Lower Dolpo Trekking

Duration: 18 Days

Overview

  • Duration 18 Days
  • Max. Altitude 5,190 m |
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Dunai - Tarakot - Laini Odar - Toltol - Dho Tarap - Numa La Base Camp - Danighar - Baga La Pass - Ringmo - Phoskundo Lake - Shyanta - Juphal - Kathmandu
  • Best Season Autumn (Sep -Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May) & Monsoon (June-July-August)

Highlights

  • UNESCO world heritage site seeing in Kathmandu
  • Splendid views of Kanjirowa, Dhaulagiri and Tibetan Peaks
  • Explore Tibetan Buddhist and Bon Po culture
  • Discover different uncover elevated animal
  • Pristine Lake Phoskundo

“A mystery with history to explore, with your own footsteps and presence of thoughts and mind.”

Lower Dolpo trekking is an attractive end for pleasant and remote social accomplices. The Lower Dolpo trek in Nepal traverses the high passes of Baga La (5190m), and Numa La (5159 m), and lands in the high Himalayan valleys. The primary characteristics of Lower Dolpo treks are Shey Phoksundo Lake, Buddhist cloisters, and the old accepted society of the Bonpo order. Alongside the Dolpo social encounter, the trek to Dolpo attributes distinctive phenomenal and endangered kinds of regular life and plant arranged characteristics. Trekking to Lower Dolpo is additionally known as Exploring Phoksundo, & trekking by the Shey Phoksundo Lake is essentially an extraordinary experience when trekking along with Nepal's remote stations.

Dolpo, a quite a long time ago Hidden valley is a place that is known for enchanted scenes, and peace. Upper Dolpo is located in the North West of Nepal, in the disengaged corner of the Trans Himalayan Zone. Dolpo is an exploited and awesome area. It starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Juphal, and you stroll down to the Dunai area headquarters of Dolpo. From Dunai you stream by vessel to the Thule Bheri River through Trakot. From that point, you will cross Numa-La and Baga - La to Shey-Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo is recognized to be the deepest lake in the whole Himalayan region. Dolpo is extremely popular for its snow panthers, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat), and blue sheep.

An incredible Naturalist Rodney Jackson led his examination of snow panthers in the Shey Phoksundo zone. God provided for Mother Nature an extraordinary and sublime fortune like Dolpo, which offers sanctuary to numerous uncommon elevated animals. Despite the intense trails and tough geology, the trip to the Dolpo range is a lifetime experience. Sightseers rarely visit the Dolpo Region as the trekking track is extremely tight and steep at places, so the exceptional climbing background is crucial for this trek.

Himalayan Scenery Treks & expedition welcomes you all to join us for this amazing destination. Our expert guides, porters, and staff will accompany you to serve you the best throughout the journey.

NOTE:It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days prior to the actual day of trekking.

If you are able to arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding some extra days besides actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without having to worry about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

Lower Dolpo Trek's detailed itinerary explains the stop where you will be camping overnight and other accommodations. You can also get general ideas about what meals you will be served, how much you will be hiking each day what vehicle you will be traveling on.

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As per your flight plan, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to stretch out a warm welcome to you in our wonderful nation for the lovely outing. As you fly towards the International Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport on a clear sunny day, you can see the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread in distance. Once you land, a representative from Himalayan Scenery Treks will escort you to your hotel. The day is complete leisure. You can either choose to rest in your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around the ancient valley of Kathmandu.

On the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you for site seeing tour of some of Nepal’s most historic sites after morning breakfast. Talking about cultural richness, Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal. This city has an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the valley. We will be taking you on a historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley.

We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath Stupa – the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – the biggest Hindu Shrine and Boudhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be accompanied by a professional licensed guide during your city tour around the beautiful city of Temples. 

After morning breakfast in the hotel, we will go to the domestic terminal to take an hour's flight to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. After we take off from the Tribhuvan International Airport, we can enjoy the aerial view of the ancient Kathmandu valley accompanied by various never-ending Himalayan chains. Nepalgunj is a wonderful town located in Western Nepal, near Nepal-India Border. This town is the gateway to Simkot, Humla. The cultural richness of this interesting Terai town is beyond comparable. The town itself is the showcase of the diverse culture of Nepal. Once we reach this wonderful Terai Town, we will explore this amazing town.

