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Shey-Gompa-Dolpa
  • Camping
  • National parks
  • Traditional villages

Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa

Explore the Land of Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau and the Culture over there.

Trip Overview

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code TMG-UD100
  • Start Point Kathmandu
  • End Point Kathmandu
  • Trip Duration 24 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Trekking
  • Region Dolpa Region
  • Trip Staff Trekking Guide
  • Transportation Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Trip Style BLD
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Elevation 5350 m
  • Group Size 2-12 pax
  • Accomodation Value
  • Trip Type Private Guided Trips
  • Best Time April, May, September, October

Trip Highlights

  • Upper Dolpo and the people over there
  • Best trekking destination in the world
  • Rich in culture and tradition
  • Lakes and Moutains
  • An isolated villages

Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo Trek as the name sounds take you to one of the most beautiful regions of Nepal that lies between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri Ranges. The region comprises of hidden jewels that are empowered by the beauties of tall mountains and cold barren land. Each of these is a beautiful landscape and district wise, they lie in Karnali. This district is isolated from the rest of Nepal and has three important rivers of Nepal, such as Bheri, Suligad, and Rupagad. While you walk there, you explore their beauties, and as you walk further, you are likely to come across wild animals, but rare ones, such as Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, and Snow Leopard. One of the main highlights of the trek is Shey Gompa; it lies on the trekking trail that takes you to the base of the Crystal Mountain.

Accommodation

You will be staying at a 3-star hotel (Value) in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast with an attached bathroom, and at the best possible lodge or guesthouse during the trek.

Transportation

In your trip cost, we have also included the transportation fare, so that you do not have to pay from your pocket when you are in Nepal. The fare includes pick up from the airport as well as drop off at the airport, including other transportation facilities which are included in “what’s included” in which part of Nepal you are traveling.

You will be seeing us outside the airport holding the signboard of TMG Adventure when you arrive in Kathmandu. If you arrive in the late evening, we will straightly take you to the hotel, and if you arrive in the day time, you will take you to our office. For more information, you can check it in the “what’s included” section.

Meals

You are trekking near the mountains, that is, you are trekking at a higher altitude, so your body needs energy, and you will get the energy from the food you eat. The foods that we provide you have the right amount of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. We will provide you these in all three square meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Guides

All our trekking guides have done training on how to tackle with altitude mountain sickness as well as how to use the first aid kit. They are also taught to take care of the trekkers 24/7 if they are affected by an altitude mountain sickness or if they are sick during the trek. Emergency evacuation if you need, you will be provided a helicopter. That is the reason why our guides have 24/7 access to TMG Adventure in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is a must because you are trekking near the mountains at an altitude of more than 3000m. You must ensure in your country before coming to Nepal, before starting your trek. Please bring with you a copy of insurance, and your insurance policy must cover the medical expenses, helicopter evacuation from the altitude of 5000m to 6000m, and other things related to your health. Please give the copy to TMG Adventure. It will send the information to the insurance company if you use the mountain rescue operation, mentioned above.

Passport and Visa

Before coming to Nepal, your passport must have the validity of 6 months, and you can put the Tourist Visa ‘On Arrival’ on your passport at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. On arrival, the visa procedure is very quick and simple. For more information please visit this site: Nepal Immigration

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry points

  • 15 Days- $30
  • 30 Days- $50
  • 90 Days- $125

and you must also bring 4 passport-sized photos. If you are from China or SAARC countries, a free visa will be provided to you.

Trekking Information

Nepal is open for all seasons. You can do a trek and tour in different parts of NepalThose who are looking to do the trek in the best season, travelers can pick it from the below ones: The following are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal, and each of these has its charm, the one which is on the top of the list is the best.

  • Autumn season (September till November)
  • Winter season (November till February)
  • Spring season (March till May)
  • Rainy season (June till August)- Those who love green vegetation and the monsoon season can do the trek. It will also be adventurous if you like it. TMG Adventure operates trekking and tours in this season.)

As a trekker, you can do different types of trekking in Nepal, and they have been given below.

  • Tea House Trekking (Guesthouse/Lodge Trek)
  • Camping
  • Home Stay 

TMG Adventure listed different types of trekking experiences or trip styles. You can find it on our website. To make it easier here are the bunch of lists.

Trip Extensions

TMG Adventure is always reaching out of the best service to make our travelers happy. In this package you can see extension trips; these are optional add-ons or travel choices for you. The company has its regular itinerary and the cost details too. On the suggestions and consideration of our previous travelers’, the company offers beyond it. You can check it properly. At the time of booking, if you wish to extend your holiday doing markup in the trip extensions (extra add-ons or activities), you can mark it and book it. It depends on your personal choice. Beyond it, we also offer private and customize trips to those who are looking to do it on their travel requirements. Travelers can send us about the trip information by using our tailor-made trip/ customize trip forms or send us a quick inquiry. One of our travel planners will respond to it.

Walk miles for a good cause

TMG Adventure is not just a tour operator in Nepal but also a contributor for a good cause to our communities and the Himalayas people especially working on behalf of children where are abundant from education. Company work through FAN (First Act Nepal) It’s a team that works purely for our children. Support for their well-being through education providing child sponsorship programs. Assisting them in school uniforms, stationery, and school fees.

