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Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek - 10 Days

One of the best treks, Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek provides you a great opportunity to explore remote western region of Nepal. Dolpo region is beautifully filled with many geographic and you can get a great chance to observe wild lives of this region like: Snow leopard, Ghoral, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, and Mountain Goat etc. along with different beautiful variety of birds. It is one of the areas where Bonpo religion is still in practice. So you can closely explore this Buddhists cultures, Traditions and beliefs. Beside this, the trekking trail gives you a chance to explore popular villages of this region where you can also learn the local culture of people influenced by Tibetan culture and their daily lifestyle. This area offers you the deepest lake “Phoksundo Lake” and the biggest waterfall “Suligard” of Nepal  with spectacular landscapes and beautiful views of Himalayas.

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is an outstanding choice to explore the amazing Phoksundo Lake and explore the endangered species like Blue Sheep and Mountain Goats. The landscapes are admirable and in nice location with shadows of Himalayas reflected in the colorful and barren slopes of mountains. Dolpo region is all featured in National Geographic by Eric Valli and it has shown its mystical side for the viewers. You will be amused by the caravans of Yaks and it is hard to believe that still Buddhist Bon Po is practiced in rural place like this.

Our trip begins from Kathmandu by taking flight to Nepalgunj and then again taking another flight to Jhupal. We start our first trek from Jhupal to Dunai and feel the chill cold crispy air of the Himalaya for the first time. From Dunai, we trek to Tarakot passing some old villages and crossing bridges. We trek to Laini and see some amazing old villages as well as monasteries. From Laini,it is time to move toward Nawarpani by passing some narrow gorges and then trek to Dho Tarap to see interesting villagers and their lifestyle and also to take rest and properly acclimatize. The trek begins to take high altitude as we ascend Numa La Pass (5190m) and then trek to Pelung Tang. It is time to hike Dajok tang at 4080m while we pass lush grassland and to trek to Ringmo – a popular village where you can experience Tibetan culture and simple lifestyle. We then hike to Phoksundo Lake which is famous because Hollywood movie “CARAVAN” was mostly shot in this area. We leave Phoksundo Lake behind us and trek to Shyanta where amazing disease curing minerals can be found and we trek along the hanging rock cliff. Now, it is all the way back to Juphal and flight back to Kathmandu from the same route. Once, we are in Kathmandu, you have to join a small dinner program after you have taken proper rest and organized your belongings – mostly photos.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you to hotel for further briefing about the upcoming trip. In the evening, a small meeting shall be held to discuss and prepare for the trek. And after meeting you can roam around Thamel to get familiar with environment and location.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Preparation

After half day sightseeing around Kathmandu. We visit our office and meet guides as well as other staffs. We then gather to discuss about the upcoming trip then make ourselves ready by checking necessary documents and equipments.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj -1 hrs

Today, we fly to Nepalgunj – Nepalgunj is located in South Western Nepal, in Terai region near to Indian Border. It is famous for Bageshowri Temple of Hindus and richshaw/cycle ride. The settlement somewhat resembles India and we reach horse cart full of colorful people after leaving the busy Bazaar.

Day 4
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)- 45 mins, about 3 hrs trek

We take amazing flight to Simikot. The flight covers beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and mountain ridges. Today, we experience crispy cold air in Hindu village, Simikot. Simikot is situated in altitude of almost 3000 meters; therefore we take slow climb to acclimatize properly.

Day 5
Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft)- about 6 hrs

We continue our trek to Tarakot by initiating our trek from the southern bank of Bheri River and taking upstream trail. We pass through several deep gorges, bridges and some isolated villages. We have to walk from path built about seven meters above the rover and walking for a while, we reach Tarakot village – a small village at hillock to the south of Bheri River.

Day 6
Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft)- about 7 hrs

We take walk alongside Tarap Chu River and cross if for two times to reach Sandul Gompa. The Gompa is between the juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River. We further trek through farm terraces and rural villages and begin to ascend and descend for a while to reach Laini.

Day 7
Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft)- about 6 hrs

We take steep climb and walk above the Tarap River. The walk is exciting and the valley becomes narrower and we can even jump from one side of the gorge to another. After taking several challenging climbs and descending to the banks of Chyugur Khola, we reach Nawarpani.

Day 8
Trek from Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft)- about 7 hrs

We initiate our amazing walk by uphill climb to Kamattarka. Then, we cross a narrow gorge to leave the trees behind and see wild roses and juniper bushes. We walk for several hours and reach the village of Dho Tarap – a village surrounded by irregular stone wall and settled by Bon Po and Chaiba religion. There are few inhabitants of Tibet and nost of them are Magars living here for many generations.

Day 9
Tarap: acclimatization

For acclimatization, staying idle is not good for health according to experts. So, we hike nearby monasteries and explore local culture. The people of Tarap are all traditional and simple and wear their traditional clothing. The settlers are both Bon Po and Buddhist followers.

Day 10
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft)- about 7 hrs walk

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing and personal

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Everest Panorama and how can we prepare?

    Trekking to Everest Panorama is an easy trek as compared to others. And our company also provides well skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. People with weak ankles, lungs, hearts problems may suffer more difficulty on trekking. Well preparation is needed for every trek.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Everest Panorama trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements? Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Everest Panorama trek?

    Trek to Everest Base Camp with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room. Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hour should I walk per day and what happened if I am slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

  • 8. What about the weather conditions and Lukla flight?

    Firstly, we have to take a flight to Lukla in the morning then we start trek from Lukla but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Lukla weather, we are not sure about untimed flight. If there will be frequent weather problem, we do arrange a flight by helicopter chopper and for this you have to pay additionally.

  • 9. What is the limitation of weight to Lukla flight and where do I store my extra bags?

    You can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag and if you want to carry more than the limit you have to pay extra charges. You can keep your extra bags in your hotel or in the office in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 5190 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • March to May and September to November
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 10 Days
  • 1-18 Pax

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