Lower Dolpo 20/ 14 days trek with Swiss leader!!

The word Dolpo - “Hidden land” refers to a specific area of Tibetan heritage located at an  edge of the Tibetan plateau in the northern reaches of Nepal. Dolpo is home to many diverse ethnic groups, including Hindu, Shaman, Buddhist and Bonpo.

 Lower Dolpo region provides the opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and also to experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region in Nepal.

 

  • ITINERARY:  Lower Dolpo (Num La, Baga La Passes Phoksumdo Lake, and Dubai ) Trekking

 

 

 

Day 01: Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Nepal Fair Step Trekking will be waiting for you at Tribhuwan international airport with a board displaying your name. She/he will welcome you with a Khata-traditional scarf - and take you to your hotel.  You will be informed about the program and schedule of the next days. In the evening, someone from Fair Step Trekking will take you out for dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

 Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing Our city guide will take you around the city and show you the most historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu: Durbar square, the living goddess Kumari, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath stupa. You will learn about our history, culture, religion and the daily life in Kathmandu. (B, B)

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (152m) The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes about 50 minutes. Nepalgunj is the largest town in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is about 6 kilometers away from the Nepal-India boarder. You can experience both the Hindu and the Muslim culture.

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (2490m) and trek to Dunai (2150m):Jhuphalis beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. During our 40-minute flight to Juphal, you can admire much more snow-capped mountains. You will meet your trekking crew in Jhuphal village, before heading to Dunai (2150m). The distance from Jhuphal to Dunai will be about 12 km. We will first descend 400m down to the Thulo Bheri River before we continue walking on a mostly flat track, only ascending about 100m. Estimated walking time is 4 hours.

Day 05:Dunaito Tarakot (2550m):  Today we trek from Dunai (headquarter of the Dolpo region) to Tarakot. Estimated walking time is 5-6 hours (approx. 15km, ascending about 400m). We follow the southern bank of the TholuBheriRiver (Barbung Chu), crossing suspension bridges, passing beautiful villages and several deep gorges, before reaching the historical village of Tarakot.

Day 06: Tarakot to Lahini (3360m):The distance today will be about 19 km(approx. 300 m downhill and 800 m uphill), taking us 6 -7 hours. We follow the valley of the Barbung Chu till Khanigoun, and then follow the Tarap Chu River to the left. Different vegetation, the sound of many birds, the view of Putha Himal and Chorten and two Bunpo monasteries are the highlights of the day.

Day 07:Lahini to Naworpani /Sim Odar (3620m):The hike today is quite exciting as the valley becomes a narrow gorge; we follow a simple trail to Naworpani. Walking time today is about 5 hours.

Day 08: Naworpani to Do Tarap (4040m): Our trail follows the Tarap Chu, alternating between the two sides of the river. We will pass rural villages, barren cliffs, a ridge with mani walls and a chorten. Today we’ll cover approx. 18 km, ascending 700 m and descending 150 m to reach the fascinating Buddhist village of Do Tarap.

Day 09: Acclimatization in Do Tarap: The day off will help our body to get used to the altitude. We’ll go for short walks around the village, we’ll visit nearby monasteries (RiboBumpa, KakarLabrag ,Dakmar Dewa) and get acquainted with the local culture, history and tradition while visiting a locals house.

Day 10: Do Tarap to Tok-Khyu High camp (4450m): We continue our trek towards the upper Tarap valley. We follow theTarap Chu, observing a changing landscape. TheCrystal mountain school, traditional houses, wooden bridges and a statue of the MaitreyaBuddha will be our highlights of the day. Walking time will be approx. 4 hours (ascending 500 m and descending 50 m).

Day 11: Tok-Khyu High camp - Numa La (5290m) to Pelungtang (4465m): Toda your journey starts early in the morning.We begin crossing the Numa La pass (5,290 m) on a steep trail all the way to the top ridge of the pass. From the pass, you will get incredible views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Kanjirowa (6139) and other snow-capped mountains. Afterward, we will descend to Peluntang. Walking time today is 6-7 hours (550 m uphill and 1000m downhill).

Day 12: Pelungtang- Baga La (5190m) to Dajok Tang (4080m): After breakfast we begin our steep climb up to the top of Baga La pass. We reach the top of BagaLa in about 3 hrs and then enjoy fantastic views of the dry landscape and the distant snow-capped mountains including KanjirowaHimal. We then descend to Dajo Tang for our overnight stay.

