Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the remote treks in Nepal following the western region of Nepal offering the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, scarce settlements, and biodiversity. You shall be witnessing the beautiful lakes and Buddhist monasteries throughout the trek. You might be amazed by the sheer cheerfulness and hospitality of various ethnic inhabitants in this trek. You shall also get the opportunity to expand your cultural awareness and learn about their norms and values, lifestyle and social practices. The Lower Dolpo region is the miniature view of the Tibetan highlands, because of the isolated valleys scattered in this region. Surrounded by forests, rocks and snow covered mountains, lies the She Phoksundo Lake, which is also popular as one of the world’s Natural Hidden Wonders.
Baga La Pass and Numa La Pass are two other attractions of this trek. It might be little challenging to make through this passes. But, as you make all the way to the top of the passes, you shall witness Mt. Nilgiri, Kyangyu Ripa, Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, etc. You do not require any athletic body fitness to complete this trek; a moderate level of body fitness that can endure long duration of trekking for a few days in a row. We can tailor this trek as per your time availability and requirement.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,320 m
Welcome to Nepal. Our representative shall receive you from the airport and take you to your hotel. After you rest for a while, you might want to do some shopping for your trek. After a short debrief session in the late afternoon, we shall be enjoying the Welcome Dinner at a popular restaurant of the town, enjoying Nepalese delicacies. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 2: Flight to Nepalgunj
Altitude: Nepalgunj: 150 m
After breakfast in the morning, you shall fly to Nepalgunj for an hour. Nepalgunj is also considered the hottest place in the country, situated near to the Nepal-India border. This place connects to Humla and Simikot. You shall spend this day exploring the town, visiting the mini-zoo, local market, and several nearby villages. Stay overnight at Nepalgunj.
Day 3: Flight to Jhupal/Trek to Dunai
Altitude: Jhupal (Dolpo): 2,320 m; Dunai: 2,850 m
After the breakfast in the morning, you shall fly to Jhupal. From Jhupal, you shall head off to Dunai. You shall meet the guides and required number of porters at Jhupal and start your trek. Walking through the terraced farms you shall reach to the Bheri River and its gorge. Trekking further takes you to Dunai. Stay overnight at Dunai.
Day 4: Trek to Tarakot
Altitude: Tarakot: 2,543 m
Walking comfortably up from the Bheri River, you shall make through several suspension bridges, deep gorges, and scattered lonely villages. Trekking via the gorge enveloped in pines, you shall reach the terraced fields, which is your today’s destination—Tarakot. Stay overnight at the beautiful village of Tarakot.
Day 5: Trek to Laini
Altitude: Laini: 3,160 m
Walking beside Tarap Chu River, you shall cross the river two times, and shall ultimately reach Sandul Gompa which is located between the Tarap Chu River and Barbung Khola. Trekking through the terraced fields and remote settlements, you shall make several ascents and descents, which would ultimately lead you to Laini. Stay overnight at Laini.
Day 6: Trek to Nawarpani
Altitude: Nawarpani: 3,545 m
Ascending uphill overlooking the Tarap River, you shall hike through small gorge recollecting the childish desire to hop from one to another side of the gorge. It can be a pretty challenging journey, however, after you make several steep ascents and descents you shall arrive at the Chyugur Khola. Leaving the river behind, you shall trek all the way to Nawarpani. Stay overnight at Nawarpani.
Day 7: Trek to Do Tarap
Altitude: Tarap: 4,090 m
Kamattarka is located at the junction of the Lang Khola and Tara Chu River, where you shall reach after a gentle ascent from Nawarpani. Crossing the small gorge, you shall trek through the dense forest full with Juniper and roses. Further trekking leads you to the village surrounded by stone walls—the Dho Tarap Village. Stay overnight at Do Tarap.
Day 8: At Do Tarap
Altitude: Tarap: 4,090 m
You shall find Magar and some Tibetan tribes inhabiting in Tarap, following Bon Po or Chaiba religion. You can spend this day at Tarap, exploring the village, visiting the monasteries, and taking in as much information as you can about their culture and social practices. Say another night at Tarap.
Day 9: Trek to Numa La Base Camp
Altitude: Numa La Base Camp: 4,440 m
Walking beside the Tarap Chu River, you shall enjoy the views of grasslands on the either sides of the river, the Tarap Valley, and lush green hills and staggering mountains. After trekking for some hours, you shall arrive at Tokyu Village, where you shall find a monastery belonging to Chiba. Exploring the village, you shall make gentle ascent towards Numa La Base Camp. Stay overnight at Numa La Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Pass- Pelung Tang
Altitude: Pelung Tang: 4,465 m
After having the breakfast, you shall ascend the Numa La Pass; the trail is really steep, and it might demand more than exhaustion to reach the top of the Pass. The top offers the spectacular panoramic views of mountains including Mt. Everest and Dhaulagiri. Descending down from the Pass takes you to Pelung Tang. Stay overnight at Pelung Tang.
Day 11: Trek to Baga La Pass-Dajok Tang
Altitude: Baga La Pass: 5,070 m; Dajok Tang: 4,080 m
Today, you shall make through another pass—the Baga La Pass. It is a steep climb to the top of the Pass. You can enjoy the staggering views of mountains far away and the dry lands. After making to the top of the Pass and enjoying the panoramic views, you shall descend down to Dajok Tang. Stay overnight at Dajok Tang.
Day 12: Trek to Ringmo
Altitude: Ringmo: 3,600 m
Today, you shall have the short trek of about 3-4 hours to Ringmo. Alongside the dense forests full with pines, you shall be covering the most of today’s trails. Further trekking shall involve making several easy ascents and descents all the way to the Ringmo Village. Stay overnight at Ringmo.
Day 13: Trek to Phoksundo Lake
Altitude: Phoksundo Lake: 3,612 m
Today is the day for exploring the Phoksundo Lake and nearby areas. As you move from Ringmo, you shall see several yak caravans busy on the way, most of them concentrated around the border-side. Visiting the nearby monastery, you shall hike up to the lake. Spend some moments walking on the shore of the lake. Stay overnight at Phoksundo.
Day 14: Trek to Shyanta
Altitude: Shyanta: 2,520 m
Via Chepka, you shall trek towards the huge rock, and then pass through several villages. You shall then, ascend to Shyanta. It shall take about 5-6 hours to reach Shyanta from Phoksundo Lake. Throughout today’s trek, you shall get to see several important medicinal herbs that are believed to have capacity to heal lots of disease and sickness. Stay overnight at Shyanta.
Day 15:Trek to Jhupal
Altitude: Jhupal: 2,404 m
Trekking through the Sulighat, through the forest of birch, you shall descend down over the ridge. The top of the ridge offers you the breathtaking views of entire landscapes, mountains, and the Jhupal Village. After your arrival at Jhupal, you shall spend some time to explore the village. Stay overnight at Jhupal.
Day 16: Flight to Nepalgunj/Flight to Kathmandu
Altitude: Nepalgunj: 150 m; Kathmandu: 1,520 m
Taking the morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj, you shall fly to Kathmandu from another flight from Nepalgunj. Our representative shall drop you at your hotel. You might want to give your body the generous rest after such a long remote trek. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 17: At Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,520 m
There are some UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, such as Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, etc. You can do some shopping for your return flight. We shall be sitting together in the Farewell Dinner sharing our trekking experience. Stay your last night in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure
Our representative shall take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport ahead of your departure flight, within sufficient time for your flight-procedures. Have a safe and happy journey back to your home country.