Camping Trek in Nepal
What is camping?
Camping is an outdoor recreational activity that involves staying the night/nights in a protective shelter out in nature. Camping is basically escaping from the hustle of life and getting in touch with nature. Camping is usually combined with other activities like trekking, hiking, fishing, rafting, etc. which either can be done alone or with friends. Camping usually takes place in remote areas, where there are very minimal facilities but these days camping is done in any place as an act of fun and adventure. There are also many benefits of camping as it helps us to think properly, improves our health, it can lead to increased exercise, helps to sleep better, and also have educational values.
Basics for camping
- Always bring appropriate clothing and equipment for unexpected weather
- Good quality of tents which can hold any kind of weather or climate.
- Enough food, water, water purifier are more than necessary during camping
- Knowing about the location and temperature is important.
Things needed for camping
- Camping tents
- Sleeping bags
- Camp stove
- Trash bags and tissue papers
- Water purifier
- First aid kit
- Torch lights
- Camping bag
- Cooking utensils
- bowl, spoon, glass
- power banks/chargers
Dolpo circuit trek
Bordering with Tibet, Dolpo lies in the western part of Nepal in Karnali zone and is one of the remotest regions in Nepal. Dolpo is the largest district of Nepal with an area of 7,889 sq. km. Even though the remote area, Dolpo is very fascinating and alluring with its wonderful scenery. Magnificent view of the Dhaulagiri range and Shey Phoksundo Lake are the main attractions of the Dolpo region. Dolpo region falls under Shey Phoksundo National park which makes a trail to Dolpo filled with rare animals like snow leopard, goral, Tahr, Himalayan black bear, rhesus monkey, etc. along with many isolated villages of people who are very closely related to Tibetans and ancient Monasteries. Bordering with Tibet, you will highly experience the Tibetan culture, lifestyles, and dialect in this region. In fact, the Dolpo region is also one of the few remaining places where the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon Po is practiced. Bon PO religion is quite similar to Buddhism, the only difference is this religion walk anti-clockwise around stupas and shrines. Dolpo is basically divided into two parts Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo.
Lower Dolpo was officially opened to people in 1982. Most of the routes in Lower Dolpo still are over 4000m which makes the place very risky and challenging. The upper Dolpo is the northern part of Dolpo and has an aura of mysticism. The upper Dolpo area was publicly opened to visitors in 1989, but it is still considered as one of the restricted areas and requires a special permit of 500$ to enter upper Dolpo
Dolpo is a very popular place for trekking. But, it is important to understand for trekkers coming to the Dolpo region that the place is highly remote and doesn’t offer many facilities. Having comfortable teahouses, luxurious breakfast, launch, and dinner are not possible here. It has to be a camping trek from Dunai, headquarter of Dolpo. You need to be ready to walk for 6-7 hours a day, camp overnight, and cook for yourself. Therefore, a trek to Dolpo is not going to be the easy one. It is best if you trek through travel agencies. They manage everything at an affordable cost including guides, porters, cooks, and camping stuff. Or else, you need to pack everything needed for camping like tents, sleeping bags, liners, cooking utensils, cooking gas, food, etc. you can make some easy food like bread, noodle, fried rice, and porridge. There is no second thought on the temperature of Dolpo. It is definitely a cold place so you have to pack according to the weather. Trek to Dolpo is very adventurous and challenging as well. It is better to have some experience in trekking and camping before you trek to the Dolpo region. Physical and fitness also play a great role in this trek.
Route to Dolpo
Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu- Nepalgunj, 45 minutes flight
Day 3-Nepalgunj- Jhupal (Dolpo), 45 minutes flight
Day 4- Jhupal – Dunai,2-3 hours trek
Day 5- Dunai- Tarakot, 5-6 hours walk
Day 6- Tarakot- Laini, 6-7 hours walk
Day 7- Laini- Nawarpani, 5- 6 hours walk
Day 8- Nawarpani- Do Tarap, 7- 8 hours walk
Day 9- Do- Tarap- Numa la Base camp, 6-7 hours walk
Day 10- Numa La pass- Pelung Thang, 6-7 hours walk
Day 11- Pelung Tang- Baga La pass-dajok Tang, 6 hours walk
Day 12- Dajok Tang- Ringmo, 3-4 hours walk
Day 13- Ringmo- Phoksundo Lake
Day 14- Phoksundo – Shyanta, 5-6 hours walk
Day 15- Shyanta- Jhupal
Day 16- Jhupal- Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Limi valley trek
This small valley called Limi lies in Far-western region, in Karnali zone, Humla district. Humla is a much hidden and less known place in Nepal. Limi valley is one of the hidden valleys in the Humla district. Limi valley and Tibet have a strong connection or tie to this day. Tibetan Buddhist Villages in the Humla district are very cultural, with very friendly people. Limi valley trekking was opened publicly in 2002, and since then people have been greatly discovering this place. Limi valley especially is very famous for its wildlife and plants. Meaning we can see many rare animals like Himalayan bears, wild horses, blue sheep, mountain eagles, and many more. Snow leopards are barely seen. People in Limi valley normally depend on animal husbandry and involve in trades sometimes. There, we can see a matrimonial relationship between the people of Tibet and Nepal which is kind of a positive side because that is solely a reason we can still witness the vibrant Tibetan culture and lifestyle in this place. This valley is gaining popularity among people as a very suitable place for trekking. The Limi valley has many attractions and has much scenery to offer to its trekkers. Limi valley is gorgeously surrounded by the Himalayas. We can also see and visit the holiest mount Kailas in this trek. Laying at the height of 5,000 meters, Limi valley is quite a risky place for people who have poor health. They must be aware that altitude sickness can be a major problem in this place.
