Lower Dolpa Trek

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destination
Dolpo Region
duration 18 days
maximum altitude 4200m
trip difficulty moderate
total cost $3350

itinerary

  • Our representative will pick you up from the airport after your landing and escort you to the Hotel. 
  • You can complete the checking-in procedure and enjoy a night’s rest.
For Meals
  • Breakfast Included
For Accommodation
  • Hotel /Lodge
Altitude
  • 1400m

  • Take a domestic air carrier from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
  • Nepalgunj is a town in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park, and is an important transportation hub to travel to western, mid-western, and far-western regions of Nepal.
  • Overnight in Nepalgunj.
For Meals
  • Breakfast Included
For Accommodation
  • Hotel/ Lodge
Altitude
  • 150m

  • Take an early 35 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal Airport in Dolpa.
  • Embark on our first trek from Juphal by descending through the local villages alongside the river base and pass Roop Ghar, reaching Dunai.
  • Overnight in Dunai (in tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Hotel/ lodge
Altitude
  • 2150m

  • Take an uphill climb alongside the Bheri River to reach the settlement of Byasghar (2430m).
  • Exit Byasghar and trek north-east in the riverside trail until reaching Baijibara. This small settlement holds a Bon Monastery.
  • Trek further uphill until reaching the famous mid-hill settlement of Tarakot.
  • Tarakot was a famous trading point nestling above the Thulo Bheri River and was the capital of the ancient independent Kingdom of Tichorung.
  • Overnight in Tarakot (in tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • TeaHoues
Altitude
  • 2540m

  • Our trek begins along the trail that lies on the southern bank of the Bheri River until we reach the open valley created by Bharbung Khola.
  • Head east along the bank of Bharbung Khola which brings us closer to peaks like Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. Continue further to reach Laisicap (2775m).
  • Cross the main river and continue to trek along the west bank of Tarap Khola. Head north towards Kanigaon (2950m). Catch the wonderful site of the Sandul Gompa across the valley from Kanigaon.
  • The final push on an uphill trail will take us to Laini Odar which is a wonderful camping site with a roaring waterfall nearby.
  • Overnight in Laini Odar (in tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation

Tea House 

Altitude
  • 3375m

  • Traverse through deep gorges from Laini Odar and after a couple of hours to the north, the trail begins to widen where we march forward in a trail paved with wooden planks and flat stones that leads us to Chhyugar (3440m).
  • Chhyugar lies at the bank of a small stream which we cross and begin to trek along its western bank to Pibke or Nawarpani (3475m).
  • The final couple hours of the trek will bring us to the settlement of Toltol. Toltol is a winter refuge for the people of Upper Dolpo.
  • Overnight in Toltol (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 3530m

  • Today’s trek runs along the bank of Tarap Khola switching sides frequently. On the first part of the trek, we hike along the northwest bank of Tarap Khola to Ghyamghar, a small settlement with a monastery.
  • Cross the river and begin to trek along the eastern bank to Sisaul where we cross the river again to its western bank and hike along the lonely valley.
  • Arrive in Langa and cross the river again for the last time to follow its eastern bank and climb a small arid hill.
  • Descend from the hill to the lovely Dho Tarap settlement. This famous settlement of Dolpo nestles high above a wide valley and was a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the ancient days.
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 3950m

  • Acclimatization day in Dho Tarap to ready your body at the high altitude and take a much-needed rest following the tiring trek.
  • Hike around the Dho Tarap to acclimatize better before climbing elevated passes like Numa La and Baga La.
  • Visit the highland settlement of Dho Tarap, some of the most sacred monasteries like Ribo Bumpa Monastery, Bumpa Monastery, Kakar Labrang Monastery, Mekhyim Monastery, Dhoro Monastery, and a Bon Gompa of Shipichowk.
  • Overnight in Dho Tarap (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House

