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Lower Dolpo Trekking

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Trip Overview

Lower Dolpo trek begins after flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal we follow the Tarap Chu River passing through Tarakot, Laini, Nawarpani and to Do Tarap where we acclimatize for a day. The trail goes through some terraced fields at the beginning, deep georges, suspension bridges, pine trees and higher up we find Juniper bushes,wild roses and classic dry Himalayan valleys. Do Tarap is a small villages inhabited by Bon Po and Chaliba tribes, few Tibetans and Magars. We can visit some famous local monasteries and enjoy scenic view of peaks and know about local culture, customs and tradition. Then we ascend to cross Numa La pass which offers mesmerizing view of barren mountains of Dolpo to Dhaulagiri. After crossing Baga La pass where you can have beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and snowcapped peaks of Kanjirowa range we descend to Ringmo and hike to Phoksundo Lake. Full of crystal deep blue fresh water, Phoksundo Lake is a gem of this region. Finally, we descend to Juphal airstrip to end our jouney of a lifetime.

This trek takes you to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park (largest in Nepal)- home to blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, elusive snow leopards along with varieties of fauna. You will walk on primitive trade routes still in use between Tibet and Nepal. People here still lead a primitive life, yet they are friendly.

As this trek is demanding and goes through some high passes, you should be on your best physical form and some previous trekking experience is recommended.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

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

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

Day 07: Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 08: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hours

Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization

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

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

Day 12: Cross Baga La pass (5,070m/16,630ft), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hours

Day 13: Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hours

Day 14: Hike to Phoksundo Lake

Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hours walk

Day 16: Shyanta to Jhupal

Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

Day 18: Final departure

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 18 Days

Difficulty Level : Moderate

Minimum Altitude : 1300m

Group Size : 2-15 people

Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Sightseeing

Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep

Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal hotel in Trekking

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