Lower Dolpo Trek - 18 Days

Dolpo is truly a distant heaven. Trekking in Dolpo is no doubt an incredible opportunity to witness the untouched beauty of Nepal. We cater many treks to Dolpo and among them Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is one of the best selling walking holidays. The snowy peaks and mountains mesmerize us with their majestic beauty.


Lower Dolpo Trek offers an awesome  trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. The 18-day trek begins with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Then,  we fly to Jhupal through  Nepalgunj and begin our trek through remote locations enjoying the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, which reflects  in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains. And there  the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. In this region,  pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is in practice. The Trek, we get to muse at the yak caravans that maintains  the traditional salt trade with Tibet. We also cross two high passes- Numa La and Baga La-and  then reflect on life amidst the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake.


Outline Itinerary (Lower Dolpo Trek)
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.
Day 02 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hrs
Day 04 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m), and trek to Dunai (2,850m), 45 mins flight, 2-3 hrs, trek.
Day 05 : Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m), 5-6 hrs. Tented camp
Day 06 : Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m), 6-7 hrs. Tented camp
Day 07 : Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m), 5-6 hrs. Tented camp
Day 08 : Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m), 7-8 hrs. Tented camp
Day 09 : Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization. Tented camp
Day 10 : Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m), 6-7 hrs. Tented camp
Day 11 : Cross Numa La pass (5,190m), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m)
Day 12 : Cross Baga La pass (5,070m), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m), 6 hrs
Day 13 : Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m), 3-4 hrs. Tented camp
Day 14 : Hike to Phoksundo Lake. Tented camp
Day 15 : Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta 5-6 hrs. Tented camp
Day 16 : Shyanta to Jhupal. Overnight at hotel
Day 17 : Fly to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu transfer to hotel
Day 18 : Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination


Itinerary can be make increase or decrease according to yours holidays in Nepal.
After this amazing Lower Dolpo Trek if you are interested for other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, or more hiking in other region’s we can organize as yours desire.


Note: We would like to inform and assure you that we always follow the itinerary program but we might have to compel to change the itinerary due to bad weather, route condition and in any other unexpected situation compel in the field. We seek to request maximum flexibility for your safety while you are travelling in the Himalaya. There are also many other optional routes and programs which can be customized based on your interest. The cost will vary for the customized program. Please feel free to contact us for customized program.

GROUP TRIPS

Start Date End Date Status Cost
Guaranteed From € 2,850

Day 1
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel by our representative.

Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Alpinetrav Treks will pick up from the airport and take us to our hotel.

Day 2
Day 02 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Today after breakfast 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, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world.

Day 3
Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hrs.

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 town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Day 4
Day 04 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m), and trek to Dunai (2,850m), 45 mins flight, 2-3 hrs, trek.

We fly to Jhupal after breakfast. The town is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Here, we meet our trekking staff and begin the adventure. 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 explore the small town in the evening and camp there for the night.

Day 5
Day 05 : Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m), 5-6 hrs.  Tented camp

After breakfast our trek continues along the southern bank of the Bheri River heading upstream on an easy trail. Along the way, we pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. Our trail also includes 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.

Day 6
Day 06 : Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m), 6-7 hrs. Tented camp

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 continue walking on a trail that takes us through farm terraces and rural villages. After ascending and descending for a while, we finally reach Laini. Overnight in Laini.

Day 7
Day 07 : Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m), 5-6 hrs. Tented camp

We climb on a steep trail and walk along switchback above the Tarap River. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes a narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Several vigorous climbs and descents will take us to the banks of the Chyugur Khola, from where we reach Nawarpani. Overnight in Nawarpani.

Day 8
Day 08 : Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m), 7-8 hrs. Tented camp

We begin today’s trek by gradually ascending to Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. We cross a narrow gorge and leave the tree line behind us and welcome wild rose and juniper bushes, typical of the dry inner Himalayan valleys. After walking for several more hours, we reach the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba religious sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations. Overnight in Do Tarap.

Day 9
Day 09 : Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization. Tented camp

The day off will assist with acclimatization and allow some bodily rest. We can spend the day visiting nearby monasteries. During today’s short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture. 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. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects). Overnight in Do Tarap.

Day 10
Day 10 : Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m), 6-7 hrs. Tented camp

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 and take pleasure in the amazing views of the vast Tarap valley with its wide plains and high mountains. A few hours’ good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu which houses a Buddhist monastery of the Chiba sect. After exploring the monastery, we continue walking up the valley on a rough trail before reaching the Numa La Base Camp. Overnight in Numa La Base Camp.