TMG Adventure donates a certain amount of its income to FAN annually, and the amount that it donates varies from year to year because the income that it earns also varies from year to year. As you embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa, you will be glad to know that you are doing some good and giving back to the community.

TMG Adventure also has a volunteering program, and if you are interested, then you can help these children through this program. For more, you can contact us via email, make a call or visit our office. You can also be a part of encouragement by engaging and sharing your ideas in our project.

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Itinerary & Maps

Itinerary & Maps

Below is an existing itinerary; this is a standard itinerary of ours, but you can customize the itinerary to meet your specific needs. You can prepare the itinerary that is going to work best for you. Your itinerary should be based on your interest. You can make your itinerary unique by adding fun to it. Travel Max Guide gives the topmost value to your customized itinerary because it has experienced trekking guides to make your itinerary better as well as make it easier for you to travel and have a good time in Nepal.

Welcome to the Land of Himalayas, a birthplace of Lord Buddha; known as “The Light of Asia” and also the City Of Temples- Kathmandu Valley. To receive you, our staff will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can notice him, holding company signboard. After that, will transfer you to the hotel. If you have some spare time, you can walk to the street of Thamel. A company representative will meet you and explain to you about your trip in detail.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

The sightseeing that you are going to do, today, comprises of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and they can be categorized as Stupas, Temples, and Palaces. The sightseeing can be personalized, according to your interest, and all the effective route planning for the sightseeing will be done by the city guide of TMG.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

From the hotel where you are staying, nothing is near the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It was a ceremonial site; it was a palace where the would-be kings used to be coronated in the past, now it is a palace cum museum, and to be there is to experience how the royals spend their life. Stand among the monuments, temples, and statues that back to the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Be well prepared in advance because this stupa is located at quite an altitude and is more than 2,000 years old. This is the most important of all the Buddhist Stupas in Nepal and has a fascinating face of Lord Buddha on every side, and its base has the stonework of 5 Dhyani Buddhas – Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi, and Aksobhya, and each of these represents the wisdom of Lord Buddha. People flock to this stupa to see the birds-eye view of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath 

Pashupatinath is as old as the hills, but the Hindu Committees of Nepal, looks after it, such as renovation and maintenance, and there are new adds on in and around the temple. Pashupatinath is the most important temple of Lord Shiva and located not far away from the heart of Kathmandu. Only Hindus are permitted to enter from the main gate to Pashupatinath Temple. As a visitor, you will enjoy the rich combination of architecture from a distance. If you are lucky, then you might see the Hindu Cremation taking place.

Bouddhanath 

Bouddhanath is also a stupa. It is one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It has a white doom just like Swayambhunath, whatever the myth is, it contains the bones of Kasyapa Buddha (Buddha incarnation), while others say it contains the bone of Lord Buddha. Around the base of the stupa are 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha. Go anytime to enjoy these images.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

Nepalgunj is hot because the temperature shoots up to 40 degrees Celsius. It is a developed city because it shares its border with India. Lying in south-western Nepal, in the Terai Region, it is 8 km away from India. Some of its parts resemble northern India in terms of culture and traditions. Nepalgunj is also the gateway to enter Bardia National Park. It is also famous for the Bageshowri temple. There, you will also see horse carts. In the evening, you can visit Nepalgunj in a rickshaw. Since Nepalgunj is hot; it is home to mosquitoes. so you must have mosquito liquids.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Flight & Private Vehicle

This flight is a mountain flight because what you see is the view of snow-covered mountains. You do a morning flight. Landing at Juphal Airport is a new experience because you can experience such only in some parts of the world in which the runaway is made of gravel stones. From there, the trekking trail leads you to the Thulo Bheri River. On the way to this river, you walk through the fields of wheat and vegetables and later above this river. On the way, you will follow the Phoksundo River.

The trekking trail takes you to a suspension bridge and passes by the hospital. It goes up to the less vegetation area before it enters the Thulo Bheri valley and the Phoksundo river valley. On the way, you see the view of Kagmara Peak (5978m), pass through walnut groves, and then walk through Rahagaun villages. From there, you walk down a dense forest to reach Ankhe. Ankhe is the entry point of Phoksundo National Park. On the way, you will pass through Parela, Rahagaon, and Ankhe villages as well as cross the Thuri Bheri and the Suli Gad. Finally, we reach Chhepka. Overnight we stay at camp.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

The trekking trail is difficult because it is narrow and steep. It makes you cross the river and takes you to the cliffs. As you head to these places, you will see the panoramic view of the mountains which makes you stop and rest. These places are difficult as well as they are viewpoints. The trekking trail ascends and descends to the river. The trekking that goes uphill is steep. Tonight, you will camp at Chunuwar near Amchi Hospital.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

The first part of the trek is easy. But the remaining that is from Sumdo is steep and difficult. This also includes a climb up to a ridge and a stunning view of the highest waterfall in Nepal. Later, it takes you to the birch forest, the Phoksundo Khola, and Chortens and mani walls. You will head to the pass, and from there, you will see the first view of Phoksundo Lake. You will trek by the Phoksundo River most of the time and reach a village, Ringmo. The lake lies near this village; it is just a few minutes’ walk.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    3 hours

We are going to stay the same location doing acclimatize, explore Ringmo Village/Phoksundo Lake and visit Bon Gompa. Spend some time with nature, admiring the beauty of the lake and the local culture of Lower Dolpo.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    3-4 hours

