20 Days Lower Dolpo Trekking

  • Duration 13 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu
  • Style Lodge/Tea House/Home stay
  • Max Altitude 5210m
  • Best Time March to June and Sept to November
All Inclusive PriceUS $2299US $2499
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Highlights

  • Enjoy exclusive walks into Nepal's Far Wild West within Inner and Lower Dolpo
  • A chance to watch rare animals such as the elusive snow leopards and blue sheep
  • Adventure within Nepal's beautiful and largest National Park of Shey-Phoksundo
  • Walk into lovely turquoise Ringmo Lake of Phoksundo within magnificent scenery
  • Explore scenic valleys and a high country facing fabulous snow mountain views
  • Trek into impressive villages enriched with ancient Buddhist and Bon cultures

Embark on a Lower Dolpo Trekking trip to explore, and discover the hidden gems of nature. It takes you to where only a few travelers dare to venture. This fabulous trek takes you around the wild west of Nepal Himalayas. It has a remote location, this makes its accessibility a bit difficult.

Doing Lower Dolpo Trekking with Trekking Planner Inc. USA will prove to be your ultimate adventure ever. A destination where you will gain enough experience that is sure to remain in your memories.

The Lower Dolpo Trekking journey takes you into the wildest country of the Himalayas.  This is an area where most of the world's highest mountains sit pretty. All these are within Nepal's Mid-East and Mid-West. Except for the only world 7th highest massive Mt. Dhaulagiri range that extends on the eastern side of Lower Dolpo.

Lower Dolpo is a scenic country enriched with fascinating cultures.  They continue to follow  Buddhism and the ancient Bon of pre-Buddhism religion.  This still exists around the western end of the Himalayas.

The region of Dolpo is a paradise for travelers. They can find themselves in a serene and undisturbed environment.  It is because this country is less frequented by trekkers. Hence there are fewer visitors each year. As compared to the popular Annapurna and Everest areas.

Dolpo Trekking Trail with its green hills to the arid, and windswept terrains appear to be lovely. It falls within the vast extension of the huge Tibetan plateau. It remains almost dry and barren most of the year-round.  The monsoon clouds do not touch it as the massive mountain ranges act as a barrier to it.

Lower Dolpo Trekking begins with sweeping spectacular flights from Kathmandu. It lands at a low sub-tropical Terai belt in the Nepalgunj city airport.  Upon reaching here you will then board a  transit flight to reach Jhupal at Dolpo.

The adventure begins right here. You will follow a trail that heads towards scenic and magnificent Phoksundo Lake. This place is within the Ringmo village surrounded by green fir and pine tree lines.  You are in for an ideal day's rest. In the latter half of the day, you get to enjoy glorious natural sceneries. The sightings of the snowcapped peaks of Kagmara and Kanjiboraba are rewarding. If there is time left you can also explore the Ringmo village. This village is fascinating and has had a traditional unchanged culture for centuries.

After a fulfilling Phoksundo Lake journey, you make a cross over to a  high Baga-la and Jiang-La pass. Next, you will be reaching the eastern end of Inner and Lower Dolpo.  Here you will find yourself in an interesting Tokyu village. This is one of the most attractive villages within Dolpo.

Enjoy your tour around these lovely villages. It's an opportunity for you to witness its colorful and ancient customs and tradition. The custom they follow is the same as the South-Western Tibetan culture.

From Tokyu, you keep up the pace by witnessing interesting villages and monasteries. You will be walking in and around the beautiful lovely valley.  This valley has a fantastic stream Dho- Tarap. Following the Dho-Tarap stream, you reach the historical place of Tarakot.  This is an important village as it used to be in its old glorious days. It was when the Malla dynasty ruled the western part of Nepal. It included most of Mid-West and Kathmandu valley.

Tarakot happens to be the junctions of all routes that join with Mustang. Along with Dhorpatan, it leads to Tibet on this Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route.  The trek moves at a gradual slow pace from here. Your journey comes to an end once you reach Jhupal via Dunai, which is the headquarters town of Dolpo.

You will be spending your last final overnight in Jhupal and around Dolpo. The next morning you will be flying back to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu it marks the end of your glorious adventure. It is one of the marvelous experiences of a lifetime on Lower Dolpo Trekking without a doubt.  

Itinerary

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You will be arriving at the Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be met by our Trekking Planner staff or a guide outside the arrival gate. Next, you will be escorted to your hotel room in the hub of Kathmandu city in the Thamel area.

You will then check into your rooms for a rest. Later in the day, you will be introduced to your trek leader or a guide at a meeting place in the hotel lobby. You will be briefed about your Lower Dolpo Trekking ahead.  In the evening Evening, you will be a part of a welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant. Here you will get the taste of local cuisines with a local cultural program to enjoy while having your dinner.

    Today, in the morning you will be going to various places in and around the Kathmandu city for a sightseeing tour around places of great interest tour of famous landmarks and world heritage sites of both Hindu and Buddhism religions, an exciting tour gets a glimpse of Nepalese cultures as it were hundreds of centuries.

    Afternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for a scenic flight to land at Nepal Far South West in Nepalgunj city airport, located around low sub-tropical climate, the areas of much Indian influence, as it is close to the border of Indian states UP (Utter Pradesh).

    On landing at Nepalgunj city airport transfer to respective hotels within the city limit, an afternoon is free for you to explore around the city of Nepalgunj.

      Today, in the morning you will be going to various places in and around the Kathmandu city for a sightseeing tour around places of great interest tour of famous landmarks and world heritage sites of both Hindu and Buddhism religions, an exciting tour gets a glimpse of Nepalese cultures as it were hundreds of centuries.

      Afternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for a scenic flight to land at Nepal Far South West in Nepalgunj city airport, located around low sub-tropical climate, the areas of much Indian influence, as it is close to the border of Indian states UP (Utter Pradesh).

      On landing at Nepalgunj city airport transfer to respective hotels within the city limit, an afternoon is free for you to explore around the city of Nepalgunj.

        A glorious morning awaits you. Today you will be leaving Dunai behind.  It takes you past the marketplace to cross a bridge over the Thulo Bheri River.  A climb to a ridge top takes you above Phoksundo River valley facing views of Kagmara peak.

        After a pleasant walk for some time, you then reach downhill into the farm villages. You notice walnut trees everywhere as you make your way close to Dhera. It is a small cattle herders settlement. A short climb from here reaches you to the village of  Raha-Gaon. This village belongs to the Malla, a Hindu tribe.

        From here a downhill descent takes you into the forest, and into a village called Chepkpa. This is your first overnight camp at Chepkpa.

          Today you will be leaving Chepkpa which lies near the Ankhe village for reaching Samduwa.  It is the morning of climbs and descents. At first, you will descend into a forest to reach a riverbank.  Later making a  climb you will be leaving the forest behind preparing for a  downhill descent. Upon descent, you will be back into the forested area. Here you will be walking all along the stream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village. You will be walking on this that continues until Samduwa. This also happens to be the entry point of the Phoksundo National Park. Overnight at Samduwa.

            The target for today is reaching Phoksundo Lake. At first, you will walk past the Pungmo Khola (stream) valley.  Following the Pungmo Khola downhill, you go past the pine and birch trees. You will then reach the upper side of Phoksundo Khola.

            After a short break, you walk into the Ringmo village. It is an interesting village of Tibetan origin and culture. Wherever your eyes go you will see mud-plastered houses all around. You will also find religious Chorten or Mani (prayer) walls of both the Bon sect and Buddhist religion.

            Finally, a short walk from here reaches you to Phoksundo Lake.  The first look of emerald-colored Phoksundo Lake mesmerizes you. Overnight at camp.

              This is a  perfect place for a rest day to enjoy stunning views of the dramatic country. It is within the beautiful landscapes overlooking views of Kagmara peaks.  You then visit the Ringmo village of immense interest located near Phoksundo Lake.

                From here the route heads towards the inner areas of Dolpo. The walk follows over a rocky ledge high over a riverbank. At times you will find an unsteady path until you reach the base of the high Baga-la pass. This is a green grassy meadowed area ideal for setting a camp for an overnight stop.

                  After exciting time around Ringmo village and Phoksundo Lake then reaching on isolated spot of Baga-La base, where morning walk takes you to reach on the other side of Dolpo area.

                  As our route leads east to cross few passes, walking on a pleasant trail with steep uphill to reach over Baga-la at 5,065 meters.

                  A steep uphill for few hours to reach on top where you will be rewarded with super panorama of Phoksundo lake and Kagmara peaks, after a scenic stop walk leads to a long descend to overnight camp at Phedi (bottom of the hill).

                    A morning's walk takes you to another pass to cross Numa-la at 5,195 meters. This is the highest point of your adventure. The walk ahead leads to climbing on nice grassy slopes for about three hours. Next, it reaches on top of Numa-la, facing grand views of snow-capped mountains. The glimpses of the Dhaulagiri mountain range to the Kagmara peak are sensational. Especially looking down at beautiful valleys with dramatic landscapes makes it more meaningful.

                    After an enjoyable stop, you then descend to the base of the Pass. A gradual walk to reach our overnight camp around Yak summer pasture.

                      Today's morning climb takes you across Jiang-la pass on a steep slope facing views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri range. Then with a long descent to the base, you continue to walk to the nice village of Tokyu-Gaon.

                      An easy walk brings you to the village of  Tokyu Gaon. It is an impressive and interesting village of Dolpo. A village with more than ten villages with nice tended farm fields and old monasteries. Overnight at Jyang La Phedi.

                        You are in for a climb this morning. The climb takes you across Jyang-la pass with a steep slope. It brings you across the facing views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri range.  Make a long descent to the base up first and then you continue walking to a nice village at Tokyu-Gaon.

