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Lower Dolpo Trek - 20 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Min person: 2
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About Trip:

This exciting trek gets away from the main tourist areas to an isolated and starkly beautiful region. The challenging journey, off the beaten path is rarely visited by tourists and full of adventure. If you are looking for an exceptional experience with charming natural beauty and cultural insight then this trek is for you! The Dolpo Region was opened to trekkers in 1989, but few people have witnessed its timeless way of life and the culture retains its mystique.Some people compare the land and culture to Tibet before the Chinese arrived in the 1950s, and because it is remote and requires special permits, a limited number of tourists visit Dolpo.

The journey starts with a scenic flight to Jhupal, in Lower Dolpo. We then begin our trek, which passes through rich forests and visits magnificent villages with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Churen, Kanjiroba, the Annapurnas and Nilgiri peaks and more. A main attraction of this journey is Phoksundo Lake and its nearby waterfalls and the regal village of Ringmo. We will have many breathtaking viewpoints of the Himalayan landscape as we cross remote mountain passes of Kagmara La 5115 m/16770 ft, Baga La 5190 m/17015 ft and Numa La at 5159 m/16915 ft and visit scenic villages. Dolpo is bordered by the Tibetan plateau to the north, and has long maintained trade with its northern neighbor. The residents of the region share many similarities with Tibetans with their Buddhist culture and a lifestyle influenced by the Bon religion that predates many of the modern practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

We also have the opportunity to observe a wide array of plants and wildlife, notably the Blue Sheep. Snow leopards are known to prey on them but are quite a rare sight. The Snow Leopard, a book by Peter Matthiessen dramatically recounts his experiences in the Dolpo.
Lower Dolpo is a camping trek,and we will have porters to carry supplies, a dining tent, sleeping tent and more for your comfort. The Himalaya Hikes chef will make delicious meals and the camp will be a warm place to reminisce about of the day’s highlights over food and drink, under the heavenly stars.
There are many choices for more trekking in the Dolpo and Mustang areas if you would like to extend your travels, just let us know and we will arrange according to your schedule!

We have fixed departures and custom treks that can be arranged any day to suit your needs and schedule. Himalaya Hikes looks forward to guiding you into the spectacular Dolpo Region and the most breathtaking scenery in Nepal!

Trip Highlights

  •  A land of mystery, scenery and peace
  • Natural embodiment of high passes, rare flora and fauna and sweeping vistas
  • A true sense of walking in the true wilderness
  • Well preserved eco system of plants and wildlife

Outline itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)

Day 2:Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Day 3:Kathmandu to Nepalganj (160 m /533 ft)

Day 4:Fly to Juphal (2500 m/ 8,330 ft), Trek to Dunai(2030 m/6770 ft) 3 hours

Day 5:Trek to Chepka(2670m/8900 ft)

Day 6:Trek to Renje(3010 m/10035 ft)

Day 7:Trek to Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake (3730 m/12435 ft)

Day 8:Rest and Exploration Day

Day 9:Trek to Baga La Phedi(4080m/13,382ft)

Day 10:Cross Baga La (5070m/16630 ft)to Numa La Phedi (4465m/14,645 ft)

Day 11:Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft)& trek to Do (4,090m/13,415ft)

Day 12:Rest and Exploration at Dho-Tarap

Day 13:Trek to Nawarpani (3,590 m/11,970ft)

Day 14:Trek to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft)

Day 15:Trek to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft)

Day 16:Trek to Dunai

Day 17:Trek to Juphal

Day 18:Fly Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj Advisory: In some circumstances, flights to and from Nepalgunj might be delayed for a few hours to a day or more because of poor weather. We therefore recommend scheduling extra time in Kathmandu, and if all goes well

Day 19:Free day in Kathmandu

Day 20:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home

Cost Includes:

    • Fully Organized Camping Trek (FOT) with all meals and drinks (Tea and hot water) included.
    • All ground transfers as per Itinerary.
    • Expert HH trek leader, English speaking local guide, Sherpas and porters.
    • TIMS card and ACAP fees.
    • Restricted area permit fees
    • Domestic airfares
    • 4 nights’ accommodation at 4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
    • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
    • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
    • Foods and Insurance for all staff & porters.
    • Staffs wages, allowances and their salaries.
    • Himalaya Hikes Kit bag and shirt, City map, 4 seasonal sleeping bag and dawn jacket. Sleeping bag and dawn jacket are to be returned after the completion of trip.
    • Service Charges.
    • A comprehensive medical kit.
    • Rescue arrangements.
    • All government and local taxes.
    • International flight re-confirmation.

     

Cost Excludes:

    • International flight & departure tax.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (early arrival or late arrival, early return from the trek or tours).
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
    • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, clients insurance.
    • Extra baggage charge

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)

Day 2Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Day 3Kathmandu to Nepalganj (160 m /533 ft)

Day 4Fly to Juphal (2500 m/ 8,330 ft), Trek to Dunai(2030 m/6770 ft) 3 hours

Day 5Trek to Chepka(2670m/8900 ft)

Day 6Trek to Renje(3010 m/10035 ft)

Day 7Trek to Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake (3730 m/12435 ft)

Day 8Rest and Exploration Day

Day 9Trek to Baga La Phedi(4080m/13,382ft)

Day 10Cross Baga La (5070m/16630 ft)to Numa La Phedi (4465m/14,645 ft)

Day 11Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft)& trek to Do (4,090m/13,415ft)

Day 12Rest and Exploration at Dho-Tarap

Day 13Trek to Nawarpani (3,590 m/11,970ft)

Day 14Trek to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft)

Day 15Trek to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft)

Day 16Trek to Dunai

Day 17Trek to Juphal

Day 18Fly Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj Advisory: In some circumstances, flights to and from Nepalgunj might be delayed for a few hours to a day or more because of poor weather. We therefore recommend scheduling extra time in Kathmandu, and if all goes well

Day 19Free day in Kathmandu

Day 20Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
02 June, 2018 21 June, 2018 Contacts Guaranteed Book Now

Equipments List

You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Trek.

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers and pants
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproofs
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Thermal gloves
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Daypack 30 Ltr. (approximately 1800 to 2000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Water bottles
  • Deodorants
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, Tooth brush/paste etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group may snore)
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Reading book & note book
  • Walkman
  • Swimming customs (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu, when you come back from Trek

 

The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.

  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag rated to - 10 degrees
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag

Trip Note

The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.

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