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Lower Dolpa Trek - (19 Days )

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Lower Dolpa Trek

Description
Magical culture and rare wildlife, Dolpa situated in Nepal’s far west was only recently opened to trekkers. Lowe dolpo trek is where you find the stunning Phoksundo Lake, celebrated as the jewel of Dolpa. The people here trace their origins to Tibet, and their culture is a window of the tradition as practiced on the root of the world centuries ago. The delusive snow leopard is a famous denizen of Dolpa and the rare cat has acquired the status of a mere legend.
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  • Overview
  • Duration 19 Days Group Size
    Grade moderate Max Altitude
    Starting Point kathmandu Ending Point Kathmandu
    Accommodation 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu, tea house and lodge during the trek.
    Meals 3 times a day with tea and coffee.
    Transportation Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle. All land and air transport.

    Magical culture and rare wildlife, Dolpa situated in Nepal’s far west was only recently opened to trekkers. This is where you find the stunning Phoksundo Lake, celebrated as the jewel of Dolpa. The people here trace their origins to Tibet, and their culture is a window of the tradition as practiced on the roof of the world centuries ago. The delusive snow leopard is a famous denizen of Dolpa and the rare cat has acquired the status of a mere legend. Thus it’s not only the scenery that attracts trekkers to Dolpa it’s the chance to see a corner of Nepal that very few visitors will ever experience. This trek to one of the most faraway land can be a gateway to witness the glimpse of the Tibetan Culture while being in Nepal. One must be ready to face the hurdles as you can least expect the effect of tourism in the area. It is the only place where people still practice pre-Buddhist Bon po, a religion that people practiced in and around the Tibet before the Buddhism flourished. Himalayan blue sheep(naur), mysterious snow leopards and the number of old monasteries makes out the most exciting topic about this trek which also makes it unique because of the probability of encountering the Himalayan wildlife so different from others parts of the country. This region is highlighted with the masterpiece and the bestselling book "Snow Leopard" of Peter Matthiessens and Eric Valli's Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” (aka Himalaya) was featured in this much forgotten side of the planet. This trek proves to be a complete different story for the one who treads this beautiful barren soil.

     

    Outline Itenerary:

     

    Day one: Kathmandu to Nepal Gunj, drive time-8 to 9 hrs,flight time-45 mins

     

    Day two: NepalGunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2150m), flight time-45 mins, trekking time 2hrs

     

    Day three: Juphal to Tarakot (2550m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day four: Tarakot to Khanigoan (2550m), trekking time-6 hrs

     

    Day five:Khanigoan to Chukore (3550m), trekking time-7 hrs

     

    Day six:Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m),trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day seven: Kamokharka to Dho (4130m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day eight: Dho to Numala camp (4350m), trekking time-7 hrs

     

    Day nine: Numala camp to Bang la camp (4500m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day ten: Bang la to Sanu Bheri valley (5190m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day eleven: Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo lake (3730m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day twelve: Phoksundo lake to Pungmo valley (3340m), trekking time-4 to 5 hrs

     

    Day thirteen:Pungmo valley to Lasa meadow (4300m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day fourteen: Lasa Meadow to Garpung Khola valley (4000m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day fifteen: Garpung Khola to Hurikot (2600m), trekking time-6 to 7 hrs

     

    Day sixteen: Hurikot to Forest camp (3250m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day seventeen: Forest camp to Churta (3010m), trekking time-4 to 5 hrs

     

    Day ninteen: Churta to Jumla (2730m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

     

    Day twenty: Jumla to Kathmandu, flight time- 1hr

  • Detail Itinerary
    • Day 1 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

      Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Overnight at Lodge / Hotel
      Driving Time: (Bus- 7-8 hours / Flying Time: 45min.

    • Day 2 Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2150m)

      Flight Time: 45m & Trekking

      Time: 02 hours

      The trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara and to Kala Gaura. The trail now remains close to the river on its south bank and reach to Roop Ghar with the water mill and simple lodges and finally reach to Dunai, large village with school, police check post and government office. Overnight at Camp

       

    • Day 3 Dunai to Tarakot (2550m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

      Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. Overnight at Camp

    • Day 4 Tarakot to Khanigaon (2550m)

      Trekking Time: 6 hrs

      After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 2560m. Just above the bridge you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. Overnight at Camp

       

    • Day 5 Khanigaon to Chukore (about 3550m)

      Trekking Time: 7 hrs

      From Khanigaon the trail leads to Lihini. Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slops down to Chukore. Overnight at Camp

