Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo trekking is Located in the vital western part of Himalayan country Nepal. Dolpa is known as one of the rain shadow area of this country. Lower Dolpo was opened in 1991 for trekking propose. The focal point of the lower Dolpo trekking area is Shey-phoksundo National Park and Tibetan Monastery. Lower Dolpo is remote and rugged protected area is both scenically and culturally attractive. Lower Dolpo trekking crosses the three high passes of Dolpa region like Kagmara La 5115m, Baga La (5190 m), Numa La (5159 m). Special trekking permit is required for doing trekking in lower Dolpo.

The trekking is the most popular treks in the western part of Nepal. Trekking in Dolpa region gives an exposure to the high & isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan highlands. The major highlight of the Lower Dopa trek includes Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is the largest National Parks covering an area of 3,555 km of Nepal, Buddhist monasteries and traditional culture of local residents. Shey Phoksundo Lake is another prominent factor in 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. Lower Dolpo trek also known as home of herbal land, unspoiled culture as well as Buddhist Monuments. Trekking in Dolpo is an adventure activity that is full of enthusiasm, excitement and an unforgettable experience.

The major rivers in the park are the Khung, Nmajung and Panjang, The Suligad and Jugdual Rivers, which are the major tributaries of the Thule Bheri River; and the Langu River, which drains the high Dolpo plateau to the east and flows westward. The flora found within the park is extremely diverse. The northern regions contain barren areas of the upper Himalayas and the Trans-Himalayan slope lands consisting of some rhododendron, Caragana shrubs, and Salix, Juniper, white Himalayan birch, and the occasional silver fir dominates the high meadows of the Himalayas. Less than five percent of the park is forested, with much of it lying in the southern portion. The Suligad Vally’s flora consists of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, cedar, silver fir, poplar, rhododendron, and bamboo. The park also contains 286 species of ethnological importance. The park provides important habitat for endangered species, including the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, and blue sheep, Goral, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan Tahr, leopard, jackal, and Himalayan black bear are also found in the park. The park is home to six reptiles and 29 species of butterfly, including the highest flying butterflies in the world, Paralasa nepalaica. The park provides habitat for over 200 species of birds, among which include yellow-throated marten, Tibetan partridge, wood snip, white-throated tit, wood Accentor, and crimson-eared Rosefinch. Most of the precipitation in the area occurs during the monsoon (July-September), although the Dhaulagari and Kanjiroba Ranges from a massive barrier preventing most of the rain from reaching the Trans-Himalayan area. The park contains the transition form a monsoon dominated climate with 1500 mm.of annual precipitation in the south (Suligad) to an arid climate with less than 500 mm. a year in the northern slopes. Winters are quite severe, with frequent snowfalls above 2,500m. and the temperature’s remaining below freezing above 3,000m. through much of the winter.

Lower Dolpa trekking starts from Juphal after a short flight from the terrain town of Nepalgunj which is well connected by both road and air from Kathmandu. For lower Dolpo trekking it required earlier hiking or trekking experience, normal waking experience is not enough for doing Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal. We suggest the lower Dolpo trekking trails for those who have previous trekking experience and physically fit. If a given itinerary is not suitable for you, we design another itinerary for doing Dolpo treks as per your desire and holidays. We operate Lower Dolpa trekking basic tea house or tented camp as per your requirements.

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu & transfer to the Hotel, Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and final preparation for trekking, Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: By bus to Beni Bazar, Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Beni to Lamachur, 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 05: Lamachur to Dharapani, 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 06: Dharapani to Muna (2300m), 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 07: Mura to Jaljale (3430m), 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 08: Jaljale to Dhorpatan(2300m), 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 09: Dhorpatan -Pagune lekh cross (4050m) to Thankot besi, 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 10: Thankot besi to Pelma, 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 11: Pelma to Dhule;(3300m), 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 12: Dhule to Seng Khola (3600m), 4/7 hours ,Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 13: Sengkhola to Jangla La (4530m), 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 14: Jangla La to Sahartara, 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 15: Sahartara - rest day.

Day 16: Sahartara to Lahini(3250m), 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 17: Lahini to Tarap khola cave (3500m), 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 18: Tarap Khola cave to Dho-Tarap (4100m), 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day-19: Dhotarap rest day and explore.

Day 20: Dhotarap to Numla base camp (5360m), 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 21 Numla base camp to Bagla base camp ( 5090m), 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 22: Bagla base camp to Phoksundo Lake; (3600m), 4/7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 23: Rest day and explore Phokosundo lake to Sepka (2660m), 4/7 hours Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 24: Sekpa to Dunai(2150m), 4/7 hours Overnight hotel.

Day 25: Dunai to Juphal, 4/7 hours Overnight in hotel.

Day 26: Juphal to Nepalganj to Kathmandu by Flight, Overnight Hotel.

Day 27: Depart Kathmandu.

Optional Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) [2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft]: 2-3 hrs walkOvernight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 03: Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft]: 5-6 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 04: Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft]: 6-7 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 05: Trek to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft]: 5 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 06: Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft]: 7-8 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 07: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization.

Day 08: Trek to Numa La Base Camp [4440m/14,563 ft]: 6-7 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 09: Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang [4465m/14,645 ft]: 6-7 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 10: Cross Baga La [5,070m/16,630ft] and camp Dajok Tang [4,080m/13,382ft]: 6 hours, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 11: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 12: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 13: Trek to Shyanta [2520m/8265 ft]: 5-6 hrs walk, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 14: Trek to Jhupal, Overnight in Tented Camp/ Basic tea house.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, Overnight at hotel.