About Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek is an isolated area compare to the rest of trekking region on Nepal; this trek is fewer tourists visiting trek per year. The Lower Dolpo is Midwestern part of Nepal, and it is 15 days 14 nights trek with a basic Tea house and homestay.

Lower Dolpo is magnification adventure Himalayas view of Dolpo region, its call rain shadow trekking in Nepal which is the best time to do June, July, August, Sep-Oct, Lower Dolpo Trek required the special permit from Nepal immigration office, one week Permit is U$D10 per person for the special Permit and Phoksundo National park permits is $30 per person. The main highlighted of the Trek is Phoksundo Lake, it is exotic and enthralling path, reasonably tough trek connect with the part of Great Himalayan Trail (upper Dolpo).

Phoksundo Lake is situated 3,612 m. Above sea level, which is very charming Lake, rhododendron and pine trees, Wild animals- Himalayan Thar, musk deer, Danphe and Monals protected under the Phoksundo National park. The trails are the natural stone step, necessary accommodations, Nepali foods Dal Bhat.

The people from Lower Dolpo region are Magar, Thakali, Bohora, Tibetan and Bhote, their people are real indigenous people of Nepal; they have typical Tibetan cultures followers.

Trip Highlights

  • World Heritage Site Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Temple.
  • Fine Art and Gallery of Hindu and Buddhist culture in Patan.
  • Snowy peaks, ancient and remote villages, rich wildlife, lovely Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes.
  • Phoksundo Lake – Alpine fresh water oligotrochic Lake.
  • Warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions.
  • Remarkable and breathtaking trekking experience.
  • Lower Dolpo – Land of Natural Hidden Wonders.
  • Last Minute Shopping and Refreshment in Thamel Kathmandu With Typical Nepali Cuisine.

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival In kathmandu and drive to your Hotel

Our airport representative will be in Kathmandu international airport with your Name card or "Top of the World Adventure" agency name card. Confirm your arrival you will drive from airport to Kathmandu Hotel. After Check in, you will be fresh up and you will go to visit agency office to collect flights tickets and other information. If you have missed bringing any trekking equipment then you can buy just next to hotel. You will have welcome dinner in the night and prepared drop back to the hotel and overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300

Today After having breakfast, you will visit the Kathmandu Valley in Private Vehicle. You will have Lunch and visit UNESCO Heritage site in Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Temple, Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple), etc. Our professional English-speaking guide will explain about the history, culture, etc. about the places you visited. At the same time you can visit to thamel shop for some trek preparation and if you have forgotten to bring anything you can buy in Kathmandu thamel. Overnight stay at Kathmandu Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300

After preparation for Lower Dolpo Trekking, as per flight time you will be driven to Kathmandu domestic airport by our TOP OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE representative for sweeping a little less of 60 mins flight to reach Far South West Nepal at Nepalgunj city, a warm semi-tropical climate area close to Indian border on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to a nice hotel within the city area, with time for short walk around.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Nepalgunj Hotel
  • Place: Nepalgunj
  • Altitude: 150

Early breakfast for another short connecting flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, on reaching Jhupal after 40 mins on air, where our walk starts from Jhupal at present a motor road has been constructed connecting Dunai the main headquarters town of Dolpa area.

From Jhupal walking on old trekking path heading into many scattered farm villages and crossing few streams entering into a nice forest to Dunai for overnight stop, in the comfort of nice local lodge, afternoon walk around Dunai the headquarters town of Dolpo district, an interesting place to observe its culture and way of daily life.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Duani
  • Altitude: 2850

Start morning walk past Dunai town heading into smaller farm villages and then into a small wooded area, following river all the way to Tarakot for overnight stop, a large and interesting village with an old history as well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village. Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tarakot
  • Altitude: 2543

Today walks leads into a nice valley at Tarap, as trek progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight stop by the river after a good day walk of about near six hours, a nice area where nearby village use as a grazing pasture ground for Yaks and other domesticated animals.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lamachaur
  • Altitude: 3600

From this nice area within large meadow where your walk leads to the ends into narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads to Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might spot some wild life like Naur or Blue Sheep and other wild animals.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Toltol
  • Altitude: 3523

From here a long climb towards inner Tarap valley, the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is near 20 k.m. stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Yak herder’s temporary camps to reach our overnight stop at Ghymagar village within Dho Tarap valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dho Tarap
  • Altitude: 4090

After a great walk for several days this will be an ideal place for rest day to support with acclimatization and to explore around this scenic country beyond the village around Dho-Tarap, where you will observe immense culture of Dolpo people mix with some Magar tribe a hill of Nepal Himalaya spread-out throughout the mid hills country.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dho Tarap
  • Altitude: 4090

From here we enter into nice village of Tokyu Gaon one of the largest village of this region, morning starts with climb for few hours to reach at this lovely village of Tokyu Gaon, with an old monastery with time permitting visit the monastery and continue walk past farm villages to reach a grassy field at the base of high Numa-la pass for overnight stops.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Numala Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4440

Morning starts early to cross over Numa-la at 5,238 meters, the highest spot of the adventure, climb on steep grassy slopes for near three hours to reach on top Numa-la with super views of snow-capped mountains from Dhaulagiri mountain range to Kagmara peak and looking down at beautiful valleys and surrounding dramatic landscapes, after an enjoyable moment descend to the base of the pass, then walk on a gradual path to an overnight stop on summer pasture at Gyambo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Gyambo
  • Altitude: 4250

A great scenic and pleasant walk from here we reach at Temche, as morning follows a narrow path reaching into an alpine woodland of tall juniper, pines and fir tree lines to reach at Temche for an overnight halt, after walking with grand views heading ups and down along gradual winding path to Temche.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Temche
  • Altitude: 3995

After being in complete isolation away from main villages and human settlement where today walks leads with short winding trail overlooking grand scenery of surrounding country and then descend towards Ringmo Gaun for an overnight stop, located close to Phoksundo Lake, also called as Ringmo Lake

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Ringmo Gaun
  • Altitude: 3600

Walk leads to a short distance today of a few hours of gentle good treks reaching down by the lake shore and crossing few streams to reach at the bank of Phoksundo Lake, with time to marvel beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, and hike by the lakeside.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phoksundo Lake
  • Altitude: 3600

After a wonderful time at Phoksundo Lake a major highlight of the adventure where walks leads to cross few fast streams with uphill past farm villages of walnut trees close to a stream of Dhera, a small cattle herders settlements, from here a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe, then further hour climb to reach overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chhepka
  • Altitude: 2678

From Chhepka entering into more farm villages of Hindu tribes Roka Chettries and Thakuri Malla with nice tended terraces reaching closer to more nice and active villages past Dunai, and then on good road within patch of pine woodland to reach back at Jhuphal for overnight stop, and last day around Dolpo area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jhuphal
  • Altitude: 2475

Morning as per flight time for Nepalgunj transfer to Jhupal airstrip, a short scenic flight brings us to Nepalgunj airport for short transit stop and then taking another flight back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains during airborne and then reaching at Kathmandu domestic airport, a short transfer back to your hotels.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. It's good to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu hotel with Breakfast
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing with English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Kathmandu flight fares
  • Nepaljung-Jhuphal-Nepaljung flight fares
  • Shey-Phoksundo National Park permit
  • All necessary permits 
  • TIMS
  • Trekking guide (Food, accommodation, salary, insurance)
  • Teahouse Accomodation in Mountain
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • First aid tool box

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar bills
  • Visa fee
  • International flight fare
  • Travels insurance
  • Trekking equipment 
  • Tips