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Overview

The “Snow Leopard” is one of the most stunning endangered big cats found in this Himalayan region. Sightings of this amazing yet shy creature are the stuff of legends. Surviving on prey like blue sheep, jharal, marmot, musk deer and so on, that are declining due to destruction of viable ecosystems, the snow leopard is quickly growing endangered. In order to glimpse this illusive creature it is necessary to travel to the heart of the remote upper Dolpo region. Besides the chance to see the snow leopard, this trek will provide an excellent introduction to the untouched, traditional culture, religion and lifestyles of some of the remote people on the planet. Visiting the famed monasteries of Shey Gompa and the lesser known Shyamling Gompa adds an interesting glimpse into the rich history of the area as well as cleansing your soul and reinvigorating your mind. Time to explore the majestic turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake contrasted with surrounding tropical vegetation is pure therapy. This trek is the ultimate in off the beaten track adventures in the remote Western Nepal region of Dolpo that will bring you into contact with the native habitats of the snow leopard.


Trip Fact

  • Price starts

    USD 4500

  • Difficult

    Difficulty

    Difficult

  • Duration

    21 Days 20 Nights

  • Activity

    Trekking

  • Max. Altitude

    5300m

  • Season

    March to May, Sept - November

  • Accomodation

    Hotel, Camping

  • Destination

    Nepal

  • Trip Start

    Kathmandu

  • Trip End

    Kathmandu

Tour Map

Difficulty level

Difficult

Difficult

Difficult treks involve you walking for at least 6-8 hours or more each day. You can expect to cross steep hilly terrain and occasional high passes with daily ascends and descends of around 500-1000m. These trails take you to remote environments with high altitude and extreme weather likely. Only basic facilities are available on some nights. Previous trekking experience, physical fitness and positive attitude are therefore essential.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, welcome dinner, overnight Hotel.

Day 2

Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, preparation day, overnight Hotel.

Day 3

Fly Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal, trek to Dunai, 4 hours, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 4

Trek to Chhepka, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 5

Trek to Polam, overnight teahouse / camp.

Day 6

Trek to Phoksundo, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 7

Explore Phoksundo and surrounds, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 8

Trek to Sallaghari, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 9

Trek to Nangdalo Base Camp, overnight homestay / camp.

Day 10

Trek to Shey Gompa, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 11

Explore Shey Gompa and surrounds, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 12

Trek to Shyamling Gompa, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 13

Trek to Vijer Village, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 14

Trek to Saldang, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 15

Trek to Chhoregaon, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 16

Trek to Dho Tarap and overnight teahouse/ camp at Lang.

Day 17

Trek to Chhugar, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 18

Trek to Tarakot, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 19

Trek to Juphal, overnight teahouse/ camp.

Day 20

Fly Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu, farewell dinner, overnight Hotel .

Day 21

International departure / onward travel

Package Details

Trip Inclusions

    Transport

  • Private vehicle: airport – hotel – airport transfer
  • Domestic Flight: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal, Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle transfers hotel – restaurant for Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Accommodation

  • 3 nights twin-share at Hotel (3 star) Kathmandu with breakfasts included.
  • 17 nights camping on trek
  • Food / Drinks

  • Three delicious meals a day on trek prepared by private cooking team.
  • Hot drinks provided with each meal on trek.
  • Drinking water on trek.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners with group in Kathmandu
  • *Meal inclusions: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
  • Trekking / Camping 

  • Tent (twin-share), sleeping mat and hot water bag
  • Kitchen, dining and toilet tents. Toilet paper provided.
  • Cooking team , ponies / porters, Sherpas, guide and leader
  • Hot washing water provided each morning
  • All required trekking permits (All restricted area permit and ACAP)
  • Staff insurance included
  • Staff provided with protective footwear and clothing suitable for high mountains pass.
  • First aid medicine box carried at all times by staff (includes 3L oxygen canister)
  • Other 

  • Complimentary waterproof trek duffle bag hire for the duration of trek (to be used by porter/ponies to carry your trek gear)
  • Staff provided with protective footwear and clothing suitable for high mountains pass.
  • Complimentary Trekking map, T-shirt and cap.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour (includes private vehicle transfers to and from hotel, English speaking guides Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple) *lunch not included
  • Trip price inclusive of all Nepalese government taxes (13% VAT)

Trip Exclusions

    Transport

  • International airfares to and from Kathmandu
  • Accommodation

  • Extra night/s of accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. (See terms and conditions for more details)
  • Food / Drinks

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on trek.
  • Some dinners and lunches in Kathmandu.
  • See Meal Inclusions for more details.
  • Other

  • Nepalese tourist visa available on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Private travel insurance (ensure cover extent to medical evacuation and trekking 5000+)
  • Tips / gratuities for staff
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery charge, extra porters, shower, heater etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.

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