Humla is undoubtedly one of the most remote areas in Nepal. Since there is a very huge problem of transportation everything there gets difficult. Along with accommodations and food. You can get a few lodges at Simikot, the capital town of Humla. Besides Simikot, You need to spend all the nights on camp. You need to carry all the camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, etc. You definitely need a good quality tent which will provide you with warmth at night. You need to have a different tent for dining and washrooms.
Route to Limi Valley
Day 1- Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (10-11 hours drive/55 minutes flight)
Day 3- Nepalgunj to Simikot, (2910m), trek to Dharapuri (2300m), it takes approx. 5 hours walk.
Day 4- Dharapuri to Kermi ( 2870m,) 6 hours of trek.
Day 5- Kermi to yalbung (3060m), 6 hours of walk.
Day 6- yalbung to Talkot (3073m) 5 hours of walk.
Day 7- Talkot to Yari (3663m), 7 hours walk.
Day 8- Yari to Hilsa (3700m,) via Nara La pass (4620) 6 hours of walk.
Day 9- Hilsa to Manepeme, ( 3990m) 5 hours of walk.
Day 10- Manepeme to til, (4000m), 6 hours of walk.
Day 11- Til to Tatopani, ( 3950m), 8 hours walk.
Day 12- Tatopani to Talung, (4370m), 8 hours
Day 13- Talung to Shinjungma, 3620m, 8 hours of walk.
Day 14- Shinjungma to Kermi at (2670m), 7 hours walk.
Day 15- Kermi to Dharapuri, lies at 2300m, takes around 6 hours walk
Day 16- Dharapuri to Simikot, (2950m), 6 hours of walk
Day 17- Simikot to Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
Lumba Sumba pass trek
Lumba Sumba pass (5160m) lies in the eastern part of Nepal and is one of the less explored areas which was just opened publicly in 2012. Here, the trail passing through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National park in the Eastern part of the country connects both regions and you can explore both the base camp in a single trek. This pass is listed under the Great Himalayan Trail (GMT). Even though a challenging one, this pass is very popular for trekking. Some major attractions in this trek are different ethnic groups like Sherpa, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Newar, and Tamang, beautiful landscapes, diverse flora and faunas, the base camp of Kanchenjunga and Mt Makalu, and Lumba Subba peak (5200m) itself. Endangered animals like snow leopard, red panda, and different species of birds are found here. Apart from this, you can also see cultural heritages, monasteries, stupas, temples, and prayer walls. Lumba Sumba pass is bordered by the Arun River in the east and Sagarmatha National Park in its west. This trek is quite challenging and adventurous providing a unique opportunity to travel through a remote and unfrequented part of Nepal. Moreover, anyone with good fitness and keen to explore the new areas can do this trek, which doesn’t require any past experiences.
Most of the trails in Lumba Sumba pass lies over 4000m, which increases the risk of altitude sickness. Walking for 6-7 hours in such less managed trails is quite complicated. There are no teahouses or stores available which means you cannot get proper accommodation and food for many days. Basically stating that Camping in Lumba Sumba pass can be really difficult. All the necessary stuff for camping like tents, warm sleeping bags, liners, cooking gas, cooking utensils, food, etc has to be carried.
Route to Lumba Sumba Pass
Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu- Bhadrapur, 1 hour flight
Day 3- Bhadrapur- Taplejung, 6 hours drive
Day 4- Taplejung –chiruwa, 6-7 hours walk
Day 5- Chiruwa-Lelep, 7 hours walk
Day 6- Lelep- Illa danda, 6-7 hours walk
Day 7- Illa danda- selep kharka, 7-8 hours walk
Day 8- Selep Kharka- Olachung Gola, 7-8 hours walk
Day 9- Olachung Gola- Upper Langmale, 7 hours walk
Day 10- upper Langmale-Lumba sumba pass camp, 6 hours walk
Day 11- Lumba Subba pass camp- Chauri Kharka, 9-10 hours walk
Day 12- Chauri Kharka- Thudam, 7 hours walk
Day 13- Thudam-Kharka, 6 hours
Day 14- Kharka-chyamtang, 5-6 hours walk
Day 15- Chyamtang-Hatiya, 5-6 hours walk
Day 16- Hatiya- Gola, 6 hours walk
Day 17- Gola- Hedanga Gadi, 7 hours walk
Day 18- Hedanga Gadi- Num- Tumlingtar, 6-7 hours walk
Day 19- Tumlingtar- Kathmandu, 50 minutes flight
Dhaulagiri circuit trek
Dhaulagiri is the world’s 7th highest mountain peak which steadily and proudly stands at the elevation of 8167m, and lies in the west-central side of Nepal spreading from Kaligandaki to Bheri. This mountain is 34 km away and lies on the east side of Mount Annapurna which is another beautiful mountain. Dhaulagiri trekking is a well-known destination for people these days. Walking through the base of Mount Dhaulagiri is certainly fascinating and adventurous. Dhaulagiri circuit trek is not only famous for its mountain views but also for its diverse culture, rich vegetation like pine, oak, ferns, etc, and cultivated lands with small isolated villages. But of course, a dramatic view of the mountain is always there, you can witness astonishing views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna I, and many more. Some highlights of this circuit are the Italy base camp, Glacier Lake, Dhampus peak, and Dhaulagiri base camp itself.
