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Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking-

Located in the remote western region, Lower Dolpo Trekking is an unexplored and off beaten area of Nepal which offers an enthralling trekking experience. A hidden treasure, this trek combines the beauty of snowy peaks, rich wildlife, ancient monasteries, and traditional villages into one. This trek will expose you to the isolated life of Himalayan Valleys of Lower Dolpo Trekking Area and the hardships of the people who live in this region.

The Lower Dolpo Trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, followed by another flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal in Lower Dolpo Region. A land predominant of the Bon Po faith, there are many Buddhist settlements here in Lower Dolpo. You can feel the presence of Buddhism in the many prayer wheels, shrines, and monasteries set up along the trails. This region only gained popularity after becoming the filming site for the Oscar-nominated movie “Caravan”. Lower Dolpo also boasts of Yarchagumba or Cordyceps which sell for high values internationally. The region is also home to the Himalayan goat and the elusive snow leopard. Apart from the many quaint Tibetan villages, the trek also takes you to the Turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Nepal. Along with this, you will also be able to catch some spectacular views of the mountains such as Nilgiri (7061m) and the Dhaulagiri massif. Lower Dolpo Trek is hence a golden opportunity to experience the life in the Himalayas while enjoying breathtaking landscapes and spiritual serenity.

With more than a decade-long experience, we would like to suggest you to do a Full Camping Trekking in Lower Dolpo Route. Our guides are highly experienced and are trained in first aid so that your travel in Nepal is extremely fun while being safe at the same time. We take care of all your travel needs and also inform you of the local customs and traditions. With us, nothing goes amiss.

Day 1
Arrival Kathmandu (1350m) International Airport, transfer to hotel.

Namaste and welcome to Kathmandu! Our representatives will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu valley sightseeing /trek preparation. O/N in hotel.

Kathmandu valley is known for its arts, culture, tradition, and a mystical sense of spirituality which can be seen in the multiple temples, stupas and their art and architecture in the many UNESCO world heritage sites. We will visit a few of them including the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, and Swayambhunath. Today is also a good time to try out some scrumptious delicacies and prepare for the trek. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, 55 minutes, Check in hotel.

Today we will take a flight to Nepalgunj, a thriving city in the south-western lowlands of Nepal. A city next to the Indian border, Nepalgunj is the gateway to many trekking routes in western Nepal. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, we will rest for a while and later explore its bustling market. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Day 4
Fly to Juphal (2475m) from Nepalgunj, 45 minutes, Trek to Dunai (2140m), 3 hrs, O/N in Campsite in Tent.

After a short flight from Nepalgunj, we land in Juphal. A beautiful town located at the foot of the Himalayas, we will be able to witness amazing views of several peaks of the Dhaulagiri range. We soon meet the Thuli Bheri River and get to witness its massive gorge as we make our way to Dunai. Descending alongside Thuli Bheri River, we will reach Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpo region. Stay in Dunai for the night.

Day 5
Trek to Tarakot, (2537m), 5.30 hrs, O/N in campsite.

We will make our way to Tarakot along the Thuli Bheri River. With many gorges that are deep and fearful, we will pass through pine forests and terraced fields to reach the village of Tarakot, which is situated on a hill south of Thuli Bheri River. The geography of this region is beautiful and mesmerizing and is bound to keep itself etched in your memory for many years to come. Overnight in Tarakot.

Day 6
Trek to Laini Odar (3370m), 6-7 hrs, O/N in campsite.

After breakfast, we will head to Laini following Thuli Bheri for a while and then following the Tarap River. We will cross the winding river twice and reach a Gompa. This Gompa is at a junction of two rivers, the Tarap Chu and Bharbung, and is called Sandul. This region is very remote, and we make our way through the occasional terraced farms and then descend to Laini. Overnight in Laini.

Day 7
Trek to Nawarpani (3475m), 6 hrs. O/N in Campsite.

Today we have a steep trail to climb along the Tarap River. As the valleys become narrow, we begin to see the change in the landscape. There are wild juniper bushes and thorny shrubs covering the area as the weather becomes more dry and arid. We will make ascends and descends before finally reaching the banks of the river Chyugur, above which Nawarpani is located. Overnight in Nawarpani.

