Lower Dolpo TrekkingLower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking

  • Adventure around Nepal largest national park within Shey-Phoksundo and its beautiful emerald lake
  • Trekking around lower and inner Dolpo areas within scenic Dho-Tarap green wide valley
  • Unique country from green forest to arid dry weather beaten landscapes and remote villages
  • Crossing Baga-la and Numa-la high passes with fabulous views ofKagmara to Dhaulagiri range of peaks
  • On least explored areas of Nepal Far North Western Himalaya within complete wilderness
  • Sweeping scenic flights both ways with marvelous views of great Himalayan range of peaks

adventure around far wild-west Himalaya within Nepal largest National Park of Shey-Phoksundo

Lower Dolpo Trekking is an adventure of the shortest duration of little more than a week. Allows trekkers to get a glimpse of the beautiful country of Nepal Far Western Himalaya region of Lower Dolpo. Includes the great scenic Phoksundo Lake, the charm and beauty of the adventure as well as the main highlights.

Although most trekking itineraries are quite longer than Explorer Adventurer’s presents, which is the perfect way to enjoy around Dolpo.

The treks lead you around Shey-Phoksundo National Park, the largest park in Nepal, and cover an area of 3,555 sq. km. The park extends towards the east near the massif Mt. DhaulagiriHimalaya range close to Mustang district. As far as Mugu district in the northwest past high areas of Upper Dolpo and its rugged windswept terrains.

Lower Dolpo Trekking involves panoramic flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj City, and Jhupal, Dolpo. One of the most awesome air journeys facing beautiful country landscapes of green rolling hills and valleys. Overlooking mind-blowing views of majestic Himalayan peaks, from Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu, and Annapurna with Dhaulagiri Himalayas.

As the flight continues from Nepalgunj city airport, located Far South West subtropical Terai belt. Enjoy grand views of the Western Himalayas of Kanjibrora and Api and Shaipal peaks towards the Far North West.

The adventure starts heading towards the beautiful emerald-colored Phoksundo Lake, walking past Dunai, the headquarters town of the Dolpo district. The trail leads to cross several high bridges and follows the up-and-down route through nice farm villages. As well as through enchanting woods of pines and fir to reach Ringmo village, situated close to Phoksundo Lake. Which is also called Ringmo Lake due to its proximity to the nice village of Ringmo.

A beautiful and scenic country surrounded by giant snow-capped peaks and green tiers of high hills. Spending time at Phoksundo Lake exploring the beautiful scenic view-points and the impressive local culturesof Dolpo villagers. Interwoven to Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient practice of Bon cult (a pre-Buddhism) worship of nature and mountain spirits.

After an exciting and pleasant time at Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village, return journey heading back to Jhupal. For an exciting scenic flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city, after a fabulous adventure around Lower Dolpo Trekking.

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On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of LowerDolpo Trekking for briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge-camping with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, afternoon flight to Nepal Far South West to land at warmer sub-tropical city of Nepalgunj and then transfer to nearby hotel with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to LowerDolpo Trekking.

      After early breakfast transfer toNepalgunjairport for connecting short flight to land at Jhupal within Dolpo, on reaching at Jhupal, join with our trekking staff and then drive to Dunai for overnight stop, journey leads to interesting parts of the area through farm villages and farm fields with views of snow capped peaks in the distance, few hours of first day entry into Dolpo reaches you at Dunai for overnight stop in local nice lodge. Dunai, headquarter and administrative town of Dolpo district, an interesting place to explore in the afternoon to observe Nepal Far Western Nepalese cultures and custom of both Hindu and Buddhist religion with fascinating cultures.

        Our first day walk starts from Dunai, as morning trek heading past bazaar of Dunaiand then across a bridge aboveThuloBheri River to reach a high ridge above Phoksundo River valley offers views of Kagmara peaks. After walking on gradual trail, then climb upinto farm villages growing walnut trees within nearDhera a small place of cattle herders, from here leading to a short climb to Rahagaon village of Hindu ThakuriMalla people. From here, descend into forest to reach our first overnight stop to camp at Chhepka, a small farm village.

          After Chhepka situated close to Ankhe village, as morning follows with short climb and then downhillwithin forested area to reach atthe bank of a river, continue uphill walk on leaving forest behind and then descend back into tree lines. From here following upstream of a river to cross a bridge to reach Ryajik village, walking little further to reach at Samdua for overnight camp, close to the entrance gate of Shey-Phoksundo National Park.

            Morning walk start to reach atPhoksundo Lake after PungmoKhola (stream) on following the stream and then downhill into birch and pineforest reaching upper section of Phoksundo Khola. After a short rest walk leads into Ringmo village, a lovely and interesting Tibetan origin village with similar culture of Buddhism and Bon (pre Buddhist) religion. Housesbuilt with mud plastered including Chhorten and Mani (prayer) walls of Bon sect and Buddhist religion. From here a short walk to Phoksundo Lake for overnight camp near the bank of turquoise colored Phoksundo Lake.