  • Begin the trek along a gentle uphill trail from Dho Tarap and after an hour of the uphill climb, reach Crystal Mountain School and Health Post.
  • Trek along an easy trail en route to Numa La Base Camp and reach Tokyu (4209m). The authentically traditional-looking village, Tokyu is a widespread village with graceful Kani gait and old-fashioned houses.
  • Tokyu is also a delightful place for a photographer in the bright sunlight.
  • Cross the river beyond the trail of Tokyu to Kanger and in the northwest direction of the main trail, we see the dramatic views of Shering Gompa which is the house for the monks in the region.
  • The comfortable trail ends here as we begin to slide up along the wild and barren rugged trail to the Base Camp of Numa La.
  • Overnight in Numa La Base Camp (in tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 4350m

  • Today’s trek is going to be strenuous as the Numa La Pass will test the endurance of the trekker to an extreme. The trek chases the trail that climbs up to an endless ridge top. The path itself is difficult as the trail gains elevation in already rugged terrain.
  • However, the demanding trek also rewards the majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. Also, the view of fantastic snow capped peak Norbung Kang dominates the trail.
  • After the tiring yet rewarding trek to the top of the Numa La Pass, it becomes relatively easy. We follow the path towards the Gyambo Khola and finally slip into the beautiful meadow of Danighar.
  • Overnight in Danighar (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 4510m to 5310m

  • The day’s trek begins with a vertical uphill climb along with the shabby Yak trail.
  • The trail to Baga La Pass gains elevation rapidly. The elevation of 600m is gained so rapidly that this part of the trek demands extra effort.
  • After scaling to the top of the pass, sacred Chortens starts to appear along with the fascinating view of Norbung Lang Peak. The view from its top is one of the most beautiful in the entire Phoksundo Nature Experience Trek.
  • Descend from the pass to a deep ravine and cross the frozen stream to an open space and trek a bit further to reach Temche.
  • Overnight in Temche (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 4000m to 5170m

  • Begin our trek by descending from Temche towards Yak Kharka. At Yak Kharka, the trail branches into two. One trail drops towards Maduwa whereas the one we take will take us to Ringmo.
  • The trail to Ringmo penetrates the lush vegetation of Pines, Junipers, and Cypress. This part of the trek offers stunning views of towering cliffs throughout the trek. Passing the highest waterfall in Nepal on the right, the trail finally stretches to Ringmo, a famous Bon settlement in the region.
  • Trek further for about half an hour from Ringmo to reach a breathtakingly beautiful lake, Shey Phoksundo.
  • Overnight camp besides Shey Phoksundo.
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 3600m to 4018m

  • Today you can explore the gorgeous lake and the immense natural beauty surrounding the lake.
  • First, we will visit the Ringmo Village and head to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery). The Gompa nestling a ridge top above Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago.
  • Drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs and enjoy the majestic turquoise-colored lake and the serenity of the surrounding.
  • Explore the nearby glaciers, monasteries, and biodiversity of the park.
  • Overnight in Phoksundo (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House

  • Begin our hike alongside the trail of the riverside and climb an uphill trail for about an hour to reach the top of the trail where the river starts to diminish in size.
  • The spectacular view of the Phoksundo Lake from the top is as glistening as ever.
  • Descend from the path to reach Chunuwar. Trek through the green and lush forest of Birch and Pine in Chunuwar to reach Rechi.
  • Series of gentle ups and downs along the trail beside a river will appear and after overcoming the trail, reach Chhepka.
  • Overnight in Chhepka (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House
Altitude
  • 2520m

  • Trek for an hour to reach Shyanta and further trekking for another hour to reach Kagbeni.
  • Trek through a wonderful rocky landscape to the checkpoint of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Cross a suspension bridge over Dhim Khola and trek towards the west to Juphal.
  • The easiest walk of the entire trek starts after crossing the bridge. A delightful couple of hours of hiking through beautiful fields of Barley and Wheat, surrounded by strong trees that include Walnut, Peach, and Apricot, and a small uphill climb will take you to Juphal.
  • Overnight in Juphal (in a tented camp).
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House

  • Take an early flight to Nepalgunj. Roam for a bit in the town of Nepalgunj and catch another flight in the afternoon to Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House

  • Our representative will pick you up from your hotel (approximately three hours prior to your scheduled flight) for you departure.
For Meals
  • Included BLD
For Accommodation
  • Tea House

excludes

  • Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Nepagunj other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would  greatly be happy to assist).
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Items and expenses of personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
  • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
  • Horse renting during the trek.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver