Lower Dolpo Trek

Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

trek to Lower Dolpo is an exciting program for adventure-seekers located in western Nepal in a less-explored area north of Dhaulagiri. Trekkers to Lower Dolpo will visit the crowning jewel of the region – Lake Shey-Foksundo and its national park that preserves a complex trans-Himalayan ecosystem with blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, wolves, leopards and the sought-after snow leopard. The region of Dolpo is known for isolated peaks and the last remnants of a vanishing culture. Before reaching the lake, you will trek through scenic villages and remote alpine landscapes passing Buddhist monasteries and yak hordes. The route also takes you through the high passes of Numa-La and Baga-La amid excellent views of surrounding mountains.

You will quickly notice the remoteness with sparse human habitation that happen to be some of the highest human settlements on the planet. Opened for trekkers in 1990, this restricted area is the place where the Oscar-nominated Caravan from Eric Valley was shot. Just like in the movie, if you happen to be here in spring and summer, you will see yaks and sheep grazing in the low-lying pastures. It is a challenging but popular trek with remote and rugged trails, and a chance to see a part of Nepal that only a few visitors will experience each year.

Day to Day Itinerary

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Upon you arrival at Kathmandu Airport, complete the formalities at immigration, collect your bag, meet our representative, and transfer to hotel.

After breakfast, we will have sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley that includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bauddhanath, and Pashupatinath. In the evening you can buy necessary equipment for trekking and explore around Thamel.

According to your flight schedule you will transfer to the domestic Airport for flight to Nepalgunj. It will have a 1-hour scenic flight to Nepalganj. Then reaching at Nepalgunj we will have lunch and in the late afternoon we can visit around the village. This area is quite hot and tropical. Stay overnight at Nepalganj.

After breakfast we will have a flight to Jupal. It takes around 45 minutes and offers the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Then reaching at Juphal Airport, we will meet our trekking guide. Then having few minutes’ rest we start trekking through terraced fields alongside Bheri River and the narrow gorge trekking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of Dolpo region. In the evening we will visit around Dunai village where we will stay overnight.

Today our trail follows the southern banks of the river by directing upstream on the trail. Then slowly walking ahead, passing through deep gorges, hanging bridges, and isolated villages we finally reach the colorful village of Tarakot. This village is situated on a hillock to the south of Bheri River, once an outpost for collecting tax from passing trade caravans. Stay overnight at Tarakot.

Early in the morning, we start our trekking by following the Tarap Chu River upstream and crossing bridge for two times we reach at the Sandul Gompa which is situated on the east part of Tarakot. From here the trail leads through the terraces and remote village, then trekking few hours’ ups and downhill we finally reach at the Camp at Laini. Stay overnight here.

Our trekking trail follows the gorge of the Tarap River, the trail leads through the quiet and pleasant environment then moving down to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. Then finally we reach at Nawarpani and stay overnight there.

We start our trek slowly up to Kamattarka by following the Tarapchu and LangKhola steam flowing from the east. Then from here our trail moves through a narrow gorge and the route goes ahead just above tree lines for juniper bush, wild rose and dry inner Himalayan valleys. During the trekking we have few minutes rest in the route. Again we have to trek for 3 hours to reach at village of Dho Tarap. This village is surrounded by unequal stone walls and the village is the settlement of both Bon Po and Chaiba sect. Beside these two groups settlement it is also the settlement for few Tibetans and Magar who have their settlement for many years. Stay overnight at Do Tarap.

Today we have a rest day in Do Tarap and slowly walking to the altitude to make ourselves adjustment according to the environment. In the afternoon we can visit to the different monasteries and can enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding. We will get opportunity to interact with local people and experience the way of their living. 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 of Buddhist sect. Stay overnight at Do Tarap.

We start our trek to the Numa La Base Camp. We trek to upper Tarap Valley and walking through the plain land with the green grass on the sides of the river which makes the Dolpa different then the other part of inner Dolpa. Following the upstream with pleasant environment we reach at Tarap, is the dream valley with vast plains in high mountains. Then from here few hours walk we reach at the Tokyu village, where we can visit to the monastery which belongs to the Chiba sect. From this village we have 3 hours walk to uphill then finally we reach at the Numa La base camp. Stay overnight at Base Camp.

Today we have a difficult day and long trek. The trekking route passes through the Numa La pass, then crossing the Numa La pass at the height of 5,190m and climbing to step up at the point of the Numa La, which offers the wonderful landscaped. After reaching at the point of Numa La it offers the panoramic views of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8,167m). From here again we move downhill to the Camp at Pelung Tang. Stay overnight at camp.

After breakfast, we begin our trek by a steep climb up to the rim of Baga-La at the height of 5,070 meters. From the rim of Baga-La we can views the Kanjirowa Himal range and walking through the pass and descends down for 3 hours we finally reach at the camp of Dajok Tang. stay overnight at Camp.

Today we have a short hike about 4 hours. The trekking route passes through the pine forest and the vegetation changes on the way to Ringmo. Then we passing through the ups and down for few hours we finally reach to final destination at Ringmo. Stay overnight at Ringmo.

Today we have a free day at Ringmo. We will visit Foksundo Lake. Foksundo Lake has got the depth of 145 meters. This lake is originated from the Himalayan so it is very cold. This lake is popular for the aquamarine blue color, the Lake change the color according to the ambient light. Then return from the Lake we explore around Ringmo. In the village of Ringmo we can explore around the Monastery and interact with local people. Stay overnight at Camp.

Today the trail is easy and downhill to the Chepka. In Chepka we can find many important medicinal minerals. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta. Stay overnight at Shyanta.

Early in the morning, we slowly walk uphill to the Jhupal via Sulighat. On the way to Juphal we lead through tall birch tree and beautiful views of mountains. In the afternoon we finally reach Jhupal. Reaching at Jhupal we explore around the busy market. Stay overnight at Jhupal.

We will have an early morning flight to Nepalgunj. Then reaching at Nepalgunj we have breakfast and return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival at Kathmandu we transfer to the hotel and in the evening you are free for shopping. Stay overnight at hotel.

According to your flight time, we will take you to the Airport for your flight ahead.

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