Western Nepal Treks

Posted by Tim on Monday, August 30, 2010

Treks in Western Nepal

Western Nepal is the most remote and unspoiled region in the country. It is as if time has stood still and the inhabitants continue to live as they have for centuries. The jewel of Western Nepal is the Phoksumdo National Park. It is covered by virgin forests and is one of the world’s best habitats for the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, ghoral, musk deer, and other rare wildlife. The Jumla Valley is noted for its remoteness and prime herb hunting areas. Rara Lake is known as the Queen of Lakes, and is the biggest lake in Nepal. The Dolpo region has been open to tourists only since 1991, and is considered to be one of the world’s most remote treks.

Western Nepal was once the centre of a large empire that extended into Tibet and India and it now has a large population of both Hindus and Buddhists. It is remote and unknown from the Western viewpoint because of its relative inaccessibility and its distance from Kathmandu. Regular flights to Jumla, Simikot, Dolpo and other airstrips in the west reduce this remoteness somewhat, but add considerably to the cost of trekking.

Many of the trails in the west continue to the northern side of the Himalayan ranges of Nampa, Saipal and Kanjiroba, making it easier for trekkers to hike along river valleys and into Tibet.

Note
All flights to Western Nepal only operate once or twice a week, so before booking your international flight to Nepal await confirmation of your preferred arrival date.

 For further trek information Click on your preferred trek for a description plus all itinerary details.

Upper Dolpo Trek

20 days | Medium-Hard

The legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. Trek by the Phoksumdo Lake, a spectacular lake, 4.8 km long and 1.8 km wide which is known for its aquamarine colour and its brilliantly clear water. Read more

Lower Dolpo Trek

20 days | Medium-Hard

The legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. See the highest waterfall originating from Phoksumdo Lake, a spectacular lake, which is known for its aquamarine colour and its brilliantly clear water.Read more

Jumla Dunai Trek

14 days | Medium

Walking through Nepal’s ‘wild west’ with its strange mixture of ethnic groups. There are no high Himalayan peaks, but lots of good high-altitude scenery. Relatively unexplored by western tourists.Read more

Rara Lake Trek

17 days | Medium

Unsurpassed views of Rara lake and mountain scenery, chance of spotting wildlife such as musk deer and black bear. Relax by Nepal’s largest lake. Ruins of the Malla dynasty’s old palace. Read more

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and suppplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trailhead
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, matresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking