Lower Dolpo Trekking

18 Days, Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Lower Dolpo trek offers a diverse prospect to trip the far west area which charges visitors to shell out less permit cost. The charming trek to Lower Dolpo will let you mark the exceptional artistic diversity and magnificent know-how of the Himalayas. The Lower Dolpo Trek is arranged by Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition is specially meant for real adventurers who aspire for going around secluded areas. This remote zone in western Nepal was introduced for the foreigners only in 1990.

The area lies to the northern part from the Dhaulagiri Range in the rain shade of the immense Himalayas which falls parallel to the vivid arid slopes of the peaks which appears to be an eternal fascinating scene. Also, you will see the Phoksundo with eye-catching emerald colored water. It is in fact one of the deepest Himalayan Lakes. We will also observe the yak fleets that keep up the age-old salt trade with Tibet. From November up to April the region is nearly covered by snowfall so the local citizens for a moment migrate below to avoid cold in the region.

The trek will let you go by Shey-Phoksundo National Park with astonishing mountain landscape, Buddhist monasteries as well as yak caravans. The Lower Dolpo trek in fact takes you through a wooded area; pass through pebbly canyons in the deserted flat terrain near the edge with Tibet. Letting you acquire special permit, we Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition will aid you experience the high lofty tundra and rocks and the micro-climate of Lower Dolpo as well as Phoksundo with the chilly air of the glaciers of Kanjiroba.


Day by Day Itinerary

When you enter in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our airport representative will meet you and    drive to our Hotel.  After refresh after   and be rest after long fly and  evening you will have a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant and see a Nepalese cultural program and get pleasure from fine meal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Today, you will be go around cultural word heritage places in Kathmandu valley which is well-off for its culture as well as temples; the most holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), the world biggest Stupa, Boudhanath, and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, and astonishing Kumari extensively known as Living Goddess in Basantapur , Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

We take up an air travel to Nepalgunj leaving Kathmandu which is located on the boundary to India. After reaching at the hotel in Nepalgunj, we can visit the Bageshwari Temple dedicated to Kali. Besides, in Nepalgunj, you can trip the bazaar, which has diverse stuffs on sale. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Today, we will catch the flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. As soon as we reach Juphal (2500m), we begin on our short trek to Dunai from Juphal. We walk downward via pastures and bypass all the way via a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura lying in 2090m. After that, we go at the side of the river trail up to Dunai. We put our camp close to Dunai for staying overnight in Dunai.

Today, from Dunai we will walk along the south shore of the river heading on a good trail. You will go by deep gorges, isolated villages as well as hanging bridges. A superb gorge with a trail built approximately seven meter on top of the river. The bright terraced pasture of Tarakot captivates us. Tarakot is an old fort town put up by the local public as Dzong. The community stands on a small hill to the south of Bheri River.

After breakfast, we go away from Tarakot and shift to follow the Tarap Chu River, crossing by bridge and traverse the same river twice. The well-known Sandul Gompa lies east from Tarakot and at the junction of Tarup chu River and Barbung River. The lane leads all the way through the farm terraces and rustic villages. After a small number of ups and downs, lastly go down to arrive at our overnight camp at Laini.

After breakfast we stroll up to the ravine of the Tarap River, climbing high over on a path built out from perpendicular slopes. The stroll is pretty thrilling as the valley will turn narrow gorge and in some places you can also jump from one surface to another. Go down to Chyugur Khola. Then the path fades away for a while, finding our own path crossways through the stone slabs fitted on wood stuck between the walls work as a bridge.

We depart from Nawarpani with a steady pace that leads us at Kamattarka at the meeting of the Lang River and Tarap Chu a river flowing from the east region. After few hours of walk, we will leave the narrow gorge. Then the path leads just over tree lines for juniper bush as well as wild rose, distinct from dry inner Himalayan valleys. Moving further we will reach the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an uneven stone wall. In this Valley both Chaiba and Bon Po cults exist. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and typically Magars who have subsisted here for many generations

Today we have a rest day in Do Tarap for getting used to with the environment at height. On the other hand you can visit monasteries and take pleasure from the unbelievable views. The Dolpo people both men and women frequently wear sacred good luck charm, strings of coral, amber, turquoise and more. The Buddhist Gompa is near to the camp even as the Bon Gompa can be reached in about half an hour’s walk.

After a superb time at Do Tarap, our journey continues to upper Tarap valley, the stroll follows in this plain valley with lush green grass lying on both sides of the stream, which is entirely different from other regions of inner Dolpo. The trek has pleasant track and we will walk by the Tarap chu all the way. After some hours, we will reach the village of Tokyu, it has a Gomba belonging to the Chiba cult. After visiting the community our walk moves upward the valley pass by the rough path for almost three hours more to reach our camp below the Numa-la.

This is one of the extended and difficult days of the trek. Our journey follows crossing the Numa La pass located at 5,190m. The track has perpendicular way up all the way to the top edge of Numa la with huge views of the adjacent landscapes. You will be appealed by an unbelievable panoramic view of the desolate mountains of Dolpo to the Dhaulagiri (8167m). After reaching at the top of Numa La we will move down to camp at Pelung Tang.

