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Lower Dolpo Trekking

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Duration
19 days
Max. Elevation
5360.00m
Group size
2+
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Best Season
March to November
Accomodation
3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and tented camp during the trekking
Meals
Breakfast basis in city and full board during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Dunai-Chhepka-Samdua village-Phoksumdo Lake-Cross Baga La-Phedi-Cross Numa La-Tokyu Gaon-Dho Tarap-Ghymagar-Tarap Khola-Tarakot-Dunai-Jhupal-Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Adventure on ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade & Caravan Trail to Tibet via Dolpo
    • Extension of huge South-West Tibetan landscapes within world highest plateau land
    • Explore Lower Dolpo villages enriched with ancient Bon tradition and Buddhism culture
    • Impressive old monasteries and villages with stunning views of dramatic valley and mountains
    • Crossing high passes of Numa-la Baga-la with exceptional views of high snow-capped peaks
    • Walk on high windswept-dry and arid country within beautiful landscapes
    • Grand views of snowcapped peaks of Dhaulagiri- Kagmara with Kanjibroba peaks
    • In the country of ancient Bon sect of pre Buddhism and Blue Sheep with elusive snow-leopard

‘adventure around Nepal Far North West towards beautiful turquoise Lake Phoksundo’

Lower Dolpo Trekking, where you will be in the land of ancient Bonpa sect of pre-Buddhism and in the country where elusive snow-leopard and blue sheep habitats, a scenic walk in the harmony of local Dolpo people immense culture and traditions.

Lower Dolpo Trekking located around Nepal Far North West on least explored and hardly visited by westerners or foreign travelers due to its remoteness and isolated from the main big cities of Nepal.

Adventure involves scenic sweeping flights to and from Kathmandu to reach at Nepal Far South city of Nepalgunj and highland of Dolpo country, where our marvelous walks leads you within Nepal largest National Park of Shey-Phoksundo with an area of 3,555 sq. kms.

Around Lower Dolpo Trekking where you will be walking into forest of blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch trees, as walk leads higher above Jugdula River valley consists mostly of Quercus species.

Higher above crossing few high passes of Namo-la and Baga-la above 5,100 m leading you on Old Trans-Himalaya Salt and Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet with landscapes near to desert type with vegetation of mainly dwarf juniper and caragana shrubs.

On walks one might spot rare and elusive snow leopard and the blue sheep, other common wild-life found around are Goral, Himalayan Thar, Serow, leopard, wolf, jackal, where bird-life can be often seen such as Impeyan Pheasant (Danphe national bird of Nepal), blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge and many others species.

Lower Dolpo Trekking also leads you into beautiful turquoise colored Lake Phoksundo within its magnificent surrounding after walking through Jhupal and Dunai and exploring the village of Ringmo, Tokyu-Gaon and Tarakot villages of great interest.

On this awesome adventure of two-week duration where you will be impressed witnessing Dolpo impressive ancient Bon culture, of pre Buddhism which is almost extinct in some parts of the Himalaya, where on this wonderful trek you will have this opportunity.

After glorious moment with grand views of high snow capped mountains and enjoying local fascinating traditional life, where our walks completes heading back to Jhupal for scenic flight to Nepalgunj and then back at Kathmandu with memorable adventure and experience on Lower Dolpo Trekking. 

Important Note

As mentioned above that Dolpo or Dolpa falls as Nepal largest National Park of Shey-Phoksundo with an area of 3,555 sq. kms. A beautiful charming country to visit and experience once in your life-time, as the area seldom ventured by main flow of trekkers and adventurer due to its remoteness and isolated from other parts of Nepal.

The area still remains a raw country to visit and to explore timeless cultures of Dolpo habitants, Dolpo area was exposed to the outside world from the famous classic novel ‘Snow Leopard’ written by Peter Mattessian an American author who visited this country from Dorpatan that links with Pokhara in mid 1970’s published the novel around mid 1980’ a fascinating and interesting to read.

Dolpo was famous from the movie Himalaya, original called ‘Caravan’ but the name coincided with Hollywood films of 1980’s star cast with veteran actor Anthony Quinn, so the name from Caravan was changed to Himalaya, a joint venture of French and Nepalese nominated for Oscar Award in 1999, worth to see the movie and read the novel Snow Leopard.

The highlight of the Dolpo is visiting its isolated villages enriched with age-old ancient culture of both Buddhism and Bon sect of pre Buddhism similar to Native American Red Indians and Inwiks (Eskimo) or Laplanders.

A photogenic country to explore and visit with awesome scenery of mountains, deep valley and impressive villages as well crossing high scenic passes to reach from one side of Inner Dolpo to Lower Dolpo region.

Related Trekking areas for interested people would be adventure to Upper Dolpo around Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery, or walk towards Mustang areas from Dolpo close to massive Dhaulagiri mountain range.

