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  • Trek Duration
    23 Days
  • Max Altitude
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate/Adventure/High Pass
  • Group Size
    Min : 02 Trekkers
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Tea House/ Camping
  • Start/Ending
    Nepalgunj to Nepalgunj

Trip Overview

Up Close and Personal with Nepal’s Remote Upper Dolpo Region

Upper Dolpo Trek, Nepal’s Upper Dolpo region is a mystical land that has long captivated the imagination of adventurers and explorers alike. This remote area is tucked away in the northwestern corner of Nepal, bordering Tibet, and is one of the most isolated regions in the country. With its rugged terrain, harsh weather conditions, and limited infrastructure, it remains a relatively untouched corner of the world. But for those who dare to venture into this fascinating land, the rewards are immeasurable.

From its stunning landscapes to its rich cultural heritage, Dolpo is a place that will leave you awestruck. In this article, we’ll take you up close and personal with Nepal’s Upper Dolpo region, exploring its hidden treasures and uncovering the secrets that make it such a unique and remarkable destination. So, fasten your seat belts, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

The Geography and Landscape of Upper Dolpo

The Upper Dolpo region is a remote area located in the Himalayan mountains. It is situated at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level and covers an area of approximately 7,000 square kilometers. The region is characterized by its rugged terrain, barren landscapes, and towering mountains that are covered in snow all year round. The area is also home to several glaciers, including the Shey Phoksundo Glacier, which is one of the largest in Nepal.

The Upper Dolpo region is also home to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which was established in 1984. The park covers an area of 3,555 square kilometers and is home to several endangered species, including the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and Tibetan wolf. The park is also home to Phoksundo Lake, which is one of the main attractions in the region. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and its crystal-clear waters reflect the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

The Upper Dolpo region is also known for its unique geology, which includes several rock formations, including the Dolpo marble. This rare and valuable stone is found only in this region and is highly prized for its beauty and durability.

The Culture and Traditions of the People of Upper Dolpo

The people of Upper Dolpo are known for their rich cultural heritage, which has been preserved for centuries. The region is home to several ethnic groups, including the Dolpo-pa, who are of Tibetan origin. The Dolpo-pa people are known for their unique way of life, which is closely tied to their environment. They practice Tibetan Buddhism and follow a traditional way of life, which includes farming, animal husbandry, and trading.

The Dolpo-pa people are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. They welcome tourists into their homes and offer them food and shelter. They are also known for their colorful festivals, which are held throughout the year. The most famous festival in the region is the Shey Gompa festival, which is held in August. During the festival, locals dress up in colorful costumes and perform traditional dances and songs.

The Dolpo-pa people also have a unique language, which is closely related to Tibetan. However, due to the region’s isolation, the language has evolved differently from Tibetan and has its own distinct dialect.

Trekking in Upper Dolpo – Routes and Difficulty Levels

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is not to be missed. The region offers several trekking routes, each with its own unique features and challenges. The most popular trekking route in the region is the Upper Dolpo Trek, which takes around three weeks to complete.

The Upper Dolpo Trek starts in Juphal and follows the trail along the Phoksundo Lake, through several villages, and over several mountain passes. The trek is challenging, with several steep ascents and descents. However, the stunning views of the surrounding landscape make it all worthwhile.

Another popular trekking route in the region is the Shey Gompa Trek, which takes around two weeks to complete. The trek starts in Juphal and follows the trail to the Shey Gompa monastery, which is located at an altitude of 4,126 meters above sea level. The trek is less challenging than the Upper Dolpo Trek, but it still offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Preparing for a Trek in Upper Dolpo – Permits and Equipment

Trekking in Upper Dolpo requires a bit of preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Firstly, visitors must obtain a trekking permit from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. The permit costs around $500 and is valid for 10 days. Visitors must also obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, which costs around $20.

In terms of equipment, visitors should bring warm clothing, as temperatures can drop below freezing at night. They should also bring a good quality sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, and sturdy hiking boots. Other useful items include a headlamp, a water bottle, and a first aid kit.

Accommodation and Food Options in Upper Dolpo

Accommodation options in Upper Dolpo are limited, with most trekkers staying in guesthouses or camping. The guesthouses are basic but comfortable, with shared bathrooms and communal dining areas. Camping is also an option, and visitors can rent tents and other camping equipment in Kathmandu.

Food options in Upper Dolpo are also limited, with most meals consisting of rice, lentils, and vegetables. However, visitors can also try local delicacies, such as yak cheese and butter tea.

