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18 DAYS
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PRICE INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 5190m
Duration: : 18 Days
Walking Days: : 13 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
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ACCOMMODATIONS
We will be staying at Hotel Manaslu, Moon Light hotel or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu:  and guesthouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. 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.

MEALS
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 REQUIREMENT
Discovery Mountain Trek can offer advice and recommendations about health requirements but it is the individual responsibility of each trekker to acquire any necessary documents and medical care. The information on the technical sheet provided is indicative, it is your responsibility to check with the authorities concerned for the exact requirements for your chosen destination at the time of travel. If you do not obtain any necessary medical consultations or travel documents and are not allowed to enter a country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and procedures of police, customs and health at all times throughout your trip.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek is in 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.

GUIDE & STAFF ARRANGEMENT
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful Guide and crew member who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of Discovery Mountain Trekking Guide’s  are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local Staff, who have knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

PORTER CARE
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.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
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.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE
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.

ACCLIMATIZATION
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 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 Trek inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.

SLEEPING BAG

  • 1 sleeping bag: -10° or -15° (*)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

 FROM HEAD TO TOE

  • A cap or sunhat
  • 2-pair of thermals
  • long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long-sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material.
  • A light fleece or equivalent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
  • A breathable windproof, water proof jacket (Gore-Tex…)
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s down Jacket (*)
  • Discovery Mountain Trek’s half T-shirt (*)
  • Lightweight waterproof over trousers
  • Suitable shorts
  • Walking trousers
  • A pair of high rise walking boots
  • A pair of sandals or equivalent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
  • Thick walking socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Hat and scarf

DAY BAGS/ SHOULDER BAG

  • 1 medium shoulder bag: 50-70 liter cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables,

PRACTICAL ITEMS

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Female hygiene products
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

MEDICAL

  • Small personal first-aid kit simple and light
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter

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.

Booking Terms
Booking your trip with Discovery Mountain Trek accept with terms and conditions of sale. Every trekker is required to complete the form of registrations. At the time of registration, Trekker’s are expected to pay a deposit 25% of total cost to complete your booking. Please note the trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed name lists of participants, same as passport, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue/ Expiry dates & profession. You need to send us passport copy, photo identity and e-ticket by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.

Cancellation Policy
If any reason you have to cancel your trip, we Discovery Mountain Trek require written confirmation of your decision. The amount you have paid to us will be refunded according to the following terms:

  • Cancellation more than 35 days before your departure date: $60 will charged
  • Cancellation more than 35 to 19 days before your departure date: your deposit, 25% will charged
  • Cancellation more than 18 to 10 days before your departure date: 50% will charged
  • Cancellation more than9 to 05 days before your departure date: 75% will charged
  • Cancellation less than 4 days before your departure date: 100% of the total will charged

I reserve the right to revise pricing rates declared under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declared forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed & booked by 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain Trek. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Lukla, Jomsom, phaplu, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal.

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English speaking guide, government-license holder.
  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu).
  • Porter service : 2 participants-1 porter.
  • Assistant guide: 4 participants- 1 assistant guide.
  • Staff costs including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag : to be returned after your trip completion.
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
  • Energy Supplies: Dry fruits, Snickers, Mars, Bounty on your Trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits : ACAP and TIMS.
  • Medical kit: carried by your trekking assistant guide.
  • Gamow Bag for your safety and security.
  • All government and local taxes
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese team for your trekking.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charge.
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Special permit for Upper dolpo for 10 days ($500) par person par day ($50)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower.
Date of departure Date of return
05/08/2019 22/08/2019
11/09/2019 28/09/2019
11/10/2019 28/10/2019
05/11/2019 22/11/2019
05/06/2020 28/06/2020
11/07/2020 28/07/2020
05/08/2020 22/08/2020
11/09/2020 28/09/2020
11/10/2020 28/10/2020
05/11/2020 22/11/2020
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  The Upper Dolpo Trekking program from Discovery Mountain takes to the remote regions of Dolpa district in western Nepal. Dolpa is untouched by signs of modernity – lacking even the basic infrastructure. There are no motorable roads for miles and miles of terrain. The barren and sometimes rocky trails are preferred for adventurous trekking. Lying inside Shey-Phoksundo National park, the habitation of this region is sparse. But a brighter side of this trek is that it offers a complete sense of serenity, isolation, and quietness.

