Lower Dolpo Trek - 18 Days

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  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Lower Dolpo
  • Max. Altitude: 5350m/17552ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Dolpo Region Trek is one of the most isolated and least developed areas to consider trekking in Nepal. Dolpo is situated on the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and is the highest inhabited land in 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 quiet.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj Fly (150m/492ft)

Day 4: Fly to Jhupal (2320m/7611ft) and trek to Dunai (2850m/9,348ft)2-3 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Tarakot (2543m/8343ft) 4 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Laini (3160m/10367ft) 5 hrs

Day 7: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m/11630ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Trek to Dho Tarap (4090m/13418ft) 5 hrs

Day 9: Acclimatization at Dho Tarap

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14566ft ) 5 hrs

Day 11: Cross Numa La Pass (5190m17027ft) and camp at Pelung Tang 6 hrs

Day 12: Cross Baga La Pass (5070m/16633ft) and camp at Dajok Tang 6 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m/11811ft) 4 hrs

Day 14: Rest day and trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3620m/11876ft)

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8267ft) 6 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Juphal (2475m/8120ft) 5 hrs

Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj and connect flight to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure from TIA, “Farewell!”

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Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 13m. 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 you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

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 stupas are sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhist people. 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 stay at Hotel 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 stay at Hotel 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 stay at Tented Camp 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 stay at Tented Camp in Tarakot. 

From Tarakot we ascend gradually through many local villages and Buddhist Monasteries. We cross several suspension bridges on Tarap Tsu River. After a few ups and downs, descend to reach our overnight camp at Laini. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Laini.

After breakfast, continue our walk up to the gorge of Tarap River on a trial built on steep slopes. We will have a mesmerizing view of different mountains and valleys. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Nawarpani.

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 stay at Tented Camp in Dho Tarap.

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 stay at Tented Camp in Dho Tarap.

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 (4440m/14566ft ) where there is a monastery for us to explore. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Numa La Base 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 stay at Tented Camp in Pelung Tang .

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 stay at Tented Camp in Dajok Tang.

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 stay at Tented Camp in Ringmo.

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. Today we will spend the day exploring the area adjacent to the lake. This area was where the famous movie “Caravan” was filmed. You will have the chance to meet the local people and learn about their Buddhist and Bon traditions. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Ringmo.

Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. On the way we will encounter many important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta.Again today is a day of mostly descent on our way to Shyanta.Overnight at a tented camp. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Shyanta. 

The final leg of our trek sees us at Juphal which was the starting point and is the ending point for our trek. Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Juphal via Sulighat. We have the chance to relax in our guesthouse after our long trek. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Juphal

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. Upon arrival at Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel 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. 

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.


Route Map

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
  • Cross challenging passes of Kang La (5360m), Saldang La (5200m), and Jeng La (5090m)
  • Experience stunning Tibetan Buddhist & Bon Po Culture

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  • Social Responsibility
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