Lower Dolpo Trekking - 19 Days

Lower Dolpo Trekking

‘Lower Dolpo Trekking is an adventure around snow-leopard and blue sheep country with old age Bon and Buddhist culture’

Lower Dolpo Trekking 

Lower Dolpo Trekking certainly excites and fascinates all types of interested trekkers and adventurers on this beautiful adventure within Nepal Far North-Western Himalaya within the scenic and awesome country of Dolpo.

Lower Dolpo trekking where you can explore one of near vanishing culture of ancient heritage the Bon sect of religion which is pre-Buddhism, worshipping nature and past soul spirits like the American native Indians, In-Ekes or Laplanders practice, quite similar which is interesting and impressive to observe on this amazing journey.

An exciting flight from the capital Kathmandu takes you around Nepal Far South West into warmer sub-tropical areas of Nepalgunj of Indian environment and culture, being close to the border of India, where another short flight takes you to our actual starting point of the adventure Lower Dolpo Trekking.

From Jhupal walk begins heading to our destination at beautiful Phoksundo Lake an interesting walk heading past headquarter town of Dolpo at Dunai and into hill villages of ancient Nepalese tribe known as Malla Thakuri with well maintained farm fields and terraces to reach our main highlight at Phoksundo also known as Ringmo Lake, with village named Ringmo nearby.

After a great moment with time to explore and enjoy its charming areas, our walk leads back to Jhupal taking a high and scenic route over high passes of Baga-la and Numa-la with exceptional scenery and views of the country with snow-capped peaks.

As the journey continues with the climb and descends to reach at wide and scenic Dho-Tarap Valley around impressive villages of Tokyu exploring its monasteries and observing its fascinating culture of ancient heritage, where walk leads to another nice village at Tarakot the main village with a history of Malla kingdom period.

From this impressive village walking towards Dunai to reach Jhupal on completing our wonderful journey where scenic flight brings you back at Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city to conclude our memorable adventure and overwhelming experience on Lower Dolpo Trekking.

Lower Dolpo Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with a half-day tour and fly to Nepalgunj city.
Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,470 m (40 mins on air) and 2 hrs drive to Dunai 2,140 m.
Day 04: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours.
Day 07: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for the local excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Temche 3,994 m near Ghuchun Khola – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek and cross Baga-La 5,165 m and camp at Danigar 4,512 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Cross Numa-La 5,315 m overnight camp at the base (phedi) 4,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m via Khanger – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Dho-Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 17: Morning flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotels.
Day 18: In Kathmandu free as contingency day and for individual activities.
Day 19: International departure for homeward bound.

Why Lower Dolpo Treks?

“A country of complete wilderness an old trans Himalayan Caravan trail of Nepal and Tibet.

Fascinating and beautiful landscapes where Snow-Leopard and herd of Blue Sheep dwells.

In the land of ancient Bon religion of pre-Buddhism with amazing impressive cultures.

Trekking within Nepal largest Shey-Phoksundo National Park and its scenic Ringmo Lake.

Explore Lower Dolpo of great interest that fascinates you within sheer tranquil surroundings.

Crossing high passes over Baga-la and Numa-la to reach magnificent Lower Dolpo area.”

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu airport received by our guide and staff with transportation to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu at Thamel, an exciting place in Kathmandu, after checking in your rooms join with the group for Lower Dolpo Trekking briefing provided by our guides or leaders.

Evening includes group welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese Restaurant with culture programs with your dinner.

Day 2
In Kathmandu with half-day tour and fly to Nepalgunj city.

Morning sightseeing tour around interesting places of Kathmandu visiting world heritage sites of great wonders, where Hindu and Buddhism religions blends in perfect harmony.

After an interesting tour with time to refresh and transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal for scenic sweeping flight to land at Nepalgunj airport, during air grand views of Himalayan range of mountains.

At Nepalgunj transfer to its city hotels, with time to explore this interesting city similar to Indian Hindu culture with some Muslim people as this areas situated close to India border within Nepal Far South West of sub-tropical climate.

Day 3
Fly to Jhupal 2,470 m (40 mins on air) and 2 hrs drives to Dunai 2,140 m.

Morning another connecting flight of short hours in a smaller aircraft to land at Jhupal in Dolpo region airstrip, here meet our other trekking and camping staff and porters where few hour drive takes you to Duani, headquarter and administrative town of Dolpo region here with time in the afternoon to roam around its bazaar of great interest to witness local people of Far Western Nepal.

Day 4
Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.

With interesting overnight stop at Dunai, where morning starts crossing over a bridge above Thulo Bheri River, as walk leads to a climb on a high hill and ridge towards Phuksumdo River valley facing views of Kagmara peaks, from here on downhill past farm villages within walnut groves getting close to a stream at Dhera, a small farm settlements, and taking short climb to reach Raha-Gaon village within Hindu populated with Thakuri people (indigenous tribe of Nepal), from here on downhill into forested area then reaching our overnight camp in small farm village called as Chhepka.

Day 5
Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.

After Chhepka which is close to another village of Ankhe, as morning walk leads to a short climb with descend into woodland of tall pine and spruce tree lines reaching at a river bank, where here climb leads after leaving the tree lines behind and then back into forest after downhill to cross a small bridge reaching at Ryajik village, as walk leads beyond to our overnight camp close to the entrance of Phuksumdo National Park.

Day 6
Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.

With lovely pleasant morning as our route takes you to at beautiful Phoksundo Lake after walking past Pungmo Khola (stream) and its valley, where walk follows Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach upper areas of Phoksundo Khola, after a short rest continue walk to Ringmo village, an interesting village of Tibetan origin where houses are built with mud and religious Buddhist chhorten or Mani (prayer) walls.

From here a short walk leads at the bank of Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp facing turquoise colored Phoksumdo Lake.

Day 7
Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion.

A perfect spot for rest day at this scenic spot, with ample time for short walks and hike with views of Kagmara peaks, and visit its interesting village of Ringmo village located close to the lake.

Day 8
Trek to Temche 3,995 m near Ghuchun Khola - 05 hrs.

After an enjoyable and exciting time around Ringmo village within beautiful Phoksundo Lake, where morning walk takes you other inner side of Dolpo area towards east using an alternative route with high passes of Baga-la and Numa-la.

As morning walk leads past Muduwa village and following a stream of Muduwa within a gorge to reach a small grazing area at Temche for overnight stop near Ghuchun Khola (stream).

Day 9
Trek and cross Baga-La 5,165 m and camp at Danigar 4,512 m - 06 hrs.

Morning begins taking a nice gradual path that leads uphill to cross over Baga-la at 5,165 meters high, a steep climb for nearly three hours to reach on the top, on reaching pass rewards you with breath-taking panorama of Phoksumdo lake with Kagmara peaks, after a short rest with excellent views.

A long descend leads to overnight camp at Danigar or Phedi, means base or a bottom of the hills and passes.

Day 10
Cross Numa-La (South) 5,315 m and camp at the base (phedi) 4,440 m - 06 hrs.

From this isolated and remote campsite, as morning starts with climb to reach another pass Numa-la South at 5,315 meters, which is the highest spot of the adventure, where climb leads on grassy slopes for nearly three hours to reach on top Numa-la facing glorious panorama with Dhaulagiri range and Kagmara peaks includes beautiful scenic valleys.

After an enjoyable stop with views then downhill walk to the base of the pass, where walk leads about some hours to reach a gradual even trail then ending the day on a nice summer pasture fields at the base or Phedi for overnight camping.

Day 11
Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m via Khanger - 06 hrs.

From the bottom and base of Numa-la, morning starts with steep climb to reach on top of a small ridge with grand views of Dhaulagiri range, and then with long descend to reach at Modo valley, time permitting visit the monastery from here where trail from Upper and Lower Dolpo joins.

After visiting Modo and Khanger areas a good walk of few hours reaches you to an interesting and most impressive villages around Tokyu-Gaon for overnight stop, one of the largest village within Dolpa area, as its consists of more than ten villages with nice tended farm fields having its old monasteries.

Day 12
Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.

Enjoying lovely moment at Tokyu Gaon, morning starts on downhill heading toward Tarap Chu within a broad and wide green valley, this is one of the most beautiful valleys with lots of Yak herders temporary settlements.

From here continue walk to reach our overnight camp at Dho-Tarap, another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

Day 13
Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.

From Do-Tarap and its interesting village where morning leads to a long descend reaching at Tarap valley, largest and longest valley of Dolpo which is about 20 k.m distance stretches from Tarap Chu River to Thuli Bheri River near at Tarakot village.

Walk leads past Langa with wonderful views of cascading waterfalls where our route heads due south following a trail past Sisaul with smaller areas of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.

Day 14
Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.

Today our journey leads towards scenic valley of Tarap area, as walk enter into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Tol-Tol within large overhanging cave, around this area chances of spotting some wild-life like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals.

As walk progress reaching at a confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola Rivers, overnight camp is made by the bank of river after a long day walk of nearly six hours or more.

Day 15
Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk begins on passing smaller rural farm villages and into smaller woodland area, where route follows Tarap Chu all the way to reach at Tarakot, one of the most interesting and largest village with an heritage of ancient history, where in early days was a fort village taking toll and taxes from the trade between Nepal and Tibet on this Old Trans Himalayan Salt-Trade Route.

Tarakot with well managed terraced farm fields with old historical fortress known as Dzong or Kot in local and Nepalese languages which guarded the village from outside invaders.

Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba situated on the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is set.

Day 16
Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.

Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.

Day 17
Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj afternoon free at leisure.

