Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

Dolpo lies in far western region of Nepal. It is a controlled trekking destination of Nepal where you need to have special permit from Nepal Government to trek. Only limited tourists have visited this area. This area is physically hard because of the high passes. You could see stunning landscape and villages. You could see perfect Mountain View from here. It is a matter of fact that this trek offers a unique experience of Tibetan dominated Nepali way of life to the visitors.

Lower Dolpo Trek Itineary:

Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj
We will be taking a flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai. You will stay the night there and make the necessary preparation for the trek ahead. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 02: Fly to Jumla [2370m] & trek to Gothi chaur [2700m]
We take a morning flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. From the airport at Jumla, we will cross the Tila Khola and the Chaudabise Khola, near their confluence and climb gradually to a fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail passes through several villages. It continues through a forest of maple and walnut and onto a meadow which, in season, is covered with wild flowers. Beyond the meadow, the trail climbs to a small pass before descending again to Gothi Chaur where you will be staying for the night.

Day 03: Trek to Naphukana [3080m]
The trail follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potato, buckwheat and barley until the valley narrows and then we will be entering a forest of oaks, spruce and maples. We will be passing through the village of Chotra which is dotted with typical Tibetan mani walls. After a short distance, we will come to another Tibetan-looking village, Naphukana where you will be staying for the night. There is a large gompa above this village.

Day 04: Trek to Chaurikot [3060m]
From Naphukana the trail becomes gradually steeper and climbs through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. From the pass, one can get views of snowy peaks to the north and east. Descending from the pass, the trail traverses a steep slope before dropping into a forest of pine and oaks. We then enter the Bheri Valley and after following the trail in and out of side valleys, we will come to the village of Chaurikot where we will be staying for the night.

Day 05: Trek to Bheri riverside [2610m]
The trail proceeds on to the village of Balasa from where we will be able to see Kagmara peak on the horizon. The trail descends to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees and onto a ridge. Passing through the apple orchards of Jyakot, we will then descend to the village of Rimi before following a rocky trail down to the Bheri Riverside where you will be staying for the night.

Day 06: Trek to Garpung khola [2900m]
The trail runs along the west bank of the Bheri River, passing Hurikot and arrives at the entrance of the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. We will then come to the confluence of the Garpung and Jagdula Khola, which joins the Bheri River. Following the Garpung Khola, we will reach our camp by the riverside.

Day 07: Trek to Kagmara [3500m]
We will continue to follow alongside the Garpung Khola, ascending gradually towards the Kagmara La. Today will be a short trek for it is mainly done so for acclimatization. It is important to note that ascending to great latitude too quickly is risky.

Day 08: Trek to Kagmara phedi [4000m]
We will be crossing across to the eastern side of the river, where the valley narrows and the river becomes a series of waterfalls. The trail climbs to a moraine below the Kagmara La and we will make our camp amidst the boulders. Magnificent views of the surrounding peaks will be at our door step.

Day 09: Cross Kagmara La [5115m]
We will start early in the morning and ascend alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La. This is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. After a 900m descent, we will reach the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley where we will be spending the night.

Day 10: Trek to Pungmo
The trail now enters birch and juniper forests which soon give way to blue pine. As the trail contours the side valleys, one can enjoy the magnificent views of Kanjirolba peak before we reach the fortress-like village of Pungmo which is set amidst barley fields.

Day 11: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake
We will be continuing downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake. We will climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the horizon. There is a spectacular waterfall- the highest waterfall in Nepal close by. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake where you will be staying for the night.

Day 12: Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake
Today will be a rest day at the lake which is known for its unusual greenish-blue water. In the backdrop of the lake on the western side, there is large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa which seems like it is piercing the sky. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels.

Day 13: Trek to Baga La phedi
We retrace our route back to Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards, through forest of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows alongside the river up the valley to a waterfall and eventually to the base of the Baga La where we will be staying for the night.

Day 14: Cross Baga La [5090m] & trek to Numa La phedi [4800m]
From our camp it's a 3 hour steady climb to the top of the Baga La, the second of such 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 where we will be staying for the night.

Day 15: Cross Numa La [5360m] & trek to Do [4100m]
We will continue with climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and the flutter of the prayer flags. If it is clear, we will be able to see as far as Dhaulagiri from the top. The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and the trail cuts through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley and onto the settlement of Do.

Day 16: Rest day at Do
It is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east lays the village of Shipchhok which 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.

Day 17: Trek to Lahini [3560m]
We will be starting off early in the morning. The trail is almost flat and follows the river until we come across a gorge. We will enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times, the trail opens up to a flat expanse and onto Lahini where we will be staying for the night.

Day 18: Trek to Tarakot [2600m]
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 we approach the village of Khanigaon. We will then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and onto the fortress village of Tarakot where we will be staying for the night.

Day 19: Trek to Dunai [2100m]
We will follow alongside 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 Duna where we will be staying for the night.

Day 20: Trek to Juphal [2500m]
Today, we will be trekking from Dunai to Juphal. From Dunai we will be following the river trail downstream to Juphal. We will also be walking uphill through meadows and past a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m) where we can rest. After several more hours of walking, we will finally reach Juphal, which is the end point of our trek and where we will be staying for the night.

Day 21: Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu
We will take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. We will then take a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Activities: Trekking (walking)
Difficulty: Challenging
Max Elevation: 5115m
Trekking Style: Lodge to Lodge
Meal: All Meals Included during the Trekking
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge on trek
Transportation: Flight & Private Car
Trip Duration: 21 Days

Cost Includes

  • Airport/ hotel/airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Three nights’accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transports by private car
  • Pokhara – Nayapuland Nayapul – Kathmandu transports by private car/taxi
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes &office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter ( it is expected).

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