Climb Dolpo's Mukot Peak

Climb 6000m Mukot Peak in a remote part of Dolpo

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Trekking through the 'Tibetan' culture region of Dolpo
  • Experienced KE climbing leader and Sherpa guides
  • Superb views of Dhaulagiri and its northern ranges
  • The spectacular valleys of the Barbung and Mukot Kholas
  • The village of Mukot where few westerners have visited

Mukot Peak was climbed for the first time by a KE group in October 2015. The reports from the leaders and the expedition members were unanimous in their accolade for Mukot as a great climbing objective, set in one of the most spectacular and little visited part of Nepal. The itinerary has been refined since that first trip giving the optimum acclimatisation and time spent in this fascinating region of Dolpo. This is a rare opportunity to make an early ascent of a 6000 metre summit in the Nepal Himalaya. Led by our most experienced KE Climbing Leaders, this climbing and trekking holiday starts with a flight into the mountains to Jhupal where we begin a spectacular trek through the Tarap and Barbung Valleys, north of Dhaulagiri, to Mukot, one of the most remote villages in the region. After a programme of acclimatisation and skills training, our aim is to make an ascent of Mukot Peak (6087m), a challenging but technically straightforward climb to a spectacular viewpoint for nearby Dhaulagiri and its array of satellite peaks.

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LATEST NEWS

Following the success of the first group led by Ade Summers which placed 4 KE clients on the unclimbed summit  of Mukot Peak, we are thrilled to announce that the second group led by Tom Richardson, has made the second recorded ascent. Seven out of the eight team members reached the sunmmit on Friday  23rd October. The third Mukot Peak group, led by Val Pitkethley, is due to arrive at the base camp on 28th October and we wish them well with their attempt to make the third ascent.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the underfoot conditions during the trekking section of this trekking and climbing holiday are straightforward being mostly on established trails. Beyond Mukot Village, we expect to encounter sections of loose scree, rocky paths and glacial moraine. The climbing will be mostly technically straightforward on snow slopes of generally less than 45 degrees where one axe is sufficient and with some steeper sections on the upper part of the mountain. The group will need to traverse snow-covered glaciers as a roped party and we will encounter steeper snow or ice slopes where it will be necessary to use fixed lines to safeguard ascent and descent. Full instruction on the use of fixed lines and glacier crossing will be given during the trip and previous experience of these techniques is not a prerequisite. However, all participants should have previous experience of walking with crampons and should know how to self-arrest using an ice axe. Previous experience of trekking to altitudes of at least 5000 metres is highly recommended and clients should be physically fit and prepared for the rigours of climbing up to 6000 metres. This trek is to a remote area which is not part of standard trekking routes and a degree of flexibility towards the itinerary is essential. This holiday will appeal to experienced trekkers and mountaineers with a sense of adventure who enjoy getting off the beaten trail.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Fly on the first leg along the chain of the Himalaya to Nepalgunj.
  • Fly to Juphal (2502m), meet our trek crew and walk beside the Bheri River to Dunai (2128m).
  • Trek beside the Bheri and Barbung rivers to Tarakot (2560m).
  • Trek to Musi Khola (2895m).
  • Trek beside the Barbung Khola to Kakkot Gaon (3285m).
  • Trek beside the Barbung Khola to Cherang Gaon (3800m)
  • Trek to Terang Gaon (3550m)
  • Trek beside the Mukot river and a final climb to Mukot Village (4022m).
  • Trek up to the Yak grazing area of 'Neni Goth' (4530m).
  • Rest and acclimatization. Optional hike to Mong La area
  • Trek to Mukot Peak Base Camp (5180m)
  • Acclimatisation and skills practice
  • Second acclimatisation or contingency day
  • Climb Mukot Peak (6087m) and descend to base camp
  • Trek to Mukot Village (4022m).
  • Trek to Gharegoan Gaon (3800m)
  • Trek to Musi Khola (2895m)
  • Trek to to Tarakot (2560m)
  • Trek to Rupghat (2100m)
  • Trek to Juphal (2502m).
  • Fly via Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • Contingency day
  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.
2016
Sun 25 Sep - Tue 18 Oct Code MKP /01/16/ Adult$5,140 Status Available Book now
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  • Climb Dolpo's Mukot Peak
  • The departure reference for this tour is MKP /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 25 Sep and departs on Tue 18 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $260 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj (single room in Jomsom not available)
  • Single Tent $215
Sun 02 Oct - Tue 25 Oct Code MKP /02/16/ Adult$5,140 Status Available Book now
More information
  • Climb Dolpo's Mukot Peak
  • The departure reference for this tour is MKP /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 02 Oct and departs on Tue 25 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $260 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj (single room in Jomsom not available)
  • Single Tent $215
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • airport
  • peaks
  • trip direction
  • trek
  • internal flight

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    On arrival at Kathmandu International Airport you are met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with this transfer. The group will rendezvous in the early evening when we will have a briefing from the trek leader before taking dinner either in the hotel or in one of the city’s excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Fly on the first leg along the chain of the Himalaya to Nepalgunj.

    There are no direct flights to Jhuphal from Kathmandu and we must undertake this journey in two legs. The first leg will be to Nepalgunj in the far south-west of the country. On arrival, we transfer to the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Fly to Juphal (2502m), meet our trek crew and walk beside the Bheri River to Dunai (2128m).

    We have an early morning transfer back to the airport for the 45 minute flight to Jhuphal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Arriving in Jhuphal (2494m) we meet with our trek crew who have walked in with the camping gear and supplies taking approximately 5-6 days to get here. While the loads are being distributed we set off trekking, beginning with a mostly downhill leg as we descend for approximately 1 hour first through the village below the airstrip and then through terraced fields to the Bheri River. Following this river we pass through a narrow gorge and after a total of 2-3 hours trekking we reach the small township of Dunai (2128m), the administrative headquarters of the Dolpo region.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek beside the Bheri and Barbung rivers to Tarakot (2560m).

    Today's trek follows the Bheri and Barbung rivers and passes through a tremendous gorge clothed with pine trees. An ingenious and well engineered path takes us through the gorge at about 7 metres above the rushing river. Our destination today is Tarakot (2850m), an ancient fortress town surrounded by colourful terraced fields. The village occupies a strategic position on a hillock to the south of Bheri River commanding a view of all paths and at one time Gorkha soldiers supervised the collection of tolls from trading caravans. We will make our camp tonight by the river approximately 150m below the village, or we may climb a steep ridge for a further hour to another small village and gompa located on a spur above the Tarup Chu (chu = river).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 18km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Musi Khola (2895m).

    We now follow the Bharbung Khola upstream for about 3 - 3 1/2 hours we reach our lunch stop next the settlement of Laisicap, a small farming community perched on the side of the valley. This is the main river crossing for the Dolpo circuit. After lunch we turn off the main trekking route and continue to follow the Bharbung Khola on is southern bank before reaching our overnight camp in a pasture area (kharka) near the Musi Khola (khola = stream).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 16km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek beside the Barbung Khola to Kakkot Gaon (3285m).

    After crossing the side Masi Khola side river we continue our journey through Lower Dolpo, as we follow the Barbung Khola which flows down from the glaciers of Dhaualgiri and its satellite peaks including our objective, Mukot. Crossing back to the northern bank on a classic Nepali suspension bridge we continue our journey. The trekking today is undulating as we negotiate several river spurs. After an hour or so of trekking the narrow valley begins to open revealing views of the mountains of the Dhaulagiri Range. We pass through Kakot Village and carry on a little way beyond to the monastery where we make our camp at 3285 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek beside the Barbung Khola to Cherang Gaon (3800m)

    Our Dolpo traverse continues as we ascend the valley of the Barbung Khola, crossing again to the south side and at times right beside the river and then climbing high above it to negotiate spurs and side valleys. Just before lunch to cross over again the northern back on a classic wooden Dolpo bridge crossing a gorge section of the river, and in the latter part of the day we climb away from the river on its north. As we gain height we catch some fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri range. The climb continues all the way to our camp at Gharegoan Village (3941m). This is a small settlement with just a few potato fields and a few houses

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Terang Gaon (3550m)

    A short day today as we skirt around the large bend in the Bharbung Khola valley to reach the picturesque village of Terang Gaon. We will take lunch when we arrive at camp and a relaxing afternoon wandering around the old Dolpo village, with is tradition streets and fields, where life hasn’t changes in centuries.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek beside the Mukot river and a final climb to Mukot Village (4022m).

    Turning away from the Barbung Khola we now head south-east, following the Mukot Khola through a striking landscape with sensational views of the six Dhaulagiri peaks ranging from 7268 metres to 8167 metres, as well as Sita Chuchure (6611m) and Gurja Himal (7193m). This is a day of steady ascent and after 5/6 hours of trekking we reach Mukot Village (4022m), the last habitation in the valley. We set up camp in this most isolated of mountain villages.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to the Yak grazing area of 'Neni Goth' (4530m).

    We are now trekking up around 4000 metres and we have to carefully restrict the incremental increase in our sleeping altitude. Today we move camp above the village to a sparse ‘grazing’ area know as Neni Goth at around 4530 metres. We follow a faint trail over the rocky terrain and depending on snow melt, we may have to wade an icy stream or two. At a steady pace it will take us approximately 5 to 6 hours to walk the 4.5 km to our campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Rest and acclimatization. Optional hike to Mong La area

    As part of our careful programme of acclimatisation, we will spend an extra night at Neni Goth. Acclimatisation can be further assisted by taking a walk up valley towrds the Mong La. Alternatively we may wish to rest and relax or catch up with some camp chores.

  • Trek to Mukot Peak Base Camp (5180m)

    From Neni Goth we climb steeply up the hillside on faint herders trails and over the boulders of the moraine with sensational mountain scenery all around. We reach the foot the glacier coming down from the west side of Mukot Himal and the great North West face of Dhaulagiri. We set up our base camp (5180m) on a cleared section of the moraine and settle in to what will be 'home' for the next 3 nights.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 3km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation and skills practice

    We have a day at base camp acclimatising to our new altitude. The guides may use this day to fix the lines on the initial steep sections of the route. We will also use this day to do some skills practice, covering the basics of walking roped together on the glacier and how to ascend and descend fixed ropes safely.

  • Second acclimatisation or contingency day

    We have allowed a second day for further acclimatisation and rest prior to the climb of Mukot Peak. This day may also be used as a contingency against possible delays to a schedule up to this point.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Climb Mukot Peak (6087m) and descend to base camp

    We have an early morning wake up call and after a breakfast we set off from our base camp across the morraine. We now put on crampons and start up the slopes using fixed lines to safeguard our ascent over the steep lower slopes. Reaching the ridge, the angle eases and we enjoy fantastic views all around including of the magnificent Dhaulagiri as we follow a perfect snow ridge to Mukot summit (6087m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 10 - 12 hrs trekking / climbing

  • Trek to Mukot Village (4022m).

    From our base camp we head downhill, retracing our steps to Mukot Village where we renew aquaintances made several days ago. We will certainly have a celebration here.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Gharegoan Gaon (3800m)

    We descend thew Mukot Khola to its junction with the main valley of the Barbung Khola. Here we turn west following the river through Terang Gaon (3550m) to our camp at Gharegoan Gaon (3800m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Musi Khola (2895m)

    We continue our descent of the valley of the Bharbul Khola. Our overnight stop tonight will be close to the junction with the Musi Khola at 2895m.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs

  • Trek to to Tarakot (2560m)

    We continue to follow the Barbung Khola passing through fields of millet, barley, buckwheat, chilies and marijuana. At the confluence of the Barbung and Tarap rivers we turn southwest and continue along the river, now known as the Thuli Bheri. The sides of the gorge rise steeply above us as we approach our campsite below the fortress town of Tarakot.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Rupghat (2100m)

    A relatively easy day of trekking, mostly downhill beside the Thuli Bheri on a good trail which also provides some exciting walking on cliffside paths cut into the rock 20 feet or more above the river. We pass through the town of Dunai and make camp at Rupghat (2100m) where the Rolaghat Khola meets the Thuli Bheri.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Juphal (2502m).

    A shorter day today but one with a sting in the tail as we make the steady climb of 400 metres to reach the airstrip at Juphal (2502m). This will be our last night with our trek ctrew and we will no doubt have a party to say our thanyous and goodbyes.

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Fly via Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

    This morning we enjoy another spectacular mountain flight as we leave Dolpo and fly down to the hot and dusty plains of the Terrai. Landing in Nepalgunj, we connect with an onward flight to Kathmandu where we transfer to the group hotel. After checking in and hitting the shower there will be some free time for perusing the bazaar or relaxing beside the pool before we head out to celebrate in one of Thamel’s famous restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Contingency day

    This is an important contingency day in case of delays to the flight from Juphal. If we have flown on schedule, there is the opportunity to take a complimentary half day guided sighteeing tour of some of the city's most important sights. Overnight at the group hotel.

  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A KE climbing leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Expedition Peak permit ($300 per person)
  • Park fees and trekking permits
  • Full trekking service including food and equipment (except personal equipment)
  • Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international, prepared from ingredients mostly locally sourced and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Kathmandu we take our meals at the hotel or in one of the city’s excellent restaurants.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 21.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
The group will spend a total of 2 nights in Kathmandu in a centrally-located tourist-class hotel and 1 night in a tourist standard hotel in Nepalgunj. Whilst on trek there is a total of 16 nights camping and 1 night in a basic trekkers lodge in Jomsom. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost (does not include high camps). Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 2 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Nepalgunj, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Single rooms are not available for the overnight stay in a lodge in Jomsom. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

A typical trekking day in Nepal begins shortly after first light when one of the cook crew will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will then be brought a bowl of hot water to freshen up before packing your kitbag and going over to the dining tent for a hot breakfast. During breakfast the camp will be struck and the porters given their loads. We will generally reach our lunch stop after 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch usually takes an hour or two and this is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at camp, the Sherpas will quickly put the tents up and a hot drink will soon follow. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising.

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2015. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air and and Simrik Airlines. In addition to this both Tara Air and Yeti Airlines have fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) - a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft www.iata.org/whatwedo/safety/audit/issa/Pages/index.aspx. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your holiday internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. For trips that end with an internal flight out of the mountains with no alternative road access, we have included 2 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up from or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

This expedition to Mukot Peak group will be led by one of our most experienced climbing leaders. During the trek, they will be assisted by a local guide and Sherpas and during the climb, by 2 or more climbing specialist Sherpas. The group will also be supported by a full trek crew including a cook, kitchen and camp staff, and a team of porters and/or baggage animals and their handlers to carry group and personal equipment. The first departure will be led by Ade Summers, the second by Tom Richardson and the third by Val Pitkethly.

Approximately £250 - £300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately £100 for tips to your local staff. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. It is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on some of the days at the beginning and end of the trek. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £100 (in rupee equivalent) to these tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trek leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or by baggage animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. On trek, your mountaineering equipment including double-boots, will be carried separately in communal equipment bags. For all STOL flights in Nepal, the normal allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined is 15kg. We do recognise that it is difficult on a climbing holiday to keep your total baggage below 15kg and we have arranged a special allowance for these trips of 15kg hold baggage and 5kg cabin baggage. You may also wish to consider wearing your heavy mountaineering boots and any heavier clothing on these flights. Please be aware that you will have to pay any charges for excess personal baggage above this allowance at check-in, and that excess baggage may have to be flown separately. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending several nights above 5000 metres climbing above 6000 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please make sure you have read the section on baggage allowance in the trip notes. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items

  • Hiking boots

  • Mountaineering boots - see ‘Mountaineering Equipment’

  • Gaiters

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • T-shirts or similar

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket with hood

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves or mittens

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Daypack minimum 40 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

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

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

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

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -15°C)*

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small Towel

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Mountaineering Equipment:

  • Mountaineering double boots - see below

  • Ice axe *

  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*

  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*

  • Karabiners (4 x screwgate)*

  • A belay/abseiling device such as ATC or stitch plate (not a figure of 8)*

  • Climbing helmet*

  • Sling (120cm)*

  • Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)*

You may also want to bring:

  • Travel clothes

  • Trainers or similar for camp use

  • Trekking poles

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Pee bottle

  • Spare laces

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)

Notes

The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

Equipment hire: Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. All equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items (note that on trek your mountaineering equipment and double-boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags).

Mountaineering boots required for this trip: Climbing at altitudes of up to 6500 metres, the temperatures can be very cold (as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade). Standard leather mountaineering boots are really not suitable for these cold, high altitude conditions. Plastic boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT) and also the new generation of synthetic double boots (eg. La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude in these extremely low temperatures. Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently. This combination of plastic or double synthetic boots and step-in crampons is by far the most sensible option when considering a trekking peak climb. You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store. View >>http://www.needlesports.com/

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is a demanding trek and climb and you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day on a variety of terrain. The best preparation for this trip is regular hiking in mountain or hill country. If this is not possible, we suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime and gradually increase your work rate as you get nearer to departure. Jogging, squash and swimming are all good for developing better stamina. Whatever your preparation, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. For this trip it is also essential that you have previous experience of walking on moderately angled snow slopes wearing crampons, and are comfortable with a degree of exposure while secured on fixed lines. No previous technical mountaineering experience is required and clients will be instructed in the basic techniques of glacier walking and use of fixed ropes prior to the ascent. If you do not have previous experience of walking with crampons we suggest you attend a Snow Skills course prior to booking on the trip.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking and climbing in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At this time you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 20 to 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 10 to 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately minus 5 to +3ºC at 5000m. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day even high on the peaks may be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200 metres and at our highest camps night time temperatures may drop as low as –15ºC. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

  • Nepal Guide: Lonely Planet

  • Rough Guide to Nepal: Rough guides

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti.

  • Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal. Prakash Raj.

  • Nepal phrasebook. Lonely Planet

Dhaulagiri Circuit. 1:87,500. Nepa maps

The map covers Thapa Pass, Hidden Valley, French Pass, Dhaulagiri Base Camp, and West Dhaulagiri Glacier. This is one of Nepas earlier maps and consequently the topographic base is not as detailed as it is for example, for the Everest trail. Also the contour interval is a less helpful 500 metres. However, the trail information is good and the map is still quite useful.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.



Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Chitwan

From $1000 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Nagarkot and Bhaktaphur Tour

From $135 per person

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Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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