Day 8
Trek to Dho Tarap (3944m), 8 hrs, O/N in Tented site.

With thorny bushes and juniper trees, we will make a steep ascend to Kamattarka, which is the meeting point of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Crossing a narrow gorge, we will be entering the arid region of the Himalayas which is inhabited by the Tibetan Buddhists. As we walk further, we will reach the village of Dho Tarap, which is surrounded by a stone wall. In the evening, we will visit the monastery situated in the village. Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 9
Acclimatization at Do Tarap, O/N in Campsite.

Today we take a day off trekking and leisurely explore around Dho Tarap, the last village in the Tarap Chu Valley. We will try and grasp the omnipresent Buddhist culture here, where the people wear warm colorful clothes. The clothes are usually homespun and are graced with beads of multiple colors. Even in an arid and remote setting as such, people are able to import precious stones such as amber, coral, and emerald. People following both Bon Po and Nyigmapa sects of Buddhism reside in this region, and their presence is seen in the many Chortens, monasteries, and the fluttering prayer flags present in the village. Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 10
Trek to Numa La Basecamp (4440m), 6-7 hrs, O/N in Tented campsite.

We leave Dho Tarap and follow the upstream trail of Thakchiu Khola which is dotted with some of the oldest monasteries in the region such as Kakar Gompa, Champa Gompa, Ripuche Gompa, and Moda Gompa. Past these monasteries, enjoying the lush grasslands, we will make our way to Numa La Base Camp. These grasslands are very unique to inner Dolpo region and hold within themselves a wide range of biodiversity. Overnight in Numa La Base Camp.

Day 11
Trek to Danigar (4631m), via Crossing Numa La Pass (5238m), 7-8 hrs.

Today’s trek is the most strenuous and the longest one. The Numa La Pass (5309m) is reached by a steep trail, which we will be walking on with great care. The barren mountains of Dolpo make a breathtaking panorama, which can be seen from the top of Numa La (5309m). We will also be able to witness Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) from Numa La. After enjoying the view from the top, we will gradually descend to Gyambo for the overnight stay. Overnight in Gyambo.

Day 12
Trek to Yak Kharka or Bagala Base Camp (3942m) via Crossing Bagala La Bhanjyang (5214m), 8-9 hrs, O/N in Tented Campsite.

After having a hearty breakfast in Gyambo, we will start making our way to the top of Bagala La (5169m) via Danigar. From here, we will be able to see the giant Himalayas and the landscape below which is grey and brown in color. The view from the top is worth taking a lot of pictures and will forever be etched into your memory. After spending some time at the pass, we will descend to Dajok Tang. Overnight in Dajok Tang.

Day 13
Trek to Ringmogaon or Phokshundo Lake (3733m), 3-4 hrs, O/N in Tented Camp Site.

As we lose considerable altitude today, we will be walking in the dense pine forests. This trek is relatively easy with only gradual highs that take us to the village of Ringmo. En route to Ringmo, we will cross a gorgeous waterfall which comes from the sparkling water of Phoksundo Lake. A traditional Tibetan village, Ringmo is filled with small stupas and Chortens and sits peacefully at the end of the turquoise Phoksundo Lake. Overnight in Ringmo.

Day 14
Rest day- Explore Phokshundo Lake and around, O/N in tented campsite

Today is a rest day, and we will spend the day hiking to the surroundings of Ringmo. The Phoksundo Lake with its spectacular shades of blues is just around the corner. The beautiful Phoksundo Lake has a mesmerizing shade of blue which changes according to the intensity of the sunlight. There are scenes of yaks and other mules which move in and out of Ringmo. This is a perfect opportunity to take many pictures of this region and take back memories home. Overnight in Ringmo.

Day 15
Trek to Shanta (2520m), 6 hrs, O/N in tented campsite.

Today we will descend alongside the Phoksundo River to make our way to Shyanta. Following the quite trail through alpine forests, we will get amazing views while enjoying the peaceful environment. We will cross many streams and also the bridges over Phoksundo River to arrive in Shyanta via Chhepka. Overnight in Shanta.

