Max Height

4465 m / 14648.95 .ft

Trip Days

18 Days

Type

Trekking

Difficulty

Difficult

Starting From
USD 3072
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Lower Dolpo Trek

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Lower Dolpo trek can be the best choice for you if you are seeking to travel to western Nepal. Through this trek you will get the experience the village life of rural Nepal as well as observe the traditional practices of Buddhist religion. This trek takes you through the rugged terrain often through barren land rocky trails. On the lower level there are vast grassland, fields and pastures and also forests around. People here keep yaks and you might spot yak caravans during the walk. The trail passes through villages along the way. As the people living here mostly follow Buddhism, you will be visiting the monasteries on the way. As we move further up, the altitude increases and the vegetation gets sparse. Instead of trees there are small bushes along the way and the trails are dry and rocky. Further up you will be crossing few passes as well.

You will reach the highest point of this trek at Numa La Pass. During the trek you will have nice view of barren rocky mountains along with snow capped mountains in the background. Also, walk through hills, valleys, gorges, passes, villages and forests will give you most amazing experience in your life. 

Trip Highlights:

  • Observe the traditional practices of Buddhist Religion.
  • Traverse through remote villages of Dolpo and soak up the local culture.
  • Cross the high Baga La and Numa La pass.
  • Explore the most beautiful place Tse Phoksundo Lake.
  • Explore ancient Buddhist sites.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)
  • Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/492ft) 1 hour
  • Day 4 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Jufal(Dolpa) and trek to Dunai (2140m/7,021ft) 2-3 hour
  • Day 5 : Dunai to Tarakot (2,537m/8,323ft) 5-6 hour
  • Day 6 : Tarakot to Laini (3,370m/11,056ft) 6-7 hour
  • Day 7 : Laini to Nawarpani (3,475m/11,400ft) 5-6 hour
  • Day 8 : Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3,944m/12,939ft) 7-8 hour
  • Day 9 : Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap (3,944m/12,939ft)
  • Day 10 : Dho Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4,440m/14,563ft) 6-7 hour
  • Day 11 : Pass Numa La (5,238m) and trek to Phelung Tang (4,465m/14,645ft) 6-7 hour
  • Day 12 : Pass Baga La (5,070m) and trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) 6-7 hour
  • Day 13 : Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) 5 hour
  • Day 14 : Exploration day at Ringmo and hike to Phoskundo (3,600m/11,808ft)
  • Day 15 : Ringmo to Shyanta (2,520m/8,265ft) 5-6 hour
  • Day 16 : Shyanta to Jufal(2,475m/8,120ft) 4-5 hour
  • Day 17 : Fly from Jufal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) 1 hour 45 mins
  • Day 18 : Departure day (1,300m/4,264ft)

What's included ?

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jufal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's excluded ?

  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Extra porter charge.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
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Trip Overview
  • Trip Code
    NASC-138
  • Trip profile
    18 Days Lower Dolpo Trek
  • Type
    Trekking
  • Span
    18 Days
  • Accommodation
    3 star hotel in Kathmandu & tea house during trek
  • Meal
    All meals included during the trek
  • Country
    Nepal
  • Starts from:
    Kathmandu,Nepal
  • Ends at:
    Kathmandu,Nepal

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $25

30-day single entry: US $40

90-day multiple entries: US $100

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complicacies.

How to Book Your Tour

Before booking any tour, please read all the terms and conditions thoroughly and call the company representative with any questions prior to making any payments. Begin by filling out a booking form and pay the non-refundable deposit. Fill out the form completely so as not to disrupt the expediency of the process. The form may be submitted online or by downloading the form and mailing or faxing the form to your nearest company representative.

It’s important to understand all aspects of the chosen trip, from what’s included and excluded, to the level of service, or even what trip may be right for your level of experience and fitness. Take the time to get all questions answered so that when booking the trip, it is without trepidation.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.


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