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Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Far Western Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Camp trek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Numa La pass (5,190m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Lower Dolpo trek is not a widely recognized trek route in Nepal and is done in the Dolpo region of Nepal. The trek is undertaken in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal and offers the thrill of off-the-beaten-path trekking in the Himalayas. Dolpo is located on the western hills of Nepal in Karnali Pradesh.

Trek to Lower Dolpo offers hiking along with stunning landscapes, passing over deep valleys, crossing high mountain passes, and picturesque villages. Along the route, trekkers will experience the unique culture and traditions of the locals, not to mention the eye-catching Himalayan panorama.

Lower dolpo trek itinerary consists of crossing over high mountain passes like Numa La Pass and Baga La Pass offering spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. You will trek inside Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal, witnessing it’s rare flora and fauna of the region.

Another highlight of the trek is visiting the turquoise Phoksundo Lake located at 3.611 meters. Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater lake located in the Dolpo region. The trekking trails to Phoksundo are difficult and rough, yet the rewards are overwhelming.

Lower Dolpo Trek is a challenging adventure yet rewarding trek high up in the Himalayas suitable for anyone looking to explore remote and isolated areas of the Himalayas.

Lower Dolpo trek Highlights:

  • Ideal trip for the long holidaymakers aspiring to take a plunge into the far-flung mystique chunk of Nepal
  • Navigate Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal.
  • Relish the serene beauty of the milieu as you pass by the turquoise waters of Phoksumdo Lake.
  • Explore two of the oldest monasteries in Nepal – Pal Sentan Thansoon Chholing Gompa & Shey Gompa; know some of the most interesting anecdotes associated with them.
  • Visit the largest conservation area in Nepal, the Shey Phoksumdo National Park.
  • Walk up to the several passes above 5000 metres – Saldang La (5200m), Jeng La (5090m) and Kang La (5360m)
  • An exploration day in the lush verdant milieu of the Tibetan-style village, Dho Tarap- interact with the local inhabitants and get a real sense of Tibetan life patterns.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m /1 hour)
Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m /35mins) and trek to Dunai (2,850m /2-3 hours trek)
Day 04: Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m /5-6 hours)
Day 05: Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m /6-7 hours)
Day 06: Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m /5-6 hours)
Day 07: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m /7-8 hours)
Day 08: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
Day 09: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m /6-7 hours)
Day 10: Cross Numa La pass (5,190m), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m /6-7 hours)
Day 11: Cross Baga La pass (5,070m), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/6 hours)
Day 12: Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/3-4 hours)
Day 13: Hike to Phoksundo Lake (3600m/4-5 hours)
Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m /5-6 hours)
Day 15: Shyanta to Jhupal (2,320m/5-6 hours)
Day 16: Fly to Nepalgunj (150m/35mins) & further flight to Kathmandu (1400m /1 hour)
Day 17: A free day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Final departure

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu round airfares.
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staffs and helpers wages for the trekking period.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Lower Dolpo Speical permit & Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner In Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.).
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Tips for guides, porters & crew (Tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Lower Dolpo Trek?
The Lower Dolpo Trek is an adventurous and off-the-beaten-path trekking route in the Dolpo region of western Nepal. It takes you through remote and rugged landscapes, ancient villages, and beautiful natural surroundings.

2. How long does the Lower Dolpo Trek take?
The duration of the Lower Dolpo Trek takes 15 days to complete the trek.

3. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek often starts from the town of Juphal, which is accessible by flight from Nepalgunj. From Juphal, trekkers follow the trail through remote villages and stunning landscapes, eventually reaching the Lower Dolpo region.

4. Is the Lower Dolpo Trek difficult?
The Lower Dolpo Trek is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers with good physical fitness. The trail involves trekking at high altitudes and crossing several mountain passes.

5. What is the best time to do the Lower Dolpo Trek?
The best time for the Lower Dolpo Trek is during the late spring (May to June) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

6. Are permits required for the Lower Dolpo Trek?
Yes, permits are required for the Lower Dolpo Trek. The required permits typically include the Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit and the Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit.

7. What are the highlights of the Lower Dolpo Trek?
The trek offers a range of highlights, including exploring the remote and culturally rich villages of the Lower Dolpo region, visiting ancient monasteries and gompas, encountering unique flora and fauna, and witnessing the mesmerizing beauty of Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest and most serene lakes in Nepal.

8. What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
Accommodation options in the remote areas of Lower Dolpo are limited and basic. Trekkers mostly stay in teahouses or camping during the trek.

9. Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Lower Dolpo Trek?
Hiring a guide is highly recommended for the Lower Dolpo Trek. The region is remote and less frequented by trekkers, and having an experienced guide can be invaluable in navigating the trail, understanding the local culture, and ensuring your safety.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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