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Lower Dolpo Trek

Destination: Nepal Activity: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 19 days Group Size: Minimum 02
Max Altitude: 5238 Meters Difficulty: Difficult
  • Standard three-star accommodation (3 nights) in Kathmandu
  • Tea house accommodation in Mountain

One of the most challenging and exciting treks in the remotest regions of Nepal, Lower Dolpo Trek is truly a testament to the immense treasures of natural and cultural inclinations in Nepal. Comprising of unexplored terrain lying close to Tibet in the North, Dolpo was opened for trekking in 1989. This Trek route explores the land where the greater inhabitants of the Dolpo region have preserved their age-old culture and tradition of Bon-Po religion which predates modern-day Buddhism. The Trek also offers scenic solitude in the pristine Shey Phoksundo National Park and Phoksundo Lake.

The 19-days trek Lower Dolpo Trek begins upon your arrival at Kathmandu. Following a scenic sightseeing tour of some of the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, you’ll fly to Juphal via Nepalgunj. Juphal airport connects Dolpo to the rest of the country. The trek begins at Juphal and gradually ascends through Dunai, Tarakot, Laina Odar, andDho Tarap to Numa La Base Camp. Climbing the Numa La Pass (5238m) is the highlight of the trek. From the top of the pass, you can relish the majestic scenery of the entire landscape starting from the barren territory of Dolpoand spanning as far as Mustang.

Afterward, you’ll trek through Danighar and the Tench, and cross Baga La Pass (5090m), another high pass in the region, before arriving at Phoksundo Lake. Its southern bank is home to more than 20 Buddhist Chortens. After exploring Phoksundo Lake and the surrounding, you’ll retrace your path and head back to Juphal before catching your flight back to Kathmandu. Shey Phoksundo National Park is home to some of the exotic Himalayan wildlife including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and endangered species of Snow Leopard. You can undertake Lower Dolpo Trek throughout the year, however, autumn and spring seasons guarantee accessibility and the best weather.

Ace Vision Treks has been one of the leaders in Nepali tourism where we are solely focused to offer memorable experiences to our clients. In order to do so, we bring new trips with excellent services required for the trip as well as accompany the travelers with experienced local guides.

  • 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)| Welcome Dinner

    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and bring you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek guide and discuss the trip. In the evening, your guide will take you for a welcome dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

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    Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing

    The activities for the day comprised of a tour around the culturally and historically rich Kathmandu City. Accompanied by a tour guide and a private car, you’ll visit some of the hallmarks inside Kathmandu including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites have had a great part in forming the city as it is today. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

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    Kathmandu- Nepalgunj by flight and transfer to hotel|1 hour 20 minutes

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive to the airport and fly toNepalgunj. Nepalgunj welcomes you withwarm weather. Located at the western front of Nepal in the Terai region, the flight covers around 515kilometers from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Once at Nepalgunj, you can choose to take a stroll around the markets,known as Hat Bazaar in local terms, orvisit a local zoo. Overnight stay at Nepalgunj.

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    Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek from Juphal to Dunai (2140m)|30 minutes, 3 hrs

    You’ll wake up early today and take a short flight to Juphal (2475m). The town is the first while entering Dolpo region, otherwise, one must trek or ride on a horse for days to enter Dolpo district. From Juphal, you’ll begin the trek and head towards Dunai village. The trail begins with a pleasant walk along the terraced fields beside theBheri River.Dunaiserves as the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Overnight stay at Dunai.

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    Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2540m)| 5-6 hrs

    The trail continues along theBheri River. You’ll cross deep gorges, hanging bridges, and sparse settlements en route. After 5-6hours of trekking, you’ll arrive at Tarakot whereyou’ll be welcomed with the colorful terraced fields. Tarakot is an old forted town located on the hillock to the south of the Bheri River. Overnight stay at Tarakot.

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    Trek from Tarakot to LainaOdar (3375m)|5-6 hrs

    You’ll walk alongside Tarap Chu River just ahead Tarakotbefore reaching SandulGompa. The popular gompa lies at a juncture between BarbungKhola and Tarap Chu River. You’ll ascend along the uphill trail enjoying the majestic scenery of Putha Hiunchuli (7246) and Chure Himal range before arriving at Laina Odar. Overnight stay at Laina Odar.

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    Trek from LainaOdar to Nawarpani to Toltol (3523m)| 5-6 hrs

    The trail continues through the deep gorge of Tarap River.You’ll walk on wooden planks and flat stones towardsChhyugar. The next destination on the trek is Nawarpani which lies at the conjunction of Nawarpani, Tarap, and Thanjam rivers.You’ll cross a small stream hike for a couple of hours until you arrive at Toltol. Toltolserves as the winter settlement for the inhabitants of Upper Dolpo. Overnight stay at Toltol.

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    Trek from Toltol to DhoTarap (3944m)| 6-7 hrs

    The air starts getting thin so, it can be a bit difficult to trek forward. The trail ascends gradually towards Langa Camp at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Klang Khola. You will encounter wild rose and juniper bushes en route. After a few hours of trekking, you’ll arriveat the village ofDhoTarap which is famous for its inhabitants who still practice Bon Po and Chaiba religion. Overnight stay at DhoTarap.

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    Excursion around DhoTarap for acclimatization

    You’ll spend the day acclimatizing at DhoTarap. You can visit nearby monasteries and observe the ethnic culture of the inhabitants. Due to its close proximity to Tibet in the north, the villages in the area resembletheir northern counterpart. You may also witness the local herding yaks at the nearby grass-fields. Overnight stay at Dho Tarap.

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    Trek from DhoTarap of Numa La Base Camp (4440m)| 4-5 hrs

    The trek continues from DhoTarapand moves towards Numa La Base Camp (4440m). The trail leads toUpper Tarap from where you can enjoy the view of lush grassland on both sides of the Tarap Chu River. After afew hours of trekking through the Tarap valley, you’ll arrive atTokyu.You’ll continue along the rugged trail and arrive atNuma La Base Camp which is located at the foot of Numa La Pass (5238m). Overnight stay at Numa La Base Camp.

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    Trek from Numa La Base Camp to Danighar(4510m) via Numa La Pass (5238m)| 6-7 hrs

    From Numa La Base Camp, you’ll make your way towards Danighar viaNuma La Pass (5238m). The uphill hike mostly encounters rocky trail and steep ascent. You'll ascend through the steep trail towards the top. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with the extraordinary views of Dhaulagiri Peak (8167m), ChureHimal, and Norbung Kang ranges. After briefly exploring the top, you’ll start descending down along the GyamboKhola towards Danighar.

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    Trek from Danighar to Temche (3995m) via Baga La Pass (5170m)| 5-6 hrs

    You’ll make a steep ascent along the shabby trail and move to the higher ground. The trek requires extra effort as you’ll rapidly gain elevation. At the top, you’ll encounter numerous BuddhistChortens, the majestic view of Norbung Kang (6085m), and the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake. You’ll descend to a deep ravine and cross a frozen stream to reach Temche. Overnight stay at Temche.

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    Trek from Yak Kharka to Phoksundo (3600m) 5-6 hrs

    You’ll descend to Yak Kharka from Temche and continue the trek to the village of Ringmo passing through the forested trail with lush oaks, pines, junipers, and cypress trees. After a brief trek, you’ll arrive atRingmo village, which is a famous Bon settlement in the region. A short hike from Ringmowill bring you to the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake. Overnight stay at Ringmo.

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    Explore around Phoksundo Lake

    You’ll explore Phoksundo Lake and the surrounding places. The day begins with the exploration of the nearbyTshowa monastery (the lake-shore Bon Monastery) which lies on a ridge atop Phoksundo Lake. The locals believe that the monastery was built some 900 years ago.You’ll descend to Phoksundo Lake and explore the Buddhist Chortens lying on the Southern banks of the lake. Phoksundo is popular for its pristine turquoise color and scenic surrounding. Overnight at PhoksundoLake.

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    Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka (2678m)| 6 hrs

    From here, you’ll gradually make your way back to Juphal. You’ll continue along the riverside trail and climb the steep ridge to the top of the hill which offers the magnificent view of the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. You’ll descend for a while and make your way to Chunuwar village. The trail advances through the pine and birches forest towards Chhepka village through numerous detours. Overnight stay at Chhepka.

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    Trek from Chhepka to Juphal (2475m)| 6 hrs

    Leaving Chhepka you’ll head towards Juphalvillage passing through the Shyanta and Kageni villages en route. From Shyanta, you’ll trek through a forested path that leads right to the check post of SheyPhoksundo National Park. You’ll exit the park area and make your way towards Juphal through a suspension bridge over Thuli Bheri River. You’ll encounter the colorful fields of barley and wheat on the trail. Overnight stay at Juphal.

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    Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj —afternoon flight back to Kathmandu

    You’ll take the earliest possible flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to the hotel. In Kathmandu, you can spend the remainder of the day as you wish. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

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    Reserve day for flight delay and cancellation due to bad weather

    A day is kept in hand to cover any flight delay or cancellation. If you’re already at Kathmandu, you can enjoy time exploring the town. You can consider visiting Thamel and enjoy local cuisines in some of the finest diners. There are plenty of other attractions in the city to visit as well. 

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    Depart from Kathmandu

    Our representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport in a private car so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. You will leave for the airport approx. 2 hours early. On the way, you can share your trip experience or your next adventure with us.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle.
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide (leader).
  • Porter service (2 trekkers =1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits
  • Lower Dolpo Special Permit
  • All government and local taxes

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Your travel insurance.
  • Your Nepal Visa.
  • You will require 2 passport size photos
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drink, cold drink, laundry
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews
  • Sightseeing and Monuments fees
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include sections
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