Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$4560PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
5,190M
Total Duration:
18 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 2 pax
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Nepal is the land of extreme diversified natural and cultural attributes. In a space of about 15 minutes of the flight time people can experience the varieties of the ethnic people and differences in the geographical set ups. One of the extreme remote yet visually attractive places is the Dolpo region of Nepal. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is pleased to present the Lower Dolpo Trek for the extreme trekkers who love to travel to the remote places of Nepal and witness the culture of the Himalayan people.

Far western and Mid western region of Nepal is still in the traditional phase in terms of culture and development. There are numerous villages in these parts of Nepal which requires the basic infrastructures like education, transportation and other facilities. However, the trekking can be done in these parts after the active involvement of the government of Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trek is the package which Bharal Adventure has designed to cater the people of this region the much needed economic boost. The beautiful Shey Phoksundo National Park is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. The Himalayan animals and the alpine forests environment makes this place the fairyland of Nepal. The flight from Kathmandu to the Nepalgunj which is the flatland area of Nepal then towards the Juphal of the Dolpa take you to the most remote part of Nepal. The walking starts from this smallest airport of Nepal. The major destination of this trekking is the Nepal’s deepest Lake Shey Phoksundo Lake. The trail along the Phoksundo River provides the ample time for the trekkers to understand the remoteness of the Nepalese society yet the camping and quality logistics department of Bharal makes your trip the comfortable one. The documentary made by Eric Vallie called Caravan brought this place into the spotlight. Nowadays lots of trekkers are attracted towards this place.

