17 DAYS
Lower Dolpa Trek
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" Lower Dolpo Trek is brilliant and adventurous high pass trail carry on to discover the spiritual tenderness of Tibetan culture."


Dolpa region appears in historical records since c. 8th century. The region lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park at the western part of Nepal, between the Tibet plateau and Dhaulagiri range. The Dolpa is divided into two part Upper Dolpa and Lower Dolpa but the entire district was closed to all trekkers until 1989. The region is normally adherents of "Bon" and has preserved its Tibetan culture in fairly pure form. Our trekking to Dolpa is connected by the place named 'Jufal' after taking a short flight from Nepalgunj airport. Jufal is a starting and ending point of Lower Dolpa Trek.

Dolpa was the location for the Oscar-nominated movies "The Himalaya" and “The Caravan” and for the German documentary Dolpo Tulku. The trek crosses three high passes of this region such as Kangmara La 5115 m, Numa La 5159 m and Baga La 5190 m and also pass through beautiful villagers, trail route and meet fantastic people. The beauty of the vast Phoksundo Lake during the trek gives lifetime memory. Despite less accessibility of the region and tourism restrictions for the more remote parts, Dolpa is still a popular destination for trekking tourism.

We do not force to trek or follow this itinerary day today, it can be minimized and maximize as your wish. We can arrange the trip to begin on any date during the trekking season which is Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
 

Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek


  • Views of Dhaulagiri Kingirowa and Tibetan peaks.
  • Thrilling High Passes Numu La and Baga La.
  • Explore the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and local culture.
  • Amazing, striking Dho Valley with landscape and desert.
  • Wonderful breathtaking Gorges and rainbow monasteries.

Itinerary

  • One night.
  • 3-star Hotel
Arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will meet you there and escort you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your trekking.
  • 45 minutes.
  • Guest House
From Kathmandu, we take a bus or fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, a town in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest House
Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal. Our trekking starts from Juphal. The trail descends and winds through local villages. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai (2150m). Dunai has a village school, police check post, and some government offices. We stay overnight in Dunai.
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest House
Breakfast and trek to Tarakot following the upstream trail of Bheri river. A pleasant trek passes small villages with the monastery, Mani stones and cultivating fields. Tarakot is a small settlement that nestles high above Thuli Bheri River was once a famous trading point as it was the capital of ancient independent kingdom Tichorung. Most of the natives of the village belong to the Magar tribe and most of them practice Tibetan Buddhism as their religion.
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Guest House
Breakfast and trek to Laini Odar via Laisicap(2775m) and Kanigaon(2950m) passing river with great views of Himalaya including Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. Laini Odar is a wonderful camping site with a beautiful waterfall nearby.
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest house
Breakfast and a spectacular trek via Chhyugar(3440m) and Toltol (3530m) through the deep gorges with scary cliffs.
  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Guest House
Breakfast and interesting trekking along the banks of Tarap Khola mostly via Ghyamghar and Langa. Dho Tarap is a fascinating settlement that manifests the real attributes of Dolpo. This famous settlement of Dolpo nestles high above a wide valley and was a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the ancient days.
  • One day.
  • Guest House
Rest and Explore Dho Tarap and its ministries like Ringo Bumpa Monastery, a sacred monastery built 1000 year ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltsen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of evil spirits wandering in the region. The monastery resembles the architecture of Samye Monastery in Tibet. Kakar Labrang Monastery White valley temple dating back to 12th century, Kakar Gompa is the popular monastery of Dolpo that belongs to the old sect of Nyingma- pa sect of Buddhism. Funded by the king of Mustang the monastery began to build by Urgyen Tenzin. Drakmar Dewa Monastery high above on a hill southwest of Dho, Drakmar Monastery nestles beautifully on the red cliffs. Nine hundred years old monastery has the images of Sakyamuni Buddha, Dorje Phurba and the visions of Guru Rinpoche inside it. Along with the stupa, a book found here has translated 100 words of Buddha. The vicinity around Dho Tarap has many other important monasteries which include Mekhyim Monastery, Dhoro Monastery and a Bon Gompa of Shipichowk among others. So make your decision wisely while choosing the monastery you prefer to explore from the pool of many. welcome
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Guest House
Breakfast and trek so Numa la base camp via crystal mountain school, Health post and authentically traditional Tokyu village (4209m) with dramatic views of Sharing Gompa which is the house for the monks in the region.
  • 6 to 7 hours.
  • Guest House
A Challenging day trek to Danighar via Numa La Pass (5310m), a hard steep uphill trek to Numa La top for 4 hours with majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Norbu Kang, and Churen Himal and from the top the trek is relatively easy following the Gyambo Khola.
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest House
A demanding trek goes vertical uphill climb to Gaga La pass, it offers a great view of Norbung Lang Peak and the entire Phoksundo Lake and then treks descend down to the beautiful meadow Teacher(4000m).
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest House
Trek down to Yak Kharka, and ascends again towards Ringmo through the lush vegetation of pines, junipers, and cypress with the stunning views of towering cliffs and the highest waterfall in Nepal on the right, the trail finally stretches to Ringmo, a famous Bon settlement in the region. The final thirty minute downhill trek from Ringmo finally brings us to the mesmerizingly beautiful lake, Phoksundo.
  • One day.
  • Guest House
Explore Ringmo village, Phoksundo Lake and its monasteries. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is the scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-to religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these.
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest House
Breakfast and trek uphill and downhill via Chunuwar and Recchi through a forest of pines, birches, and bamboo with the last view of Phoksundo Lake.
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest House
Trek to Juphal via Shanta and Khangadanda thorough arid landscapes first and then beautiful fields of barley and wheat surrounded by strong trees that include walnut, peach, and apricot. Juphal, a large village with a beautiful marketplace.
  • 45 minutes
  • 3- star Hotel
Fly to Nepalgunj and then finally to Kathmandu.
  • 25 minutes.
  • None
You will have the final transfer to Kathmandu airport for your return flight.

Services

What is Included
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, teahouses, and tents during trekking.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
  • dolpo special permit.
  • Experienced mountain guide and porter services with their food and accommodation.
  • Staff Insurance and Salary.
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal round trip).
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and others.
  • Comprehensive First aid medical kit.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties.

What is Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Internet Access during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Personal trekking staff if requested.

Equipments

The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

Good to Know

1. Trekking equipment

The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

  1. Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  3. Daypack bag for yourself
  4. A down Jacket
  5. Shade hat
  6. Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  7. A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
  8. T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  9. Lightweight thermal tops.
  10. Fleece jacket.
  11. Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
  12. A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
  13. Underwear
  14. Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
  15. Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  16. Four pairs of liner warm socks
  17. A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  18. A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  19. A pair sandal (Optional)
  20. A water bottle.
  21. Head/Torch Light.

2. Medicines and First Aid Kits

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  5. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)

3. Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd.  Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.

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Duration
Duration
17 Days
Season
Season
Spring-Summer-Autumn
Region
Region
Dolpa Region
Grade
Grade
Medium
Altitude
Altitude
5310m
Walking
Walking
5/6hrs
Accommodation
Accommodation
camping trek / tea house
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Duration
Duration
17 Days
Season
Season
Spring-Summer-Autumn
Region
Region
Dolpa Region
Grade
Grade
Medium
Altitude
Altitude
5310m
Walking
Walking
5/6hrs
Accommodation
Accommodation
camping trek / tea house
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