Lower Dolpo Trekking
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Overview

Nestled between the Dhaulagiri Himalaya chain and the Tibetan plateau, Dolpo is the world’s most isolated and far-flung region. The unscathed beauty of the region will leave you spellbind and lost for words. Lower Dolpo trekking trial was opened only in the 1990 for foreigners that is why this region is very much secluded and primeval, oblivious of the land beyond the mountains.

Nepal Eco Adventure’s lower Dolpo Trekking will take you to your mystical Shangri-La, to the land of regal mountains, emerald lakes and ancient monasteries. The trek to the most isolated and remote part of the Mid-Western Region of this Himalayan country is especially suitable for the high altitude trekkers, seeking for adventure.

Shey Phoksundo National Park of Lower Dolpa by all means one of the finest national park in the world. We can spot exotic animals like Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, and Himalayan Langur among others. Rare medicinal herb Silvery Fil.

Time has stood still in Dolpa for centuries. Dolpa is still very far-flung and remote than the rest of the country because up until recently there was no any roadway. This is why the ancient culture and the impeccable beauty of the region is very much intact.

The “world’s highest altitude dwellers” still practice the ancient animistic religion Bon Po which predates Buddhism. It is very interesting to know that in spite of rapid spread of Buddhism in Tibet and the adjacent areas in the 9th century Dolpo has very much retained its animistic religion. While in the region, we can visit numerous centuries old monasteries and Chortens. Shey Gompa, an important religious monument for the Buddhists lies in Dolpa. Be the part of ancient Bon Po and Tibetan Buddhism while in Dolpa.

Nepal Eco Adventure’s Lower Dolpo Trekking is very much suitable for avid trekkers to first timers. What’s sure is, irrespective of what part of the world you come from, the beauty of Lower Dolpa will have you spellbind.

If you are seeking for an isolated trekking route, far from the mainstream tourist-packed trekking routes, Lower Dolpa Trekking is ideal for you. The eastern and southern skyline of Lower Dolpo is covered by magnificent Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Kyangyu Ripa and Annapurna range.

There is plenty of adventure in store for the Lower Dolpa trekkers. We will pass exciting high passes, Numala Pass (5,115m) and Bagala Pass (5,100m). The view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), once thought to be the tallest mountain of the world is seen up-close from here. At the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayan rain shadow lies Dolpo – the fabulous & hidden undiscovered for years. The trekking experience in Lower Dolpo is truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Nepal Eco Adventure’s Lower Dolpo Trekking will take you to the the isolated Himalayan kingdom, once a prosperous kingdom of kings and princes, now an epitome of poverty and remoteness. Visit the largest national park of the country, Shey Phoksundo National Park and enjoy the majestic beauty of the region.

Join us in the 20 days long journey to the “Hidden valley” of Guru Rinpoche for spiritual revelations.

Trip Highlights

  • Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Numula Pass (5,115m) – Bagala Pass (5,100m)
  • Blue Sheep
  • Snow Leopard
  • Ancient Monasteries
  • Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range
  • Annapurna Himalayan Range
  • Nilgiri and Kyangyu Ripa Mountains

Itinerary

Day 1
Land in Kathmandu (1,400m).

Once you land in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. Our representatives will brief you about the trek. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own, or, take a cozy rest at your hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing of capital and pre-trip meeting

Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Shikhara style. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture. We will brief you about the journey that starts tomorrow. You can do some last minute shopping for Lower Dolpo Trekking in Thamel or New Road.

Day 3
Fly to Nepalgunj (140m).

After a wholesome breakfast in the capital, we will take a plane to Nepalgunj. Lying in the south-western part of the country, Nepalgunj is the hottest place in Nepal. The flight will be an hour long during which you can enjoy the beautiful view of lush hills with mountains in backdrop and finally green meadows of Terai.

Day 4
Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2,150m).

We will board a scenic flight to Dolpo’s headquarted Juphal. It is a small airport situated in the hilltop. It will take us around 40 minutes to reach Juphal. From there, we will hike 6 km for 3 hours to reach Dunai, where we will spend the night.

Day 5
Trek to Tarakot (2,850m).

We will follow smaller streams and then the Bheri and Barbung River. We will cross big pine forests. Green terraced fields will greet us in Tarakot. Tarakot is a historical old fortress town. On reaching Tarakot, we can visit the famous Sandul Gompa. We will spend the night in an overnight camp.

Day 6
Trek to Laini (3,590m).

From Tarakot, it will take us around 6 hours to reach Laini. Laini is a small meadow at 3,160m. Just when you think the day’s trek is over, the trial finishes at a sheer cliff face. Laini is a former trial construction camp and still you can find seasonal teahouses here. Five minutes’ walk from Laini, we will reach a small waterfall, where we can enjoy the fresh cold water coming from mountains.

Day 7
Trek to Nawarpani (3,780m).

We will trek for 5 hours to reach Nawarpani. 500m ascent and 60m descent, then we will reach this beautiful civilization of Nawarpani. We will continue for 50 minutes up the steep hill. The trek then makes a drastic and highly enjoyable traverse through a gorge so steep that you can’t even see the river. We will cross an exciting suspension bridge over Chaya Khola to reach Nawarpani.