 Geographically, the trekking region is this program lies somewhere between the western lake of Rara and the easter hunting reserve of Dhorpatan. The trails bordered by Dhaulagiri and Churen Peaks are not frequented by travelers. In the north lies the expansive plateau of Tibet. The people here share much of their culture with the Tibetan ones, which is why trekkers often mistake this region to be a Tibet. In addition, the barren and windswept landscape resembles closely that of Tibet – validating this perception.

 On this trek, you will see the closely knit culture of the people, see the traditions they practice – all in a landscape that seems exotic. This 3,500 square kilometers of unspoiled area was opened for trekking in the late eighties. The magical beauty of Dolpo instills in you a sense of isolated beauty. And since this is categorized under “Restricted Trekking”, you will need special permits to travel in this region. Discovery Mountain will take care of the paperwork while you can focus on the trek itself.

 You will need a very good level of stamina to go on this trek. It is best visited in monsoon and also in the summer when the skies are clear, offering better chances of seeing close-up views of the peaks. Avoid late autumn and winter as snowfall will make some passes impassable. It is a beautiful trek with lots of high-altitude passes, isolated hamlets, expansive valleys, majestic mountains, and beautiful people. You will travel through ancient monasteries, time-worn villages, intricate nature, and challenging terrains, and to top it all off, you will be staying at the shores of the famous Lake Phoksundo.

Itinerary

DAY 1 :ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)

After your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, we will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the evening around Thamel.

DAY 2 : FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO NEPALGUNJ (270M) 50M FLIGHT 15M DRIVE TO HOTEL

Take a flight to Nepalganj, a western-region town in the Tarai plains of Nepal. The flight takes around an hour, and the temperature can get soar during high summer (around 40ºC). Explore the town and drive to your hotel.

DAY 3 : FLY TO JHUPHAL (2330M) AND DRIVE DHUNAI. 40M FLIGHT 1H DRIVE

The village of Jhupal can be reached with a 45-minute scenic flight from Nepalgunj. From Jhupal, get on a short off-road drive to Dunai. If you choose trek from Jhupal to Dunai instead of driving, it takes around three hour. Stay overnight at Dunai.

DAY 4 : TREK FROM DHUNAI TO ANKHE (2895M) 6/7H TREK

Starting from Dunai, first we will cross Thulo Bheri Valley and enter the Phoksundo River Valley. From here, we will trek to Dhera, cross a thick forest and reach the entry point of Shey-Phoksundo National Park. This is the village of Anke, where we will stay tonight.

DAY 5 :TREK FROM ANKHE TO SUMDU (3505M) 6/7H TREK

The trek today is around six to seven hours. The route has a number of ascents and descents today. You will cross several streams with clear gushing waters. Later we ascend to a forest, cross it, and descend to Ryajik. A little trek further will bring us to Sumdu where we will stay overnight.

DAY 6 :TREK FROM SUMDU TO PHOKSHUNDO LAKE (3505M) 5/6H TREK

Start after breakfast to reach Lake Phoksundo as early as possible. The emerald waters of this lake is the crowning glory of this trek. Located in the village of Ringmo, this lakes formed by two rivers – Phoksundo and Pungmo – flowing in. On the way we get view of one of the longest waterfalls of Nepal. Once at the lake, you will be enchanted by the environment with all the surrounding beauty. The pristine environment demands to be photographed for as long as possible. Enjoy the day and camp overnight near the shore.

DAY 7 :A DAY AROUND LAKE PHOKSHUNDO

We have set aside this day for rests and exploration. In order to adapt to the altitude, we will spend the day in serenity, and also take little hikes to the villages nearby. This kind of immersive beauty is rare in Nepal. Sleep overnight in the tent.

