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Lower Dolpo Trekking In Nepal

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Overview for Lower Dolpo Trekking In Nepal


  • Trip Code: CT-10054
  • Package: Lower Dolpo Trekking In Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5170 M./16,957 Ft.
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation:

    Private Vehicle | Domestic Flight

  • Accommodation:

    Tented Camp | Hotel| Lodge p>

  • Best Season: March, April, May, Sep, Oct & Nov
  • Trip Route: Nepalgunj, Dunai, Laina Odar, Sisaul, Dho Tarap, Numala Base Camp, Numa La Pass, Baga La Pass, Phoksundo Lake, Chhepka, Jhupal

Trip Highlights

  • Experience all three regions of Nepal; the plains, the hills, and the Himalayas
  • Experience the diverse cultures of Nepal
  • Numa La Pass and Baga La Pass
  • Amazing Himalayan ranges of Nepal
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Home of rarest of animals such as snow leopard and Himalayan blue sheep
  • Communities and people of Dolpo

 

The Lower Dolpo Trek is an amazing and adventurous 18 days of trek in Nepal at one of the most remote and isolated places of Nepal. The Lower Dolpo in Nepal lies at isolated corner in the trans Himalayas of Nepal. Trekking through the valleys of Dolpo, the beautiful Phoksundo Lake, yaks crossing the high Himalayan passes of Dolpo, and the high settlements of the region are some of the perks of Dolpa that will never cease to amaze its travelers. The Lower Dolpo region in Nepal is also rich in flora and faunas and this region preserves around 197 species of birds and 32 species of mammals. Beautiful Himalayan wildlife can be encountered during the journey to Lower Dolpo which also includes some of the rarest animals on earth such as Himalayan blue sheep, musk deer, and the rarest of them all, the snow leopard in Nepal. Closely linked with the Tibetan culture, the people of this region speak Tibetan language and follow the religion of Tibetan Buddhism.

This amazing trekking destination in Nepal has also been in a limelight through some movies. In 1999, a documentary movie called "Himalaya" was nominated for Oscars whereas another documentary movie "The Caravan", which was shot in Dolpo region of Nepal, was also nominated in Oscars for best foreign film category. These two movies will give you a picture of what this place is like and a glimpse to the amazing beauty and isolated yet unique settlement and culture of the people of Dolpo region. The trek to Lower Dolpo also takes us through the beautiful lake of Shey Phoksundo Lake. The Shey Phuksundo trek also becomes the part of our journey as the deep blue lake in the desert albeit landscape truly makes our travel feel heavenly.

The Dolpo trek gives travelers an opportunity to explore the 'forbidden kingdom' of Nepal that is still primitive in many ways. The Lower Dolpo region however is a restricted area in Nepal and travelers need special permit for trekking in Dolpo. The Lower Dolpo permit can be received after sending a request to the Department of Immigration. The travel agencies in Nepal handle all the permits and travel arrangements that are required in order to travel Lower Dolpo. The best time for trekking to Lower Dolpo is during Spring and Monsoon seasons however this place is suitable for traveling all around the year except for the winter.

 

 

Trip Itinerary of Lower Dolpo Trekking In Nepal


Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu) 

A company representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After taking some rest we'll meet you at our office or at your hotel and have a short briefing session regarding our travel. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel. 

Meal included: No Meals. 

Day 02
Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu) 

We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to make this travel in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located at Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.

Overnight at Hotel. 

Meal included: Breakfast, 

Day 03
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

 

We take an hour long early flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is a town in the plains of Nepal which lies near Nepal-India border. After arriving at Nepalgunj, we head towards our hotel and then explore the town for a bit.

Overnight at Hotel. 

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 04
Nepalgunj to Jhupal to Dunai

Altitude: 2,475 m/ 8,118 ft. (Juphal) 2,140 m/ 7,019 ft. (Dunai)
Flight approx. 45 min. 
Walk approx. 3 hours . 

After having our brekfast, we fly to Jhupal from Nepalgunj airport. The flight will take around 45 minutes and upon landing we trek for about 2-3 hours and head towards Dunai. Upon landing we'll enter a completely different world from hot plains to small mountainous village. Dunai is also the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05
Dunai to Lingdo

Altitude: 2,391 m/7,842 ft. (Lingdo) 
Walk approx. 5 hours . 

