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Lower Dolpa Trek

Duration
19 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Lower Dolpa Trek is an exciting trekking destination for adventure sekers in Nepal. The Lower Dolpa Treks calls for a real adventure as the trekkers will have a chance to explore this virgin land in the Western part of Nepal. This remote and secluded region in the Western Nepal was opened for the foreigners only after 1990. As the Dolpa Trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park, the trekking route has special significance. It encompasses spectacular mountains, majestic Buddhist monasteries and the caravans of Yak, all of which make for a great destination for adventure. Lower-Dolpa Trek is also popular for another reason as the popular Nepali movie Caravan, directed by a foreign director Eric Valli, was nominated to the Oscars for the best foreign movie category. After the movie got regonition worldwide, foreigners got even more interested in exploring and travelling this remote part of Nepal that is full of natural beauty and also the Tibetan culture.

       Another major attraction of the LowerTrek is the presence of Shey Phoksundo Lake which happens to be Nepal’s deepest lake. The lake with its bluish shimmering water, enchanting vicinity of mountains and the peaceful environment is a great destination for every adventure seekers. The Dolpa region lies further to the North of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range. During summer, the caravans of Himalayan Yaks and Sheep run through this valley and along a route to Tibet. Trade between Nepal and Tibet through the course of such neighboring regions in the North Western part of Nepal has been carried out for centuries.

Trek dolpo starts upon your arrival in Kathmandu via the TIA. The next day you will be sightseeing around the heritages in Kathmandu Valley and obtain special permit for trekking at the lower Dopla region. A flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal kicks off the trekking journey as you embrace yourself for the trek of the Lower Dolpa region that is full of surprises and breathtaking adventure. It also allows the tourists to behold the great geographical diversity of Nepal as the trek covers some green pastures, barren rocks, majestic mountains and the magnificent-looking lakes. You will also come across some old-fashioned villages, the local villagers and the indigenous culture rich with their own customs and practices. The 19-day trek will take you one of the most remote yet the most prettiest of places in Nepal.


Itinerary outline

Day 01:Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and sightseeing in Nepalgunj
Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m)
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m)
Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m)
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m)
Day 08: Trek to Tarap (4090m)
Day 09: Rest day atTarap for acclimatization purpose
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m)
Day 11: Cross Numa La (5190m)
Day 12: Cross Baga La (5070m)
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)
Day 14: Rest day at Ringmo, also hike to Shey Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 18: Shopping in Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure via TIA, Farewell! 
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several world heritage sites including the Basantapur Durbar, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
On the third day you will be flying to Nepalgunj, a hot city in Mid-Western Region of Nepal. An hour’s flight from Kathmandu will take you to the Tarai city situated in the lowlands of Terai. Nepalgunj is nearby the Indian border of Rupediya and Baharaich. The rest of the day you will sightsee around the local bazaar using horse cart which might come as a wonderful moment for the foreigners. Visit to Bageshowri Temple in the evening time will be perfect to wrapp up one day sightseeing in Nepalgunj. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320 m) from Nepalgunj
A 35-minute flight from Nepalgunj Airport takes you to Juphal on the fourth day. The flight is wonderful for sightseeing as the aircraft flies over the steep mountain ridges, the beautiful valleys and the majestic mountains. Juphal Airport itself is a small airstrip amidst the mountains and it guarantees a spectacular landing. In less than an hour, you will land at a small village amid the mountains from a hot Terai city. From Juphal, you will walk for a few hours until you reach Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m)
We will leave Dunai on the fifth morning, and soon walk along a beautiful trail that might remind foreigners of the great European Alps. Rocky slopes, pine trees and the Thuli Bheri River follow you throughout the day’s trek. Most of the people inhabiting the region of Dolpa are the Tibetans, Sherpas and the Buddhists. The landscape might get rough and rocky at some places. Road services has not yet reached the Dolpa region and Dolpa happens to be one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Guesthouses may not be easily available from now on and hence we have to carry camping materials if the situtaion demands. Overnight stay at a guesthouse/tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m)
The trail now attains altitude gradually. Along the way, we come across many local villages and Buddhist monasteries. We also cross several suspension bridges over the Thuli Bheri River. On our way we also come across Tent-hotels where we can fill up our stock of snacks. Tent-hotels also serve food and drinks to travelers. Items like biscuits, juice, Lhasa beer, noodles can be bought from such shops. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545 m)
About four hours of trek from Laini we reach Nawarpani. It is a comfortable walk sometimes through pine forests, and at times through fir trees. Tent-hotels are available in Nawarpani as well. As there are no guesthouses in the region, we camp for overnight stay at Nawarpani.

