• DOLPO TREK

    DOLPO TREK

  • DOLPO TREK

    DOLPO TREK

  • STUPA

    STUPA

  • DOLPO TREK

    DOLPO TREK

  • GYAKOCHEN HIMAL DOLPO

    GYAKOCHEN HIMAL DOLPO

  • DOLPO Region Trekking

    DOLPO Region Trekking

  • DOLPO Region Trekking

    DOLPO Region Trekking

  • DOLPO Region Trekking

    DOLPO Region Trekking

LOWER DOLPO TREK

Trip Overview

Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderat
  •    Destination: Lower Dolpo
  •    Activities: Trekking and Explore Local Cultural
  •    Accommodation: Tea House /Tent /Camping/ Home Stay
  •    Meals: Included During The Trek
  •    Group size: MIXI 15
  •    Best Season: June July

Dolpo region is one of the most fascinating destinations, as it possess rich culture, ethnic diversity and natural landscapes. It is distinctly categorized as Upper Dolpo and Inner Dolpo. Since 1989 A.D, the potential of this region came to light, as the government permitted arrival of foreigners to trek. Since the country itself is very rich in giant mountains and lakes, Dolpo region too consists of oligotrophic Lake Shey phoksundo and offers unbelievable sights of the enormous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, Araniko chuli, Mukot Himal etc.The area located in the central west of Nepal is the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Lower Dolpa offers off-the-beaten trek with flight to Juphal and on to the Phokphoksundo_lakesundo National Park which covers an area of 3555 sq. km. This trek gives you a wonderful chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from that seen in other parts of Nepal. The least complicated trek to undertake, and one of the most popular treks in the west of Nepal. This remote and rugged protected area is attractive both scenically and culturally. The area is the inhabitant of various rare and endangered species of wildlife such as snow-leopard, blue sheep, ghoral, musk deer, wolf and other wildlife and plants diversity, which can be seen nowhere else in Nepal. No high Himalayan peaks can be seen except lots of good high altitude scenery and clear water of Phoksumdo Lake.

This region is very famous for the herbs cultivation given the suitable climate and land formation. The scattered forests of Pine, Oak, Birches, Cypress, Walnut, Bamboo, and Maple can be seen in this region. Dolpo is found to be primal habitat for snow leopard, sheeps, ghoral, musk deer, wild dog, wolf, marmot, weasel, mouse hare, rhesus, langur, Himalayan thar, screw, leopard, jackal, himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten & various species of birds. From the beginning till the end of the trekking one will be mesmerized by the various features that Dolpo has to offer starting from the distinct beautiful lands to the high passes. Dolpo is a home to various ethnic groups namely Hindu, Buddhist, Shaman and Bonpo. Throughout the trek one will bump into different people of different communities showcasing their culture, hospitality and their unique civilization.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Overnight in Hotel. all Permits procedure

 Day 02: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj by flight and transfer to hotel

From Kathmandu we take fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel or lodge.

 Day 03: Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai (2150 m)

Today we take a 35 minutes long flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and winds through local villages. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai (2150m). Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. We stay overnight in Dunai at tented camp.

 Day 04: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot 2540 m 5-6 hrs 

As the trek begins today, we follow the upstream trail that banks Bheri River. First part of today’s trek is very pleasant as we trek along the leveled path occupied by beautiful landscapes in the neighborhood. Almost a couple of hours of trek bring us to the settlement of Byasghar 2430m. Exiting out of Byasghar, we continue trekking along the riverside trail that heads towards northeast direction. During this part of the trek, the trail most of the times flanks the river closely and at other time it climbs over the hill or around the ridge. The trek continues along open trails before it arrives to Baijibara. This small settlement holds a Bon Monastery. After a short uphill trek further, dry stone walls and cultivating fields indicate the arrival of famous mid-hill settlement of western Nepal, Tarakot. A small settlement that nestles high above Thuli Bheri River was once a famous trading point as it was the capital of ancient independent kingdom Tichorung. Most of the natives of the village belong to Magar tribe and the most of them practice Tibetan Buddhism as their religion. We stay overnight at tented camp.

 Day 05: Trek from Tarakot to Laini Odar 3375m 4-5 hrs 

As the trek begins today, we hike along the trail that lies on the southern bank of Bheri River. An hour long trek brings us to the open valley created by Bahrbung Khola. Then the Phoksundo Nature Experience Trek heads east along the bank of Bharbung Khola. This part of trek brings us closer to Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. The trail beyond Bharbang Khola chases the easy steps that eventually bring us to Laisicap 2775m. Now we cross the main river and begin to trek along the west bank of Tarap Khola. We head north until we arrive to Kanigaon 2950m. Khanigaon is the winter residence of the Dho-Tarap people. We can see the wonderful view of Sandul Gompa across the valley from Kanigaon. The final push on the steep uphill trail finally brings us to Laini Odar, which is a wonderful camping site with a beautiful waterfall nearby. We stay overnight at tented camp.