Must-Visit Attractions in Upper Dolpo – Shey Gompa, Phoksundo Lake, and More

Upper Dolpo is home to several must-visit attractions, each offering a unique experience. The Shey Gompa monastery is one of the main attractions in the region. The monastery is located at an altitude of 4,126 meters above sea level and is one of the oldest monasteries in the region. It is also known for its stunning murals and statues.

The Phoksundo Lake is another must-visit attraction in Upper Dolpo. The lake is located at an altitude of 3,611 meters above sea level and is one of the deepest lakes in Nepal. Its crystal-clear waters reflect the beauty of the surrounding landscape, making it a popular spot for photography.

Other attractions in the region include the Tarap Valley, which is known for its stunning landscapes, and the Dho Tarap village, which is home to several ancient monasteries and cultural sites.

Challenges Faced While Trekking in Upper Dolpo

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is not without its challenges. The region’s rugged terrain and harsh weather conditions can make trekking difficult and exhausting. The high altitude can also cause altitude sickness, which can be dangerous if not treated properly. Visitors should ensure that they acclimatize properly and take plenty of breaks to avoid altitude sickness.

The region’s limited infrastructure can also pose a challenge. Accommodation and food options are limited, and visitors should be prepared to rough it out. Visitors should also be aware of the region’s remote location, which can make it difficult to obtain medical assistance in case of an emergency.

Details Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu, The representatives by Everest Trekking Routes will welcome to you at TIA Upon your Arrival. We transfer to hotel overnight stay.

After breakfast, we spend the whole day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley as a major point. One of the biggest Stupa in the world, Boudhanath stupa and Monastery, Old heritage Buddhist temple Soyembhunath and Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Square Kumari temple and Patan Durbar Square Krishna temple. The Kathmandu sightseeing is real Nepalese traditional culture and heritage touring, After tour will back to hotel and preparation the Lower Dolpo trip overnight stay hotel.

After breakfast, Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes an hour’s by domestic air, after flight take lunch and visit Nepalganj City which is the biggest city in the Southern part of Nepal. Stay overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast flight to Juphal take 30 minutes by little domestic air and trek to Dunai. The beginning trail descends and wind cooler through pass several local villages continue edge of the riverside. We will see on the way many of water mill to granted flower from white, corn, millet and some other food. The elevation of Dunai (2125m) the Dunai is middle town has Police check post, school and government offices. Stay overnight at lodge.

After breakfast trek to Tarakot following the bheri river bitten track of the trail. We will pass several local villages and some Buddhist monastery and also mani wall stones with cultivating the field. The tarakot is a small settlement of which is thuli very river famous and ancient independent kingdom of Tichorung. And stay overnight at Camp.

After breakfast trek to tarakot and wonderful landscape and several passes which is Laisicap (2775m.) and Kaigaun (2950m.) Excellent Himalayan scenery Including Putha himchuli, Churen Himal and other beauty nature’s stay overnight at Camp sited.

After breakfast trek to Nawarpani, it takes 6-7 hours spectacular Himalayan scenery and several pass Chhyugar (3440m.) and Taltol (3530m.) toward the deepest gorges with scary cliffs stay overnight at Campsite.

DAY 08: TREK TO DHO TARAP (3950M.) 6/7 HRS
After breakfast trek to Dhor Tarap wonderful trekking along the bank of Larap Khola via Ghyamghar and Langa, The Dho Tarap fascinating settlement of that manifests the real attributes Lower Dolpo. Famous settlement of lower Dolpo Nestles high above the wide valley and stay overnight at camp.

Acclimatization day at Tarap Explore Dho Tarap visit beautiful Monastery like Ringo Bumpa Monastery which is secreted monastery build by Jimge Nyima Gyaltsen and lama Tenzing Tragye 1000 years ago. To get rid of spirits wandering in the region, Amazing architecture of Samye Monastery in Tibet, 12th Century Lots of history related and general information explain by a mountain guide. And stay overnight at Camp.

DAY 10: TREK TO TOKYU GAUN (4200M/13776FT), 5-6 HRS
After breakfast Trek to Tokyo gaun, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of Inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilometres along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buckwheat, wheat and potato. After 3-4 hrs of a good walk in this perfect tranquillity coming to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After a break here our walk continues farther up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach Tokyu gaun overnight campsite.

After breakfast trek to Nmala Pass, we start our trek after breakfast with the scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. We will have a short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we’ll reach at the camp stay overnight at campsite.

After breakfast trek to Phedi. Today we cross the highest pass during this trek where you may feel difficult but can be seen a great view takes 6-7 hrs and after top at Numala we will descends another bottom part known as Phedi and overnight campsite.

