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Lower Dolpo Trek - 19 Days

Explore Lower Dolpo She-Phoksundo National Park and a wide range of rare flora and fauna, the mesmerizing beauty of Phoksundo Lake, the heartland of Old World Tibetan culture, and the high passes of Bagla La and Numa La.

Lower Dolpo trek is an excellent trek in the isolated region of western Nepal. Dolpo area or Karnali has been open for trekking since 1982. Lower Dolpo is a tourist and culturally attractive destination. Dolpo is located on the Tibetan Plateau behind the Dhaulagiri Massif within the She-Phoksundo National Park in central-western Nepal. The Dolpo or Karnali region offers an opportunity to see Tarakot, Tarap, Dho, Agla Naka, Sundartal, isolated Buddhist monasteries, and rare and endangered species of wildlife and flora including blue sheep, mountain goats, jackals, wolves, and snow leopards.

The Lower Dolpo trek starts from Jufal after a short flight from Nepalgunj, a landlocked town connected to Kathmandu both by road and air. Lower Dolpo Trek is an adventure trek in Karnali. Lower Dolpo trek requires previous trekking and trekking experience. But it all depends on your tolerance and weather conditions. So we recommend the Lower Dolpo Trekking Trail for those with previous trekking experience and physical fitness. If the given itinerary is not suitable for you, we will be ready to design another itinerary according to your wishes and vacation duration.

Our Lower Dolpo trekking program is designed keeping every aspect in mind. Careful approach, proper compatibility, contingency days etc. are all taken into consideration. Lower Dolpo trekking program can follow a long way to give us more time to adapt. So we explore the lower Dolpo trek ensuring a suitable environment. On the Lower Dolpo Trek: Experience the micro climate of the high altitude tundra and rocks and lower Dolpo with the cool air of the Kanjiroba glacier and the microclimate of Phoksumdo. Popular articles etc. Remembering of life.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Day 02: Preparation for sightseeing and trekking in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj for 45 mins.
Day 04: Fly to Jhupal and trek to Dunai (2140m) 3/4 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Tarkot (2543m) 5/6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m) 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m) 5/6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap (4090m) 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Rest day and acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 6/7 hrs
Day 11: Cross Numa La (5190m) and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m) 6/7 hrs
Day 12: Cross Baga La (5070m) to Dajok Tang (4080m) 5/6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m) 3/4 hrs
Day 14: Rest day at Ringmo and hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520 m) 5/6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal (2475m) 4/5 hrs
Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj then Kathmandu 40 mins
Day 18: Contingency day or free day
Day 19: Final departure to your destination

Join us on the Lower Dolpo Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. And after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

Day 2
Preparation for sightseeing and trekking in Kathmandu

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we tour the locations, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a short orientation about your trek. And the remaining time you can use to visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essential items.

Day 3
Fly to Nepalgunj for 45 mins.

This morning according to the Nepalgunj flight schedule, we will take a 45-50 minutes scenic flight from the domestic airport to Nepalgunj. In Nepalgunj, we will have an afternoon or evening to explore the city located on Nepal’s southern border with India. Here it is very hot and tropical in character. (overnight in a standard hotel on a full board basis)

Day 4
Fly to Jhupal and trek to Dunai (2140m) 3/4 hrs

We head to the airport early to board our flight to Jufal in the morning. Dolpo flights are always in the morning. There are records that later flights are impossible as the wind blows in the Bolobheri valley around 10 am. After getting all our equipment from Twin Otter at Jufal (2500m), we start a short walk from Jufal to Dunai. We walk downhill through meadows and pass a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Goura (2090m). From here we follow the river path to Dunai. We camp near Dunai and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this bustling little hill town.

Day 5
Trek to Tarkot (2543m) 5/6 hrs

Today after breakfast we start our trek up the south bank of the river on a nice trail. Deep ravines, hanging bridges and isolated villages, a large gorge filled with pine trees, and a simple path built about seven meters above the river. The colorful rooftops of Tarakot welcome us. Tarakot is an old fort town built by the local people as a jong or fort. Overnight at tented Camp.

Day 6
Trek to Laini (3160m) 6/7 hrs

After breakfast, we continue our walk along the Tarap Chu River, crossing the bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famous Sandul Gompa is located east of Tarakot at the confluence of the Barbung River and the Tarupchu River. The route passes through farm terraces and rural villages. (Overnight in tented camp)

Day 7
Trek to Nawarpani (3545m) 5/6 hrs

Today we continue walking to the mouth of the Tarap River, climbing up a trail made of steep slopes. As the valley is a narrow gorge, it is very exciting to walk on a foot that at some places you can jump from one side to the other to reach the Chyugur river. Sometimes the path disappears for a while, making our own way over stone slabs connected to logs between the walls, which serve as bridges. (Overnight at tented camp)

Day 8
Trek to Do Tarap (4090m) 6/7 hrs

After our breakfast, the trek reaches Kamtaraka at the confluence of the east-flowing Tarap Chu and Lang Khola respectively. Leaving a narrow gorge after a good morning hike of a few hours, the path from here climbs above the tree lines to juniper bushes and wild roses, typical of dry interior mountain valleys. Another 3 hours or so of walking brings us to Dho Tarap village surrounded by irregular stone walls. (and camp overnight)

Day 9
Rest day and acclimatization

Today we spend a rest day at Do Tarap to gradually acclimatize to the altitude. While visiting the monasteries and enjoying the beautiful scenery, make friends with locals who have never seen a Westerner, the people of Dolpo sometimes wear traditional maroon clothes and prefer Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (foot shoes). . Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber, and turquoise. The people of this region belong to both Bon Po and Nyingmapa Buddhist sects. The Buddhist Gompa (Bon Gompa) is about half an hour’s walk from the camp.

