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Upper Dolpo Trekking - 24 Days

Trip Fact

Price: USD 4799
Activities: Trekking for 20 days
Duration: 24 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu and 20 Days in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Service Level:Comfort
Maximum Altitude:5,460m (17,914ft) at Sangda La
Trek Grading:4

Trip Highlights

Observe the remoteness of Nepal

Snowy peaks

Ancient and isolated villages

Buddhist monasteries

Enthralling culture and tradition

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Details

This is a challenging, quite diverse and scenically amazing long trek that takes us to a remote and spectacular corner of the Himalaya in a largest district of Nepal occupying 15% of total land area, bound to the east and south by the huge Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges, to the west by Jumla district and isolated from rest of the country by high passes to the south. This trek is recommended to expert trekkers who are used to trek in to great heights and although is a difficult route compensated however by the beauty of the countryside and kindness of the people. The Tibetan style villages boast impressive gompas and monasteries, where yak caravans remain the main form of transportation. Much of this region is protected by 3555 sq. km. Shey Phoksumdo National park, Nepal’s largest protected area. In this region one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. The home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments, and unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan griffon.

Day 1           Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2           Fly NEPALGUNJ (160m/525ft)
Day 3           Fly JUPHAL (2490m/8170ft); Trek DUNAI (2030m/6660ft)
Day 4-21      Trek SANGDA LA (5460m/17914ft)
Day 22         Trek JOMSOM (2760m/9056ft). Trek finish. Fly POKHARA (884m/2900ft)
Day 23         Fly back KATHMANDU
Day 24         Departure back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS

Trip Cost Includes
01. All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
02. 3 Nights in Hotel Peak Point in Kathmandu including breakfast
03. 12 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
04. An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
05. Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter
06. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trek.
07. Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
08. National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
09. Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
10. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
11. ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you

Trip Cost Excludes
01. Nepal entry visa fees.
02. International airfare and departure tax.
03. Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
04. Travel insurance including evacuation.
05. 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
06. Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Fly to NEPALGUNJ (160m/525ft)

From Kathmandu domestic airport it is an one hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj, which lies in the southern Nepal border with India and has a hot tropical climate. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Fly to JUPHAL (2490m/8170ft); Trek to DUNAI (2030m/6660ft) 2-3 hours

From Nepalgunj there is only few flights a week in the early morning for the 40 minutes flight to Himalayan terrain land of Juphal. Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal is short but exciting.  The trail to Dunai descends past the houses heading southeast through fields to reach a village of Dangi Bhara. Passing through the village and continuing between more fields of maize we cross a stream and reach another settlement of Kala Gaura. From here we walk close to the river on its south bank all the way to Dunai. After short narrowing of the valley we reach Roop Ghar from where the trail passes beyond the tributary stream on the opposite bank the entrance to the Suli Gad valley. Now crossing broad flat meadow fringed with pine and now small fields we see a large complex of hospital buildings seen on the opposite bank, we go through an entrance of Kani and moments later we enter the district headquarter of Dunai which is large village with paved street lined with houses. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek CHEPKA (2670m/8760ft) 4-5 hrs; 770m ascent

We cross the big steel suspension bridge and turn west, following the trail past the hospital, and then it's a level walk along the bank of the Thulo Bheri to its confluence with the Suli Gaad at 2070m. We follow the new trail north up the east bank of the Suli Gaad and after another hour of walking we reach Kageni (2260m) and then on to the abandoned settlement of Raktang. We cross to the west bank and trek past numerous herder’s huts and green pastures over a ridge to the rough stone houses of Jyalhasa, a wintering spot for the people of Ringmo. We keep walking upstream to another bridge, cross it to the east bank, and make our way past some crude teashops at Sankta (2460m) and a bridge over the Ankhe Khola. The trail makes some ups and downs through grass and ferns to a trail junction. From where we take the left fork to climb over a ridge at 2710m then descends on a rocky path to Chepka. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek RENJE ( 3010m/9876ft) 3-4 hours; 500m ascent, 320m descent

We continue on the new trail that stays near the river, climbing over a small ridge ,then crossing to the west side to avoid a large ridge and returning to the east side an hour later near a national park camping ground. The trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks forming a dyke along the river bank. The trail makes several more ups and downs through forests of firs and larches as it continues upstream to a bridge that leads to nine houses comprising the village of Renje on the opposite side of the river. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek PHOKSUMDO LAKE (3620m/11877ft) 6 hours; 880m ascent, 90m descent

