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Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek

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Trip Facts

Trip Type:

Tea House/Camping

Grade:

Moderate

Altitude:

5300

Meal:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Group Size:

2-16 Persons

Accomodation:

Lodge/Camping

Transportation:

Flight / Trekking

Best Time:

Feb-May and Sep-November

Activities:

Trekking

WiFi

Abailable

Duration

18 Days
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Overview And Highlights

Durations : 18 Days
Activities : Trekking in Nepal

The Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is an exciting albeit challenging adventure that takes you through the barren desert-like valleys of western Dolpo with spectacular views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Kanjirowa and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges among others in the backdrop. With the altitude maxing out at around 5200 meters and daily walking averaging to around 6-7 hours, this trip is best suited for the more experienced adventurer looking for a new and rewarding experience.

The Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek generally begins from Jhupal, a bustling little market-town, where you’ll fly in to from Nepalgunj. You will start trekking for the next few days, passing through Dunai, Tarakot, Laini and Nawarpani before we stop to rest for a day at DhoTarap to get used to the rapidly increasing altitude. After we are revitalized thanks to our rest day, we embark on the challenging yet rewarding trail through the Numa la and Baga la passes and eventually reach the pristine blue Phoksundo at Ringmo village. We will spend a day exploring the tranquil alpine freshwater of Phoksundo before retracing our steps to Jhupal, and then to the capital.

Over the course of this journey, you will pass through the vantage points at Numa la and Baga la passes from where you will witness splendid views of the Kanjirowa, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna among various other ranges in the backdrop during the daytime. The evening however, is better spent enjoying the hospitality of locals that comprise mostly of Tibetan and Magar people. Passing through the numerous Bon settlements, alpine forests, meadows and pasture lands, you might even come across some of the rarely sighted wildlife residing in the region such as herds of blue sheep, snow leopards, ghoral, rhesus monkeys, Himalayan black bears and so on.

The Lower Dolpo Circuit trek takes you through the SheyPhoksundo National Park, which is a special area designated for conservation. As such, tourism is regulated and you will require special permits for your visit. The trail is also quite remote and perilous, so this route is recommended for more experienced trekkers with decent levels of fitness.

Best Times To Visit:

Spring (March - May)

Autumn (September - December)

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu

Day 02: Obtain permits, afternoon flight to Nepalgunj (1 hour)

Day 03:  Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, Trek to Dunai (2150m) 3 hours

Day 04: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2500m) 6 hours

Day 05: Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3150m) 7 hours

Day 06: Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3550m) 6 hours

Day 07: Trek from Nawarpani to DhoTarap (4100m) 8 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization day at DhoTarap

Day 09: Trek from DhoTarap to Numa la base camp (4450m) 7 hours

Day 10: CrossNuma la pass (5200m), camp at Pelung tang (4500m) 6 hours

Day 11: Cross Baga la pass (5050m), camp at Dajok tang (4100m) 6 hours

Day 12: Trek from Dajok tang to Ringmo (3600m) 3 hours

Day 13: Hike to Phoksundo Lake

Day 14: Trek from Ringmo to Shyanta (2500m) 5 hours

Day 15: Trek from Shyanta to Jhupal (5 hours)

Day 16: Flight fromJhupal to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to KTM

Day 17: Rest day, sightseeing and farewelldinner

Day 18: Flight back home 

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, a representative from our company will meet you outside the terminal with a placard of your name. You will then be escorted to the hotel where you can rest after your flight and prepare for the trek. In the evening, you will be served traditional Nepali cuisine as dinner to introduce you to the country’s culture.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Dinner

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Our trail will lead us through the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is a special area designated for conservation. As tourism is regulated there, we will require special permits that our staff will acquire for you today. Meanwhile, you can spend the morning shopping for essentials or exploring the city. In the afternoon, once everyone has gathered, your trek leader will introduce the rest of the crew to the group and shortly brief you regarding the expedition ahead. Finally, you will head to TIA to catch a domestic flight to Nepalgunj which concludes our activities for the day.