We begin our trek today after leaving Dunai through the beautiful Himalayan landscapes which is similar with that of the Alps. Later we'll approach the village of Byasgar which is a Buddhist village of the region. Our trail gets more rough and rocky and our path goes towards the Lingdo village. We set our camp near the village and call it a day.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06
Lingdo to Laina Odar

Altitude: 3,370 m/ 11,053 ft. (Laina Odar)
Walk approx. 6 hours . 

The path today is gradually going upwards. We'll be walking through the mani walls and chortens along the way. Our trail climbs high above the Thuli Bheri river and towards Laisicap. After Laisicap the journey is long and strenuous. We finally reach to Laina Odar and the path partly goes through forests as we're surrounded by steep cliffs. We set up our camp and stay overnight here.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07
Laina Odar to Nawarpani

Altitude: 3,475 m/ 11,398 ft. (Nawarpani)
Walk approx. 4 hours . 

After having our breakfast, we leave Laina Odear as our trail goes up to a small pass. Walk today is fairly easier and we'll be passing through pine forest. After about 4 to 5 hours of walk, we reach to Nawarpani where we'll be camping today.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08
Nawarpani to Sisaul

Altitude: 3,750 m/ 12,300 ft. (Sisaul)
Walk approx. 3 hours . 

The landscape of the region gets barren as we gradually make our way from Nawarpani. Trees are few and the greens start fading into yellow. We'll be walking through the river valley with high rocks towering above us from both sides. We might encounter some wildlife such as the Himalayan blue sheep if we get lucky. And if we're really lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of the snow leopard. After couple hours, we'll reach to Sisaul where we'll make our camp.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09
Sisaul to Dho Tarap

Altitude: 4,080 m./13,382 ft. (Dho Tarap)
Walk approx. 3 hours . 

After leaving Sisaul our trail takes us through dry and barren valleys. The trail stays beside the river. We'll also be crossing many chortens and mani walls. Travelers can witness the deeply rooted cultural value within the people of Dolpo. The people here are descendants of Tibetans. Upon reaching Dho Tarap we'll set up our camp and rest for the day.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10
Dho Tarap to Numala Base Camp

Altitude: 4,480 m/ 14,694 ft. (Numala Base Camp) 
Walk approx. 3 hours . 

Today we head for the Numala Base Camp. Upon leaving Dho, we trek towards the Tokyu village which is also said to be the highest permanent settlement in the world. There also lies a gompa which has beautiful statues and artifacts. Then we make a gradual climb over grassy land to Numala Base Camp where we'll settle overnight.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11
Numala Base Camp to Danigar via Numa La Pass

Altitude: 5,318 m/ 17,443 ft. (Numala La Pass) 4,631m./ 15,189 ft. (Danigar) 
Walk approx. 6 hours .

This is one hard and technical part of our trekking expedition. We start our trek early in the morning to arrive early at the Numa La pass. It is much easier and safer to make the crossing in the morning. The views of the Himalayan ranges are also beautiful from this pass. Mountain peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Kanjirowa are visible on a clear weather day. We then descend gradually from the pass to Danigar where our campsite will lie today.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12
Danigar to Yak Kharka via Baga La Pass

Altitude: 3,982m/ 13,060 ft. (Yak Kharka) 5,190 m./ 17,023 ft. (Baga La Pass)
Walk approx. 6 hours .

 Another tough day as we cross another pass called the Baga La pass. As the day before, we start early and cross the pass that lies above 5000 meters. From the pass, we descend through steep trail with stunning view of the huge rocks in all kind of colors with mountains at the horizon covered with snow. We'll also be seeing some beautiful waterfalls along the way and the trail is rather flat and easy. We then set our camp at the Yak Kharka.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13
Yak Kharka to Phoksundo Lake

Altitude: 3,733 m./ 12,244 ft. (Phoksudo Lake)
Walk approx. 3 hours .

