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Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek Overview

Key Information

Duration:

18 Days

Grade:

Classic / Easy

Best Season:

Feb, March, April, May and Sept

Maximum altitude

5240 m

Accommodation

Hotel / Camp

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Are you seeking a trekking experience beyond the beaten paths of Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang? Lower Dolpo Trek offers a fresh perspective, beckoning adventurers to explore its hidden wonders.

Lower Dolpo, a lesser-known gem nestled in the western hills of Nepal within Karnali Pradesh, awaits the intrepid traveler. Unveiling its treasures since opening to foreigners in 1982, this district sprawls across 7,889 square kilometers, boasting the majestic Shey Phoksundo National Park.

At the heart of Lower Dolpo lies the enchanting Phoksundo Lake, Nepal's deepest, nestled at 3,612 meters above sea level. Shey Phoksundo National Park, established in 1984, shelters endangered species like the elusive snow leopard, musk deer, and Tibetan wolf, preserving the fragile ecosystem of this trans-Himalayan region.

Enriched by diverse communities such as Chettri, Gurung, Sherpa, and Magar, Lower Dolpo exudes a tapestry of cultures, where Hindu and Buddhist traditions intermingle harmoniously.

Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks unveils a meticulously crafted 23-day itinerary, guiding you through remote villages, ancient monasteries, and untamed wilderness. Despite the rugged terrain, you'll be embraced by warm hospitality and genuine camaraderie.

To undertake this extraordinary journey, special trekking permits are essential, granting access to pristine landscapes and unparalleled vistas.

Highlights of the Lower Dolpo Trek include:

  • Immersive trekking in the remote Himalayan regions
  • Encounter the breathtaking beauty of Phoksundo Lake
  • Explore ancient monasteries steeped in spirituality
  • Marvel at the captivating landscapes that unfold before your eyes
  • Experience the rich cultural tapestry of traditional villages
  • Traverse the pristine wilderness of Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Uncover the untouched splendor of Dolpo

The Best Time to Visit Lower Dolpo:

While Lower Dolpo welcomes adventurers year-round, the optimal seasons for trekking are Spring and Autumn.

Autumn (September - November): Experience peak trekking conditions with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and vibrant landscapes adorned with harvest festivities.

Spring (March - May): Witness nature's revival as valleys burst into bloom, offering pleasant weather ideal for exploration.

Monsoon (June - August): Despite monsoonal challenges elsewhere, Lower Dolpo remains accessible, offering clear skies and minimal rainfall.

Winter (December - February): While the snowy vistas offer unparalleled beauty, road blockages due to heavy snowfall may impede trekking during this season.

Embark on a Journey of a Lifetime:

Embrace the allure of Lower Dolpo with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, where every step unveils a new adventure, and every moment leaves an indelible mark on your soul. Experience the untamed beauty of Nepal's hidden treasure and create memories to last a lifetime.

Lower Dolpo Trek Itinerary

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350
  • Arrive at Kathmandu Airport
  • Warmly welcomed by Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks member transfer to hotel on Bed and Breakfast (B&B) plan.
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Explore the cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu Valley.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
650
  • Board a scenic flight to Nepalgunj
  • Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2150
  • Take a flight to Jhupal
  • Embark on a trek to Dunai (Altitude: 2,150m, 3 hours)
  • Set up camp for a memorable overnight stay.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2537
  • Experience a scenic trek to Tarakot
  • Enjoy camping under the stars.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3475
  • Continue the trek to the enchanting Newarpani
  • Overnight camping amidst nature.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3898
  • Trek to the picturesque Langna, surrounded by stunning landscapes
  • Camp overnight in this tranquil setting.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3944
  • Trek to Dho Trap, a place of natural beauty
  • Overnight camping, surrounded by the serene Himalayan atmosphere.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3944
  • Explore Rinbo Bumpa Gumpa, a unique spiritual site
  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of the typical village
  • Relax and rejuvenate at the campsite.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4440
  • Trek to the elevated Numala Base Camp
  • Camp overnight, surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain views.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
5238
  • Cross the challenging Numula Pass
  • Descend to Bagala Base Camp for a memorable camping experience.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
5240
  • Traverse the stunning Bagala Vanjyang
  • Descend to Bagala BC Yak Kharka and camp amidst the beauty of nature.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3833
  • Trek to Rinmo Village and the pristine Phoskundo Lake
  • Overnight camping by the serene lake.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2838
  • Trek to the charming village of Chhepka
  • Camp overnight in this tranquil Himalayan setting.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2475
  • Complete the trek and reach Jhupal
  • Camp overnight in the tranquility of Jhupal.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
650
  • Take a scenic flight back to Nepalgunj
  • Relax and enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel with a full board plan.
Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350
  • Board a short but scenic flight to Kathmandu
  • Overnight stay at the hotel on B&B plan.