 Day 06: Lain Odhar to Nawarpani

Phoksundo Nature Experience trek today begins along the spectacular trail. As we head further from Laini Odar, we traverse through the trail through the deep gorges with scary cliffs above them. After couple of hours of trek to the north from Laini Odar, the trail begins to become relatively open. A little bit of effort put to make the trail easier can be seen. We now trek on the easy trail paved with wooden planks and flat stones that leads us to Chhyugar 3440m. Chhyugar lies at the bank of small stream which we cross and begin to trek along its western bank to Pibke or Nawarpani 3475m. The final part of today’s trek, which is couple of hours long brings us to Toltol 3530m. Toltol is a winter refuge for the people of Upper Dolpo. We will settle down our camps here for the overnight stay. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap 3950 m 6-7 hrs 

One of the most interesting days of Inner Dolpo trek is about to begin. The trek most of the times 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. At Ghyamghar, we cross the river and begin to trek along the eastern bank to Sisaul. At Sisaul once again we cross the river to its western bank and begin to trek along the lonely valley. As we arrive to Langa, we once again cross the river and follow its eastern bank that climbs to a small arid hill. The last part of today’s Inner Dolpo Trek slides down from this small hill to Dho Tarap 3950m. Dho Tarap is a fascinating settlement that manifests the real attributes of Dolpo. 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. We will settle down our camps at Dho Tarap for the overnight stay. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization

Trekking for almost a week exhausts everyone. So we are having a day rest at Dho Tarap. However, the day rest doesn’t refer to staying in tents and relaxing. We would hike around so that we acclimatize well before heading towards the elevated passes like Numa La and Baga La. There are plenty of places to see around Dho Tarap. In fact Dho Tarap is a highland settlement dotted with monasteries. So ask your guide or make suggestions to explore around Dho Tarap. Here we have few major sites that are worthwhile exploring around Dho Tarap. Ribo Bumpa Monastery One of most sacred monasteries of Dolpo Ribo Bumpa Monastery was built almost 1000 years ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltzen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of evil spirits wondering in the region. The monastery resembles the architecture of Samye Monastery in Tibet. As per its name, the Bumpa which refers to vase (one of sacred Buddhist symbols) can been seen here. As the legends related to Guru Rinpoche says that if any damage is made to this vase the Phoksundo Lake bursts to sweep away the lower Dolpo. Kakar Labrang Monastery White valley temple dating back to 12th century, Kakar Gompa is the popular monastery of Dolpo that belongs to old sect of Nyingma- pa sect of Buddhism. Funded by the king of Mustang the monastery was began to build by Urgyen Tenzin. The monastery holds eight major facets of Guru Rinpoche indulged in various moods. Drakmar Dewa Monastery High above on a hill southwest of Dho, Drakmar Monastery nestles beautifully on the red cliffs. Nine hundred years old monastery has the images of Sakyamuni Buddha, Dorje Phurba and the visions of Guru Rinpoche inside it. Along with the stupa, a book found here has translated 100 words of Buddha. The vicinity around Dho Tarap has many other important monasteries which include Mekhyim Monastery, Dhoro Monastery and a Bon Gompa of Shipichowk among others. So make your decision wisely while choosing the monastery you prefer to explore from the pool of many. We stay overnight at tented camp.

 Day 09: Trek from Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp 4350 m 4-5 hrs

We begin the trek along a gentle uphill trail from Dho Tarap. Almost an hour long uphill climb brings us to Crystal Mountain School and Health Post. Schools and health posts are very rarely seen in Dolpo. En-route to Numa La Base Camp we trek along the easy trail that reaches to Tokyu 4209m. 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 on a bright sunlight. The trail beyond Tokyu right away crosses the River to Kanger. To 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 4350m. Overnight in a camp at Numa La Base Camp. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Numa La Pass to Danighar 4510m via Numa La Pass 5310m 6-7 hrs 

Today the trek isn’t going to be easy. As the trek begins towards the Numa La Pass it begins to test trekker’s endurance. The trek chases the trail that climbs up to endless ridge top. The path is not easy as well- gaining higher elevation on the rugged trail is electrifying and maddening experiences of equal measures. However, the demanding trek also rewards with the majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. Also the view of fantastic snowcapped peak Norbung Kang dominates the trail. After 4 hours of effortful trek we arrive to the top of Numa La Pass 5310m. The top of Numa La Pass has quite a spacious saddle with prayer flags fluttering with winds. As we slide down the Numa La Pass, the trail is relatively easier. The path follows Gyambo Khola and then encounters the spurs before it finally slips into the beautiful meadow of Danighar 4512m. Overnight in a camp at Danighar. We stay overnight at tented camp.