The trekking trail goes up in the western direction, towards the rocky area, along with the bank of the lake. Then, it reaches the meadow and the floodplain. Further, it takes you to the valley and makes you cross the river. This river is the Phoksundo Khola. The trekking trail is steep and takes you to the remote area of rock, crevices and flood plain. Today also, you will camp by the river. Near the river is a forest. You are in the valley. this you feel it on its bottom.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6 hours

For the first hour, you walk on a leveled trail. During that walk, you cross a glacial valley. The remaining trail consists of the confluence of the rivers, here the confluence of the river is the Phoksundo Khola and a stream, and steep meadow, and valley. Trekking also involves crossing the bridge and walking steep uphill. From this step, you will see Kang-La pass. It also consists of Peter Matthiessen christened ‘Snowfields Camp’. It also showcases Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m).

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

In the morning, you follow an ascending trail. This trail is steep. This trail is also difficult. As it takes you to the top of the Pass, you will see the full view of the valley and the river. Also, you will see the excellent view of deserted valleys, Crystal Mountain and U-shaped canyon towards Shey-Gompa. After seeing this, you descend through meadows and cross the river several times. You then descend from the pass, cross the same river several times and walk through meadows where yaks and sheep graze. As you walk through small huts, a red Buddhist shrine welcomes you to Shey Gompa.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

Today is an acclimatization day, and what you do today is a hike to Shey village. This village is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. This culture also reflects the combination of animism and the teachings of Buddha. Walk around the area and explore Shey Gompa. Shey Gompa is the most famous monastery in the Upper Dolpo. Hundreds of Buddhist devotees visit Shey Gompa every year. To the east of Shey Gompa is Crystal Mountain. Villagers walk around this mountain before harvesting their crops.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    4 hours

The trekking trail descends and takes you to the forest of junipers. It also takes you to the canyon. It also changes its form by becoming zigzag. As it takes you to the top of Sela-La (Shey Bhanjyang), you will see the beautiful view of Namgung, a village, and the Namgung monastery. From the pass, the trekking trail descends to Namgung Gaun. This village has a monastery, and this monastery is on the top of a hill.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

You follow up trekking trail and walk along with the mountains. The trekking trail is difficult. You have to walk on this because there is no option. While walking, you will see Saldang Village as well as a high plateau. You will also see the Namgung Khola, a river. The village is located on the top of a hill, above the Namgung River. Saldang Village is the largest village of the Upper Dolpo. Surrounded by terraced fields, Saldang is agriculturally prosperous.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    3-4 hours

Today, you trek through the terraced fields, Stupas, Chortens, Mani walls and by the Rapa Gumba. On the way, you come across Sugugaon, a village, high slopes, and the Namgung Khola, a river. You also come across the Dechen Laprang Gumba and see another monastery on the top of the cliff. From Saldang, the trekking trail takes monasteries, rivers, and local villages. You then will trek to Chagaon.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    4 hours

You walk along the river and find it easy. Later, you cross this river, then you head to the valley and follow the steep trekking trail. On the way, there is a meadow where you see the yaks grazing. The name of the river is the Nagon Khola. On the way, you will also see caravans of yaks. After a few hours of walk, you arrive at a junction of two small streams. You then begin upward climb to the base of Jeng La pass (Jyanta-La Base Camp).

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    7 hours

You walk along with the Nagon Khola and meet the caravans. These caravans are heading to the Tibetan Nepal border. The direction they are heading in the North of Nepal. Looking at them, you turn east and then head to the confluence of the rivers and reach the base of Jeng La pass. From the top of Jeng La Pass, you can see the picturesque view of the Dhaulagiri massif. After that, you descend towards the Tarap valley. As you reach a stream, you will follow the stream to Tokyu village.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    7 hours

You walk downhill in the valley, seeing the lush vegetation on both sides of the river. What you see here is completely different from the one that you see in the inner Dolpa. There, you also see a marshy area which is said to be the common feature of the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. The trekking trail is easy and passes through the broad fertile valley and by several chortens.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    2-3 hours

You follow the course of the Tarap Khola, reach narrow gorges, and then see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, and goats in the lower area. You will also reach the first steel suspension bridge which has been built to facilitate the movement of people and animals. The trekking trail is narrow in some parts.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

You head to the gorge of the Tarap Khola, a river. The gorge sometimes gets so narrow that you can cross the river with a jump. Sometimes, you walk along with the river; sometimes high above the river. Sometimes the trail that you walk becomes narrow, and sometimes it becomes steep. Sometimes these natural trails have been turned into man-made.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

First, you reach a village, Lalberi. From there, the trail takes you to a lush forest, gorge, and river. As it takes you to Tarakot, you will be in the landscape at the junction of the Barbung Khola and the Tarap Chu. Both are rivers. Tarakot is a small town that once used to be a fortress. It used to be the capital of Tichorung Kingdom and was a popular trading point. We will trek to Lingdo and camp over there.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    6 hours

You walk along the Bheri River, cross the bridge and reach the Lawan village. You keep on following the trail that goes by the Bheri River. This trail later ascends to the Byas Gadi. From there, the trailheads to the west and becomes easy. It then takes you to the Lochakhola Gaon and Dunai.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    5 hours

From Dunai, you trek along with the Bheri River enjoying a beautiful landscape. On the way, you pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as by the temple. You continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village and reach a small airstrip.

  • Accomodation

    Camping

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Walking Hours

    3-4 hours

Take the earliest flight to Nepalgunj, and from there, fly to Kathmandu. You will be taken to the hotel where you had stayed on the arrival day. The flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj is a mountain flight because what you see is the view of snow-covered mountains. It will be an experience.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

It’s up to you how would you like to spend your day? You can take a rest in a hotel, or you can buy some gifts for your friends and relatives. Thamel has a lot of tourist shops that sell Nepali hand-made goods. Your guide knows which not only sells these but also which gives a discount. Take advantage. In the evening, we will join for farewell dinner in a Nepali typical restaurant with a cultural show.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    MAP

Before 3 hours, we pick you up from the hotel and take you to the international airport.

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

Cost and Dates

Cost & Dates

The price below is per person. If you have more than 8 people, then please feel free to ask for a discount. Those who love to do a single trip or a special trip with family, friends, and yourself, you can fill up the private journey or a tailor-made journey. According to your requirements, we will send you the price. TMG is happy to serve you very much.

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What's Included

What's Included

Cost Includes

  • Twin sharing accommodation with Breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Guesthouse/ Mountain Teahouse/ Homestay and Camping accommodation during the time of trekking

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle.

  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal- Nepalgunj-Kathmandu including departures taxes

  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea/coffee during the time of trekking
  • As indicated in the itinerary

  • Nepal Government certified English speaking local trekking guide and porter
  • Porter service (One porter for 2 trekkers)

  • Restricted Area Trekking Permits
  • Shey-Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permit card for trekking
  • Official paper documents and government taxes

  • Insurance of Guides and Porters, including their meals, salary, lodging, and transportation.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner in a restaurant with a cultural show.
  • Trekking accomplishment certificate.
  • Water purification tablet
  • All government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight tickets

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses like water, laundry, phone and bar bills
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from your trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. Expenses due to unavoidable events, like flight cancellation, strikes, and others
  • Tips to your guide, porter, and driver
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “cost include” section

Additional Info

Additional Info

When you confirm your trip with us, we, Travel Max Guide need some information about you because we have to do this, according to the rules and regulations, and we send this information to the tourism board because you are traveling in Nepal, and the same goes if you are traveling to Tibet and Bhutan through our agents. The information that you provide us will not be leaked, and it will be confidential because we know you also love to keep the matter within yourself as far as possible. Your privacy is our privacy. Please do provide us the following information so that we can build a good relationship with you not only for the present but also in the future.

  • We need the type of document that confirms your identity.
  • We need your name, address, mobile no, postal code, and email address.
  • Scan and send a copy of your passport.
If you have any questions on the above-mentioned, then please do send it to us because we want to have the information for your sake, for our sake, and the sake of your family.

TMG Adventure is not just a tour operator in Nepal but also a contributor for a good cause to our communities and the Himalayas people especially working on behalf of children where are abundant from education. Company work through FAN (First Act Nepal) It's a team that works purely for our children. Support for their well being through education providing child sponsorship programs. Assisting them in school uniforms, stationery, and school fees. TMG Adventure donates a certain amount of its income to FAN annually, and the amount that it donates varies from year to year because the income that it earns also varies from year to year. Sometimes the income of TMG Adventure is high, and sometimes, it is low. Accordingly, the donation is made. TMG Adventure also has a volunteering program, and if you are interested, then you can help these children through this program. For more, you can contact us via email, make a call or visit our office. You can also be a part of encouragement by engaging and sharing your ideas in our project.

Equipment

Equipment

We appreciate your preference for equipment, but please do check the following before flying to Nepal. You can hire the following equipment at a reasonable price, even if you arrive late in the evening, you can hire them in Thamel. The shops are opened till 10 p.m., and our guide will assist you.

1. Accessories

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Pole Stick
  • Water bottles (3 liters capacity)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Headlamp, spare batteries
  • Toiletries, and a small washcloth (bandana can serve as a washcloth)
  • Camera

2. Footwear

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Sandals

3. Headgear

  • Brimmed sunhat and bandana
  • Warm hat

4. Clothing

  • Rain shell, waterproof/breathable jacket
  • Warm top, such as a long-sleeved sweater
  • One or two cotton shirts
  • Long pants
  •  Fleece jacket
  • Rain pants, waterproof/breathable pant

Equipment

We appreciate your preference for equipment, but please do check the following before flying to Nepal. You can hire the following equipment at a reasonable price, even if you arrive late in the evening, you can hire them in Thamel. The shops are opened till 10 p.m., and our guide will assist you.

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Essential Info

Essential Info

Tourism is the main source of income for the guides, porters, and hotel owners in Nepal, so we believe that the Himalayas should be protected not only for this generation but also for the future generation. Every trek that TMG runs focuses on taking care of the ecological aspects and works with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).

Yes, it does, and the rescue is done through helicopter, and the cost of the rescue operation is likely to be from USD 2500 to 3000 USD per person. If there is a group rescue operation, then the cost is likely to be USD 500 per person.

  • Insect repellent.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Anti-diarrhoeal drug
  • Antibiotics
  • Paracetamol
  • Skin cream for blisters.
  • Diamox
  • Multi-vitamin 
  • Iodine
  • Cotton
  • Tape
  • Dettol

Yes, the trek runs. We do not charge any extra money for a solo trekker.

