Dolkha to Lukla Trek

This newly introduced trek offers you off the beaten trails between Dolkha district and Solukhumbu district of Nepal. It covers beautiful landscapes between two trekking region Rolwaling and Sagarmatha, its kharkas, beautiful cliffs, holy lakes, hiding trekking trails, you will feel escaping from the crowd cities or villages. You can not see the villages during one week. Only you can meet shepherds and yak cottage in the forest living with wild life experience. Also you will closely enjoy with Numbur Himal range, Rolwaling Himal, Gaurishankar Himal etc. So, if you prefer off the beaten trails in isolated nature, this trek would be perfect one.

This trek starts at Charikot after 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. At the beginning trek follows the route of Rolwaling and reach at Singati Bazar, then turns right to follow the monasteries and some authentic villages. After that totally trek covers with cliffs, Kharkas, wild off the beaten trails, forest etc. One can feel loosing in nature. In the middle part of this trek, you will explore two wild glacial lakes: Kalo Pokhari (Black Lake) and Seto Pokhari (White Lake). After crossing Gyaju La Pass, you will explore another holy lake Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes). Finally you will explore some part of lower Solukhumbu and trek ends at Lukla to fly back to Kathmandu.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Dolkha to Lukla Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 4900m
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Mode of Operation: Tented Camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Dolkha to Lukla Trek
Day 01 : Kathmandou - Charikot 6h by bus. Lodge
Day 02 : Charikot - Dolakha - Singati 6h25 / +430m / -1520m.Camping
Day 03 : Singati - Suri Dhoban - Chankhu Gompa 4h10 / +1140m / -100m. Camping
Day 04 : Chankhu gompa - Kharka on Goyang Danda 3h15 / +1000m / -40m. Camping
Day 05 : Kharka on Goyang danda - Baramji Phedi 3h35 / +960m / -25m. Camping
Day 06 : Baramji Phedi - Col - Yale Kharka. 3h50 / +650m / -700m. Camping
Day 07 : Yale Kharka - Kharka under Kalo pokhari 4h20 / +700m / -550m.Camping
Day 08 : Kharka under Kal pokhari - Mane danda - Panch Pokhari 3h45 / +850m / -280m.Camping
Day 09 : Panch pokhari - Thare kharka. 4h40 / +645m / -1045m. Camping
Day 10 : Thare Kharka - Gyajo La Pass - Ngeju Kharka 5h15 / +750m / -1205m.Camping
Day 11 : Ngeju Kharka - Lachhewar 4h / +500m / -1390m.Camping
Day 12 : Lachhewar - Camp on Pangmelung Danda. 3h40 / +1225m / -215m.Camping
Day 13 : Camp on Pangmelung Danda - Camp on Konglemu Danda 4h55 / +915m / -410m.Camping
Day 14 : Camp on Konglemu Danda - Saharsbeni - Dudh Kunda Lake - Saharsbeni 4h / +600m / -935m.Camping
Day 15 : Saharsbeni - Thanga - Shagmanam Ragpo Danda - Thanga 5h45 / +800m / -940m.Camping
Day 16 : Thanga - Kamo - Tragsindo 5h50 / +815m / -1630m. Lodge
Day 17 : Tragsindo - Kharikhola - Bupsa 6h / +900m / -1630m. Lodge
Day 18 : Bupsa - Surke - Lukla 6h15 / +1300m / -850m.Lodge
Day 19 : Lukla - Kathmandou 35mn by plane.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Ghaurishankar Conservation, Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in Tented Camping with foam mattress.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: Tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Charikot by bus and Lukla to Kathmandu by plane as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal since long.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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