The Suli Gaad valley turns eastward and becomes even steeper and narrower. We climb over a ridge and descend to a wooden bridge to continue the ups and downs along the valley floor to the confluence of the Suli Gaad and Pungmo Khola. Taking the trail that continues along the eastern bank of the river we climb through a forest of big cedars to a good camp site and then on to Palam (3280m), a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The houses are almost buried in the sandy soil. We continue on the route which switchbacks steeply on a sandy trail through open country from where we again head for even steeper set of dusty switchbacks gaining over 400m to a ridge at 3730m. From the ridge there are distant views of a spectacular 200m high waterfall, the highest in Nepal. The trail makes a steep descent through a forest of birch and chir pine to the upper reaches of the brilliantly clear, rushing waters of the Phoksumdo Khola and climb gently to the charming village of Ringmo (3640m). Just below Ringmo, we cross a bridge and follow a trail north to the perennially closed park-ranger station at Nepal’s deepest lake, Phoksumdo Lake which is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. We continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksumdo Khola flows out of the lake. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek CHUNEMBA (3630m/11910ft) 5-6 hours; 570m ascent, 560m descent

The trail contours on a rocky ledge as it skirts the western lip of the lake. In places it's precariously suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevices in the rocks. As we cross a stream, look up at the glacier descending from the upper slopes of Kanjeralwa (6612m). We then climb to a crest at 4060m for a spectacular view of the lake with the snowy peaks of Sonam Kang in the background. The trail makes a steep and dusty descent through birches and blue pines to the westernmost edge of the lake at 3630m where the Phoksumdo Khola enters. Now heading northwest up a long, wide valley we follow an indistinct trail through thorn bushes and scrub trees, crisscrossing boggy marshes and tributaries of Phoksumdo Khola to reach a forest of blue pines at Chunemba. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek LAR TSA (4120m/13518ft) 4-5 hours; 570m ascent, 80m descent

We begin the day along the level path that heads north through a glacial valley and cross to the east bank of Phoksumdo Khola to follow the main valley for another hour to Kang Gompa (3710m). We climb steeply from Kang Gompa on a long climb up the ridge past a few groves of birch trees. There are spectacular mountain views with Shey Shikar (6139m) and Kang Chunne (6443m) dominating the skyline to the west. We continue on a crest at 4200m then the route descends gently on a rocky trail to Lar Tsa. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek MENDOK DING (4610m/15125ft) 2-3 hours; 520m ascent, 130m descent

Crossing a new bridge we climb to the top of a scree slope at 4490m to make our way up a grassy ridge to a crest at 4640m. We contour and then drop gently into Mendok Ding (flower valley) where we can spot herds of blue sheep on the slopes. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek SHEY GOMPA (4390m/14404ft) 7-8 hours; 1040m ascent, 1240m descent

We continue on the route that follows the upper reaches of the Phoksumdo Khola, then turn north towards the peak of Riwo Drugdra (Crystal Mountain). From here we choose to follow the more scenic pilgrim route crossing Sehu La (5160m) to the west of Crystal Mountain, making a circumambulation of this sacred peak. After a long pull to Sehu La (also known as Mendok Ding La) at 5160m the trail descends a scree slope to a grassy meadow beside a stream valley and begins a series of long ascents and descents across ridges in and out of side valleys as it traverses around Crystal Mountain. After a steep, rough climb to a crest at 5010m and another at 4860m, we begin the descent to the Tar valley. Soon after the route reaches grassy slopes a side trail leads to Tsakang, a gompa said to be 800years old that is perched dramatically on the side of a cliff. The final descent is on a wide trail to a large meadow near a few nomads’ huts just below Shey Gompa. We finally cross the river and climb past a big chorten and a huge field of mani stones to Shey Gompa. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek NAMGUNG (4430m/14535ft) 6-7 hours; 1020m ascent, 900m descent

We trek east from Shey Gompa and across the 5010m Shey La we turn north and descend before climbing again to the village, monastery and cave complexes at Namgung. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek KARANG (4050m/13288ft) 5-6 hours; 150m ascent, 530m descent

We take the direct route that traverses high above the Namgung Khola to Karang. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek MUGAON (4100m/13452ft) 6-7 hours, 490m ascent, 550m descent

We descend to Torak Sumdo (3670m), the confluence of the Namgung and Polang Khola to cross to the northern bank and then climb to the oldest monastery of Dolpo region, Yangtser Gompa at 3750m and trek along the river to a side valley. We walk alongside the stream to reach Mugaon. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek SHIMEN (3870m/12697ft) 7-8 hours; 1040m ascent, 890m descent

We continue up the valley to Mugaon and climb towards the Mushi La pass at 5030m and descend towards Shimen village. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek TINJE (4150m/13616ft) 7-8 hours; 280m ascent, 270m descent

We drop down to Shimen village and make a long trek upriver through Pha (4090m) to Tinje. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek RAKPA (4530m/14863ft) 7-8 hours; 550m ascent, 170m descent

We trek past the runway of the disused and mysterious Tinje airport to a trail junction at 4130m, where a high route leads to Tarap. We continue southward to a camp site on the banks of the river at Rakpa. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Trek CHHARKA (4120m/13518ft) 7-8 hours; 490m ascent, 900m descent

