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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.

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Trekking Seasons in Nepal!

There are 4 distinct seasons in Nepal and trekking in each season has its own advantages and disadvantages. So check our page for trekking seasons. And please contact us for the month, date and duration to match your trip.

Trip Info

We would like to provide some information that will help you with each of your considerations. Please read below for the more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group and the client's desire (budget)
  • The itinerary included above is a guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and suggestions.
  • Additional activities could be either added or reduced as per client's request before the confirmation of the trip.
  • The price shall be adjusted in our mutual understanding; if the client intends to add some services, we shall charge for those additional services, if intends to lessen some services, we shall wave the charges accordingly.
  • The itinerary is published in full board operation services for a clear understanding of the client.
  • The above offer price is full board standard format of itineraries which are all inclusive.
  • Please feel free to contact with us for any information about your selected package.

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 & Expeditions provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • The representative of AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will be welcoming for you on arrival in both at international and domestic airports with your name's placard so you can easily find our person.
  • According to the above trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will arrange three nights at hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • According to the schedule program, we will arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpho) and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • Transportation will only be included during the trekking and city for members as per the itinerary. (If The Necessary)
  • 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 & Expeditions allow up to 15kg of personal trekking equipment per person during the flight onboard and the trekking period carried by porter or mules.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Equipment List

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

Head:

  • Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
  • Baseball cap
  • Thermal Balaclava
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlight with spare batteries

Upper Body:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Baselayers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweaters/Pullovers
  • Waterproof GoreTex Jacket
  • Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
  • Primaloft or light down jacket

Lower Body:

  • Thermal
  • Inner-wears / Baselayers
  • Undergarments
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex pant
  • Trekking Trousers/Pants
  • Down or Primaloft pant

Feet:

  • Warm socks (4 pairs of thin socks and 4 pairs of thick socks)
  • Gore-Tex Trekking Boots
  • Camp Shoes

Hands:

  • Liner Gloves
  • Primaloft Mitten
  • Down Mitten

Others:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack 40-50 litres
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre X 2
  • Multi-tool knife
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress (For additional comfort)
  • Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reading materials notebooks and pens
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries

Documents:

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport-size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

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 sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

Trip Map

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Lower Dolpo Trek
10% Off
From $3,499.00 $3,150.00
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Trip Facts

  • 17 nights, 18 days
  • Challenging
  • 5,309m/17,418ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Flights & Car/ Van
  • Hotel/ Camping
  • Min 2 - Max 12

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