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- 1-night hotel accommodation in Nepaljung on twin sharing basis on BLD (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) plan.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB (Bed and Breakfast) plan.
- Accommodation while trekking on a twin sharing basis in Tent Camp.
- Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
- All government taxes and our service charges.
- An experienced Government license holder guide.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
- Kathmandu - Nepaljung - Kathmandu Flight Cost.
- Nepaljung - Juphal - Nepaljung Flight cost.
- Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
- Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
- Upper Dolpo restricted area permit.
- Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.)
- Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
- Your Travel insurance.
- Day 01
- Day 02
- Day 03
- Day 04
- Day 05
- Day 06
- Day 07
- Day 08
- Day 09
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Day 14
- Day 15
- Day 16
- Day 17
- Day 18
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
You will arrive at Kathmandu Airport, where one of our team members will welcome you. He will take you to the hotel, and shortly brief you about the day program. In the evening, you will meet with other team mm=ember over welcome dinner.
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Today, you will go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit several places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Your guide will tell you important events behind these monuments. Later, in the day, you will prepare for the trek. You will check all the gears and arrange the necessary documents that you have to carry while trekking.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj; 1 hour.
After a quick breakfast, you will head to the Airport to catch a flight to Nepalgunj. The flight will be an hour-long and scenic. Upon landing at Nepalgunj airport, you will head to the hotel. You can explore the market in the evening.
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.
The day began with a short 45 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal. Jhupal is a beautiful small town located at the foothills of Himalayas. From here, you will trek through terraced fields and reach the Bheri River. Crossing its narrow gorge, you will continue walking reach Dunai, the administrative headquarters of Dolpo.
Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft); 5-6 hours.
Walking along the southern bank of Bheri river, you will ascend on an easy trail. The trail passes through deep gorges crossing hanging bridges and isolated villages. You will soon reach Tarakot located to the south of Bheri river.
Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft); 6-7 hours.
The trail moves along the Tarap Chu river. You will cross this river two times and reach Sandul Gompa. From here, you will trek through terraced fields and fine villages. After a few ascends and descends, you will arrive at Laini.
Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft); 5-6 hours.
The trail steeply moves above the Tarap River. The trail soon turns into a narrow gorge, where you can jump from one side to another. Further, you will ascend and descend to reach the bank of Chyugar Khola from where you will reach Nawarpani.
Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft); 7-8 hours.
The trail slowly ascends to Kamattarka located at the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. You will cross a narrow gorge and leave the tree line behind. The trail now begins to show more juniper and bushes of roses. Enjoying beautiful landscape views, you will reach Dho Tarap.
Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization.
This is an acclimatization day for you to allow your body to adjust with the increasing altitude. You will spend the day exploring around the village and visiting nearby monasteries. You will get a chance to look into the daily lifestyle of the locals and their culture. The culture here will look similar to the people of Tibet. Moreover, you will also see Bon Po practices.
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4,440m/14,563 ft); 6-7 hours walk.
The trail ascends to the Upper Tarap Valley. You will enjoy beautiful views of lush green grasslands on both sides of the river. Trekking along the side of Tarap Chu, you will traverse the wide plains and the high mountains of the Tarap Valley. You will reach Tokyu, where you see a monastery of the Chiba sect. From here, you will climb up on a rough path to reach Numa La Base Camp.
Cross Numa La pass (5,190m/17,023ft) and camp at Pelung Tang (4,465m/14,645 ft); 6-7 hours.
It is going to be the toughest walk today. You will ascend and reach the Numa La Pass. The trail will be steep and rock to the pass. From the pass, you can see amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains. Further, you will descend and reach Pelung Tang for a night stay.
Cross Baga La pass (5,070m/16,630ft) and trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft); 6 hours.
You will continue ascending on the steep path and reach the top of the Baga La Pass. You will get to see wonderful landscape views. After spending some time at the top, you will descend to Dajok Tang, where you will be spending the night.
Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft); 3-4 hours.
Trekking alongside beautiful pine forests and alpine vegetation, you will gradually ascend and descend to reach Ringmo village. It is a traditional Tibetan village.
Hike to Phoksundo Lake.
An exciting day when you will reach stunning Phoksundo Lake. On the trail, you will see yak caravans moving in and out of Tibetan borders. Upon reaching the lake, you will get to see surreal views, unlike any other place. You will be going to camp nearby the lake and end your day enjoying the gorgeous sunset.
Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2,520m/8,265 ft); 5-6 hours walk.