After we have our breakfast in the local hotel, we will once again take a morning flight to Jhupal. Jhupal is an amazing town located in the foothills of the Himalayas. From this town, we will also be able to observe the glorious peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Once we land at the airport of Jhupal, we will join the rest of the trekking staff and then begin our trek. On the first part of our trek, we will walk through a terraced field accompanied by the Bheri river and a narrow gorge. Continuing our walk for about 2-3 hours, we eventually rich to Dunai- the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. After setting up the camp for the overnight stay, we will take an afternoon walk around the small town of Dunai. 

From today onwards the real adventure begins. After an early breakfast, we will leave the Dunai and follow the upstream trail along the southern bank of the Bheri river and Barbung river gorge. The hike today is pleasant as we will be walking along the leveled path accompanied by the beautiful landscape. Along the way, we will also pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges, and isolated villages.

After a couple of hours of hiking, we will take an uphill trail that goes through the pine woods to the open terraced field of Tarakot. It is the small village nestled above the Thuli Bheri River, which was once the capital of the ancient independent Kingdom Tichorung. This beautiful village is inhabited by the Magar tribe. Most of the people living in this village practice Tibetan Buddhism as their religion. Once we reach Tarakot, we set up the camp in the open space for the overnight stay.   

Today we will be hiking alongside the Tarap Chu river. This part of trek brings us closer to Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. Continuing our trek after breakfast, we hike following the Tarap Chu river. After some time of walking, we have to cross some suspension bridge over the Tarap Chu river before we arrive at Laisicap 2775 meters.

Beyond here, we chase up the easy steps for a while, which eventually bring us to Kanigaon at 2950 meters. This village is the winter residence of the people of Dho-Tarap. From the ride of the village, you can see the wonderful view of Sandul Gompa across the valley. Hiking out of the village, we finally push on the steep uphill trail that takes us through farm terraces and rural villages and eventually arrive at the beautiful camping site of Laini Odar. Nearby our camping site, there is a beautiful waterfall. 

The most adventurous part of the trek awaits us today. Leaving the Laini Odar after breakfast, we walk on a steep trail for a while and then we traverse the trail which goes through deep gorges and scary cliffs. The path along here is narrow and sometimes you can jump from one side to another.

In some places the path disappears, so, we have to make our own effort to build the way out. However, the trail becomes relatively open once you pass the gorge. After a continuous ascends and descends, we hike on an easy trail paved with flat stones until we arrive at Chhyugar. Walking a little furthermore from this village, we will reach the camping site of Toltol for an overnight stay.  

The morning walk today begins with the gradual uphill climb leading us to Kamattarka. It is a small beautiful settlement lying at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. We then hike on the northwest bank of Tarap Khola to Ghyamghar, a small settlement with the monastery.

After a couple of hours of morning hike, we leave the narrow gorge and pass through the tree line of Juniper bush and wild roses finally arriving at Langa. After a short break at this village, we continue our hike with an uphill ascends to a small arid hill. On the foothills of this small hill lies the fascinating settlement of Dho Tarap surrounded by the irregular stone wall. 

Today is the day off after a week of exhausting hikes. You can utilize this time to explore the Dho Tarap village and make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerns for ages. We will hike around the village so we will be ready to get going on a higher altitude hike the next day.

Dho Tarap is a magnificent highland settlement in the inner Dolpo region which is dotted with monasteries. In the daytime, we set off to explore Ribo Bumpa Monastery. This monastery is one of the most sacred monasteries in Dolpo. As per the mythology, this monastery was built almost 1,000 years ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltzen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of the evil spirit wandering in this region.

During our short walk, we will also get a chance to be acquainted with the local culture of the region. People living here wear home-spun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color 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 Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects).

After the rest and exploration day at Dho Tarap village, we begin our day's trek to the Numa La Base Camp. After having breakfast in the camp, we continue our hike, enjoying the view of the lush grassland on both sides of the river. Though the walk today is not long, however, the increase in altitude decreases the pace of our hiking.

We slowly take an uphill trail dotted with rocks and a steep landscape that reaches Tokyou at 4209 meters. Tokyou is a small but beautiful settlement with graceful Kani gait and old-fashioned houses. Getting out of the village, we cross the suspension bridge over Kanger Khola and ascend uphill along the wild and barren rugged trail to the base camp of Numa La at 4350 meters.

The hike today is going to be tough and will test your endurance. The path to cross the Numa La pass is difficult, which will be an electrifying and maddening experience for you. After morning breakfast, we walk on an uphill trail all the way to the top ridge of Numa La. Once your reach the top ridge of the Numa La pass, you can have a mesmerizing view of the surrounding landscape.

The scenery of the valleys and mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif and other distinct snow-capped peaks is so spiritually invigorating. You will also be enchanted with the dramatic views of Shering Gompa which is the house for the monks in the region. After some time of enjoying the splendid view from the top ridge of the camp, we slide down following Gyambo Khola to camp at Danighar for an overnight stay. 

