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Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek is a 26-day package program which takes you to explore the serene yet mysterious region of Western Nepal. Dolpa has gained new identity as the land of Oscar nominated Caravan fame- Thinley. Caravan, the movie directed by Eric Valli, a foreigner, has perfectly screened the mystic setting of Dolpa. Lower Dolpo Trek has been categorized as a strenuous trekking. Lower Dolpo Trek begins from Gothichaur and ends in Dunai. You can join the Lower Dolpo Trek even in monsoon season as it is aptly nestled in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. Lower Dolpo Trek has a lot to offer for prospective tourists and adventure seekers. It provides you with a close up view with lifestyle and culture of local people who have still retained the centuries’ long bon and ancient Buddhist practices. Shey Phoksundo Lake- one of the deepest Himalayan Lakes with beautiful turquoise blue water is another reason to start Lower Dolpo Trek. Shey Phoksundo National Park located in this region serves as sanctuary for many rare alpine living beings. Thus, you may spot various beasts including snow leopard on the way if you are lucky. You can also watch the yak caravans all along the way-one of the features of Dolpo region. Yak caravans are still used for traditional salt trade with neighboring Tibet.

Itinerary Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Flight to Jumla, & trek to Gothichour (2700m)
Day 05: Trek to Napakhola (3,000 m)
Day 06: Trek to Chaurikot (3,000 m)
Day 07: Trek to river Bheri
Day 08: Tread to Gharpung
Day 09: Trek to Kagmara
Day 10: Trek to Kagmara Base Camp
Day 11: Cross Kagmara-La (5165m)
Day 12: Tread to Pungmo Gaon (3,050 m)
Day 13: Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m)
Day 14: Rest at Lake Phoksundo
Day 15: Trek to Bagala Base Camp
Day 16: Cross Bagala Pass (5090m)
Day 17: Walk to Chering Gompa
Day 18: Stroll to Tarap Valley
Day 19: Acclimatization day
Day 20: Trek to Lahini (3560m)
Day 21: Trek to Tarakot (2,700m)
Day 22: Trek to Dunai (2,100m)
Day 23: Trek to Juphal
Day 24: Juphal- Nepalgunj -Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure from Kathmandu
 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representatives there in the Airport, ready to greet you when you land in International Airport in Kathmandu. After receiving at the Airport, you will then be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu where you will be briefly explained about the itinerary package. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the second day, you will be taken out for an excursion to some of the chief sites in and around Kathmandu. Visits include temples of Pashupatinath, Swayamvunath and Bauddhanath and Durbar squares of Kathmandu and Patan. After finishing the sightseeing around the capital city, you will return to hotel and spend the rest of the night at the hotel preparing for next day’s flight.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
It takes about an hour-long flight through mountains to transit you to Nepalgunj- the hub of Western Nepal and an important city lying close to the Indian Border in Western Tarai. For the rest of the time, you will sightsee around Nepalgunj and spend your time. The bordering town of Rupediya and the temple of Bageshwori are popular destinations in Nepalgunj. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly to Jumla and trek to Gothichour (2700m)
A short flight from Nepalgunj will take you to Jumla. Our trek begins here. We will walk to Tila Khola and pass along its confluence to Chaudabise from where the land starts ascending till it reaches to fertile Valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut and finally will make upto a meadow which goes by the name of Gothichaur. We will stay overnight at a camp in Gothichour.

Day 05: Trek to Napakhola (3,000 m)
The route follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potatoes, buckwheat and barley. Passing Maniwals on the way, we will continue along the river to Napakhola-a small Buddhist Village. We will get to know the culture and lifestyle of the locals and will stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Chaurikot (3,000 m)
We will follow the trail through steep hill and forest before arriving to a pass called Mauri Lagna (3820m). The route moves on through silver fire forest and finally leads to Chaurikot which will be the resting place for the day. Splendid views of Jagadu and Patrasi Mountains make the journey a fruitful one. We will stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to river Bheri
Journey for the 7th day will begin with sunrise view in the morning. We will tread along the villages inhabited largely by blacksmiths and tailors- the minorities, before passing through a stream and forest. We will reach to the ridge where we will end our travel for the day. We will stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 08: Trek to Garphung Khola
After having breakfast, we will pursue the course gradually through a bunch of thorny bushes and reach to the entrance of Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance after passing through Hurikot. We will stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 09: Move along to Kagmara (3500m)
On the 9th day of the trek, we will simply tail the trail through stream and hills till we arrive to the pass, Kagmara La. We will stay overnight at a tented camp below to Kagmara Peak.

Day 10: Trek to Kagmara Base Camp (4000m)
The trail from Kagmara begins getting steeper afterward Kagmara. We will chase the trail up to the Base Camp of Kagmara which basically is the rugged area. We will set our camp among these rocks and will capture the splendid scenery the Base Camp offers.

Day 11: Cross Kagmara-La (5165m)
This is no doubt the most difficult part of the travel is on the 11th day. The climb becomes very steep. Some of you might even feel altitude sickness as the altitude crosses in excess of 5000 meters. Yet the journey will be rewarding as we can get the view of the rare blue sheep. We will walk down through the pastures of Pungmo Khola Valley and finally reach Pungmo Khola where we will set the camp for the day.

Day 12: Trek to Pungmo Gaon (3,050 m)
The trail now enters the forests of birch and juniper. Breathtaking view of Kanjirowa peak and meeting with Yak herders as they pass through the way are the precious moments of the trek. We will stay overnight at Pungmo Gaon.

Day 13: Arrival at Shey Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m)
We continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa and will then follow the track through forest of Cedar before arriving to Shey Phoksundo Lake. The amazing beauty of the lake will surprise us as we will be spellbound looking at the lake in exotic location and surrounding. Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the major attractions of Lower Dolpo Trek. We will spend the night at a tented camp near Shey Phoksundo Lake.

Day 14: Rest at Lake Phoksundo
After such a strenuous journey, you have earned yourself the well deserved rest on the 14th day. You will spend the day admiring the beauty of the lake or visit nearby Ringbo Gompa and pull yourself up for the journey in upcoming days. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

Day 15: Trek to Bagala Base Camp
The journey for the day begins by walking into the pine forests of juniper and blue pine. The trail then follows the river through the valley to a waterfall. We will rest for the day in a camp at base camp of Bagala Pass.

Day 16: Cross Bagala Pass (5090m)
Continuing the journey after Numla Pass Base Camp (5190 m) will lead us to the valley which is surrounded by big glaciers and blade-shaped rock cliffs. We will spend the day here admiring the incredible view of the Kanjiroba Mountain. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

Day 17: Walk to Chering Gompa
We will ascend up to Numla Pass from where we can get a view of scenic beauty which stretches as far as Dhaulagiri. Continuing the trail will lead to a beautiful valley of upper Tarap. We will camp near Chering Gompa for the day.

Day 18: Stroll to Do Tarap
You will find the trail to descend past a huge mani wall to reach to Tarap region. Passing through the barley fields will ultimately lead to village of Do where we will rest for the day.

Day 19: Acclimatization day
The next day will be for acclimatization and rest as you will take rest from the daily trekking. Stretch yourself up and move around the village of Do. Do happens to be the largest settlement in Tarap Valley which possess assets like Ri Bhonpa Gompa and Bon- Po Gompa.

Day 20: Trek to Lahini (3560m)
On the 20th day, we will chase the route through the Tarap Khola. We will enter the gorge possessing large rose shrubs and other wild flowers and reach to the narrow valley which is blessed with deep gorges and caves. We will spend the night in a tented camp nearby the caves.

Day 21: Trek to Tarakot (2,700 m)
An early journey from Lahini will take us to the wide Valley where Laskap River meets with Tarap Khola. A little further lies Kamigoan (2950m) which is popular as the winter residence of people of Tarap village. The route continues through the river before descending to the Barbung Khola and will finally lead to our destination for the day.

Day 22: Trek to Dunai (2,100 m)
The journey for the 22nd day begins with early breakfast. We will follow the course through Barbung khola which lies downstream along the southern edge of the village of Laban and will head to Dabung. A casual stroll from Dabung will take us to Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpa.

Day 23: Trek to Juphal
A short walk from Dunai would be able to lead us to Juphal where we will rest for the day and prepare for the flight we will be taking tomorrow. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 24: Juphal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
A short flight of about 30 minutes will take us to Nepalgunj from Jhupal. We will then board another plane from Nepalgunj to Katnmandu in the afternoon. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Final departure from Kathmandu
On the last day of the trekking package, you will take a flight to your home country from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We bid you farewell and hope to serve you again!!
 

 

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