Includes: Overnight stay in lodge, Breakfast and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we head back to the airport to catch a flight to nearby Jhupal. You will be able to see Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the north, basking in the morning sun during the course of this flight. Once at Jhupal, we will have our lunch and being our trek to Dunai. Walking along the Bheri River, we reach Dunai quite easily. We spend the evening exploring the district centre in Dunai and prepare for the actual trek that begins the next day.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2150

Our trail today leads us along the southern bank of Bheri River as we walk through the pine forests and past the terraced fields. Treading past the numerous hanging bridges, gorges and streams, we finally reach the old fortress town of Tarakot. We set up camp on the grassy plateau nearby the Gompa. We spend the rest of the evening exploring the old capital.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2500

Today, we continue following the Tarap Chu river upstream and head to Khanigaon. You will have a good view of the popular Sandul Gompa from here. After a few more bouts of ascending and descending, we will eventually arrive at Laini Odar. Once we set up camp, you will have a good view of Putha Hiunchuli (7246m) and Churen Himal range from here in the evening sun.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3150

After an early breakfast, we set back out on the steep trail that becomes easier as the day passes. The trek today will require some extra effort though as you jump across the narrow gorges. After some uphill and downhill walking, we will be walking along the banks of the Chyugur Khola, from where we will eventually reach Nawarpani. We set up camp quickly as the evenings are now noticeably colder, a sign that we are gaining altitude.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3550

Ascending to Kamattarka, where the Tarap Chu and Lang khola converge, we begin the long trek that lies ahead of us today. We tread on the path filled with juniper bushes, past the narrow gorges for a few hours until we stop for lunch. After a quick rest, we continue marching on for a few more hours to finally reach the stone walled settlement of Dho Tarap. The inhabitants mostly comprise of indigenous Magars and a few Tibetans. We spend the evening exploring the small village and enjoying the hospitality of the locals.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4100

As safety is our utmost concern, we will spend the day trying to get used to the thinning air as we’ve been gaining altitude the past few days and are now at over 4000 meters. The monasteries nearby are a popular attraction for newcomers. You may also find it worthwhile to observe the lifestyle and culture of the curious locals who will be more than happy to make friends with foreigners.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4100

After our well-deserved rest day, we are now revitalized and ready to march on again towards today’s destination, Numa la base camp. Heading north from Dho Tarap village, we follow the Tarap chu river upstream. This pleasant track leads us through the dreamy valley with its vast plains towards the traditional and old fashioned village of Tokyu. After a quick visit to the monastery nearby, we have our lunch and resume our journey. The path turns a bit more rigorous for the next few hours, but we struggle on and eventually reach Numa la base camp. We spend the night at the camp and rest for the tough trek that lies ahead.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4450

Situated at an altitude of almost 5200 meters, climbing to the top of the Numa la pass is going to a tedious task. The trail is very steep and the ascent will be strenuous. But the reward for your effort will be well worth it. We will have our lunch enjoying splendid views of the mountains around Dolpo including the Churen range, all the way upto Mt. Dhaulagiri in the distance. After our break is over, we resume on our trail which descends down the ridge for a few hours until we reach our camp at Pelung tang.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4500

We being today’s trek with yet another ascent to the top of the ridge at Baga la. After a few hours of climbing, we will reach the vantage point with mesmerizing views of the dry lands of the region and Mt. Kanjirowa in the backdrop. We will also witness the Kagmara peaks and the crystal clear Phoksundo Lake in all its glory. After lunch, we carefully descend through the deep ravine and reach our camp at Dajok tang.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4100

A pleasant trek lies ahead of us today compared to the challenging ones from the past few days. Walking through the alpine forest paths filled with junipers, oaks and cypress, we make our way through the pasture lands to Ringmo, the closest settlement near Shey Phoksundo. As the trek today was fairly short, we spend the rest of the day exploring the waterfall and garnering amazing views of the lake from the nearby cliffs.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3600

