Overview

Lower Dolpo Trek explores the attractions like Dho Tarap village and Shey Phoksundo Lake which lie near the Tibetan border. This trek offers you the view of many snow-capped mountains. You also get to explore the ancient Tibetan-influenced villages and Buddhist stupas. The trails on the trek also introduce trekkers to the Bon Po and Tibetan Buddhism. All in all, the Lower Dolpo Trek is an off-beat trip to western Nepal.

Lower Dolpo Trek takes you to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest one in the country. Moreover, Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is also a major attraction on the trek. In addition, you will visit the Buddhist stupas and monasteries in Dho Tarap, Ringmo, and around the Phoksundo Lake. In this trek, you meet Thakuri, Dolpali, and people of Tibetan origin.

Firstly, you arrive at Kathmandu and fly to Nepalgunj next day. From Nepalgunj, you take another flight to Juphal and trek to Dunai. Next, you’ll head to Tarakot and continue to Nawarpani. Trekking along the Tarap River via Laina Odar, you head to Dho Tarap. Here, you can explore and study the culture and lifestyle of the people in the village. Then, you head to Numa La Base Camp from where you climb to Numa La Pass (5308m). Descending via Danigar, you cross another pass Bagala La (5169m). Theron, you head to Phoksundo Lake and explore around the lake and return to Juphal via Chhepka. Finally, a flight to Nepalgunj followed by another one brings you to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Explore the off-beaten trails of Lower Dolpo
  • Journey to the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal
  • Trek to one of the most remote parts of the nation
  • Explore high mountain passes enjoying the beauty of the majestic Himalayas

Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

You will arrive in Kathmandu and our correspondent will greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. You can spend the day resting or exploring the city. Meanwhile, you can also prepare for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Maximum Altitude1300m

The first day of the tour and we begin our day by gathering all the required permits for the trek before making our way towards the Terai city of Nepalgunj. Heading away from the valley the hour long-flight takes us to the Terai flatlands and tropical forests. Here, we make our way to the hotel and explore the city for the rest of the day.

    Today, we take a short flight to Juphal. Exiting Nepalgunj, we once again make our way to the beautiful hills which form the majority of the landscapes. At Juphal, we stop for a brief rest before beginning our trek. We follow the Bheri River alongside the lush green forests all the way to Dunai for the night.

      Making our way out of Dunai, we ascend through the Bheri and Bharbung Rivers. We follow the lush green forests adorned with pine and fir trees. Climbing the ridge high above the Bheri River, we make our way to Tarakot. Home to the ancient Sandul Gompa, the hamlet hosts ancient fortress referred to as Dzongs. Overnight at Tarakot.

        One of the shorter days of the trek, today, we make our way towards Laina Odar. Past the confluence of Bharbung and Tarap Chu rivers, we reach the Sandul Gompa and take some time to explore the historical monastery. Following the Tarap Chu River, we cross vibrant hamlets and terraced farmlands to reach Laina Odar.

          Exiting Laina Odar, we continue following the Tarap Chu River through steep rocky trails. One of the less inhabited parts of the trail, the journey takes us in solitude along with the majestic natural landscapes. Nawarpani boasts gorgeous views of the Dhaulagiri and Putha Hiunchuli Ranges. Crossing Nawarpani, we ascend to the small hilly village of Toltol.

            Beginning with an ascending journey, we exit Toltol and head towards the Kamattarka right at the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Climbing on a ridgeline above the river, the journey heads through narrow gorges. As we break past the tree lines and we trek along the Himalayan wilderness. Another 3 hours of trekking brings us to Dho Tarap marked by a series of Mani stones.

              The first of our acclimatization days today we take some time off at Dho Tarap to enjoy the pleasant cultural as well as natural scenery. Formed by two different villages Dho and Tarap which lie very close to each other the region is one of the few places where the Bon Po religion is still in practice. Today is also a great chance to talk to the locals and learn about their unique way of life.