    • Day 6 Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

      Beyond Chukore the trail slopes down to Naurpani. Crossing several streams and bridges, passing the series of low caves the trail slopes down into the large yak pasture of Kamokharka. Overnight at Camp

    • Day 7 Kamokharka to Dho (4130m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
      From Kamokharka the trail set off across the meadow crossing several little streams and wooden bridge. Along line of Mani walls leads to the village. Finally you will reach to Dho. Overnight at Camp

    • Day 8 Dho to Numa La Camp (4350m)

      Trekking Time: 7 hrs

      Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. Overnight at Numa La Camp

    • Day 9 Numa La Camp to Bang La Camp (4500m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

      The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5318m).From the pass on a clear day you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralwa and Dhaulagiri I (8169m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Overnight at Camp.
       

    • Day 10 La Camp to Sanu Bheri Valley

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
      The trail crosses the stream then climbs a slope and reach to Poyun Chu Valley and to Banga La (5190m). Descend from the pass and cross the stream and slant down the right-hand mountainside, finally reach to Sanu Bheri Valley. Overnight at Camp.

       

    • Day 11 Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
      The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are the good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Camp

       

    • Day 12 Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo Valley (3304m)

      Trekking Time: 4 to 6 hrs
      From Phoksundo Lake the trail you will take the down valley trail through meadows and reaches a high p [point about 377om and descends very steeply to Palam (3230m) and then to Sumduwa where you will see the National park head quarters. The trail continues on the right bank of Pungmo Khola, finally reach to Pungmo Valley. Overnight at Camp

    • Day 13 Pungmo Valley to Lasa Meadow (about 4300m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
      The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a chorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons. In the way the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can be seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. Overnight at Camp.
       

    • Day 14 Lasa Meadow to Garpung khola Valley (4000m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
      From Lasa Meadow the trail climbs up with magnificent views and finally reaches to Kagmara La. From Karmara La the trail descends quite steep and came to the head of Garpung Khola valley and finally reach to the camping area of Garpung Khola Valley. Overnight at Camp.

    • Day 15 Garpung Khola Valley to Hurikot (2600m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 7 hrs
      the trail forward following down the Garpung Khola Valley and descending quite steeply you come to a bridge and to Toljem (2920m) where you can see the army check-post. Just below the check-post cross the Jagdula Khola and walking sometimes you will reach to Hurikot, a collection of somber grey, flat-roofed. Overnight at Camp

       

    • Day 16 Hurikot to Forest Camp (3250m)

      Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
      Passing Kaigaon, Majgaon, and Rimi you will pass through the dense forest of holly oak, bamboo and tree juniper. After then you will reach to Chaurikot, a medium sized Khamoa village. Crossing several minor streams in the forest you will reach to Forest Camp. Overnight at Forest Camp.

       

    • Day 17 Forest Camp to Churta (3010m)

      Trekking Time: 4 to 6 hrs
      Leaving Mauria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. Overnight at Churta.

       

    • Day 18 Churta to Jumla (2370m)

      Trekking Time: 4 to 6 hrs
      Leaving Mani Sangu you will reach to Gothi Chaur. From here the trail climbs to Pattyata Lagna (2830m) and to Dochal Ghara. The trail descends gently in a fertile valley and crosses the river and finally reaches to Jumla. Overnight at Camp

    • Day 19 Jumla to Kathmandu

      You have a scenic fly from Jumla to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

  • Trip Includes/Excludes
    • All necessary permit
    • TIMS Card
    • Porter and guide 
    • Insurance for Nepali staff
    • All transportation charge
    • All accommodation charge
    • Restricted entrance Permits
    • Trekking Tents \ Dining tent \ Kitchen Tent \ Toilet Tent \ Table and chairs\ Mattresses are etc.
    • Food for trekking period (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) 
    • Personal equipment for trekking gear
    • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
    • Emergency rescue evacuation
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities (tips)
    • Bar bills, mineral water on trek
    • Hot shower/battery charge for camera during trek
  • Departure Dates
  • No departure dates as of now
  • Tour Notes
  • Equipment List
  • Reviews
  • Write your review
  • Altitude, distance and trekking times are all approximate.
    You will have the choice to travel by an early bus, flight or 4x4 back to Kathmandu. 
    If you are interested to stay in Pokhara to go paragliding, boating or cycling let us know.
     Also, if you would like to see Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, go rafting or visit Chitwan National Park.
    We can extend your trek accordingly.
    Please, tell us your desires and we will do our best to arrange it for you.

