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Himalaya Darshan Treks Pvt. Ltd

"Experience Naturally Nepal With Us"

$1795

Per person - All price inclusive

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  • Trip Grade:
    Moderate
  • Max-Altitude:
    5,318m
  • Best Season:
    June to October
  • Trip Mode:
    Tea house + Camping
  • Group Size:
    Min 2

Trek Highlights

  • Views of silver-shining snow peaks include Kanjiroba north at 6,883m, Kanjiriba south at 6,861m, Dhaulagiri I at 8,167m, and Churen Himal at 7,381m. Likewise, many other snow-capped mountain peaks.
  • Crossing adventure Himalayan high passes Numala pass 5,318m, and Bagala pass 5,070m.
  • Tibetan culture, and Unique Bon Po Culture.
  • Old and historical monasteries
  • Trekking through Shey Phoksundo National Park and enjoying flora and fauna.
  • The crystal blue water lake Shey Phoksundo Lake (the deepest lake in Nepal). The biggest waterfall.

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek

Set out on a Trek to Dolpo, a remote and unknown high-altitude valley where the environment and inhabitants are more Tibetan than Nepali. Few people have visited the Dolpo region, which was beautifully depicted in Eric Valli’s superb film “Himalayan Caravan”. Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is a trek to a hidden gem valley that is one of Nepal’s least accessible yet most enticing regions.

Isolated by the harsh nature, the ethnic groups who live in this region have retained their traditions. Which have remained practically unaffected by contemporary society’s trappings. Many trekkers have been fascinated by the area’s distinctive hospitality and beautiful vistas. So it has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mainly, Lower Dolpo Trek is for real adventures wishing for an off-the-beaten-path experience. The remote region in western Nepal was opened to foreigners only in 1990. Now you need to have special permits for trekking in this region. Especially, The trek follows a remote and rugged protected area, admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas.

Shey-Phoksundo Lake

The spiritual heart of this trek is visiting ‘Crystal Mountain‘ and several 11th-century unique monasteries (gompas). Like Shey Gompa; which is an important pilgrimage site for Tibetans. You’ll have the opportunity to experience life in the remote highlands. Furthermore, the incomparable beauty of Shey-Phoksundo Lake – turquoise blue emerald colors surrounded by steep bold rocks and yak caravans is the major highlight of this trek. So that Dolp0 Circuit trek is an incredible experience you’ll never forget.

Dolpo Teahouse Trek

This Trekking package is a combination of a Teahouse Trek and a camping trek. Mainly, we focus on the tea house trek but it is still not possible for a full tea house trek. Now it is only possible for a normal tea house trek/Homestay. But there are still we have to fix our tent at some places. If you are interested in a full camping trek. We are happy and ready to organize your Lower Dolpo Camping Trek. If you have a short holiday time and are interested in a full Tea House Trek. We provide Dolpo Tea House Trek.

Lower Dolpo Trekking trail passes through a variety of landscapes ranging from green pastures to barren rocks that extend into the Tibetan plateau. On the way, you’ll experience small but unique authentic villages imbued with Tibetan culture and tradition. Buddhism and Bonpo – are the oldest spiritual traditions of Tibet. They are very important for the people living in these villages.

The best time to do Lower Dolpo Trek

Finally, the best time to do the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is from April to October. Dolpa is a desert and rain shadow area. So it is suitable to do trekking in the Monsoon season. But sometimes this month, it’s challenging to reach Dolpa due to rainfall in the lower part and bad weather to fly Juphal from Nepalgunj.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Trekking through the unspoiled region of western Nepal is the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek. Challenging terrain, diverse scenery, and old Tibetan culture. Take in the majestic Himalayan peaks while seeing the Dolpo people’s customs intact. Unplug from the outside world and revel in the unadulterated beauty, gracious hospitality, and life-changing experiences. If you are planning to visit Nepal’s remote, off-the-beaten-path trek. This Lower Dolpo Trek will be most suitable and add to your travel bucket list for your holiday in Nepal. Feel free to get in touch with us.

Itinerary


Day 1, Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m), and transfer to hotel

We, Himalaya Darshan Treks heartily welcome you and your group to Nepal. One of our company staff will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The person will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, holding an A4-size paper with your name and our company name. So, you have to look for that person for your pick up from the airport. Your check-in at the hotel.

