Lower Dolpo Trek
Lower Dolpo region boasts the highest waterfall of Nepal, 5000 m passes, Phoksondo Lake, monasteries and Gompas among many other attractions. Alternating between forested areas and dry arid countryside, the trekking trail offers spectacular variations of habitation, vegetation and geography. The trail which moves around the Shey Phoksondo National park, offers pristine views of the surrounding mastiffs.
The mystical Lower Dolpo is the basis of the Oscar nominated documentary Caravan which itself has portrayed its immense beauty. An age old trade route to Tibet is present in this area which is strewn with yaks and caravans during the summer season. An off beaten path with ethnic populations like the Thinley adorning the region, this trek is recommended to thrill seekers. Is Lower Dolpo trekking trail safe? We Nepalese welcome people from all across the world to embark on this wonderful trek without any doubt about its safety.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 03: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj
Day 04: Nepalgunj- Juphal- Dunai (2320m-2850m)
Day 05: Dunai- Tarakot (2850m- 2543m)
Day 06: Tarakot- Laini (2543m-3160m)
Day 07: Laini- Nawarpani (3160m-3545m)
Day 08: Nawarpani- Do Tarap (3545m- 4090m)
Day 09: Do Tarap acclimatization To eliminate the possibility of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) and to acclimatize with
Day 10: Do Tarap- Numa La Base Camp (4090m-4440m)
Day 11: Numa La Base Camp- Numa La- Pelung Tang (4440-5190-4465)
Day 12: Pelung Tang- Baga La- Dajok Tang (4465- 5070- 4080m)
Day 13: Dajok Tang- Ringmo (4080-3600m)
Day 14: Ringmo- Phoksundo Lake- Ringmo
Day 15: Ringmo- Shyanta (3600m-2520m)
Day 16: Shyanta- Juphal
Day 17: Juphal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, is followed by checking in to the hotel. You can relish authentic Nepali cuisine and rest adequately for the upcoming trek.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1300m)
Kathmandu is home to the famous World Heritage sites like the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares, Syambunath, Boudanath along with temples like Pashupatinath, Guheswori etc which can be visited today.
An hour’s flight towards the west will take us to the town of Nepalgunj, the gateway to Humla. This Terai town borders India and is influenced highly by Hindu and Muslim cultures. While in Nepalgunj, several sightseeing activities like visiting the zoo, bazaars and villages can be organized. 1 hour flight.
Nepalgunj- Juphal- Dunai (2320m-2850m)
A morning’s scenic flight over mountains to the city of Juphal will mark the beginning of this wonderful day. Amalgamated with pristine views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mastiffs, our trekking starts today from Juphal. Through terraced fields, bridge through the Bheri River and passage through narrow gorge, we reach the administrative headquarter of Dolpo, Dunai. 45 minutes flight. 2-3 hours trek.
Dunai- Tarakot (2850m- 2543m)
Tarakot is a fortress town situated in Dolpo. A fort is named by the local people as a Dzong. This fortress town can be reached by trekking via river side, gorges, several bridges and villages. Adorned with pine trees, the trail alternatively offers views of several terraced fields and greenery all around. Tarakot stands to the south of the Bheri River and was a hotspot for trading caravans in the older times. 5-6 hours trek.
Tarakot- Laini (2543m-3160m)
This day’s trek amalgamated the passage through the Tarap Chu River upstream. The trail brings us to the famous Sandul Gompa which is present at the junction of the Barbung hola and the Tarap Chu River. Through farmed villages and terraces, we reach today’s destination, Laini. 6-7 hours trek.
Laini- Nawarpani (3160m-3545m)
This day’s trek begins with trailing along the gorge of the Tarap River, followed by a walk through steep slopes. The passage through this narrow gorge, with occasional jumps from one side to the other is an exciting aspect of today’s trek. The trail gradually descends to Chyungur Khola and eventually reaches Nawarpani. 5-6 hours trek
Nawarpani- Do Tarap (3545m- 4090m)
After breakfast, the day’s trail moved upwards to the confluence of the Lang Khola and Tarap Chu rivers, known as the Kamattarka. The trail ascends upwards to juniper, oak and rose vegetation which are typically common in the arid, wild Himalayan valleys. The village of Do Tarap is reached eventually which is surrounded irregularly by a wall made of stone. This valley is famous for the harmony in which the Bon Po and Chaiba sects live in. there is also the presence of Magar and Tibetan tribes who live harmoniously with each other. 7-8 hours walk.
