Lower Dolpo Trekking
Destination: Lower Dolpo
Duration: 18 days
Type: tea house trek
Activities: sightseeing and high altitude climbing
Max altitude: 4465 m
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trek
Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu
- Detail Itinerary
- Cost Details
- Check list
- Altitude Map
Lower Dolpo trekking is idyllic trek for those who wish to trek through off the beaten trail seeking adventure. Lower Dolpo region lies in the north of the Dhaulagiri range just below Tibetan plateau. This region holds the age old rich culture and tradition of Tibetan people and the pristine landscape. The region partly falls on the rain shadow side so inhibits semi- arid desert vegetation. Lower Dolpo trekking trail passes through Shey Phoksundo National Park region which is the largest National Park in Nepal and one of the most scenic mountain park in the world.
The park conserves rich diversity of flora and fauna with some endangered species like Himalayan thar, Snow leopard, blue sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, 29 species of butterfly, 200 species of birds like wood snipe, crimson eared rose finch, Tibetan partridge and many more. The turquoise lake Phoksundo (3,733 m.)- one of the highest altitude lake is yet another major attraction of the trekking. People in this region rare livestock for food and wool, do subsistence farming of buck wheat, potatoes, barley, mustard and beans for their living and they barter salt with wool.
Like other trekking Lower Dolpo region trekking starts with a scenario flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Juphal. From there you will trek all the way through lush forests of Juniper and pine, Birch and Hemlock, cross deep gorge, suspension bridge, isolated villages, cross high passes, visit monasteries, up to the spectacular Tibetan landscape. Turquoise lake Phoksundo and high altitude Himalaya range of Dhaulagiri and Tibetan plateau surrounded with blue sky on the backdrop is incredible. The caravan of Yak of the Tibetan traders passing by the narrow gully as shown in the Oscar nominated film “Caravan” and the lifestyle of these Tibetan people touches heart of people. Life is not easy at that height with in inaccessibility, remoteness but the charm of people and smile on their face teaches thousand lesson of life. When you return back from the trek you will certainly carry some positive vibes towards incredible life.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400 m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing day.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m): 1 hour.
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2320 m) for 25 minutes, trek 3 hours to Dunai (2850 m).
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot 2830 m): 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2543 m): 5-6 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3450 m): 4-5 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (4090 m): 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Rest day.
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base camp (4440 m): 6-7 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Baga la Phedi (4465 m): 6-7 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Dajok Tang (4080 m): 6 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600 m): 3-4 hours.
Day 14: Rest day.
Day 15: Trek to Shayanta (2520 m): 5-6 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal (2320 m): 5-6 hours.
Day 17: Fly Jhupal to Nepalgunj for 25 minuts and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu for 1 hour.
Day 18: Farewell friends.
When you travel to the new place for your holiday, food is most concern part of travel. While, traveling with Yarsa treks, you can experience the delightful cuisine of typical Nepali food, continental food, Italian food, Chinese food and different international cuisine. You will be suggested by your guide for good food during your trip. During the trek do not order many dishes and waste food, they have to cater more trekkers before they run off stuck. It is very hard and takes week or more for caravan and porter to brings the food in these places. You will take lunch in route side, breakfast and dinner will arrange in the same lodge/Tea house.
During the trek you can get the bottled water but it is hard to dispose plastic and it will be the big problem for environment. We will provide purified mineral water during trek. In tea house you can get bottle water and mineral water in additional cost. It will better to drink mineral water rather than bottled water.
We provide you best touristic hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara with best location. During the trek tea house is main accommodation for trekkers. A tea house is combination of lodge and restaurant. In the tea house lodge are fairly basic, some tea house you can get separate room but in the high altitude rooms are spare with two beds with blanket and little additional furniture. There will be large dining room where you can get the warm by Bukhara stove. In the tea house there will be the solar electricity but these days most of the tea houses have electricity for charge Camera, Mobile phones and other small appliances.
Things to take:
This is very active trip we can’t stay in same place. You can take very light and necessary things. You will get porter he will carry 30 kg it means 2 trekkers=1 porter. Porters are allowed to carry 30 kg of your stuff. Porter will carry your necessary stuff in duffel bag.
Altitude Map & Route Map:
Yarsa Treks will provide you complete route map and altitude map. At the end of the trip we will provide you Yarsa Treks T-shirt for the memory of trekking with us.
Health & Fitness:
These treks are some of moderate and some of strenuous, passionate trekkers should have ability to walk for 4-7 hours a day. Trekking to the high altitude is more challenging than the low altitude. To complete the trip we have good health, average physical fitness, passionate, confidence, determination and positive attitude. If you have past hiking experience or exercising habits it will be the better for your trek. If you have pre-existing health problem such as lung, heart and other diseases it is better to consult with your doctor or inform Yarsa treks before booking the trip.
Suitable Time to Trek:
For Trekking to the high altitude we should concern about the weather condition. Autumn (Sept-Nov) and spring (March-May) is the best season for trekking in Himalayas. Trekking in summer and Monsoon (June-Aug) is affected by rain. You can also trek in winter but tempters could be most harsh for most trekkers.
Check available start date in our site and for cost please contact us for your departure date.
If you’re confused to pack up your necessary things just see in the check list tab. Bring light and necessary things. You will need medium size bag to carry your daily usable stuff. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the trek.
Note: We can customize trip as possible client’s time frame. We are delighted to take you Himalayan region according to the itinerary.
Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,400 m).
Welcome to Kathmandu (1,400 m). Upon your arrival we assist you from airport to our hotel. In the evening we arrange you welcome dinner with cultural shows and rest overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
Today we provide you a half day Kathmandu valley sightseeing. We will visit UNESCO world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath, Darbar squares and then we prepare for the trek. Rest overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly for Nepalgunj (150 m).
Today morning we take scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. After 1hour flight we will be west part of Terai region. Nepaljung city lies near the border of Nepal and India. We will visit the local market, see mini zoo and observe cultural diverse. After exploring around city we will take rest and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2,320 m) and then trek to Dunai (2,850 m).
Today we fly 45 minutes from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and trek for 2-3hours all the way to Dunai (2,850 m). from flight we can see the view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. After reaching Jhupal first we will meet our local crew (local guide and porter) and start trek through terrace field along the Bheri river narrow gorge. Next we will be Dunai; which is administrative headquarter of Dolpa region. Explore the village and rest overnight.
Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,830 m).
Today we trek for 5-6hours all the way to Tarakot (2,850 m). we start trail beside the tremendous gorge of Bheri River with the pine forest. Next we cross cross the terraced field then Tarakot is ready to welcome us. Explore around village and overnight.
Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Khanigaon (2,543 m).
Today we trek for 5-6hours all the way to Khani Gaon (2,543 m). We walk gorge of the river, ascend through beautiful forest and fallow trail to village of Lalberi. Next, after few walk we will reach Khanigaon. Rest and overnight.
Day 07: Trek from Khanigaon to Tarap Khola (3,450 m).
Today we trek for 4-5hours all the way to Tarap Khola (3,450 m). On the way to Tarap Khola sometimes bridge are damage so we may force to cross icy water by foot. We pass through narrow gorge along the river then we will reach Tarap Khola. Explore around and rest overnight.
Day 08: Trek from Tarap Khola to Dho Tarap (4,090 m).
Today we trek for 5-6hours all the way to Dho Tarap (4,090m). We fallow stream of Tarap Chu and lang Khola. on the way we can see blue sheep, dry Himalayan valley Overnight at camp and juniper bush and wild rose. Next we ascend from gorge of the wide valley to reach Dho Tarap and rest overnight at Dho Tarap.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dho Tarap.
Today we take rest and acclimatization our body to intimate with altitude. Dho word came from Tibetan language; it means “end of the valley”. Dho Tarap is surrounded by stone wall and here are 40 houses are divided into three cluster built in a haphazard way and inhibated by Magers and Tibetan. We can visit local Gompa and monastery. Prepare for tomorrow trip and rest overnight.
Day 10: Trek from Dho Tarap to Numa La base camp (4,440 m).
Today early morning trek to Numa La base camp walking for (6-7hours). Trail continues to upper Tarap valley and walk to plain valley. On the way we can see lush grass on both sides of river and track lead us to Tarap Chu valley; which is vast plain in mountain. After few hours we will reach Tokyu and visit monastery. Next we climb rough track almost 3hours to reach Namu La base camp (4,440 m) and rest overnight.
Day 11: Trek from Namu la base camp to Baga La phedi (4,465 m) via Namu La pass (5,190 m).
Today after short brief and breakfast we start cross Numa La (5,190 m) walking for (6-7hours), to reach Baga La Phedi. We climb all the way to the top of the ridge to Numa La with great view of valley, beautiful landscape, Barren Mountain and view of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). Next trail descend to Baga la phedi (4465 m). Rest and overnight at Phedi.
