Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

Overview And Highlights

The Lower Dolpo trek

is one of the exciting and adventurous trek programs located in the Western Hilly region of Nepal. The Lower Dolpo trek trail is off-the –beaten path, thus provides an excellent opportunity to have a challenging trek completely in a remote Himalayan district of Nepal called Dolpo. It is the biggest district in Nepal and the region is famous for unique culture, century old tradition, rich bio-diversity,

She-Phuksundo Lake

and great Himalayan Mountains. Government of Nepal has established She Phuksundo National Park in order to preserve bio-diversity and cultural heritage of the region.

We have designed 15 days

Lower Dolpo trek itinerary

based on our previous experience. This itinerary first goes to She Phuksundo Lake and then to Dho Tarap following a clock-wise direction. Trekkers have to cross two high passes Baga La (5090m) and Numa La (5360m). These passes allow you to captures the outstanding view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Putha Hiunchuli, and other Tibetan mountains such as Kugung La and Khyung La. During summer time, caravan of sheep and yaks grazing and heading towards their destination adds intangible value of this trip. The people of this region still practice the

Bon religion

which is considered as pre-Buddhist religion.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition

has been arranging a

Lower Dolpo trek

every year for small as well as for big groups. We have competent and professional team who has extensive knowledge of the Dolpo region. Except in the winter (December, January and February) season, all other months are fine to do the Lower Dolpo trek. Please join us to explore

Lower Dolpo

at your convenience.

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Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
150

Our representative will take you to the airport for a flight to Nepalgunj. In Nepalgunj you will be taken to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2140

Catch a morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal you start trekking to Dunai, which is the headquater of Dolpo, a remote district of Nepal. You will walk through farms and villages along Bheri River. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
2478

You will walk along the forest of pine and rhododendros. Cross a suspension bridge and climb towards Thulo Bheri enjoying views of Kagmara Peak. Further you will enter into a forest before reaching Syanta. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3038

This day, you will follow the banks of Suligar River. The trails is a mix of  forests of pine, fir and birch and hills You will pass up the villages of Kageni, Raktang and Jyalhasa. The cliffs here are of unique geographical features. Further up you will come across Tibetan settlements with shops. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3600

En route, you will pass a picturesque waterfall. Along the trekking route, you will cross some mind blowing pasturelands. You will follow the path along Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola to reach Phoksundo Lake at an altitude of 3,600m. The lake is  waylaid by 300m high waterfall and Ringmo village full of chortens and Mani walls.Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3600

 It is the deepest lake of Nepal listed in Ramsar sites. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp

You retrace your route as far as Ringmo and then follow trail eastwards through forests of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows the river up the valley to a waterfall and you will camp here at the base of the Baga La. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
4800

From your camp it's a steady 3 hour climb to the top of the Baga La, the second of the high passes. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3944

 You continue climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, you can see as far as Dhaulagiri. The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and you walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Dho. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3944

Dho which is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. Dho Tarap has a human settlement that exists at the highest altitude of the world. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3475

This morning's walk is almost level and follows the river until it flows into a gorge. You enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times you finally come to a flat expanse where you can camp. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
2600

The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. Eventually, the valley widens and the route becomes easier as you approach the village of Khanigaon. You then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
2100

You follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
2475

Stay overnight at camp. From Dunai you will enjoy a pleasant walk to Juphal following the Bheri River all along. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Early morning you will reach Juphal airport for a flight to Nepalgunj and from there to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu you will be transferred to hotel. 

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide 
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation: Partly in teahouses and most of the nights camping 
  • Required equipments: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Cargo charge
  • Special trekking permit for Lower Dolpo 
  • Entry permits for She-Phuksundo National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Flight tickets: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal and Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathamndu 
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)  

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Lower Dolpo Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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