After breakfast trek to Baga La passes with after crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including the north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow-capped peaks. After a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of the downhill walk takes to Palungtang or farther for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass, depending upon the duration of walk and fitness of the people, if everybody is all right and on time, stay Overnight at campsite.

DAY 14: TREK TO RINGMO (3,600M/11,808FT), 6-7 HRS
After breakfast Trek to Ringmo a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow-capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a great moment here our walk leads to a descend for 2 hours through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo. Stay overnight at campsite.

Today we are Explore day and Acclimatization at Ringmo, the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way around the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and with a great view overnight at camp.

After breakfast trek to Pungmo Village and start after a night at this wonderful campsite beside the clear waters of the lake we retrace our steps back down to Sumo from where we will follow the trail north-west up the Pungmo Nala to the small B’on village of Pungmo. The camp is there up near the village after a half day’s walk. Having lunch ample time to explore the village and the enthusiastic can visit the Bon monastery about two hrs walk up the hillside across the river from here. Stay overnight at Campsite.

After breakfast trek to Kagmara, Walking from Pungmo the trail leads up the valley along the left bank to cross it about two hours from here to the right-hand bank. Views of the Kangchunne and Kanjeilarwa peaks are very nice along today’ walk. The valley is well forested with Juniper and birch and wild animals like the musk deer inhabit this area. Further up the valley blue sheep might be seen on the mountain slopes. Stay overnight at campsite.

DAY 18: CROSS THE KAGMARA-LA (5,115M/16777FT), 4-5 HRS
An early start climbing steadily uphill to the pass at an altitude of 16100 ft; from here the summits of Kagwara I towards the south is visible nearby and many other peaks of the range also are visible. Views west towards the since and Patrasi Himal and northwards to Kanjiroba are striking. Stay Overnight at Campsite.

After breakfast trek to Hurikot village, Our trek following the Garpung Khola high above it along the right bank the trail turns north above the confluence with the Jagdulla Khola to descend down to the Army Check Post. After crossing the Jadulla Khola to the right bank here the trail follows the well-forested valley to the village of Huyrikot stay overnight at Campsite.

DAY 20: TREK TO CHAURIKOT (3060M/10036FT), 5-6 HRS
After breakfast trek to Chaurikot to crossing the stream coming off the Jagdull Lekh the trail goes up along the ridge to the northwest to climb Barbary Lekh Pass at an altitude of about 3810m/12,500ft. This is a longish gradual climb and the pass itself is a long ridgeline quite unlike most passes. Views north towards the Kanjiroba Himal are very fine from here. Stay Overnight at lodge.

DAY 21: TREK TO CHORTE GOMPA (3200M/10496FT), 5-6HRS
After breakfast trek to Chorte Gompa and from camp below Barbary Lekh follow the trail downstream through oak and pine forest to the village of Chorte another small settlement of the newly established village. Stay overnight at Campsite.

DAY 22: TREK TO GOTHI CHAUR (2,700M/8856FT), 4-5 HRS
After breakfast Continue to following the Tila stream. The trail runs below the villages of Munigaun; The Kurigaun to climb up a side stream coming down from the left just short of Guthigaun climbing steadily the sheep farm at Guthichaur Stay overnight campsite.

DAY 23: TREK TO JUMLA (2,370M/7773FT), 6-7 HRS
After breakfast trekking begins by slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well-farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. Stay overnight lodge.

Day 24: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it’s in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj; when we arrived in the domestic airport in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel stay overnight at hotel.

We will drop you to the TIA for your final departure and happy journey to your hometown, hope to see you again and goodbye.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: 3 Nights standard accommodation in Katmandu.
  • Both Way Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Jumla to Kathmandu
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a cup of tea or coffee).
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Upper Dolpa Restricted Area Permit)
  • All Local Ground Transportation
  • All mountain accommodations are in the tent.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, flight ticket, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • personal expenses (bar bills, beer, coke, a bottle of water, hot water, phone call, laundry service, Helicopter rescue, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

Trip Map


Cost & Date

Departure Date Duration Availability Cost Booking
09-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1299 Per Person
01-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1499 Per Person

Client Reviews



Breathtaking! - in every possible way Everest Base Camp

My once-in-a-lifetime experience with colleagues from Everest Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. started in the early season in 2023 in mid-February. After planning the trip without any problems and answering all the necessary questions via email or WhatsApp, I was met by Rabin (the boss of the trekking agency) at the airport in Kathmandu and then taken to the hotel, where I was finally able to meet my guide for the 12-day tour to Mount Everest Base Camp. Su Sil is an ideal hiking companion who, in addition to his profound knowledge of the region around Mount Everest, has a friendly and cheerful manner. The hotel, where I stayed the first night, left nothing to be desired and corresponded to an upper class hotel by Napalese standards.