Day 2, Sightseeing UNESCO sites in Kathmandu

After breakfast, Sightseeing in world heritage sites such as Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Basantapur durbar square then back to the hotel. This day is required to make Lower Dolpo Trek special permit with your original passport.

Day 3, Flight to Nepalgunj (136m) and transfer to hotel.

The mornings can be used to carry out some last-minute re-checks. We will drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and fly to Nepalgunj on the afternoon flights. And transfer to the hotel.

Day 4, Flight to Juphal (2,475m) and Trek to Dunai (2,150m).

An early morning 45 minutes flight lands us on Juphal and after a brief sorting and introduction of our crew, the trek finally starts. The trek heads toward Dunai, the administrative headquarter of Dolpo. Stay at the tea house.

Day 5, Trek to Tarakot (2,540m).

A series of streams trace the route for the day through deep pine forests and terraced hillsides to Tarakot, a walled settlement perched defiantly atop its magnificent hillside, with a plethora of flagpoles sticking proudly among the homes. The nearby Sandul Gompa monastery is well worth visiting along a walkway lined with several chortens and mani walls.

Day 6, Trek to Laieni odar (3,370m).

The trail climbs steadily during the day, passing through dense forest and past a succession of gorgeous suspension bridges until we reach Laini Odar, a former construction site with a stunning Cliffside setting and a neighboring cave that gives suitable refuge in inclement weather.

Day 7, Trek to Nawarpani (3,645m).

As we steadily ascend beside the banks of the Tarap Khola, the lush forest of the previous day gives way to desolate vistas, with alpine animals such as yak and blue sheep on display. The day comes to a close with a magnificent suspension bridge across the Chaya Khola and our arrival at Nawarpani village.

Day 8, Trek to Do Tarap (3,944m).

The Tarap Khola leads the way for the first part of the day, bringing us through an undulating trail that peaks at Charka la (4920m) before descending into a tight valley with such a deep ravine that the lower pathways are only lit by the midday sun. The path to Dho Tarap is lined with chhortens and stupas, with the Tibetan village’s whitewashed Gompa standing majestically at its center.

 

Day 9, Acclimatization Day.

After breakfast hike to Do Tarap viewpoint. It is really nice and beautiful place to visit. A day to relax and adjust to the higher altitudes, with Dho Tarap providing an excellent chance to explore its various charms and watch the traditional Tibetan lifestyles of its friendly residents, who still trade with their ancient homeland to the north via their Yak caravans. With a visit to the Gompa, a network of fascinating laneways to explore.

Day 10, Trek to Numala Base Camp (4,440m).

A large, wide main trail runs via Crystal Mountain School, then through Taksi hamlet. It takes an hour to travel from Dho to Taksi. Another hour on the same trail leads you into a little Tokyo village. The trail begins to ascend in a moderate manner, leaving the valley and the main trail behind. A little stream and a broad valley come on the left side of the main valley coming from Dho after another hour. (Some groups call it Base Camp and set up camp along the river.) After crossing the brook, the trail begins a steep climb up a ridge. The path runs through a number of little stacks of mane stone plates. The steep ascents continue all the way to the Numala Base Camp.

Day 11, Trek to Danigar (4,630m) via Numa la pass (5,318m)

On the crest, the steep climb continues, and after 30 minutes, a quick traverse begins. For the next hour, there will be another ridge and another tough ascent. The climb comes to an end at Numala Pass (5309 meters). The Dhaulagiri Range to the east and the Kagmara Range to the west may be seen from Numala. A steep fall into the main valley leads to the valley’s bottom, where there is a little stream. The trail follows the creek for a short while until it comes to a fork. The trail then crosses the river and proceeds left into the valley. Danigar is reached via a short gradual uphill traverse. It’s a pasture near the valley’s end, flanked by high peaks. Among the ridges that surround Danigar, Norbu Kang is a noteworthy peak.

