Lower Dolpa Trekking
Lower Dolpa Trekking is another remote hidden destination in far west where Nepal’s most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored. The home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments, unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Trekking around the Dolpo region is an unforgettable journey in every visitor’s life. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan griffon. It’s difficult to grow crops there, which makes life difficult for the local people, so most of them are involved in the salt trade from Tibet, this traditional culture continue in Doplo generation to generation.
Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Here one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksumdo Gompa – dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience. The enchanting beauty and unique culture of this place will demonstrate why Eric Valli, the author of the famous book Honey Hunter of Nepal, created the movie “Caravan”, nominated for the prestigious Oscar award. Dolpo is still the homeland of the Spotted Leopard, Blue Sheep, wolves, and many other varieties of flora and fauna, so you’ll also uncover a deeper understanding of Peter Matthieson’s book Snow Leopard.
Lower Dolpa Trekking
Trip Duration: 24 days
Max. Altitude: 5360m
Season: Apr - Nov
Accommodation: 5 nights in Kathmandu, 1 night in Nepalgunj and 17 nights in tented camp
Group Size: Min 2 pax
# Arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary.
# Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in two star to 4 star hotel
with b'fast as per itinerary.
# Kathmandu/Nepalgunj / Kathmandu private transportation/flight tkt
# Jumla/Nepalgunj flight ticket for member & Nepali staff
# Nepalgunj /Jhupal flight ticket for member & nepali staff
# Kathmandu sightseeing with English speaking guide.
# All entrance fee during sightseeing
# All 3 meals and accommodation while on the camping trek.
# Fully escorted trek with English speaking guide, experienced cook, sherpas and porters.
# Tents, mattress, sleeping bag, cooking utensils and other necessary camping materials.
# Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs.
# International Airfare
# Nepal Visa fee (US $ 40 per person)
# Dolpo Restricted Permit First 7 days US $ 20
# Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
# Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
# Travel Insurance
# Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
# Personal spending money.
# Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc.
# Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
Experience Required :This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours in a day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and the walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally the trail is a good track, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.
Food & Accommodation : You are accommodated in teahouses whilst on trek. A teahouse is a local run guesthouse, but standards vary enormously. In popular areas such as Everest, teahouses are more like hotels, with hot water, Western food and private rooms
Recommended equipment list :Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Sleeping bag and Down Jacket
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece
|City||Per Adult / Single Room||Per Adult / Double / Triple Room||Child Without Bed||Child With Bed|
|Kathmandu||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Kathmandu – Nepalgunj fly (90 min)
After breakfast drive to airport and fly to Nepalgunj. It is in the Terai near the Indian border. We spend rest of our days exploring the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Nepalgunj – Jumla fly (30 min). Trek to Gothi Chaur (2700m)
Fly to Jumla.Jumla lies on the banks of Til Khola at 2370m and is renowned as the highest rice growing areas in the world. We passing the airport to the eastern end of the runway, several water- driven mills drop to the confluence of the Til Khola and the Chaudhabise Khola. Crossing both the rivers on the bridge the trail climbs into a fertile valley along the Southern side of Tila to Depal gaon. Climbing to the small villages of Bhajkati, Dugri Lagun from Depal gaon we arrive at Dochal Ghara. Then again the trail climbs to a rock cairn at Pattyata Lagna finally descending to Gothi Chaur
Gothi Chaur – Naphukana (3080m)
Walking downstream through forests to a series of mills at Kuri Sangta we re-enter the Tila Valley. The trail crosses to the northern side of the Tila, passing corn and potato fields to Muni Sagni. On the way we cross several bridges and finally crossing the river our trail climbs to Chotra at 3010m. A short distance beyond Chotra is the Tibetan Settlement of Naphukana.
Naphukana – Balasa(3110m)
Oak and Rhododendrons to Mauri Lagna (“Honey Pass”) at 3820m. Views of the snowy peaks of Gutumba (5608m) and Matatumba (5767m) to the northeast and Bhalu Himal (5460m) to the south can be seen. The trail descends from the pass and makes a long connection to a steep slope then drops into a forest of Pine and Oaks. Entering the Bheri Valley, we move to the village of Chaurikot. From Chaurikot we drop to a stream and then climb right back up again at an inviting notch on the ridge at 3080m and 30 minutes beyond the ridge is Balasa.
