Trip Highlights
  • Explore the unique beauty brought by remoteness
  • Experience the existence of rare wildlife such as Langur, Blue Sheep, Snow leopard etc.
  • Find out the authentic cultural way of life of the locals
  • Get stunned with the magical view of snow caped Kanjirowa peaks
  • Be awe struck with the gorgeous Shey Phoksundo lake
  • Majestic sights of the three high passes including the majestic Numa La (5360m), Baga La (5090m) and the Kagmara La (5115m).

Lower Dolpo Trekking marks its territory in its unique way where the charm meets the friendly people.

Lower Dolpo is a hidden gem filled with enormous wonders, sited in the western part of Nepal. The Lower Dolpo Trek takes you through the raw trails followed by the locals, making you encounter the unaltered authenticity of its culture and the lifestyle of its people. Mostly filled with the Tibetan population, this region is known for its ancient ‘Bon po’ religion followed by the communities. Trekking in Dolpo brings you a choice of two major treks; the Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo Trek. Both being situated in the beautiful Karnali region, they are still different in some aspects of their nature. Dolpo trekking  makes one closely explore the beauty of extreme remoteness. You will get to experience the nomadic life of the animal husbandry and the agriculture. The people here have a great spiritual wealth despite an extreme environment and lifestyles.

In these 24 days of Lower Dolpo trekking, one can truly enjoy the beauty of its rain-shadow areas and can indeed have an experience of a lifetime. This region is not only known for its wildlife but for being a hub for various medicinal plant species. This trek takes you through the uniquely beautiful villages, rocky paths and its wonderful wilderness leading all the way to the glorious Shey Phoksundo Lake. Being the deepest lake in the country at the altitude of 3,611.5 m, Shey Phoksundo leaves one in awe struck with its shining blue waters. Most areas of this region is covered by Shey Phoksundo national park, giving the remoteness a touch of wilderness with the presence of exceptional Wildlife like Himalayan musk deer, Snow leopard, Goral, Langur, Blue Sheep and many others. If the trek is undertaken in the summer, one can get the proper sights of caravans involving the yaks and the sheeps. Lower Dolpo Trek crosses over 3 major high passes named Kangmara La (5,115m), Numa la (5,159m) and Baga La (5,190m), all claiming their own unique wonders. Similarly, the major attraction of this region includes the ancient monasteries and the Tibetan Plateau show casing their part of exceptional beauties and their hidden depths. Lower Dolpo trek’s beauty is heightened by the gratifying view of snow covered Kanjirowa peaks. The beautiful existence of Knajirowa in this region has resulted in the visits of many travelers from different parts of the world. This trekking region is like a semi-desert with dry weather. These characters make this region unique among the rest.

Through this Lower Dolpo trek, you can experience the best of the whole Dolpo region within a numbered time. Trekking in Lower Dolpo gives the best company of nature with its magnificent mountain peaks and its delicately beautiful wildlife. You can witness the raw lifestyle of the locals and their unique cultures in a deeper way within a short period of their stay. You can take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, in order to officially begin this extraordinary adventure. This trek provides you with certain experiences which you have never known of before. Lower Dolpo is truly an authentic beauty which has still been kept away from the expanding modernization.

At Nepal Nomad trekking, you can meet our experienced climbing crew who were born and bred on rugged mountains. Our team includes all the members with the same goal to provide an amazing trekking experience. The reason why you should trust us and our trekkers is here. Join the venture now to any massive peaks and you will certainly be pleased with the journey.If you are searching for a specific or different mountains to climb then contact us at Nepal Nomad. We can give you tailor made itineraries that will be suitable according to your time for the listed peaks or any other peaks that may excite. We will be replying within 24 hours of your inquiry. We as a Team of Nepal Nomad promise you that you will have an amazing journey while we go through the paths and hardships.

Itinerary

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On the first day of your arrival in Kathmandu, you are welcomed with a lovely accommodation .Following; a pre-trek briefing will be scheduled on the trekking program alongside any last-minute arrangements shall be discussed. You will get familiar with the hike down the streets for its splendor. Later, in the evening you will be heading to an excellent Nepalese Cuisine dinner known for its healthy ingredients. Hence, the day is ended with your first overnight in the valley of Nepali people, its authenticity and culture.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

The day begins with an early breakfast with a guided trip to the capital city Kathmandu. The attractions in Kathmandu is sacred and historical where the landmarks estimated world heritage sites that includes the holy Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the ancient Durbar Square, the famous Monkey Temple and place of peace also known as Bodhnath. During afternoon we take a pre-trip preparation and discuss as well as get together with our trek guide and additional team members. Nepal nomad discusses on the topic of trek and we are welcomed to ask any inquiries concerning the journey. We stay overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

We take a flight of 45 minutes to Nepalgunj. This is situated between the Nepal- India borders and is one of the primary cities in the Mid-Western Region. Nepalgunj is also near to one of the renowned Bardia National Park. Amazing cities like Hetauda, Bharatpur, Butwal and Narayanghat can be visited during Nepalgunj visit.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Nepalgunj
  • Altitude: 150m

On day 4, we will fly to the Jumla which is at the altitude of the 2370m and hike to the Gothi Chaur 2700m. Out from the Nepalgunj we will trek towards the Jumla where we will pass the Chaudabise Khola and cross couples of villages and then precede our hike the maple forests and then descend down to the Gothi Chaur where we will stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Gothi Chaur
  • Altitude: 2700m

Today the hike will takes us to the Naphukana where we will track the Tila Khola which is the fields of various items like barley, potato, buckwheat. We will then cross the Chotra villages which is inclined towards the Tibetan Mani walls where we will come to reach the Tibetan villages where we will stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Naphukana
  • Altitude: 3080m

Out from the Naphukhana, the path slowly becomes steeper as we ascend towards the Mauri forests where we can get some cold majestic north and east peaks. After that we will then head downwards to the pine and oaks forest where we will ultimately reach at the Bheri village and after that we then reach at the Chaurikot where we will stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chaurikot
  • Altitude: 3060m

The path today takes us to the Bheri Riverside where we start with the Balasa village then descend as we reach into the lush forests of the trees of the walnut as we pass and then ultimately follow the rocky path as we head down to the Bheri Riverside where we will stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bheri riverside
  • Altitude: 2610m

Today we will follow the path with the west bank of the Bher River and cross over the Hurikot then we finally reach at the Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance where we preced out trek to the Jagdula Khola and the Garpung which connects to the Bheri River and the we will finally reach at the Garpung where will stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Garpung Khola
  • Altitude: 2900m

Today we will trek to the Kagmara where we continue our hike from the Garpung Khola we then ascend to the Kagmara Lake which is done for the adjustment as well as the acclimatization day where we will ascend more.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Kagmara
  • Altitude: 3500m

As we pass to the river’s eastern side we will follow the valley and the river. The path then takes us to the moraine below the Kagmara La. We are surrounded by the amazing peaks with the camp amidst the boulders where we trek to the Kagmara Phedi at the 4000m.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Altitude: 4000m

Today we start early morning and then head upward to the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La where we can get a rare sight of the beautiful blue sheep after descending for a while we will then reach at the Pungmo Lake Valley where we will spend our time.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Kagmara La
  • Altitude: 5115m

The path reaches to the forests of the juniper and birch where one will reach to the blue pine and then the one can relish the splendid sights of the Kanjiroba peaks where we reach the fortress village at the Pungmo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Pungmo
  • Altitude: 4060m

Today we will trek to the Phoksundo Lake which is a splendid lake where one gets to see the beautiful village and travel around before we go to the ancient monastery which is 900 year old where we will discover around and then descend around for a while. Phoksundo Lake is one of the sacred lakes for the Buddhists and is known for the beautiful sights of the scenery where one can see amazing glaciers up and above the lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Phoksundo Lake
  • Altitude: 3610m

Today we are surrounded by the beauty of the Phoksundo Lake with an amazing Kangmara peaks as well as the magnificent landscapes within the lake side as well as the beautiful Ringmo village. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Phoksundo Lake
  • Altitude: 3610m

Today we go for a walk at the morning where we take the path and ascend towards the Baga La which is at the altitude of 5090m then after 3 hours of the hike, we get to see an amazing sights of the Kagmara peaks and the Phoksundo Lake and descend down to the Bagla where we will stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bagala Phedi

Early morning we head to progressive path where we will pass over the Baga La which is at the altitude of 5169m where we climb for about 3 hours and then to the top we will get amaze sights of the Phoksundo and trek to the Numa La Phedi downhill at the altitude of about 4800m.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Numa La phedi
  • Altitude: 4800m

Today we trek to cross the Numa La which is another pass and one of the top adventures where we ascend for about three hours and then get interesting sights of the Dhaulagiri Mountain, we then head downhill to the Do which is at the altitude of 4100m where we stay for the time being.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Do
  • Altitude: 4100m

Today we acclimatize at the Do Village where we will rest and get ourselves adjusted well at the higher altitude and rest. We will also visit the monasteries where we will do some brief walks and then get to know our local culture well. We will stay for an overnight at the Do Tarap.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Do
  • Altitude: 4100m

Today we hike and head towards the Sandul Gompa where the monastery lies between the Tarap Chu River and the Barbung Khola where we will continue our trail and then head towards the rural village and the farm terraces where we will ascend and then descend and ultimately reach at the Lahini after 6-7 hours of walk where we will stay for an overnight at the Lahini.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lahini
  • Altitude: 3560m

Early morning we head and cross through the tiny village town where the rivers takes us to the Tarakot which is an ancient village with beautiful terraced farm fields. Tarakot village is mainly known for the old Sandul Gomba which is an ancient monastery where we will stay for an overnight nearby.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tarakot
  • Altitude: 2600m

Today is the ultimate day where which will takes us to the Dunai after an amazing time at the Tarakot. We then take a brief drive to the Jhupal where the morning initiates with the beautiful trails with up and down ascends and descends. We head towards to the ThuliBheri River for some lunch and finally from there the drive takes us to the Jhupal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dunai
  • Altitude: 2100m

At day 22, we will trek to the Juphal where we will retrace our magnificent sights to the village, forests and then the fields. Juphal is an amazing place where one will relish their mind. Juphal is at the altitude of 2500m and has many perks to travel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Juphal
  • Altitude: 2500m

In the first morning, we will trek fly from Juphal to the designation from the Nepalgunj and then to the Kathmandu where we will move to your hotel. We will relish some time at the hotel then to the Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

Today is the final day so you can relax until your departure or you can also initiate any supplementary trips or activities that you may have booked. In case of departure, you will be transferred to the international airport for fight back home.

  • Meals: Breakfast with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

What's Included

  • 3 night's accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Everything on meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal l flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and Trek Leader.
  • National Park entrance fees, trekking permits accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances included in trekking arrangements.
  • Basic first aid, Trek bag kit carried by your leader.
  • None of the single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.
  • Arrival Airport Pick and departure Drop.
  • Food (Kathmandu) - lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport Taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees.
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs.
  • Own Expenditure(Personal) , .all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing .water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.
  • Drinks or meals except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, Personal clothing and equipment, Travel insurance, Optional trips. Tipping in general for trek crew (driver, Trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected).
  • Charges sustained as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. Anything not specified in the Cost Includes section.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICE

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
31 Mar, 2020 - 23 Apr, 2020GuaranteedUS$3500

USEFUL INFORMATION

Experience Required:

A good level of fitness and experience of mountain walking is required for the lower Dolpo trekking. These tend to be longer treks with some more difficult days, some of which may involve walking at increased altitudes and more difficult terrain. Occasionally, there may be a longer day when negotiating the more challenging sections such as a mountain pass or viewing peak.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Prior to set off to lower Dolpo trekking, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu office on the 2nd day of your itinerary which starts in the evening during the dinner and introduce your trek Leader. It is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your lower Dolpo trekkingas well as introduce yourself to one another.

Equipment Check List:

The specified basic equipment’s check lists should help you with your packing. Remember to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should not weigh more than 20 kg.

Head:-

For the head protection: Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection.

Lower Body: -

Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light weight hiking thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants – Waterproof trekking trousers -

Feet: - lightweight thin inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes – Gaiters (optional)

Upper Body:-

As for the upper body’s shirts – Hiking and light weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket - Base layer shirts - Warm jacket (down)*

Hands: - gloves that are Lightweight - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.

Accessories:-

Sleeping bag (comfort rated –10ºC)*- Sleeping bag liner - Head torch with spare bulbs and batteries - Small pad or combination.

Trekking Bags: - Large bag for keeping items dry inside trek bag, Daypack 250 to 30litres. - Thermarest sleeping pad - Water bottles - Water purification tablets.

Basic First Aid Kit: - Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Toiletries:- 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste - Multipurpose soap - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine products - Small mirror - Wet wipes - toilet roll/Tissue Extras - Antibacterial hand wash

Luxuries - Binoculars - Reading book - Trip Map/Guide book - Trekking poles – Camera - Repair kit: needle, thread, duct tape.

A typical day:

At 6.30 am your Sherpa knocks on your door with a cup of good morning tea. Time for the Breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today's trekking hiking for the next three to four hours then at pleasant spot we shall stop for an hour along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Later, a walk another three hours or so before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. An asset can be pack of games to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it's time to bed for a well-deserved night.

Accommodation:

While at the lower Dolpo trekking, lodging options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! Nepal Nomad utilizes simplistic family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. Lodges are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Accommodations in the lower Dolpo trekkingtend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Regardless of the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Mountain people.

Insurance:

Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining lower Dolpo trekkingincludes that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.

Altitude Sickness:

Itinerary of the lower Dolpo trekkingis designed to ensure that there is plenty of times for adequate occurs as a result of acclimatization and cases of mountain sickness are rare. The common Symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Medical Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.

Meals:

On lower Dolpo trekking, three meals on full board basis will be provided (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian cousins). Every day dinner and breakfast will be placed and taken in the same lodge you spend over night but Lunch will be taken on your way to next village. Farewell dinner, breakfast and reception will be provided in Kathmandu.