Lower Dolpo Trek
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Lower Dolpo trekking is meant for the real adventures wishing for an off the beaten path experience. Lower Dolpo trekking is exceptional trek which lies in the isolated region of western Nepal as a rain shadow area. This remote region in western Nepal was opened for the foreigners only in 1990, and now you need to have special permits for trekking in this region. Lower Dolpo trekking is hard to match for its perfect splendor and strong fascination; where one has opportunity to get together with the nomadic natives and their way of life almost being unaffected and unexplored. This Dolpo trekking route is remote and rugged protected area, both scenically and culturally eye-catching. You will have great chance to experience snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, high passes, rich wildlife, ancient Buddhist monastery, beautiful lakes and also to experience the vast array of natural vegetation during this Lower Dolpo region trek. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park with spectacular mountain scenery and yak caravans.
Dolpo region trekking is located along with one of the deepest Himalayan Lakes, the Phokhsundo with beautiful turquoise blue water and can view the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet of the mid-western Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau. Upper Dolpo Trekking begins from the flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla and the amazing hiking begins. This is the land of the Oscar-nominated Caravan fame, a culture nearby Tibet that has survived its originality for centuries. The trek goes through ancient villages and through high and remote alpine area and passing beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake. Shey Phoksundo National Park includes different types of the animal such as blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves, exclusive snow leopard, Mountain Goat, Jackal etc. Nepal Lower Dolpo trek route goes through the ancient Tibetan salt caravan trail and high passes like Numa La (5190m) & Baga La (5070m) and Kagmara –La (4800m) and other very distant area of the country.
In summer, the caravans of yaks and sheep run through this valley on a trade route through the Himalayas and allow the exchange not only goods but also of ideas between the Tibetan Plateau and the valleys of Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trek is very renowned as the hidden valley trek where trekkers will be overwhelmed by the interesting villages, most of which are the land of secrecy, panorama, and tranquility. Time has stood still here for centuries as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done for hundreds of years. Naturally isolated by the difficult topography Dolpo region still offers an opportunity to meet the nomadic people and their lifestyle far almost untouched and unexplored. The Dolpo region of Nepal has been shown in all its integrity and full mystical experience.
We Above the Himalaya arrange the Lower Dolpo Trekking according to the trekker/visitors holiday schedule and wish.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu,
the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight.
Today we will take 1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj with good view of the Himalayas to the north.Nepalgunj is a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal. You can have a look around the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple dedicated to Kali.
Day 4: Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m)
On the very morning we take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. From Jumla, we cross the Tila Khola and Chaudabise Khola near their confluence and climb gently to a fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut to a meadow which, in season, is covered. Beyond the meadow the trail climbs to a rock cairn at Pattyata Lagna (2830m), and then descends into the magnificent alpine amphitheatre. The trail descends past the project buildings at Gothichour to a stream at the bottom of the valley. Camping at night.
Day 5: Gothichour to Naphukana (3,000 m)
Walkdownstream through forests to a series of mills at Kuri Sangta. Trek follows the northern side of Tila Khola through fields of corn and potato then climbs through the fields of buckwheat, barley and attractive meadows; passing Tibetans Mani walls on the way. The trail enters a forest of oaks, spruces, poplars and maples. A short distance beyond Chotra (3010m) is the Tibetan settlement of Naphukana. The villagers here keep large herds of yaks and horses. Camp site near the village.
Day 6: Naphukana- Mauria Lagna (3820m) crossing to Balasa
The trail becomes steeper as it climbs past the rocky fields of Rapati Chaur to forests of oaks and birch trees tangled with Spanish moss. After crossing a side stream, the trail crosses the Churta/Bapila/Tila Khola and starts a climb through birch, oak and rhododendrons forests to Mauri Lagna ''Honey Pass". From the pass there are the views of snowy peaks of Gutumba, Matatimba and Bhalu Himal. The trail makes few ups and downs and passes side valleys and fields of corns and potatoes. Beyond the ridge is Balasa, the best place for our camping.
Day 7: Balasa to Hurikot
The trail descends a stream and then climbs to the ridge in a forest of walnut trees. We pass villages inhabited by blacksmiths and tailors. The trail contours past the corn and potato fields and apple orchards to Hurikot. Climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes to the camp site.
Day 8: Hurikot to Kagmara Phedi (4000m)
Pass Hurikot and its Bonpo Gompa to a sign proclaiming the entrance of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The trail stays high above the river to the confluence where the Jagdula Khola and Garpung Khola join to form the Bheri. The valley narrows and the river becomes the series of waterfalls as the trail climbs to a moraine at 3900m. Make a high camp in boulders at Kagmara Phedi. Overnight stay camping.
Day 9: Kagmara Phedi to Pungmo (4200m) crossing Kagmara La (5115m)
The panoramic views of the peaks are sensational through out the way. Wildflowers are of the hardy alpine species, including blue poppies, buttercups, mint, gentians and puffballs. Climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La. Then descend about 900m along a stream to a camp site on pastures in the Pungmo valley; a fortress-like village with an atmospheric Bonpo monastery and apple orchards. Camping at night.
Day 10: Pungmo to Pungmo
Gaon (3,050 m)
The trail now enters birch and juniper forests. Good view of Kanjirowa peak on the way and can see a Good settlement of Tibeatan villages with Yak herders. Spend your night in Pungmo Gaon.
Day 11: Pungmo Gaon to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
The trek to Phoksundo Lake up the Suligaad is a short one but boasts a lot of varieties, with some lovely forested sections, dramatic Phoksundo Lake and a tiny pocket of the unusual Bonpo culture. The lake is within Shey Phoksundo National Park established in 1981. The lake and the trail are snow bound from mid-November to mid-May. Majestic views of snowy peak known as Kanjirolba and Kagmara and Batrasi Himal. Visit nearby villages and Ringbo Gompa.
Day 12: Rest day
Today is rest and acclimatization day. Admire to beauty of this place. Have majestic view of snowy peak known as Kanjiroba and Kagmara and Batrasi Himal.
Day 13: Phoksundo
Lake to Bagala base camp
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 of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range. We set our base camp at the Bagala base camp.
Day 14: Cross
(5090m) - Numla Pass base camp (5,190 m)
Cross the Bangla pass with the splendid views of kanjiroba West Mountain. After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes.
Day 15: Numla Pass
Base Camp - Chering Gompa
Have an incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m). After getting to the top of Numa La we will descend. Cross the suspension bridge to the river’s true and after 20 minutes pass a side stream Chaya Khola to Chering Gompa.
Day 16: Chering Gompa to Do Tarap
The path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys. Keep walking through the riverbed wide-opened valley passing mani walls to our final destination Do Tarap
Day 17: Rest day to explore
Today is a rest day at Do which is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk.
Day 18: Do Tarap to Lahini
This morning's walk is almost level and follows the river until it flows into a gorge. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages. After a few ups and downs, finally descend to reach our overnight camp at Lahini.
Day 19: Lahini to Tarakot (2,700
The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort.
Day 20: Tarakot - Dunai (2,100 m)
We 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. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening.
Day 21: Dunai – Jhupal
Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.
Day 22: Jhupal- Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. And then flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 24: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu.
- Flight Ticket from Nepalgunj to Jumla back to Nepalgunj from Jhupal.
- All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
- Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking on local tea houses.
- Permit for Upper Dolpo Trek.
- Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
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Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 24 days
Max. Altitude: 5150 m
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Best time: Trekking in Dolpo is possible mainly during the months of May, June, July, August, September and October.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek
Transportation: Car/ Van/ Plane
Activity: City tour, Trekking
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
Other necessary equipments
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.