LOWER DOLPA TREK
LOWER DOLPA TREK
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Lower Dolpa is a remote western region of Nepal which offers an outstanding trekking experience. If you are looking for a long off the beaten path trek, then Lower Dolpa trek if just for you. This trek allows seeing and experiencing Himalayan mountains and gorgeous lakes including Phoksundo with its turquoise deep blue water. Lower Dolpa region offers a spectacular view of High Mountain lined with Buddhist monasteries and traditional yak caravans carrying on their trade with nearby Tibet. It is located on the northern side of Dhaulagiri mountain in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. Trekking in the Dolpa region was opened in 1990 for the first time and since it has been challenging its trekkers with rough and fulfilling experiences. The local people living in the Dolpa region share rich cultural aspects with Tibetan people. Both Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon form of religion are evident. The trek is challenging as the route goes through famous high passes like Bagala and Numala. one is rewarded by excellent views of mountains along with an opportunity to see snow leopards, wildflowers, Himalayan blue sheep, and other variety of birds.
You will be amazed to see the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion which is still practiced and it is done in one of the few areas. The Dolpa region of Nepal has been shown in all its integrity and full mystical experience as reviewed by our previous customers. Thus, lower Dolpa is a mysterious land that has a dry atmosphere and is at high altitude despite being called lower Dolpa. These 2 weeks of the scheduled trek is recommended for people/ trekkers who are physically and mentally fit and ready. Besides, the rewards are astounding as you feel the fresh air, unique religion mixed with rich culture, occasions, rugged and challenging trail, snow-covered Kanjirowa Himal, and other peaks as well. The isolated and remote villages of people are closely related to Tibetans and the monasteries are ancient which reflects old times.
Your journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Juphal through Nepalgunj. You will be starting your trek from Juphal. You will be trekking through a semi-deserted region combined with a densely forested path filled with pine, rhododendrons, bamboo, and juniper trees along with the trail made up of huge meadows,brown landscape, and terraced fields. You will also be entering Shey Phoksundo National Park admiring the gorgeous rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas. The national park is inhabited by endangered species like snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, etc. there will be other trek routes you will be continuing and you will never miss out on any memorable experience.
Day 1: Arrival at KathmanduYou will be arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu where our representatives will be waiting for you. They will escort you to a hotel where you will be resting for the day and spending your night at the hotel.
Day 2: Flight to NepalgunjAfter your breakfast in the morning, you will be catching a flight to Nepalgunj. During the flight, you will see a perfect aerial view of nature balanced with beautiful landscapes and typical villages along with city houses when you approach Nepalgunj. It will take you 35 minutes to reach Nepalgunj. After reaching, you will be transferred to a hotel where you will have your dinner and sleep overnight.
Day 3: Flight to Juphal, trek to Dunai (2150m)You will again catch a flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. It is a 35 minutes long flight. Your trekking You will continue walking along the banks of the river and pass by Roop Ghar with water mill to finally arrive in the village of Dunai.journey will start from Juphal as you descend through local villages and terraced fields to the Bheri River.
Day 4: Trek to Tarakot (2540m)You will be departing from Dunai after your breakfast at the lodge. You will be crossing deep gorges, suspension bridge, and isolated villages as you climb over the hill as you trek further, you will see stone-paved paths and cultivated terrace fields of Tarakot. It is an old fortress town located on a hillock to the south of Bheri river. You will be staying overnight at a lodge.
Day 5: Trek to Laina Odar (3375m)You will follow the trail of the southern bank of Bheri River that leads to an open valley. After then, you will head east along the banks of Bharbung Khola to reach Laisicap and cross the main river. After then you will follow the trail by Tarap Khola and head north to Khanigaon. You will now make a final ascend to a steep trail relishing the view of Putha Hiunchuli and Churen Himal Range and reach Laina Odar.
Day 6: Trek to Nawarpani to ToltolAfter your breakfast, you will again follow the trail following through a deep gorge of Tarap River, climbing up on a steep slope trail. Gradually, the trail becomes easy and open. You will trek further on wooden planks and flat stones that bring you up to Chhyaugar. You will also cross a small stream and walk a couple of hours that brings you to Toltol. It is the winter settlement for the people who live in upper Dopla.
Day 7: Trek to Dho Tarap (3950m)You will trek along the banks of the Tarap river and gradually ascend to Kamattarka. You will cross a narrow gorge and enter the forested area full of wild rose and juniper bushes to reach Dho Tarap village. You will spend your night at Dho Tarap.
Day 8: Acclimatization dayIt is acclimatization day and you will be resting for some time after your breakfast and explore Dho Tarap. You will spend the rest of your day visiting monasteries near the area and take an opportunity to learn local culture, tradition, and lifestyle. You will observe and know most people follow Bon Po and Nyigmapa religion.
