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Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 days

Lower Dolpo Trek 18 Days

Lower Dolpo Trek offers a spectacular trail through a mix of forest and arid countryside in the rain shadow behind the Dhaulagiri range. Dolpo region is sparsely populated but villages offer tantalising insights into the lives of the hardy Dolpopa, built around their Bön and Buddhist beliefs.

Dolpo trekking begins with flights to lowland Nepalgunj and then to the high village of Juphal before an easy walk down to the trading town of Dunai.

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Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 days

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Lower Dolpo Trek.

Lower Dolpo Trekking Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our All Nepal Trekking’s Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our company’s hoarding board and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel with breakfast 

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world!  Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.

Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel with breakfast 

Day 03:  Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (152m/498ft) and transfer to Hotel

We take an hour’s flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai business hub of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains as 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 Juphal.

Overnight in Nepalgunj at Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj – Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 35 min, 2-3 hrs

After an early breakfast, we take a morning flight to Juphal. A 45 minutes flight over the high mountains brings you at Juphal over the Himalayan foothills, with the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Juphal our trekking staffs 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.

Overnight in Dunai at Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05:  Dunai –  Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, 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 7 meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us eventually. 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.

Overnight in Tarako at Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06:  Tarakot –  Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hrs

We resume our walk following the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing a suspension bridge to open lunch spot.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 encounter river bed to reach our overnight camp at Laini.

Overnight in Laini at camp
 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Laini –  Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5 hrs

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 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.

Overnight in Nawarpani at camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08:  Laini –  Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hrs

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 nice 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 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 Bön Po and Chaiba 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 at Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09:  Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization

We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Explore villages, monasteries and enjoy the surrounding 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 Bön po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bön Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour’s walk.

Overnight in Do Tarap at Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10:  Do Tarap –  Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft): 6-7 hrs

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’ good 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.

Overnight in Numa La Base Camp at camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11:  Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Baga La Phedi(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

Overnight in Baga La Phedi at Camp
 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Overnight in Dozak Tang at Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

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.

Overnight in Ringmo Village at campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14:  Rest Day at Ringmo village in Phoksundo Lake

A rest and exploration day. And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksundo 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 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 in Ringmo Village at campsite
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15:  Phoksundo Lake –  Shyangta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hrs

Today’s trek leads downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We find many important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyangta.

Overnight is Shyangta at Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16:  Shyangta – Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft): 5-6 hrs

Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Juphal 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 Juphal below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Juphal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

Overnight in Juphal at Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17:  Fly Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

We take a flight from Juphal 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 All Nepal Trekking’s staffs.

Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel 

Day 18: Final departure

Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.

Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 days

Customised treks which differ from this itinerary are always organisable.

For example, it’s always possible to extend your trek in order to spend more time in Kathmandu.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs. We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Lower Dolopo Trek in Nepal.

Trip Cost Includes

Included costs

All airport/Hotel transfers
Tourist standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
City Tour by private transport
All necessary paper work and permits (Lower Dolpa Restricted Area Permit )
Flight Kathmandu/Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
2 star Hotel in Nepalgunj
Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice
Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)
All mountain accommodation i tent
An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide, Trekking cook, kitchen boy, assistant guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (1 trekkers: 3 porters)
Guide, cook and support staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
Trekking equipment such as down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag

Not Included costs

  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • City entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance and evacuation
  • Tipping

Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 days

Lower Dolpo Trek offers a spectacular trail through a mix of forest and arid countryside in the rain shadow behind the Dhaulagiri range. Dolpo region is sparsely populated but villages offer tantalising insights into the lives of the hardy Dolpopa, built around their Bön and Buddhist beliefs.

Dolpo trekking begins with flights to lowland Nepalgunj and then to the high village of Juphal before an easy walk down to the trading town of Dunai.

Lower Dolpo trekking from Dunai follows an ancient trade route to Tibet; still in use by yak caravans. It gradually ascends through narrow valleys and gorges, past Tarakot (a former regional capital) to the broad, fertile Tarap Valley. An acclimatisation day at Do offers a unique opportunity to mingle with the hardy farmers and pastoralists and visit both Bön and Buddhist monasteries.

From the northern end of this valley, the trail turns westwards and summits two 5000m passes, with an overnight stop between them. This tough route offers spectacular high views and exquisite, pristine alpine valleys: a wilderness highlight.

Beyond the passes, the trail climbs high above the Phoksundo Khola Valley floor, passing Nepal’s highest waterfall. This has cut through the debris of an ancient landslide that dammed the Phoksundo Khola to form the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake just beyond the village of Ringmogaon. Spend a day exploring this region: the village; the White Chholing Monastery; and walk along the narrow cliff-side trail on the route to Inner Dolpo and Shey Gompa.

A two day walk down the forested Phoksundo Khola Valley leads back to the path to Juphal.

We offer a full Dolpo trekking package includes flights, permits, your guide, chef, local porters and donkeys, meals, sturdy tent accommodation, and safe drinking water

Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 days

Lower Dolpo Trek – 18 days

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