Day 10
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 6/7 hrs

Today, after spending a pleasant time at Do Tarap, we continue our journey towards Upper Tarap Valley through this flat valley with green grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. A trek on this pleasant track leads to the top of Tarap Chu. Tarap is positively a dreamy valley with vast plains on high mountains. (Overnight in tented camp on full board basis)

Day 11
Cross Numa La (5190m) and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m) 6/7 hrs

This is one of the longest and hardest days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to cross the Numa La Pass at 5,190m, the track leads to a steep climb to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. After reaching Dhaulagiri (8167m) at the top of Numa La with an incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo, we descend to the camp at Pelung. all night

Day 12
Cross Baga La (5070m) to Dajok Tang (4080m) 5/6 hrs

After breakfast, our trek begins with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5070m, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and the distant snow-capped peaks of the Kanjiroa mountain range, after a spectacular moment at the pass, about three hours of downhill walking to Dajok Tang can reach (overnight in a tented camp on full board basis)

Day 13
Trek to Ringmo (3600m) 3/4 hrs

Today our morning hike begins in a pine forest, leaving the forest in the back country and changing to vegetated pastures and alpine thickets most of the way to Ringmo with some ups and downs on gradual slopes until we reach our final destination. Where Ringmo. (overnight in tented camp on full board basis)

Day 14
Rest day at Ringmo and hike to Phoksundo Lake

Second day of relaxation and exploration, and of course we stay on the shores of the spectacular Phoksumdo Lake; Remember the harrowing scene of Thinley’s yak caravan attempting the ‘Devil’s Trail’ in the ‘Himalayas’. Yak caravans are heading north from Ringmo to the Tibetan border and on to our northernmost destinations, Saldang and Thinje. It’s a fun day free from the hassle of packing and a chance to visit nearby Tibetan Buddhist monasteries like Ringmo Village. It’s a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal calm lake of Phoksundo with great views.

Day 15
Trek to Shyanta (2520 m) 5/6 hrs

Trek up to Chepka today, the trail follows a large overhanging cliff. We found many important medicinal minerals in the area that are believed to cure almost anything. The road then passes through villages, before climbing to Shyanta. (and overnight at the tented camp)

Day 16
Trek to Jhupal (2475m) 4/5 hrs

We slowly followed the upward path towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We come across tall birch trees along the way. From the top of the hill, one can see the most beautiful view of Himal and Jhupal below. Extreme caution should be taken while trekking on this trail. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend the afternoon exploring the busy market town. (and overnight at base tented camp)

Day 17
Fly to Nepalgunj then Kathmandu 40 mins

Today our domestic flight is from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and after reaching Nepalgunj we fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. A free day to relax, perhaps do some last-minute shopping, or explore any places you may have missed on your first day in Kathmandu.

Day 18
Contingency day or free day

In case your flight gets delayed or canceled from Jhupal, you can extend this one day on your trip. The cancellation can be due to bad weather. You can explore the place and try to get along with the locals. You can meet the local people and hear different stories from them. Try their traditional food and enjoy the day along with the amazing surrounding.

Day 19
Final departure to your destination

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the Nepal tour, saying goodbye to the mountains and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs like handicrafts and arts for your family. And your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (Safe travels!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 14 nights camp. Twin sharing tent for accommodation during the trek there will be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing on a heritage site
  • Internal airfare (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj to Jhupal - Kathmandu)
  • Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
  • Experienced local trek guide for Camping trek
  • Full support camping crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Sleeping tents for single travelers are available
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratuities for staff
Difficulty

Upper Dolpo is considered strenuous. There are steep ascents, passes above 5000 m., several nights spent above 3500 m. and some long trekking days of six hours or more. The fact that this is a camping trek adds to the physical challenge and discomfort of trekking in Upper Dolpo, and rest days are recommended.
This is not a beginner’s trek or one to attempt if it’s your first time in Nepal. But it will be a worthwhile challenge for experienced trekkers and repeat visitors to Nepal alike!

Prerequisite

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate in this trip. All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. We strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip at least 1/2 months prior to your trip date by doing regular exercises, going on hiking, running, or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience of trekking.

Weather

Weather

The best season for Trekking is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors:

Autumn/Fall (Sept-Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March-May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white flora offering surreal experiences along the trek.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

Trekking: Camping
Your accommodation during the trekking period will be fully tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travelers with a foam mattress. If in case of a single by default, we will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. In Kathmandu, your accommodation at the hotel in the heart of the tourist destination Thamel will be based on a twin partnership and if you want to get the same room, you will have to pay a single supplemental price as mentioned in the travel cost on request. . But in case of single by default during trekking, we will arrange single tent for you at no extra cost.

On Trek: Meals

All meals are included during the trekking period

We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Since this is a full camping trek, our kitchen crew will serve freshly prepared meals during the trek. We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. You can and are encouraged to bring along comfort food that you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks, etc.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast as your options for breakfast will be limited.

In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where and what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served at your tent as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Camping where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the camp evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Group Size

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 2 and the maximum is 12 people. (For Camping Trek)…Contact us info@alpinetrav.cm

Will I have to carry my own stuff?

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Why Trekking with AlpineTrav Treks?

At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be made available to you on a hassle free trip and trek before your arrival; You will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio.
On the trek, all-inclusive food and accommodation are included in the camping tents. Our itinerary is also designed with every aspect in mind such as adaptability, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. We also provide sleeping bags, down jackets, and waterproof duffel bags There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for the comfort of each participant.

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Lower Dolpo Trek
From $3,490.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 18N/19 Days
  • Challenging
  • 5,200m/17,056ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Both way flights
  • Fully tented camping
  • 2 Max 12

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