The next morning, the flight left for Lukla at 7am as planned, Su Sil -my travel guide- had all the necessary documents for the flight ready and the adventure towards Mount Everest began…

My booking included an all-inclusive service, so you got 3 meals a day plus a fruit plate to cover your vitamin needs. The accommodation (tea houses) was chosen by the guide in a sensible and appropriate way along the way. In addition, Su Sil always had all the necessary documents for entering the national park at hand. From an altitude of 5000m above sea level, the altitude slowly began to affect me and I suffered extremely badly from altitude sickness, which manifested itself in headaches, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. However, Su Sil had all the necessary medication with him to reduce the effects of altitude sickness to a minimum. Su Sil could speak and understand English without any problems and could also respond to deep thought processes and follow other conversations without any problems. I also came into contact with other trekking groups, as the open-hearted nature of the trekking guides, often in the evenings by the fireplace in the tea house, led to conversations with people from all over the world, which were intensified by the positive mood of the guides among themselves.

At the end of the almost 2-week trek and after successfully climbing the first base camp of Mount Everest and Kala Patthar (5644m), I was again accommodated in the hotel from the first night for one last night. The hotel also has a spa and wellness area, which was logically used directly. The trekkers’ massage is highly recommended!

All in all, the 12-day trip was an absolutely incredible experience. After having been around the world a lot, my expectations were initially a bit low, but in the middle of the trip they were completely fulfilled by the friendliness of the people, the Nepalese culture and the incomparable beauty of the mountain ranges. I was also able to build up a very friendly relationship with my guide, in which we support each other, talk positively to each other and use every conceivable minute for the most diverse conversations.

Thank you for this experience and I will definitely be back!


Soren Dorfhoff


Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes

Source: Tripadvisor


Hongkong, China

EBC + Island Peak Trek

A professional guide with passion brought us going to EBC, Kala Patthar and Island Peak Summit. He can manage all the matter letting us trek with no worry. There were three days no flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu due to bad weather, but we can still on schedule. Thanks for his help and made this trip memorable. He is Rabin Gurung.


Tift Lars


Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche Peak Climbing

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

Source: TripAdvisor

Jasmin H


Gokyo Lakes with Gokyo Ri

The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah, Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas

Toronto, Canada

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and cabable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagernessto help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an exlcellent campanion on any trek ! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to any one who is making a trip in Nepal. He is is a wonderful person, and a good friend.

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Details Address : 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.

Amy Cheung

Hongkong, China

Island Peak Climbing Via Everest Base Camp

I’m so grateful that I finally finished the trekking, and this must be credit to our professional guide, Rabin! He is so nice! He cared us so much, greeted us with his big warming smile during the whole journey! Before this trekking, the highest place I had ever been was only 934 meters, I was so worried about high altitude problem. But In fact, my adaptability was pretty good, cuz Rabin’s trekking plan was so suitable for me that I finally reached EBC and Kala Pattar under the snow and strong winds! When we backed to Island Peak Base Camp after summit, he brought hot drinks and biscuits and waited for us on the way, that was so sweet and we were really really exhausted and hungry at that time, he just like an angle showed up to us!

It’s a great trekking journey and I really thanks Rabin’s guiding and accompany with us! We shared the precious moments on this journey!

Jan Erik & Camilla Hedborg


Helambu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

This is the second time that we go to Nepal, and both times Rabin has been our guide while trekking. First time we did a 4 day trek in the Annapurna region and the second time a 6 day trek in the Helambu region. We enjoyed both our treks very much and are so happy to have been able to trek with Rabin on both occasions, who is not only a knowledgeable and experienced guide, but also a very nice person and good company. Both of us a re happy to recommend you contacting Rabin if you are planning a trip to Nepal – whether you are going for a short hike or longer trip that needs more planning.

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Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker


Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!


Alex Lim


Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.


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Rechard Boston

California, U. S. A.

Annapurna Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek

After reading online reviews we contacted Rabin and several other “Trekking companies” inquiring about trekking the Annapurna Circuit. This was our first visit to Nepal so we were a little apprehensive about selecting a guide via web endorsements and email. After receiving several quotes and descriptions of the trek we focused on Adventure Guides. I had done some research on where to stay in Kathmandu and when I asked Rabin where he recommended he suggested The International Guest House. The very same place i was interested in. He met us at the airport and had a vehicle to take us to the hotel. Rabin and porter Suk were great to travel with. They took care of all the tedious details so that we could enjoy Nepal and the trek. It was a fabulous journey and we are planning to come back next year and trek with Rabin. Visited October 2016

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