Day 11
Day 11 : Cross Numa La pass (5,190m), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m), 6-7 hrs.

Today is going to be the toughest and one of the longest days of our trek. After breakfast, we begin crossing the Numa La pass on a steep trail all the way up the top ridge of the pass. From the ridge we get incredible views of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). After getting to the top of Numa La, we descend to camp at Pelung Tang.

Day 12
Day 12 : Cross Baga La pass (5,070m), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m), 6 hrs.

After breakfast we begin our steep climb up to the top of Baga La pass. From here, 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. Next, we descend to Dajok Tang for an overnight stay.

Day 13
Day 13 : Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m), 3-4 hrs. Tented camp

We spend most of today’s trek on trails alongside beautiful pine forests and alpine vegetation. After trekking for a short while on an easy trail with only gradual highs and lows, we reach Ringmo Village. The village is a traditional Tibetan village of the Dolpo region. Overnight in Ringmo.

Day 14
Day 14 : Hike to Phoksundo Lake. Tented camp

Today we 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 depicted in a Hollywood movie ‘Caravan’ shot mostly in this location. On our way to the lake, we also tour a nearby monastery. Upon reaching the Phoksundo Lake, we can enjoy a relaxing walk on the serene lake’s shores. Overnight at Phoksundo.

Day 15
Day 15 : Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta 5-6 hrs. Tented camp

We trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows a massive overhanging rock. During our trek, we find many important medicinal minerals which are believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through villages, before climbing to Shyanta. Overnight in Shyanta.

Day 16
Day 16 : Shyanta to Jhupal. Overnight at hotel

We march towards Jhupal via Sulighat on a trail surrounded by birch trees. From atop a ridge, we get the most spectacular views of the mountain above us and Jhupal Village below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply taking a rest. Overnight in Jhupal.

Day 17
Day 17 : Fly to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu transfer to hotel

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.

Day 18
Day 18 : Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today. A representative from Alpinetrav Treks will take us to the airport.

SERVICES: PROVIDED BY COMPANY

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation at Green Boutique Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu by private AC vehicles as per group size
  • Restricted Area trekking permit and National park fee
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunj to Jhupal and Nepalgunj - Kathmandu Flight (inclusive with airport tax)
  • Full boards Camping Service during whole trek
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, Sherpa.
  • Necessary number of porter’s their meal, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment’s are included in Cost.
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups
  • Farewell dinner during the last day of departure

SERVICES: NOT PROVIDED BY COMPANY (Personal)

  • International airfares and Nepal travel visa
  • Your personal entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Staff tips

Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 Days: (Accommodation Lodge/camping)

(All rates are in Euro)
PRICING FOR GROUP SIZE BASIS:
All inclusive Trek Cost for 1 Person: Eur 2850
All inclusive Trek Cost for 2-4 person basis : Eur 2750 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for 5-7 person basis : Eur 2650 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for +8 person basis : Eur 2550 per person

ADDITIONAL TRIP EXTENSION OPTION:

The trip can be extend based on your holiday duration in Nepal. Special Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Mountain Flight might be your best choice before or after the trip. As well as following programs also can be extend as additional trips from Kathmandu.

RECOMMENDED GEAR LISTS:
CLOTHING:
Warm jacket (down jacket, if possible)
Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
Thermal underwear
Hat or Cap, pair of gloves and scarf
Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
Shorts and trousers, or skirt
2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
Proper hiking boots
Running shoes and flip-flops
2-3 t-shirts
Underwear
Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sun Glasses


During winter season, additional clothing’s may include:
The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
Snow gaiters


TREKKING GEARS:
Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
Map of the trekking route,
Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
Sleeping bag and silk liner
Miscellaneous


TOILETRIES:
A small light weight and quick drying towel
Bar of soap
Sunscreen (SPF +20)
Earplugs
Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
First aid kid
Water purification tables or a water filter
Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
Toilet paper


OPTIONAL ITEMS:
Camera, battery etc
Books/magazines
Trekking poles
GPS unit
Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
Sewing/repair kit
Pocket knife
Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

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Lower Dolpo Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 18 Days
  • Moderate/Difficult
  • 2320 - 5,190 Meter
  • Spring, Summer & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight
  • Camping

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