Overview

Duration 19 Days Group Size
Grade moderate Max Altitude
Starting Point kathmandu Ending Point Kathmandu
Accommodation 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu, tea house and lodge during the trek.
Meals 3 times a day with tea and coffee.
Transportation Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle. All land and air transport.

Magical culture and rare wildlife, Dolpa situated in Nepal’s far west was only recently opened to trekkers. This is where you find the stunning Phoksundo Lake, celebrated as the jewel of Dolpa. The people here trace their origins to Tibet, and their culture is a window of the tradition as practiced on the roof of the world centuries ago. The delusive snow leopard is a famous denizen of Dolpa and the rare cat has acquired the status of a mere legend. Thus it’s not only the scenery that attracts trekkers to Dolpa it’s the chance to see a corner of Nepal that very few visitors will ever experience. This trek to one of the most faraway land can be a gateway to witness the glimpse of the Tibetan Culture while being in Nepal. One must be ready to face the hurdles as you can least expect the effect of tourism in the area. It is the only place where people still practice pre-Buddhist Bon po, a religion that people practiced in and around the Tibet before the Buddhism flourished. Himalayan blue sheep(naur), mysterious snow leopards and the number of old monasteries makes out the most exciting topic about this trek which also makes it unique because of the probability of encountering the Himalayan wildlife so different from others parts of the country. This region is highlighted with the masterpiece and the bestselling book "Snow Leopard" of Peter Matthiessens and Eric Valli's Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” (aka Himalaya) was featured in this much forgotten side of the planet. This trek proves to be a complete different story for the one who treads this beautiful barren soil.

 

Outline Itenerary:

 

Day one: Kathmandu to Nepal Gunj, drive time-8 to 9 hrs,flight time-45 mins

 

Day two: NepalGunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2150m), flight time-45 mins, trekking time 2hrs

 

Day three: Juphal to Tarakot (2550m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

 

Day four: Tarakot to Khanigoan (2550m), trekking time-6 hrs

 

Day five:Khanigoan to Chukore (3550m), trekking time-7 hrs

 

Day six:Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m),trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

 

Day seven: Kamokharka to Dho (4130m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

 

Day eight: Dho to Numala camp (4350m), trekking time-7 hrs

 

Day nine: Numala camp to Bang la camp (4500m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

 

Day ten: Bang la to Sanu Bheri valley (5190m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

 

Day eleven: Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo lake (3730m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

 

Day twelve: Phoksundo lake to Pungmo valley (3340m), trekking time-4 to 5 hrs

 

Day thirteen:Pungmo valley to Lasa meadow (4300m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

 

Day fourteen: Lasa Meadow to Garpung Khola valley (4000m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

 

Day fifteen: Garpung Khola to Hurikot (2600m), trekking time-6 to 7 hrs

 

Day sixteen: Hurikot to Forest camp (3250m), trekking time- 5 to 6 hrs

 

Day seventeen: Forest camp to Churta (3010m), trekking time-4 to 5 hrs

 

Day ninteen: Churta to Jumla (2730m), trekking time-5 to 6 hrs

 

Day twenty: Jumla to Kathmandu, flight time- 1hr

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

    Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Overnight at Lodge / Hotel
    Driving Time: (Bus- 7-8 hours / Flying Time: 45min.

  • Day 2 Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2150m)

    Flight Time: 45m & Trekking

    Time: 02 hours

    The trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara and to Kala Gaura. The trail now remains close to the river on its south bank and reach to Roop Ghar with the water mill and simple lodges and finally reach to Dunai, large village with school, police check post and government office. Overnight at Camp

     

  • Day 3 Dunai to Tarakot (2550m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

    Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. Overnight at Camp

  • Day 4 Tarakot to Khanigaon (2550m)

    Trekking Time: 6 hrs

    After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 2560m. Just above the bridge you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. Overnight at Camp

     

  • Day 5 Khanigaon to Chukore (about 3550m)

    Trekking Time: 7 hrs

    From Khanigaon the trail leads to Lihini. Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slops down to Chukore. Overnight at Camp

  • Day 6 Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

    Beyond Chukore the trail slopes down to Naurpani. Crossing several streams and bridges, passing the series of low caves the trail slopes down into the large yak pasture of Kamokharka. Overnight at Camp

  • Day 7 Kamokharka to Dho (4130m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
    From Kamokharka the trail set off across the meadow crossing several little streams and wooden bridge. Along line of Mani walls leads to the village. Finally you will reach to Dho. Overnight at Camp

  • Day 8 Dho to Numa La Camp (4350m)

    Trekking Time: 7 hrs

    Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. Overnight at Numa La Camp

  • Day 9 Numa La Camp to Bang La Camp (4500m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs

    The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5318m).From the pass on a clear day you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralwa and Dhaulagiri I (8169m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Overnight at Camp.
     

  • Day 10 La Camp to Sanu Bheri Valley

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
    The trail crosses the stream then climbs a slope and reach to Poyun Chu Valley and to Banga La (5190m). Descend from the pass and cross the stream and slant down the right-hand mountainside, finally reach to Sanu Bheri Valley. Overnight at Camp.

     

  • Day 11 Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
    The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are the good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Camp

     

  • Day 12 Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo Valley (3304m)

    Trekking Time: 4 to 6 hrs
    From Phoksundo Lake the trail you will take the down valley trail through meadows and reaches a high p [point about 377om and descends very steeply to Palam (3230m) and then to Sumduwa where you will see the National park head quarters. The trail continues on the right bank of Pungmo Khola, finally reach to Pungmo Valley. Overnight at Camp

  • Day 13 Pungmo Valley to Lasa Meadow (about 4300m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
    The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a chorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons. In the way the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can be seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. Overnight at Camp.
     

  • Day 14 Lasa Meadow to Garpung khola Valley (4000m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
    From Lasa Meadow the trail climbs up with magnificent views and finally reaches to Kagmara La. From Karmara La the trail descends quite steep and came to the head of Garpung Khola valley and finally reach to the camping area of Garpung Khola Valley. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 15 Garpung Khola Valley to Hurikot (2600m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 7 hrs
    the trail forward following down the Garpung Khola Valley and descending quite steeply you come to a bridge and to Toljem (2920m) where you can see the army check-post. Just below the check-post cross the Jagdula Khola and walking sometimes you will reach to Hurikot, a collection of somber grey, flat-roofed. Overnight at Camp

     

  • Day 16 Hurikot to Forest Camp (3250m)

    Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
    Passing Kaigaon, Majgaon, and Rimi you will pass through the dense forest of holly oak, bamboo and tree juniper. After then you will reach to Chaurikot, a medium sized Khamoa village. Crossing several minor streams in the forest you will reach to Forest Camp. Overnight at Forest Camp.

     

  • Day 17 Forest Camp to Churta (3010m)

    Trekking Time: 4 to 6 hrs
    Leaving Mauria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. Overnight at Churta.

     

  • Day 18 Churta to Jumla (2370m)

    Trekking Time: 4 to 6 hrs
    Leaving Mani Sangu you will reach to Gothi Chaur. From here the trail climbs to Pattyata Lagna (2830m) and to Dochal Ghara. The trail descends gently in a fertile valley and crosses the river and finally reaches to Jumla. Overnight at Camp

  • Day 19 Jumla to Kathmandu

    You have a scenic fly from Jumla to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Extensions & Optional Tours

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Departure

No departure dates as of now

Trip Includes/ Excludes

  • All necessary permit
  • TIMS Card
  • Porter and guide 
  • Insurance for Nepali staff
  • All transportation charge
  • All accommodation charge
  • Restricted entrance Permits
  • Trekking Tents \ Dining tent \ Kitchen Tent \ Toilet Tent \ Table and chairs\ Mattresses are etc.
  • Food for trekking period (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) 
  • Personal equipment for trekking gear
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • Bar bills, mineral water on trek
  • Hot shower/battery charge for camera during trek

Tour Notes

Altitude, distance and trekking times are all approximate.
You will have the choice to travel by an early bus, flight or 4x4 back to Kathmandu. 
If you are interested to stay in Pokhara to go paragliding, boating or cycling let us know.
 Also, if you would like to see Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, go rafting or visit Chitwan National Park.
We can extend your trek accordingly.
Please, tell us your desires and we will do our best to arrange it for you.

Equipment List

Trekking Equipments:

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camping & teahouse treks in the Himalayas. Given this list as a guideline, most of the trekking equipment can be hired or bought in many adventure shops in Kathmandu as well. The majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

The following basic equipment list helps you with your packing. Please, remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipments to a minimum level. Before starting the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15kg.
 
Fleece jacket or Pullover

Fleece wind-stopper jacket 

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) Shell jacket

Down Jacket

Down sleeping bag

Light weight gloves

Sun hat or scarf

Sunglasses 

Sun cream

Extra T- shirts

Underwear

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