Day 13:Dijok Tang to PhoksumdoLake (3620m): It’s a short hike today, only about 3 hours.  We start our trip through beautiful pine forests and then through alpine vegetation. After trekking for a short while on an easy trail with only gradual highs and lows, we reach Ringmo Village.

Day 14: Rest day for Excursion around Phoksumdo: This is a pleasant day off, without the hassle of packing and unpacking. You have the chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery or spend some time in the village of Ringmo. You can also enjoy a relaxing walk on the lake’s shores. This is a great day exploring the Phoksundo Lake and camp at its shores.

Day 15: Phoksumdo Lake to Chepka (2670m): Today we first follow a level path, before climbing a steep trail. After an hour-long uphill climb, we arrive atop a hill from where the river we followed earlier begins to diminish in size. One more time we take a look at beautiful Phoksundo Lake before descending to Chunuwar. Beyond Chunuwar, the trail descends gently along lush forests of pines and birches all the way to Rechi. We follow the river on an easy trail with only gradual highs and lows and finally reach Chepka. This part of the trek is about three hours long. Before reaching Chepka, we begin to see the first signs of tropical forest, such as bamboo forest and walnut trees.Overnight in a camp in Chepka.

Day 16 Chepka to SuliGaad (2070m)

Day 17 SuliGaad to Juphal (2490m)

Day 18 Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunjand then to Kathmandu

Day 19 Free day shopping or relaxing/ Sightseeing if there was not enough time on day 2

Day 20 Departure 

Price:

4 pax Basic per person CHF: 4300(four thousand three hundred)

6 pax Basic per person CHF: 3780(Three thousand Seven  hundred eighty)

7 pax Basic per person CHF: 3560(Three thousand five hundred and sixty)   

8 pax Basic per person CHF: 3460 (Three thousand four hundred and sixty) 

Services Included:

  •  All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
  •   4-star hotel standard Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast, and all tax)
  • Sightseeing tour in  Kathmandu
  • Welcome and farewell Dinner (beverage extra) with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Nepal Fair Step Trekking.
  • Guided sightseeing around world heritage sites of KTM. (Includes all applicable entrance fees.)
  • All domestic airfares (Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Juphal- Nepalgunj - Kathmandu).
  • Organized Camping Trek arrangement, including all camping equipment and tents such as Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags,
  •   Three times hot meals/Pack Lunch (during the passing day) a day while trekking, which will be prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.
  •  National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees /Special Trekking Permit Fees.
  •   Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary lodging – flood arrangements.
  •  Group Medical kid
  •  Hyperbaric bag/ Gamow bag

 Exclude Trip Cost:

  •  Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD40  cash and two passport photographs)
  •  International airfare to & from home country
  •  Over Excess baggage charges
  •   Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu (expect welcome and farewell dinner)
  •   Any Alcoholic Drinks, beverage during the Trek
  •  Travel & Health Insurance of guest- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  •   Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills, Hot Shower, Battery Charges
  •  Tips for staff (Not mandatory but expected)
  •  The cost which is not mentioned above

Our Goal is Fair Tourism”

When selecting your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you'll be camping, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

Equipment list:

You recommended to bring the following items:

Ø  Hiking boots

Ø  Snow gaiters

Ø  Socks

Ø  Trekking trousers / pants

Ø  Windproof and waterproof over trousers / rain-pants

Ø  Underwear

Ø  Long johns (thermal underwear)

Ø  Fleece trousers

Ø  Shorts

Ø  Thermal base layer shirts (2 short sleeves, 2 long sleeves)

Ø  T-shirts or similar

Ø  Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater

Ø  Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood

Ø  Warm jacket (down)

Ø  Sunhat

Ø  Warm cap and thermal balaclava

Ø  Eyewear - Sunglasses

Ø  Thermal gloves or mittens

Ø  Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens

Ø  Daypack minimum 40 liters / 2500 cubic inches

Ø  Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries

Ø  Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Ø    1 Littre  Water bottles x2

Ø  Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

Ø  5 season sleeping bag

Ø  Washbag and toiletries

Ø  Antibacterial hand wash

Ø  Small Towel

Ø  Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

Ø  Basic First Aid Kit including Broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

 

Mountaineering Equipment:

Ø  Mountaineering double boots

Ø  Crampons

Ø  Mountaineering or climbing harness

Ø  Carabiners (3x screw gate)

Ø   ‘Figure of 8’ descender   (rappelling device)

Ø  Helmet

Ø  Ice Axe

The following items are optional:

