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We will be staying at Hotel Royal singi Hotel Manaslu or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu : and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Discovery Mountain Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
PHYSICAL CONDITION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Gokyo Lake & Gokyo Peak Trek- 14 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Discovery Mountai Trek before booking the trek.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Gokyo lake & Gokyo Peak Trek is Spring (February to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
LEADER(S) & STAFF ARRANGEMENTS
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Discovery Mountain leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group.
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.
EQUIPMENTS & PACKING LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.
All bookings are made with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions P. Limited, Registered Company Number 161822/073/074 (hereinafter referred to as The Company) whose registered office is The Kapan 14, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Head of The Company is Ang Chhiri Sherpa.
Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, 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.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.Please note that often the Jomsom to Pokhara flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Discovery Mountain upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc. In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
And I big hope you will have very good trek with enjoyment and run smoothly in advance.
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In this program from Discovery Mountain trek, you will visit the region of central Nepal that lies between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area. Although it is not as frequented as other trekking routes of Nepal, this could easily be one of the lengthiest treks full of unique experiences you can not have elsewhere in Nepal.
This trip introduces you to a remote but beautiful region of Manaslu in the centre-west. You will visit Ganesh Himal region that is known for its beautiful landscapes, little dotted lakes, waterfalls and mountain peaks. And if happen to be here in the spring, you will see sumptuous forests of rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. You will see expansive views of Shringi Himal, Bauddha Himal, and several other ranges here.
While Ganesh Himal is a beauty apart, your trek in Tsum Valley brings you close to the sacred valleys near the Tibetan border. The people living here practice a unique tradition that belongs to an equally unique culture. The name “Tsum” is derived from “Tsombo” – a term that signifies life and all things living. The villages closely resemble that of their Tibetan legacy; and often contain at least one chorten or monastery or religious site. Predominantly belonging to a sect of Tibetan Buddhism, some sections of the trail near villages and hamlets are are lined with prayer flags and mani walls.
This region boasts 526 species of flora (40 species of orchids alone) and more than 180 varieties of birds. Along the way you might even encounter wildlife such as monkeys, musk deer, gaur, and the Himalayan thar. Other interesting wild animals are the Himalayan thar, gaur, many kinds of monkeys and musk deer. Included in this program is a trek to Manaslu Region. You will come to sections of the popular Manaslu Circuit, and mingle with the trekkers coming from and going to separate destinations. You will share not just the lodges at some point, but also your stories from your own unique perspective. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure in Nepal.
This trip to Manaslu & Ganesh Himal is best booked for September to late December and from mid-March to late June. This is a moderate to challenging activity, requiring you to have some stamina plus a regular walking habit. Book this trip from Discovery Mountain trek to explore the pristine and unspoiled valleys, and gain insight into remote regions of western Nepal.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Later in the day you will be given a brief about your upcoming trip.
After breakfast, begin a drive from your hotel headed to Syabrubesi. It’s a seven to eight hour drive taking you through hilly paths and also along the banks of Trishuli River before you reach Syabrubesi. Stay overnight at Syabrubesi.
We begin the trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang via Goljung. It takes about six hours of walk today mostly seeing Tamang Culture. Along several points of the trek today you can have wonderful views of nature. Upon reaching Gatlang, you will see that this beautiful village is perched at the side of a terraced hill. Gatlang is also home to a lake (or a large pond) called Parvati Kunda. Stay overnight in a guesthouse or a lodge.
After breakfast, we will continue on the ascending trail through pine and rhododendron forests. We arrive at Yuri Kharka and continue to Khurphu Bhanjyang and, after a brief stop, descend to Somdang River at the borders of Dhading and Rasuwa. The beautiful trek today will take you across the Chukarma Falls. Take a brief stop here and trek to the village of Samdang where you will stay for the night.
