumdo and Pungmo Kholas (streams) confluence, after crossing the western side of Phokshumdo Khola, and then following the Pungmo Khola west bank, after a nice and pleasant rest stops, walk leads on the downhill path through birch and pine forests towards upper side of Phokshindo Khola, and then finally reaching at Ringmo village, this is one of the interesting and attractive village with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls, from this nice village a short walk towards the enchanting, turquoise and emerald colored Phokshindo Lake, overnight camp near the bank of this beautiful lake.

Elevation
3500
Day 7 : Rest day at Phokshumdo Lake for local excursion.

An important and necessary rest day at Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake for acclimatization before heading higher area,  this is an ideal spot for free day around this place one take an optional walk or visit the Ringmo village and its old interesting Buddhist Monastery along with stunning views of surrounding landscapes and snow capped mountains.

Day 8 : Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,640 m - 05 hrs.

After a great and enjoyable time on this serene, emerald Phokshumdo lake area, our journey continues towards higher unto upper Dolpo region which is our final destination of this wonderful adventure and the highlights of this trip, morning walk leads contouring a rocky ledge on the river bank towards an unsteady trail, at the western rim of Phoksumdo lake then entering a  summer grazing pasture opening into a flood plain of Phokshumdo Khola for our overnight camp on the bank of the river.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3640
Day 9 : Trek to Phokshumdo Bhanjyang - 07 hrs.

From this nice camp by the stream in the middle of nowhere, our walk starts on a pleasant trail towards a glacial valley leading north of Phokshumdo Khola confluence where another stream joins, then from here walking up on the long ridge slopes on the grazing land area, after a strenuous walk uphill reaching to the ridge top with views of another vast wide valley and of Kang-La pass which leads to Shey Gompa and our destination, here our overnight camp will be set on the nice wide grazing spot, this camp is christened with a name as ‘Snowfields Camp' by Peter Matthiessen in his classic novel “The Snow Leopard” 

Day 10 : Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m via Kang-La 5,360 m -06 hrs.

Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m via Kang-La 5,360 m -06 hrs.
Today trek leads to our destination at Shey Gompa and the high lights of this great wonderful journey, morning walk starts with a steep climb on the slated stone scree atop Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, the highest spot of this trip offering grand vista of surrounding valleys and snow capped mountains and all the way views of Mt. Dhaulagiri range. 

After enjoying the rest with the magnificent scenery, walk leads downhill towards a valley floor, from here the trail meanders along the river banks, then walking on the green marsh and wet meadows, encountering herds of yaks, sheep’s, goats, nomadic huts of cattle herders, and then slowly heading towards a red chortens (Buddhist monument) this is a relief sign that the walk is complete for the day and welcoming you at Shey Gompa, our overnight camp set beneath the stunning Crystal Mountain regarded as sacred mountain as well.

Elevation
5360
Day 11 : Rest day at Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery.

A rest day after a hard walk for a week, this morning optional excursion around Shey Monastery, Shey means crystal in local language, this monastery is also known as the Crystal Monastery, which is mentioned in Peter Matthiessen novel The Snow Leopard. Crystal Mountain to the east of Shey Gomba one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs is laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. 

Day 12 : Trek to Namduna Gaon 4,800m via Saldang La 5,200m.

After a wonderful enjoyable time here our journey continues with a mesmerizing moment of Shey and the Crystal Monastery, walk follows in the middle lined with juniper trees, and then descending into a canyon, the track winds up on top of Saldang-la pass, from here on the downhill path towards north direction, then reaching to an area at a pasture with yaks, sheep grazing, from here a gradual walk to our overnight stop at Namduna Gaon.
This village with an old monastery of Karmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism this is a farm village growing only one crop a year mainly barley, in some village's buckwheat’s, mustard, potatoes and radish are also cultivated. 

Elevation
5200
Day 13 : Trek to Saldang 3,620 m -05 hours.

From here morning walk heads up on a scree rocky slope, along a dusty windswept country, after four hours of strenuous climb reaching at Saldang an interesting village of this area, located high above on a plateau and it is one of the largest village of inner Dolpo area. 

In Saldang there are five villages a flourishing village scattered around near the area, this is one of the main village not only agriculturally but also for its prime location with trade route to Tibet. 

