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Lower Dolpo Trek

Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : Trekking, tour, Exploration
trip length
Total Days : 18 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 15 Days
difficulty
Difficulty : Moderate- Hard
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu

Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the hidden treasure and trekking destination in Nepal. This place is undoubtedly best known for the many remote high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal. Dolpo conserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Also, this region is known as one of the “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche who was a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. Enclosed by high elevations including the Dhaulagiri ridge to the south-east and cut off by high passes closed by snow half of the year, Dolpo’s easiest access is from Tibet, where the people migrated from perhaps 1000 years ago.

The main point of this area is Shey- Phoksundo Lake. Trekking to Lower Dolpo offers you a remarkable and worthwhile experience of the lifetime.A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside by the Shey- Phoksundo National Park, at 3555 square km. this area is meant to preserve the trans-Himalayan ecosystem, Himalayan black bear, the park shelters blue sheep, leopards, wolves, and the rarely seen snow leopard. The Lower Dolpo Trek is meant for real adventurers for an adventurous experience. Our trek passes through the nice village and through high and remote alpine area and finally, come to beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake (3600m), with spectacular mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries and yak caravans. Lower Dolpo Trek along with Phoksundo Lake Trek takes us through a lush forest, then load through rocky canyons in the barren hill near the border with Tibet.

As this is Nepal’s one of the most demanding trek that goes through Numala and Bagala pass which are the remote area of the country, we should make a lot of ascending and descend. Therefore, we recommend attempting only for experienced trekkers. Also, this is a challenging pass from where we can see the superb views of Dhaulagiri range, KyangyuRipa, Nilgiri, Annapurna range and many other mountains. We are sure that the Lower Dolpo Trek will be one of the most amazing trips ever.  

 

Lower Dolpo Trek Itinerary Outline:  

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) Trek to Dunai (2850m):2-3hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m): 5-6hrs walk
Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m): 6-7hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m): 5hrs walk
Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap (4090m): 7hrs walk
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Do Tarap
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m): 7hrs walk
Day 11: Trek to Pelung Tang (4465m) via Numa La Pass (5190m)
Day 12: Trek to Dajok Tang (4080m) via Baga La Pass (5070m)
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m): 4hrs walk
Day 14: Trek to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m): 6hrs walk
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
Day 17: Flight: Jhupal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure  

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Once you arrive at the premises of International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a staff member from ‘Himalayan Recreation’ and then transferred to the hotel through the bustling streets of Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be briefly explained about your itinerary package which will be followed by the welcome dinner.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: 
A government registered guide will take you on a ride through several World Heritage Sites inside Kathmandu which includes Pashupatinath Temple Complex, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa. The tour on the second day concludes with a visit to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square premises which holds sites like Basantapur Museum and home of Living Goddess- Kumari.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj:
It takes about an hour of flight to arrive at the Airstrip of Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj exists near to the Indian border and is the hub of Western Nepal. The unpredictable weather in Jumla often leads to delay or cancel the flight. So, we will stay overnight at the hotel in Nepalgunj city on the 3rd day.

Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) Trek to Dunai (2850m):2-3hrs walk:
45minutes of a scenic flight over mountains will lead us to Airport at Jhupal. Enjoying the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Peaks, we will proceed through the terraced fields and the bank of Bheri River to arrive at Dunai which is the Administrative Headquarter of Dolpo Region.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m): 5-6hrs walk:
Starting from the southern edge of the river, we will follow the upward trail through gorges and few dispersed settlements that continue further across the pine trees along the narrow path towards pretty fortress town of Tarakot that is located atop the hill towards the south of Bheri River.

Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m): 6-7hrs walk:
Pursuing the trail that locates above Tarap Chu River, we will cross the bridge and continue our journey through the terraced fields of few villages to arrive at Laini. We will take this opportunity to have a peek into the rural ways of living at Laini and stay overnight at Laini.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m): 5hrs walk:
The trek on 7th day begins with a walk along the gorge of Tarap River. Pursuing the trail through the gorges, we will choose the downward trail to Chyugur River at which point the trekking becomes a bit difficult as the trail vanishes and we have to predict our own way. We will spend the night at Nawarpani.

Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap (4090m): 7hrs walk:
Following the easy trail, we will pass through Kamattarka that exists at the junction of Tarap chu and Lang Rivers. The trail then advances through the gorge and the tree lines to the pretty village of Do Tarap which constitutes natives from both Bon Po and Chaiba sects.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Do Tarap:
9th day is taken as the rest day. Taking rest is beneficial to get acclimatized to the higher altitude. Since trekking experts recommend a gentle walk over remaining idle, we will pay a visit to nearby Buddhist Gompa. The Bon Po Gompa is located about 40minutes far from our camp site.

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m): 7hrs walk:
7hours of walk through Upper Tarap Valley will shift us to Numa La Base Camp. A walk taken on this day will introduce you with a topography that is totally different than other terrains inside Inner Dolpo. In contrast to other arid belts of Inner Dolpo, Tarap Valley is blessed with a meadow with lush green vegetation. Passing through Tokyu Village, we will take the ascending trail towards Numa La Base Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Pelung Tang (4465m) via Numa La Pass (5190m):
A strenuous trekking through the escalating trail will take us to the 5190m towering Numa La Pass. We will enjoy the picturesque views of Dhaulagiri Mountain and the arid valley before lowering down to Pelung Tang where we will set our camp for the night.

Day 12: Trek to Dajok Tang (4080m) via Baga La Pass (5070m):
Leaving Pelung Tang behind, we will pursue the strenuous trail towards Baga La Pass that locates at an altitude of 5070m height. Conquering the Baga La Pass, we will enjoy the gratifying views of the Kanjirowa Mountain Range and the nearby valley before taking the downward trail for about 3hrs to arrive at Dajok Tang.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m): 4hrs walk:
Walking through the dense pine woods, the trail contours down to the pasture land where we can observe several varieties of alpine shrubs. Taking brief rest of the pasture land, we will undergo through series of ups and downs to arrive at the village of Ringmo which is located near to exotic Shey Phoksundo Lake.

Day 14: Trek to Phoksundo Lake:
A short trek from Ringmo Village will take us to the serene land of Phoksundo Lake. We will indulge in the spectacular view of deep turquoise blue Phoksundo Lake before spending our night in the tented camp.

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m): 6hrs walk:
The trek on 15th day begins by walking through the downhill trail to Chepka. Chepka is a mineral-rich site. Leaving the land of Chepka, we will follow the trekking trail that passes through the small settlements before taking the upward trail to Shyanta which is located at 2520m altitude.

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal:
Pursuing the escalating trail, we will advance towards Sulighat. From Sulighjat, we will make progress through the birch woods to arrive at the top of the ridge. We will enjoy the views of mountains and the landscapes of Jhupal prior to lowering down to Jhupal.

Day 17: Flight: Jhupal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu:
It takes 45 minutes of flight to arrive at Nepalgunj from where we will board another flight to Kathmandu. Disembarking at the Domestic Airport in Kathmandu, we will take a drive through bustling streets of Kathmandu to the hotel where we will take a well- earned rest.

Day 18: Departure:
18th day will conclude our amazing ‘Lower Dolpo Trek’. Our staff will assist in your last moment preparation and then convey you back to Tribhuvan International Airport from where you will take a flight to your desired next destination. We are happy to serve you.
   

Include/Exclude

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Recreation’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes 

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) 
Equipment List

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Recreation inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items  

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash  
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