Our trek today is comparatively easy and short. The path from Yak Kharka goes uphill and downhill yet is beautifully carved out of the rocks. We then move through the pine forest and meadows. Upon leaving the forest we cross small bridge from where we climb to Ringmo. The trek is beautiful as the deep blue calm waters of the Phoksundo lake welcomes travelers. Upon reaching the Phoksundo lake, we settle in for the day.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14
Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka

Altitude: 2,838 m/ 9,308 ft. (Chhepka) 
Walk approx. 3 hours .

We head towards the Chhepka village via Rechi through the beautiful and verdant pine forests along with birches and other broad leaved trees. From Rechi, the trail is flat and then climbs steeply up the hill. Later we reach to Chhepka and we'll call it a day as we spend overnight here.

Overnight at Tented Camp.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15
Chhepka to Jhupal

Altitude: 2,475 m./ 8,118 ft. (Juphal) 
Walk approx. 3 hours .

The trail is easy as we'll be descending for most the time. We'll be passing through the Sangta and Kagne village and then reach the check post of the Shey Phoksundo national Park. We then head down towards Jhupal passing another village of Kalagaonda. Upon reaching Jhupal our trekking has come to an end. We'll stay overnight at Jhupal and get an early morning flight to Nepalgunj the next day.

Overnight at Hotel.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16
Jhupal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

We'll fly early in the morning to Nepalgunj. The scenic flight also gives us some amazing aerial view of the Himalayas. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we take the next available flight to Kathmandu. After we arrive at Kathmandu, we head back to our hotel and rest for the day. After resting for a bit, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel.

Meal Included: Breakfast, & Farewell Dinner

Day 17
Departure

Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast, 

Trip Includes


  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast included. (3 Nights).
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during trek.
  • Round airfare including tax Kathmandu –  Nepalgunj - Juphal – Kathmandu
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek. Prepared by our export camping cook.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Dolpo Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Special permit for Dolpo.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
  • Trekking equipment (Kitchen tent , table with chairs and sleeping tent and other necessary equipment’s for camp.)
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes


  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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The Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek. It requires little to no previous trekking or mountaineering experiences. A brief training session will be carried out by our travel experts to equip our travelers with the required information about the place that they will be travelling to.

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Yes, the Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal is completely safe. However there is always a slight chance of unforeseen circumstances. To prepare our travelers for that our travel experts will provide an informative session equipping the travelers with information about the location and some safety precautions. 

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During the Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal, one can expect to experience all the three regions of Nepal; the plains, the hills, and the Himalayas, Numa La Pass and Baga La Pass, Shey Phoksundo Lake and different communitites of Dolpo.

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The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).

For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided (unless needed) during Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal. 

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To book the Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.

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Additional Information


Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions. 

Altitude Sickness: 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 

The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

Safety and Security 

A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

Trekking Equipment 

CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek. 

Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek. 

Walking Hours 

On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

Hiring a Porter/Guide 

An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals. 

All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience. 

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS


Warm welcome and delightful services

From: Germany | On: 16 Oct, 2018
5

When we decided that we were going to visit Nepal for our holiday, we did not expected the services to be this nice. After trekking for almost 3 weeks and visiting different local settlements in Nepal, I can say that the accommodation and food services are really delightful even in the remote areas.

 

We started our journey from Kathmandu. After a full day sightseeing around the valley we headed outside the city for trekking purpose. It was really warming to see people welcoming and greeting us. They are really respectful to visitors. Our entire trip was filled with excitements and a lot of sightseeing, whether it’s of mountains or the hills covered with green lush jungle.

 

Special thanks to CoreTreks and the guiding team for making this trip possible and also for taking care of us while in the country. I highly recommend that you book your trip to Nepal through CoreTreks as they left no place to complain and treated us with a nice farewell party.

Experienced all regions at once

From: United Kingdom | On: 17 Apr, 2017
5

We booked our trip to Lower Dolpo as suggested by CoreTreks in order to experience all the three development regions of Nepal. We are glad that we took the advice to trek to Lower Dolpo. Our trek was of moderate difficulty so we did not really struggled with trekking up the trials. Plus the guides informed us whenever we wanted to know something about the places that we visited.

 

It was really nice to have experienced the diverse culture of Nepal. The country is god gifted with the highest mountain range in the world. Thanks to CoreTreks for making this trip possible for me and my family. Highly recommended destination for trekkers all around the world.

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