Lower Dolpo Trek
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeExotic, Sightseeing, Trekking
Activity Level Challenging
Lower Dolpo Trek
Lower Dolpo trek is a thrilling 18 days travel to enjoy the pristine beauty and rocky terrain in a few of those distant regions of Nepal. The reduced Dolpo was started for hiking in 1989 nevertheless the area has remained untouched and unexplored as a result of its isolated location.
The reduced Dolpo lies within an isolated corner at the Trans Himalayas of Nepal that’s obviously very full of Himalayan valleys and looks into the Tibetan highlands. Lower Dolpo Trek is a great mixture of mountain views, high moves, fantastic landscape, lush landscapes, beautiful lakes with Tibetan Buddhist influenced civilization with nomadic men and women who exercise their ancient traditional culture and way of life.
The 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek starts from Jhupal that requires us into a exceptional remote locations that is located at the background of exquisite Himalayas. The vibrant barren slopes of these hills are beautiful which reflects the wilderness of the area. The trek to Lower Dolpo is rather strenuous as you need to withstand the harsh weather and arid rocky terrain.
The pleasing minute of cherishing the attractiveness of tranquil Phoksundo Lake is the significant attraction of the trekking trip. The road to Lower Dolpo moves through Shey Phoksundo National Park hence, Lower Dolpo Trek has been a chance to encounter varieties of special floras and faunas.
The people residing within this field are easy, friendly and helpful. The people living in this area are the descendants of Tibetan who practice pre Buddhist Bon religion. Their lifestyle is quite straightforward and conventional. They have their own special dialect that looks like the oriental language.
Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo)[2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft]
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft]
Day 06: Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft]
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft]
Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft]
Day 09: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft)
Day 11: Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft)
Day 12: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft)
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft)
Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft)
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 18: Departure day
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and TIMS.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepale visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Private transportation except what is mentioned in the What Is Included section
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft) Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Alpine Glacier Treks. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Alpine Glacier Treks display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your 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.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft) 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.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel We take an hour’s flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj include Mini Zoo, Muslim bazaar, or if possible and interested take a walk into nearby villages. We have to also make preparation for tomorrow’s flight to Jhupal.
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo)[2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft]
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo)[2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft] 2-3 hrs walk After an early breakfast, we take a morning flight to Jhupal. The 45minutes flight over the high mountains brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhupal our trekking staffs will receive you. Our first day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening.
Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft]
Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft] 5-6 hrs walk After breakfast we start our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans.
Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft]
Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft] 6-7 hrs walk After breakfast, we continue our walking to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu Rriver. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages. After a few ups and downs, finally descend to reach our overnight camp at Laini
Trek to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft]
Trek to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft] 5 hrs walk After breakfast we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge.
Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft]
Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft] 7-8 hrs walk Our morning walk begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregualr stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations.
Acclimatization day We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Time to visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking views. Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favour Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour’s walk.
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft)
Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft) 6-7 hrs walk After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains. A few hours’ good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.
Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft)
Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft) 6-7 hrs This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m). After getting to the top of Numa La we will descend to camp at Pelung Tang.
Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft)
Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) 6 hrs After breakfast our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight.
Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft)
Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) 3-4 hrs walk After breakfast our morning trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo.
Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake A rest and exploration day. And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksumdo Lake; remember the harrowing scene in ’Himalaya’ when Thinley’s yak caravan attempted the ’Devil’s Trail’. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great views. overnight at camp.
Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft)
Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft) 5-6 hrs walk Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We found many important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta
Trek to Jhupal
Trek to Jhupal Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Alpine Glacier staff. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Departure day You are saying good bye to the mountains of Nepal as your journey in Nepal comes to an end.
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