Day 9: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4350m)You will walk alongside Tarap Chu River and ascend uphill towards Tokyu. Tokyu is a traditional village with old fashioned houses. From there, you will cross a bridge to Khanger and head northwest direction of the main trail. After then, you continue to trek through the rugged trail to reach Numa La Base Camp. You will spend your night in a camp.
Day 10: Trek to Danighar (4510m)You will be trekking from Numa La Pass which is at an elevation of 5310 meters and this is going to be difficult for you. You will climb up a steep trail to the endless ridges on the rugged and rough trail. Once you reach on top, you will be rewarded with the view that looks extremely carried away. You will see Mt. Dhaulagiri, Churen Himal Range along with Norbung Kang. After investing your precious time on such a mesmerizing view, you will descend alongside the Gyambo Khola followed by beautiful Meadow of Danighar. You will again spend your night in a camp.
Day 11: Trek to Temche (4000m)You will be departing from Danighar and head towards Temche through Baga La Pass. As you ascend, you will feel a rapid gain in altitude. Besides the difficulty to climb a rough trail, you will be amazed to see sacred Chortens along with its majestic view of Norbung Kang and other peaks along with the view of turquoise deep blue Shey Phoksundo Lake. After then, you will finally descend to a deep ravine and cross a frozen stream to reach Temche where you will spend your night at the camp.
Day 12: Trek to Yak KharkaAfter your breakfast at the tent, you will depart for Yak Kharka then ascend to Ringmo village passing through the forested path filled with lush vegetation of oaks, pines, juniper, cypress, etc. the trail is accompanied by a large waterfall. Ringmo village has a famous Bon settlement in the Dolpa region. After reaching Ringmo Village, you will camp overnight.
Day 13: Acclimatization dayIt is the second acclimatization day and you will be exploring Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. You can get a scenic view of Ringmo village from the lake. After then, you will go to visit Tshowa, a Bon monastery which was built 900 years ago. You will then have your dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 14: Trek to ChhepkaYou will be walking alongside the bank of the river followed by a steep ascent to the top of the hill which offers the fina view of Phoksundo lake. You will then descend for a while and make your way to Chunuwar. The path leads you to a forest covered with pines and birches towards Rechi. Gradually, you will ascend then descend through the trail and finally arrive at Chhepka which will take you 6 hours. You will spend your night in a lodge.
Day 15: Trek to JuphalAfter you breakfast in the lodge, you will be returning to Juphal as the last day of your trek. You will be passing through the village of Shyanta and Kageni. You will trek through Shey Phoksundo National Park from Shyanta then cross a suspension bridge over Dhim Khola to make your way to Juphal. You will stay in a lodge for the night.
Day 16: Flight to Nepalgunj to KathmanduYou will fly back to Nepalgunj catching an early morning domestic flight along with an aerial view of beautifully laid landscapes. After reaching Nepalgunj, you will again catch a flight to Kathmandu for your departure to your homeland. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can rest for the day or stroll around the hotel area for shopping purposes.
Day 17: Departure/ FarewellOur representative will drop you to the airport saying goodbye to you and hoping that you will visit Nepal again and again
- Trek duration: 18 days
- Trek grade: Moderate to difficult
- Highest altitude: 5310 meters
- Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
- Transportation: Flight/Bus
- Group size: 2 to 12
- Best season: Spring and autumn
- Per day walk: 4 to 6 hours
- Trek cost: USD 2,590
- Bon Po is practiced here. It is similar and yet different from Buddhism (one difference being practitioners walk anti-clockwise around stupas and shrines).
- Wildlife encounter with snow leopard, rare Himalayan blue sheep, goral, thar, Himalayan black bear, langur, rhesus monkey, etc.
- Windswept scenario interspersed with pine forests and the possibility of sighing rare mammal and medicinal plant species.
- Desert like rain shadow area of the lower Dolpa region
- Catch a glimpse of the enticing view of yak caravan and go to walk on the ancient salt trade route
- Reach Shey Phoksundo, the deepest lake of Nepal and also known as the lake situated at the highest altitude on earth.
- Ancient monasteries
- Stunning views of landscapes and varieties of alpine vegetation
- A walkthrough Shey Phoksundo National Park
- Explore the untouched part of the Dolpa region and traditional villages which is once in a lifetime experience.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Airport pick up and drop service
- Transportation service and charges
- Domestic flight service which is only mentioned in the itinerary
- 3 meals per day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Tents and other camping gears
- A professional trek guide
- Porter as per the size of the group
- A cook during the camping day/night
- Government tax and other applicable charges
- Trekking permit
- Medical supplies and first aid box
- Office service charges
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- Meals while staying in Kathmandu (breakfast will be served)
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Personal expenses like phone calls, shower, laundry, souvenir, etc.
- Any kind of alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages, snacks during the trek, etc.
- Emergency evacuation, national strike, etc.
- Accidents, health loss, damage, etc.
- Tips for porters, guide or drivers
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards