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Lower Dolpo Trek 18days

Duration

18 days

Trip Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Max Altitude

5,070m/16633ft

Trip Code

ANT01LD1
1 Pax 2-5 Pax 6+ Pax
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Trip Overview

Lower Dolpo Trek is an amazing 18 days excursion to savor the flawless magnificence and tough territory in one of the remote area of Nepal. The lower Dolpo was opened for trekking in 1989, however, the area has stayed untouched and unexplored because of its disengaged area. The lower Dolpo lies in a detached corner in the Trans Himalayas of Nepal which is exceptionally rich in cultural and natural aspects. This Himalayan valley also reminds Tibetan Highlands. This trek is a sublime mix of mountains, high passes, phenomenal scene, lavish valleys, wonderful lakes. Tibetan Buddhism is being practiced in the area which gives traveling individuals to experience the Himalayan culture and way of life.

Next, we fly to Jhupal via Nepalgunj and start our trek through remote areas respecting the excellent rain shadow areas of the Himalayas. The area is reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. Beside this, Dolpo is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. While on the trek, you get the chance to encounter the yak parades that keep up the traditional salt exchange with Tibet. Additionally, We also reach pristine Phoksundo Lake by crossing two high passes- Numa La and Baga La. 

If in case you are planning to trek in Lower Dolpo area of Nepal, at that point contact Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition. We will do our best to make your trip lifetime memorable!!

Trip Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Exploration of serenity of Lower Dolpo Region along with beautiful Phoksundo Lake
  • Being acquainted with inhabitants and their lifestyles of Dolpo people
  • Encounter with ancient monasteries, leopards, and blue sheep
  • Wonderful views of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba

Additional Info

If the suggested itineraries are not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

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Before Travel Trek Safety Things To Be Considered

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (152m/500ft)  and transfer to Hotel, 35min flight

Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek toDunai (2,850m/9,348ft), 25min flight, 2-3hrs trek

Day 05: Trek toTarakot (2,543m/8,341ft) 5-6hrs 

Day 06: Trek to Laini (3,160 m/10,365ft) 6-7hrs 

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627ft) 4-5hrs 

Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft) 7-8hrs 

Day 09: Do Tarap: acclimatisation and exploration day, Visit the Bön and Buddhist monasteries

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4,440m/14,563ft) 4-5hrs 

Day 11: Trek to Numa La (5,309m/17,420ft) to Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645ft) 6-7hrs 

Day 12: Trek to Baga La (5,170m/16,980ft) to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) 5-6hrs 

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo Gaon / Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,808ft) 3-4hrs 

Day 14: Phoksundo Tal: rest and exploration day

Day 15: Trek to Shyangta (2,520m/8,265 ft) 5-6hrs 

Day 16: Trek back to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft) 5-6hrs 

Day 17: Fly back to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) 25min and 35min flights

Day 18: Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our representative will be there at the Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The same evening, you and your team members will be offered typical Nepali food in a fine restaurant. You will also be briefed about the trip, and dropped at your hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300m/4,264ft)

After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.

Day 03: Fly to  Nepalgunj and Transfer to Hotel

Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Nepalgunj, about an hour scenic flight brings you to the southern Nepal border with India. This flat land has quite tropical, hot and humid climate. Transfer to Hotel and check in an air-conditioned room which is top most necessary to avoid from mosquito and heat. 

Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)35 min, 2-3hrs

After an early breakfast, we take a morning flight to Juphal. A 45 minutes flight over the high mountains brings you at Juphal over the Himalayan foothills, with the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Juphal our trekking staffs receive you. Our first-day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft) 5-6hrs

After breakfast, our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail, deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about 7 meters above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us eventually. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans.

Day 06: Trek to Laini {3,160 m/10,365 ft) 6-7hrs

We resume our walk following the Tarap Chu river upstream, crossing a suspension bridge to open lunch spot.The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages.  After a few ups and downs, finally, encounter river bed to reach our overnight camp at Laini.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft) 5hrs

After breakfast, we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge.

Day 08: Trek to Do-Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft) 7-8hrs

Our morning walk begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of nice morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this Valley, both Bön Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations.  

Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization

We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Explore villages, monasteries and enjoy the surrounding breathtaking views.  Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for footwear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber, and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bön po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bön Gompa (pre-Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk.

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft) 6-7hrs

After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of Inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap Chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains.  A few hours' good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village, our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.

Day 11: Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Baga La Phedi(4465m/14,645 ft) 6-7hrs

This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to the crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m).  After getting to the top of Numa La we will descend to camp at Pelung Tang

Day 12: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) 6hrs

After breakfast, our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow-capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) 3-4hrs

Our morning trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo.

Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo village in Phoksundo Lake

A rest and exploration day. And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksundo Lake: remember the harrowing scene in 'Himalaya' when Thinley's yak caravan attempted the 'Devil's Trail'. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way around the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great view. 

Day 15: Trek to Shyangta (2520m/8265 ft) 5-6hrs

Today’s trek leads downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We find many important medicinal minerals which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyangta.

Day 16: Trek back to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft) 5-6hrs

Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Juphal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Juphal below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Juphal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

Day 17: Fly back to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

We take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Amazing Nepal’s Trekking staffs. 

Day 18: Final departure

Yes, we will see you off at the Tribhuvan International airport.

Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Nepalgunj for 1 night with breakfast
  • All domestic flight as per itinerary
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites 
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Restricted Area permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and support staffs salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation 
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Dolpo Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Mineral water
  • Hot shower 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Every Day Departure
We can depart our trip every day(Nepal Packages). You Can Schedule your own departure date and contact us. We will make your Itinerary as your convenient.

Meals:

Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. It would be smart not to order many dishes and waste as you have limited food. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the Camp, lunch will be eaten at one of the campsite en-route.

Accommodation:

A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the Bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting. 
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances such as mobile phones, cameras and there may be a small charge for this.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Upper Dolpo is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material

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