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Dolpo Festival Trekking - 28 Days

Dolpo Festival Trek
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Trip FAQ 

Trip Highlights

  •  Archaic culture,religion and tradition of Tibetan is eminence. 
  • Yet today extremely seamless of the modern era. 
  • Geographical shape is strewn due to bone dry weather.
  • Naive locals were protected by the spartan masters from the devils felony.
  • Shey Gompa where the festival is sensationally observed.
  • Disguising,dances and melodrama is carry on. 
  • Every 12 years its ambiance is voluminous of the trekkers and Buddhist followers.
  • Massive opening for the Dolpo trekkers.

Dolpo Festival Trekking is a hidden land of Dolpo where Tibeatn styles Bon-culture and Bhotiya culture still alive. The region still untouched with modern world’s facilities and have bestowed typical culture and tradition.The geographical structure rugged, terrine & remoteness are its interesting features.

The Shey festival 2016 is going to be organised at Shey Gompa. Shey Gompa has its legendary connection in Buddhism. A mythical says that a ascetic master Duptop Singhe Yiese had been arrived in Shay during dragon year,while he had been arrived there, the place was whole of devils & people were in terrible situation.With riding on lion the masters had destroyed all the devils and settled the people.Since that, in every 12 years cycle the festival occurred still now. So Year 2016 August 28th to September 2nd is the great ceremonial occasion Dragon Year.

Skyline Treks is an official trekking and tour operator during the festival. Skyline Treks is also a Festival partner. During the festival Explore Dolpo have various kinds of treks & tour packages.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel and dinner at Bhanchha Ghar

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square (B) 

Day 03: 6 hrs drive to Pokhara by tourist bus/ Hotel

Day 04: 25 minutes fly to Jomsom (2710m) and commence trek to Dangarjong (3290m) (L, D)

Day 05: Dangarjong to Yak Kharka (3540m) (B, L, D)

Day 06: Yak Kharka to Sangdang Phedi (4215m) (B, L, D)

Day 07: Sangdang Phedi to Milung Kharka (4735m) via Sangda La (5460m) (B, L, D)

Day 08: Milung Kharka to Chharka phedi (4530m) (B, L, D)

Day 09: Chharka phedi to Ramanan Kharka (4627m) via Chharka La (4920m) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Ramanan Kharka to Do Tarap (4040m) via 4800m pass (B, L, D)

Day 11: Do Tarap to Tokkyu Village (4060m) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Tokkyu Village to Chutung Dang (3967m) via Jeng La ( 5110m) (B, L, D)

Day 13: Chutung Dang to Chibu Kharka (3915m) (B, L, D)

Day 14: Chibu Kharka to Saldang (4100m) (B, L, D)

Day 15: Saldang to Yang Tsser village (4300m) (B, L, D)

Day 16: Yang Tsser village to Karang ( 4100m) (B, L, D)

Day 17: Karang to Samling Gompa (3800m) (B, L, D)

Day 18: Festival Day Start,* Samling Gompa to Shey Gompa (4500m) via Shey La (5010m) (B, L, D)

Day 19: Enjoy the Festival Day at Leisure (B, L, D)

Day 20: Enjoy the Festival Day at Leisure (B, L, D)

Day 21: Shey Gompa to Yak Kharka (4500m) (B, L, D)

Day 22: Yak Kharka to Ringmu/Phoksundo Lake (3730m) (B, L, D)

Day 23: Phoksundo Lake to Sepka (B, L, D)

Day 24: Sepka to Rahagaon (B, L, D)

Day 25: Rahagaon to Dunai (2050m) (B, L, D)

 September 06th 2016 / Day 26: Dunai to Juphal (2345m) (B, L, D)

 September 07th 2016 / Day 27: Fly to KTM via Nepalgunj /Hotel. And rest of the time for shopping (B)

 September 08th 2016 / Day 28: Final departure to the Airport for return flight. (B)

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers by our private car.
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali Typical Restaurant at Bhancha Ghar with culture show.
  • All domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom, Jhuphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu)
  • All ground transportation
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant trekking leader (2-8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment,  flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo trek
  • Skyline Treks & Expedition duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map Camping equipments-very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware or  similar kitchen, dining, toilet tents,  mattresses, and kitchen equipments
  • Travel and rescue service arrangements
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara Hotel room and all accommodation such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (and also in the case of early return from mountain than  the scheduled itinerary)
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, sleeping bag, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, shower, heater, etc.) Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Helicopter evacuation incase of immergency.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides and porters

Where is Nepal?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.

Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?

The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.

Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.

As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.

Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.

Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa? 

You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?

The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?

There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

How to Enter Nepal?

In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal? 

The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?

Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?

It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home
  • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel

What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.

What is the currency of Nepal?

Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?

Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What are health requirements to visit Nepal? 

Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?

The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.

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