Elevation
3620
Day 14 : Trek to Yangze Gompa 4,960 m - 05 hrs. 

This grand classic trek leads further north on least visited area by other western trekkers, and then following Nang chu river most of the way on this dry arid and picturesque terrain, leading ups and downs and through Tiling and Lurigaon small cattle herders settlement then reaching to our overnight camp, at Yangze village with an old Bon-Po Monastery, Bon – Po or Pa a pre-Buddhist religion started before Buddhism came to Tibet.  

Buddhism started only from 6th Centaury onwards in Tibet and in the high country of Nepal.

Elevation
4960
Day 15 : Trek to Sibu 4,560m - 07 hrs.

Our journey continues by retracing the trail towards Saldang village as this is the most straight forward route, and as well it saves time making the walk much shorter than on the northern western trail to Siby and beyond, after criss-crossing the path reaching at Saldang village area, from here our walk follows the river into terraced fields with rows of stupas, chortens, monastery, then through Namdo another large flourishing village with more than sixty houses after visiting the monastery at Namdo, walk continues for another two hours further descending towards a river and into a temporary Sheppard’s settlement at Sibu for overnight stop.

Elevation
4560
Day 16 : Trek to Jeng-la phedi 4,900 m -06 hrs. 

From this campsite at the grazing pasture land, morning walk starts following Nam Khong Khola (stream) for an hour, then coming towards yaks laden caravan on their way towards Tibetan border for trade and bartering, as this area on the old Trans Himalayan Trade route, been trading with Tibet for hundreds of years till today, walk continues following the same river, and then finally our route diverts heading east to the meeting point of two smaller rivers, from here walks leads on the steep uphill climb towards Jeng –la base or a bottom for overnight camp on a nice grassy spot.

Elevation
4900
Day 17 : Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090 m - 06 hrs.

After being few days in total isolation away from the village, today’s walk leads to an interesting village at Tokyu Gaon, one of the largest village of this region, starting the morning with a steep climb for near two hours at the top of Jeng - la with panoramic views of snow capped mountains looking at the North Face of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif range of peaks, after enjoying the awesome scenery, walk leads to a long descend towards Tarap valley, which is one of the longest beautiful green valley extending near about 20 k.m. distances along the Tarap Chu River, with more than 10 villages with well tended farm fields with monasteries and chortens, then walking on a pleasant trail after completing the downhill portion to reach our overnight stop at Tokyugaon a wonderful village with an old interesting monastery, afternoon with ample time to visit the village and the monastery or just relax and interact with the locals.

Elevation
5090
Day 18 : Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040 m - 05 hrs. 

From this nice village, morning walk follows on the downhill path towards Tarap Chu into a wide valley, around this picturesque valley with temporary settlements of local cattle herders, the people here belongs to both Bon Po and Chaiba sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Mahyana) living together in friendly harmony. 

Then with a good nice walk on this beautiful valley reaching at Dho Tarap for overnight camp, afternoon with time for local visit around this interesting village which is inhabited by Tibetans origin people and with mostly Magar hill tribe.

Elevation
4040
Day 19 : Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamekharka) 3,800m - 07 hrs.

On the long day walk but with moderate and gradual trail with few short climb and down hills, morning starts with a descent into a wide valley which further narrows into a gorge. Following the path with sparse vegetation of juniper and wild rose bushes which is typical in this dry barren area of inner Himalaya climate and arctic temperate zone, around this place chances of spotting some wild life including herds of blue sheep’s, after a great enjoyable walk reaching at the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, flowing from Tarap River beyond east, source of the river from the glacier of North West Dhaulagiri Himalayan range of mountains. 

After a nice and pleasant walk reaching to a beautiful grassy field a meadow or a summer pasture which is called Kamekharka, the word Khaka meaning shelter or shades of the Sheppard’s.

Elevation
3800
Day 20 : Trek to Kharigaon 3,150m - 05 hours. 

After a nice morning in this wonderful surrounding, walk leads towards Tarap River and into a gorge, rising above from the path built on steep slopes.
This narrow gorge offers some challenge and with an adventure as the path in some places with damaged broken bridge by river floods, and sometimes wading across the chilly river on foot, after some adventure and excitement this fine day walk reaches at Tarap- khola near Kharigaon for overnight camping.

