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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.