Lower Dolpo Trek

Duration: 19 Days
Price: US $2335
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • ActivityCamping Trekking
  • TransportationNA
  • AccomodationCamping
  • Min Person2
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Standing in the midst of the rugged natural landscape of Dolpa in all its beauty, an experiencing its remoteness you can’t help but feel that this real Shanggri-La, a region with an aura of mysticism about it. Dolpa also called “Ba Yul” or the Hidden Valley has fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery scenery and peace. Isolated and secluded from the outside world by spiraling high mountain passes and restricted entry, mysterious Dolpo had long fascinated and frustrated travelers.

The lower Dolpa circuit trekking is one of the most popular treks as it visit Phoksundo Lake, featured in Eric Valleys Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” Phoksundo, also known as the Blue Lake cuts one of the deepest gorges in Nepal but contains no aquatic life. This trek links to Phoksundo Lak experience with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Dho. There are 130 Gompas in Dolpa, some of their historices going back to very early times. Shey Phoksundo National Park, great Himalayan scenery and Lake Phoksundo are the prime attraction of the region. The area is inhabited by people practicing the pre-Buddhist “Bon Po” that disappeared from Tibet in 9th century while lower Dolpa is home to Thakuris, Chhetris, Brahmins. Upper Dolpa is home of Bhotiyas, their culture, dress, and speech are similar to Tibetans. 

It is one of the few areas protecting trans- Himalayan ecology. Phoksundo Lake is one of the deepest and second large lake in Nepal. The ancient settlement of Jugdullah, Shey Phoksundo Natioal Park monasteries over 700 old years. The trail crosses two high passes ; Numla Pass (5190m) and Bagla Pass (5070m)before reaching the beautiful hamlet of Ringmo. The hiker’s first glimpse of Lake Phoksundo. Blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, ghoral, Himalayan tahr and bear inhait the National Park of this high Tibetan plateau.

Lower Dolpo Trek Permit

To trek to Lower Dolpo, you will need two trekking permits: Lower Dolpo restricted area permit that costs U$ 10 per person per week and Sheyphoksundo National Park entrance fee NPR 3000 per person and NPR 1500 per person for SAARC nationals. Children below 10 years are free. It is mandatory that foreign trekkers trip to Lower Dolpo must be organized through a registered local trekking company in Nepal and must trek with licensed Nepalese trekking guide.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/1300m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj
  • Day 04: Nepalgunj – Juphal/2475m and trek to Dunai/2140m
  • Day 05: Dunai – Sahartara/2730
  • Day 06: Sahartara – Laisicap/2772m
  • Day 07: Laisicap - Nawarpani/3475m
  • Day 08: Nawarpani – Dho Tarap/3944m
  • Day 09: Rest and Acclimatization Day
  • Day 10: Dho Tarap – Numala Base Camp/ 4440m
  • Day 11: Numala Base Camp – Danigar/4691m
  • Day 12: Danigar – Yak Kharka/Bagala Base Camp/3982m
  • Day 13: Yak Kharka – Ringmo or Phoksundo Lake/3733m
  • Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo/3733m
  • Day 15: Ringmo – Raichi/2910m
  • Day 16: Raichi – Sangta or Shyanta/2520m
  • Day 17: Sangta - Juphal
  • Day 18: Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Final Departure to homeland