Ø  Travel clothes

Ø  Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use

Ø  Trekking poles

Ø  Sleeping bag liner

Ø  Nailbrush

Ø  Pee bottle

Ø  Spare laces

Ø  Camera, SD card , batteries

Ø  Altimeter

Ø  Compass

Ø  Binoculars

Ø  Books/magazines

Ø  GPS unit

Ø  Diary or notebook plus pencil/pen

Ø  Penknife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)

 

 

 

 

High Altitude Sickness

A mixture (syndrome) of problems like a headache, Nausea, shortness of breath, tiredness may encounter at high altitude i.e. above 3000m.
Cause / Factor of Altitude Sickness:

  • A/ Less Oxygen
  • Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
  • Rapid Ascent
  • Possibly Dehydration
  • Hypothermia

Type of Altitude Sickness

  • AMS: - Acute mountain Sickness
  • HAPE: - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
  • HACE: - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

A. Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS

  • Mild symptoms feel like hangover / not feeling well
  • Headache
  • Fatigue/Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lose of appetite
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Dizziness

B. High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (water in the Lung) - HAPE

  • Increasing shortness of breath at rest
  • A severe cough- Dry /Productive
  • Very tired – Unusual fatigue while walking
  • High pulse rates i.e. 110
  • Blueness of face, lip, fingernails – that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

It can happen after 2 nights of arrival in the altitude.

C. High Altitude Cerebral Edema (water in the Head) - HACE

  • Severe symptoms of Altitude Sickness
  • Severe Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
  • Mental confusion/Altered mental status
  • Irritable – Does not want to be bothered by other people.
  • Unconsciousness or Coma.

Test: Tandem walking test, Hell to toe step. Fall off from the line.

Decision Making

Find out the problem i.e. at altitude assume all problems are altitude sickness unless proven otherwise. If it is altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same Altitude until the symptoms gone. E.g. Take an Aspirin, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

Prevention

  • Acclimatization – after 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
  • Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don’t go to fast too high.
  • No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
  • Drink more fluid 3-4 liter a day likewise; clean water – boiled or treated/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
  • Do not carry heavy packs; 10-12 k.g is ok.
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
  • Over 3000m, 300m. Ascent a day.
  • Do not travel alone.

Treatment

  • DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter
  • Medicine
  • Oxygen
  • Diamox – for AMS- 125 Mg. Before dinner – for the sleeping problem if feeling Suffocated.
  • Nifedipine for HAPE.
  • Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE.
  • Hyperbaric Bag – Gamow Bag

Golden Rules

Awareness of ALTITUDE ILLNESS

  • If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher, Take Aspirin.
  • If you have worsening symptoms, GO DOWN.
  • Do not leave your team member behind unattended either trekker or porter.
  • First Aid Medical Kit
  • Equipment:

First Aid Medical Kit

Equipment

  1. Sphygmomanometer (Blood pressure Instrument)
  2. Syringes (20 ml, 10 ml)
  3. Hot water bottle
  4. Pen and writing pad
  5. Stethoscope
  6. Thermometer
  7. Matchbox
  8. Splints
  9. Scissors
  10. Tongue blades
  11. Penlight
  12. cervical collar

Bandage and Dressings

  1. Sterile gauze pads (large and small)
  2. Band-aids
  3. Triangular Bandages
  4. Elastic Bandages (3, 4 and 6 inches)
  5. Adhesive Tapes
  6. Eye pads
  7. Cotton roll (large and small)
  8. Q-tips
  9. Safety pins

Medications

For pain

  • Paracetamol (500mgs tablet and 125 mg in 5 ml syrup)
  • Aspirin (300mgs tablet)

For Allergy

  • Avil (25 mg tablet)
  • Benadryl Syrup
  • Trexel – (60mgs tablet, 30 mg in 5 ml syrup)

For Infections

Eye: Neosporin Ophthalmic Cream
Throat and Lung: Amoxicillin (125mg per 5 ml syrup, 250 mg and 500 mg tablets)

For Abdomen

  • Metronidazole(200mgs, 400mgs tablets)
  • Tinidazole (500 mg tablets)
  • Antacid
  • Oral Rehydration powder
  • Loperamide (2 mg tablets)

For open wounds

  • Cloxacillin and Cephalexin(125 mg in 5 ml 250 mags and 500 mg tablets)
  • For urinary infections
  • Norfloxacin (200 mags, 400 mags tablets)

Disinfectants

  • Betadine (Solution and cream)
  • Miconazole Cream (for fungal infection)
  • Silver sulphadiazine(for burn injury)

 

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