Lower Dolpo Trek
Trekking duration: 18 days
Starting from: Jumla after flight from Nepalgunj
Ending at: Juphal and fly down to Nepalgunj
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous and alpine.
Maximum altitude: Kagmara La (5190 m)
Culture: Mixed western Nepalese &Tibetans.
Mode of trekking tour: Camping trek only
Himalayan sights: Sisne Himal Range, Kanjiroba Himal.
Lower Dolpo Trek is wilderness and adventurous trek in isolated area of western Nepal opened in 1982 for foreigners. Lower Dolpa is the remote destination of Nepal which has been listed as the restricted area thus requires special trekking permit to travel. Dolpa Region as known as the land of medicinal herbs is enrich with beautiful culture and geography.
Lower Dolpo Trek starts from Juphal after a short flight from Nepalgunj. As the trekking trail is very strenuous and crosses three high passes of this region like Kagmara La Pass, Baga La Pass and Numa La Pass all above 5000m high and beautiful villages like Tarakot, Tarap, Dho and serveral others. Additionally Lower Dolpa Region also offers various rare and endangered species of wildlife and plants in the forest of Shey Phoksundo National Park. An ethnic group of people with unique lifestyle, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries are the major attraction of this trek.
Lower Dolpo Trek passes through adventurous trail so the normal walking experience might not be enough for this trekking. It requires advance training which we, Life Dream Adventure assures you to provide.
Trekking Group Size
Trekking Group is termed for the group of people with every individuals who go for a trip. A minimum of 2 people and maximum number of 12 is highly recommended as the size of the group. This planning ensures complete safety of the trekkers and convenience as well. However, with conditions applied, the group size can be customized as per the request of our clients.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews include one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]
Meals and Accommodation
During your stay in Kathmandu city, at the initial and the final stages of the trip, you will be residing at a 4 star hotel. The meal facilities in our Cost Includessection takes account of only breakfast facilities at this particular hotel. During the trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served including varieties of snacks, cold drinks, and hot chocolate especially during the mountain part.
As mentioned above, accommodation will be facilitated at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu. Whereas, during the trek, you will be staying at standard teahouses, lodges and camps, on twin sharing basis, that is determined by the viability of accommodation facilities at overnight stops.
As a general idea, health condition in a good state is highly recommended for any kind of tour. As, Lower Dolpo Trek is categorized under Moderate to Strenuous Level and Alpine, one should have the ability to walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day, and 8 – 9 hours in some of the days. The highest altitude that we climb in this particular trek is 5,190m/17,027ft. Trekking in higher altitudes requires more physical effort. If you have any kind of medical condition, we urge you to receive a counsel from medical experts and formally inform us before applying for this trip.
Previous trekking experience is further admired. Even if you do not possess any, our crew members will always be there to guide for your safety concerns. We believe that you are strengthened with a positive attitude and a strong determination towards this trip.
Taking every aspects in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!
The Best Season to go for Lower Dolpo Trek is between October and May. This particular timespan provides you an efficient trekking experience with provisions of remarkable views of the environment around.
This part is analytically the most important of all. It is a must to gain knowledge about equipment required for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only adds convenience to your trip but, also, is totally responsible for its completion. We have formulated a clean list of equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
We, personally, do not sell any kind of insurances to our clients. We are, however, concerned about your safety as much as you do. Therefore, we advise you to plan a travel insurance policy before going for any of our trips. Unfortunate events such as sickness, medical issues, injuries or any kinds of accidents are possible measures that can ruin your trip or can even add threats to your life.
We can suggest some of the reputed insurance companies that can come in handy to you. You better be careful while you choose a company and select insurance plans that includes emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses and compensation for trip cancellation, as we do not provide any kind of refunds. Please, formally, provide us a copy of your insurance plans before going for the trip.
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]
Permits and Fees
Per week per person US $ 10.00 or equivalent convertible foreign currency
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to Hotel and briefing about the trek .
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
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]: 2-3 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot at an elevation of 2,543m/8,341ft for about 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06: Trek to Laini at an elevation of 3,160 m/10,365 ft for about 6-7 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani at an elevation of 3,545m/11,627 ft for about 5 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap at an elevation of 4,090m/13,415ft for about 7-8 hrs walk
Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp [4440m/14,563 ft]: 6-7 hrs walk
Day 11: Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang [4465m/14,645 ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Cross Baga La [5,070m/16,630ft] and camp Dajok Tang [4,080m/13,382ft]: 6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hrs walk
Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta [2520m/8265 ft]: 5-6 hrs walk
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
Day 17: Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by flight or by bus.
Day 18: Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements
- Airport and hotel transportation
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights fare
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (necessary porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- Dolpo special permits
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- Airport departure tax
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance fee and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters