Lower Dolpa Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this remarkable region in Nepal
Dolpa is a remote, wild and considered by many to be one of the most magical and mysterious places in the Himalaya. East and south are bounded by the huge Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges to the west by Jumla district and isolated from the rest of Nepal by high passes to the south.
Lower Dolpa Trek offers the hidden treasure and the real adventure trekking experience on remote and rugged natural Himalayan valleys across western Nepal. Trekking to Lower Dolpo makes you the remarkable and worthwhile experience of a lifetime. We will get to observe the snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, rich wildlife, Buddhist monastery and wonderful lakes. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions. Lower Dolpo is natural and cultural blessed with the region; offers the stunning landscapes of Trans-Himalayan Mountain, Tibetan Buddhist, and Bonpo culture, unrivaled beauty, turquoise tinted Phoksundo Lake, spectacular mountain peaks, high passes and a real sense of being in the wilderness. The cultural traditions of this area are basically linked with Tibet. Trekking into this region gives an exposure to the High and Isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan highlands. The major highlight of this trek includes Shey-Phoksundo National Park, largest National Park of Nepal. Shey-Phoksundo Lake is another highlight of this region. The lake is totally free of aqua life, which the crystal waters clearly explain. Surrounded by rock, forests, and snow-capped peaks, the area has been described as one of the World's Natural Hidden Wonders. Numa La Pass and Baga La Pass are challenging passes from where the excellent views of Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, KyangyuRipa, Annapurna range, and many other mountains can be seen.
Our 17 days Lower Dolpa Trek starts from a vibrant capital city and a scenic flight to Nepalgunj to Juphal and treks to Dunai through remote locations admiring the beautiful and magnificent rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas. The trail passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park where we see the crystal blue deep Shey- Phoksundo lakes before joining ancient Nepal-Tibet trade route and enjoy the great views of lower Dolpa valley. The lake is totally free of aqua life and is surrounded by rock, green forests, and snow-capped peaks. This area has been described as one of the World’s Natural Hidden Wonders. We discover the yak caravans that still maintains the ancient salt trade route to Tibet. The trek reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of lights and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. This is one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced by the local communities. During our trek, we cross the two high passes namely – Numa La and Baga La. From those two passes, we observe the excellent views of Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Kyangyu Ripa, Annapurna range and many other snowy mountains.
Enroute we pass Tarakot, Laina, Nawarpani to reach Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is an ancient village where people follow the century’s old traditions and customs. Leaving Dho Tarap we traverse two high passes and enjoy the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Shey Shikhar and Tibetan peaks named Kugung La and Khyung La. After crossing these passes we descend all the way to Phoksundo Lake passing meadow and waterfall in the route. Ringmo village, the Bon settlement, near to Phoksundo Lake is rich in Buddhist and Bon Po culture. Excursions to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bonpo shrines surrounding the lake make this trip more worthwhile. From Phoksundo Lake we return back to Juphal following Chepka.
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- Explore the hidden land of Dolpo, with it’s untouched Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture
- Stunning landscapes of the Trans Himalayan mountains
- Admire the incomparable beauty of the holy Phoksundo Lake, with its enchanting blue and emerald colors
- Cross three high passes with the stunning views over the snowcapped Himalayas
Scenic flight to Nepalgunj(200m/656ft. ), 50min
After having our breakfast in the hotel at Kathmandu we moved towards Tribhuvan International Airport early in the morning. It takes 50 min to Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj 200m. Enjoying the view of Himalayan ranges while being on the flight, we reach Nepalgunj(gateway to Simikot). The weather is comparatively warmer than Ktm. Due to the nearness to India, necessities are quite cheap, esp. vegetables. Many Nepali go shopping in Rupaidiha, a little market town beyond the border. The biggest temple of Nepalgunj(Bageshwori Temple) one of the famous and most religious temples in Nepal. It dedicates to goddess Bageshwori- a Durga. Travelers can visit the temple and do arati, a mini zoo with a playground and a few animals. Visitors can also have a bicycle trip to the Rapti river and can experience the elephant safari at Bardia National Park few distances from the main market of Nepalgunj but if you are interested to participate these activities, you require extra additional days. We will have a look of more than three hundred and fifty species of birds, along with other wild animals like deer, wild boars, wild elephants, crocodiles, dolphins, blue bulls, etc. After the visit back to the hotel where our accommodation is arranged.
Overnight at hotel
Scenic flight to Juphal (2475m/8120ft. ) & trek to Dunai(2140m/7545ft.), flight 40min+3hr walk
We take a scenic flight to Juphal with views of the great wrinkle of green ridges peppered with small, terraced villages and surrounded by snow-capped peaks. It takes 40 min to reach Juphal, the main airport of the Dolpa region. After arriving at Juphal, we will start our first trek to Dunai. Walking through terraced fields and descending steeply we will see a small group of buildings near Thulo Bheri Khola with the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Following the Bheri River, we will continue walking Dunai headquarter of the Dolpo region as well as the main trading center.
