Lower Dolpo Trekking goes through the ancient yak caravan route, in the Trans- Himalayan region of Nepal. It is one of the most isolated part of Nepal, which is renowned for Bon Po culture, ancient form of living, arid landscape, tranquil forest and pristine lake of Phoksundo. The trek was opened only in 1989 as a form of restricted trekking that requires special trekking permit.
The mid-western region of Nepal, where Dolpo region lies, is so tough to reach and backward in terms of transportation. Flight is only the option for you to go to Dolpo and trek from Juphal. The flight should be connected from the Nepalgunj airport. As you begin the trek, the typical lifestyles of the local people can be seen that may surprises you. You encounter with the unique lifestyles, wide and arid landscape, sometimes pine, oak and rhododendron forests, breathtaking Himalayas and ultimately cross some of the high passes as Numa La (5190m) and Baga La (5169m). The turquoise Phoksundo Lake remains another major attraction of the Lower Dolpo, which lies in the Shey Phoksundo National Park. It is also a home of the snow leopard. On the one hand, Lower Dolpo Trek offers a unique experience of trekking in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal and also offers the culture of Bon Po and Tibetan Buddhists on the other.
April to October is generally recognized as the best months of the Lower Dolpo Trekking. Physical fitness and acclimatization is required for a wonderful trip. Vertex Holiday offers highly experienced guides, porters and camping team for the excellent trip in Dolpo region. Please, do not hesitate to enquire us for any questions.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by out trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
After the breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and mediaeval arts and architectures. There is Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to the domestic airport and fly to Nepalgunj. Then we transfer to the hotel and rest. After sometime or probably in the evening, we take a short walk around the local marketplace. It is located at the southern border of Nepal to India. Back to hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel.
From Nepalgunj, we fly to Juphal of Dolpo for about 40 minutes. Meeting our field crew (porters and kitchen staffs), we begin to walk. Dunai is our destination today, which is 3 hrs walk from Juphal. The trail is almost downhill, and few meters above the Bheri River. Dunai is the administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. overnight at tented camp.
The trek leads through the small river and then walks through the bank of the Bheri River. The trail is dotted by the green hills and surprising hilly gorges. The trail has been built just above the River. Walking through the terraced fields, we reach to Tarakot, where old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. It was once ruled by the Gorkha dynasty that unified Nepal as a nation from 22/24 mini states. You can hike to the Sandul monastery, which is located at the juncture of the Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River.
We commence following the Tarap Chu River and steadily walk to the rural villages as Sahartera and Kola. Kami Gaun is just located down, which is highly suitable for the camping today. It is about a couple of hours journey. From now, we entered into the alpine zone.
Again, we follow the Tarap River upstream through the valley.Luckily, we can see the sheep herders taking down to the pastures in the winter and taking up in the summer. We continually walk through the narrow gorges and changing the direction. In many places, wooden logs have been used as a bridge. Heading along the stream, we find some good spots for the camping at Tarap Khola and rest. Overnight at tented camp.
As we continuing follow the trails with upstream and lush valley, we walk 5-6 hours continually. Yak Kharka is our camping site today. As we are on a chilling weather, we can enjoy the campfire dance and warm meals. Overnight at tented camp.
After the breakfast, we steadily climb up to Kamattarka, at the convergence of the Lang Khola and Tarap Chu. Walking through the narrow canyon, we leave the juniper forest and walk through the meadows. The typical inner valleys of the arid zone appear as we walk further. Dho Tarap is the area highly famous for collecting the caterpillar fungus. Both Bon Po and Chhaiba sect of Buddhism populate this area. After about 6 hrs walk, we reach to our campsite. Overnight at tented camp.
We are walking on the high altitude, so we have to make ourselves physically fit and acclimatized. We have an exciting opportunity to be enclosed with the local culture and lifestyle. The lifestyle, dresses and hospitality all are remarkable. They spend the lifestyle influenced by the Tibetan Buddhists. Walk on the surroundings. Overnight at tented camp.
Walking through the Upper part of the Tarap valley, we have relatively easier trail. Then we keep on ascending, following the northern valley trail in Himalayan desert with wonderful scenery of snow covered mountain and completely wild in the Himalayan zone. Then we walk 304 hours further and reach to the picturesque Tokyu Gaon. People follow the Chiba sect. Selecting a good place on the meadow, we settle down. Overnight at tented camp.
We are about to reach the most technical sections of the entire trip. Two tough high passes are in front of us. Continuing climbing, we tag along the northern valley on foot in Himalayan barren region with excellent surroundings of snow covered mountains and entirely wild in the Himalayan zone. We reach to the Numa La Phedi and rest. Overnight at tented camp.
Crossing the Numa la Pass (5190m) is one of the tough sections of the Lower Dolpo trek. But you can save a wonderful memory. The panoramic valleys and north face of Dhaulagiri peak can be explored outstandingly. At the peak point, the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags offer the spiritual feelings. Then we descend to the bottom of the Numa La Pass, known as Phedi. Overnight at tented camp.
The Baga La is another challenging high pass of the Lower Dolpo circuit. It is a steep ascend to touch the peak point of the Baga La. You will get the astonishing scenery of the Kanjirowa Himalaya range and the vicinity. Then we trek down to the bottom line of the Baga La that takes about three hours. Overnight at tented camp.
After having breakfast, we walk down through the dense pine woods and other lush vegetation. Then we climb to the pasture lands and the alpine landscape that directs us to the Ringmo village. It is a densely populated village, just a step down of the Phoksundo Lake, which is a large and eye-catching Lake. Overnight at tented camp.
The widely spread Phoksundo Lake is the main attraction of today’s hiking. From the busy town of Ringmo, we steadily climb up to the Lakeside. The hike offers great view of the Crystal Lake and surrounding hills along with the snow capped mountains on the distant horizon. Even we can visit the side monastery and back to the campsite or even we can set the camps beside the lake. Overnight at tented camp.
From the Phoksundo Lake (or from Ringmo, where we stay yesterday), the trail downwards leads us to Chepka. The trail looks so adventurous that the jaw-dropping rocky boulders are prevailed throughout the trail. This part of this region is also famous for the medicinal herbs. Around the pastures of Chepka, we set a camp. Overnight at tented camp.
From Chepka, we gradually trek upwards to Juphal, which was our starting point of the trekking. The trail is dotted with the birch trees and climbing up to the ridge, the view of Juphal can be seen. Then the trail becomes easy and wide, however, we need to be careful as we are walking above the river. Reaching Juphal, we take a rest. In the evening, we celebrate the succession of the trekking with the staffs. Farewell dinner is organized and tipping goes on. Overnight at tented camp.
The flight in the mountain region is not guaranteed. So, we have to manage at least a day as a reserve day. If the flight gets success on time or the same day, we take a flight otherwise, we keep on visiting the surroundings of Juphal. Overnight at tented camp.
Today, we fly back to Nepalgunj as the weather permits. Saying good-bye to our field staffs, who accompanied us during our difficulties and common walking, we take a morning flight. As we arrive in Nepalgunj, we wait for our connecting flight at late afternoon. From the Kathmandu airport, transfer to the hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel.
This is a great day to explore the ancient town- Bhaktapur. It is a half day trip. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an old Newari town, where mediaeval architectures, pagoda style temples, pottery square and various other attractions lie there. After the tour, drive back to Kathmandu and join the dinner in the evening at typical Nepali restaurant. We have a special moment. Overnight at hotel.
Note: in case the flight gets cancelled, today is the reserve day for that. Weather change is normal in the mountain region.
Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
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