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Upper Dolpo Trekking - 26 Days

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Upper Dolpo Trekking
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The highlight of the Upper Dolpo Trekking-
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung flight to Jhupal with Ariel view of Himalayas.
  • Visit Shey Phosundo lake and explore the Buddhist monasteries. Numla pass 5190 m visit forbidden kingdom.
  • Massif view of mountains beautiful flora and fauna of Phoksunda national park.
  • Here you can observe spectacular views of many stunning mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba. You can also explore the amazing wild animals.
Trip Summarize –
Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the least developed restricted region of Nepal provides you amazing moments of your life. This trek provides you with a great chance to observe the local unique culture of this region and the Buddhists monasteries as the region is sacred to modernization. The main attractions of Upper Dolpo
Trekking are Phoksundo Lake fascinating people and Tibetan Buddhist culture & lifestyle. The trek is for those who have previous trekking experience and is seeking for yet another heart throbbing adventure.
 
 
One of the least developed and most remote areas in Nepal, the Upper region trek is itself different than any other trekking. People here are only a few hundred and among the world’s highest dwellers, living well above 4300m villages. Unique culture and tradition are intact for decades mostly because of the geographical location. This site is inhibited by snow leopards and blue sheep and mysterious and old monasteries with the rich history.  If you want to shorter trail you can do Lower Dolpo trek. First trek in this region was organized in 1990 by the first British tour operator through the route of lower Dolpa. Since then trekking is allowed here but special permission should be taken from the government as the area is protected. The trek is for those who have previous trekking experience and is seeking for yet another heart throbbing adventure. Explore the most unseen remote place Upper Dolpo trek is restricted area trek and also known as the forbidden kingdom. You can also sight seen in Kathmandu and explore ancient temples and monasteries. Sunrise Adventure trek will make your trip awesome.
 
However, the Upper Dolpo trekking route passes numerous gigantic mountain ranges of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba to name a few. Within the trek route, we reach Ringmo, another highlight of Trekking. Two nights stay to enjoy the beauty of the deep blue waters of the Shey Phoksundo Lake and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjirova Himalayan range. Now it’s time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and Monastery around here. Following the journey, we continue toward the amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gompa. Now, through the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route. Finally we go back to Juphal for the flight back to Nepalgunj. This an alternative route and giving you more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya.


Outlined Itinerary:

Day1: Arrival to Tribhuan International Airport (TIA)

Day2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley – B

Day3: Flight to Nepalgunj (south-western Nepal) – B.L.D

Day4: Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m) – B.L.D

Day5: Ghotichour to Napakhola (3,000 m) – B.L.D

Day6: Napakhola to Chaurikot (3,000 m) – B.L.D

Day7: Chaurikot to Bheri River side – B.L.D

Day8: Bheri River Side to Gharpung Khola – B.L.D

Day9: Gharpung Khola to Kagmara (3500m) – B.L.D

Day10: Kagmara to Kagmara base camp (4000m) – B.L.D

Day11: Cross Kagmara La (5165m) – B.L.D

Day12: Pungmo Khola to Pungmo Gaon (3,050 m) – B.L.D

Day13: Pungmo Gaon to She Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m) – B.L.D

Day14: Phoksundo Lake – B.L.D

Day15: Phoksundo Lake to Bagala base camp – B.L.D

Day16: Cross Bagala Pass (5090m) – B.L.D

Day17: Numla Pass Base Camp – B.L.D

Day18: Chering Gompa to Do Tarap – B.L.D

Day19: Rest day – B.L.D

Day20: Do Tarap to Lahini 3560m – B.L.D

Day21: Lahini to Tarakot (2,700 m) – B.L.D

Day22: Tarakot – Dunai (2,100 m) – B.L.D

Day23: Dunai – Jhupal – B.L.D

Day24: Jhupal- Nepalgunj Kathmandu – B.L.D

Day25: Rest day in Kathmandu – D

Day26: Transfer to airport for final departure or Join Next Program – B

(Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)


Day 1
Arrival to Tribhuan International Airport (TIA)

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft - Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Then, at evening we will give you shortly details of the trip program. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

After breakfast visit World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley which includes Swayambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple and arrangements for trek after trekking. Stupas and temples were made in ancient time and bear the great historical plus cultural values. Pashupatinath temple is mostly famous between Hindu pilgrimages. Along with religious impressions, it offers beautiful statues and structures built in ancient Nepalese architect style.

Day 3
Flight to Nepalgunj (south-western Nepal )

We take a scenic flight to Nepalgunj which takes an hour. As Nepalgunj is situated in western region, we can get a chance to observe the stunning mountainous views and the terai town during the flight and our overnight is also there. So, we can also closely explore the local cultures of Terai people.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m)

This morning we fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Jumla is the head quarter of Karnali zone. Thus, we see the governmental and non-governmental organization. Jumla is also known as the origin place of Nepalese language. Leaving the airport at Jumla, we cross the Tila Khola and the Chaudabise Khola near their confluence and climb gradually to a fertile valley of rice terraces. During the trek we pass by the Garjyakot and Depal villages where we observe the living style of Chetri people and traditions follow by them.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Ghotichour to Napakhola (3,000 m)

We have an early breakfast and start our trek by following the Tila Khola. Passing by Tila Khola we walk through fields of corn, potato, buckwheat and barley. Along with this we pass through the Tibetans Maniwals on the way. Here we have lunch and take rest for few minutes then, we continue the trek along the river to Napakhola. Napakhola is a small Buddhist settlement where we get to observe the Buddhism cultures and values.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 6
Napakhona to Chaurikot (3,000 m)

Today, the trail is more steeply and we climb through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. After this, we trek through birch and sliver fire forest to reach Chaurikot. Reaching at Chaurikot offers the scenic views of Patrasi and Jagadu Himal visible to the north.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 7
Chaurikot to Bheri River side

After having breakfast we pass village of Balasa inhabited by blacksmiths and tailors. Walking through the beautiful forests of walnut trees we get to observe the spectacular views of Kagmara Peak. Trail drops us to a stream before climbing the rocky trail in which we pass by the apple orchards of jyakot.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 8
Bheri River Side to Gharpung Khola

Today we climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes, where you can see the greenery of enchanting dense forests. After this we pass by Hurikot and along with walking for some hours we arrive at the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 9
Gharpung Khola to Kagmara [3500m

We take our breakfast and continue to follow the trail upward of river stream. We ascend slowly towards the Kagmara La. Trek to Kagmara is short and easy as well. During the trail we get to observe the surrounding of green forests with rhododendron flowers.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 10
Kagmara to Kagmara base camp (4000m)

Walking continuously the trail becomes steeper today and comes to a rocky area. Slightly, the trail climbs to a moraine below the Kagmara La, and we make our camp among the boulders here. Reaching at Kagmara La offers the excellent views of mountains surrounded by, and the magnificent forests surrounding trials below.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 11
Cross Kagmara La (5165m)

Today, the climbs become very strenuous now until a pass, this is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. We walk down through the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley. Overnight camp at Pungmo Khola in the grassy spot

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 12
Pungmo Khola to Pungmo Gaon (3,050 m)

The trail now enters birch and juniper forests. Good view of Kanjirowa peak on the way and can see a Good settlement of Tibeatan villages with Yak herders. The area is covered in Junper Birch and Apple trees.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 13
Pungmo Gaon to She Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m)

After breakfast we continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake. Working through a forest of Cedar on the way we will encounter a biggest waterfall of Nepal.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 14
Phoksundo Lake

Today we rest at Phoksundo Lake to admire the beauty of this great lake. We have our breakfast and enjoy the majestic views of snowy peaks. We can get to observe the marvelous views of mountains known as Kanjirolba and Kagmara and Batrasi Himal. Along with this we visit nearby villages, where we closely explore the Tibetan cultures of people and at last the Ringbo Gompa

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 15
Phoksundo Lake to Bagala base camp

Walking through the forests of juniper and blue pine we collect some beautiful moments. The trail takes us following the river bank up to the valley and a waterfall. Finally, we will camp at the base camp of Bagala pass.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 16
Cross Bagala Pass (5090m)

Numla Pass base camp (5,190 m) - we trek through the narrow valley which slightly becomes wider and is surrounded by big glaciers. The scenery offers the best views along with blade-shaped rock cliffs. During the walk we enjoy incredible views of the Kanjiroba massif to the west.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 17
Numla Pass Base Camp

Chering Gompa - After the early breakfast we ascend to the top of the Numla Pass if the weather is clear, we can see as far as spectacular views of Dhaulagiri ranges. Walking for some hours ahead takes us to a beautiful valley of Upper Tarap where we can get a chance to closely analyze the daily living style and cultures of local people. Finally, we Camp near by Chering Gompa.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 18
Chering Gompa to Do Tarap

We pass Chering Gompa and now descend down passing the huge mani wall to the Tarap region. During the trek we walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do with dense population.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 19
Rest day

To explore around Do this is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 20
Do Tarap to Lahini 3560m

We start our trek by following the Tarap Khola. Trekking by the Khola we enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers. After this, the valley narrows and deep gorges dotted with caves appear. Today’s Camping is nearby one of the biggest cave this night.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 21
Lahini to Tarakot (2,700 m)

Walking continuously after breakfast we come to a wide valley. This is musk deer country; here laskap Khola joins the Tarap Khola. We climb up a Kamigoan at 2950m above, which is also the winter residence of the Dho Tarap people. Then we climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 22
Tarakot - Dunai (2,100 m)

We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Laban, before proceed to Dabung. Walking for some hours the trek takes us to the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. After reaching at Dunai, we spend our time by exploring the small town and people living there from different ethnic groups and customs.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an Overnight stay in a camp or lodge.

Day 23
Dunai - Jhupal

Crossing the Bheri River and the gorge we pass through the terraced fields and beautiful lush green forests.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 24
Jhupal- Nepalgunj Kathmandu

First we fly to Nepalgunj and connect with the flight back to Kathmandu with the enchanting views and scenery including the excellent views of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel

Day 25
Rest day in Kathmandu

Today we take early drive to Kathmandu, reaching at Kathmandu take rest or do some shopping. Join the evening meal and cultural program offer by the company.

Day 26
Transfer to airport for final departure or Join Next Program

Today is your departing time and our airport representative drops you to the airport before the 3 hours of your departing time. Or you can join another trip program in Nepal or outside the country with Sunrise Adventure Treks. We are always ready here to operate your plan. Hope you had a nice journey.

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Dhaulagiri region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Upper Mustang trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Upper Mustang. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Upper Mustang trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, to all types of international cuisine. Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Upper Mustang trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Dhaulagiri region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Dhaulagiri region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

Upper Dolpo Region Trekking FAQ

  • 1. How difficult is Upper Dolpo trek and how can I Prepare?

    Trek to Upper Dolpo area is restricted and moderate type trekking, can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. People with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs may have to suffer much difficulty in trekking.

  • 2. What about the safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Upper Mustang trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about the weather conditions and Jumla flight?

    After reaching at Nepalgunj, we have to take a flight to Jumla in the morning then we start trek from Jumla but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Jumla weather, we are not sure about untimed flight. If there will be frequent weather problem, we do arrange a flight by helicopter chopper and for this you have to pay additionally.

  • 4. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 5. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English language during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding language.

  • 6. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 7. What is the limitation of weight to Jumla flight and where do I store my extra bags?

    You can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag and if you want to carry more than the limit you have to pay extra charges. You can keep your extra bags in your hotel or in the office in Kathmandu.

  • 8. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Upper Dolpo trek?

    Trek to Upper Dolpo with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 9. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Flight, Bus, Tourist & private vehicle
  • (1-18)+ member ( we organizes School , collage, University, private group, Family group and solo travelers as well )
  • 5360 m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Nepal
  • Trekking , Hiking, Sightseeing
  • September- December and March - May
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 26 Days
  • 1-18 Pax

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