Lower Dolpo Trek

Dolpo is the home to one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. This region is given the name of “Hidden Valleys” by the legends. Interestingly this hidden valley was created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists during the troubled times. Hidden beneath the high mountains that include Dhaulagiri massif to the south-east and cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year, Dolpo's easiest access is from Tibet, where its people emigrated from perhaps 1000 years ago.

The Lower Dolpo Trek takes you on a trail that transverse through ancient villages like Dho Tarap, people here practice centuries-old traditions and customs, trail meander around the woods of pine, oak and juniper which homes the endangered animals like the Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep and snow leopard. Sky-piercing mountains will always give you company while trekking.

We pass over through two high passes; the Baga La (5,070m) and the Numala Pass (5360m), the highest point in this trek, from where we enjoy the stupendous views of the Dhaulagiri Himal to the south and Tibetan ranges Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. We also visit the beautiful lake of Shey-Phoksundo which adds just another highlight of this magnificent trek.
Trip Code: LDT51
Starts: Juphal
Finishes: Juphal
Duration: 20 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-Jul,Sep-Oct
Elevation: 5360m/ 17585.3ft
Trip Views: 961
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 19
Lunch: 17
Dinner: 16
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Flights
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 2 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 13 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Journey to the remote cultural destination of Nepal through the old Trans-Himalayan caravan route.
  • Lower Dolpo is also popularly known as "Land of Natural Hidden Wonders".
  • The Dolpo region has only been opened for foreigners since 1989.
  • The Dolpo region preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan Culture where the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion is still in practice.
  • Views of Labyrinthine valleys and the vividly turquoise Phoksundo Lake are the main highlights of this unique trip.
  • Thrilling High passes Numa La Pass and Baga La Pass.

Why this Trip

  • This trek is selected by very few travellers who want to see the unspoilt beauty and culture of a remote world without the traffic of tourists. This trek is a time travel to the hidden world that has kept alive the essence of the ancient world that existed a thousand years ago.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    As soon as you land in our compact yet hospitable airport, you will be getting a delightful greeting of one of our representative. Our company will be seeking the glance of you where we will meet and discuss the trip details. You shall then be transferred to the hotel to breathe and relax and in the evening, we will be eagerly waiting for you to taste our special traditional cuisines.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick up- hotel
    • guided Thamel tour
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    You will be exploring the valley where nature and culture meets that warm up your hearts. Morning relaxation and refinement of the soul will take place from the tour to those peaceful temples and monuments. We will visit the Hanumandhoka Durbar Square first and then the exploration of other sites will take place according to your desire and time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Private transportation
    • Entrance fee
    • Local foods
  • placeDAY 3 : NEPALGUNJ
    Today we drive all the way to Nepalgunj. City lies in the Terai region of Nepal which is plain lands; interestingly mountain country too has plain lands! Nepalgunj is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park. People and culture here is highly influenced by it. Overnight at hotel