After a quick breakfast, we pack the lunch and leave, headed towards Pangsang Pass. It is a vantage point southwest of Samdang, offering sweeping panoramic views of the landscape. To the north lie the peaks of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Range. Below, the expansive meadow is an ideal location for camping and resting. This point used to be a point in the old trade route with Tibet. Relax, rest, and photograph, and eat your lunch with nearly 270º views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu Ranges. On a clear day one can even see a tiny portion of the Annapurna Range from this Pass. Descend to Pansen Kharka for camping tonight.
Leaving behind Pansen Kharka and the wonderful scenic location, we will descend to Tipling. It is a big village with a gompa. The forested path is beautiful and calming when combined with timely breaks. If you’re here in early spring, you will see that the rhododendrons are in full bloom. At Tipling you will see a beautiful atmosphere; and the landscape with views of Ganesh Himal will be impressive.
First we will come down to a river and then ascend to the villages of Shertung and Chalish. At these villages, you can probably have a cultural show depending upon the festival. However, some shows such as shaman-dance and horse-dance. Overlooking the fertile and beautiful valleys, you will trek ahead and stay at Shertung. This village has magnificent views of Ganesh Himal (aka Yangri Peak), Lapsang, and other peaks.
The average walking duration today is around six hours with rest along the way. The serene and quiet trek first begins with a descent to a place called Borang. It is perched at the top of a hill, with stone stairs carved along the path in a tiny section. Ahead, it’s mostly unspoiled landscape and villages with more terraced farmlands. Later, come to a river, cross it and arrive at a plateau-like clearing. This is the village of Lapagaun, where we’ll camp for the night.
Begin with an ascent after a leisurely morning. Today we are headed to Myangal Bhanjyang located at an altitude of 2,780 meters. First, take the road to Mangro Pass at 2,660 meters. Here, take a break and head on a descending route along a dense forest. The shade is calming and the environment will freshen you up. Leaving the forest behind, come out into the open meadow lined by a river. Here you will have splendid views of Ganesh Himal. A little trek further will bring you to Myangal Bhanjyang where we’ll camp for the night.
The trek today is around seven hours. It’s a challenging trek, and you are advised to start early. The major section of the route is challenging, with a nearly vertical trail for a long time. A vertigo effect is the mark of this section. After this aerial descent, you will arrive at the village of Yarsa. The surreal location is ideal for camping for tonight.
Today the trek is around fiver hours with stopovers. Begin with a quick breakfast and begin with incredible views of Mount Manaslu ahead. Walking on elevated grounds, you will have majestic aerial views of the valleys and lands below. As a measure of things, roughly around 1000 meters down the raging river of Budhi-Gandaki can seen at the valley below. Hike further through this incredible landscape to arrive at Keronja, a large village of the Gurung community. Here, stay overnight in a camp.
Leaving behind the wonderful location of Keronja, we will pack the bags and the tents, and leave. In the six hour trek today, we will come to the busy village of Jagat. A gradual ascent through a gorge will bring you to a natural hot spring. Here, take a break and continue along the route to arrive at Jagat.
Today we will be walking to Philim. The trail first descends to a river and then ascends a bit until we arrive at the beautiful village of Saguleri. Here, we will take a break with magnificent views of Mt. Shringi. From there we trek to the village of Sirdibas on to a river called Ghatte Khola. Cross it and ascend to the village of Philim. Stay overnight at a camp.
Today we will trek for around seven hours to reach the village of Chumling. Leaving behind Philim, we will head north across a dense forest to Ekli Bhatti. From here, we will cross a gorge and enter another dense forest of pine. Out on the other side through a descending trail, we will enter the popular Tsum Valley. The views of Himal Chuli is great from here. Enjoy the break and then trek further to Ghumlong, to Ripchet, and to the village of Chumling. We will stay overnight at Chumling in a tented camp.