One can continues walk from Jhupal to Rara Lake and fly out from small airstrip called Talcha airport or via Jumla.

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Besides our program with standard Itineraries presented in websites.we also run and organize private or Tailor Made itineraries to suit every interested individual- couple or for honey-moon, families  and so on to corporate executives on local mountain Lodge-Hotels and Resorts or with camping facilities include different unit of kitchen-cook-staff and guides as well porters. For special Tailor Made programs and Itineraries to fit as per your duration and interesting destination please contact us and we will provide you with all necessary details and full information regarding your holiday plan in Himalaya.

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, received by our office staff and guide and then a short drive to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

After checking in your rooms getting refreshed join with other members of the group for briefing on Lower Dolpo Trekking, provides you with useful information regarding treks and other details for your enjoyable stay in Nepal with us, includes welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program.

Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour at places of great interest within Kathmandu city, steeped with historical and religious monuments temples, monasteries as listed in World Heritage Sites, after an interesting tour afternoon at leisure for Lower Dolpo trek preparation.

As per time for flight to Nepalgunj located Nepal Far South West transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic sweeping flights of about 50 minutes to land at low warm areas at Nepalgunj city airport.

During airborne fantastic views a panorama of snow-capped mountains from the take-off in Kathmandu to landing at Nepalgunj airport, on reaching at Nepalgunj airport terminal transfer to a nice hotel within its city area. Nepalgunj, situated close to Indian border of UP (Utter Pradesh), where culture and local people with strong Indian influence in culture and way of life.

Morning early breakfast for short connecting flight to land at Jhupal in Dolpo area, during this scenic flight views of Dhaulagiri and other western Himalaya, on reaching at Jhupal after 35-40 minutes on air where our staff and porters receives you.

From Jhupal, after getting organized and then few hours of exciting jeep drive reaches you at Dunai the main headquarter and administrative town of whole Dolpa area.

In Dunai for overnight stop in the comfort of nice local lodge, afternoon walk around Dunai town and observe its interesting local culture and traditional life.

With pleasant overnight in Dunai, morning walk leads past the market area and then crossing over a bridge of Thulo Bheri River, where climb takes you over a ridge to Phoksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak.

From here walk leads to descend past farm villages with fields growing walnut trees and getting close to a stream of Dhera, a small cattle herders settlements and then short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe.

As walk leads to downhill path into forested area to reach our overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.

From Chhepka which is close to Ankhe village, as morning walk leads to a short climb and then descend into forested area to reach a river bank, from here climb after leaving the forest.

On reaching top of a ridge with downhill to forest leading to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek further to Samdua for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.

Morning walk leads to our first destination at Phoksumdo Lake after walking over Pungmo Kholas valley and crossing streams, where walk follows Pungmo Khola on downhill into pine and birch trees to reach upper side of Phoksumdo Khola.

After a short refreshing stop continue walk to Ringmo village, an interesting Tibetan origin village adorned with mud plastered Chorten and Mani (prayer) walls.

From here a short walk leads to Phoksundo Lake for overnight camp by the shore of beautiful turquoise Lake of Phoksundo.

A perfect spot for leisure and free day, here marvel the beauty around its natural surroundings with its scenic landscapes overlooking peaks of Kagmara, and explore interesting Ringmo village and witness Dolpo people culture of age-old heritage and custom.

After an enjoyable and exciting rest stop at Ringmo village and around Phoksundo Lake, morning walk leads to reach other side of Dolpo area. As our route leads east to cross few passes, walking on a pleasant trail with steep uphill to reach over Baga-la at 5,070 meters.

A steep uphill for few hours to reach on top where you will be rewarded with super panorama of Phoksumdo lake and Kagmara peaks, after a scenic stop walk leads to a long descend to overnight camp at Phedi (bottom of the hill).

From here morning walk leads to another pass at Numa-la at above 5,190 meters, the highest point of the adventure, walk leads to a climb on nice grassy slopes for about three hours and then reaching on top Numa-la, facing grand views of snow capped mountains from Dhaulagiri mountain range to Kagmara peak and looking down at beautiful valleys with dramatic landscapes.

After an enjoyable stop descend to the base of the Pass, with gradual path to reach our overnight camp around Yak summer pasture.

After some days in complete isolation away from villages, today’s walk leads to an interesting village of Tokyu-Gaon, one of the largest village of Inner Dolpo, morning starts with a steep climb for two hours to the top of Jeng-la with grand views of snow capped mountains with Mt. Dhaulagiri North Face, on enjoying the fantastic views, then descend towards Tarap valley, which is one of the longest beautiful green valley extending about 20 k.m along Tarap Chu River, with more than 10 villages with well tended farm fields, monasteries and Chorten.