The trail descends to Chepka. From here, you will walk following a huge overhanging rock. On the way, you will come across many medicinal herbs. Passing through small villages, you will reach Shyanta for a night stay.
Shyanta to Jhupal.
The trail move towards Jhupal. Trekking through lush forests, you will reach Sulighat surrounded by birch trees. Looking over the fantastic view of the mountain, you will gradually descend to Jhupal, where you will spend the night.
Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu.
From Nepalgunj, you will take an early flight back to Nepalgunj. Taking another flight, you will fly back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore around. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.
With a pocket full of memories, it's time to return to the home. As per your flight departure time, one of our team members will drop you at the Airport and say you our last goodbye.
More about this tour
One of the less-traveled regions of Nepal, which requires special permission from the government of Nepal to traverse, Lower Dolpo is a place that will take you back in time. The experience that this venture presents is unreal. Untouched by any modernization to date, Lower Dolpo Trek will let you explore the stunning beauty of this region. From gorgeous landscape to outstanding views of Himalayan mountains like Kanjiroba Peak, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and several other mountains along with glaciers.
Lower Dolpo Trek landmark
One of the main landmarks of Lower Dolpo Trek is Phoksundo Lake. Located at 3,611 meters, Phoksundo Lake is known as the jewel of the Himalayas. Likewise, the ancient culture and unique lifestyle of the locals will leave your mind blown away. The region holds practices that are thousands of years old. The artistic monasteries and nature here are another to look for.
Culture & Ethnic Diversity
During Lower Dolpo Trek, you will get to look into the rich culture and lifestyle of people from Magar, Bohora, Thakali, Bhote, and the Tibetan community. As the region is closed to Tibet border, and once used to be the trade route between Nepal & Tibet, you will see so many similarities with Tibetans and their life.
People here are the followers of Bon Po, Tibetan Buddhism. Ancient stupas and artistic monasteries will decorate the path. As you gain elevation, you will get exposed to a more unique way of living and practices unseen anywhere else.
You will get to see the barren landscape from unique colorful rocks to lush green pastures full of yaks and caravan. The terrain is similar to the Tibetan plateau. This region is very famous for so many flora, fauna, and medicinal plants. A very famous and important medicinal plant called Yarchagumba (Corylopsis Sinensis) is also found here. Moreover, this region also holds stunning Phoksundo Lake and Shey Phoksundo National Park. You can check our Phoksundo Lake Trek, which is also a very popular trek.
Lower Dolpo Trek difficulty
The isolation of the region and the altitude makes the Lower Dolpo Trek 18 Days difficult. The terrain is also different from other parts of Nepal, and it is more similar to Tibet's. The unavailability of an adequate number of tea shops, lodges, and guesthouses makes the trail tough. There will be lots of ascends and descends that you have to overcome to complete this work. Good health, strong physical fitness, and endurance are needed to go on this trek.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
The high altitude brings the risk of altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is a common illness that can happen to anyone if their body is not acclimated properly. Therefore, it is very important to add enough rest in between trek. At, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition, we have designed our Lower Dolpo Trek itinerary professionally. You can get in touch with us at any time for further information.
Transportation and Bag Pack
Lower Dolpo Trekking begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung and then to Jhupal. From here, you will begin trekking.
Here is the list of things that you should carry during Lower Dolpo Trek:
- Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking shoes/socks
- Rain jacket
- Sun hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Lower Dolpo Trek
Lower Dolpo is one of the most isolated parts of Nepal, where there is no means of transportation and communication. The trail is also not developed like other trekking region and has very limited teahouses. the rooms will be basic.
The food will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. The menu will be nothing vast and usual. You can expect to find Tibetan dishes on the menu as the region is highly influenced by Tibet.
Best Season to go on Lower Dolpo Trek
Monsoon (June to September) is the best time to go on Lower Dolpo Trek. As the entire region lies in the rain shadow area, there is no to little rain in this part of Nepal. Moreover, a very famous festival called Tiji is being celebrated in these months, which attracts many visitors. Likewise, Spring and Autumn is also a good time to go on Lower Dolpo Trek 18 Days.
Lower Dolpo Trek cost
Lower Dolpo Trek cost includes things like all ground transportation, meals during the trek, permits, and expense of a guide. Your itinerary and the service that you will get during the trek play vital in the increase and decrease in the cost. You can check our cost includes and excludes sections to know more in detail about the cost.
- Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
- Make sure to take out insurance
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Get a good map