Bid farewell to Kathmandu, concluding this extraordinary adventure.

Lower Dolpo Trek Cost Includes?

  • Ground Transportation: Seamless transfers to and from your trekking destinations, ensuring a hassle-free journey.
  • Catered Meals: Indulge in a delightful culinary experience with three hearty meals per day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complemented by refreshing tea or coffee.
  • Comfortable Accommodation: Rest easy in cozy lodges or provided tents throughout your trek, meticulously arranged to suit the demands of your chosen trek type.
  • Stay in Kathmandu: Enjoy a comfortable stay in Kathmandu with a Bed and Breakfast plan, providing you with a relaxing start and end to your adventure.
  • Experienced Guides and Porters: Benefit from the expertise of highly experienced government-licensed guides and porters who ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek.
  • Taxes and Fees: Leave the logistics to us as we cover all government and local taxes, as well as National Park Fees and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Domestic Flights: Experience seamless travel with flights from Nepalgunj to Dunahi and back to Kathmandu, ensuring smooth transitions between destinations.
  • Staff Welfare: Rest assured, knowing that all field staff are insured during the trek, and additional services are available upon guest demand.

Lower Dolpo Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking Equipment: Personal gear such as trekking equipment is not included in the package and should be arranged prior to your adventure.
  • Personal Expenses: Enjoy your trek without worrying about personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, or laundry services, which are not covered in the package.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance: While we prioritize your safety, emergency rescue and travel insurance are not included. We highly recommend securing personal travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances, including trip cancellations, accidents, health issues, loss, theft, or damage to personal effects.
  • Tips: While not mandatory, tipping your guides and porters for their exceptional service is customary and greatly appreciated.

Lower Dolpo Trek Altitude Profile

Lower Dolpo Trek Route Map

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Lower Dolpo Trek FAQs

The Lower Dolpo Trek stands out for its remote and pristine wilderness, ancient Tibetan culture, stunning landscapes, and rare wildlife encounters, offering a truly unforgettable adventure experience.

While technically possible to do independently, it is highly recommended to hire a licensed guide and possibly a porter for safety, navigation, and cultural insights.

While remote, there are emergency evacuation options available in case of medical emergencies, typically arranged through trekking agencies.

Food options during the trek mainly consist of traditional Nepali and Tibetan dishes, along with some international options in larger settlements.

Altitude sickness can be a concern, especially when crossing high passes. Trekkers are advised to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness.

The Lower Dolpo region is home to various wildlife species, including the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, musk deer, and a variety of bird species.

Yes, Lower Dolpo is rich in cultural heritage, with opportunities to visit traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and interact with the local Tibetan Buddhist communities.

Trekkers should have a moderate to high level of physical fitness, as the trek involves long days of walking over varied terrain and includes several high passes.

Accommodation during the Lower Dolpo Trek is mainly in basic tea houses or camping, as the region is remote and lacks developed infrastructure.

