Lower Dolpo Trek
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Group size: 2+
- Best Seasons: Spring & Autumn
One of the last remnants of Tibetan culture is hoarded in the Dolpo region of Nepal. The Lower Dolpo region is centered on not only the high peaks and indigenous western culture but also the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion. The Lower Dolpo trek is one of the uncharted territories of Nepal situated in the boundary to Tibet and hindered by the lack of proper infrastructure including road and transportation facility. The remoteness of this trek is what makes this trek a story to be told and passed on.
The trek starts as the trekkers take a flight to Nepalgunj to Jupal (2320m). After this, they carry on by foot observing the exquisiteness of many mountain peaks including Kanjiroba, Annapurna and also witnessing the pristine nature, the tranquility of Phosksundo Lake as well as Tibetan Buddhist religion. The trekkers also pass Numa La Base Camp (4440m) and cross the Numa La pass (5190m)- one the major highlight of the journey.
Lower Dolpo Trek is recommended for moderate trekkers and a good physical fitness level is cautioned. Due to the high altitude, acclimatization is compulsory. The entire trek can be completed in around 15-20 days and vary slightly depending upon the aptitude of the trekkers. Bomjan Treks and Expedition makes sure that the trekkers can fully enjoy the serene beauty of nature while we take care of the accommodation and food.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Alfresco Adventure Travel. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Alfresco Adventure Travel display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the “the self-existent” is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu. Breakfast (B)
Day 03:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
We have to fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is the jumping-off place for flights and busses throughout western Nepal. Unfortunately there is no connecting flight to Jumla (the start of our trek), so we will spend the night here.
Day 4:NEPALGUNJ – JUMLA – GOTHICHAUR
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the Nepalgunj Airport for the flight to Jumla. From Jumla the trek leads to a southwesterly direction then passes through terraced fields of wheat, potato, barley and some small villages. It is a pleasant day’s walk to the village of Gothichour having opportunity to encounter with Dolpo-pa traders with their caravans of pack animals, laden with salt from Tibet, headed for the middle hills.
Day 5:GOTHICHAUR – CHURTA
From here, the trail continues southwest to Manisangu, where you will need to show your trekking permit. After this has been examined you will continue to Sherpa Gaon where you will have the opportunity to witness Sherpa culture. From Sherpa Gaon the trail follows a series of ups and downs to the village of Churta.
Day 6:CHURTA – CHAURIKOT
After a long day of constant climbing through hamlets, and the occasional forests, cross the first of the high passes on this trip – the Mauri La (4326m). From the pass you descend to the village of Chaurikot and on to the camp. It is very likely that as you pass through villages in this region people will flock out of their houses to see you. Do not be alarmed. Some of these people have never seen westerners before and are curious to find out more about them. You should ask for permission before taking photographs. People who have not seen cameras, ever, do not like strange objects, which make funny sounds pointed at them
Day 7:CHAURIKOT – BHERI RIVER SIDE
From Chaurikot you follow a series of ups and downs to the village of Rimi, high above the north bank of the Bheri River. Get ahead of some villages inhabited by blacksmiths and tailors. The trail drops to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees to a ridge.
Day 8:BHERI RIVER SIDE – KANGMARA (3500m)
Today you will head northwest along the Garpung Khola, which is a major tributary of the Bheri to Hurikot. Continuing from Hurikot you will cross the Garpung Khola to its southern bank and reach Kagmara.
Day 9:REST DAY
This is a day for you to spend for proper acclimatization and to get some genuine rest after the strenuous trekking of the last couple of days. You will need to go to bed early today to be able to wake up and make a very early start tomorrow.
Day 10: KAGMARA – CHAURI KHARKA
Waking up early you start out, upwards, for the Kagmara-La prior to the day gets hot and the sun melts the snow (when there is some), making ascent difficult. This is going to be a long day. On the ascent to the pass the forest at first is quite dense and sighting are possible of the Red Panda and various kinds of birds. On the rare occasion you may be lucky to see markings of the blue sheep, black bear, snow leopard or the Himalayan wolf. On still rare occasions you may see the animals themselves. After crossing the Kagmara_La, the trail descends to Chouri Kharka from where magnificent views of the Kajiroba Himal are available. After descending for some time you arrive at a birch forest where water is available. Your camp will be set up at a grassy spot near the forest.
Day 11:CHAURI KHARKA – RINGMO
From Chauri Kharka you will descend further to Dorjan Khola. Carry on through the village of Pungmo to Suli Khola and then turning north you continue to the village of Ringmo. Ringmo is one of the enclaves where Bon Po is still practiced and is situated very close to Phoksundo Lake.
Day 12:REST DAY
The icy waters give off a blue to turquoise color and a sunny day by the lake gives you some much needed rest. If the weather is good, you can view the peaks of the Kanjiroba Himal and the other peaks surrounding Kagmara-La.
Day 13:RINGMO – SUMDOWA
Set off from Ringmo, heading south back over the previous trail as far as the point where the trail meets the one from Kagmara-La and then proceed further south to the village of Sumdowa. The headquarters of the National Park is located at Sumdowa.
Day 14:SUMDOWA – HANKE
Trek further south along the Suligad River to the village of Hanke on the east bank of the Suligad River. This is a typical village, which depicts Dolpeli Culture and lifestyle.
Day 15:HANKE – JUPHAL
Today’s trek is a rewarding trek in the sense that you will witness the highest waterfall of Nepal. Continue trekking south through the village of Roha Gaon to the settlement at Suligad along the river and then continue to the large settlement of Dunai. Cross the river and head west towards the airfield at Juphal from where you will catch your flight to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.
Day 16:JUPHAL – NEPALGUNJ
This morning you proceed to check in the airport and then you will be transferred to Juphal Airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. The remainder of the day has been left free.
Day 17:NEPALGUNJ – KATHMANDU
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Nepalgunj Airport to catch the flight to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day has been left free.
Day 18:FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU
After breakfast you are free on your own in Kathmandu. You will be served with Traditional Nepali Dinner.
After breakfast is leisure for you until time to leave the international airport for your final destination.
Included in the Cost
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
- Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
- All accommodations during the trek.
- Everest trekking map.
- all flight Ticket and ground transport An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
- All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement. All government taxes and Vat.
Not Included in the Cost
- Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
- Your Travel insurance.
- International airfare.
- Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
- All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks) Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory) If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
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