Adventure Alpine Gorkha

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Lower Dolpo Trekking

Trip Duration: 19 Days

Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trekking

  • Enjoy beautiful landscapes and mountain views around Lower Dolpo areas
  • Explore interesting culture of ancient Bon practice with Buddhism religions
  • Walk to pristine turquoise colored Lake of Phoksumdo within scenic country
  • Adventure around Nepal Far-West Himalaya on less ventured areas by trekkers
Trip Profile:
  • Trip Mode: Hotel with local Lodge and camping on treks
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Highest elevation gain: Over Baga-la 5,070 m and Numa-la 5,190 m high
  • Daily walks: Minimum of -04 hrs to maximum -07 hrs.
  • Trek duration: 14 Nights and 15 Days (with flight both ways)
  • Total Trip: 18 Nights and 19 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Lower Dolpo Trekking Overview

Lower Dolpo Trekking, where is the adventure leads you around Nepal far west in the country of Tibetan Buddhism with ancient Bon-pa sect of Pre-Buddhist, an exciting country to visit and explore for once in your lifetime experience. Lower Dolpo Trekking truly fascinates travelers with its unique dramatic landscapes of green to barren hills along with snow-capped peaks as far towards the Dhaulagiri range.

The main good reason for Lower Dolpo Trekking is that you will be walking in tranquil surroundings away from the main flow of trekkers that you have known of other busy areas of Annapurna and Everest. As this country located within remote corners of Far Western Himalaya where few adventurer and trekkers seldom venture around beautiful Dolpo regions, where you will encounter timeless villages of great interest adorned with ancient culture and custom of both Buddhism and Bon sect practice.

Starts with scenic and super flight from Kathmandu to reach low warm Far West Southern Terai at Nepalgunj, a city within the sub-tropical region and close to India border, the trip continues next early morning to land at inner Dolpo where the adventure begins on Lower Dolpo Trekking.

As walk progress heading past many farm villages and around Dunai the headquarter town of Dolpo area, an exciting place to explore and catch various cultures of Nepal Far Western people of both Hindu and Buddhist religions. The adventure then leads through farm villages around mid-hills populated by Hindu Thakuri Malla and Chettries. The walk continues to reach higher and remote areas within Buddhism and Bon community of Ringmo and around beautiful Phoksumdo Lake.

With the time, here to enjoy the scenic surroundings and isolated villages then heading crossing high passes of Baga-la and Numa-la to reach around lovely and picturesque Dho-Tarap valley within delightful large communities of Tokyu-Gaon. Here you can enjoy times soaking with local immense culture and custom of old heritage traditional life.

Slowly walk comes to an end walking into a scenic valley to reach historical Tarakot villages and then back at Jhupal for a scenic flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj after a great marvelous adventure and experience on Lower Dolpo Trekking.

Best Seasons for Lower Dolpo Trekking

April to May springtime will be the best time when wild-flowers especially the rhododendron (Nepal national flower) in full bloom, which the walk more attractive with beautiful, bright morning till afternoon, with some chances of rains sometimes.

September, October to mid-November another best month around Autumn/Fall and beginning of wintertime, when most of the days are clear to views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Monsoon months from mid-June to mid-September a wet rainy season trekking can do as the Dolpo region falls within rain-shadow area with fewer chances of rain around July to mid-September.

Monsoon time will be much greener with lush vegetation in wet seasons, so the choice as per your holidays for Nepal and Lower Dolpo Trekking.

Lower Dolpo Trekking Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 150m 55 minutes flight and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 04: Morning flight to Jhupal 2,475 m and trek to Dunai 2,140 m – 04 hrs.
  • Day 05: Trek to Chepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours.
  • Day 08: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion.
  • Day 09: Trek and cross Baga-La 5,070m and camp 4,470 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 10: Cross Numa-la 5,190 m and camp at Phedi – 07 hrs.
  • Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200 m via Jyang-la 5,090 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 12: Trek to Dho-Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m – 07 hrs.
  • Day 14: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours.
  • Day 15: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 16: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.
  • Day 17: Morning flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotels.
  • Day 18: In Kathmandu free as contingency day for individual activities.
  • Day 19: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

Lower Dolpo Trekking Detailed Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • At Kathmandu airport received by Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks staff / guide
  • Transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area
  • Meet at the hotel lobby for group regarding trek briefing
  • Evening includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.
02
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
  • In Kathmandu for leisure activities with guided sightseeing tour around places of
    Interest
  • Kathmandu steeped with historical and religious ancient monuments listed in World Heritage Sites
  • Rest of the day preparation for Lower Dolpo Trekking
03
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 150m 55 minutes flight and transfer to hotel.
  • Morning or afternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for flight to Nepalgunj city
  • During 55 minutes flight views of Himalayan range with Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains
  • On reaching at Nepalgunj airport transfer to hotel around the city area with time for short walk and preparation for the trek next morning.
04
Day 04: Morning flight to Jhupal 2,475 m and trek to Dunai 2,140 m - 04 hrs.
  • Early morning transfer to Nepalgunj airport for short flight to land at Jhupal within Dolpo.
  • On reaching Jhupal walk begins past farm villages and forest areas to reach a large town at Dunai for overnight in local simple lodge.
  • Dunai the hub and headquarter town of whole Dolpo district with time to explore around interesting town and markets witness people of Far Western Nepal.
05
Day 05: Trek to Chepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning cross a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and climb a ridge to Phuksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak
  • Walk downhill past farm villages with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera,
  • With short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe, then downhill walk into forested area to reach overnight camp at Chepka a small farm village.
06
Day 06: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
  • From Chepka short climb and descend into forest to river,
  • Climb after leaving the forest, then downhill to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village
  • Trek further to Samdua for overnight stop near entrance of Phuksumdo National Park.
07
Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.
  • Today walk leads to Phoksundo Lake after Pungmo Khola valley and downhill to upper side of Phoksundo Khola
  • Continue walk to Ringmo village, an interesting village of Tibetan origin with mud plastered chhorten and Mani (prayer) walls.
  • A short walk to Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp nearby Phoksumdo Lake
08
Day 08: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion.
  • A rest day, marvel beautiful views of landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, and visit interesting Ringmo village by the lake side.
09
Day 09: Cross Baga La 5,070m and to Phedi 4,470m - 07 hrs.
  • Walk to reach other side of Dolpo heading east to cross over Baga-la at 5,070 meters.
  • From the top panorama of Phoksumdo lake and Kagmara peaks
  • After the top descend to overnight camp at Phedi (bottom of the hill).
10
Day 10: Cross Numa-la 5,190 m and to walk to other Phedi - 08 hrs.
  • Morning cross Numa-la at 5,190 m, highest spot of the adventure,
  • At the top views of Dhaulagiri and Kagmara peak and dramatic landscapes.
  • After the top descend to the base of the Pass, a gradual walk to overnight camp around Yak summer pasture.
11
Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jyang la 5,090 m - 06 hrs.
  • From Tokyu-Gaon, one of largest village of Lower and Inner Dolpo,
  • Morning climb for two hours up at Jyang-la with views of snow capped mountains with Mt. Dhaulagiri North Face,
  • Then descend to Tarap valley to reach overnight stop at Tokyu-Gaon.
  • An interesting village with old monastery afternoon visit monastery and observe farming and daily activities.
12
Day 12: Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
  • After Tokyu Gaon, downhill to Tarap Chu on broad green valley,
  • One of scenic wide valleys with Sheppard’s settlements of Yaks and Sheep, and walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap.
  • Another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.
13
Day 13: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.
  • Descend to Tarap valley, largest and longest valley of Dolpo area of 20 k.m
  • Stretches Tarap Chu River joins Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village,
  • Walk leads to Langa of beautiful cascading waterfalls head south to Sisaul a small place of Kesila to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.
14
Day 14: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.
  • Morning walks on Tarap nice valley enter into narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose,
  • Walk leads to Toltol with large overhanging cave, walk reaches confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river
15
Day 15: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.
  • Start morning walk into a small wooded area, follow river all the way at Tarakot.
  • A large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields.
  • Tarakot with historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village.
  • At Tarakot village visit famous old Sandul Gomba located at junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River for overnight camp.
16
Day 16: Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.
  • After Tarakot, last day walk to Dunai then short drive to Jhupal for last overnight stop and flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Morning walk follows a wide trail with short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai,
  • Reaching Dunai jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.
17
Day 17: Morning flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotels.
  • From Jhupal a sweeping short flight to Nepalgunj to connect flight to Kathmandu with fantastic mountain panorama
  • Land at Kathmandu airport, and transfer to hotel around Thamel or near about.
18
Day 18: In Kathmandu free as contingency day and for individual activities.
  • An extra day in Kathmandu where flight can get delay and might lead to cancellation due to unfavorable bad weather,
  • Quite normal around Himalaya as weather can be un-predictable sometimes.
  • Spare day enjoy individual activities or just relax and enjoy the memories of Lower Dolpo Trekking.
19
Day 19: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Depart from the hotel as per your flight time Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks guides and staff and transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.
Cost Includes
  • All airport/Hotel transfers
  • Three star Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights as per the BB plan
  • Guided City tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites and monument entrance fee.
  • Trekking permits and necessary paper work for the Dolpa region
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu.
  • Flight Ticket from Nepalgunj to Jumla back to Nepalgunj from Jhupal.
  • All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice)
  • Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking on local tea houses.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered professional trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and Lodging
  • Trekking equipment: down filled sleeping bag and duffel bag (if you need you have to inform during our meeting at the office)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits deserts every day
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks Gifts (T shirt & trekking certificates)
  • Farewell dinner at local Nepali restaurant
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • All government and local taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 19 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Numa-la 5,190 m

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