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LOWER DOLPO TREK

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destination Dolpa
duration 17 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Dolpa
max altitude 5310m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Tea House + Camping
season Spring-Summer-Autumn

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 3,400
2 Pax USD 3,300
3 Pax USD 3,200
4 - 6 Pax USD 2,900
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,800
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,700
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,500
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USD 3,400

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LOWER DOLPO TREK

A spiritual journey to one of the least inhabited and remote regions of Nepal that offer high altitude passes, a pristine turquoise blue lake, and exposure to an ancient 8th century Tibetan culture. Venturing into this mountainous region is like stepping back in time where people have adapted to the harsh conditions while maintaining a smile on their face. This trek will teach you a lot about the flora, fauna, and incredible beauty of the place, but more importantly, it will give you a new perspective on life and what it means to be free!

The Lower Dolpo trek takes you into the Shey Phoksundo National Park, home to a number of endangered species, such as the elusive snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep, goral, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan Tahr, jackal, and Himalayan black bear. 

The Dolpo region lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park in the western part of Nepal, between the Tibet plateau and the Dhaulagiri range.

The “Bon” people in this region practice a distinct form of Tibetan Buddhism that is reflected in their homes and daily lives. 

The Dolpo region is divided into two parts Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo. The trail begins at Jufal which is reached after a short flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then fly to Jufal (2499m). The highest point of the trek is at Shey Gompa (Crystal Monastery), an 800 year old Tibetan monastery and one of the most famous in all of Nepal. The trail takes you through the Annapurna, Kanjiroba, and Dhaulagiri ranges and to the crystal clear waters of Phoksundo Lake (3612m).  You will see the unspoiled culturally rich Bon and Buddhist villages. The trail will lead you through three high altitude passes, Kagmara La pass (5115m), Numa La Pass (5159m) and Baga La Pass (5190m) and to villages rich in tradition and culture: Tarakot (2540m), Laini Odar (3375m), Nawarpani, Dho Tarap, Danighar(4510m), Temche (4000m) and Chhepka. Prior to heading over Numa La Pass you will go via Numa La Base Camp (4350m). 

If you want to preview what lies ahead on your trek to Lower Dolpo, then we recommend you take a peek at these movies. Dolpo was the location for the Oscar-nominated movies "The Himalaya" and “The Caravan” and for the German documentary Dolpo Tulku. It wasn’t until 1989 that the southern part of Dolpo eventually opened up to trekkers

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking guarantee this trek will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Your journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then a short flight to Jhupal where your adventure begins.

Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek

  • Views of Dhaulagiri Kingirowa and other massive Tibetan peaks.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park, Tibetan Plateau & Dhaulagiri range.
  • Breathtaking high altitude passes Kagmara La pass (5115m), Numa La Pass (5159m) and Baga La Pass (5190m).
  • Explore ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and witness the local culture & traditions.
  • Trek through the magnificent Dho Tarap Valley with its harsh landscape.
  • Navigate deep gorges and rivers.

ITINERARY

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On your arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by Sherpa Expedition and trekking staff and transferred to your respective hotels followed by a briefing regarding your Dolpo trek, hotels, lodges on the route and the dos and don’ts followed by an evening welcome dinner.
Today we will take a 50 minute afternoon flight to Nepalgunj located in Nepal’s distant south west. We will spend our first night here.
In the morning we take our 35-minute flight to Jhupal in Dolpo and after arrival has a short trek along the riverside to Dunai where we stay the night. Dunai is a major town in the district and has markets and shops to wander around in the afternoon.
Today we follow the Bheri River and pass several small villages with their monasteries, Mani stones and cultivated farmland. Tarakot was once the capital of Tichorung, an ancient independent kingdom. Most of the inhabitants of Tarakot are of the Magar caste and practice Tibetan Buddhism. We will stay here the night.
We have a four to five hour trek today via Laisicap (2775m) and Kanigaon (2950m) before reaching Laini Odar. Along the trail you can expect to see the Himalayan Mountains of Putha, Hiunchuli and Churen Himal. Tonight we camp at Laini Odar with its close by waterfall.
The trek today offers fantastic views of Chhyugar (3440m) and Toltol (3530m) mountains as we pass through deep gorges and towering cliffs. Tonight we stay at Nawarpani.
We follow the trail for six to seven hours along the banks of Tarap Khola via Ghyamghar and Langa villages. We continue and then reach Dho Tarap, which epitomizes the unique villages found in this region. Dho Tarap sits perched above a wide valley and was once a famous trading post for traders coming from Tibet and Mustang. Tonight we camp at Dho Tarap.
Today we can rest as well as stay active and wander around Dho Tarap with a visit to the 1000 year old Ringo Bumpa Monastery built by Jigme Nyima Gyaltsen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to ward off evil spirits wandering the region. Nearby Dho Tarap are other monasteries, such as the Mekhyim Monastery, Dhoro Monastery and the Bon Gompa monastery, Shipichowk. Health officials recommend you stay active while acclimatizing to better prepare you for trekking at higher altitudes.
Today we head out on a four to five hour trek via the Crystal Mountain School, past the health post, and through Tokyu Village (4209m). There are some incredible views over the local monastery of Sharing Gompa, home to many monks from this region. Tonight we will stay at Numa La Base Camp.
We have a six to seven-hour physically demanding trek today as we head to Numa La Pass where we have spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Norbu Kang, and Churen Himal. Tonight we stay at Numa La Pass.
Today’s trek is about six to seven hours and is quite physical as we climb a steep trail to Gaga La Pass from where we have great views of Norbung Lang Peak and the turquoise blue Phoksundo Lake. We will stay here the night below the pass at Temche.
Today we initially head down to Yak Kharka before heading up to Ringmo passing through forests of juniper, pine and cypress and then on to the stunning blue Phoksundo Lake. We will stay here the night near the lake.
Phoksundo Lake amazingly never freezes despite the altitude. From the lake we can look down at the typical Tibetan Ringmo Village. Looking upward from the lake you can see several glaciers. There are also several Bon monasteries to visit while staying here.
Today we begin by trekking on an undulating trail to Chunuwar and Recchi passing through birch, pine and bamboo forests as we leave behind Phoksundo Lake. Tonight we will stay at Chhepka.
Our trek today is about five to six hours via the villages of Shyanta and Khangadanda passing through cultivated fields of barley and wheat until we get to Jhupal where we stay the night. Jhupal has a large market that is worth a wander around.
Today we fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure and explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Costs included in your package.

