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Yarsha Gomba Trekking Nepal - 30 Days
Tour code: YGTN-NP-005
Yarsha Gomba Trekkingh NepalYarsagumba with its Latin name cordyceps sinesis literally means summer plant and winter insect in Tibetan. Before the rainy season begins, spores of the cordyceps mushroom settle on the heads of caterpillars’ that lives underground. The fungus gets so much into the body of the caterpillars’ that it grows out through its head and drains all the energy from the insect and ultimately it dies.
 
Yarsagumba, Yarshagumba or Yarchagumba is a rare and unique herb that grows in the meadows above 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) in the Himalayan region of Nepal. There are various types of famous medicinal plants found in Nepal but the popularity of yarsagumba is simply overwhelming. For the last couple of years, the trade of yarsagumba is increasing and it has been regarded as an expensive life saving tonic. Headache, toothache or any other disease - yarsagumba is the remedy. And not only that, it is also believed to be a cure for sexual impotency – a Himalayan Herbal Viagra.
 
Yarsha Gomba Trekkingh NepalEvery year during May and June, thousands of villagers from remote areas risking their own lives head for high mountains to collect yarsagumba. It is estimated that one villager can earn up to Rs. 2,500 approximately to $35 a day by collecting yarsagumba which is beyond the monthly salary of many Nepalese households. Dolpa – a remote district in western Nepal with high steep valleys and dry climate is one of the foremost areas for collecting yarsagumba. Almost 50% of the annual supply of yarsagumba comes from Dolpa alone. Here, not only the adults but school goers also take unofficial holidays in search of the gold rush.
The Himalayan region of Nepal is famous for different types of medicinal plants. Yarshagumba is one of them. The literal meaning of Yarshagumba is summer plants, winter insect. Yarshagumba is currently very popular due to its use as aphrodisiac (sex stimulant) and tonic. Hence its collection and trade is increasing. Considering its importance, the Department of Plant Resources included a programme named as "Study of Yarshagumba in the natural habitat" in its overall programmes. Yarshgumba in Dolpa district. They covered the natural extent of distribution between 2800-4500 meters.
 
Details of field based information:
Date of visit :15 June to 5 July 2001
Location : Pokhrepani, Majhpal VDC, Dolpa
Occurrence : 2800-4500 meters
Availability : 2500 plants per hectare
Soil quality : pH 7-7.5
Associated plants : Rhododendron anthopogon, Anemone sp., Anaphalis sp.,Carese sp., etc.
Collection time : April/May – June/July 
Germination time : April – June/July 
 
OUTLINE ITINERARY
 
Day 01: Arrive In Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour
Day 03: Kathmandu - Baglung
Day 04: Baglung - Tatopani 
Day 05: Tatopani - Babichour
Day 06: Babichour - Takum
Day 07: Takum - Lulang
Day 08: Lulang - Jaljala La 
Day 09: Jaljala La - Dhorpatan
Day 10: Dhorpatan - Tankor
Day 11: Tanko - Pelma
Day 12: Pelma - Dhule
Day 13: Dhule - Sengkhola
Day 14: Sengkhola - Purbang
Day 15: Purbang - Tarakot
Day 16: Tarakot - Dunai     
Day 17: Dunai - Hanke
Day 18: Hanke - Reggi
Day 19: Reggi - Phoksundo Lake
Day 20: Phoksundo Lake
Day 21: Phoksundo Lake - Bagala Pass
Day 22: Bagala Pass - Numla Pass Base Camp
Day 23: Numla Pass Base Camp - Dho Tarap
Day 24: Dho Tarap - Lahani
Day 25: Lhani - Tarakot  
Day 26-27: Tarakot - Dunai - Jhuphal
Day 28: Jhuphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu 
Day 29: Free Day In Kathmandu
Day 30: Departure

Trip Cost Based on Camping Arrangements

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Standard Hotels Option
Economy Hotels Option
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01 - Person
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02 - Person
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02 - Person
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02 - Person
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03 - 05 Person
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03 - 05 Person
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03 - 05 Person
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06 - 09 Person
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06 - 09 Person
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06 - 09 Person
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10 - 14 Person
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10 - 14 Person
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10 - 14 Person
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15 & Above
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15 & Above
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Single Supplement
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Single Supplement
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Single Supplement
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Trip Cost includes:
1. Airport transfers on private vehicle.
2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu as per the category of package trip taken on Bed & Breakfast basis.
3. An English speaking tour guide for city sightseeing.
4. An English speaking trekking guide for the trekking with necessary Cook & porters.
5. All meals included during the trek prepared by Adventure Silk Road’s cook in aid of kitchen boy and other helpers.
6. Wages of guide and other members of the team.
7. National park fees, Govt. taxes and other applicable fees.
8. Domestic airfare as mentioned in the above itinerary. 
 
Trip cost does not include:
1.International Airfare.
2. Nepalese Visa fee and airport departure tax.
3. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
4. Personal / Travel / Medical insurance and any other insurance for the members.
5. Expenses of personal nature viz. tips, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks etc.
6. Emergency evacuations.
7. Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost inclusive field above.
Preferred Hotels For The Different Packages
 
Deluxe Trip
Standard Trip
Economy Trip
Kathmandu 5-Star: Shangri-La or Similar 4-Star: Vaishali or Similar Hotel Nature or Similar

Trip Cost Based on Mountain Lodges (Tea Houses)
Deluxe Hotels Option
Standard Hotels Option
Economy Hotels Option
Group Size
Cost in US$
Per Person
Group Size
Cost in US$
Per Person
Group Size
Cost in US$
Per Person
01 - Person
000.00
01 - Person
000.00
01 - Person
000.00
02 - Person
000.00
02 - Person
000.00
02 - Person
000.00
03 - 05 Person
000.00
03 - 05 Person
000.00
03 - 05 Person
000.00
06 - 09 Person
000.00
06 - 09 Person
000.00
06 - 09 Person
000.00
10 - 14 Person
000.00
10 - 14 Person
000.00
10 - 14 Person
000.00
15 & Above
000.00
15 & Above
000.00
15 & Above
000.00
Single Supplement
000.00
Single Supplement
000.00
Single Supplement
000.00
 
Trip Cost includes:
1. Airport transfers on private vehicle
2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu as per the category of package trip taken on Bed & Breakfast basis.
3. 3 meal (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) in local restaurants along the trekking trail.
4. Accommodation in guesthouses (Tea House) on trekking trail.
5. An English speaking tour guide for city sightseeing.
6. An English speaking trekking guide for the trekking with necessary porters
7. Wages of guide and other members.
8. National park fees, Govt. taxes and other applicable fees.
9. Domestic airfare as mentioned in the above itinerary. 
 
Trip cost does not include:
1. International Airfare.
2. Nepalese Visa fee and international airport departure tax.
3. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
4. Personal / Travel / Medical insurance and any other insurance for the members.
5. Hot water for shower during the trek.
6. Expenses of personal nature viz. tips, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks etc.
7. Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost inclusive field above.
Preferred Hotels For The Different Packages
 
Deluxe Trip
Standard Trip
Economy Trip
Kathmandu 5-Star: Shangri-La or Similar 4-Star: Vaishali or Similar Hotel Nature or Similar

 
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