Day 12, Trek to Yak Kharka (3,985m). via Baga la pass (5,220m)

The day begins with a difficult ascent of the ridge visible from Danigar. After about 2 hours of steep trekking, you’ll reach a location with few mane stones. Following the site, the steepness diminishes with strenuous walking, and a traverse to Bagala La’s summit begins. From the mane stone site, it takes about 40 minutes to go to Bagala La.

After Bagala La, the descent is a little hard, passing through stones and scree. After an hour, the trail enters a valley and begins to follow a creek. The creek winds its way through the valley, and after less than an hour, the trail departs from it and begins a steep descent to Phedi. The trek descent continues through Phedi and then transitions into a pleasant and easy hike to Yak Kharka.

Day 13, Trek to Ringmo (3,740m), Shey Phoksundo Lake.

The trail pleasantly traverses for half an hour after leaving Yak Kharka. Then, gradually, a steep ascent begins, lasting nearly an hour until it comes to a halt with a prayer flag. The ascent now becomes easier, and on the opposite valley, a massive cascade rises.

Near the trail, juniper trees and some fields appear, and the Rigmo settlement appears soon after. The entrance to Rigmo village is marked by a bridge that spans the Phoksundo River, which flows out of Phoksundo Lake.

Day 14, Rest Day.

A whole day to explore the gorgeous lake waters and their surroundings. Tshowa, a medieval Bon monastery founded over 900 years ago, is close and offers more exploration chances.

Day 15, Trek back to Chhepka 2,838m.

The walk now begins through the Phoksundo River’s carved valley. Jharana Hotel is reached after a 2-hour descent. Until the completion of the walk, the trail stays along or near the Phoksundo River. A pleasant stroll through Rechi’s little settlement is punctuated by short ascents and descents. After Jharana Hotel, the entire day is spent in a tight valley. Chhepka is around 3.5 hours away from Rechi.

Day 16, Trek to Juphal (2,475m).

The trip follows the same path as the day before and goes into the same valley. On the way to Sulighat, the trail passes through the small communities of Sangta and Kageni. After Sulighat, the valley opens, and the journey continues along the Bheri River‘s bank till Dunai. The trail follows the Bheri River, with the last ascent of about an hour to reach Juphal.

Day 17, Flight to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

Early in the morning, we will fight in Nepalgunj. As well followed by a flight to Kathmandu and a transfer to the hotel.

Day 18, Final Departure.

This will be the last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our staff will take you and your group to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu for your final departure. We wish you and your group safe flights with unforgettable memory from your Nepal trip. Hope to see you again.

Trip Includes

  • All airport pick-up and drop by private vehicle (Domestic/International).
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu (Twin sharing) with bed and breakfast.
  • One-night hotel in Nepalgunj (Twin sharing) with bed and breakfast.
  • Experienced Guide, porter, and all staff with salaries, food, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Tea house plus Tented accommodation and 3 times meals during the trek, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and  Tea/Coffee.)
  • Lower Dolpo Trek Special permit.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Tent and food where there are no tea house facilities.
  • Both-way flights for guests and guide from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo) and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • We will hire a local porter and all the needed staff at Dolpo.
  • First Aid medical kit and an oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes.
  • Emergency Helicopter service arrangement (If needed) which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • We will arrange a Duffel bag, Sleeping bag, Down Jacket, and warm hat (If you don’t have your own.)
  • Himalaya Darshan Treks branded T-shirt as a souvenir.
  • Lower Dolpo circuit trek achievement certificate.
  • Lower Dolpo Trekking Map for a group.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a culture program.

Trip Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Your expenses (Laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and staff. (Tips are expected)
  • Delay due to weather.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding, etc.
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the cost include.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

Responses & Ratings


One Reply to “Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek”

  1. We just finished the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek and we couldn’t be more happy about the whole experience, and this is also thanks to our guide GB who always made sure we were feeling comfortable and safe throughout the whole trek. He was always willing to explain and talk about Nepal’s culture and its natural landscapes, we learnt so much about Nepal and especially about the Dolpo region and its ancient Buddhism (Bon) thanks to him.
    He is a very experience guide who started as a porter when he was barely a teenager, so he knows the mountains by heart. Very attentive and really easy to get along with.
    If we come back to Nepal (we will surely do), we will make sure to go with GB for another trekking adventure. Thanks GB!

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