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Thre night’s standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj with breakfast
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and other equipment during the camping trek. We will provide full waterproof two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, etc.
  • All necessary paper works and Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permits fee.
  • Trekking Permits for Lower Dolpo Restricted Area.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Lower Dolpo Trekking map, one in a group.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Any extra activities and items not mentioned in “our services section”.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Getting There & Away

Western Nepal is remote, making access more difficult than other parts of Nepal. First, you have to get to Nepalgunj, on the plains, and then to Juphal in Dolpo district.
Most people fly to Nepalgunj from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. From Nepalgunj, you then fly to Juphal. (It isn’t possible to fly directly to Juphal from Kathmandu, although expensive charter flights can be arranged from Pokhara.) Most organized tours will fly from Kathmandu. Keep in mind that the airport at Juphal is no more than a tiny mountain airstrip, where bad weather can often delay flights.
Nepalgunj is also accessible by road, but it is a long trip from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Roads are improving throughout Western Nepal, but Juphal is currently several days’ walk from the nearest road-head.

Permits & Regulations

Permits for Upper Dolpo are expensive and strictly enforced. You also need to purchase a permit for Lower Dolpo, which you pass through on your way to Upper Dolpo. On top of that, only 250 foreigners are permitted to enter Upper Dolpo each year.

Lower Dolpo: $10 USD per week

Upper Dolpo: $50 USD per day (10-day minimum)

There is also an Rs. 1000 entry fee to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. As it’s mandatory to trek with a guide on an organized tour in Upper Dolpo, your tour operator will arrange all permits and these fees are generally included in the total cost of your trip.

Best Season

Like much of Nepal, the best time to visit Upper Dolpo is the spring (April to May) and the fall (October to November) when temperatures are pleasant, skies are the clearest, and there is minimal chance of snow at high altitudes. Late/early snow can affect this trek in April and November, making some passes impossible to cross. Phoksundo Lake, Shey Phoksundo National Park

Difficulty

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is considered strenuous. There are steep ascents, three passes above 5000 m., several nights spent above 3500 m. and some long trekking days of six hours or more. The fact that this is a camping trek adds to the physical challenge and discomfort of trekking in Upper Dolpo, and rest days are recommended.
This is not a beginner’s trek or one to attempt if it’s your first time in Nepal. But it will be a worthwhile challenge for experienced trekkers and repeat visitors to Nepal alike!

Accommodation & Meals

Most treks in Upper Dolpo are fully-catered camping treks given accommodation and food supplies are hard to come by along the trail. (Upper Dolpo is known to have food shortages.) Some basic teahouse/lodge accommodation is available in some villages, but shouldn’t be relied upon.
It is advised to take as many food provisions when trekking in Upper Dolpo (and anywhere in Western Nepal, in general). If participating in an organized trek (essential in Upper Dolpo), your food needs will be taken care of. It is still important to be mindful of the fact that restocking provisions can be challenging for guides and porters in this region, and that resources are scarce.

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 3,400
2 Pax USD 3,300
3 Pax USD 3,200
4 - 6 Pax USD 2,900
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,800
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,700
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,500
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts

All Inclusive Cost

USD 3,400

Per Person

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