Lower Dolpo is located in the northwestern Himalayan region of Nepal, Dolpo is the land of the world’s natural hidden wonders in the corner of Nepal’s western Himalaya. The exotic journey of Lower Dolpo trekking is visiting the southern part of the Dolpo region. It opened for foreigners in 1989.
The exploration of rich wildlife, ancient and isolated villages with distinctive Bon-Po religion surely offers a lifetime experience to keen trekkers. Lower Dolpo Trek crosses three relatively high passes, good paths are followed throughout and there is no trekking on glaciers. At the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayan rain, a shadow lies Dolpo – the legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. While Upper Dolpo requires an expensive permit to visit, Lower Dolpo Trek doesn’t have the same restrictions.
The 18-day trek begins with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Lower Dolpo Trek with Peak Climbing Nepal Guide Treks starts with a sweeping flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj –a southern town city in western Nepal. From Nepalgunj, we take another short scenic flight to Jhupal at lower Dolpo – the starting point of the trek. You trek through a semi-desert region combined with a densely forested path filled with pine, rhododendrons, bamboo, and juniper trees along with trails made up of huge meadows, brown landscape, and terraced colorful fields. You will have to walk 2-3 hours on a daily basis which can extend up to 6-7 hours.
A unique trek in Nepal, it is ideally suited to both beginners and those who have “been everywhere”. You haven’t until you’ve been to Dolpo.
Day 11: Arrival in Kathmandu
After you are picked up in the arrival hall by our representative, you will be briefed about our company and given other general information. you will have time to rest and settle into your comfortable hotel, but you’ll set a time for a full briefing. During the dinner organized by our company, you can enjoy Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.
Day 2: Kathmandu: trip preparation
After Breakfast, A half-day guided tour to several historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. Later, In the afternoon Our guide or leader will check our set of equipment to make sure that they are in perfect condition for the coming trip. In the short meeting, the representatives will also help us understand what we can expect throughout the trip to make us familiar with our days up in the mountain. We can spend the rest of the afternoon resting and/or in leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 3: FLY TO NEPALGUNJ. (130 METERS).
The mornings can be used to carry out some last-minute re-checks as we have an hour afternoon flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla nearby. Nepalgunj is very hot and humid compared to Kathmandu and it is better to have some insect repellent cream. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai
we will take a 35-minute long flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. The town is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. . From Jhupal we begin our adventurous trek by following the trail that leads to Dunai. Dubai is the administrative centre as well as the main trading centre of Lower Dolpo. We explore the small town in the evening and camp there for the night.
Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot
After Breakfast, we trek to Tarakot following the upstream trail that banks Bheri River. We trek along the leveled path filled with beautiful landscapes in the background to reach Tarakot. As we continue to trek further, we are greeted with dry stones and cultivating a colorful terraced field of Tarakot, which is an old fortress town located on a hillock to the south of the Bheri River. Overnight at a tented camp in Tarakot.
Day 6: Tarakot to Laini
After breakfast, our trek continues along the southern bank of the Bheri River heading upstream on an easy trail. After 30 minutes trek, the trail briefly drops to Laisicap. The trail now crosses the river and then stays gentle for the next 20 minutes. Now, the trail gets away from the road and climbs steeply, briefly getting back on the road. The climb lasts for an hour and a chorten marks its end. A brief gentle flat walk of 10-15 minutes is again followed by a steep climb for the next hour. There are a couple of tents by a waterfall just steps before the next day’s short steep climb.
Day 7: Laini to Nawarpani
At the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful places of this region and we will have our lunch on the way then after taking some rest and continue our trekking towards the Nawarpani village and we will spend
Day 8: Nawarpani to Do Tarap
We will have our lunch on the way then we will slowly start our trekking towards. we will gradually walk up to Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Hiking for several more hours, we will Do Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Do Tarap after reach in this beautiful village we rest for some time then explore the surrounding area and we will spend overnight in this village.
Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
During the rest day, we prepare ourselves for the further trek. Do Tarap mesmerizes with breathtaking views of Phoksondo Lake to sacred Shey Gompa crossing the highest pass in the region. Shey Gompa at the foothill of Crystal Mountain is considered Kailash Mansarovar of Nepal. The people of the region are both Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects). We will visit monasteries(Bon Monastery is highlighted) and learn about culture and foods.
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp
we will move through the Tarap Chu River and take pleasure in the amazing views of the vast Tarap valley with its wide plains and high mountains and ascending uphill towards Tokyu. From there, we cross a bridge to Changer and head northwest direction of the main trail. We then continue to trek through the rugged trail to reach Numa La Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp in Numa La Base Camp.
Day 11: Cross Numa La pass, camp at Pelung Tang
After breakfast our journey continues as we cross Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to a steep climb to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. After we reach Numa La pass opening to the exotic Mountain View, we begin to descend to camp at Pelung Tang. Stay overnight at Pelung Tang.
Day 12: Cross Baga La pass trek to Dajok Tang
After breakfast, our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and the distant snow-capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, the glacier moraine, and a stunning view of the Kagmara peak (5960m). The difficulty of crossing another pass this day will increase if there is snowfall. Overnight at Dajok Tang.
Day 13: Dajok Tang to Ringmo
After breakfast, our morning trek starts through the juniper and pine forest and groves of thorny shrubs. The walk is easier and the trail opens up to a cliffside trail and finally beside the waterfall and into the valley of Ringmo. Shey Phoksundo Lake lies within 10 minutes walk. Overnight at Ringmo.
Day 14: Hike to Phoksundo Lake
Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal's Shey Phoksundo National Park, located at an elevation of 3,611.5 m (11,849 ft) above sea level in the Dolpa District. On the way, we find the top ridge located at a height of 3,660 m from where we will have a real close-up view of a 330-meter high waterfall that originates from the Suli Gad River. It is said to be the country’s highest waterfall. From this ridge, you will also be able to have your first glimpse of the incredible turquoise blue lake, Phkosundo. A charming village is full of chortens, mani walls, and some small Buddhist and Bonpo monasteries. Overnight at Phoksundo.
Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta
Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We can find many important medicinal minerals which are believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta. Stay overnight at Shyanta.
Day16: Shyanta to Jhupal
After breakfast, we move towards Jhupal. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal below. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like. Stay overnight at Jhupal.
Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj then to Kathmandu
We fly to Nepalgunj in the morning and take a possible flight to Kathmandu. After landing at the airport, we will be dropped off at our hotel in the city. We can spend the day taking the much-needed rest or catch up on some last-minute shopping. Either way, we mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by the company where we can share our experiences of the trek before flying back home the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Final departure
Our trip to Nepal ends. You will be dropped off at the airport by a company representative 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
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