Elevation
3150
Day 21 : Trek to Tarakot 2,850 m - 05 hrs. 

This exotic journey carry’s on reaching at lower Dolpo area through Lalberi village and then back into tree lines on the trail following the river again downstream to Tarakot village, this picturesque village with a nice terraced cultivated fields and an old fortress around this village- town'. 
(over hundred years ago, before the Gorkha dynasty, this beautiful was the capital and had Dzong meaning Fort). 

Tarakot village houses the famous Sandul Gompa, located at the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chum after an interesting detour and with a visit of Tarakot village, walking down from the village to our overnight camp near by the river just below the village close to a monastery at the edge of a grassy plateau, with an interesting solitary tree.

Elevation
2850
Day 22 : Trek to Dunai 2,850 m and drive to Jhupal 2, 320 m - 01 hr.

This remarkable and finest journey slowly comes to an end at Jhupal, the gateway to Dolpo and many other destination on this far west region, starting this final days walk to Dunai following several scattered farm villages and cattle herders shades and huts, then leading to a gradual uphill to a valley and then with a descend to the other side on the barren treeless landscapes at Thulo Bheri valley at Dunai area, from here walking past a hospital to cross the new suspension bridge then finally reaching at Dunai town, a large town area with an administrative headquarter of Dolpo zone, to make this walk shorter and to reach Jhupal on time to check with our flight taking a jeep ride for an hour drive on the dirt rough road to Jhuphal for the last and final overnight stop of this impressive journey at Jhupal with time for short walk around this village.

Elevation
2320
Day 23 : Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Early morning, depending upon the flight time get in a small plane Dronier or Twin Otter or similar type for a short scenic flight of 40 minutes to Nepalgunj with awesome panorama of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains, on reaching at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours of rest and refreshment at Nepalgunj, then connect the flight to Kathmandu which takes almost 50 minutes with sweeping panorama of mountain range from the plane, then finally concluding this fantastic journey in Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

Elevation
1400
Day 24 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest. 

We have reserved this day to relax and enjoy your last day in Kathmandu with another sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, or book Everest / Mountain Flight with us. 

Day 25 : International departure homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya Dolpo with Shey Gompa Trek with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.

FAQs

What is the best season to go on a Dolpo Trek?

The best time to visit the Dolpo Region is during the spring season (April to June) and fall (September to November). At these times, the temperature is moderate, skies are clear and low chances of snowfall.

What kind of food should I need to bring on this trip?

Basic snacks item such as candy, crackers, power bars, etc can be brought for the trek. You may also want to bring flavored drink mixes for water bottles. There are numerous grocery shops and mini markets in Kathmandu where such items are easily available.

How much experience should I need for the trek?

The hiking trail is rough but, no prior experience of climbing is required. Good hiking boots will get the job done on the muddy and snowy path.

What should I do about the Insurance?

For our employees, we provide them all the insurance coverage. We expect you to insure yourself against any emergency medical expenses that may occur. You need to make sure you have full travel insurance for coverage of uncertain medical care or evacuation.

Is there a facility of safe drinking water on the Dolpo Trek?

In tea houses, you will be able to get safe and boiled drinking water as well. We recommend you to bring some purifying tablets along with you. During the trial, you can find small streams but it is better not to drink it without purifying it. 

Can a woman travel solo on this trek?

We serve our clients and keep the safety of women travelers at the top priority. Our guides are highly professional and humble as well. We ensure you that you will have the best experience during the trek. But since Dolpo Region is one of the most isolated parts of Nepal, we don’t recommend you travel solo.

What is the communication like in the Dolpo Region?

Some of the villages do have the service of communication. But, don’t expect much of the mobile phone signals as the Dolpo Region is rather on the remote part of Nepal.

How should I prepare myself for this trek?

You should do activities such as cycling, jogging, stair climbing. This is going to help you gain some stamina by strengthening your lungs, legs, and heart. You should prepare yourself both mentally and physically for this trek. Studying about the mountains of Nepal would be a great idea as well.

What is the accommodation like in the Dolpo Region?