Do Tarap acclimatization To eliminate the possibility of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) and to acclimatize with
To eliminate the possibility of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) and to acclimatize with the altitude, this day will be devoted to taking a rest and carrying out minimal activities. Do Tarap is home to various monasteries which can be visited and various viewpoints which offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks seen from this region. Also available is the opportunity to witness the unique culture, tradition and dress of the local people. They wear marron dresses and boots called the dhocha or somba. The religious coral and amber amulets worn by them can be seen and marveled upon. The religious harmony of the Bon po and Nyingmapa ethic people and the Buddhist influence present all over the region are worth noting. The Buddhist Gompa can be visited too.
Do Tarap- Numa La Base Camp (4090m-4440m)
Thrugh the passage through the upper Tarap Valley, the trail today follows a path through lush grassy terrains on the river bed. This area, which differs from other parts of the Upper Dolpo region, has pleasant tracks surrounded by green marshes. Like a dream valley, Tarap valley comprises of vast plains, and high mountain views taking us finally to the Tokyu village. Tokyu village is home to a Chiba sect monastery which can be visited to observe the Buddhist influence prominently visible in the region. To reach the overnight camp beneath the Numa-La, the passage through a rough track is required. Camp is set at the base camp of the Numa La. 6-7 hours trek.
Numa La Base Camp- Numa La- Pelung Tang (4440-5190-4465)
This day marks a long and difficult, yet a highly adventurous and rewarding trail. The crossing of the Numa La Pass is the major concern of the day as a steep climb to the top of the Numa La ridge is carried out first. Upon reaching the top, one can view the exclusive landscapes and the pristine peaks visible from the pass. Among them falls the mastiff of the Dhaulagiri which never ceases to amaze onlookers. Descending downwards, the trail today ends at Pelung Tang where we spend the night. 6-7 hours trek.
Pelung Tang- Baga La- Dajok Tang (4465- 5070- 4080m)
The trail today starts with a steep climb. The trail reaches the top of the Baga La, another beautiful viewpoint. It offers spectacular views of the snowcapped mastiffs like the Kanjiroba Himal range. This beautiful experience is followed by a descend down to the Dajok Tang where camp is set to spend the night. 6 hours trek.
Dajok Tang- Ringmo (4080-3600m)
Through pine forests, pasture fields and alpine vegetation, today’s trail moves into the village of Ringmo. This day’s trek can comparatively deemed to be easier and shorter than the other days and will provide sufficient time to rest. 3-4 hours trek.
Ringmo- Phoksundo Lake- Ringmo
This day is attributed to rest and exploration around the area. Yak caravans adorn the view of the Ringmo village through which the Tibetan Buddhist monastery can be visited. The Phoskundo Lake, the crystal serene lake, famous in this region, lies strategically close to Ringmo and will be visited in a leisurely fashion today. Great views of the other surrounding lakes are provided here. Camping is done to spend the rest of the night in Ringmo.
Ringmo- Shyanta (3600m-2520m)
This day’s trek is a downhill one. A descend from Ringmo brings the village of Chepka. Through a overhanging rock, the trail from Chepka heads towards many villages before reaching Shyanta. The presence of mineral and medicines which are supposedly meant to cure almost anything, makes this day;s trek an adventurous and exciting one. 5-6 hours walk.
A gentle sloping ascend marks the beginning of the trail this day. The first village that we reach is Sulighat. Though birch trees, the trail also amalgamates the views of the spectacular mountain peaks. Juphal, our destination is seen below us. With utmost caution, the trail moves into Juphal. The market of Juphal is worth visiting upon reaching and the rest of the day can be spent relaxing and easing way the pains of the trek. 2-3 hours trek.
Juphal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
A flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj is immediately followed by a flight to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Kathmandu, shopping and souvenir collection can be carried out. The relishing cuisines of the Nepalese can be tried.
After the visit and trek through the beautiful Himalayan country of Nepal, it is time to depart, only to come back for more.