 Day 11: Trek from Danighar to Temche 4000m via Baga La Pass 5170 m 5-6 hrs 

As the trek begins today, it right away caters a vertical uphill climb along the shabby yak trail. Initially the trail to Baga La Pass gains elevation rapidly. The elevation of 600m is gained so rapidly that, this part of trek really demands extra efforts. As we arrive to the top of the pass, we witness the scared chortens. Norbung Lang Peak looms right in front of our eyes along with other peaks on the ridgeline from the top of the pass is one of the most beautiful views of entire Phoksundo Nature Experience Trek. As we descend down the pass, we slide into deep ravine and cross the frozen stream to open space. The final push down is a beautiful meadow Temche 4000m. We stay overnight at tented camp.

 Day 12: Trek from Yak kharka to Phoksundo 3600m

Today we begin the trek, dropping down from Temche to Yak Kharka. At Yak Kharka, the trail branches into two. Descending trail drops down to Maduwa whereas; the ascending one traverses high towards Ringmo. The trail to Ringmo penetrates the lush vegetation of pines, junipers and cypress. This part of trek offers the 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. The final thirty minute downhill trek from Ringmo finally brings us to the mesmerizingly beautiful lake, Phoksundo. Overnight in the camps beside Phoksundo Lake. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Explore around Phoksundo Lake

Today we explore the area around the Ringmo magnificent Phoksundo Lake. First, we explore around 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.Exploring this culturally rich Bon Monastery is fascinating experience. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chepka 6 hrs 

As we begin the trek today, the trail on the riverside initially is leveled but pretty soon, we climb along the steep uphill trail. After an hour long uphill climb we arrive atop a hill from where the river we chased earlier begins to diminish in size. However, the last view of Phoksundo Lake atop a hill is truly fascinating. Then we slide down for a while and resume the trek along leveled trail to Chunuwar. Beyond Chunuwar, the trail slides down gently along lush forests of pines and birches to Rechi. Then the series of gentle ups and downs along the trail beside the river throughout brings us to Chepka. This part of trek is almost three hours long. Before reaching Chepka, we begin to see the sign of tropical forest as bamboo forest and walnut trees come into our sight. Overnight in a camp at Chepka. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Trek from Chepka to Juphal 6 hrs 

An hour long trek from Chepka brings us to Shyanta and one more hour trek trek takes us to Kageni. Dramatically, beyond Shyanta we leave the forest trail and chase the trail with arid landscapes in the neighborhood. The walk is pleasant savoring wonderful rocky landscapes to the checkpost of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Beyond the checkpost, we cross the metal suspension bridge over Dhim Khola and chase the trail on the west to Juphal. As we cross the bridge Juphal is now just 3 hours pleasant walk. The trail to Juphal initially is wide before it arrives to the village of Kalagaonda. Beyond Kalagaonda, we the trek begins along the narrow path. Now it winds through beautiful fields of barley and wheat surrounded by strong trees that include walnut, peach and apricot. The final uphill steep climb stretches to Juphal, a large village with beautiful marketplace. Overnight at Juphal. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Juphal- Fly to Nepalgunj —afternoon flight back to Kathmandu

From Juphal we fly to Nepalgunj and then finally to Kathmandu. We stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 17: Buffer day for flight delay and cancellation due to bad weather and We stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you will be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from us will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

 

 

 

                                             Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

 

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at info@soulhimalayatreks.com

 

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Cost Details

What is included?

Our Trek Package Cost Includes:

* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.

* 4 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Nepalgunj.

* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.

* Tented accommodation during the trek.

* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and necessary porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.

* Trekking camping equipment (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)

* All domestic flights and airport tax.

* Dolpo Restricted Area permit.

* All necessary permits.

* All transportation by private car.

* First Aid Medical Kit box.

* Office Service charge.

* All Government Tax.

 

 

What is not included?

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;

* 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...

Gear list

UPPER BODY LAYERS 
Walking t-shirt  -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is  quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry. 
Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers 
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold 
Rain jacket -1 essential 
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable 
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
PACKS&BAGS
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
FOOTWEAR 
Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS 
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder.  Bladders are preffered
Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection. 
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater. 
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes. 
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking. 
Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries. 
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light weight and compact. 
Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek. 
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean. 
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks 
Book or journal as you like. 
Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun. 
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu. 
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains. 
Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves warm enough.  Preferably warmers as well 
Neck warmer \Buff. 
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.
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