Day 8
Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m).

We will ascend to Charkala (4,920m) and then descend down the side of the valley. The trial then climbs to crest and descend to the dwindling river. The valley becomes narrower. On reaching Do Tarap we will take a good rest and spend the night in a camp.

Day 9
Exploration of Dho Tarap.

We will explore the beautiful valley of Dho Tarap, once an important cultural and political center of Dolpo. Dho and Tarap are also very famously known as the highest altitude human settlement in the world. Here are some monasteries and remains that dates back to pre-Buddhist times. Here, people who resemble very closely the Khampas of Tibet follow animistic religion Bon Po as well as Buddhism. From here you can have breathtaking views of western mountains and the magical Shey Phoksundo Lake. You can relish the experience of Yak Caravans, and warm smile of people unknown to the modern wolrd. Travelling in Dho Tarap will give you truly primeval experience.

Day 10
Trek Num la Phedi (4,765m).

We will follow the trial leading us to Numla Phedi. We continue our ascend up the northern valley in the Himalayan Desert. Beautiful view of the snowcapped mountains will keep us refreshed throughout the trek.

Day 11
Trek below Num La Pass

We are leading the trial towards two very high passes Numa la and Baga La Passes. We will walk up to the northern part of the region. The scenery of the mountains is gratifying. During the walk, we will have to climb some steep terrain that maybe very tiring.

Day 12
Trek Num La Pass (5,190m).

We will cross the most anticipated Num La Pass on the twelfth day. It is quite hard compared to the rest of the journey. The trial will lead to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Num La that offers great view of surrounding mountains. It will take us around 7 hours. We will come down to Pelung Tang to spend the night in an overnight camp.

Day 13
Trek Baga La Pass (5,070m).

Another day of the adventurous trek. It starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga La. Baga La is an exciting pass that offers regal views of the surrounding mountains like Kanjirowa. After some memorable time at the pass we will descend to Dajok Tang.

Day 14
Trek to Ringmo (3,600m).

We will walk through the beautiful pine forests, green pastures and alpine shrubs to reach Ringbo. We will stay in a camp overnight. There are several trials to reach Ringbo. The trek is relatively easier today.

Day 15
Hike to Phoksundo Lake and back to Ringmo.

After a healthy breakfast, we will go on exploration of the beautiful lake. We will also visit a Tibetan monastery nearby. From here we can have great view of the emerald lake and surrounding hills and mountains. We will spend the night once again in an overnight camp in Ringmo.

Day 16
Trek to Chepka (2,250m).

We will now descend to Chhepka leaving the beautiful mountains in the backdrop. We will follow the stream going south and cross a beautiful forest to reach Chhepka where we will spend the night.

Day 17
Trek to Juphal (2,400m).

We will continue our last of trek to reach Juphal. We will ascend gradually. We will pass through Birch trees on our way. We have to be extra cautious because the trek route can be quite rocky and steeply. On reaching Juphal, we can spend the night exploring the small town or celebrating the last day of the trek.

Day 18
Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

We will board plane on 18th day. We will fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (60 minutes). After a tiring day you can spend the evening in your hotel or explore this vibrant city.

Day 19
Leisure day in Kathmandu.

You can spend the day further exploring this historic city. You can also go travel to outskirts of the valley. Buy souvenirs at Thamel, Basantapur and old towns of Patan and Bhaktapur to take back home.

Day 20
Final see off.

The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayans with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!

What is Included

  • Airport pick up drop by car or Microbus depend on your group size.
  • Four nights Hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Nepalgunj with breakfast.
  • Full board meals (veg/non veg) during camping trek, prepared by our expert cook with Tea & Coffee.
  • Guided Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu Valley including private vehicle and entrance fees.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and other equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully water proof two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, shower tent etc.
  • Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry fee, Special Dolpo Permit and all required permit and entry fee.
  • An experienced fluent English speaking guide trained and licensed by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation required number of porters, a cook, kitchen helper with their wages, food, equipment, trekking insurance etc.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bags, Down Jackets and Walking Pole (if you don`t have your own).
  • Safe boiled filter water during the trek.
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • All Governmental Taxes and official expenses.

What is Excluded

  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at TIA Aiport Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
  • International airfare.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Telephone, Laundry, battery charging
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold drinks.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver( Tips is expected).
  • Excess baggage charges over 15 Kg. Any extending trips.
  • Any other expenses which are in mentioned on include section.

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FAQs

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?

Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.

 When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

 How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?

It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly  for you. Choose  the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.

 How long will be the trekking?

The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods.  But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience.  We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

 Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make  your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.

 Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

 In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What doI need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

 What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

 Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.

what currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

 What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you  arrive to kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much  extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

 Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?                        

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

 How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters  and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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Trip Facts

  • 20 Days Lower Dolpo
  • Moderate
  • Min-02 Pax - Max 16 pax
  • March to November
  • 5200m
  • Aeroplane, Car
  • NEA-RAT-04

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