Duration of Trips18 Days
Location: Dolpo Region
Type of Trip: Tea House Trek
Max. Altitude:Numa La pass (5,190m)
Trip Grade:Strenuous Trek
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Lower Dolpo Trekking
The lower dolpa trek is a true adventure for those desiring to get off the beaten path. The Dolpo region is an area of difficult-to-access Himalayan valleys in the northern part of Nepal. This area was also portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie Caravan. This trek gives one the opportunity to see and experience Himalayan Mountains and gorgeous lakes including the Phoksundo with its stunning turquoise blue water. Also one will see traditional yak caravans’ carryjng on trade with nearby Tibet, and spectacular high-mountain Buddhist monasteries.
The Dolpo region is located in the northern region of Dhaulagiri range in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. The dramatic slopes of the mountains create ever-changing compositions of light and shadow. Trekking in the Dolpo region was only opened to foreigners in 1990. The caravans of yak and sheep that travel through the Dolpo valleys have not only provided trade with Tibet but also an interchange of culture. The Dolpo people of Nepal share many cultural aspects with Tibetan people. In the Dolpo region, both Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon form of religion are evident. Legend says that the hidden valleys of the Dolpo region were formed by Guru Rinpoche as a haven for those with pure mind. Spirituality is evident throughout the Dolpo region.The trek itself is challenging. The route goes through famous high passes like Bagala and Numala where one is rewarded by with excellent views of mountains. Along with stunning mountain views, one may see snow leopards, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep and a variety of birds.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)/ Overnight at Hotel
Day 02Kathmandu: Trek Preparation day / Overnight at Hotel
Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour / Overnight at Hotel
Day 04Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 05Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 06Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 07Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5-6 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 08Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 09Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 10Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft): 6-7 hours walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 11Cross Numa La pass (5,190m/17,023ft), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft): 6-7 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 12Cross Baga La pass (5,070m/16,630ft), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 13Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hours / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 14Hike to Phoksundo Lake / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 15Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hours walk / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 16Shyanta to Jhupal / Overnight at Tea-House
Day 17Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu / Overnight at Hotel
Day 18Final departure
- Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
- 3- Nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2-nights in Nepalgunj (BB Basis)
- Domestic fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhupal and return
- In trekking- B/F, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation at tea-house/Lodge
- Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
- Trained trekking guide and porter, necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
- Comprehensive first aid box for the trekking.
- Extra day hotel stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
- Foods self lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
- Personal expenses-laundry, telephone,Tea/coffee,alcoholic beverages,tips for guide & porter.
- Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
- Extra cost for if in case trek effected by natural calamities
- Personal trekking equipments for the trek.
Note: To trek in the Lower Dolpo region, you need a special permit called the Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit.
What is the Lower Dolpo Trekking?
- The Lower Dolpo Trekking is a trekking route that takes you through the lower part of the Dolpo region in Nepal. It is a less challenging and more accessible trek compared to the Upper Dolpo Trek. The Lower Dolpo region is known for its unique landscapes, ancient villages, and rich cultural heritage.
How long does the Lower Dolpo Trekking take?
- The duration of the Lower Dolpo Trekking can vary depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace. On average, it takes around 12 to 18 days to complete the trek. The trek involves moderate walking days and allows for exploration of the lower Dolpo region and its highlights.
What is the best time to do the Lower Dolpo Trekking?
- The best time to do the Lower Dolpo Trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures for trekking. The monsoon season (June to August) should be avoided due to heavy rainfall and the possibility of landslides in the region.
Do I need a special permit for the Lower Dolpo Trekking?
- Yes, you need a special permit called the Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit to trek in the Lower Dolpo region. This permit can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Additionally, you will also need to obtain the Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit as the trek passes through the park.
What are the highlights of the Lower Dolpo Trekking?
- The Lower Dolpo Trekking offers a range of highlights, including:
Shey Phoksundo Lake: Explore the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Nepal. It is renowned for its turquoise blue waters surrounded by snow-capped mountains and unique landscapes.
Ancient villages and cultural heritage: Visit traditional villages like Ringmo, Tarap, and Dho Tarap, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Dolpo people. Experience their unique lifestyle, Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and ancient monasteries.
Diverse landscapes: Trek through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, barren cliffs, deep gorges, and alpine meadows. The Lower Dolpo region is known for its picturesque scenery and untouched natural beauty.
Wildlife and nature: Encounter a variety of flora and fauna along the trekking route. Keep an eye out for rare wildlife species like the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, musk deer, and a wide range of bird species.
Shey Phoksundo National Park: Explore the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. The park is known for its biodiversity and offers opportunities for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.
Is it possible to do the Lower Dolpo Trekking independently?
- No, it is not possible to do the Lower Dolpo Trekking independently. However, it's important to note that the Lower Dolpo region is relatively remote and less developed compared to popular trekking areas in Nepal. Hiring a local guide or joining a trekking agency is still recommended to ensure your safety, navigate the route, and gain insights into the local culture and traditions.
What are the accommodation options during the Lower Dolpo Trekking?
- Accommodation during the Lower Dolpo Trekking is typically in basic tea houses, guesthouses, or camping in designated camping sites. The tea houses and guesthouses offer simple accommodations with basic facilities. However, in more remote areas, camping may be required as the availability of lodging options can be limited. It's advisable to
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