- Trip Duration : 16 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 5200 m
- Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
- Season : April-October
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Lower Dolpo Trek
The trek lies in far western part of Nepal where only few tourists have visited. The area is remote and physically hard because of high passes. The area offers the deepest lake "Phokshendu" and biggest water fall " Suligard" of Nepal together with spectacular landscape, villages and perfect mountain views.
Dolpo region is still one of the off the beaten trek due to its remoteness and gives you the life time experience. Being one of the strenuous trek with some steep up and down hill crossing over two high passes of numala 5318m and Bag la of 5190m , variation of landscapes from green pasture to barren rocks, Nepal`s deepest lake "Phoksundo "famous for its magnificent turquoise color, spectacular mountain views, small authentic Tibetan villages and its spiritual tradition makes it one of the worth places to visit in the high Himlayas.
|Day 01 :||Kathmandu fly to Nepalgunj|
|Day 02 :||Fly from Nepalgunj to juphal (2353 m) & Trek to Dunai (2150 m)|
|Day 03 :||Trek to Tarakot (2540 m)|
|Day 04 :||Trek to Laina (3370 m)|
|Day 05 :||Trek to Nawarpani (3475 m)|
|Day 06 :||Trek to Dho Tarap (4040 m)|
|Day 07 :||Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization|
|Day 08 :||Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440 m)|
|Day 09 :||Trek to Danigar (5318 m) via cross Numa La (4512 m)|
|Day 10 :||Trek to Yak Kharka (3860 m) via Baga La (Pass) (5190 m)|
|Day 11 :||Trek to Ringmo (3641 m)|
|Day 12 :||Rest Day and explore Phoksundo Lake|
|Day 13 :||Trek to Reche (3011 m)|
|Day 14 :||Trek to Chekpa (2678 m)|
|Day 15 :||Trek to Juphal (2475 m)|
|Day 16 :||Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj|
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Attend a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung which is the south west lowland of Nepal close to the Indian boarder. The city is extremely hot during summer. Explore the city on man pulling rikshaw or take a horse cart and stay overnight.
Flight time: 1hour
Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal & trek to Dunai
Another short scenic flight from Nepalgunj allows you to land in a small mountain village of Juphal. From juphal we walk down hill through fields to thulu Bheri river and follow the river to Dunai. Dunai is a large village and district headquarter of Dolpa and a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu culture. You could visit to monastery which is situated just the other side of the river.
Flight time: 45 minutes
Trekking Time: 2-3 hrs
Height: Juphal 2353m, Dunai 2150m
Day 03: Trek to Tarakot
We pursue the riverbed and walk gradually up hill and down hill through cliff to byasgad a Buddhist village and following the river and rocky trail we arrive at Tarakot a small village with thatched roofs.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Tarakot 2540m
Day 04: Trek to Laina
Following the river we star out trek gradually going up hill passing some mani walls. The trails climbs high above the thuli bhere and after cross the bridge we arrive at laisa and from here we climb steep up hill through pine forest to our camp site laina.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Laini 3370 m
Day 05: Trek to Nawarpani
We continue our trail up hill through forest, following the river upward we arrive at Nawarpani.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Dho Tarap
We follow the narrow river valley up to sisual leaving the tree line beneath us overlooking the hug rocks towering above us with chances to see blue sheep. After sisual the valley widens with dry landscape. We continue following the river site passing through mane walls and chortens we arrive at Dho Tarap and stay near by the river.
Trekking Time: 8 hrs
Day 07: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
No more physical stress today. We will visit Gompa nearby; take a village tour to get to see their culture and life. People from Dho Tarap are distinct in terms of attire, lifestyle and dialects.
Day 8: Trek to Numa La Base Camp
After spending wonderful time in Dho tarap we start our gradual climb again passing by crystal mountain school educating children from surrounding villages. We could check out the school and continue our walk passing through another village of Tokyu situated at the height of 4240 m with a beautiful monastery. We explore the monastery and continue our uphill to our camp at numala Base camp and get ready for our high pass of 5318m the next day.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Height: Numa La Base Camp 4440m
DAY 9: Trek to Danigar via Cross Numa La
This day definitely will test your guts and patience as we have steep climb for about 4 hrs to the pass. The hard work definitely pays off. From the pass you could have stunning view over the Himalaya including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, kanjirowa and many more. After filling up camera with superb Himalayan range we have steep down hill waiting for us for about an hour and we continue gradual up hill to our camp site.
Trekking Time: 7 hrs
Height: Numa La 5318m, Danigar 4512
DAY 10: Trek to Yak Kharka via Baga La (pass)
Another hard day of the trek with steep uphill and zigzag climb bring us to the baga la 5190m pass which will greet us with stunning view over the kanjirowa range and its surroundings. After the pass it steep down hill walk through rocks and as soon as we start loosing the height the greenery turn up again. We will camp at a beautiful place of yak kharka overlooking the kanjirowa mountain.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Height: Baga La 5190m, Yak Kharka 3860m
Day 11: Trek to Ringmo
Today is a short walking day. We have uphill and down hill walk waiting for us through forest and meadows. Just before reaching Ringmo we cross phoksindo river and a short climb takes us to Ringmo village which lies on the shore of phoksundo lake. The lake is Nepal`s deepest and second largest lake and famous for its magnificent turquoise color and the spectacular scenery. The water is crystal clear and steep cliffs and mountains surrounds the lake.
Trekking Time: 3-4 hrs
Height: Ringmo 3641m
Day 12: Rest Day and explore Phoksundo Lake
Nothing could be better than this when you sit next to Phoksundo Lake and contemplate. The blues surface of the lake resembles heaven when it reflects the white clouds and mountains. It also makes us realize our state being in remote landscapes when some yak caravans pass by. Then we visit a centuries old monastery in Ringmo village.
Day 13: Trek to Reche
An easy downhill walk through the mix forests of Pine, Juniper and birch to Reche.
Trekking Time: 4 hrs
Height: Reche 3011 m
Day 14: Trek to Chekpa
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Height: Chepka 2678m
Day 15: Trek to Juphal
We have downhill walk through the forest and few villages. Follow the Suligad khola and cross the Thuli Beri river and climb to Juphal passing farm yards and villages.
Trekking Time: 7 hrs
Height: Juphal 2475m
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj and further to Kathmandu.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)