                        Later an easy walk reaches you to Tokyu Gaon. Overnight

                          Today you will be leaving Tokyu Gaon in the morning to be at Dho-Tarap.  It is a downhill descent up first as you try to reach around the beautiful wide green valley of Tarap Chu. It is a nice place for Yak and Cattle herder’s temporary settlements. Walking further you reach Dho-Tarap. It is a nice village with mixed tribes of Dolpo and Magar hill tribes spread around all parts of Nepal from East to West. Overnight at Dho-Tarap.

                            Today you will make a descent down towards the Tarap valley. This is one of the largest and longest valleys of Dolpo. It is a 20 k.m stretch that reaches up to the Tarap Chu River. It then joins with the Thulo Bheri River near Tarakot village.

                            The walk ahead from here leads with grand views of beautiful waterfalls.  Then heading further south it follows the trail to Sisaul and Kesila around the Yak herder camp.  Overnight camp at Gyagar.

                              Today's morning walk leads you to the Tarap Khola valley.  The route from here enters a narrow gorge with some bushes of juniper and wild roses. It then leads you past a small place called Tol-Tol near a large overhanging cave.  This is a wild country where you might be lucky to spot some wildlife species. It is where the likes of Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals or Snow Leopard roam.

                              As the walk progress further it reaches the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola streams. It is a long and tiring day of six hours walk. You will camp near the river for an overnight stay.

                                An easy morning walk leads you past the smaller spread-out farm villages. You will be walking all along the river bank to reach Tarakot. It is a large and interesting village with the historical background of the Malla regime. The famous empire that reigned in Nepal in the past.

                                Tarakot has an old fortress known as Dzong in Tibetan and Kot in the Nepalese dialect.  It was built to guard the village from the outsiders. The Tarakot village houses the famous old Sandul Gompa. It lies at a junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River. Overnight at Tarakot.

                                  After spending an interesting time at Tarakot,  you will be heading for Dunai and then to Jhupal. This is your last day's walk of the adventure that takes you back to Dunai. You take a short drive of a few hours to reach Jhupal. This marks the end of your adventure in Jhupal. Early next morning you catch a flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city.

                                    You will be waking up early in the morning to board a flight for Nepalgunj. It is a short flight that takes you to low warm areas of Nepalgunj. Once there you will then get on a connecting scenic flight of about 50 minutes to reach Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport, a short drive reaches you to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

                                      This is a free day in Kathmandu, reserved in case of a flight delay at Jhupal.  This is your day to enjoy individual activities and shopping with options.  Or else you can join in a tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

                                        This is the last day of your Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal. One of our airport representatives will see you off at the Kathmandu Airport. You will board an international flight for your homebound journey. You will have the memories of this extraordinary adventure in your minds forever.

                                          Lower Dolpo trekking provided with standard Itinerary days where some walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

                                          We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Inc, USA.

                                          Cost Details

                                          Includes

                                          • All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
                                          • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
                                          • Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                                          • Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on full board in Nepaljung
                                          • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
                                          • Kathmandu to Nepaljung to Juphal and Juphal to Nepaljung to Kathmandu by flight
                                          • All necessary trek permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
                                          • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
                                          • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
                                          • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
                                          • twin shearing accommodation during the trek
                                          • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                          • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek
                                          • First aid kit
                                          • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                                          • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                                          • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                                          • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                                          • One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek

                                          Excludes

                                          • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
                                          • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                          • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
                                          • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                                          • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
                                          • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
                                          • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                                          • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                                          • Anything not included in service includes column

                                          Essential Info

                                          Best Seasons for Lower Dolpo Trekking:
                                          Best time in April and May in spring season with September to early November months during autumn.

                                          April and May with much longer sunlight hours, makes the trek more interesting and very special.

                                          Most days are clear from morning till late afternoon, can get cloudy sometimes with chance of snows around higher elevation cold in the morning and night time (without wind-chill factors).

                                          September to early November during autumn / fall season most days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon, days are shorter and as well with sunlight hours, much cold with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades above 2, 000 m high (not adding extra wind-chill factor).

                                          Local Culture and Religion:
                                          Lower and whole Dolpo area dominated by Dolpa tribe closely linked to Tibetan with similar culture and way of farm and cattle herding traditional life, follows both Buddhism religion and Bon sect of pre-Buddhism an ancient worships of natural surroundings and mountain spirits.

                                          Lower Dolpo also inhabited by mix tribes Dolpa of Tibetan origin with Hindu Brahmin and Chettries of Malla Thakuri tribes includes Magar the hills tribe of Western Nepal with mixture of Hindu and Buddhism with Bon religions.

                                          Itinerary Disclaimer:
                                          Lower Dolpo trekking provided with standard Itinerary days where some walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

                                          We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Inc, USA.

                                          Climate and Weather:
                                          Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

                                          Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.

                                          Other months from September and October great times for treks around Lower Dolpo and other areas of Himalaya, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

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