It is another technical day at Upper Dolpo Trek. The trek today goes across the Baga La Pass at 5170-meter. Right after breakfast, we commence on our hike with a vertical uphill climb along the shabby yak trail up to the top of Baga La. Reaching the top of the Baga La, we will have magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and snowcapped peaks of Kanjirowa Mountain ranges. The view of the peak ridgeline from the top of this pass is considered one of the most beautiful views of the entire Phoskundo Nature Experience.

After spending a wonderful moment here, we descend down the pass into a deep ravine at first and then cross the frozen stream to open space. The final push down through the beautiful meadow; we finally arrive at our campsite of Temche.

The trek today is much easier as compared to the past two days of trekking. We start our morning hike with a downhill walk to Yak Kharka. Along the trekking trail to the Phoskundo, you will have numerous opportunities to observe the astonishing scenery of the mountain panorama and mother nature’s beauty. Observing such beauty of nature will make you forget all the trouble you have gone through, during the hikes.

We will take a break for a while to capture mother nature's beauty into the lenses of camera and a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Throughout your trek today, we will be accompanied by the magnificent views of the towering cliff as well. After a continuous hike for about 3 hours of traversing through the lush vegetation of pine, junipers, and cypress, we eventually arrive at Ringmo. This small village is a famous Bon settlement in the region. Strolling further downhill for 30 minutes brings us to the mesmerizingly beautiful lake, Phoskundo. 

Today is the day off to explore Phoskundo Lake and the Ringmo village. Once we have our breakfast, we will take a hike to explore the magnificent Lake, Phoskundo. This lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery.

Walking around this pristine freshwater lake is relaxing and enjoyable. In the daytime, we will take a short hike to the Ringmo village and also head to Tshowa. We will also visit the 900 years old gompa nestling at the top ridge above Phoskundo lake. This sacred place is the best place to let your spirit go free. In the evening, we will head back to the camp.

The hike today is the downhill walk to Shyanta. After having breakfast, we begin our hike towards Shyanta. At first, we slide downward for about 3 hours until we arrive at the village of Chekpa.

We then hike on a rocky trail passing through barren hills and tiny Bon Po settlements for an hour. Before we arrive at Shyanta, we begin to see the sign of tropical forest coming into our sight. Once we reach the picturesque place of Shyanta, we set up the camp for the overnight stay. 

Today is the final day of our trekking journey. After spending the night in the small town of Shyanta we will start our morning walk from this town. Leaving the Shyanta, our journey leads us to the comfortable trail towards Jhupal.

On the trail, we can also find Jeeps running to and fro. However, we will trek to Jhupal, observing and exploring the nature along the way. After 6 hours of trek, we will eventually reach Jhupal. We will stay at Jhupal for the night.

Today we will have the one last view of the wonderful region. After an early breakfast, we will board the earliest flight to Nepalgunj from Jumla. Once we land at Nepalgunj, we will board another flight to Kathmandu.

From the Tribhuvan International airport, we will guide you up to your hotel. You will have some free time to explore the Kathmandu city or relax before a farewell party.

    On the last day of our trip, a representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks will drive you to the airport according to your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.

    Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
    • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, duffel bag, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • Restricted Area Trek Permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport-size photos for permit)
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails travelling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concern. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation:

    We provide you with the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Lower Dolpo Trekking, we provide you with the tented camp accommodation. In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages:

    All the food and Beverages included on the package of Lower Dolpo Trekking are provided by the company itself. The foods are professionally prepared and provided in the tented camp on the trail. We will have the breakfast and dinner at the camp. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for the lunch. We also provide the boiled drinking water at the camp. During the trek, there are options for buying the bottled water as well.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful trekking journey, we will provide farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines and live cultural music.

    Transportation:

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide the flight to and from Nepalgunj Airstrip for the Lower Dolpo Trekking.

    Luggage and Backpack:

    The main luggage of your will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave the things which are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip to ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek:

    We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg form each trekker). We provide the one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide the additional guide for your trip.

    Personnel Expenses:

    Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Lower Dolpo Trekking. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get the significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy the drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation:

    Nepal is the country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seeker all around the globe. In spite of the fact that, Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover, thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with the serious hazard. The most exciting, and the joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like the sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing off to your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive at the Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.  

    Join a fixed date group trek or private departure:

    The Lower Dolpo Trekking is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departures dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 20 to 30 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellation of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearranging the schedule.

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