Lower Dolpo Trek - 18 Days



Dolpo Region Trek Route is one of the most isolated and least developed areas to consider trekking in Nepal. Dolpo region is situated on the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and is the highest inhabited land in the western Nepal. Dolpo, a land beyond the Himalayas, captures mysterious views of ancient monasteries, blue sheep, and snow leopards. Dolpo region has been strictly off limits until 1990, which has helped the traditions and ways of life to remain intact for decades. Dolpo has gained an immense attention since the first trek which was organized by a British tour operator in 1990. Since the release of Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard” and David Snellgrove’s Himalayan Pilgrimage has contributed significantly to highlight and popularize this region.

The Lower Dolpo Trek too offers an outstanding trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal which requires special permits to enter. It is a moderate trek with a maximum elevation of just 5230 m at Numa La. The main attractions of this trek are the lively local communities, the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake, believed to be the manifestation of a female deity Tara, (the deepest lake of Nepal) and the snowed capped Himalayan peaks. The trek passes through Shey-Phosundo National Park with spectacular mountain scenery, Buddhist Monasteries, and yak caravans. Legend says that it is one of the “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. As we trek through the heart of Dolpo we encounter both the amazing scenery and heart touching communities. From Magar villages at Dhaulagiri to Bhotia fortress and Gompas, this trek shows the beautiful landscapes of Nepal along with the diverse culture it holds within it. The hills here are sparsely populated which makes them very peaceful and quite.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu

Day 4: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) from Nepalgunj then trek to Dunai (2850m/9,348ft)2-3 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Tarakot (2543m) 4 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Laini (3160m) 5 hrs

Day 7: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m) 4 hrs

Day 8: Trek to Tarap (4090m) 5 hrs

Day 9: Tarap rest day

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 5 hrs

Day 11: Cross Numa La Pass (5190m) 6 hrs

Day 12: Cross Baga La Pass (5070m)

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)

Day 14: Rest day and trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal

Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj then to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure from TIA, “Farewell!”

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1333m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and youwill be provided with all the detailed information about your program. If your arrival is late in the evening then there is always another day to provide you information about your tour.
On you second day in Nepal you will start your morning after breakfast and head toward Pashuapthinath Temple one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage places. Then on to Boudhanath & Swaymnbhunath Stupa (UNESCO sites). These two stupasaresacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhist people. Half of your day will be sightseeing and remaining half day will be in preparation for your trekking. Your guide will provide you details about the trek and if you have any query regarding the trek then you can ask your guide. Overnight in Kathmandu.
It’s a 1 hour flight this morning to Nepalgunj a border town near the India-Nepal border located in the Terai lowlands area. The rest of your day will be spent sightseeing around the local bazaar by horse and cart. The Bageshowri Temple is also very popular and worth visiting in the early evening. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
A 35 minute flight takes us to Jhupal. An incredible mountain flight which takes us over mountain ridges and valleys with majestic mountains as a backdrop. Jhupal is a small village with a small airstrip amongst the mountains and hills. From here we trek for a few hours until we reach Dunai the district headquarters of the Dolpo district. Overnight in Dunai.
Leaving Dunai this morning the trail follows along the Thuli Bheri River and we can start to appreciate the majestic beauty of this region. The trail is a bit rough and rocky in some places as road service has not yet reached this region but this makes the journey ever more enjoyable for those that enjoy remote travel. Overnight in a guesthouse or tented camp.
From Tarakot we ascend gradually through many local villages and Buddhist monasteries. We cross several suspension bridges on the way. Overnight in a tented camp.
Four hours of trekking today seeis us in Nawarpani, it’s a comfortable day passing through pine forest and fir forest.Overnight at a tented camp.
The landscape changes today as we approach a small settlement nestled between huge mountains. There is a Buddhist monastery in Tarap which is predominantly Tibetan. The women of this region wear traditional clothing, dark skirts with colorful aprons woven from yak wool with shell bracelets in the Tibetan tradition.Overnight at a tented camp.
Today we have a rest day in Tarap for acclimatization. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the area and spend time with the locals. Overnight at a tented camp.
On our way today we pass the “Crystal Mountain School” which is funded by a French NGO and is educating the children of the region. A further 1 hour of trekking takes us to Numa La Base Camp where there is a monastery for us to explore. Overnight at a tented camp.
It’s a tough day of trekking today and we make an early start so that we can cross the pass before the weather deteriorates in the afternoon. It’s a long and strenuous climb but from the top we can get incredible panoramic views as far as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Kanjorowa (6883m). Overnight at a tented camp.
Today we cross another pass and it’s another early start. 2 hours of trekking has us at high camp and from there it’s only another hour to the pass. From the pass we again have panoramic views of Kanijirowa and other peaks. Overnight at a tented camp.
Today is quite a long trek but easier as it’s mostly a descent. We trek past Yak Kharka and Maduwa Khola where the trail is carved out from the rocks. We then pass through thick pine forest passing by some beautiful waterfalls before reaching Ringmo. Overnight at a tented camp.
From Ringmo we walk to Shey Phoksundo Lake. This is the deepest lake in Nepal and it’s pristine beauty is a sight to behold.
Again today is a day of mostly descent on our way to Shyanta.Overnight at a tented camp.
The final leg of our trek sees us atJhupal which was the starting point and is the ending point for our trek. We have the chance to relax in our guesthouse after our long trek. Overnight in a guesthouse.
We have a transit day today. An early morning mountain flight sees us at Nepalgunj from where we take another flight to Kathmandu. Don’t forget the savor the incredible mountain view from your flight. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour our wonderful Himalayan country. There will be heart touching relationship between you and our company during this journey. We will be missing you and praying for your safe return home.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • 1 night accommodation in Napalgunj
  • 1 night in Jhupal and 1 night in Dunai
  • Tented camp during your trekking
  • Mountain flights and local flights
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Dolpo National Park fees, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Official expenses.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)

Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.


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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


TRIP COST USD
  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Max-Altitude: 5,360m
  • Trek Style: Tea House/Camping

Trip highlights

  • An adventurous trek to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal
  • Beautiful view of tranquil Phoksundo Lake and sparkling waterfall
  • Scenic Mountain flight to & from Juphal
  • Spectacular views of the landscape
  • Challenging Numa La and Baga La passes
  • Experience stunning Tibetan Buddhist & Bon Po Culture
  • Cultural experience at Kathmandu Heritage Tour 

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