Dhaulagiri is quite famous for its remoteness and difficulties. Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of the longest treks and if you are planning for this adventurous trek you must be ready for camping nights. This place is not really known for the tea houses. The temperature of Dhaulagiri, the remoteness, and the altitude of this trek can make the trek difficult, and camping in such a place is highly challenging. However, with necessary precautions and required equipment camping can be done. Camping tents, warm sleeping bags, liners, cooking gas, cooking utensils, food, etc has to be carried. If you don’t belong to any travel agency you need to prepare food by yourself. If you are trekking through any travel agency they will hire a cook for you and carry all the necessary items with them.
Route to Dhaulagiri
Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu- Beni, 6-7 hours’ drive
Day 3- Beni- Babyachaur, 4-5 hours walk
Day 4- Babyachaur- Dharapani, 5-6 hours walk
Day 5- Dharapani- Muri, 5-6 hours walk
Day 6- muri – Bhagara, 5-6 hours walk
Day 7- Bhagara- Dovan, 5- 6 hours walk
Day 8- Dovan – Italian Base camp, 6-7 hours walk
Day 9- Italian base camp- Glacier camp, 4-5 hours walk
Day 10- Glacier camp- Dhaulagiri Base camp, 5-6 hours walk
Day 11- Dhaulagiri base camp- Hidden valley, 5 hours walk
Day 12- Hidden valley- Yak Kharka, 6-7 hours walk
Day 13- Yak Kharka- Tukuche, 6-7 hours walk
Day 14- Tukuche- Kalopani, 6-7 hours walk
Day 15- Kalopani-Tatopani, 6-7 hours walk
Day 16- Tatopani- Pokhara, 5-6 hours drive
Day 17- Pokhara- Kathmandu, 4-5 hours’ drive
Rolwaling is the deep Himalayan Valley that lies northeast of Kathmandu and west of the Everest/Khumbu region. Rolwaling valley is all tucked under the giant snow peak of Gaurishankar (7134m) and is considered one of the holy sanctuaries by the local Buddhist inhabitants. Rolwaling is named after Mount Rolwaling which beautifully lies between the Everest trekking region and Langtang region. The valley itself lies at the altitude of 3690m. Rolwaling Valley is protected by the Gaurishankar conservation area. Highlighting the unique and old cultures of Sherpa and Tamang, the route to Rolwaling is also filled with diverse flora and fauna. This place consists of 16 different vegetation types, 235 different birds, and 34 species of mammal. Rolwaling valley is also known as “the grave” since it is very deeply buried between all those mountains. Rolwaling valley is visited by very few people yet the place is very deserving. The valley has this mysterious story of a snowman called “yeti”. The route from Rolwaling valley to the Khumbu region is really tough, climbing across Tashi Lapsta La(5755m) and providing an astonishing view of Everest and other mountains in the Khumbu region.
Being one of the remote areas of Nepal, Rolwaling valley doesn’t have many facilities. This trek is more of a camping trek. Teahouses, lodges, or homestay are rarely available or not available at all. The temperature of the Khumbu region, the remoteness, and the altitude of this valley itself can make the trek difficult, and camping in such a place is highly challenging. However, with necessary precautions and required equipment camping can be done. Camping tents, warm sleeping bags, liners, cooking gas, cooking utensils, food, etc has to be carried. If you don’t belong to any travel agency you need to prepare food by yourself. If you are trekking through any travel agency they will hire a cook for you and carry all the necessary items with them.
Route to Rolwaling valley
Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu- Gongar via charikot, 7 hours’ drive
Day 3- Gongar- simi gaon, 5 hours walk
Day 4- Simi Gaon – Dovan, 5 hours trek
Day 5- Dovan- Beding, 5 hours walk
Day 6- Beding – Na Gaon, 4 hours walk
Day 7- Na gaon – Glacier camp(Tsho Rolpa), 6 hours walk
Day 8- Tsho Rolpa – Drolambau glacier at Tashi Lapcha base, 5 hours walk
Day 9- Tashi Lapcha- Labtsa La descend to Thengpo, 8 hours walk
Day 10- Thengpo- Thame, 5 hours walk
Day 11- Thame- Namche Bazar, 4 hours walk
Day 12- Namche Bazar- Lukla, 6 hours walk
Day 13 Lukla- Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight
Day 14- Kathmandu