Lower Dolpo Trek detailed itinerary explains about the stop where you will be camping for 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.
Lower Dolpo Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
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 a complete leisure. You can either choose rest at your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around in the ancient valley of Kathmandu.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
On the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you for site seeing tour to some of Nepal’s most historic site after morning breakfast. Talking about the 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 to historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath Stupa – oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – biggest Hindu Shrine and Boudhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed in the UNESCO world Heritage site. You will be accompanied by the professional licensed guide during your city tour around beautiful city of Temples.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj:
After a morning breakfast in hotel, we will go to the domestic terminal to take an hour 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 the 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.
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai:
After we have our breakfast in the local hotel, we will once again take a morning flight to Jhupal. Jhupal is the 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 on 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 terraced field accompanied by Bheri river and narrow gorge. Continuing our walk for about 2-3 hours, we eventually rich to Dunai- Administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. After setting up the camp for the overnight stay, we will take a afternoon walk around the small town of Dunai.
Day 5: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot:
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 levelled 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 a uphill trail which goes through the pine woods to the open terraced field of Tarakot. It is the small village nested above the Thuli Bheri river, which was once the capital of ancient independent Kingdom Tichorung. This beautiful village is inhabited by the Magar tribe. Most of the people living in this village practise Tibetan Buddhism as their religion. Once we reach Tarakot, we setup the camp in the open space for the overnight stay.
Day 6: Trek from Tarakot to Laini Odar:
Today we will be hiking alongside 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 Tarap Chu river before we arrive at Laisicap 2775 meter. Beyond here, we chase up the easy steps for a while, which eventually bring us to Kanigaon at 2950 meter. 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 final push on the steep uphill trail that take 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.
Day 7: Trek from Laini Odar to Toltol:
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 through 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 place 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 easy trail paved with flat stones until we arrive at Chhyugar. Walking little furthermore from this village, we will reach the camping site of Toltol for the overnight stay.
Day 8: Trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap:
The morning walk today begins with the gradual uphill climb leading us to Kamattarka. It is the 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 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 a uphill ascend 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.
Day 9: Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap:
Today is the day off after a week of exhausting hike. 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 the we will be ready to get going on a higher altitude hike on next day.
Dho Tarap is the magnificent highland settlement in the inner Dolpo region which is dotted with monasteries. At day time, we set off to explore Ribo Bumpa Monastery. This monastery is one of the most sacred monastery 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 wondering in this region. During our short walk we will also get chance to be acquainted with the local culture of the region. People living here wear home spun clothing that is sometime dyed a maroon colour and they favour Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. 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).
Day 10: Trek from Dho Tarap to Numa La Base Camp:
After the rest and exploration day at Dho Tarap village, we begin our todays 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 the both side of the river. Though the walk today is not long, however the increase in altitude decreases the pace of our hiking. We slowly take a uphill trail dotted with rocks and steep landscape which reaches Tokyou at 4209 meter. Tokyou is the 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 meter.
Day 11: Trek from Numa La Base Camp to Danighar via Numa La Pass:
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 the electrifying and maddening experience for you. After morning breakfast, we walk on 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 the 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 overnight stay.
Day 12: Trek from Danighar to Temche 4000m via Baga La Pass:
It is another technical day of Upper Dolpo Trek. The trek today goes across the Baga La Pass at 5170-meter. Right after the 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 the 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 on of the most beautiful view of the entire Phoskundo Nature Experience. After spending a wonderful moment here, we descend down the pass into deep ravine at first and then cross the frozen stream to open space. The final push down thorugh the beautiful meadow; we finally arrive at our campsite of Temche.
Day 13: Trek from Temche to Ringmo:
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 opportunity to observe the astonishing scenery of the mountain panorama and the mother nature’s beauty. Observing such beauty of the nature will make you foget all the trouble you have gone through, during all the hike. We will take a break for a while to capture the mother nature beauty into the lenses of camera and a memory to cherish for the life time. 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 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 bring us to the mesmerizingly beautiful lake, Phoskundo.
Day 14: Explore around Phoskundo Lake:
Today is the day off to explore around the Phoskundo Lake and the Ringmo village. Onece we have our breakfast, we will take a hike to explore around the magnificent Lake, Phoskundo. This lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Walking around this pristine fresh water lake is relaxing and enjoyable. At day time 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 sprit go free. At evening, we will head back to the camp.
Day 15: Trek from Phoskundo Lake to Shyanta:
The hike today is the downhill walk to Shyanta. After having breakfast, we begin our hike towards Shyanta. At first, we slide downward to 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.
Day 16: Trek from Shyanta to Juphal:
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 lead 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.
Day 17: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then Fly to Kathmandu:
Today we will have the one last view of the wonderful region. After a early breakfast, we will board on a 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 a free time to explore the Kathmandu city or relax before a farewell party.
Day 18: Transfer to international airport for your final connecting flight home:
On the las day of our trip, representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks will drive you to the airport according to you flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
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