Overnight stop at Tokyu Gaon, an interesting village with an old monastery, afternoon visit the monastery or just relax and observe the local with farming and daily activities.

After Tokyu Gaon, morning starts on downhill to Tarap Chu on wider green valley, one of the scenic broader valley of the area, here you will notice many Sheppard’s settlements of Yaks and Sheep, as walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, another interesting village of mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

From here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls heading due south following the trail after Sisaul and small place of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghymagar.

Today walks on Tarap nice valley, as the trail enter into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might see some wild life like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals.

As the walk progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of about 6 hours.

Morning walk starts past smaller villages and then entering into small forest area, following a river all the way to Tarakot, this is one of the important and large village of Dolpo with interesting history houses an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) to guard the village from outsiders in early days.

Tarakot village with famous old Sandul Gomba located at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where our overnight camp is set.

After a fabulous time at Tarakot, our last day walk leads to Dunai for short while and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Morning starts walking into spread out villages and farm huts, walk on wider path with some short uphill and downhill to reach at Thuli Bheri River valley and then at Dunai, on reaching Dunai for lunch. From here jeeps drive back to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj unto Kathmandu.

Morning at Jhupal, transfer to its small airstrip for scenic short flight to land at Nepalgunj airport, here with times to get refreshed before catching another flight back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with free afternoon for individual activities.

We have planned a free day for you to enjoy extra leisure day in Kathmandu after scenic trek on Lower Dolpo, on this day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs, or join in for another exciting tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur at places of great interest.

Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Lower Dolpo Trekking.

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Includes

    • All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
    • 04 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
    • 01 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on full board in Nepaljung
    • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
    • Kathmandu to Nepaljung to Juphal and Juphal to Nepaljung to Kathmandu by flight
    • All necessary trek permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
    • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
    • twin shearing accommodation/tented camp during the trek
    • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek
    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
    • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
    • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
    • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
    • Anything not included in service includes column

Complimentary

    • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
    • First aid kit
    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
    • One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek

Frequently Asked Questions

You come to the right place, where our program Lower Dolpo will fulfill your dreams and lifetime destination as Trekking Planner organize and run this trip to Lower Dolpo which falls in the remote corners of Far Western Himalaya of Nepal.

On this trek where camping is involved as the area is quite raw to receive outside visitors with only few lodges and inn to stay, where’s camping will be the right choice with full camping facilities of different kitchen unit of cook-kitchen staff includes guides and porters or pack animals to carry camping gears and baggage.

While almost all Himalayan mountainous region leads you to much ups and down with some gradual winding trail, from wide to narrow path on country rocky and muddy route sometimes where on this trekking minimum altitude of 2,500 m to maximum 5,190m and 5,070 m high while crossing Numa-la and Baga-la passes.

Most of main villages do have electricity supply either from local hydro project or from Solar power, where one can have the opportunity to charge their electronic gadgets at extra cost of reasonable price for using the supply from the landlords or house owners.

We suggest that one can carry portable solar panel with batteries to charge their appliances in case of emergency where villages can be far to reach, that is why camping is done mostly to due to its remoteness. 

Our expert guides will accompany you to provide needful information and queries about Dolpo areas, from history of mountaineering, flora-fauna, local culture and religion and as well our guides and camping / trekking staff are well trained in medical and First Aid, if problem arises.

Our booking is open all year round after selecting the trip of your interest and choice, please book at least minimum 4 weeks prior to group trip departure for private and tailor made trips minimum of 2 weeks.

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is critical where nearest medical attention needed.

We call for immediate evacuation right option would be Helicopter services to reach victims for safety to the nearest medical station and hospital.

For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), resting and drinking enough fluid leaving an extra guide to take care of sick clients till he / she recovers on route treks or help them to descend to safer areas and taking an advance flight back to Nepalgunj or Kathmandu.

Always follow the rules of the company and guides / leader, most of the main sickness is stomach disorder due to change in foods and culture shocks. If people have traveled in Asia countries and know the food well will be not a problem.        

Other factors might leads to altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which can happen to any people, if they are not careful by walking fast in higher elevation and might catch the symptoms of AMS.

We have designed the itinerary days where people can acclimatize well with rest days in couple of high places before reaching much higher to our goal and highlights.

Some people might take Diamox pills, which is often used as high altitude pills, should consult the doctors before taking the right dose, which helps to regulate the flow of blood systems from getting clots in high altitude. Where drinking plenty of fluids, water-juice and rehydration drink including black warm tea also helps and taking much rest after getting tired.

Nepal Himalaya is for all seasons for soft trekking and sightseeing tours, Nepal has 4 main seasons'   spring, summer with (Monsoon), autumn (fall) & winter. For Dolpo trekking best from April to November includes monsoon months of July and August, as Dolpo region falls within rain-shadow blocked by high Himalayan mountain range.

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