Day 12: Trek from Baga phedi to Dajok Tang (4,080 m) via Baga la (5,070 m).
Today we trek from Phedi and Cross Baga La (5,070 m)walking for 6 hours to reach Dajok (4,080 m). We start climb ridge to reach top of Baga la pass (5,070 m). Here we can get the view of surrounding landscape, and snow caped peaks of Kanjirowa himal. Next we descend from top it takes almost 3hour to reach Dajok Tang. Rest overnight.
Day 13: Trek from Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600 m).
Today we trek for 3-4hours all the way to Ringmo (3,600 m). we start trek in the morning through pine forest, after crossing the forest we leave vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way. After some ascend and descend we will reach Ringmo; this is the village near the Phoksundo Lake. Rest and overnight.
Day 14: Acclimatization day in Phoksundo Lake.
Today we hike around Phoksundo Lake which covers 494 hectors, visit Chholing Gompa, see the waterfall which is 200 m long, hike to hill to see green blue water of Phoksundo lake and explore the Ringmo village and culture of inhabitant. Rest and overnight.
Day 15: Trek from Phoksundo to Shayanta (2,520 m).
Today we trek (6-7hours) to Shayanta (2,520 m.) down through Chepaka and trail fallows through the massive overhanging rock. This trail is rich in important medical minerals; believed that cure almost everything in this area. Next, after few hours walk lead us to Shayanta (2,520 m) and overnight.
Day 16: Trek from Shayanata to Jhupal (2,320 m).
Today we trek (5-6hours) to Jhupal through Sulighat. In this route trail surrounded by birch trees and climb to the ridge and get the view of the mountains above us and Jhupal village to the below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. Overnight at Jhupal.
Day 17: Fly Jhupal (2,320 m) - Nepalgunj (150 M) - Kathmandu (1,400 m).
Today early morning after breakfast we fly 25 minutes from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. We will wait for connecting flight to Kathmandu. After reach Kathmandu there will be celebration on completion of your journey and rest overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Farewell friends.
Today we assist you to international airport for your departure to home. There will be small farewell program before your departure.
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers.
- All accommodation with breakfast at Tourist standard HOTEL in Kathmandu.
- All Trekking permits.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- All national transportation fee.
- First aid medical kit
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Extra food and beverage charge.
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Personal trekking equipment’s
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
- Emergency rescue charge.
This list of equipment will help you to bag pack for your trip. You can check the list while packing your bags. These lists may require vary or little according to the season and your trekking duration. The weight is limit for 15 kg (33 pounds), we suggest you to carry only the valuable things. Your luggage will be carry by porter but you require carrying bag pack with important and valuable things on your own.
1. Valid Passport, 2 passport size photos
2. Airlines tickets
3. Separate photo copy of your passport
4. Visa form (easily access in Nepal airport)
5. Insurance paper
6. Cash/credit card/ATM/Machine card for withdraw, checks
1. Sunhat or Scarf
2. Light balaclava or fleece hat
4. Head torch
Upper Body Wear:
1. Cotton T-shirt or thermals
2. Fleece Jacket
3. Down Jacket
Lower Body Wear:
1. Light weight cotton pant
2. Water proof pant
3. Hiking trouser or woolen trousers
2. Light weight fleece gloves
1. Thin inner socks
2. Thick warm wool socks
3. Comfortable hiking Boots
1. Sleeping bag
2. Trekking Bag/Duffel Bag
3. Large plastic Bag (for keeping things dry inside trek Bag)
4. Trekking poles (optional)
5. Water Bottle or Camel Bag etc.
1. Water purification tablets or filter
2. Anti-altitude sickness pills
3. Anti headache pills
4. Stomach antibiotic
5. Skin-blaster repair kit
6. Cold pills
7. First aid tapes and plasters
8. According to health prescription
1. Tissue/Wet wipes/Toilet roll
2. Anti Bacterial hand wash
1. Quick dry Towel
2. Toothbrush and paste
3. Multipurpose soap
4. Face and body moisturizer
5. Female Huygens product
1. Guide Book
2. Diary and pen
4. Voltage converter
5. Plug adapter
6. Cigarette lighter and Match box
7. Campus and Gps (optional)
8. Small alarm clock
9. Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
10. Small folding Knife etc.