Lower Dolpo Trek is a challenging and adventurous trekking opportunity that fulfils the thirst of any adventure seeker and trekking enthusiast. Designed for the ones who want solid trekking the wilderness of the Himalayan terrain and bizarre topography Lower Dolpo Trek offers the drastic climatic change, topographic variety and arduous walks along the desert like terrain, capturing the panoramic views of the side mountains and beautiful lakes in the areas like the Shey Phoksundo Lake. Trek to the Lower Dolpo is an unique chance to experience western Himalayan culture, its eco systems and the wild beauty of the Himalayan flora and fauna. Though very lust and beautiful lower Dolpo trek is, it is equally wild and backbreaking and long. This trek will take about 3 weeks to end. Be prepared of 6-7 hours of trekking and hiking every day.
The primary attraction of the Lower Dolpo Trek the great Shey Phoksundo Lake. The deepest lake in Nepal and almost lifeless due to the cold, the Shey Phoksundo Lake is some to a few but the most exotic creatures in the planet. This lake hosts the fish living in the extreme cold Himalayan water with the blue green algae and water plants that survive in extreme cold. This attracts hundreds of botanist and naturalist to this part of the country every year.
One of the most remote places in Nepal, