Lower Dolpo Trek

19 Days 18 Nights
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Situated in the remote western region of Nepal, Lower Dolpo Trek offers the visitors with the incredible experience of the beautiful site of Shey Phoksundo Lake. The main attraction of this trekking journey is Phoksundo Lake and the route passes through the hidden and remote trekking trails. This area is inhabited by the Buddhist and Bon Po communities who were originated from the Tibet and they have a very unique Tibetan lifestyle. The trek provides us with the life experience in the isolated mountains which almost resembles the highlands of the Tibet.

Our Journey to Lower Dolpo region starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal which is also our starting point of the trek. Trekking to Dunai and further ahead, we reach Laini Odar. Continuing on the trail, we head to Toltol and then to Dho Tarap. After a brief stop in the village, the trek proceeds to Numa La Base Camp and also crosses Numa La Pass (5310m). Relishing a panorama of Annapurna and Chure Nimal range, we make way to Temche crossing another high altitude pass, Baga La Pass (5170m) on the way. Trek to Ringmo Gaon offers insight into Bon religion and then the exploration of the majestic Phoksundo Lake awaits us. From here, the trek descends and reaches Juphal from where a flight takes us to Nepalgunj and another one takes us to Kathmandu. An average level of fitness will be required for the trekkers to accomplish this trekking journey. Lower Dolpo region not only conserves its natural beauty but it is also conserving the spiritual tenderness of the Tibetan culture. The wide variety of flora and faunas thriving in the Shey Phoksundo National Park is also a treat to nature lovers.

Alpine Adventure Team is a company driven to provide the best of services related to travel and tourism in Nepal. We have been offering high-quality services for many years since our establishment. With great accommodation and transportation services along with experienced guides and porters add a sense of safety to the trek.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will escort you to the designated hotel for rest. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner organized by our company in Nepali cuisine. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Permits Procedure
Today, we will arrange the required papers for the permit. If possible we request you to come to the office where we will brief you about the trek and we will do a short introduction program. Our trekking guide will tell us about the required equipment and the papers we will need for the permit. On returning to the hotel we will pack our required luggage with us. Stay overnight at the hotel in Thamel

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Transfer to hotel
We will take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj which is situated on the western side of Nepal and is very close to the Indian border. On reaching Nepalgunj, we will check in the hotel and take some rest. In the evening we can walk along around markets of Nepalgunj. Overnight stay at Nepalgunj.

Day 4: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek to Dunai (2150 m)
After having our breakfast, we will catch a flight to Juphal. It is a small and beautiful town situated at the foothills of the mountains. The town offers us with panoramic mountain views. From Juphal we will trek to Dunai, the same day. We will continue to walk along the terraced fields which pass through the bank of the Bheri River to reach Dunai. Overnight stay at Dunai.

Day 5: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot 2540m, 5-6 hrs
Today, we will trek toward the southern bank of Bheri River which heads upstream. We will cross many villages, local suspension bridges over the river and many dense and isolated forests on our way. We will also cross a beautiful gorge and continue to walk until we will reach the beautiful village of Tarakot. Overnight stay at Tarakot.

Day 6: Trek from Tarakot to Laini Odar 3375m, 4-5 hrs
Our trail continues along the southern bank of Bheri River that finally opens out to a wide and large valley. From here, we will continue our trek along the eastern side of Bharbung Khola which will take us to Laisicap. We will continue to walk along the bank of Tarpa Khola which will lead us to Khanigaon and then we make our final ascent to Laini Odar. Overnight stay at Laini Odar.

Day 7: Trek from Laini Odar to Nawarpani
Leaving the beautiful Laini Odar, we will follow the trail along the deep gorge of Tarpa River. Ascending along the steep climbs along the rocky ridges will take us to Chhyugar. From here, a couple of hours’ trek will take us to Toltol which is the settlement area of upper Dolpo during winter. Overnight stay at Toltol.

Day 8: Trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap 3950 m 6-7 hrs
Today we have to head toward Dho Tarap. The trail continues along the riverside of Tarap Khola and then ascends steeply to the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Ascending further, we will leave the tree line and enter the forested area of pines and oak which finally opens out to the beautiful village of Dho Tarap. Overnight stay at Dho Tarap.

