Lower Dolpo Trek - 17 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 2590 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Lodge + Camping
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
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About Trip:

The Lower Dolpo Trek offers up a chance to join Nepal Trekking Experts on a trek through one of the most remote regions of Nepal. Located in the northwest, the journey begins with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalguni, then a further 30 minute flight to Juphal, the starting point for the trek.

Lower Dolpo is a region of dramatic landscapes and culture far different to that which the majority of experienced trekkers might be familiar with in other parts of the country. The Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow of the towering mass of  Dhaulagiri (8167m), resulting in a semi-arid and remote region that’s inextricably linked to Tibetan culture and well-preserved against the encroachment of the outside world, with local practices and beliefs that seem like echoes to a distant past, including some of the purest forms of Buddhism. The whole region is said to have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche during the 8th century and has long been a refuge for devout Buddhist in troubled times.

In addition to the intriguing insights of the local culture the Lower Dolpo Trek opens up a plethora of opportunities to observe some of Nepal’s most unique animals, including species endemic to the region such as blue sheep, various types of deer, mountain goats, black bear, and the most elusive and legendary species of them all, the snow leopard.

Another of the trek's highlights is Shey-Phoksundo National Park, home to the spectacular Phoksundo Lake, a serene body of water surrounded by soaring cliffs that seems like a dreamy image from a fantasy novel.

The trek isn't only about stunning lakes and wildlife though. The breathtaking heights of not one but two high passes await trekkers willing to take on the trail's challenges, firstly Numa La at 5309 meters, then Bagala Pass a day later at 5169 meters.

So if the Lower Dolpo trek's many charms appeal why not contact Nepal Trekking Experts and let’s start planning for your adventure to the region? 

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight to Juphal
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park and its wide array of rare flora and fauna
  • The hypnotic beauty of  Phoksundo lake
  • A bastion of old world Tibetan culture locked away behind the barriers of Dhaulagiri
  • The high passes of  Bagala La  and Numa La

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Juphal via connected flight from Nepalgunj then drive to Dunai 2140m.

Day 04: Dunai to Tarakot (2540m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 05: Tarakot to Laina odar (3370m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 06: Laina Odar to Nawarpani (3780m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 07: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3944m, 7-8 hrs)

Day 08: Acclimatization day

Day 09: Dho Tarap to Numala basecamp (4440m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 10: Numa La to over Numa La pass 5309m then overnight at Danigar (4512m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 11: Danigar to Timche 3995m via Bagala Pass 5169m (5-6 hrs)

Day 12: Timche to Ringmogaun (3641m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 13: Explore stunning Phoksundo lake 3600m

Day 14: Ringmogaun to Chhepka (2678m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 15: Chhepka to Jhupal (2475m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Day 17: Join with different program or farewell

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Shey Phoksundo National Park, TIMS card, etc.
  • Return flights to and from Kathmandu — Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj — Juphal
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Tip to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just aguideline. If you are not satisfied then please feel free customize according your own taste and duration of holidays.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03Fly Kathmandu to Juphal via connected flight from Nepalgunj then drive to Dunai 2140m.

Day 04Dunai to Tarakot (2540m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 05Tarakot to Laina odar (3370m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 06Laina Odar to Nawarpani (3780m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 07Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3944m, 7-8 hrs)

Day 08Acclimatization day

Day 09Dho Tarap to Numala basecamp (4440m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 10Numa La to over Numa La pass 5309m then overnight at Danigar (4512m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 11Danigar to Timche 3995m via Bagala Pass 5169m (5-6 hrs)

Day 12Timche to Ringmogaun (3641m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 13Explore stunning Phoksundo lake 3600m

Day 14Ringmogaun to Chhepka (2678m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 15Chhepka to Jhupal (2475m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 16Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Day 17Join with different program or farewell

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
29 August, 2019 14 September, 2019 US $2590 Available
05 September, 2019 21 September, 2019 US $2590 Available
11 September, 2019 27 September, 2019 US $2590 Available
19 September, 2019 05 October, 2019 US $2590 Available
26 September, 2019 12 October, 2019 US $2590 Available
03 October, 2019 19 October, 2019 US $2590 Available
10 October, 2019 26 October, 2019 US $2590 Available
17 October, 2019 02 November, 2019 US $2590 Available
31 October, 2019 16 November, 2019 US $2590 Available
07 November, 2019 23 November, 2019 US $2590 Available
14 November, 2019 30 November, 2019 US $2590 Available
21 November, 2019 07 December, 2019 US $2590 Available

Useful Info

  • Respect the local culture.
  • Kindly ask permission before taking photos or videos of locals.
  • Manage your garbage for the sake of the environment.
  • Respect wildlife. Killing animals is totally prohibited.
  • For your own safety, always stay close to the walls when being passed by donkeys or porters on narrow trails.
  • Drink plenty of water each day. Dehydration can be one of the contributing causes to AMS.
  • Remain attuned to your body as it pertains to symptoms of altitude sickness and be honest with yourself.
  • Consider the enormous benefits to trekking with a local guide who's thoroughly familiar with the region.
  • Please recheck your trekking gears before begins trek
  • Bring your medical kit and personal insurance coverage during mountain
  • Good acclimatization is key of successful trip

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