As per flight time for Nepalgunj city, morning with final moment within Dolpo at Jhupal walk to its small airstrip, where short scenic flight drops you at Nepalgunj airport, here with time for refreshment before connecting flight in a larger plane to Kathmandu taking approx: 50 minutes to reach Kathmandu, after an exciting flight with mountain views on reaching at the airport transfer for short ride to your hotel, after a most remarkable adventure on Upper Dolpo afternoon with ample time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 18
In Kathmandu free as contingency day and for individual activities.

Reserve this extra free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation in Jhupal-Dolpo which might occur sometimes due to bad and unfavorable weather conditions, this day allows you with free for individual activities, if all goes well as per our standard itinerary days.

Day 19
International departure homeward bound.

Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of excellent adventure on Lower Dolpo trekking, as per your time for international flight, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

How tough is walk on Lower Dolpo Trekking?

Depending upon how you take it, you must be aware that Nepal and all Himalayan countries a hilly and mountainous area, where much of the walk leads to ups and down with some gradual winding trail to cope.
However, on this trek which is similar to other Himalayan walks, the only long and steep climb is going up several high passes over Baga-la and Numa-La above 5,000 m, and then with long stretch of downhill, walking is not that tough and hard as it looks.
As we have maintained walking itinerary days to suit interested people to enjoy scenic views with time to acclimatize with the altitude.

What are the religion and cultures that we can witness?

Around Nepal Far West a mixture of Buddhist with lower area with Hindu people of Brahmin-Chettries-Dalits and Magar tribes, as walk leads higher region of Lower and Inner Dolpo dominated by Dolpa people of Tibetan origin with same Buddhist culture and religion.
On this trek Lower Dolpo witness fascinating culture and tradition farm life of hill people of Dolpo visiting its monasteries and villages with ancient Bon sect of pre Buddhism which is of great interest to witness.

How many people will be in the group?

From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.

How is the weather around Dolpo?

As per the season wise, where best time is from April to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. Dolpo can be visited during monsoon months of July and August as the area falls within rain-shadow area blocked by high Himalayan mountain range.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present only few main town and village like Jhupal and Dunai has more lodges to stay with simple and basic facilities.
On this trek to Dolpo where camping is organized as this region falls within remote and isolated part of the country, camping is the best way to enjoy this adventure around Dolpo region with complete camping facilities of different unit of kitchen with cook-kitchen staff-guide and porters, carrying much of foods from Kathmandu itself.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones? Most of the places do not have electricity on route trekking some village run by its own small hydro-power like in Tokyu or Tarakot, much of electric supply are private and individual of the village and some lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.

Most of the places do not have electricity on route trekking some village run by its own small hydro-power like in Tokyu or Tarakot, much of electric supply are private and individual of the village and some lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Phoksumdo Lake and villages on route, where networks are disturbed in deep gorge and valleys.
At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones
with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.
For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), resting and drinking enough fluid leaving an extra guide to take care of sick clients till he / she recovers on route treks or help them to descend to safer areas and taking an advance flight back to Nepalgunj or Kathmandu.

How are foods and hygiene during treks?

Meals are prepared by our head camping chef with varied items, all foods are carefully prepared with much hygiene concern, with good breakfast-lunch and dinner with afternoon tea and snacks prepared by our camping cook and staff.

I came to know that some people could get sick while on treks why?

Well hearing rumors and seeing for your own self is a different picture, to be honest some people are not used to Asian and spicy foods, that’s why people could get sick with change of diets as well.
To be on healthy side before and after the treks is to get advice from your guides what will be the best food to consume while on treks, we strongly suggest staying away from meats items in the first place, as it is not hygienic could be stale meat of a week time or more. If you go with vegetarian for sometimes will be the best options to stay healthy till you get immune to local environment and culture.

What types of medication should I bring from home for the trek?

In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.
In ever trip of ours we carry comprehensive medical kits which will be carried by our trekking staff, guides or group leader for common use if required as for your own personal illness, where you doctors might have recommended some medicine to carry with you.

What are the major factors and precaution one should take care on treks?

Always abide the rules of the company and guides / leader, most of the main sickness is stomach disorder due to change in foods and culture shocks. If people have traveled in Asia countries and know the food well will be not a problem.
Other factors might leads to altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which can happen to any people, if they are not careful by walking fast in higher elevation and might catch the symptoms of AMS.
We have designed the itinerary days where people can acclimatize well with rest days in couple of high places before reaching much higher to our goal and highlights.
Some people might take Diamox pills, which is often used as high altitude pills, should consult the doctors before taking the right dose, which helps to regulate the flow of blood systems from getting clots in high altitude. Where drinking plenty of fluids, water-juice and rehydration drink including black warm tea also helps and taking much rest after getting tired.

When can I book for Lower Dolpo Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.
Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

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  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • 5315m
  • 2+
  • April - May & September - November
  • 18 Nights/19 Days
  • Tea House (On Hotel and lodge with camping)

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