It is a sickness caused due to the lack of oxygen at a higher altitude in the mountainous region, and one of the ways to overcome it is to drink plenty of water. The other is descending to a lower altitude, and the medicine you can take to fight against it is Diamox (acetazolamide).

Most of the time, we have the first time trekkers, and they are doing good. So, you do not need to have any experience to do a trek, but we do recommend you jogging, swimming, and walking before coming to Nepal for it. Previous experience will be a plus point.

You must be 100% physically fit, that means, you should not have acute health problem nor chronic health problem.

In Nepal, many people still use cash; this does mean there is no ATM. You will find ATM in the main cities of Nepal, including Kathmandu and Pokhara. We would like to recommend you to exchange USD into Nepali currency before trekking.

Yes, you can at a small fee, especially when you acclimatize.

Tea houses might charge you from USD3 to USD 10 for Wi-Fi, and another option is to get a Nepal Telecom SIM card or Ncell SIM Card. You can also use your guide’s mobile for an international if you reimburse him.

C or D type outlet (adapter). Ask your guide, you can buy an adapter at a cheap price in Kathmandu.

Yes, you can charge, and you have to pay $1 to $4 an hour for charging.

If it is urgent, then you should find some privacy on the trail and pee.

We would like to recommend this diet rather than meat because in the mountainous regions there are no fridges to store meat.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria
  • Rabies

If you are seriously affected by altitude mountain sickness, then you will be flown to Kathmandu for treatment.

There is no such age limit because we have had families who trekked with us with their kids like 9 years old as well as senior people aged 70.

Nepal is the safest trekking destination in the world because you will be with a trekking guide and a porter. Lodges are safe, and our guide always gives paramount importance to your safety.

There will be other people in the group, but we do not tell you about their personal information, but of course, we can say the number of people in the group.

Only if you are doing a private tour (private trek), you can add extra days. If you are trekking in a group, then this is not possible. Because on a private tour, you have chosen your date, and you can trek in the way you have decided, we mean to say, there will be you or your family or friends, no outsiders.

No, because we have to pay for the hotel, transportation company, guide, government, and porter. For some trips, we have to book air tickets. We have to book all of these in advance. That is the reason, why we do not refund.

The trip price we have mentioned is inclusive and includes transportation, accommodation, meals during the trek, and government taxes, including guide service and porter. For personal expenses, the money you should bring is USD 500, and you have to exchange it into Nepali currency in Kathmandu before trekking.

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Client Reviews

Client Reviews

  • First step in the Everest Base Camp

    I was in Nepal for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Outstanding sceneries and good hospitality. On the way to the base camp, I got an opportunity to visit the Buddhist monastery as well as got some information about Buddhism. That was great. Our guide and porter were awesome. Very kind and helpful. Thank you, TMG.

    Henry United Kingdom
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Trekking with Travel Max Guide was an amazing experience. My selection of trip and the company were excellent and of the right decision. In each moment of my walk, I came across adventure and discovered something new. I remember my first step on the Everest Base Camp. The view was spectacular. Passing through the Sherpa communities and staying in Namche Bazaar is unforgettable. I miss the trip very much. Anyway, thank you so much for your service while I was in Nepal. See you next time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Angelo Barcelona
  • Everest Trekking in Nepal

    Originally from the United State of America from the city of Los Angeles where life is busy and rush. I made a trip with TMG. It’s a new experience than I excepted. I found Nepalese people really welcoming. They really love tourists. While trekking in the Everest region, I got time to spend with nature, gained plenty of ideas of culture and tradition from the Himalayas. The trip was totally mind-blowing. TMG has a good team spirit and is dedicated to serving guest and trekkers.

    Herald New York
  • Visit Nepal

    Hi! it’s me, Anna from Central London, I am a landscape photographer, love to take pictures of landscapes and portraits all around the world. My trip to Nepal was awesome with the TMG guys. TMG managed well during my trip. Plus point is TMG members are also photographers. I worked with the team for 5 weeks on video and photography projects. I highly recommend the TMG team if you want to know beautiful Nepal.

    Anna London
  • Everest Trek

    Last year in 2018, I was in Nepal for 14 days for the Everest Base Camp Trek. It was mind-blowing. I loved the trek and the time spend with TMG. The team is great, really caring and have great knowledge about the trip. Guys, keep ongoing.

    Sophia Hawaii
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The Ancient Story of Namo Buddha

A long time in the past, many immeasurable eons ago, our teacher the perfect Buddha was practicing on the path of learning. Below is the story of how he was overcome with compassion when he saw a tigress tormented by starvation and offered his body to her without a moment’s hesitation.

In the distant past, there lived in this world a king named Great Charioteer (Shingta Chenpo) who ruled over a small kingdom of some five thousand subjects. Due to the king’s accumulation of merit, all his subjects enjoyed happiness and well being; rains came at the right time while crops and livestock flourished. The king had three sons: the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chenpo), the middle Great Deity (Lha Chenpo), and the youngest Great Being (Semchen Chenpo). Powerful in the martial arts and radiating confidence, the two elder sons always helped the king in governing the kingdom. From his earliest years, the youngest son, Great Being, was very bright and endowed with spontaneous kindness and compassion. He gave freely and generously to others as if to his only child.

One day when the weather was fine, the king along with his queen, sons, and ministers left the town for a relaxing time in the country. The king and queen rode upon an elephant while the sons, ministers, and retinue were mounted on beautiful horses. After half a day’s ride, they arrived at a place of thickly wooded forests resonant with birdsong while nearby blossomed a tapestry of flowers in rich variety. The king was pleased with the scenery and ordered a large encampment to be prepared for everyone’s enjoyment. The servants immediately unpacked everything, set up tents, and laid out a hearth of stones for cooking. Soon the ground was covered with tents as clouds billowed in the sky above. The servants bustled about, preparing a variety of foods and offering tea and liquor to everyone. Then the young people began to sing, dance, and play, transforming the encampment into a celestial realm. The king, queen, and ministers watched the entertainment while enjoying an eighteen-course meal accompanied by wine and sake.

Then the three princes, in the full flush of their youth, picked up their bows and arrows and headed for the forest. As they walked along, they noticed a den in the dense woods. They crept up to it and saw inside a tigress sleeping beside her cubs. Great Sound and Great Deity laid arrows on their bows, making ready to kill the tigress, but Great Being stopped his brothers, saying that killing was completely wrong. When he looked into the cave again, Great Being noticed that the tigress was not able to move, for she had just given birth and she also feared that if she left to hunt for food, another animal might harm her cubs. Tormented by hunger, she lay on the ground unable even to lift her head. Great Being was moved to tears with compassion that arose from the depths of his heart. He asked his brothers, “What kind of food would save the tigress and her cubs?” They responded, “This kind of red Indian tiger eats the warm flesh and blood of a recent kill. So if you want to help her and the cubs, you must find flesh and blood that are fresh.”

Great Being thought for a moment: “It’s indeed true that to save the tigress and her cubs, warm flesh and blood are needed. But then I’d have to kill another living being, and that would mean killing one to save another. What else can I do?” He thought for a long while but did not find a solution. Then his brothers said, “We came out here to have a good time. It’s pointless to worry about this tigress and her cubs. It’s time to return to our parents.” And so they left.

As he followed his brothers back to the encampment, Great Being thought, “For a long time, I have been cycling in samsara, wasting countless lives, sometimes due to excessive desire, sometimes aversion, and sometimes ignorance. I have rarely met such an opportunity to accumulate merit. What real use is this body if not for the Dharma?” Finally, he decided, “This time I must be truly generous.”

Before he had gone very far with his brothers, he said to them, “Brothers, you two go on ahead. I have something to take care of and will catch up with you soon.”

He took the path to the tigress’s den quickening his pace. When he found the collapsed tigress, she was so exhausted

that she could not even open her mouth. Great Living Being reached out his hand to touch her face, but she was so weakened she could not even bare her fangs. So the prince sharpened a splinter from a nearby tree and cut his body to draw blood, which he allowed the tigress to lick. Not long after, she opened her jaws and stood up. With a roar, she pounced on the prince and devoured him.

The two brothers waited a long time, but the youngest prince did not come, so they set out to find him. Reflecting on what he had said earlier, they did not doubt that he had returned to the tigress’s den. When they arrived and looked inside, there was nothing left of their brother but blood, bones, nails, and bits of clothing. The tigress had consumed him. At this sight, Great Sound and Great Deity immediately lost consciousness; it was a long time before they recovered their senses. The two gathered up the pieces of their brother’s clothing and, sobbing with deep sadness, set out for their parents’ encampment.

During this time, the queen was taking a nap and in a dream saw three doves flying high in the sky. As they fluttered around, a hawk struck and carried off the smallest one. Waking in terror, the queen immediately related her dream to the king. He replied, “Hearing your story, I believe the three doves are our three sons. The youngest of them, carried off by the hawk, is my most beloved son. I’m sure that something dreadful has happened to him.” So saying, the king immediately sent out servants to look everywhere for his son.

Soon, the two princes arrived and the king asked, “Did something bad happen to my beloved son? Do you have any news?” Choked with sadness, the two were unable to speak or even breathe for a while. Finally, they sighed deeply and told their parents that the tigress had eaten Great Being. Upon hearing this terrible news, the queen fainted right away. The king too was overwhelmed with immense sadness and tormented by sorrow. After a long while and with profound sighs, the two princes, the king, and the queen rushed to the place where the youngest prince had died. When they arrived at the opening of the den, what met their eyes were the bones and rivulets of blood left behind by the tigress. The queen recoiled, overcome with sobbing, and did not recover for a long while.

Meanwhile, the prince had been reborn as Great Courage (Nyingtob Chenpo). He wondered, “What did I do to be reborn here in the celestial realm of Tushita?” Through his divine eye, he thoroughly examined the five realms. Great Courage saw that, gathered around the bone fragments he had left behind, were his parents and two brothers. They were sunk in lamentation and completely miserable. He thought, “My parents are experiencing such unhappiness, it could threaten their very lives. To lighten their spirits, I’ll go talk to them.” He descended from space to the lofty sky and spoke words of encouragement to comfort his parents: “I’m the prince Great Being. After giving my body in generosity to the starving tigress, I was reborn in the celestial realm of Tushita.” With tears in their eyes, the king and queen said, “Son, you who are like our very heart, offering your body to the tigress was certainly most praiseworthy. But whom can we tell of our suffering in missing you?”

