Lower Dolpo Trekking 19 Days


Lower Dolpo Trekking is also known as `Ba Yul, the Hidden Land. An astonishing blue Phuksundo Lake and the monastery stands at the banks of the lake. Cross high Himalayan passes Numa La and Baga La, both higher than 5,000m. This is a high altitude region situated in western part of Nepal in upper part of Dolpa district. Dolpo lies in the Shey Phoksundo National park of Nepal, and is a very remote and untouched geographical region, and the whole region of Dolop is surrounded by chain of Himalayas which includes the Dhaulagiri 8,172m.

Lower Dolpo is a hidden treasure and a remote trekking destination in Nepal. The main point of this area is Shey- Phoksundo Lake. Trekking to Lower Dolpo offers you a remarkable and worthwhile experience of lifetime. You can see snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, rich wildlife, Buddhist monastery and wonderful lakes. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions. The cultural traditions of this area are basically linked with Tibet. The completely remote location of the Doplo is home for diverse variety of flora and fauna, the rugged and rough terrain throughout the area shelters various biodiversity, and has suffered few or none human interference. Very few tourist visit the region of Dolpo every year, traversing through the rocky and rough topography is really difficult but trekking in the region of Dolpo is an incredible lifetime adventure.

Trekking into this region gives you an exposure to the High and Isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling to the Tibetan highlands. The major highlight of this trek includes Shey-Phoksundo National Park which is the largest National Park of Nepal. Shey-Phoksundo Lake is another highlight of this region. The lake is totally free of aqua life, which the crystal waters clearly explain. Surrounded by rock, forests, and snow- capped peaks, the area has been described as one of the World`s Natural Hidden Wonders. Numala Pass (5115m) and Bagala Pass (5100m) are challenging passes from where you can see excellent views of Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, KyangyuRipa, Annapurna range and many other mountains.

This region is completely isolated from any development activities and the airport of Jufal is the only transportation mode that connects the Dolpo region with other parts of Nepal, from the airport it takes about three days to reach Dolpo by horse. This remote region of Dolpo is very sparsely populated which estimates less than 5,000, people here are very traditional and their religion and language quite resembles with the Tibetan Buddhist, actually it is among the few areas where the per - Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. Dolpo area is widely suitable for tourist interested in activities like trekking and mountain climbing. You can also see the yak caravans like in Eric Valli`s movie Caravans of the Himalaya. The Dolpo trek is one of the most special and beautiful treks in Nepal. Visit to the Shey-Phoskindo National Park and the “Tarp Valley” are the most interesting and lively places that are enough to overwhelm visitors with the place and people completely uninfluenced by the modernization. The landscape, flora and fauna, Mountain View, rivers, water springs, flat roofed houses, chortens, monasteries and beautiful lakes are other main attraction of this trek.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: 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.

Day 9: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
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.


Day 10: 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.

Day 11: 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.

Day 12: 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.

Day 13: 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.

Day 14: 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.

Day 15: 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.

Day 16: 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.

Day 17: 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. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner and you will stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Rest day in Kathmandu
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 19: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell.

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