The highest point reached during the Lower Dolpo Trek is typically around 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) at the Numa La Pass.

While previous trekking experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory. However, trekkers should be reasonably fit and prepared for the challenges of trekking in remote areas.

Trekkers need to obtain both the Restricted Area Permit and the Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit to trek in Lower Dolpo.

The best time to undertake the Lower Dolpo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally clear and stable, offering excellent trekking conditions.

The Lower Dolpo Trek usually takes around 18 to 22 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and pace of the trekker.

The Lower Dolpo Trek is a remote trekking route located in the Dolpa region of Nepal, renowned for its untouched natural beauty and cultural significance.

Lower Dolpo Trek Additional Information

Discovering the Enchanting Beauty of Lower Dolpa Trek: A Himalayan Adventure

Nestled in the remote western reaches of Nepal, Lower Dolpa presents an untouched paradise for trekkers seeking a unique and immersive experience in the heart of the Himalayas. This region, renowned for its cultural richness and natural beauty, offers the Lower Dolpa Trek – a journey that takes you through ancient villages, lush forests, and soaring mountain landscapes. To make the most of this adventure, it's crucial to understand the best time to trek, obtain necessary permits, and be well-prepared for the challenging yet rewarding terrain.

Best Time to Trek Lower Dolpa:

The ideal time to embark on the Lower Dolpa Trek is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear, providing awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks. Spring offers a vibrant landscape adorned with blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers, while autumn treats trekkers to crisp, cool air and stunning fall foliage. Both seasons provide comfortable temperatures for trekking, making it a delightful experience.

Necessity of Permits:

To explore the Lower Dolpa region, trekkers must obtain specific permits. The primary permits required for the Lower Dolpa Trek include:

  1. Restricted Area Permit (RAP): Lower Dolpa is considered a restricted area, and trekkers need to obtain the RAP from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. The permit is essential to regulate the number of visitors and conserve the fragile environment.

  2. Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit: The trek takes you through the Shey Phoksundo National Park, known for its diverse flora and fauna. Trekkers must obtain an entry permit to contribute to the conservation efforts and support local communities.

  3. TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card: Issued by the Nepal Tourism Board, the TIMS card is a mandatory requirement for trekkers. It helps authorities keep track of visitors and ensures their safety.

Trekking Route:

The Lower Dolpa Trek typically starts and ends in Jhupal, with the highlight being the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake. The trek takes you through traditional Tibetan-style villages, including Dunai, Tarakot, and Ringmo. The trail offers a mix of challenging ascents, descents, and serene walks along picturesque landscapes.

Key highlights of the trek include:

  • Phoksundo Lake: A pristine alpine lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Phoksundo is one of the deepest lakes in Nepal. The crystal-clear waters reflect the stunning beauty of the surrounding landscape.

  • Shey Gompa: A spiritual haven perched high in the mountains, Shey Gompa is a monastery with a history dating back centuries. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and is a cultural gem along the trek.

  • Saldang and Yangze Villages: These ancient villages provide a glimpse into the unique culture and lifestyle of the Dolpo people. The locals have preserved their traditions and continue to live a nomadic life in harmony with nature.

Weather Conditions:

Lower Dolpa experiences diverse weather conditions due to its varying elevations. In spring and autumn, temperatures are mild during the day, ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping to around -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower, especially at higher altitudes.

Trekkers should be prepared for unexpected weather changes, and it's advisable to carry layers, a good-quality sleeping bag, and waterproof gear. Monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, making the trails slippery and challenging, so it's best to avoid trekking during this period.

The Lower Dolpa Trek offers a unique blend of cultural exploration and Himalayan adventure. From ancient villages to pristine lakes and towering peaks, every step on this trek is a journey into the heart of Nepal's remote beauty. By choosing the right time to trek, obtaining necessary permits, and being well-prepared for the challenging terrain, trekkers can unlock the secrets of this hidden gem in the Himalayas and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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