Overnight at teahouse
Trek to Tarakot (2537m/8321ft. ), 4-5hr walk
The trail ascends passing through the pine forest, we will see several campsites by the river. Passing through the valley becomes narrow in a deep gorge. The george is adventerous and thriller. On the way, we’ll see many people taking their herds to the lower pastures for the winter via steep slopes. Passing smaller villages and into a small wooded area, following the river all the way at Tarakot, a large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village. After reaching Tarakot, we will visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8 km east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Laina (3160m/10365ft. ), 6-7hr walk
We walk along the side of Tarap Chu river before reaching Sandul Gompa. The gompa lies at a juncture between Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu river. We continue walking on a trail that takes us through farm terraces and rural villages. The trail into a narrow gorge along juniper and wild rose bushes, some wildlife like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals. The trail is steep drops to a pretty lace waterfall at Laina Odar.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Nawarpani (3545m/11627ft. ), 5-6hr walk
We will climb on a steep trail and walk on a zigzag trail above the Tarap River. The walk is quite adventerous as the valley becomes a narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Several vigorous climbs and descents will take us to the banks of the Chyugur Khola. Crossing the suspension bridge and walk along the side of the stream of Chaya Khola. Here the local slate like the rock is excellent for building bridges and stairways for the trail. Continue walking to Tazam, we again cross the suspension bridge to the river bank and follow the riverside trail and sooner we arrive at Nawarpani. This is mule caravan stop.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Do Tarap (4090m/13415ft. ). 7-8hr walk
We begin our trek crossing the river bank over the bridge and pass a small cave and camp site to climb a breathtaking section of trail chiseled out of the sheer rock face. The trail then gradually ascending to Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu on a wooden bridge at Tal Tole and climb on the east bank through a classic eroded Trans-Himalayan landscape to a chorten on a ridge. This is Serkam an abandoned border post between Nepal and Tibet in the 19th century. Descend from Serkam you swing into the Sishul Khola. Then the trail climbs gently to two weatherworn chortens and a mani wall atop a ridge. After that, it descends all the way to Do Tarap passing impressive views. Do Tarap is beautiful village surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Bon Po and Chaiba religious sects are major inhabitants of the region. It is populated by few Tibetan and mostly Magars who lived here for generations.
Overnight at camp
Today we will explore village of Dho Tarap and visit monasteries. The village is made of clusters of closely packed stone houses and corrals surrounded by fields of barley. Here huge shaggy yaks are used for plowing and carrying loads. It will be rewarding to visit three interesting monasteries of Ribo Bhumpa Gompa, it is unique ‘chorten in a chorten’ which contains remains of a demon killed by Guru Rinpoche. The paintings inside the chorten represent both Bonpo and Nyingma traditions; Doro Gompa, it is located on the north side of the river and has an unusual entrance; Shipchok Gompa, it is the Bonpo school lies across the river which is recognizable by the dozen of Mustang style chortens. It has a wonderfully carved door and finely painted prayer wheel in the atrium. We also acquainted with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects).
Overnight at camp
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14563ft. ), 6-7hr walk
Leaving Dho Tarap village we walk through impressive kani (gate) and climb to the century old Mekyem Gompa, a large statue of Maitreya Buddha. Then the trail passing through Crystal Mountain School continues uphill to Gakar village and Dorje Phurba Gompa which has collection ancient weapons. Afterward, the trail moves towards Tarap Chu river with mesmerizing views of the vast Tarap valley with its wide plains and high mountains and crosses it over a wooden bridge that leads to Mondo. From here the trail divides. We follow southern branch route to the Numa La passing white walled Jampa Lhakhang to Tokyu village which houses a Buddhist monastery of the Chiba sect. After exploring the monastery, after one hour of steep ascent on a rough trail, we will reach Numa La base camp.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Pelung Tang (4465m/14645ft. ) via Num La Pass (5190m/17023ft. ), 6-7hr walk
This is one of the challenging part of the trek. We will cross the stream on rocks then climb steeply on yak trails up a grassy slope to a ridge where there are several mani walls and a chorten. Then dip into a high glacial bowl and cross the small stream. From here a long climb up a moraine to the Numa La. We climb towards Numa La Pass through the steep trail all the way up the top ridge of the pass. From the ridge we get incredible views of the barren mountains of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Shey Shikha and other peak. Descend from the pass into a scenic U-shaped rocky valley crossing stream, and slopes. On the way, we will see yak caravans hauling timber from Phoksundo to Dho Tarap. Finally, we arrive in pastures at Pelung Tang.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Dajok Tang (4080m/13382ft. ) via Baga La pass (5070m/16630ft), 6hr walk
After having breakfast, we continue another steep climb to the summit of Baga La Pass. From here, we admire the fantastic view of the dry landscape and the distant snow-capped mountains including Mt. Kanjirowa. We spend some moments at the top of the pass and enjoy the mesmerizing views before dropping down to Dajok Tang. The final descent on steep switchbacks to Dajok Tang, meadow marked with prayer flag. This is a spectacular valley and one of the most scenics in western Nepal with a large moraine at its head and numerous waterfalls.
Overnight at camp
Hike to Phoksundo Lake
On this day we will hike to Phoksundo Lake, Nepal's deepest and second largest, lake. During the day we will have a short hike to the village of Ringmo and Bon monastery. Perched on the south end is Ringmo, a traditional village in Dolpo sits on the landslide dam that formed Phoksundo Lake above sea level. The people are mostly of Tibetan ethnicity, are of the Bonpo faith, and engage in trade, yak herding, and tourism. We will get a chance to explore the local culture. On the south edge of the lake, there is Bon tradition Pal Sentan Chholing Gompa. Bon, the religion in Tibet was practiced before Buddha made an impact on his religious in the western Himalayan region of Nepal. We should pass a mani wall or Chorten on the left side within the gompa. After exploring this culturally rich Bon Monastery we’ll trek down to Phoksundo Lake via the steep cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and scenery. Beautiful glaciers can be found near the lake area. We will also explore the wonderful natural sites, monastery and Bon-Po religious sites.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265ft. ), 5-6hr walk
We will follow the path on the riverside and climb along the steep uphill trail. After an hour long uphill climb we will reach a top hill from where the river we followed earlier begins to diminish in size. However, the last view of Phoksundo Lake atop a hill is truly fascinating. Then 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 Recchi. Then the series of gentle ups and downs along the trail beside the river throughout until we arrive at Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows a massive overhanging rock. During our trek, we find many important medicinal minerals believed to cure almost anything. The route then passes through several small villages, before reaching to Shyanta.
Overnight at camp
Trek to Juphal (2475m/8120ft. ), 3hr walk
From Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village. Walking on the wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach Dunai. In the evening celebration of the completion of the trek.
Overnight at teahouse
Scenic flight to Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
After having breakfast in the morning, we will take the flight back to Nepalgunj and fly again to Kathmandu on the very same day. Our representative shall take you to your hotel after your arrival in Kathmandu. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Overnight at hotel
We offer 3 packages: Basic, comfort & Full Board. Our Basic takes care of your trek, comfort include trek with your stay in Kathmandu along with all airport transfers personally while Full Board include entire meals in the mountains during the trek. Three can be flexibly adjusted to your requirements.
- Trek with an English speaking govt licensed trekking guide
- 1 porter (betn two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 24 kg; i.e. 12kg pP)
- Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary
- Flight from Ktm-Nepalgunj-Juphal & return
- Duffel bag and trekking map
- Shey- Phoksundo National Park Entry permit
- Lower Dolpo Special permits fee
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
- Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu by the host family at Typical Nepali Cultural Restaurant
- First aid medical kit, oxymeters to check pulse, heart rate & oxygen saturation carried by guide
As Basic and
- 2N in 3* and 1N in 4* hotel in KTM on B/B plan as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]
- Airport pick up & drop off personally
Full Board Offer
Price: Have a kindly make an enquiry for the Full Board tour cost. Because the cost depends on the meals chosen by you.
As Comfort and
- Full board meals in the mountains during the trek
There is a further discount for larger groups. Please contacts us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trek duration can be shorten or extend depending on time and fitness.
- International Airfare to and from your country
- Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days, two passport photographs required). For the further more information, have visit Nepal Immigration Department official website.
- Insurance - Following stated things must be submit while you do trips through (IHSA)
- You must submit copy of your insurance certificate included standard policies that covers trekking activities up to 5000m
- Your Insuarnce policy must cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue upto 5000m and it is excluded in the trip price
- At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not
- IHSA also recommends your insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects
- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek
- Tipping is a culture in Nepal and is expected by your staff (guides, porters, drivers)
- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)
- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc
- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt
Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.
01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.
Head and Face Gear:
3. Warm hat
4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor
6. An emergency light
1. Lightweight gloves
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
4. 2 shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm
1. down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.
Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius
Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror
We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.
Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.
+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]
If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category
You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. For further information, visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.
While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.
Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.
Money and Gratuity
Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.
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