Day 9: Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Today, we will take a day off to acclimatize to the thinning of the air at this altitude. We will explore the village and visit the monasteries. The village is surrounded by the stone walls and is a trading point for the traders from Mustang and Tibet. Overnight stay at Dho Tarap.

Day 10: Trek from Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp 4350 m 4-5 hrs
Today, our destination will be Numa La Base Camp. Our trail mostly passes through the ban of Tarap Chu River and then ascends uphill to Tokyu. We can see the old-fashioned wooden houses at this place with few populations. From Tokyu, we will steeply ascend further until we will reach a suspension bridge over the river leading us to the Khanger and further ahead until we reach Numa La Base Camp. Overnight stay at Numa La Base Camp.

Day 11: Numa La Pass to Danighar 4510m via Numa La Pass 5310m 6-7 hrs
Leaving the beautiful Numa La Base Camp we will head towards Numa La Pass which will be more adventurous and challenging as well. We will ascend along the rough rocky ridgeline of the endless ridges. The trail will be very challenging we need to be slow and careful. On reaching the top, we will be rewarded with beautiful views of the mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Chure Himal Range along with Norbung Kang (6085m). Enjoying the beautiful mountain views we will descend to Danighar. Overnight stay at Danighar.

Day 12: Trek from Danighar to Temche 4000m via Baga La Pass 5170 m 5-6 hrs
Today we will climb another pass named as Baga La Pass. From there, we will further ascend along the rocky ridges enjoying the views of Chortens and Mani walls. On reaching the top, we can see the mesmerizing views of the mountains and the Phoksundo Lake. Enjoying the views and capturing the moments in our camera we will descend back Temche crossing the frozen streams on the way. Overnight stay at Temche.

Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Phoksundo 3600m
Initially, we will follow the descending trail to Yak Kharka from Temche and then we will ascend along the dense forests of oak rhododendron, pine, and birch to the village of Ringmo Gaon. It is a famous Bon settlement. We will cross beautiful waterfalls, forests, and few settlements before reaching Ringmo Gaon. A short walk from Ringmo Gaon will take us to the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. Overnight stay at Phoksundo.

Day 14: Explore around Phoksundo Lake
Today, we will utilize this day to explore the Ringmo Gaon and the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. We will visit the famous Bon Monastery which supposed to be built over 900 years ago. The beautiful monastery has many preserved Tibetan culture. We will hike to Nepal’s deepest Lake Phoksundo Lake. We will also enjoy the views of a few glaciers situated just above the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight stay at Phoksundo.

Day 15: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka 6 hrs
We will walk along the river side and ascend steeply above a hill from where we can see the last glimpse of the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. From here, we will steeply descend to Chunuwar and then we will walk past the forested landscapes, sometimes climbing uphill and sometimes descending, taking us to our final destination of Chhepka. Overnight stay at Chhepka.

Day 16: Trek from Chhepka to Juphal 6 hrs
Today, it will be our last day of trekking we will cross many villages like Shyanta and Kageni. The descending trail along the forested landscapes we will reach the checkpoint of Shey Phoksundo National Park from where we will cross the suspension bridges over Dhim Khola and then we will head towards Juphal. The trail mostly passes through the narrow fields of barley and rice. Overnight stay at Juphal.

Day 17: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj we will take the next flight to Kathmandu. A scenic flight over the mesmerizing landscapes will take us to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening we will arrange the photos and take rest. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Buffer day for flight delay and cancellation due to bad weather
This day is sanctioned as a buffer day in case the trek schedule gets disturbed due to any adverse weather conditions. If the trek is interrupted, this day covers them and allows the trekkers to stay on the routine.

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
The beautiful trip to Nepal comes to an end today. We hope you have a beautiful time in Nepal. Our representative will come to your hotel and drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. We wish you a safe travel.


Cost Details

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 5 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
* Round trip domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Tented accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All camping equipment (Tents, Mattresses and Kitchen Utensils).
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit.
* Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

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