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu/1300m Join Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, a welcome dinner and short brifing is held at the evening. Stay overnight in hotel.
  • Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing in World Heritage Site (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Squiare and Swayambhunath) in Kathmandu valley. Stay overnight in hotel.
  • Day 03 : Kathmandu – Nepalgunj Flight from to Nepalgunj (45 minutes) and overnight stay Nepalgunj in lodge.
  • Day 04 :Nepalgunj – Juphal/2475m and trek to Dunai/2140m Take Flight from Nepal gunj to Juphal (35mins), 3.5 hours walk to Dunai. Lunch at Dunai, visit central gompa and local cultue. Overnight stay at Dunai in tented camp
  • Day 05 :Dunai – Sahartara/2730 6 hours trek to Sahartara from Dunai, lunch at Byasgar on the way to sightseeing and experience local culture. Stay overnight at Tarabagar in tented camp.
  • Day 06 :Sahartara – Laisicap/2772m Trek to Laisicap during 3-4 hours. Experience a natural hot spring. Visit to Tika Gompa, built by King of Jumla in before Nepal was unified. Stay overnight at Laisicap in tented camp.
  • Day 07 :Laisicap - Nawarpani/3475m Trek to Nawarpani from Laisicap which takes 8 hours, experiencing nature. Stay overnight at Nawarpani in tented camp.
  • Day 08 :Nawarpani – Dho Tarap/3944m Trek to Dho Tarap from Nawarpani, 5-7 hours walk and we take lunch at Sisaul. Side trip to Sipchowk which is one of highest settlement in the world at the elevation of 4200m from sea level.. Stay overnight at Dho Tarap tented camp.
  • Day 09 :Rest and Acclimatization Day Rest and relax or explore and a side trip to Sipchowk which is one of highest settlement in the world at the elevation of 4200m from sea level.
  • Day 10 :Dho Tarap – Numala Base Camp/ 4440m Trek to Numala Base Camp from Dho Tarap. 4-6 hours walk and we have lunch at Tokyu. Stay overnight at Dho in tented camp.
  • Day 11 :Numala Base Camp – Danigar/4691m Numala Base Camp – Danigar/4691m Trek to Danigar from Numala Base Camp, 5-6 hours walk. Stay overnight at Takshi in tented camp.
  • Day 12 :Danigar – Yak Kharka/Bagala Base Camp/3982m Trek to Yak Kharka from Danigar (6 hours). We take lunch near Bagla Pass/5070m and cross it. Stay overnight at Yak Kharaka in tented camp.
  • Day 13 :Yak Kharka – Ringmo or Phoksundo Lake/3733m Trek from Yak Kharka to Ringmo (5 hours walk). After lunch at Ringmo we explore around areas, monastery. Stay overnight at Ringmo in tented camp.
  • Day 14 :Rest Day at Ringmo/3733m We take rest day to relax at camp and to explore Bhotiya culture, Phoksundo lake and observe mountains and Suligad waterfall. Stay overnight at Ringmo in tented camp.
  • Day 15 :Ringmo – Raichi/2910m Trek to Raichi from Ringmo (4 hours walk). Stay overnight at Raichi in tented camp.
  • Day 16 :Raichi – Sangta or Shyanta/2520m Trek from Sangta Raichi (4 hours walk). Stay overnight at Sangta in tented camp.
  • Day 17 :Sangta - Juphal Sangta - Juphal 5 hours walk to Juphal. Stay overnight at Juphal in hotel or tented camp.
  • Day 18 :Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu Fly to Nepalgunj (35 minutes) and fly to Kathmandu (45 minutes). Stay overnight in Hotel.
  • Day 19 :Final Departure to homeland Last day in Kathmandu or fly back to home country. Free transfer to airport and see you off by Wilderness Excursion.

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with tour guide with private car/van
  • 3 nights sharing twin bed room in 3*** categorized hotels in Kathmandu with breakafst.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee and fresh fruits during the trip.
  • All camping gear and kitchen utensils during the trek
  • Well experienced, government registered and friendly guide.
  • Cook, kitchen helpers and porters to carry all the food and trekking gear.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal flight and airport taxes.
  • Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathamndu flight and airport taxes.
  • Dola Trekking permit, Shey Phoksundo entrance permit.
  • Food, tented accommodation and salary of your trip crew.
  • Salary, insurance and trekking gear for trip crew.
  • Government tax,vat and office service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner except breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Nepal visa, International flight, Toiletries and laundry service,
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porters. 

Usefull Info

We will be staying at Hotel Samsara Resort in Thamel in Kathmandu and during the trek we will provide tented accommodations are on two persons basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd will arrange rooms with attached washrooms when we will be staying in teahouses in some remote places only have shared washing and toilet facilities.Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Breakfast (only) will be available in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek. We can enjoy freshly-cooked, hygienic and nutritious meals on full-board basis prepared by our trained and experienced cook during the trek. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan dishes as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) will be available.

Physical Fitness and Previous Experience Requirements
Lower Dolpo Trek is categorized as a difficult trek. In such trek, you are likely to walk for 6-7 hours, cross steep, hilly terrain and occasional high passes of up to 5500m. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, previous trekking experience, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience is fundamental but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Glacier about your medical condition before booking the trek.

Best Season to Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to October) are the best months for this trip. Since the Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, you can also take this trip during the Monsoon season (June to August).

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