Start at ease, crossing a suspension bridge. Here we will have magnificent views of the snowcapped peaks ahead, especially those of the prominent Ganesh Himal. Take a break and continue walking to the village of Gho and to the village of Rainjam. Cross the river of Serpu and trek further to the village of Chokan-Paro. Stay overnight at this village.
Start by ascending from Chokhan-Paro. We will head east through small villages lined with magnificent views ahead. Then gently climb over a hill lined by chortens and prayer flags to arrive at Lama Gaun at 3,202 meters. Here you will come across extensive farming on flat lands. From here, you will cross a river to arrive at Rachen Gompa (aka Nunnery Gompa). Where we overnight.
Today we have rest day here to acclimatize and we explore the some village like Phurbe and pang dun where you will see very old stupa. And you are close to Tibet border from here and same way back to Rachen Gompa.
Today we will retrace the section up to Chokhang-Paro. Following on a downhill trail, we arrive at Gho, from where we trek further to Sarpu Khola and on to Chumling for the night stay.
The trek today is under five hours. From Chumling, we continue our way to the north in the lower Tsum valley. Crossing the large suspension bridge will leads us towards a gushing river, from where we will trek to Bihi. The village of Bihi is located at an altitude of 3130 m where we’ll camp for the night.
The trek today is around six hours. Start by crossing the Budhi-Gandaki river and through a hamlet with sparse farming. This is the hamlet of Namru, an isolated location of Tsum Valley. Take a break here and see the quietness, and then head along further to arrive at Hinan River. Cross it and trek to a place called Sho. At Sho, it’s time for another break – with excellent views of some peaks of the Manaslu Mountain Range. A little trek further will bring you to Lihi where we will set up camp for the overnight stay.
The village of Samagaun at 3,530 meters has splendid views of Mount Manaslu and other peaks in the distance. This village has several chortens as well as a couple of mani walls. The trek today is around six hours at an easy pace.
At this altitude, it is a necessity to acclimatize for the body. Let the oxygen level replenish, and get ready for the trek ahead in the coming days. Enjoy a day of rest but do take a hike to the monastery of Pungyen Gompa before returning to Samagaun for the overnight stay.
The village of Samdo, where we will be staying for the night, has beautiful closeup views of Manaslu peak. Walking around four hours from Samagaun, we cross forests and grasslands to reach Samdo at an altitude of 3,875 meters. Here, we rest and relax for the night.
It is a day of rest at Samdo. At higher altitudes, it is necessary for the body to acclimatize according to the environment. Let the oxygen level replenish, and get ready for the trek ahead in the coming days. Enjoy a day of rest but do take small hikes around to see wonderful views of the surroundings, as little walks help you acclimatize better.
In the morning pack your bags and leave the village of Samdo. First, cross Budhi-Gandaki river and continue on the uphill trail. Cross two more streams, see the Glacier of Larkya, climb higher, and reach Dharmashala at 4,350 meters. The walk, although not too easy, is short today with just four hours in total. Overnight at Dharmashala.
Leaving behind Dharmashala, the route turns north and ascends to a moraine. Trek further along the ascending trail to the pass of Larkya-La, the highest point of the trek at 5,165 meters. Rest for a while, enjoy the mountain views, capture some great shots and then give your cameras a break! It’s time to move on. Descend gradually via pastures to Bimthang, a picturesque village at 3,725 meters. Put down your bags and prepare for sleep after a long day of trek at Bimthang.
It is one of the longest days of this program with around nine hours of trek. However it is an easy to average trek today. First you will cross a pass and descend to Dudh-Koshi. Then you will walk through dense forests of pine and rhododendron. Later with amazing views of the Marshyangdi Valley below, you will arrive at Tilje. Take a break and trek further to Dharapani, a point Annapurna Circuit. Stay overnight at Dharapani.
Today you will drive to Kathmandu from Dharapani along the winding hilly road. Once in the capital, you are invited for a traditional Nepalese dinner with the team of Discovery Mountain. Stay overnight at the hotel.
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.