The highlight of the Lower Dolpo Trek
- One of the best treks, Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek provides you a great opportunity to explore the remote western region of Nepal.
- Visit Shey Phosundo lake, explore the Buddhist monasteries and amazing landscape of Lower Dolpo.
- Massif view of mountains beautiful flora and fauna of Phoksunda national park.
- Bonpo religion is still in practice in this area. So you can closely explore this Buddhists cultures and Bonpo religion.
- Experience the hidden wilderness of Dolpo region and it’s forbidden kingdom.
Trip Summarize –
Lower Dolpo 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 the nice location with shadows of the 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 the rural place like this.
One of the best remote area trail, Lower Dolpo Trek provides you a great opportunity to explore a remote western region of Nepal. Dolpo region is beautifully filled with many geographic and you can get a great chance to observe the wild lives of this region like Snow leopard, Ghoral, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, and Mountain Goat. Besides this, the trekking trail gives you a chance to explore the popular villages of this region. You can also learn the local culture of people influenced by Tibetan culture and their daily lifestyle while walking to Lower Dolpo. For the longer you can also do Upper Dolpo trek. This area offers you the deepest lake “Phoksundo Lake” and the biggest waterfall “Sluggard” of Nepal with spectacular landscapes and beautiful views of Himalayas. You can also sight seen in Kathmandu and explore ancient temples and monasteries. Sunrise Adventure trek will make your trip memorable from your arrival to departure.
Similarly, our trip begins from Kathmandu by taking the 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 crisp 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.
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 Santa 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- Nepaljung and flight back to Kathmandu from the same route. Once, we are in Kathmandu, you can join dinner program.
Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Preparation - B
Day3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj -1 hrs – B.L.D
Day4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)- 45 mins, about 3 hrs trek – B.L.D
Day5: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft) - about 6 hrs – B.L.D
Day6: Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft) - about 7 hrs – B.L.D
Day7: Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft) - about 6 hrs – B.L.D
Day8: Trek from Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft) - about 7 hrs – B.L.D
Day9: Tarap: acclimatization – B.L.D
Day10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft.) - about 7 hrs. walk – B.L.D
Day11: Cross Numa La Pass and camp at Pelung Tang, (4465m/ 14645 ft.), 6 to 7 hours walk – B.L.D
Day12: Cross Baga La Pass at 16630 ft. and trek to Dajok Tang at 13382 ft., 6 hours walk – B.L.D
Day13: Trek from Dajok Tang to Ringmo at (3600m/ 11808ft.), 3 to 4 hours walk – B.L.D
Day14: Hike to Phoksundo Lake – B.L.D
Day15: Trek to Shyanta from Phoksundo Lake, (2520m/ 8265ft.), 5 to 6 hours walk – B.L.D
Day16: Shyanta to Jhupal – B.L.D
Day17: Back to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu – B.D
Day18: Depature/ Farewell - B
(Note: B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)
1.How difficult is Lower Dolpo trek and how can I Prepare?
Trek to Lower Dolpo is remote and easy type trekking, can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. People with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs may have to suffer much difficulty in trekking.
2. What about the safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Lower Dolpo 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 the weather conditions and Jumla flight?
After reaching at Nepalgunj, we have to take a flight to Jumla in the morning then we start trek from Jumla but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Jumla 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 language during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding language.
6. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?
It’s difficult to mention about tipping, 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.
7. What is the limitation of weight to Jumla 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.
8. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Lower Dolpo trek?
Trek to Lower Dolpo 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.
9. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?
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.