After breakfast we will trek with a vertical ascend to reach the periphery top of Baga-la located at 5,070m, which presents unbelievable views of the adjoining landscapes. We can see the far-away snowy peaks of Kanjirowa Himal, after a superb moment at the pass, nearly three hours of sliding walk taking us to the Dajok Tang for staying overnight.

From Dajok Tang, our trek starts all the way through the pine forest. Then the flora changes to alpine shrubs from meadow field most of the way to Ringmo on the firm slopes with few fall and ascends as we reach our last destination at Ringmo today.

You have another rest day. On this day we can see the magnificent Phoksundo Lake which captivates you with the scene of Himalayas when Thinley’s yak caravan trying the ‘Devil’s Trail’. This is a pleasant day and you have a chance to visit the close by Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the village of Ringmo. Overnight at camp.

Today, we trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka our route follows the huge overhanging rock. We can see number of important medicinal plant which is believed to heal almost everything in this area. The way then passes all the way through the villages, before trekking up to Shyanta.

From Shyanta, the track tenderly slant upwards, we walk to Jhupal from side to side tp Sulighat. We get together with tall birch trees en route. From the ridge, we can witness most stunning views of the peak and Jhupal under. Extreme concern is necessary while walking along this trail. As soon as you reach Jhupal, we can use up our afternoon going around the busy market or simply following whatever we feel like.

Today, we will take a flight to Nepalgunj from Jhupal. After we reach Nepalgunj, we come back to Kathmandu catching another available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will move to our hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Our journey ends on the 23rd day. Our representative will guide you to the airport and present farewell greetings.

What's Included?

Service includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking.
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • trekking map.
  •  kathmandu to fly Nepalgunj and fly to Juphal Airport and Jomsoom to POkhara  and pokhara to kathmandu Via tourist bus.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and special Manasalu permit with TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Service excludes

  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

Essential Infos

Infos - Before departure

Travel Insurance

It’s a situation upon becoming a member of any of Nepal Planet’s journeys that everyone customers be insured for extensive costs that could incur because of medical issues or injuries (this consists of helicopter rescue, treatment costs and air ambulance). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell coverage.

Accomodation

Nepal planet company is the best all kinds of hotel accommodation provided in Kathmandu pokhara, and among other city, with teahouse for during the trek, like your suitable budget requirements as well. Also an all-inclusive listing of tea houses, homestay, guest houses and hostels are available. The most wonderful issue about those accommodation services is the perfect combination of international standard and Nepalese hospitality. Even though single rooms are available in Kathmandu and the trekking areas at lower elevation, it might be hard to locate them at higher elevations.

Meals

Some point of our trekking area, we are able to enjoy real Nepalese meals as properly the common international delicacies food (Tibetan, continental, Indian, Italian and so on.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a hotel menu wherein we spend the night time whereas lunch may be served on the next following destination. All meals can be supplied at some stage in trekking while only breakfast could be available at Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will also welcome and farewell dinners for visitors.

Acclimatization

To make a sure you go back from trekking and hiking trip in the Himalayas in Nepal with a lot of satisfied and unforgettable memories, it’s far essential which you’re aware of the altitude acclimatization required through the human body in mountain situations. Advisable acclimatization is most important in our trekking routes are planned specifically to allow a sluggish gain in altitude with lots of our treks having extra days to permit time for acclimatization. By using slowly gaining height we attain the blessings of a gradual advantage in fitness and acclimatization. We provide advice about acclimatization and with the sensible technique we take all of our treks, anyone who is suit and healthy must have few issues.On our Trekking and climbing trip in Nepal.

Leader & Staffs Arrangements

We have professional and experienced Leaders who are responsible for tours and treks. They’re the only who keep our name and fame of our workplace. We’re proud to have them as our leaders. Leaders lead the excursion and trek in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. We have experienced of workers who have worked in excessive altitude for long time with us. Our staffs are loyal, faithful, hardworking and constantly dedicated to their paintings. Our group is continually at the pinnacle. The trek and expedition leaders have passed through the subsequent trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • mountaineering, mountaineering and mountain climbing (for excursion leaders)

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Fitness is wealth. Last healthful we would have the ability to finish the journey (trek and tour) with none trouble. So, preparation must be completed months ago. Like for Kailas journey we would be heading to over 5620 meter pass. So, for this experience we should be organized from around 3 months in advance.Like we would need to walk every day. Do normal workout which maintains us healthy at the same time as we are at discipline.Enjoy is different essential factor.We have to hike to hill. We should sluggish down our pace. It is right to be blanketed from the wind, rain.Like we should wear down jackets with layers to get protected.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guiding principle that will help you to your adventure. Also keep in mind that the gadgets listed below will vary a little consistent with the season and the trek length. The weight limit for your bags is 20 kg. Remember the fact that your bags will be carried by using your porter. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport),
  • Proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
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