We begin our day with a long climb to the Chharka La (4920m) and continue descending along the side of the valley making a big drop into a side valley at 4290m. We then make a long traverse down to the picturesque village of Chharka on the banks of Barbung Kola. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Trek NORBULUNG (4750m/15585ft) 6-7 hours; 820m ascent, 190m descent

We climb to a crest at 4380m and descending again to a river we follow the right fork southward, climbing in and out of side valleys on a rough trail. The valley narrows, then emerges into a big meadow and climbs to Norbulung. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Trek SANGDA LA (5460m/17914ft) 7-8 hours; 790m ascent, 440m descent

We begin the day climbing to a yak pasture at Molum Sumna (4860m) and on to a crest at 5130m and then make a long traverse across meadows to the foot of the Sangda La, then finally a long steep climb takes us to the high pass of Sangda La. Overnight at tented camp.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 Trek SANGDA (3700m/12140ft) 7-8 hours; 460m ascent, 1860m descent

We climb to lower Sangda La at 4990m, then descend through loose shale towards the village of Sangda Ghunsa (4190m) and drop to Chalung Khola, crossing it at 3750m and climb steeply up the opposite bank. A long high traverse leads to a cairn at 4090m and through a set of steep switchbacks we descend to a stream at 3580m and after another climb we reach to the compact settlement of Sangda. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 Trek DHAGARJUN (3290m/10794ft) 7-8 hours; 970m ascent, 1380m descent

We climb the hill behind Sangda and spend most of the day making a high traverse, crossing nine ridges to a final crest at 4280m. We descend into the Kali Gandaki Valley, traversing under high cliffs and descending to the large village of Dhagarjun. Overnight at tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 Trek JOMSOM (2760m/9056ft) 3 hours; 70m ascent, 690m descent; Fly to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)

We climb to a ridge at 3360m and make a final descent on a dreadful trail of loose rocks to Jomsom and take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara - a fantastic way to round off the trek, flying right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast

Day 23 Fly back to KATHMANDU

Fly back to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 24 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.  Meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT NOTE
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Trip Highlights
Temples and Stupas sightseeing around Kathmandu, HIMALAYAN Mountain flight while flying in and out from Luka, 8000m mountains including Mt. Everest, Khumbu valley and unique Sherpa culture, Tengboche monastery, SLOW and STEADY walking.

Trip style
This trip follows through the classical route to the Everest Base Camp where we can expect lots of lodges and guest houses. We will be staying at night in these lodges and guesthouses all in the way to our trek and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.

Service level
This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Dossier Disclaimer
The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes to know
This trip operates at altitudes over 2780m (max altitude 5545m). In this itinerary we dont have much acclimatizing days, so you may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar, 3420m. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one's tolerance especially on going high to Namche.

Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms little or no running water) but at places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Lobuche and Dingboche there are upgraded accommodation (standard with attached shower & toilet) too. This trip includes basic rooms with two people share only. In case you want to UPGRADE YOUR ROOM, please feel free to let us know while you book the trip.

Group Leader Description
All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Group Size Notes
Max 14 & Min 2

Your Fellow Travelers
When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Meals
Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. Foods are provided on in a tea house or guest house in the mountain, there are variety of choice of local meal as well as continental even PIZZA and Sizzler. We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. While trekking in remote regions food will be served plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

Transport
Private Bus, Car and Van

Local Flights
All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Single Travelers
We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation
Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses in the mountain
My Own Room Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.
Joining Hotel
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057

Joining information Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.

Arrival Information
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact
Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts
Personal
Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support Sherpa while in the mountains and also some of our trips have non support Sherpa porter. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.

Checklist
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers cheques
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and Travel dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Tampons
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear (optional)
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Money belt
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Long trousers
Hiking pants/track pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.
Camera and film
Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Laundry
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. While trekking in the mountain there will be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas
CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.

The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.

NEPAL - All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days - US $25:
Single Entry Visa for 30 days - US $40
And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $100
Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.
Destination Travel Guide
For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.

Extra Spending Money
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.

Money Exchange
American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Local payment if any
There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.

Departure Tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.

Tipping Custom
Tips are expected but not compulsory. It is good to understand that it is customary in Asia to tip the service providers such as waiters at approximately 10% depending on the service.

Tips while travelling
Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for Sherpa porter 50-75 USD from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for Sherpa porter 75-100 USD from a group

Must have Good Health
You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.

Safety and Security
Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice
We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. Travelers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.

Must Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Responsible Travel
Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike. We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by "Take a photograph & leave zero foot print" and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.

We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.

-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.

-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.

Associated Children Education Project
Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.

How you can help?
There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.

Respect Local Dress
In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Feedback
We are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to be sure that you get the best of what you have paid for and expect. After your travel, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is important to us. Please help us to help your friends and families for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback

We Want Your Photos
Every travelers have fun in taking great photos while travelling, we always expect the great photos from your Alpine Club Travel. Please post them online in our photos collection! We will give you copywriter on your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection

THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

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