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Lower Dolpo Trek

18 Days

Overview

Behind the Dhaulagiri massif on the west side of the Kali Gandaki valley lies one of Nepal’s most isolated and wild regions. This journey will take us passed ancient monasteries and remote villages to the beautifully serene Phoksundo lake. Dolpo is home to rare wildlife like the elusive snow leopard and blue mountain sheep, and inhabitants who practice an ancient Tibetan religion called
Bon Po. This is a trek for the serious adventurer who yearns to get off the beaten path and explore the real wilderness Nepal has to offer. With three high passes over 5000 meters, we recommend that trekkers be prepared for a physical challenge. Trekking in the mysterious Dolpo region will surely reward you – an experience like no other on the planet – in a region that was only opened to foreigners in 1982, the pristine and wild appeal of this region will leave you enthralled.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, you will be greeted by the vibrant atmosphere and rich cultural heritage. You can take some time to settle into your accommodation and rest after your journey. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the city and immerse yourself in the bustling streets filled with historical sites, vibrant markets, and delicious Nepali cuisine.

On your second day, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. This will be an opportunity to discover the city's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (also known as the Monkey Temple), and the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. You can also visit the peaceful Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. In the afternoon, you will have time to make final preparations for your trek, such as obtaining necessary permits and meeting your trekking team.

Today, you will board a short domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in the southwestern part of Nepal. Nepalgunj is an important transportation hub and gateway to the remote regions of western Nepal, including the Dolpo region where your trek begins. After landing in Nepalgunj, you can explore the local surroundings, interact with the friendly locals, and prepare for the next leg of your journey.

In the morning, you will take a scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, a small airstrip situated in the Dolpo region. From Jhupal, you will start your trek towards Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa. The trail will lead you through picturesque landscapes, crossing suspension bridges over rivers and passing through charming villages. After approximately 3 hours of walking, you will reach Dunai, where you can rest and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the Himalayan foothills.

Leaving Dunai behind, you will continue your trek towards Tarakot. The trail winds through beautiful terraced fields, forests, and narrow gorges carved by the Bheri River. Along the way, you will encounter traditional villages, where you can observe the local way of life and interact with the hospitable inhabitants. After a full day of trekking for approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will arrive at Tarakot, a quaint village known for its historical fortress and ancient Buddhist monastery.

Today's trek will take you from Tarakot to Laini. The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. You will pass through terraced fields, small settlements, and dense forests filled with rhododendron and pine trees. As you gain altitude, you will witness the changing scenery and experience the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness. After trekking for approximately 6 to 7 hours, you will reach Laini, where you can relax and soak in the natural beauty of the region.

Continuing your journey, you will trek from Laini to Nawarpani. The trail will take you through remote valleys and picturesque landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks in the distance. Along the way, you may encounter yaks and other Himalayan wildlife grazing in the high-altitude meadows. After approximately 5 hours of trekking, you will arrive at Nawarpani, a peaceful settlement surrounded by towering mountains.

On this day, you will trek from Nawarpani to Dho Tarap, a culturally rich village located at a higher altitude. The trail passes through alpine forests, crossing rivers and ascending steep ridges. As you approach Dho Tarap, you will be welcomed by the stunning vistas of the Himalayan peaks and the traditional stone houses that blend seamlessly into the landscape. After trekking for approximately 7 to 8 hours, you will reach Dho Tarap, where you will spend a well-deserved rest day tomorrow.

Today, you will take a break from trekking to acclimatize to the high altitude of Dho Tarap. This rest day will provide an opportunity to explore the village, interact with the locals, and gain insights into their unique culture and way of life. You can visit monasteries, interact with Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

After a day of rest, you will resume your trek and head towards Numa La Base Camp. The trail climbs gradually, leading you through barren landscapes adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. As you ascend higher, the air becomes thinner, and the majestic peaks of the Dolpo region come into view. After trekking for approximately 6 to 7 hours, you will reach Numa La Base Camp, where you will spend the night in preparation for crossing the challenging Numa La Pass tomorrow.

Today will be an adventurous day as you embark on the crossing of Numa La Pass, one of the high mountain passes in the region. The trek will require physical stamina and determination as you ascend to an altitude of 5,190 meters (17,023 feet). As you reach the top of the pass, you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas. From there, the trail descends to Pelung Tang, where you will spend the night.

Continuing your trek, you will embark on the crossing of another mountain pass, the Baga La Pass. The ascent to the pass will test your endurance, but the awe-inspiring views from the top will make it all worthwhile. After crossing the pass, the trail descends to Dajok Tang, a picturesque camping site surrounded by rugged cliffs and pristine landscapes. You will spend the night here, resting and rejuvenating for the journey ahead.

Leaving Dajok Tang, you will trek towards Ringmo, a village located near the captivating Phoksundo Lake. The trail meanders through alpine meadows, passing by yak herders' camps and ancient rock carvings. As you approach Ringmo, you will catch glimpses of the turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake, a sacred body of water revered by the locals. After trekking for approximately 3 to 4 hours, you will reach Ringmo, where you can explore the village and enjoy the serene beauty of Phoksundo Lake.

Today, you will have a well-deserved rest day at Ringmo to fully immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings. You can take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Phoksundo Lake, marvel at its crystal-clear waters, and soak in the tranquility of the alpine landscape. You may also choose to visit the nearby monasteries and engage in meditation or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this pristine natural paradise.

Leaving Ringmo behind, you will continue your trek towards Shyanta. The trail winds through dense forests of pine and cedar, descending gradually as you make your way back to lower altitudes. Along the way, you will pass charming villages and encounter friendly locals going about their daily lives. After trekking for approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will reach Shyanta, where you can rest and reflect on your remarkable journey through the Dolpo region.

On this day, you will trek from Shyanta to Jhupal, marking the final leg of your trekking adventure. The trail descends further, following the Bheri River, and offers a mix of terraced fields, forests, and traditional settlements. As you approach Jhupal, you will bid farewell to the rugged landscapes of the Dolpo region and reminisce about the memorable experiences you've had throughout your trek. After approximately 5 to 6 hours of walking, you will reach Jhupal, where you will spend the night.

In the morning, you will take a domestic flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj, followed by another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. These flights will provide you with stunning aerial views of the Himalayan peaks and a final glimpse of the landscapes you traversed during your trek. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can take the rest of the day to relax, shop for souvenirs, or explore more of the city's vibrant cultural attractions.

On the last day of your itinerary, it will be time to bid farewell to the beautiful country of Nepal. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or visit any remaining landmarks in Kathmandu. Finally, you will be transferred to the international airport for your onward journey, taking with you unforgettable memories of your adventure in the remote and captivating Dolpo region.

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Lower Dolpo Trek