Day 16
Trek to Juphal Airport (2475m), 2-3 hrs, final tented accommodation of entire trekking.

Today we will make our way back to Juphal on a trail that is lined with birch trees with spectacular mountains rising behind the lush hills. We meet Budhi Gandaki River once again at Suligad Ghat and follow its upstream trail until reaching Juphal. Today also marks the last day of walking for us and the end of an unforgettable adventure. Overnight in Juphal.

Day 17
Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and again, fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, check in hotel in Kathmandu.

Leaving Dolpo behind, we will take an early morning flight back to Nepalgunj followed by a flight back to Kathmandu. Today as we return to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj, we will be blessed with the same majestic view as before, only this time we would have experienced just how harsh the mountains are. After reaching Kathmandu, we will check you back in to the hotel so that you can get some rest. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18
Sightseeing day or Free day in Kathmandu, Farewell dinner in one Authentic Nepali Kitchen, O/N in Hotel.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu. You can either go for sightseeing or you can go for shopping in one of the vibrant gullies of Thamel, Local Asan Bazar, and Basantapur Square. You can also just rest at the hotel and pack for your departure. Do not forget to get a taste of local delicacy though. The Nepalese dumpling “Momo” is a must when in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19
Departure from Kathmandu for your further destination.

As you finish your holiday with us, one of our representatives will drop you off at the airport for your scheduled flight back home.

Price includes

  • Airport service in Kathmandu by Car, Jeep or Hiace.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan with Twin sharing Bed.
  • Shey Phokshuno National Park Entrance Fees.
  • Trekking Information Management System Cards.
  • Lower Dolpo Special Trekking Permit as per Rule and Regulations of Immigration of Nepal Government
  • Full Camping Service- Tents, Kitchen Utensils.
  • All meals (Breakfast-Dinner-Lunch) during entire Trekking.
  • Necessary Transport by private vehicles per the Itinerary
  • Air Tickets and Airport Tax: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj-Juphal, Jupal-Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle and Cultural Guide as per your program.
  • Monument Entrance fees in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Authorized and Experience Trekking GUIDE.
  • Experienced Trekking Cook.
  • Assistant-Guide and Kitchen helpers for the camping trekking.
  • Porters as per requirements of group size.
  • Local Insurance of Guide, Cook, Assistant-Guide, Cook Helpers and Porters.
  • Staff salary, Domestic airfare or Land transportation, food and accommodation.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assist if (IN CASE).
  • All Nepal Government local taxe.

Price excludes

  • Nepal Visa Fee: USD40, 00 for 3o days.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • International Air Tickets and Airport Tax.
  • Cause of Natural- Political circumstances.
  • Food in City and personal trekking gears.
  • Personal preferred drink: Beer, Cake-Fanta, Juices, Mineral-Water etc.
  • Wi-Fi Service, Battery Charging, Laundry Service.
  • Choco-Bars and Tipping to your Guide, Cook-Kitchen Helper boys-Assistants which is mandatory.
  • And, all those things which are not mentioned in the section of "Cost includes".

  1. Sleeping bag (–15° is ideal)
  2. Silk liner, Backpack
  3. Wool socks, light trekking pants and camp shoes.
  4. Woolen thermals, Sweater, Fleece-Shirts.
  5. Wind-Waterproof jacket and pants.
  6. Pants for cold and high elevations.
  7. Winter hat,
  8. Gloves and cap.
  9. Water purifier pump, tablets.
  10. Water bottle and Trekking poles.
  11. Hand sanitizer.
  12. Walking poles, UV protected Sunglasses.
  13. Head lamp, reading materials.
  14. Camera with extra batteries.
  15. Day pack: rain jacket, some cereal bars.
  16. Duffle bag, Gators for the snow.
  17. Toiletries-toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss etc.
  18. Personal First aid kit set.
  19. Copies or original official document- Passport, Insurance paper, Auto size photographs.

Trip Facts

  • Hard
  • 5238M
  • Fully Camping Trekking
  • 19 days
  • Dolpo Region
  • Tented Camp
  • Sep-Oct/March-May
  • Juphal-Dolo
  • Juphal-Dolpo
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