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Lower Dolpo Trek

18 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Wide range of rare flora and fauna
  • The hypnotic beauty of Phoksundo Lake
  • Old world stronghold of Tibetan culture
  • High passes of Bangla La and Numa La

Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the most exciting and challenging treks situated in the western hills of Nepal, which allows the trekkers to experience the real adventures of trekking on an off-the-beaten path, composed of steep sloppy hills. Lower Dolpo Trek is packed with amazing gifts of nature, including Shey Phoksundo Lake and also boasts of the pre-Buddhism Bon Po culture.

The 19-day Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj. Juphal, is the starting point of Lower Dolpo trek. You trek through semi-desert region combined with densely forested path filled with pine, rhododendrons, bamboo, and juniper trees along with trails made up of huge meadows, brown landscape, and terraced colorful fields. Admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, you also enter the beautiful Shey Phoksundo National Park, inhabited by endangered animals like snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, and so on. The trekkers also traverse through two high passes: Numa La Pass (5309m), the highest point of the trek, and Baga La Pass (5169m). Both these passes offer extraordinary views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Tibetan ranges—Kugung La and Khyung La.

Another highlight of the trek includes the pristine turquoise Phoksundo Lake, split between rocks that rise 2000m into the clear mountain skies. The Dolpo region is populated by Tibetan and Magar people who still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. The trek also includes visits to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bon Po shrines surrounding the Phoksundo Lake. All in all, Lower Dolpo Trek is ideal for those trekkers who love wild adventures.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Permit procedure and Kathmandu – Nepalgunj by flight
Day 3: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2150m) 3-4 hours
Day 4: Trek to Tarakot (2540m) from Dunai, 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Laina Odar (3375m) from Tarakot, 4-5 hours
Day 6: Trek to Toltol (3523m) from Laina Odar, 6-7 hours
Day 7: Trek to Dho Tarap (3950m) from Toltol, 6-7 hours
Day 8: Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Day 9: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4350m) from Dho Tarap, 4-5 hours
Day 10: Trek to Danighar (4510m) via Numa La Pass (5310m), 6-7 hours
Day 11: Trek to Temche/Yak Kharka (4000m) via Baga La Pass (5170m), 5-6 hours
Day 12: Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3600m), 4-5 hours
Day 13: Explore around Shey Phoksundo Lake
Day 14: Trek to Chhepka (2678m) from Shey Phoksundo Lake, 5-6 hours
Day 15: Trek to Juphal (2475m) from Chhepka, 5-6 hours
Day 16: Fly to Juphal to Nepalgunj then flight back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Buffer day for flight delay and cancellation due to bad weather
Day 18: Drop at the airport for the final departure.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we want to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip budget.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu, the client can make own choice.
  • Cost - also depends on the number of porters and mode of transport. Let us know through email, whatsApp or message.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • We're a local travel agency. When you book with us, you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

We keep an extra day in case the flight gets canceled due to bad weather condition or delayed due to some reasons. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international airport on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived in international airport with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transfers to your demanded Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange 3 nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • According to the schedule program, we will arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo) and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • Transportation we will provided during the trekking or major city for members as per the itinerary. (with staffs for during trekking)
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide full support camping crew with 1 professional cook and kitchen staffs during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provided your accommodation during the trekking will be tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travellers with a foam mattress. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs and more for your comfort.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions if in case of a single by default will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost.
  • As with most trekking trails, lunch is midway between the start and end of the day's trek while Freshly prepared meals (Breakfast and Dinner) with boiled water, tea, coffee are served at the camp where you have your overnight stay.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides nutritious, clean and fresh (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee, Fruitcocktail, Deserts and fresh fruits boiled water etc all services for during the trekking's.
  • Where the teahgouse/homestay. Apart from Camping trekking, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/homestay to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provided number of porters or mules for camping trekking equipments with 1:3 assistant guide to clients ratio.
  • As Lower Dolpo is at the Dolpo Region territory, We will provide you a permit for Lower Dolpo Conservation entrance Permit and Special Lower Dolpo Restricted area permit.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Dolpo Region, so we will provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides wages, clinical, equipment, and insurance for all elaborate trekking staffs.
  • We provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • For your convenience, we always provide maps of related trekking trails.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide clean and warm down jacket and sleeping bag during the trekking, taking care of your comfort and health. (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • The above offer price includes our official charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us, before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural show in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is capital city of Nepal, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner for yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package in the company website. Most of our clients have the same query that i.e. why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions had not include the price in the package. To provide your service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement, we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us to breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have clarified our customers that because of following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • Cost depends upon group size.
  • Costs may affect guide and numbers of porter.
  • The cost depends upon the category of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends upon the mode of transport (private car, flight or tourist bus).
  • The itinerary can be changed according to your choice.
  • Above mentioned itinerary is airport to airport service.
  • The itinerary can be designed according to your time and budget.
  • Please contact us for dates, cost and duration – days.

Trip Map

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Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Facts

  • 18 Days, 13 days trekking
  • 5-6 (Challenging)
  • 5,309m/17,418ft.
  • Autumn (September to November & (Spring) March to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Mode: 4WD jeep, Flight or Tourist bus
  • Hotels & Camping
  • 2 - Maximum 12

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