Lower Dolpo Trek - 18 Days

Dolpo is the largest district of Nepal covering 5.36% of the total landmass of the country. The district borders Tibet (China) on the north and northeast, Jumla and Mugu districts of Karnali on the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot and Rukum on the south, and Mustang on the east.Lower Dolpo Trek offers outstanding trekking experiences in the remote western part of Nepal. This trek was opened for foreigners in 1982. Since then, the area has become a very popular destination for trekkers. Lower Dolpo has its own unique charm with its remote areas and it was well known as the ‘hidden treasure of Nepal’. The trek crosses over three high passes, Kangmara La (5,115m), Numa La (5,159m), and Baga La at (5,190m). The trek will take us through protected areas and leads us to amazing ‘Phoksundo Lake’ surrounded by attractive flora and fauna. Lower Dolpo is located in karnali region of Nepal and it requires special trekking permits from the migration office because of its remote sensitive geography.

The daily lifestyles are very difficult hereabouts because of the parched region but the people of this area are very friendly and humble with faces that know how to smile…we will take our first flight to Jhupal from Nepalgunj. The town of Jhupa is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. We walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region we will meet our rest team crew for this trek.A large portion of the district is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park. The name is derived from the 12th century Shey Monastery and the deepest lake in Nepal, the Phoksundo Lake, both of which lie in the district. The park protects endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer and the Tibetan wolf.

Shey Phoksundo is the largest and the only trans-Himalayan National Park in Nepal. It is the biggest area occupying district of Nepal.The district distances an altitudinal range of over 5,000 m (16,000 ft) from a little over 1,500 m (4,900 ft) at Tribeni in Kalika VDC to 7,381 m (24,216 ft) meters at the peak of Churen Himal. Kanjiroba (6,221 m (20,410 ft)), Mukot (6,638 m (21,778 ft)) and Putha Hiunchuli (7,246 m (23,773 ft)) are other renowned peaks.

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HIGHLIGHT
-Amazing and breath taking views of Shey Phoksundo Lake
– Great views of alpines, landscapes, Himalayas, culture and wild animals
-Experience the unique culture of Buddhism with rare view of nature and wilderness
– Explore the historical monasteries and history of this Lower Dolpo
– Get in touch with flora and fauna of this Shey Phoksundo National park

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Today our Mount Adventure Holidays staff will receive you here in Nepal's airport with your name banner and our staff will drop you guys in your hotel. Our trek leader will provide proper briefing about the trekking with all the equipments check up and we will collect all the passports for the preparation of special for this Lower Dolpo trek. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 2
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast/Lunch we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath temple/Kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupa's in the world. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The city itself is an interesting unique local Terai culture and town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. You can explore the city area's market and place in your own free time . Overnight in Nepalgunj. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

Today we will take our first flight to Jhupal from Nepalgunj. The town of Jhupa is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. We walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region we will meet our rest team crew for this trek. We can explore the monasteries and local shops at evening, overnight stay in Dunai. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5
Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hours

Today we will continue our trek continues after having breakfast along the southern bank of the Bheri River heading upstream on an easy trail. On the way, we pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. Along the trail we will see a tremendous gorge with pine trees and a path built about seven meters above the river. After walking for a while, we will be greeted by the colorful, terraced field of Tarakot, a small village that stands on a hillock to the south of the Bheri River. Overnight in Tarakot. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6
Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hours

We walk alongside Tarap Chu River and cross it twice before reaching Sandul Gompa. The gompa lies at a juncture between Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River. We can also take rest along the way as we will see couple of local tea shops for snacks. We continue walking on a trail that takes us through Jungle and rural villages. We reach the Laini after couple of hours for the overnight stay. Overnight in Laini. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7
Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5-6 hours

Today we climb on a steep trail and walk along switchback above the Tarap River that will lead our way toward Nawarpani. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes a narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Couples of climbs and descents will take us to the banks of the Chyugur Khola, from where we reach Nawarpani. Overnight in Nawarpani. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8
Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hours

We begin today’s trek by gradually ascending to Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. We cross a narrow path and leave the jungle line behind us and wild rose and juniper with bushes, typical of the dry inner Himalayan valleys welcomes us rest of the path. After walking for several more hours, we reach the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall this region has very unique culture and local traditional ethics. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations. Overnight in Do Tarap. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9
Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization

Today is the day where we will take rest and acclimatize in Do Tarap, Today we can spend the day by taking rest and visiting nearby monasteries at noon or evening. We can also explore the local people culture and habitation during this short walk. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Most of the people follow the tradition and culture of Buddhism as we can see the Buddhism ornaments worn by both men and women. Overnight in Do Tarap. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

Today we trek towards the upper Tarap valley enjoying views of lush grasslands on both sides of the river which is unique to this part of the inner Dolpo. We walk alongside Tarap Chu River where we see will see beautiful view of forest, rivers and mountain along the way. A few hours' good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu which houses a Buddhist monastery of the Chiba sect. We continue walking up the valley on a rough trail before reaching the Numa La Base Camp. Overnight in Numa La Base Camp. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11
Cross Numa La pass (5,190m/17,023ft), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft): 6-7 hours

Today we will trek through the harder part of this trek, after breakfast, we begin crossing the Numa La pass on a steep trail all the way up the top ridge of the pass.We get incredible views of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) from the top of pass. After getting to the top of Numa La, we descend to camp at Pelung Tang. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12
Cross Baga La pass (5,070m/16,630ft), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hours

Today after having breakfast we begin our steep climb up to the top of Baga La pass. After reaching the top, we get fantastic views of the dry landscape and the distant snow-capped mountains including Mt. Kanjirowa. We spend some time at the top of the pass taking pictures and generally enjoying the mesmerizing views. After snapping some pictures we descend to Dajok Tang for an overnight stay. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13
Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hours

Today we spend most of today’s trek on trails alongside beautiful pine forests and alpine vegetation. After trekking high and lows on this trail we reach Tibetan Village Ringmo . The village is a traditional Tibetan village of the Dolpo region. Overnight in Ringmo. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14
Hike to Phoksundo Lake

Today we hike up to the Phoksundo lake and explore the great Phoksundo Lake and camp at its shores. We see yak caravans moving in and out of Ringmo mostly towards Tibetan borders on remote mountain trails. The scene is even duplicated in a Hollywood movie ‘Caravan’ shot mostly in this location. After exploring the Phoksundo Lake, we also tour a nearby monastery. After exploring the Phoksundo Lake we will stay Overnight at Phoksundo. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15
Phoksundo Lake to chaykwa (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hours walk

Today we trek downhill to Chepka, from Chepka the trail follows a massive overhanging rock. On the way to this trail, we find many important medicinal minerals and local medicines which are believed to cure almost anything in this area. After having the rough trek to the trail we will reach the Chaykwa. Overnight in Chaykwa. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16
Chaykwa to Jhupal

Today we march towards Jhupal on a trail surrounded by birch trees from Chaykwa. From atop a ridge, we get the most spectacular views of the mountain above us and Jhupal Village below. The trail on this trek is quite rough on every way. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply taking a rest. Overnight in Jhupal. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17
Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

We take the earliest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18
Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Mount Adventure Holidays will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. Included meals: Breakfast

Included

  • -Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • -3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • -Teahouse/camping accommodation during the trek
  • -All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • -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)
  • -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
  • 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)

Excluded

  • -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)

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Price From USD $ 2,200/person
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Total $ 2,200 USD

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