DAY 8 : TREK FROM PHOKSHUNDO TO BEGA LA (5075M) TO PHEDI (4475M) 6/7H TREK

The trek today is around seven hours with lots of rests in. between. Leaving behind Phokshundo and Ringmo Village, we will head east along a gentle ascent to reach Bega-La (or Baga-La) Pass. At the top, you will have wonderful panoramic views of the several peaks above and the lake below. Cross the pass and arrive at Phedi for the overnight stay.

DAY 9 :TREK FROM PHEDI TO NUMA-LA (5190M) TO PHEDI 7/8H TREK

Numa-La is the second pass that we’ll be crossing in this consecutive day. Numa-La, at 5,190 meters, is the highest point of this trip. The route is marked by green pastures and a silent river. The beautiful landscape of Dolpo will astound you. At Numa-La, you will have magnificent views of several peaks including sections of the Dhaulagiri Mountain Range. From there descend to the pastures on the plains below, where we will camp for the night.

DAY 10 :TREK FROM PHEDI TO JENG-LA (5095M) TO TOKYU GAON (4205M) 6/7H TREK

This is the third consecutive day where we will crossing yet another pass – the Pass of Jeng-La. At an altitude of 5,095 meters, Jeng-La offers majestic views of the Dhaulagiri Mountain Range – with peaks far and wide. After a pleasurable time at Jeng-La, descend to the valley of Tarap – a green expansive valley that connects with the Lower Dolpo Trekking Route. This valley is graced by the Tarap-Chu River – with the presence of at least ten different villages. Seeing a unique habitation at this remoteness might seem surreal, but setting aside the pondering for later, follow along the river and descend to Tokyu Gaun. It is an old village with an ancient-looking monastery that belongs to the Chiba-sect. Stay overnight here.

DAY 11 :TREK FROM TOKYU GAON TO DHO TARAP (4045M) 5/6H TREK

It is an average walk today with plenty of time for rest along the way. From Tokyo, we will be heading towards Dho Tarap, a scenic valley with pastures nearby. Arriving at Dho Tarap early, we will set up camp and then explore the area. The villages seem old and worn but the people that live here are friendly. Stay overnight here.

DAY 12 :TREK FROM DHO TARAP TO KAMEKHARKA (3805M) 6/7H TREK

Start immediately after a quick breakfast as it is a challenging day of walk. Although the trekking duration is six to seven hours, we will be traveling along a rough terrain. First we will pass across a valley that narrows into a deep gorge. Next, we will walk out at an open meadow at the confluence of Tarap-Chu and Lang Rivers. This is Kamekharka where we’ll we’ll set up camp for tonight.

DAY 13 :TREK FROM KAMEKHARKA TO KHARIGAON (3165M) 5/6H TREK

Start with a leisurely morning. Today it’s a scenic walk along a path that sometimes gets too narrow. The tricky descent is indeed challenging. The narrow gorge later emerges on a wider river bank. Here, you will see some of the clearest waters you’ve ever seen. Continue on the trail to later arrive at Khari Gaun where we will set up camp for the night.

DAY 14 :TREK FROM KHARIGAON TO TARAKOT (2850M) 5/6H TREK

Today the walk is around four to five hours. Tarakot, our destination for today, is a village that is at the junction of several trekking routes in Dolpo region. In the past, Tarakot was an important point of caravan trading with Tibet. We will frist walk to Lalberi village and, cross a forest, and descend to a narrow gorge. Coming out into the open, we will have reached the village of Tarakot.

DAY 15 :TREK FROM TARAKOT TO DHUNAI (2855M) AND DRIVE TO JHUPHAL (2330M) 6H TREK 1H DRIVE

As we come near the end of trekking in this program, we will gradually descend from Tarakot. First we will cross some villages and farmlands, and ascend to a valley with a vantage point. Take a break and descend to Thulo Bheri. Dunai is near. From Thulo Bheri, take the regular route across a river to arrive at the town of Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpo. From here, we will drive back to Jhupal.

DAY 16 :FLY FROM JHUPHAL TO NEPALGUNJ TO KATHMANDU

Today we will take the earliest flight possible to Nepalganj. From the lodge we will walk to Jhupal Airstrip and fly to Nepalganj. At Nepalganj, we will board the connecting flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day as you see fit.

DAY 17 :KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.

DAY 18 :DEPARTURE ON YOUR DESTINATION

According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.