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Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek

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July 17, 2018

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Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is a classic Dolpo trek. This leads from Dolpo Juphal airstrip and end to the same place. Lower Dolpo Circuit trek, provide you a great experience of culture, nature and adventure of Dolpo region.

Tour Details

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is a classic Dolpo Trek. This trek provides an insightful experience of Dolpo region in a short time period. The diversified culture, nature, and adventure are the interesting features of this trek. This trek takes you through the lower valleys of Hindu Khas inhabitant villages along with middle valleys of Magar community villages and upper high land inhabitants of Dolpopa. It is a moderate trek where you will encounter two high passes Numala and Bagala before reaching to the magical turquoise Phoksundo Lake. Additionally, the trek passes through the river gorges, revered Buddhist and Bon monasteries, beautiful hamlets, spectacular mountain sceneries, magical Phoksundo Lake, Suligad waterfall and lush vegetation of Shey-Phoksundo national park.

Lower Dolpo circuit trek is an ideal trek for trekkers wanting to explore and discover the remote and mysterious land of Dolpo ‘Beyul’. Located at the north-western corner of Nepal, Dolpo is synonymously known as the remote and rugged charming hidden wonders of Nepal. The Lower Dolpo Trek offers an opportunity for exploration and discovering of rich flora and fauna, ancient and isolated villages, revered Bon and Tibetan Buddism surely makes you a lifetime adventure experience. In this trek, we footstep on the highest Himalayan settlement Dho Tarap and Tokyu, Largest National park of Nepal ‘Shey Phoksundo National Park’ and deepest Lake of Nepal ‘Phoksundo Lake’. Lower Dolpo trek with Himalayan Companion kicks off with scenic mountain flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and two and half hour stretching legs to Dunai. Then after, following the Thuli Bheri river bank and Tarap Khola bank for few days, we reach at Dho Tarap ‘Tarap Valley’.

A day exploring around ‘Tarap valley’ visiting Bon and Buddhist monastery is always worthwhile. Beyond, the Dho Tarap ‘Tarap valley’ we continue the western route to crossing Numala and Bagala pass we descend to Magical and mythical land Phoksundo ‘Ringmo’. A leisure day in Phoksundo Lake, exploring Ringmo village lifestyle and visiting Bon monastery is always a great time of this trek. Besides, the Phoksundo ‘Rigmo village’ our trail leads to following the Phoksundo Khola and lush vegetation of Phoksundo National park to Juphal airstrip. Finally, Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek ends with a flight back to Kathmandu from Juphal via Nepalgunj.        

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Dolpo-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee

 

Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.

Communication

We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.

Food

While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.

Climate

In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes.September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day.In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5  and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C.At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at TIA and Transfer to Hotel

Day 2Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight 1 hr

Day 3Nepalgunj to Juphal flight 35 minutes and trek 2.30 hrs to Dunai 2140m

Day 4Dunai to Tarakot 2540m 6 hrs.

Day 5Tarakot to Laina Odar 2875m 7 hrs

Day 6Laina Odar to Pivo cave 3200m 7hrs.

Day 7Pivo cave to Dho Tarap 3944m 7 hrs.

Day 8Dho Tarap rest an exploring day

Day 9Dho Tarap to Numala Base Camp 4440m 7 hrs.

Day 10Numal Base camp via Numala pass 5309m to Danigar 4200m

Day 11Danigar via Bagala pass 5169m Temche 4100m

Day 12Temche to Phoksundo 3640m 4 hrs.

Day 13Phosundo rest and exploring day

Day 14Phoksundo to Chhepka(2838m) 7 hrs.

Day 15Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 8 hrs.

Day 16Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 17Kathmandu free day

Day 18Departure from Kathmandu

Map

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek Map

Photos