Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo is a far remote region which lies behind the Dhaulagiri massif in the rain shadow Himalayas. Trekking to Lower Dolpo was permitted to foreigners only in 1989 as northern part of Dolpo is close to the Tibetan border. The entire Lower Dolpo is greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture, tradition and the people follow the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. The people are still dependant on agriculture, cattle raising and some are on trade. In summer, caravans of yaks loaded with consumer goods like salt, rice, barley are imported from Tibet.
Topographically, the northern part of Dolpo region is arid, cut off by a series of high passes, most of them remain closed by heavy snow in winter till early spring.
The other highlights of Lower Dolpo trekking is that you will walk through Shey-Phoksundo National Park, rugged canyons, barren landscapes and ultimately reach to a beautiful blue water Lake Phoksundo. This is the land where Oscar nominated movie- Caravan was shot by a famed international film director- Eric Valli and Thinley a character in the movie was chosen from Dolpo region.
While trekking to Lower Dolpo, you will walk through eye-catching green pastures to the blue water Phoksundo Lake, en route you will hear prayer flags fluttering in the air at the top of mountain pass. Despite off road trails and rugged topography journey to Lower Dolpo is a life time experience.
Peter Matthiessen's "The Snow Leopard" and David Snellgrove's "Himalayan Pilgrimage" have contributed to the mysticism and attraction of Dolpo region. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksumdo Lake, inner Dolpo. Lower Dolpo is the ultimate trekking destination for most trekkers.
The best season for Lower Dolpo trekking is from mid- February to first week of June and September to early December.

TRIP DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel. ( 1,350m)
Day 02: Trek preparation day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj & overnight stay at hotel
Day 04: Early morning fly to Juphal((2,490m) & trek to Dunai( 2150m)
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,600m)
Day 06: Trek to Laini (3,160m)
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3,545m)
Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,080m)
Day 09: Rest / Acclimatise / Explore at Dho Tarap
Day 10: Trek to Numa – La- Phedi(4,450 m)
Day 11: Trek to Baga Phedi (4,465m) via Numa La Pass (5,290 m)
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,080 m)]
Day 13: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,620m)
Day 14: Rest/Explore at Phoksundo
Day 15: Trek to Roha Gaun (2,944m)
Day 16: Trek to Dunai (2,150m)
Day 17: Trek to Juphal (2,350m)
Day 18: Fly Juphal to Nepalganj (25min)
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (trek ends)

SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Welcome drinks and trekking orientation
  • 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Drive Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in teahouse (lodge) on twin sharing basis on trekking
  • Breakfast on the trek
  • A Professional English speaking trekking guide
  • 1 porter for 2 people (each porter can carry only 18 kg luggage)
  • Trekking staff wages, insurance, meals, transportations and allowances
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid kit)
  • Government and local taxes

SERVICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa and Visa extension fee
  • Monuments entry fee in Kathmandu
  • Single supplement in Kathmandu
  • Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and on trek
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation costs
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry
  • Camera/cell phone battery charge while on trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Donation & tips etc
  • Any other services not specified in the ‘Cost includes’

Trip Facts

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  • Duration19 Days
  • Difficulty
  • Altitude9190
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