Day 08: Trek to Tarap (4090 m)
From Nawarpani, the landscape suddenly seems to have changed as we now approach a small settlement area in between the giant looking mountains. A nice-looking Buddhist monastery is present in Tarap and almost all of the people in Tarap are inclined on Buddhism or they are the descendents of Tibetans. The women here wear dark dresses with colorful aprons prepared from yak wool. They also wear bracelets made from big shells. The trek is also a wonderful opportunity to be acquainted with the Buddhist and Tibetan culture. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 09: Rest day at Tarap for acclimatization purpose
On the ninth day we will be taking rest at Tarap for acclimatization purpose getting used to the conditions and the altitude. You can travel around the village in Tarap while conversing with the local villagers. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440 m)
A short trek of about four hours is enough to take us to Numa La Base Camp. While on the way we also happen to cross the Crystal Mountain School educating children from the nearby region. It is funded by a French NGO. An hours trek from the School takes us to Numa La Base Camp situated at the altitude of 4440 meters. There is a Buddhist Gompa in Numa La Base Camp and we will be staying in a temporary camp on day 10 at Numa La Base Camp.

Day 11: Cross Numa La Base Camp (5190m)
A tough day’s trek awaits us on the eleventh day of the trek as we cross Numa La Base Camp. It is better to start early so that we can cross the Pass before weather deteriorates in the afternoon. Morning time is generally favourable to cross the Pass as it is easier and safer. Besides, we also have more chances to peek at the mountains for later in the day they might be covered by clouds.
It’s a long and strenuous climb and hence you are advised to go slow and steady breathing as much air as possible. On a clear day, it is possible to view Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Kanjirowa (6883 m) mountains from the Pass. Overnight stay at a tented camp
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Day 12: Cross Baga La Pass (5070 m)
On day twelve, we cross another Pass and hence another tough but a beautiful day lies ahead of you. Again, an early beginning is advisable. A good 2 hours of trekking after leaving the camp takes us to a High Camp which is close to the Baga La Pass. From then on, the Baga La Pass is quite close and an hours trek takes us to the Baga La Pass which also offers uncluttered views of mountains like Kanjirowa and others. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)
Trek from Baga La Pass to Ringmo is quite long, but the trail is easier and we downclimb now from an altitude of 5000 meters. We walk past Yak Kharka and Maduwa Khola and the path is beautifully carved out from the rocks. Then we cross a thick Pine forest and while on the way we also see several nice waterfalls. Ringmo is a nice little place where we will be camping for the night.

Day 14: Rest day and trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake
Frrom Ringmo, we trek until Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal. Shey Phoksundo is quite popular for its exotic location and for the pristine natural beauty it commands. The tiredness from the trip dissipates in less than a second once you behold the bewitching beauty of the grand lake. Upon enjoying the great view of the magnificient lake, we stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta
We will mostly be descending on day 15 as we go further downhill. The destination for today is the village in Shyanta and we spend the night there in a tented camp.

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
We trek further down to Jhupal from where the entire trek started almost two weeks ago. For the rest of the day we will stay at a guesthouse in Jhupal while preparing for the flight to Nepal.gunj next day.

Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will fly to Nepalgunj from Jhupal. The flight will be spectacular with the aircraft hovering over the valleys and the mountains. After reaching Nepalgunj, later in the day we will fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Shopping in Kathmandu
This will be a leisure day in Kathmandu but there can be no leisure time in a city like Kathmandu. You can stroll around the region of Thamel in Kathmandu and buy souvenir for you loved ones back home. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 19: : Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 19th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu ending the 19-day-long Lower Dolpa Trek.


 
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 19 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Type: Modarate
Activities : Trekking and Hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Lower Dolpa Trek is an exciting trekking destination for adventure sekers in Nepal.
  • Lower-Dolpa Trek is also popular for another reason as the popular Nepali movie Caravan, directed by a foreign director Eric Valli, was nominated to the Oscars for the best foreign movie category.
  • Major attraction of the LowerTrek is the presence of Shey Phoksundo Lake which happens to be Nepal’s deepest lake.
  • 19-day trek will take you one of the most remote yet the most prettiest of places in Nepal.
     

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