There are some teahouses on the trail but it is not good to rely on them. The upper Dolpo region does have food shortages so it is advised to be fully equipped with food provisions. But you need not worry about such as you can fully depend upon our guides and porters.

What is the elevation of the Dolpo Region?

The Dolpo region elevation ranges from 1650m to 5350m above sea level.

Will I get Altitude Sickness during the trek?

Generally, altitude sickness occurs after trekkers pass through 3000m and almost 90% of the Dolpo region is above 3500m. You need to inform us of any kind of allergies, your health status that could affect your ability to participate in this trek. Some basic medication for the prevention of altitude sickness should only be used after private consultation with a physician.

Will we be using tents during the Trek?

Yes, The Dolpo Region is in a remote part of Nepal so, there are a smaller number of teahouses and lodges so, most of the time you should be spending your nights in tents. Our guides and porters shall be properly equipped with all the necessities including tents.

What makes the Dolpo Region special?

One of the most isolated and remote regions of Nepal. 
Breathtaking views of mountains
Less traveled region
Valleys and dense forest of oaks and rhododendron

How many hours should I have to walk on this Dolpo Region Trek?

You need to walk at least 4 – 8 hours daily. Which means this trek will test your limits of will power and good health. It is better to get a physical check if you are physically fit for this Dolpo trek.

How to Avoid Altitude Sickness?

Stay hydrated, avoid alcoholic beverages and eat foods that provide nutritional value. Proper rest every 3-4 days and climbing only 300-500 m a day etc can help in the prevention of altitude sickness.

Do you have a first aid service for this trek?

Our guides are fully equipped with the first aid kit and will be readily available for your service 24/7.

Additional Information

Team Himalaya list of outdoor equipment requirements are in following list order depending upon the type of holidays chosen from leisure tour, moderate, adventurous to challenging trekking and climbs.

Gear required depending upon the season of travel as well and grade of travel and trekking as Nepal is for all season except the wet months of July to mid-September where few travelers visit Nepal.

For Simple Sightseeing Tours in Kathmandu and beyond:

Personal Toiletries, a small day pack or bags to carry your personal belonging that’s water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece and insect repellent cream as per the season.

Running /sports shoes or comfortable shoes for short walks, for elderly people walking poles, personal medication, binoculars as option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens.

Sun Hats, Sunglasses, for long drives soft inflatable cushion/pillow is advisable as options and rain proof or umbrella.

For Moderate Hikes and Treks:

Personal Toiletries, a moderate size daypack to carry your personal belonging that’s is water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece and insect repellent as per the season.

Running/sports shoes, for elderly people walking poles, personal medication, binoculars an option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens and torch/flashlights.

Sun Hats, Sunglasses, water bottles are necessary (try to avoid plastic bottled waters as they make litters which is hard to recycle in Nepal) use the same waterfalls for refills you bottle where available, rainproof or umbrella. Scarf or mask to avoid dust and smokes.

For long Trekking for a week or more above 3,000 meters:

Personal Toiletries, a moderate size day pack or rucksack to carry your personal belonging that’s is travel documents, water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece insect repellent as per the season.

Running/sports shoes, good pair of boots, warm woolen/cotton socks, snow gaiters, rain/windproof gear, walking poles an option, personal medication, binoculars an option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens, torch/flashlights.

Gloves, Woolen Beni (camp) Sun Hats, Sun/snow glasses, water bottles are necessary (try to avoid plastic bottled waters as they make litters which is hard to recycle in Nepal) use the same waterfalls for refills where available. Scarf or mask to avoid dust and smokes.

On trekking, bigger kit/duffel bags are carried by porters/pack animals (yaks, mules or ponies) which include your heavy personal gear that is sleeping bags, down / duvet jackets and the items that you do require during daytime on walks till designated campsites/lodge.

Challenging Treks and Trekking Peak Climb:

Personal Toiletries, a moderate size day pack or rucksack to carry your personal belonging that’s is travel documents, water bottles, camera, wallets, maps, journey/notebooks, cell phones, light jackets or fleece as per the season and altitude wise.

