Lower Dolpo Trek 18 Days

$2800 USD
- 18 Days
- Modorate
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

September to December and March to May

Private Car and flight

Hotel and Lodge

Tea House

4465m at Numa La Base camp

Breakfast in the city and Full board meals during the trek

Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Nawarpani-Numa La Base camp-Jhupal-Nepalgunj-kathmandu

Lower Dolpo Trek Overview

Make a rendezvous with the remote Himalaya mountains of Dolpo, the land of the Oscar nominated Caravan fame, Thinley, a culture nearby Tibet that has survived its originality for centuries. Thanks to the report of National Geographic Fame Eric Valli, the Dolpo region of Nepal has been shown in all its integrity and full mystical experience. Along with one of the deepest Himalayan Lakes, the Phokhsundo with beautiful turquoise blue water, watch the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet. The region lies further north from the Dhaulagiri Range in the rain shadow of the Himalayas - reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. In summer, the caravans of yaks and sheep run through this valley on a trade route through the Himalayas and allows the exchange not only goods but also of ideas between the Tibetan Plateau and the valleys of Nepal.

The Lower Dolpo Trek is meant for real adventurers wishing for an off-the-beaten-path experience. This remote region in western Nepal was opened for the foreigners only since 1990. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park with spectacular mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries and yak caravans. Our trek takes us through a wooded area, then load through rugged canyons in the barren plateau near the border with Tibet. 
  

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

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

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo)[2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft] 2-3 hrs walk

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft] 5-6 hrs walk

Day 06: Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft] 6-7 hrs walk

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

Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft] 7-8 hrs walk

Day 09: Acclimatization day

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

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

Day 12: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) 6 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) 3-4 hrs walk

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

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 18: Departure day

Lower Dolpo Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), we will pick you up and take you to your hotel. In the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a traditional meal and music.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.  Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu.  The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu.

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

We take an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is a border town near Nepal-India border and is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains as well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. We will visit sightseeing places in Nepalgunj include Mini Zoo, Muslim bazaar and nearby villages. Then prepare for tomorrow's flight to Jhupal.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo)[2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft] 2-3 hrs walk

After an early breakfast, 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. Upon arriving at Jhupal, our trekking staffs will meet 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.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft] 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast we start our trek 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 meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. 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.

Day 06: Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft] 6-7 hrs walk

After breakfast, we continue our walk to 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 descend to reach our overnight camp at Laini.

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

After breakfast, we continue walk 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 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 stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge.

Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft] 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 few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregualr 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. 

Day 09: Acclimatization day

We spend a rest day in Do Tarap to get used to the altitude. Visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking views.  Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen Westerners. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favour 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 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 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 by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains.  A few hours walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit 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/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) 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 at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) 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. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and 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 views.  Overnight at camp.

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft) 5-6 hrs walk

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

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. 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. This evening, we will have farewell dinner together. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure day

Airport transfer for your international flight departure

Lower Dolpo Trek Cost :- US$2800

Include

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-Round air ticket of Nepalgunj
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Trekking permits and Tims permits
-All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jackets and sleeping bags
-Trekking route Map
-Official T-shirt

Exclude

-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Lower Dolpo Trek Information

Travel Insurance
If you are planning your next trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, then it is highly recommended that you get a travel insurance that covers all the additional and unforeseen expenses that might occur as a result of different injuries or accidents (together with ambulance, helicopter, rescue and other treatment cost) and various other health related issues. Moreover, the policy should also fund the entire activities that you are planning to take on throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition, the policy should also finance misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of the medicine and doctor’s fees), death and repatriation cost as well. This trek requires walking above the altitude of 4,000, therefore, it is kindly requested to ensure that your insurance policy covers trek that goes over 4000m. All unforeseen expenses during the entire trek are trekkers’ sole responsibility.

Health, fitness and experience requirements:

Trekking along the trail of Annapurna region is identified as one of the long distance trekking in the world. Therefore, the trek demands good stamina, excellent health condition and the high level of mental determination. Some sections of the trek take you to the altitude of over 4000m and some days require 7-8 hours of walking. Therefore, it is well recommended to plan your trek when you are at your best health condition.

The trek is considerably moderate and attainable. Yet, it is highly recommended that you seek medical advice prior to this trek.  

Note:

We kindly request you to submit your medical fitness certificate (which must include your present health condition, medical situation, preceding illness, and the medications you are taking) before booking the packages. We also request you to be honest so that we can get prepared and take quick action in case of any emergencies.

Meals and Accommodation:

In order to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed ambiance, we book you in one of the best tourist standard hotels before and after your trek. The rooms offered by these hotels are normally twin share. Triple share is also available on request and a single supplement room is also available at an additional cost.

During the trek, your stay is arranged in local guesthouses or lodges (with shared amenities) en route. You can enjoy a hot shower in most of these lodges, however, in the absence of hot shower few buckets of hot water will also be arranged. A full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) will be served from the teahouse menu. Breakfast usually western food such as porridge, oatmeal, local bread, and toast are offered. The food served for lunch and dinner can be chosen from the teahouse menu.

Our attempt while you are on a trek:

Our guides will make every possible attempt to make your trip successful and for this purpose they strictly follow the itinerary provided to you (except for any formidable situation). Trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal takes you to those remote areas of Nepal, where communication facilities are very rare. Hence, to maintain regular contact our guides are also provided with cell phones. This can also be used by trekkers to send any message that you want us to deliver to your family, friends or relatives. We can also help you reschedule your international flight (extra charge applicable) if you are looking to extend the days to complete your trek.

Why trek with us?

We offer customized packages that are specifically designed to meet each individual trekker’s needs, requirements and budget.

We only hire professional, experienced and knowledgeable guides and team leaders that are dedicated to offering their trekking experience to make your trip successful. Moreover, the most important thing during the entire trek is trekkers’ safety. Therefore, we provide those trek leaders  the highest level of qualification in Advanced Wilderness First Aid so that they can take every possible safety measures required to respond rapidly to changing situations during the trek.  We also try our best to communicate with you, to help you with your additional requirements during the trek.

Moreover, all the formalities required during the trek will be taken care of by the team leader assigned to your group.

Our legal documents:

We are a certified company and is registered under the government of Nepal. We have special authority of the government of Nepal to operate treks, tours, expedition and other tourism related programs in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. we are also an active member of other professional organizations such as;

Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation

Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry

Central Bank of Nepal, Nepal Rastra Bank Foreign Exchange Department

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)

Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

What are the best seasons to plan this trek?

Though Nepal can be visited any time of the year, the best season to plan your trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal is spring and Autumn.

Spring - March, April and May are considered the best month to pay your visit to the Annapurna region because during these months you can experience the warm weather, clear skies, good temperature and the best visibility.

Autumn – Mid September, October and November is also considered the best month to visit the Annapurna region because of the best visibility, clear blue skies and excellent trail.

Winter – December, January and February are good, if you can prepare yourself to experience the extreme cold weather.

Summer – Mid June, July and August are not considered as the right time to visit the Annapurna range as the monsoon rain affects everything that is, trail, weather, temperature as well as the visibility.

What should I bring?

Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below is the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek.

Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm

Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included)

Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell

Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters (only for winter)

Accessories  - Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (included), headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs

Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel

Extras - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod & travel games (like cards, chess, and backgammon)

Passport and Visa Information:

It is easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost

Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency

(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

Tel: 00977-1 4433934/4429660/4438862/4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np