One of the best parts of the whole trek, the exploration around the Shey Phoksundo Lake is our goal for today. Phoksundo is an alpine fresh water lake, sitting at an elevation of 3611 meters. It is also the deepest lake in Nepal. We spend most of the day taking a pleasant walk around the enchanting turquoise blue waters around Phoksundo. There are also a few Bon monasteries in the locality for us to visit. We will likely also witness trading caravans like the ones you might have seen in the movie ‘Caravan’ or ‘Himalaya’.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp

Taking in the last views of Phoksundo, we resume on our trail revitalized after our rest day. After breakfast, we head towards Chhekpa where we have multiple ascents and descents ahead of us. Passing through the forested paths, we might come across some minerals believed to have quite potent medicinal properties. Going through Chunuwar and Rechi, we finally arrive at Chhekpa where we take a break and have our lunch. After a few more hours of trekking, we eventually reach the village of Shyanta where we’ll be camping overnight.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2500

We leave the quaint village of Shyanta after breakfast for the more bustling one at Jhupal. We take our time walking through the meadows and forests on this somewhat treacherous trail. After around 5-6 hours of trekking, we reach Jhupal where our journey is almost at an end. We have our lunch at Jhupal and spend the afternoon exploring the nearby markets.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp

We breathe in the last of the mountain air as our early morning flight takes us from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. We have our breakfast in Nepalgunj after which another flight will take us back to the capital. Once at Kathmandu, your trek leader will escort you back to the hotel. Afterwards, you can choose to rest at the hotel, or spend the rest of the evening shopping, as per your preference.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will have the day to yourself today. You can spend the day resting at the hotel after your long trip. You also have the option of joining the rest of the group for a quick tour around the capital, where we’ll visit some of its major attractions including Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath. You may also spend the day shopping downtown for any mementos if you like. In the evening, you’ll be taken to a restaurant serving traditional Nepali cuisine as well as some cultural performances.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Food
Breakfast and Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

We will have a brief farewell program after breakfast, during which you’ll be able to meet up with the all the crew and group members one last time. Afterwards, one of our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before your flight.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop off services
  • One day cultural tour in Kathmandu with licensed driver
  • All the hotel and lodge accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Domestic air tickets and taxes
  • Bus transportation tickets
  • An experienced English speaking trek leader, assistant trek leaders and guides as well as one porter per 2 people (2:1)
  • Down jackets, tented camps and other necessary equipment
  • Special permits and all necessary governmental documents
  • All food costs (B,L,D) as included in the itinerary
  • Emergency medical supplies and first aid kit

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa
  • International airfare
  • Extra food costs (B,L,D) outside of those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for drivers, guides and porters
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, extra food and showers, laundry, water)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Route Map

Additional Information

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.
Most of the equipment in general and standard lists for all seasons while on the trek, but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.


For head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece headgear.
  • Sunglasses and snow goggles with UV protection

 
 For Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

 For Feets:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

For Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket 

 For Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Other Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC * (4 seasons down sleeping bags)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  •  Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit/duffel bag.
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches / 10-15 liters / kgs capacity)
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (2) or cameo bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people in a group are snoring) as optional.

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

On Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extra Luxuries as optional:

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pen and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble.

Day

18

Saving

US$ 100

From US$ 1699

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  • No booking fees
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Response Time 3 Hours , Response Rate 100%

Trip Facts

Trip Type:

Tea House/Camping

Grade:

Moderate

Altitude:

5300

Meal:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Group Size:

2-16 Persons

Accomodation:

Lodge/Camping

Transportation:

Flight / Trekking

Best Time:

Feb-May and Sep-November

Activities:

Trekking

WiFi

Abailable

Duration

18 Days
US$1699 US$1599
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