Great Courage replied, “Please do not be unhappy. The end of birth is disintegration, and the end of the gathering is separation. No one can transcend this for it is the nature of things. It is the same for everyone. If you perform evil actions, you will fall into the hell realms; if you perform virtuous actions, you will be reborn in the higher realms. Therefore, diligently pursue virtue. Make aspiration prayers, and in the next life we will meet in a celestial realm.” After a few more words, he disappeared. The king and queen became a little happier and committed to pursuing virtuous activity. They created a small casket covered with seven kinds of jewels in which they laid the bones of their son and a stupa was built over the place in which it was buried.

The Region of Namo Buddha, Past and Present

The pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha is about forty kilometers from the Boudhanath Stupa. Located on slightly elevated land, it is a pleasant and out-of-the-way place. The landscape below resembles an eight-petaled lotus, and the sky above has the form of a wheel with nine spokes. In this wide panorama, some mountains glisten white like a conch shell or a crystal. On other mountains, the groves of trees seem to gleam with emerald and turquoise jewels. In the summertime, southern winds bring coolness; in wintertime, the warm, gentle sun is like the clear and radiant face of youth. The flowers bloom bright and multicolored. In the blue vault of the sky, clouds gently gather and turn all shades of red at daybreak; they are beautiful in wondrous hues that fill space with their canopies and banners. Like a heap of white silk scarves, mists drift slowly from place to place. From the clouds, the drums of thunder resonate; lightning flashes like a slim dancer’s quick movement; and fine showers fall in brightness. In sum, all the harmonious conditions needed to practice samadhi are present at this sacred site. Merely coming here inspires one’s faith; renunciation and weariness with samsara naturally arise. As it is said: “In the supreme place of a solitary mountain retreat, any activity is virtuous.” In brief, Namo Buddha is a place of pilgrimage highly esteemed by people from all over the world, East and West.

After Great Being offered his body in generosity to the tigress, people found it difficult to travel through the region for fear of all wild animals, so they developed the practice of reciting “Namo Buddhaya” (“I take refuge in the Buddha”) to dispel their anxiety. To this day, the local inhabitants call the area Namo Buddha. As time passed, villages gradually appeared, and cultivated fields extended from the houses. The ancient stupa has become a special place to accumulate merit through activities such as circumambulation and making offerings. People come from all corners of the world to visit the site and make the traditional offerings of butter lamps, a fresh coat of white paint for the stupa, and a pleated cloth that encircles the base of its spire and ripples in the wind. In the past, when there were no roads for cars, only a modest footpath led to the site, and it was very difficult to reach. Nowadays, cars of any size can make the trip without a problem. In olden times, on most nights when the moon was full, a tiger would appear near the stupa; the caretaker and many local people would see it. It is said that later when cars, electricity, and other modern technology arrived, the tiger was no longer seen. Most of the local people in this area are Buddhist, and even to this day, some can read Sanskrit.

About eight kilometers below the stupa in the town of Panauti are ruins said to be the palace of the king Great Charioteer. Even today, on the fifteenth day of the fourth Tibetan month, the people of the region have the custom of setting out a gilded bronze statue of the Buddha and gathering to perform ceremonies all day. At another interesting site about three kilometers below the stupa, a small temple is said to contain the remains of the Prince Great Being’s mother. Inside one can see an image of her carved into stone. Further, in the woods below the stupa, a little spring gives what is known as blessed water. About a fifteen-minute walk up from the stupa, one can visit the place where the prince offered his body in great generosity.

Today, two caves are venerated, one near the monastery and another on a hill nearby. Since so many centuries have passed, the exact place is difficult to locate. It is certain, however, that the cave is in this locale. Many great individuals have set foot in Namo Buddha. From India came scholars and meditation masters such as the noble and supreme Vasubandhu and the unequaled Jowo Je, the glorious Atisha. From the Kagyu tradition, the protectors of beings, great lamas have visited such as Situ Chökyi Jungne and his attendant the great scholar Bero Lotsawa Tsewang Kunkhyab as well as the XVIth Gyalwang Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje; the Drugchen Khyabgon Rinpoche; and the Drikung Khyabgon Rinpoche. From the early tradition of the Nyingma, important lamas have traveled here, such as Khyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Drubwang Pema Norbu, Chatral Rinpoche, and Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok. From the glorious Sakyapa tradition, great individuals belonging to the Sakya, Ngorpa, and Tsawa schools have come, as well as major scholars and meditation masters from the Riwo Geden (Gelugpa) tradition, such as Khewang Gendun Chöphel. In sum, numerous important figures from all the traditions have walked this land.

Visit Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is a beautiful place. There is no need to exaggerate this. The place is very quiet and pure. Its environment is very clean, with no pollution, and the natural air is so fresh, cool and healthy. It is also the right place for meditation and practice. In the morning when you wake up, you can see a beautiful sunrise. In the evening you can see a wonderful sunset. You can enjoy snow-covered Himalayan ranges which look so amazing and pure.

From the Buddhist point of view, Namo Buddha is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal. There are three major Buddhist pilgrimage sites: Boudha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Namo Buddha.

