Lower Dolpo

Lower Dolpo

Duration 18 Days Difficulty5,190m

A unique experience in the remote western part of Nepal, the Lower Dolpo Trek offers some amazing perspective to the extraordinary lives of ancient Nepalese. The trek route, which was only opened in 1982, encompasses some of the least-developed regions of Nepal.

A Hidden World

The trek takes us to the ‘Hidden Treasure of Nepal’ as we cross three high passes at Baga La, Numa La, and Kangma La. Also, we will visit the famous Phoksundo Lake and explore the wilderness in the vicinity. We will need special trekking permits to travel in this region as its quite a remote yet beautiful area. Still, despite being almost untouched from the modern world, the people here are extraordinarily friendly and humble.

We begin by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then another from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal, we walk through several villages like Dunai, Nawarpani, Dho Tarap, and Ringmo before reaching Phoksundo Lake. The lake is astonishingly beautiful, and so are the several gompas located in the area. Phoksundo sits at an elevation of 3,611 meters and is one of the deepest lakes of Nepal. After spending a whole day near the lake, we will then hike to Shyanta and then to Juphal before taking a flight to Nepalgunj.

Exploring Ancient Civilization

The inhabitants of Dolpo mostly follow ancient Tibetan Buddhism. To this day, many residents earn their living by trading rice, salt, and cotton in Tibet. They use yaks to haul their goods for trade.

Lower Dolpo Trek is an 18-day trek that allows trekkers to explore the astonishingly beautiful and remote Dolpo region. This trek is getting popular among trekkers as it offers an experience that other treks cannot.

You can do this trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. Any other time, it is either too hot, too cold or too humid. We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout Lower Dolpo Trek.


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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 5,190m
  • Difficulty Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

You will meet our office representative at the airport who will pick you up in a cab and take you to your hotel. After freshening up, we will have a meeting where we will brief you about the tour. We will have dinner at a Nepali restaurant before going back to our hotel.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

We will take an hour-long trip to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Located near the Nepal-India border, it is the gateway to all western treks of Nepal. We will explore the town for the rest of the day.

After breakfast, we take a 45-minute flight to Jhupal, where we begin our trekking. We will walk across the terraced fields on the sides of Bheri River. After hiking for about 3 hours, we arrive at the administrative center of the Dolpo region i.e., Jhupal. We will stroll around the small town and spend the night in an outdoor camp.

We continue our trek along the southern bank of the Bheri River passing through several villages and hanging bridges. We also tread across deep gorges surrounded by pine trees. After encountering vibrant terrace fields, we will have arrived at the small village of Tarakot. We will spend the night at a tented camp.

 

 

We will walk along the Tarap Chu river and cross two bridges before reaching Sandul Gompa. Situated near the confluence of Tarap Chu and Barbung Khola, the gompa was built in the 11th century.

 

 

Climbing on a steep path, we will walk above the Tarap River. After several ascents and descents along the way, we will arrive at the bank of Chyugur Khola. The village of Nawarpani is just nearby where we will spend the night.

We gradually ascend to Kamattarka, which lies at the intersection of the Lang Khola and Tarap Chu. From there, we cross a gorge and walk alongside juniper bushes to reach the village of Do Tarap. It is a Magar settlement who have been living here for centuries.

 

We will take a break and acclimatize to the altitude by resting in Do Tarap. We will visit the nearby monasteries and also explore the ancient culture of the people.

 

 

 

Trekking upwards from Do Tarap, we enter the grasslands of inner Dolpo. We will walk along the Tarap Chu river for a couple of hours before reaching the village of Tokyu. After visiting the Buddhist monastery nearby, we hike along rough terrain before reaching Numa La Base Camp.

 

After breakfast, we begin our hiking along a steep trail that takes us to the Numa La Pass. The Pass offers some excellent views of the surrounding villages as well as the Dhaulagiri massif. After about 7 hours of hike, we will reach Pelung Tang, where we spend the night.

 

 

 

 

Again, we do some steep climbing to reach another pass at Baga La. From the top, we can see a fantastic landscape with snow-clad mountains like Kanjirowa in the distance.

 

 

 

It’s a relatively short trek as we tread alongside gorgeous alpine vegetation. After only about 4 hours, we will reach the Tibetan-style village of Ringmo.

 

We will hike to the famous Phoksudo Lake as we get close to the Tibetan border. Visiting several monasteries on the way, we finally reach the glorious and sacred lake.

After trekking downhill to Chepka, we pass through several villages before reaching Shyanta.

 

 

We hike to Sulighat, which provides some fascinating views of the mountains. Walking cautiously along the ridge, we descend to Jhupal village.

We take the earliest flight to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

We will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All the required airport and hotel transfer.
  • Twin sharing 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city according to the fixed itinerary inclusive bed and breakfast.
  • Kathmandu city tour guided by professional city tour guide includes all the entrance fees and transportation.
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
  • Full board standard meals during the trekking days prepared by our expert trekking cook.
  • All the essentials camping and kitchen equipment.
  • An experienced local trekking guide.
  • Required supporting local porters and donkeys to carry foods and luggage.
  • Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
  • All the required domestic fights.
  • Food/Salary/accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trekking staffs.
  • Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
  • All the government and local taxes.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Extra night hotel Nepalgunj due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu.
  • Riding horse along the trek.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, and snack foods.
  • Gratitude for guide and porters.

FAQs

  • Hike through the classic expedition route to Mount Everest
  • Scenic drive along the bank of Sunkoshi river.
  • Passing through Forest and Typical Buddhist Villages
  • Great Acclimatization for Everest Trek
  • Splendid view of Mt. Everest (Highest Peak in the world) and other eight thousand meters above peaks.
  • City guided tour to UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu city.
  • Breathtaking view of Khumbu ice-fall.

Sep-Dec/March-April

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

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