              Enjoy another day at beautiful Phoksundo Lake, an opportunity to soak in local Dolpo villages around Ringmo of immense culture and custom, where you explore this pristine areas often visited by few other trekkers.

                After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and Phokshumdo Lake, walk leads back on the same route with alternative overnight stops walking on a pleasant trail leading to steep climb for few hours to reach at Chunuwar village for overnight stop, this small village offers super panorama of Phokshumdo Lake and Kagmara peaks.

                  From here morning walk leads towards more Hindu villages of MallaThaukuri within walnuts groves and farm lands, an interesting walks passing smaller scattered farm villages as the trail is well maintained all the way to our overnight halt at Sangta village, with time browse around Thakuri people village of interesting traditions and old way of life.

                    After a great time at Phuksumdo Lake and on walk towards Dunai with pleasant stops along the way observing local culture, today our last day walk leads to Dunai for short time and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu.

                      Morning transfer to small Jhupal airstrip for the flight to Nepalgunj, after boarding in small aircraft where short flight brings you atNepalgunj for connecting flight of 50 minutes to reach back at Kathmandu. On reachingat Kathmandu airport, thentransfer to your hotel with rest of the day at leisure with grand memories of LowerDolpo trekking.

                        Reserved this spare day in Kathmandu as contingency in case of flight delay and cancellation at Jhupal in Dolpo, which can happen sometimes due to bad unfavorable weather conditions if all go well according to our itinerary days, enjoy the day with individual activities and shopping.

                          Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience and adventure on LowerDolpo Trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                            What's Included
                            • In all your arrival and departure private transportation
                            • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with BB
                            • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
                            • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
                            • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
                            • Dolpo Special permit  and National park fee 
                            • domistic flight from ktm -Nepal-Gunj -jufal-ktm
                            • Government taxes and official expense
                            What's not Included
                            • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                            • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                            • Tips for porters ($70-100) and guides ($80-100)
                            • Nepal Visa ($50)
                            • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                            • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                            • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                            • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)
                            Useful Information

                            Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                            Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                            Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                            Guide and Porters for Lower Dolpo Trekking 13 Days: 

                            On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                            All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                            Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                            Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                            Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                            Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                            High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                            Due to high pressure and low oxygen level at certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                            To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                            The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                            On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                            Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                            In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                            What to Bring During 13 Days Lower Dolpo Trekking?

                            **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                            Clothing and footwear

                            • Trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                            • Sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                            • flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                            • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                            • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                            • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                            • Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                            • Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                            • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                            • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                            Equipment for Lower Dolpo Trekking 13 Days

                             *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                             *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                            *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                            *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                             *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                            *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                            * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                            Personal usage on  13 Days Lower Dolpo Trekking

                            > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                            > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                            > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                            Lower Dolpo Trekking FAQs

                            • The remote areas of Dolpo is located Nepal Far West Nepal , around the Karnali Zone. Extends to Mugu Districts in the west and Mustang towards east, with country’s largest national park. The best way to reach Dolpo is flying to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, and then short flight to Jhupal in Dolpo.

                            • The Lower and Upper Dolpo, falls within restricted areas of Nepal to minimize mass flow of trekkers. To preserve its serene pristine environment, the other reason is the areas is on Trans Himalayan route to Tibet / China border.
                              For both Lower and Upper Dolpo, all foreign visitors needs special permit to enter the Dolpo areas.

                            • April to October, includes spring, summer / monsoon wet seasons to autumn/fall times. Few treks around the Nepal Himalaya, where travelers can visit during wet monsoon times of July and August also. As Dolpo falls within rain shadow areas, where monsoon rain clouds are blocked by the high Himalayas.

                              Most of the Upper region of Dolpo are dry and arid similar to Tibet plateau landscapes. The best time are April to May and September and October during late spring and autumn seasons. Most days are clear for views of high snow-capped peaks and pleasant walks.

                            • The nearest hospital and medical post is in Dunai, or fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu. The major problem is altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, trekkers are physical fit and the itinerary chosen has enough rest days to cope with acclimatization.

                              For instance, in case some get very sick and cannot continue the walk to base camp, head back to lower altitude to reach at Jhupal for flight to Kathmandu or other means of fast transport. The fastest way for very sick people needs to be evacuated on a helicopter. On this emergency case where victims have to borne all the expenses to be claimed from your medical insurance.

                            • The main major religion is Mahayana sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which is widely followed around Nepal and other Himalayan high countries.
                              Beside Buddhism Dolpo tribes also practice ancient Bon a cult worship natural spirits, and the soul of ancestors. On this trek you will witness many Buddhist and Bon prayer symbols and monuments. Like long series of prayer wheels, stone walks inscribed with prayers and visiting monasteries of great cultural and religious interest.