Running/sports shoes, a good pair of boots, warm woolen/cotton socks, snow gaiters, rain / windproof gear, walking poles an option, personal medication, binoculars an option, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, trousers (while entering temples and monasteries) sunscreens, torch/flashlights and spare batteries.

Gloves, Woolen Beni (camp) Sun Hats, Sun/snow glasses, water bottles are necessary (try to avoid plastic bottled waters as they make litters which is hard to recycle in Nepal) use the same waterfalls for refills where available. Scarf or mask to avoid dust and smokes.

On trekking, bigger kit /duffel bags are carried by porters/pack animals (yaks, mules or ponies) which include your heavy personal gear that is sleeping bags, down / duvet jackets and the items that you do require during daytime on walks till designated campsites/lodge.

For Trekking Peak Climb:

Plastic Boot

 

a pair

Crampons

 

a pair

Ice Axe

 

one

Harness

 

one

Carabineer or Karabiner

 

two each

Snow Gaiters

 

a pair

Snow / Sun Glass

 

one each

Warm Gloves

 

a pair

Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser.

 

a set each

Down Jacket

 

one each

Down sleeping bags

 

one each with inner linear

Main Ropes

 

200m ( 50m per person) as per the peak is chosen

Snow Bar

 

2/4 pieces depending upon group size.

Ski Pole (optional)

 

one each

Following items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu, the above list is standard items required in all climb, however on booking, we will inform with more details on equipment required depending upon the type of various peaks of your choice, ropes, jumar, ice screw are also needed in most of the climb.

Dear Guest and Travelers to Nepal and other Himalayan destinations, please make sure that you have understood our Terms & Conditions, after having read carefully mutual contract and legal process, which will certainly keep our friendly relation between us for long terms.

After selecting the trip of your choice from our varied programs and itineraries, first step on booking procedure you are requested to fill our booking form and send after completion with 20 % as non-refundable deposit for entire Nepal Trips, as for Tibet & Bhutan trips 40 % non-refundable deposit.

Along with the completed form, you are required to  e-mail your passport copy and flight Ticket  with all detail to us in Kathmandu office at Team Himalaya (info@teamhimalaya.com) .

On receiving your passport copy and detail with completed booking form Plus your non-refundable deposit, then we will proceed and send you a final affirmation receipt with acknowledgment.

All deposit required for selected and chosen trip as per person basis, we will inform you by e-mail regarding direct deposit procedure and details.

As per the booking and Trip money transfer, service charge of respective banks might apply and it should be paid at the time of deposit.

We will e-mail you the details on making payments through your credit card once you have filled up the Booking form.

We accept Visa or MasterCard only with 4% surcharge will be added as processing fee on credit card and wire Transfer  as service charged by the Banks.

The Condition for clearing the remaining balance as per the trip booked is as follow:

The remaining due and balance for all Nepal Trips should be paid and cleared upon arrival.

The remaining balance for other Himalayan countries like Bhutan, Tibet and all multi-country tours needs to be cleared within 35 days prior to your trip departure dates.

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd reserves the right to cancel your trip if the full amount is not paid on time.

In certain circumstances we will accept your last hour booking minimum a week prior to tour departure date for all the trips, in this case full payment is required.

02: How to pay your selected trip deposit:

Credit Card (visa & master):
Please call us 00977-9841824281 to pay over the phone.

Payment:

Please Deposit  by  wire Transfer  to Team Himalaya (P) Ltd and post it to the address below:

Company Address: Team Himalaya (P) Ltd

Bank Transfer:
Bank Address: Himalayan Bank Limited .
Bank address : Tridevi marg ,Thamel ,Kathmandu
Account No:01908416120019.

Account  Type  : Foreign Currency  (USD)

Bank swift code : HIMANPKA .

03: Refund & Cancellation:

No refund will be made by the company for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of your trip for any what so or other reasons.

After having paid full amount of any selected trip, you are entitled to incur refund in case if you want to cancel your trip by informing us earliest as possible to make the charge reasonable as per the company rules and regulation.

Still, cancellation charge is invoiced to you. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip. Nevertheless, you are imposed cancellation charge as advised below:-

60 days or more deposit retained
45 – 50 days before departure 50%
30 – 40 days before departure 75%
20 days before departure 100%

04: Extra Supplement Charge:

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd tour / trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed as extra to client who does not have another tour participant to share room / tent with. It also applies to clients who need single supplement in tents / rooms in hotel or lodge.