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Nepalgunj
  • placeDAY 4 : FLIGHT TO JUPHAL, TREK TO DUNAI (2150M), 3-4HRS
    Today we take a brief 35 minutes flight to Juphal. Juphal is starting point for our trek, from Juphal we hit the road and commence the trekking. The trail descends and skirts through local villages. To reach Dunai we walk along the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai (2150m). We stay overnight in Dunai.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Flight to Juphal
  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO TARAKOT (2540M), 6-7HRS
    Breakfast and trek to Tarakot following the upstream trail of Bheri river. A pleasant trek passes small villages with monastery, mani stones and cultivating fields. Tarakot is 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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TARAKOT TO LAINI (3370M) 6HRS
    We have our hearty breakfast and head towards Laini. We pass via Laisicap(2775m) and Kanigaon(2950m) and river accompanied by impressive views of Himalayas including Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. Laini is a great Campsite which has cascading waterfall nearby. We stay overnight in.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO SIMARA (3755M), 6-7HRS
    Today we set our feet for Simara, we trekking through the deep gorges and scary cliffs via Chhyugar (3440m) and Toltol (3523m). We stay overnight in Simara.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO DHO TARAP (3950M), 7-8HRS
    Dho Taras is a Highlight of this trek. It is a wonderful settlement that portrays the rustic attributes of Dolpo. Dho Tarap situated above a wide valley and was a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the ancient days. We take the route via Ghyamghar and Langa to reach the magnificent village of Dho Tarap.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : DHO TARAP EXPLORATION
    Today we are going to give our trekking a pause with deep rest and wonderful exploration in the vintage village of Dho Tarap. This place gives the feeling of ancient world untouched by modern world. We visit many provincial monasteries like like Ringo Bumpa Monastery, a sacred monastry built 1000 year ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltzen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of evil spirits wandering in the region. Being ancient city it has a lot to offer us,Kakar Labrang Monastery White valley, Drakmar Dewa Monastery etc are examples of it. We will visit as many as we could.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO NUMA LA BASE CAMP (4350M), 4HRS
    After the stay at the wonderful Dho Tarap we move to Numa La Base Camp. We trek via traditional Tokyu village (4209m) with dramatic views of Shering Gompa which is the house for the monks in the region. Stay Overnight in Numa La Base Camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO DANIGHAT(4510M) /NUMA LA PASS(5310M), 6HRS
    Today is a challenging day because we pass through the Numa La Pass (5310m) to reach Danighat. It is a serious uphill trek to Numa La top for 4 hours that grants us with marvellous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Norbung Kang and Churen Himal . Stay overnight at Danighat.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO YAK KHARKA(3860M )/BAGA LA PASS(5170M), 6-7HRS
    Today we embark on crossing another pass called Baga La Pass. It is strenuous uphill climb to Baga La pass, it boats scenic view of Norbung Lang Peak and the entire Phoksundo Lake. Enjoying the beautiful meadow of Temche(4000m) today we come down toward the Yak kharka. After 6-7 hrs walk we reach our today destination. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO PHOKSUNDO(3600M), 4-5HRS
    Today we start our trail from the Yak Kharka, and ascends again to Ringmo through the lush vegetation of pines, junipers and cypress. We pass thorugh the highest waterfall in Nepal. And from there we reach out for Ringmo, a famous Bon settlement in the region. After the decent walk to downside we reach the turquoise colour lake called Shey Phoksundo. This beautiful lake will make it up for all the strenuous hard work of previous days.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : PHOKSUNDO LAKE
    Besides the exquisite lake there is much to explore nearby. We observe the culture of Ringmo village and its monastries.. 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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO CHEPKA (2678), 8-9HRS/ JHARANA (3130M), 3-4HRS
    We bid farewell to beautiful Phoksundo and trek uphill and downhill via Chunuwar and Rechi. After 3-4hrs trek we reach at Jharana and If you feel tried then we can here for overnight or we transverse through forest of pines, birches and bamboo . After the gentle walk for 8-9hrs we reach Chepka. If you feel tried then we can stay at Jharana for overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO RUPGHAT (2070), 4-5HRS
    Today, after breakfast we decent down towards the Rupghat from Chhepka/ Jharana. From Chhepka it will take around 4-5 hrs to reach and from Jharana it will take 6-7 hrs. Walking through the dense forest we spent our overnight at Rupghat.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO JUPHAL(2475), 3-4HRS
    From Rupghat we retrace the trail we followed in earlier days and reach Juphal. Stay overnight at Juphal.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : KATHMANDU
    From Juphal we travel to Nepalgunj by air followed by drive to Kathmandu. Stay Overnight at Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Nepalgunj
    • Private Transportation to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 19 : KATHMANDU
    We will complete what we started i.e. the exploration of the city but if you are tired enough to continue the tour then you can find a relaxation therapy in the city corner and go for a shopping tour as well. If time allows we can even have a farewell dinner together and add more memories worth to be cherished.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Sightseeing of Kathmandu
    • Bhaktapur and Patan
    • Relaxation therapy
    • Shopping tour
    • Farewell dinner
    • Food and wine tour (Optional0
  • placeDAY 20 : DEPARTURE
    Who doesn't seek affection and benevolence? This is what Swotah is there for, to make our clients feel loved and cared and the satisfaction of our clients is our greatest asset. As per your flight status we will invite you for a hearty lunch or may be a cup of coffee and we will then escort you to the airport with souvenirs where a farewell will be given in a traditional way.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Sightseeing
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees and a professional guide
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Dolpo region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Trekking Massage (at the end of the trek)
    • Sim card service(zero balance)
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu  because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use camping/lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Lower Dolpo Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Nepalgunj we will use min bus/car/jeep. We do drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travelers.
  • 10. What is the best season for trekking ?
    Spring season (March to July) and autumn season (September to December) are the best time to do this trek, in winters it is difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking in Lower Dolpo Trek is a off the beaten track trek and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In some village, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide also provided with a mobile phone in case of emergency you can call from his mobile and make a call.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    We follow established trails used by local people for the trekking and each day trekking lasts for about 6-8 hrs. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hour of walk depends on client's speed. So it's really relative
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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