Great Himalaya Trail Upper Dolpo

Highly recommended especially for long off-the-beaten-track treks – I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks, especially if you are planning a longer off-the-beaten-track trek in which they specialize. My wife and I did two treks of one month each with them in October and November of 2017.

Highly recommended especially for long off-the-beaten-track treks – I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks, especially if you are planning a longer off-the-beaten-track trek in which they specialize. My wife and I did two treks of one month each with them in October and November of 2017. The first trek was a 30 day fully organized trek from Jumla to Jomson via Rara Lake and the Upper Dolpo. This was a very remote trek where we met few other foreign tourists. You pass through very isolated and traditional Tibetan villages and there is a week-long section in the middle where there is nothing other than the occasional shepherd hut. Much of the trek is above 4000m and you pass a total of 6 passes over 5000m (none of them technical or particularly difficult). Visit Himalaya Treks organized everything perfectly. Due to the remote nature of this trek you need to be completely self sufficient. They provided a guide (Ishwar) who spoke perfect English, a cook (Shambu) who was eagerly learning English, four porters (augmented with two additional locally hired porters for a small section that was too rough for the mules to pass), a horseman, 6 mules, and one horse. There was a dining tent, cooking tent, toilet tent, a sleeping tent, and spare sleeping tent. All the equipment was good quality. We chose to bring our own -30C sleeping bags. The service was exemplary and super friendly. The food was fantastic: it was plentiful and very varied. We never ate the same thing twice and on my wife’s birthday the cook even baked a birthday cake with candles and frosting at 5000m! We planned this trek from the Netherlands. We wanted to use a local Nepali agency. It is not easy to find a trustworthy agency remotely. We contacted many and it quickly became clear that most trekking agencies have actually never done this remote trek (although they falsely claim they have). We stumbled on Visit Himalaya Treks through a blog post and organized a Skype video call with Himal, the owner. In this call and in many follow up emails he promptly and clearly answered every question, and it became clear that his staff had actually done this trek multiple times before. Furthermore, he was very flexible in terms of accommodating our specific requests (e.g. we prefer to make long days rather than end the day early). During the trek the guide Ishwar delivered on the promise of flexibility: if we wanted to adjust the itinerary along the way (longer days, shorter days, different stops,) he always found a way to adjust the itinerary to make it work. The second trek was on the opposite side of the spectrum: a 27 day teahouse trek following the Manaslu circuit, the Tsum valley, the Nar-Phu valley, and exiting over the Thorung-La pass to Jomsom again. Since there are teahouses along the entire trek we only brought a mandatory guide (Ishwar again) and we chose to bring one porter (Shambu, the cook from the first trek, who also doubled as a cook again when he thought the cooking of the teahouses was not up to his high standards). The price quote from Visit Himalaya Treks included everything (lodging and all meals). Unlike people who traveled with other agencies we were not nickeled and dimed. Every town where we stopped we were free to chose any lodge we liked and we could pick anything of the menu. The only thing we had to pay for ourselves was alcoholic drinks, hot showers, and boiled water (we chose to drink only boiled water). We had an absolutely fantastic experience with Visit Himalaya Treks and I would recommend the without any reservations whatsoever. Bruno Rijsman and Tecla Ris Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) and Upper Dolpo: Jumla to Jomsom

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