Itinerary

Today we are heading to Namobuddha from Kathmandu. Approx. on motorbike we need 2 and half hour. In a short time, you will get an opportunity to see the various places of Nepal. A old city known as Panauti and the beautiful villages. A legendary place which is known as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, as he was born as a king in his previous life. Explore the hidden myths and place where still stand peace and the followers of Buddha.

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

  • Meals provided

    B

Cost Includes

  • A motorbike
  • Guide
  • Entry fee

Cost Excludes

Samaybaji: Newari Food

Samaybaji: Newari Food

US$ 60per person
Duration: 1 Day

One of the best aspects of traveling to a new place is that you get to taste local cuisines which you have never tasted before. Sometimes, the cuisine you taste during your travel deeply touches your heart that you never forget its taste.

If you are traveling in Nepal, you surely will get to taste varieties of local ethnic cuisines. Hence, Nepal is not less than heaven for foodies. Nepal is a small country but it is the home of many ethnic groups. Each ethnic group has their lifestyle, language, culture, and cuisines.

Newar is one of the ethnic groups of Nepal who are the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley. Newars are renowned for their rich culture. Every year they celebrate several festivals and organize different feasts. One of the traditional and regular food items in Newari festivals is Samaybaji. It is taken as a starter dish in almost all festivals, family get-together and religious activities of Newars. Newars offer Samaybaji to the god before they eat. So, it is considered as auspicious blessed food (Prashad).

It is a dish that has multiple Newari food recipes together. Each item of Samaybaji has its importance to enhance the richness of this delicious cuisine. Mainly, this famous Newari food consists of the following items:

Itinerary

This is the extension trip which is categories as Nepali food tasting. Schedule will be fixed in your conveniences time. Approximately we need maximum 4 hours to do it.

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

Cost Includes

  • A private vehicle from your hotel to sport and back

  • A proper newari set

  • A guide will be with you.

Cost Excludes

Mountain Flight

Mountain Flight

US$ 250per person
Duration: 1 Day

A mountain flight is beyond one’s imagination because you’ve never seen anything like it before. Only a bird gets to see this glorious view and you’re up close within minutes of being airborne. Enjoy a close look at some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest and go home with incredible pictures because everyone gets a window seat!
Taking a mountain flight is the easiest thing to do. Buy a ticket and you’re taken on an hour-long flight that flies higher than some of the Himalayan peaks, looking down on glaciers and high altitude lakes. Nepal has eight of the highest mountains in the world and the only way to see them all is by flying past them. Even mountaineers don’t get to see them up close all in a day. The hostess identifies the individual peaks and the pilot invites each passenger to the cockpit to take pictures of Everest from their large windscreen.

In the west is seen the mighty peaks of the Dhaulagiri massif and the Annapurna range while far in the east lies Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. The horizon seems like an endless jagged row of high snowy peaks stretching far into the distance. The rows and rows of mountain peaks are beyond one’s imagination and simply unbelievable.
Leaving Kathmandu domestic airport early in the morning before the clouds form, passengers take an hour’s flight around the Everest region with stunning views of all the major peaks. Maps are available on the mountain ranges so one can identify the various important peaks. The hostesses are there if you have questions. Should the weather not be suitable you will be either offered a refund or the option to fly again.

For visitors based in Pokhara, there are other options available such as taking a microlight flight towards the Annapurna Massif with spectacular views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre among them. A microlight is a two-seater small aircraft with a powered engine designed to carry no more than two people, the pilot, and the passenger.
For visitors who like to take a mountain flight to the extreme, there are options to charter helicopters and fly to the Everest range, taking a short tour around the Everest valleys before landing for breakfast and then returning to Kathmandu.

If you are someone with a higher adventure threshold, then you might also want to experience hang-gliding, paragliding, paramotor flying, sky diving or even participate in relevant training courses. Enjoy the spectacular views!

 

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Itinerary

According to the schedule you will depart to the airport for your mountain flight by private vehicle.

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

  • Types of room

    Twin Sharing

  • Meals provided

    B

Cost Includes

  • Mountain Flight tickets

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses like water, laundry, phone and bar bills
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from your trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. Expenses due to unavoidable events, like flight cancellation, strikes, and others
  • Tips to your guide, porter, and driver
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “cost include” section

Nagarkot Sunrise

Nagarkot Sunrise

US$ 200per person
Duration: 2 Day

Nagarkot is a place where people are looking nearby Kathmandu to see the sunrise and the nearby villages. Nagarkot is located about 25 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal at the elevation of 6,800 feet above the sea level. You can see the spectacular views of the Himalayan range. If the weather is clear, you can get an opportunity to see Mount Everest. In the meantime, you will pass through the terrace farming and the local villages. It might be a pleasant day for you. Approximately, in 1 hour of car driving, will reach Nagarkot.

Itinerary

Approximately, after 1 hour of driving, we will reach to Nagarkot. You can get fresh, after that, your guide will take you to the short hike in Nagarkot. At the time of hiking, you will get the beautiful scenario of the villages and the terrace farming.

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

  • Types of room

    Private Room

  • Meals provided

    B

At early morning, your guide will take you to the view tower of Nargarkot from where you can see the sunrise clearly.

  • Accomodation

    Hotel

  • Types of room

    Twin Sharing

  • Meals provided

    B

Cost Includes

  • Three star hotel in Nagarkot with BB plan

  • Ground transportation with private vehicle

  • English speaking tourist guide

Cost Excludes

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