Balasa – Kaigaon
Descending to a stream, we climb to ridge in a forest of Walnut trees. The trail contours passing the corn and potato fields and apple orchards of Jyakot and then descends to Rimi from here down a rocky trail to the Bheri river. Just across the bridge is Kaigaon. Kaigaon is the departure point for a crossing of Kagmara La.
Kaigaon – Toijem (2920m)
After an early breakfast we begin with our day trek to Toijem. We Staying on the west bank of the Bheri, passing Hurikot, staying high above the river to the confluence of the Jagdula and Garpung Kholas. We drop to Jagdula Khola crossing it on stones to Toijem.
Toijem – Kagmara (3500m)
We continue to follow the Garpung Khola at the elevation of 3650m, cross to the eastern side and continue upstream. We from here ascend slowly towards the Kagmara La. The panoramic views of the peaks are superb. We can make our camp among the boulders.
Kagmara – Kagmara Phedi (4000m)
To make an early start we make an early breakfast and begin with our trek. We climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La, which is at an elevation of 5115m. We get to spot the rare blue sheep at this place. After descending 900m along a stream, we reach to the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley. Our camp site for the rest of the evening.
Kagmara Phedi – Phoksumdo Lake
Before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake, we go downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa. We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest in Nepal. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake. We will end with our long day trek on arrival to the Phoksumdo Lake.
Rest at Phoksumdo Lake(3600)
We make one more day halt at the lake to mark it as a rest day and also to explore the lake itself and it’s surrounding. The lake is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring, it is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. It is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa, which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels.
Phoksumdo Lake – Baga La Phedi (4360m)
To be at Baga la Phedi, we retrace our route as far as Ringmo and then follow trail eastwards through forests of juniper and blue pine. We follow the river up the valley to a waterfall and reach at the base of the Baga La. This will be our camping site for the night.
cross Baga La pass(5190m). Trek to Numa La Phedi (4800m)
To reach to the top of Baga La from its base is going to take us almost three hours. Baga La, is the second of the high passes in the route. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La. Overnight stay at Numa La Phedi.
cross Numa La (5360m). Trek to Do (4100m)
After breakfast at the base to complete with our climbing of the last of the high passes, we start early and then continue climbing through arid country to the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri. Now we descend past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and then walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do.
Rest at Do
We spent a day resting at Do. Do, the largest settlement in Tarap has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa. We are also bestowed with the opportunities to see great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.
Do – Lahini (3560m)
After a day’s rest at Do we get started with our trek. We walk and follow the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge, which has large rose shrubs, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times we finally come to a flat expanse, Lahini. Overnight stay at Lahini.
Lahini – Tarakot (2600m)
The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, so we need to be cautious while crossing it. However, as we approach the village of Khanigaon, the valley widens and the route becomes easier. We then on reaching Khanigaon climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot.
Tarakot – Dunai (2100m)
We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai.
Dunai – Juphal (2500m)
To get to Juphal from Dunai, head back along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri past the Suli Gaad confluence and on to Roop Gaad. We continue along the riverbank to Kala Gaunda (2030m). We take the trail leading up-hill and climb steeply to a large house, from here the trail then traverses through meadows to manu houses. We staying high climb less steeply around the head of the valley towards Juphal. There is a maze trail but we continue heading up and eventually we will reach at Juphal. On arrival at Juphal we are completed with our trek. Overnight stay at Juphal.
Juphal – Nepalgunj –Kathmandu fly.
Flights are operated early in the morning at Dolpo because of high winds in the Thulo Bheri valley so making a night stop at Juphal we get up early in the morning to catch flight to Nepalgunj from there, a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Kathmandu free day of your own.(This day can be used in case flight cancellation.)
this day use for encase flight cancel.
Kathmandu free day of your own.(This day can be used in case flight cancellation.)
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.