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|Walking Days:||:||28 Days|
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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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GANESH HIMAL TREK
The Trek in Ganesh Himal region are designed to introduce you to a broad spectrum of life in different Nepalese communities and to a variety of beautiful landscapes. You can visit the Ganesh Himal base camp where there are two lakes – black and white. Twin waterfalls – Ganga and Jamuna, bring joy to your heart. you will see the red mountain flanks with the beautiful rhododendron flowers in (March and April) – the national flower of Nepal. Visit Gorkha, cradle of modern Nepal, it was the home of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who waged many wars to unite the tiny kingdoms scattered throughout the country now known as Nepal. His palace is visible at the top of a hill in Gorkha. This region is also the homeland of warriors of Gurkha origin.
TSUM VALLY TREK
The Tsum Valley is a sacred valley of Himalayan pilgrimage located in a trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal. The knowledge of the Tsum Valley with Tibet, its natural beauty and its immaculate culture make this trek unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo’, which means living. On the majestic background of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene valley of the Himalayas is rich in ancient culture and religion. The local population is mainly of Tibetan origin and speaks a unique dialect. The trails are dotted with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. The Tsum Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is thought to have meditated in the caves of his mountains. Traditionally, the Tsum Valley was a culturally distinct geographic area called Tsum Tso Chuksum, which meant that thirteen provinces were governed as one territory. The ancient remains of Tsum’s kingdom are still visible today. Because of its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its inhabitants have been bypassed by the dominant development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK
This trek was officially opened to tourism in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the region. In 1950, a group led by HW.Tilman left Thonje for Bimtang and Colonel Jimmy Roberts crossed Larkya La in search of an interesting mountain to climb. Japanese expeditions attempted each year to manipulate Manaslu (8156 m) from 1952 to 1956, the year of the first ascent. Known as the “Japanese Mountain”, much of the information about the region was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the Manaslu climbing scene until 1971. Some hikers, including the peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region. Otherwise, this hike has always been the domain of mountaineering expeditions.
After arriving in Kathmandu, Discovery Mountain Trek will pick up you from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Discovery Mountain Trek. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture
Leaving the Kathmandu valley by the northern road, steep road that goes up and down to the old village Newar Nuwakhot and continues to Syabrubesi
The road rises gradually until Dunche, starting point of the treks towards Langthang then joins the village of Syabru Besi. We then turn to Gatlang. The village of Galtang is a real gem. The traditional wooden houses, crowded together, teem with life and the inhabitants who wear the traditional costume, go about their occupation. Gatlang, the largest Tamang village in the region is a very special village where it is interesting and pleasant to wander. It has about 330 houses. Visit of the cheese factory.
5 hours of rough climb to the Khurpundanda Pass (3650 m). Regular and pleasant climb, between paths and roads for the first part. Then the path winds through the forest and offers, on many occasions, a magnificent view of the snowy peaks of the Langtang Himal. At certain times of the year, the arrival at the pass is done in the snow. The path becomes more difficult. The descent to Somdang on a large stone road is pleasant and allows you to progress at a good pace. Located against the mountain, the small village of Somdang (about thirty villagers) seems stuck in the valley.
Beautiful day walk between Somdang and Pansan Pass Bhanjyang (3850 m): Beautiful climb in a forest of rhododendrons. Two hours of climbing are enough to reach the path that crosses hillside to the pass and offers a breathtaking view of Langtang Himal and Shishapengma! Superb crossing to reach the pass where the view is simply exceptional. The descent is fast and steep until Pansang Kharka, beautiful place of camp in full nature.
The descent on Tipling is softer. The path crosses a beautiful forest whose trees are all covered with moss. Very special atmosphere. The end of the day ends with a gentle crossing in a flowering rhododendron forest (March, April). A last, steeper stretch eventually joins the village. Tipling is a scattered village with many terraced crops. The inhabitants mainly grow barley, buckwheat, potatoes, corn and wheat, which helps to ensure their self-sufficiency. The adorable traditional houses lost among the cultures offer a warm atmosphere. The view of the Ganesh Himal in the first light of the day remains an unforgettable memory.
Crossing the extensive village of Tipling, divided into two parts rather distant from each other. The start is pleasant on a path on the hillside that crosses the villages before diving to the bridge. Arrival on Kamigaon, welcoming village with blue roofs. The descent to the bridge is quite dizzying but the climb on the other side is more progressive. Sertung: Beautiful village, very large with a school and a gompa overlooking the village (not to be missed) and offers for who wants to visit, beautiful statues to discover and especially a beautiful view of the village. Beautiful camp in the village or monastery (+ 45mn).
Long descent of 2 h 30 walk to cross the borough of Borang. Mounted on a beautiful shaded stone path hung on the hill, then long crossing between terraces of the village. Lapagaon: Large traditional village crossed by a river on a wide plateau with a huge playground. Friendly and friendly village. Camp near the village.
Steep and long climb on an irregular gravel road to the Mangro Bhanjyang pass (3 hrs – 2660 m) then a beautiful descent into an impressive wild forest. The forest offers a welcome freshness. A small stream with crystal clear water welcomes travelers with kindness. Superb panorama: gentle and pleasant climb in a beautiful forest towards the Myangal Bhanjyang pass (2860 m). Stunning panorama after spending all morning in the forest with incredible views of the Ganesh Himal.
From the Myangal Bhanjyang Pass, a long, vertiginous and aerial descent to some places up to the bridge. Then climb steep to the village. Yarsa is a very pretty traditional village clinging to the cliff that offers no infrastructure for tourists.
Great crossing with incredible views of Manaslu. Aerial path with a bird’s eye view of the valley. Some 1000m below, the Buddhi Gandaki winds rumbling at the bottom of the valley. Keronja is a large Gurung village with superb terraced crops. The cultures there are much more advanced than in the villages crossed during the rest of the trek and the terraced crops offer a delightful vision.
Gradual climb along the first gorges through the village of Tatopani, place of hot springs. The path changes banks and, after a steep climb, joins the beautiful village with paved streets of Jagat.
Step that starts with a path in balcony sometimes cut above the water … Crossing Philim. We cross several hamlets and huge pine forests of the Himalayas then the gorges tighten and we change shore several times to follow the course of the Burhi Gandaki.
We descend to the Buddhi Gandaki which we cross before beginning the ascent and entering the Tsum Valley along the Shyar Khola. We are getting closer and closer to Ganesh Himal. From here the crossed villages are of Tibetan culture. As a reward, we finally enter the Tsum Valley in the village of Lokpa.
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area.
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m
Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.
Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.
The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb towards to Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all a
After crossing the wooden bridge over Bhdhi Gandaki we fllow the path lines with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru there is a police chech [post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike Peak, Manaslu North (7774m) and Manaslu (8163m) are visible from here.
You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for over night.
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959.
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo
This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring.
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind-
of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experienc
From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at
2580m. then continue to Gho, Tilje then we will be at Dhrapani.
The drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Discovery Mountain Trek will take you to airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight to on your way home