                Leaving Dho Tarap, today, we make our journey to the base camp of Numa La Pass (5310m). Ascending from Dho Tarap, the trail heads through the plain grasslands and past few summer settlements to reach the Tokyo. Past the hamlet, the journey takes us in complete solitude ascending through the rugged Himalayan trail to reach the Numa La Base Camp.

                  One of the longer days of the trek, today, we make our way through the majestic Numa La Pass to reach Danigar. Exiting the base camp, the trail climbs through the snowy Himalayan terrain to reach the summit at an altitude of 5,310m. The pass boasts glorious Himalayan panorama comprising the majestic Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range. Taking some time off at the summit, we begin our descending journey heading past Pelung Tang and to Danigar.

                    The second mountain pass of the journey, today, we cross over the Bagala La Pass (5170m) heading over to Temche. Leaving Danigar behind, the journey ascends the steep Bagala La Pass (5170m) heading towards the summit while enjoying the mesmerizing views of the Kanjirowa Himalayan Range. Through the steep Himalayan landscapes, we begin our descent to Temche.

                      Making our way out of Temche, we begin our journey descending towards Yak Kharka before setting off towards Phoksundo Lake. The journey descends through the hilly landscapes crossing a series of streams and rivers. Continuing on the serene trail, we reach the magical Phoksundo Lake where we spend the night.

                        Today, we make our way around the stunning Phoksundo Lake beginning with a lovely sunrise over the Himalayas. Surrounding the lakes are several monasteries and temples including one devoted to the ancient Bon- Po religion. The lake also boasts mesmerizing views of the entire Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa Ranges making the lake even more beautiful. We also take time off to tour the sacred Tshowa Gompa which is one of the oldest monasteries of the region. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

                          The beginning of our descending journey we exit the Phoksundo Lake heading down to Suligad Ghat. Through a series of Chortens and Mani walls, the journey heads past Renje to reach the lush green forests adorned with pine and larch trees. The final stretch of the journey is a pleasant one as we reach Chhepka for the night.

                            The final day of the trek we make our way out of Chhepka and back to the hamlet of Juphal for the night. Crossing a series of water mills at Rupgad, we find the northern banks of Bheri River which leads us to Kalagauda. Through the terraced farmlands, we exit the Thuli Bheri valley reaching Juphal.

                              The final day of our journey, today, we make our back to the Terai town of Nepalgunj heading away from Juphal. The 30-minute flight takes us back to the barren Terai landscapes where we take a brief rest before flying back to the capital city. Touching down at Kathmandu, we head back directly to the hotel ending our journey.

                                The final day of the journey will be kept as a reserve day in cases of bad weather and any other contingencies we might face in the trip. If everything goes according to the plan the final day in Kathmandu will be a free one and a lovely farewell dinner awaits us at the end of it.

                                  We will bid you farewell with the best of wishes. A representative will come and pick you from your hotel and make sure you reach the airport on time. Your journey ends today as you fly to your next destination.

                                    Cost Details

                                    • Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
                                    • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
                                    • Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
                                    • Kathmandu –Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight fare.
                                    • Nepalgunj – Jhupal – Nepalgunj flight fare.
                                    • All ground transportation by private vehicle.
                                    • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
                                    • All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
                                    • All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
                                    • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
                                    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
                                    • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
                                    • All government taxes.
                                    • International Airfare
                                    • Nepal entry visa
                                    • Personal Expenses
                                    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
                                    • Extra accommodation and food charges in Kathmandu
                                    • Tips and gratitude to the guide, porters and drivers

                                    Useful Info

                                    Any other season except winter is viable for the Lower Dolpo Trek. Since the trek crosses high passes and has off-beat trails, it is a moderate one in terms of difficulty. So, having a decent physical condition is necessary to do the trek.

                                    To make your trek easier, we, at Eternal Himalaya, offer you expert guides and porters. We also provide you with many other services along with the trips. So, you can contact us for trips around Nepal via the information at our official website.