Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek
  • USD 2725 Per Person
  • 18 Days

Lower Dolpo Trek, one of the wonderland of the far-west region in Nepal. It has its own cultural and natural scenic. This region is suitable almost throughout the year, except for November-January. At this time, there is heavy snowfall. It lies in the northwest part of Dolpo region, inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. The Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest and only trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal. It was established in 1984. It covers an area of 3,555 km² in the districts of Dolpa and Mugu in the Mid Western Region, Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trek offers immense pleasure and relaxation, featuring various rare endangered wildlife.

The trek starts at Jhupal, reached after a short flight from nearest city Nepalgunj. It passes through three high passes, namely the Baga La with altitude of 5090m, Kagmara La (ALT. 5115m) and Numa La (ALT. 5360m). It is one of the few places where Bon PO religion is still practiced. One can have a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains and bluish-water of Shey-Phoksundo Lake, the deepest of all Himalayan lakes. The lake is totally free of aqua life, which the crystal waters clearly explain. Surrounded by rock, forests, and snow- capped peaks, the area has been described as one of the World’s Natural Hidden Wonders. Woundering around the remote areas of Dolpo Region provides immense pleasure. Lower Dolpo treks provide one of the adventurous trekking experience in Nepal.

Culturally rich and naturally overwhelming, Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the few explored places to have known for its ethnic diversity and hospitality. Lower Dolpo Trek offers fantastic view of surrounding landscapes and gorges. The Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and Ringmo village are a place you will regret missing. Thus, Lower Dolpo Trek provides you a memory to cherish and money worth spending, with Nepal Pioneer Treks.

Day 01: Arrival day in Tribhuvan International Airport then transfer to hotel. (1,300m/4,160 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4160 ft)

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj  then transfer to Hotel

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) [2,320m/7,424ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9120ft] 2-3 hrs walk

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot [2,543m/8,137ft] 5-6 hrs walk

Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Laini [3,160 m/10,112 ft] 6-7 hrs walk

Day 07: Trek from Laini to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,344 ft] 5 hrs walk

Day 08: Trek from Nawarpani to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,088ft] 7-8 hrs walk

Day 09: Acclimatization day (Rest Day)

Day 10: Trek from Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,208 ft) 6-7 hrs walk

Day 11: Cross Numa La [5,190m/16,608ft], and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,288 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 12:Pelung Tang to Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,224ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,056ft) 6 hrs

Day 13: Trek from Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,520ft) 3-4 hrs walk

Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo then hike to Phoksundo Lake

Day 15: Trek from Ringmo to Shyanta (2520m/8,064 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 16: Trek  from Shyanta to Jhupal

Day 17: Fly back  to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 18: Departure for home

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,160ft)

Our representative would pick you up from the Kathmandu International Airport. Once you arrive at your hotel our manager will come to greet you at the hotel then brief about the program. On the same evening we would take you for our official welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese Restaurant where you can enjoy cultural ethnic dance and music. Overnight at the hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,160 ft)

After breakfast our office manager will meet you again and introduce your  our tour leader and driver who would take you to explore the world heritage sights. Our tour leads you to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath stupa, Swyambhunath temple and Kathmandu Durbar square, those are listed on the Unesko world heritage sites. We take you to the Nepalese typical restaurant to show cultural program for welcome dinner.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel

The  flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes approximately an hour. Nepalgunj is lies in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near the Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj include Mini Zoo, Muslim bazaar, or if possible and interested take a walk into nearby villages. We have to also make preparation for tomorrow’s flight to Jhupal. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgung.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) [2,320m/7424 ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,120ft] 2-3 hrs walk

After your breakfast in the morning, we take a morning flight to Jhupal. The 45minutes flight over the high mountains brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhupal our trekking staffs will receive you. Our first day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Jhupal to Tarakot [2,543m/8,137 ft] 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast we start our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meters above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. The Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Laini [3,160 m/10,112 ft] 6-7 hrs walk

After breakfast, we continue our walking to follow the Tarap Chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarup Chu Rriver. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages.  After a few ups and downs, finally drop to reach our overnight at lodge in Laini.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft] 5 hrs walk

After breakfast we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes a narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across the stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge.

Day 08: Trek From Laini to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,088ft] 7-8 hrs walk

Our morning walk begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After a few hours of good morning walk, leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above the tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of drier inner Himalayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Acclimatization day

We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Time to visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking views.  Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favor Tibetan style Somba or Dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for footwear. 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 of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour’s walk.

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft) 6-7 hrs walk

After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey continues towards the upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush, verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads from the Tarap Chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains.  A few hours’ good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visiting this village our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.

Day 11: Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft) 6-7 hrs

This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of Numa, La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m).  After getting to the top of Numa, La we will descend to camp at Pelung Tang.

Day 12: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,224ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,056ft) 6 hrs

After breakfast our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment of the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,520ft) 3-4 hrs walk

After breakfast our morning trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo.

Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake

A rest and exploration day.  And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksumdo Lake; remember the harrowing scene in ‘Himalaya’ when Thinley’s yak caravan attempted the ‘Devil’s Trail’. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the most pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and a chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great view.  Overnight at camp.

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8,064 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We found many important medicinal minerals, which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta. Stay overnight there.

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal

Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal 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 pursuing whatever we feel like.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with one of the representative of Nepal Pioneer Treks. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure day

Today is your last day with us at this time. Our driver will drop you to the Tribhuban International Airport for the final departure. We wish you had a nice journey and safe back to home.

Trip Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation.
  • One full  day Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle with English speaking city tour guide if you are required.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters(According to the group size) with their insurance, salary,accommodation and meals.
  •  welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show.(Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents , TIMS Permit,Trekking Permit etc.
  •  Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.

: Sun Glasses

: Scarf Face Mask

: Fleece Bennie

: Sunscreen

: Cap stick

: Hand Towel

: Cold weather Down Jacket

: Wind Stopper

: Rain Coat

: Fleece Jacket and Trouser

: T-shirt (short or long selves)

: Trekking Trousers

: Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom(two pairs)

: Trekking Boots

: Socks and under wears

: Head torch

: Snow Gaiter(depends on trekking region)

: Camel Pack or water bottle

: Trekking Poles

: Day Pack minimum 25 L with side pocket to keep bottle

: Spare batteries for Camera

: Down Jacket

: Sleeping Bag

Fixed Departures