05: Early return from any Tours or Treks:

No refund will be entertained to clients on early return from our trips due to personal domestic / medical or personal problem from any other trips regardless of whatever portions remain unused in the itinerary.

06: Amendment in Trip Cost:

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. reserve the right to revise or change the trip costing rate posted at our website, under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors beyond our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. inflation, however assuring that we will put our effort as much possible to keep the present cost rate as it is.

07: Unforeseen Circumstances:

If the company have to cancel the respective trip due to unforeseen circumstances like, natural disasters, political conflict, unfavorable worse climate, broken trail and roads etc., we will refer you for alternative trip of similar types and standard.

Even if this doesn’t suit and fit your like and interest, all trip price paid by you to our company will be refunded with some administration and trip arrangement charge of 15 to 20 % depending upon the trip chosen.

Please note, any other expenses incurred by you as a result of this booking are entirely your responsibility.

08:  Travel / Medical Insurance:

We strongly suggest and recommend all booking Clients to acquire Travel and Medical Insurance as compulsion in all our tour and trekking and climbing trips. It should include adequate protection for tour / trekking / climbing / rafting or any other adventure sports with duration to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, and repatriation or emergency evacuation expenses by any means of transportation such as helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

09: Health & Fitness:

All our Treks and Tours require sound health and level of fitness before signing with the booking with us, client requires should always check with your local Doctor or Physician regarding your health and fitness before the trip departures to Himalayan destinations.

It’s solely client’s responsibility to inform Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions of any pre-existing medical condition or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your required medical attention, which may affect your capability to travel on the trips booked with us.

Children and Elderly person:

An authorized guardian by the parents must accompany all travelers under the age of sixteen.

Person of more than 70 years of age, although in good health still needs a partner, family member or friends to accompany he / she.

If you have any queries regarding age and suitability, please contact us for further information.

10: Nepal / Tibet Visas & Passport Conditions:

It is important that all clients should have a valid passport with at least six months validity from the return date of travel.

Nepal visas can be obtained from the Nepal Consulate or Embassy in your country or upon arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. The costs of Nepalese visas are sole responsibility of clients. All clients must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. As you are unable to obtain visas to Tibet you need to send your passport details to Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions for visa applications to travel in Tibet, we require this information at least three weeks prior to departure.

11: Risk and Liabilities:

Team Himalaya main concern is your safety and satisfaction including our staff welfare, therefore we carry out all our assignment sincerely & honestly to ensure your holiday a Hassel Free without any problems.

Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be changed under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road block, floods, heavy snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

Flight Delay/Cancellation:

Possibility of domestic flight delay or postponement due to bad weather in Himalayan regions which happens sometimes, in particular around Everest region Lukla, Phaplu, Annapurna / Mustang / Manang region Humde, Jomsom and on the Far West Dolpa, Simikot and Jumla region and on Far East sector Tumlingtar, and Taplejung area.

Trekking in the remote areas or in as described above, especially during off season, you are highly advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence.

In case of flight cancellation pre-tour/post-tour, you need to borne accommodation and food costs yourself.

12: Our Responsible Adventure Policy:

Our entire tour / trekking guide representing Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions deserve all authority during tours and trekking / rafting or on climb .

Team Himalaya Treks & Expeditions will ensure to make every effort comfortable and satisfactory in all our trips, but one must understand that Himalayan or Third World and Developing Countries like Nepal cannot afford much of Western and highly timed facilities sometimes depending upon the area of travel, however we will try our best to make your travel enjoyable with memorable time while with us.

Weather is another factor that directly impact on some trips, hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm and proper preparation before head is must.

Your personal belongings:

On any account, we’re not responsible for any loss or damage of your baggage / luggage or property even when it is shouldered by our porters, ponies or vehicles. Our trip escorts and guides will provide necessary safety precautions that this does not arise while with us.

Papers & Documents:

All necessary papers and documents should be presented in sequence for example to issue visa, necessary permits etc. We’re not accountable in case of any trip formality not completed in time before the trip departs on the absent of essential papers and documents.

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