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Upper Dolpo Trekking

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
  • Dates and Cost
  • Trip Details

Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Our adventure begins with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Then fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book - The Snow Leopard. Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, The Caravan, was also a huge success and was also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. During our trek, will pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. Will also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa follow the ancient Trans Himalayan trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal.

Accommodations:

Accommodations are included in the trip cost and ACOH has chosen the best deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel, 2 night in lodge in Nepalgunj/Jupal, and rest other nights in comfortable two-men camping tent. To sleep in tent, 4 season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All hotel and camping accommodation is on twin sharing basis, and will provide you single supplement if there is different sex without extra charge. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single room/tent on request by paying single supplement USD350.

Important Note:

Your safety is our greatest concerns while traveling with Alpine Club of Himalaya. 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 due to weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The leader will try to 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Alpine Club of Himalaya (ACOH) will pick you up and send you to our hotel. At noon, take a rest or visit ACOH’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by ACOH where you will be served with delicious authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Dinner)

Day 02: Kathmandu for Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast will start a guided tour to several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you will meet our trek leader and other team members. ACOH will give briefing on the trek and provide you the opportunity to ask any questions related your upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hrs)

After a short excursion in Kathmandu, take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, will visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and Trek to Dunai (2850m/9348ft) (45 mins flight, 2-3 hrs trek)

After breakfast, fly to Jhupal, a beautiful town located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Here, you will meet your trek staffs and begin the adventure. Walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. Continue walking to Dunai, which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Then explore the small town in the evening and camp there for a night.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2896m/9499ft) (5-6 hrs)

Leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. Ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk will get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. Pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe. Overnight in Ankhe.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat (5-6 hrs)

Our trail ascends and descends along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. Trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. Continue trekking until we reach Sulighat and spend a night. 

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3611m/11,849ft) (4-5 hrs)

Journey continues as we trek along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge, walk on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail passes through a cedar forest before reaching Palam village. From here trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Next descends through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the picturesque Ringmo village with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. From here take a short walk to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Acclimatization and Rest at Phoksundo Lake

Today is the rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During the day you can embark on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. During the short walks, you will have a chance to get in touch with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon colour and they favour Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (4-5 hrs)

Journey continues as trail moves around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake where it contours on a rocky ledge along the lake’s western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then walk through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the overnight camp.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (6-7 hrs)

For an hour or so, walk on a trail that leads us along the level path through a glacial valley which heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. From here, walk towards the north-east. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings to yet another valley where you can see the Kang-La pass. Set up camp near the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened 'Snowfields Camp'. Our trek today will also get to admire the views of Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m).

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La Pass (5360m/17,581ft) (5-6 hrs)

In the morning, ascend on a steep trail littered with slate towards the pass. The climb to the top of the pass is quite strenuous. From the top of Kang-la Pass, you can experience excellent views of the large valley dissected by a gushing river. Descend to the valley floor on a steep trail. Next walk on a meandering trail along the banks of a river, crossing and re-crossing it several times. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river. Will also pass through meadows where we see grazing yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra). After crossing a quaint log bridge, will reach the Shey Gompa compound to spend a night.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Shey Gompa

Shey Gompa was built in 1655 and the monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. To the east of the Gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Today we will get a good rest for better acclimatization. Spend the day hiking around Shey village which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Overnight in Shey Gompa.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5200m/17,056ft) (6-7 hrs)

Start our day by a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la pass. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and tiring but grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair is a comforting sight. In Namduna Gaun, will visit Namgung monastery. The red stone monstery is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. Overnight in Namuda Gaun.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3620m/11,874ft) (4-5 hrs)

Leave the village and climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, will begin to see Saldang Village below us on a plateau high above the Namga Khola stream. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope and consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight in Saldang.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4960m/16,267ft) (4-5 hrs)

From Saldang, walk further north along the Nagon Khola (river) on a wild and barren terrain. Begin our walk on a fairly gradual path with few ups and downs. On the way, pass through Marang and Ki villages. Next will cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the river again before reaching Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery. Overnight in Yangze Gompa.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4560m/14,957ft) (6-7 hrs)

From Yangze, there are two trails that connect to Sibu. To save time, we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village, which will be much easier and shorter than the other route. From Saldang, walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then pass through the Namdo village, which is also prosperous, with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for over 5-kilometer on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near a small settlement of Sibu.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4900m/16,072ft) (5-6 hrs)

Walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, will arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Next, the steep trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass (4,900m/16,072ft). Set up camp in this beautiful meadow. Overnight in Jeng la Phedi.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La Pass (5090m/16,695ft) (5-6 hrs)

Wake up early morning and set forth on today’s trek. It will take two long hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif. From here, descend on a rough trail to the Tarap Valley, a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains that extends twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu river. Will set up camp close to the monastery at Tokyu and spend a night.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4040m/13,251ft) (4-5 hrs)

Trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, will reach Dho Tarap. Overnight in Dho Tarap.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

 

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Today is the rest day and do stroll around the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. The walks will help you get acquainted with the local culture of the area. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who are a hill tribe of Nepal. While here, you can either visit a Buddhist Gompa which is closest to our campsite or embark upon a 40-minute walk and visit a Bon Po Gompa.Overnight in Dho Tarap.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3800m/12,464ft) (6-7 hrs)

From Tarap, descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. Walk along juniper and wild rose bushes just above the tree line. Along the trek, will see herds of blue sheep and by the afternoon, will reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. Set up camp on a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka and spend a night. 

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3150m/10,332ft) (4-5 hrs)

Continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During that, will pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of a path and you may have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon to spend a night.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2537m/8321ft) (4-5 hrs)

From the camp, follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. Then passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. After reaching Tarakot, you can visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8-kilometer east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The monastery stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Today will camp by the Tarap Chu River about 150 meters below Tarakot, near the police post.  Overnight in Tarakot.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2140m/7019ft) (5-6 hrs)

Journey continues where trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will continue alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadi. From here, moves towards the west on a relatively easy trail. Cross the river again near the Lochakhola Gaon and ascend to Dunai for an overnight stay. Today’s trek will mostly be on a wonderful gorge with pine trees. Overnight in Dunai.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

 

Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal (2-3 hrs)

Fron Dunai, trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. Continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip. Overnight in Jhuphal.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

Today will take the earliest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, return to Kathmandu on the next available flight and then you will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing to do but remember to exchange contacts and emails with travel companions to organize and share the photos. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Day 27: Rest Day in Kathmandu

This is an extra day set aside for you to either rest or explore Kathmandu on your own. You can do some souvenir shopping or if there is a place is Kathmandu that you wish to visit, then ACOH can arrange for you. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by ACOH to celebrate the successful completion of your adventure in Dolpo region of western Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 28: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from ACOH will send you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. Have a safe journey home and do come back for more adventures in Nepal.

(Included Meals: Breakfast)

Included in the Cost:

1.    Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

2.    3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

3.    Teahouse accommodation during the trek

4.    All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

5.    Welcome and farewell dinners

6.    All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

7.    Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal round trip)

8.    Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

9.    Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

10. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers = 1 assistant guide)

11. Porter service (2 trekkers = 1 porter)

12. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

13. Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)

14. Alpine Club of Himalaya’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take

15. All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

16. Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

17. All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost:

1.     Nepalese visa fee

2.     Excess baggage charge(s)

3.     Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

4.     Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu

5.     International flights

6.     Travel and rescue insurance

7.     Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)

8.     Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Please contact us and we will customize your trip on dates you preferred.

Price per pax: US$5600

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
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