Book the off the beaten trekking trails package and travel the less explored region of Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trek is the ambitious trekking in Nepal package put forwarded by Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m.
  • Day 02: Full day Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley 1340m.
  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj & sightseeing
  • Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) from Nepalgunj
  • Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m) 4hrs
  • Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m) 5hrs
  • Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545 m) 4hrs
  • Day 08: Trek to Tarap (4090 m) 5hrs
  • Day 09: Rest day at Tarap
  • Day 10: Trek to Numa-La Base Camp (4440m) 5hrs
  • Day 11: Cross Numa-La Base Camp (5190m) 6hrs
  • Day 12: Cross Baga-La Pass (5070 m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)
  • Day 14: Rest day and trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 15: Trek to Shyanta
  • Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
  • Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Final departure from Kathmandu.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m.
Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. airport representatives will receive you in an airport and transfer you to hotel in Kathmandu. Trip details will be discussed and final preparation is made with the trekking guide or leader.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley 1340m.
Pre-briefing with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trip and Kathmandu valley sightseeing will be done in this day. The UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES will be visited like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj & sightseeing
On the third day you will be take a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is a vibrant city located in the Mid-Western Region of Nepal. The flight duration is around 60 minutes and in that time you will reach the lowlands of Terai from the Capital. Nepalgunj is nearby the border Indian states of Rupediya and also Baharaich. The rest of the day you will sightsee around the local bazaar using horse cart which might come as a wonderful moment for the foreigners. Bageshowri Temple in Nepalgunj is quite popular and a visit to the Hindu temple in the evening will be a good thing to do the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) from Nepalgunj
A 35-minute flight from Nepalgunj Airport takes you to Juphal on the fourth day. The flight is awesome as the aircraft flies over the mountain ridges, the beautiful valleys and the majestic-looking mountains. Jhupal Airport is a small airstrip amidst the mountains and the hills. You will also get a first-hand experience of the geographical diversity of Nepal as in an hour or so you will reach a small village amidst the mountains from a hot city of Tarai. From Jhupal, you will walk for a few hours until you reach Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpa district. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m) 4hrs
On the fifth day, we start our trek from Dunai to Tarakot after having breakfast in the morning. The trail follows along the Thuli Bheri River and amazing landscape of the Dolpo region which by now starts to show its colour. Mostly the people inhabiting in Dolpo region are the ones from Tibetan descent and the Sherpas. The landscape might get rough and rocky at some places. Road service has not yet reached the Dolpa region and Dolpa happens to be one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Guesthouses are sparse and hence we have to carry camping materials if the situation demands. Overnight stay at a guesthouse/tented camp.
Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m) 5hrs
From Tarakot, the trail attains altitude gradually. On our way, we come across many local villages and Buddhist monasteries. We also cross several suspension bridges over the Thuli Bheri River. There are several Tent-hotels along the way and we can stop by and fill up our stock of snacks when needed. Tent-hotels also serve food and drinks to the travelers. Items like biscuits, noodles and other consumable items can be bought from such shops. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545 m) 4hrs
The next morning we take tea and breakfast at the camp itself and resume our journey to the Dolpo region. We reach Nawarpani after about four hours of adventurous trek from Laini. It is a comfortable trek as the trail sometimes passes through pine forests, and yet at other times through fir trees. Tent-hotels are available along the way to Nawarpani. Overnight stay at Nawarpani in a tented camp.
Day 08: Trek to Tarap (4090 m) 5hrs
From Nawarpani, the landscape suddenly seems to have changed as we now approach a small settlement area in between the huge mountains. A big Buddhist monastery is present in Tarap and almost all of the people in Tarap are inclined on Buddhism or they are the descendents of Tibetans. Traditionally, the women of this region wear dark dresses with colorful aprons weaved from yak wool. The women also wear bracelets made from big shells as part of Tibetan tradition. Taking with the local people also helps the foreigners to learn about the traditional Sherpa and Tibetan culture. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 09: Rest day at Tarap
The next day of the itinerary, we will be taking rest at Tarap for acclimatization purpose, getting used to the conditions and the increasing altitude. You can travel around the village in Tarap while conversing with the local villagers. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 10: Trek to Numa-La Base Camp (4440m) 5hrs
After spending a day at Tarap, we resume our trek the next day. While on the way we also happen to cross the ‘Crystal Mountain School’ which is educating children from the nearby region. It is funded by a French NGO. A further one hour trek from the School takes us to the Numa La Base Camp situated at the altitude of 4440 meters. There is a Buddhist monastery in Numa La Base Camp and we will be staying in a temporary camp on day 10 at Numa La Base Camp.
Day 11: Cross Numa-La Base Camp (5190m) 6hrs
A tough day’s trek awaits us on the eleventh day of the trek as we cross Numa La Base Camp. It is better to start early so that we can cross the Pass before weather deteriorates in the afternoon. Morning time is generally favorable to cross the Pass as it is easier and safer. Besides, we also have more chances to peek at the mountains for later in the day they might be covered by clouds. It’s a long and strenuous climb and hence you are advised to go slow and steady breathing as much air as possible. On a clear day, it is possible to view Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Kanjirowa (6883 m) mountains from the Pass. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 12: Cross Baga-La Pass (5070 m)
The next day, we cross another Pass and hence another tough but a beautiful day lies ahead of you. Again, an early beginning is advisable. A good 2 hours of trekking after leaving the camp takes us to a High Camp which is close to the Baga La Pass. From then on, the Baga La Pass is quite close and an hour’s trek takes us to the Baga La Pass which also offers uncluttered views of mountains like Kanjirowa and others. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)
Trek from Baga La Pass to Ringmo is quite long, but the trail is easier and we down climb now from an altitude of 5000 meters. We walk past Yak Kharka and Maduwa Khola and the path is beautifully carved out from the rocks. Then we cross a thick Pine forest and while on the way we also see several nice waterfalls. Ringmo is a nice little place where we will be camping for the night.
Day 14: Rest day and trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake
From Ringmo, we trek until Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal. Shey Phoksundo is quite popular for its exotic location and for the pristine natural beauty it commands. The tiredness from the trip disappears once you behold the bewitching beauty of the grand lake. Upon enjoying the great view of the magnificent lake, we stay overnight at a tented camp.
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta
We will mostly be descending on day 15 as we go further downhill. The destination for today is the village in Shyanta and we spend the night there in a tented camp.
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
We trek further down to Jhupal from where the entire trek started almost two weeks ago. For the rest of the day we will stay at a guesthouse in Jhupal while preparing for the flight to Nepalgunj next day.
Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will fly to Nepalgunj from Jhupal. After reaching Nepalgunj, later in the day, we will fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu
Day 18: Final departure from Kathmandu.
The amazing Nepal trekking ends once we bid farewell. Our Airport Representatives will take you to Airport and with promise to meet again we bid farewell. Bharal Adventure is always there for the best arrangement of your holidays.
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The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

HANDS

  • Gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries

 

Cost Includes

Cost includes following:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
  • One night accommodation in Nepaljung at hotel Batika
  • KTM – Nepalgunj-Juphal – Nepalgunj-KTM airfare including departure tax
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
  • Special trekking permit
  • shey phoksundo national park entry fees
  • Bharal adventure’s duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during Lowe dolpo trek
  • Bharal Adventure’s T – Shirt and cap (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Office service charge.

Cost does not includes following:

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost Excludes

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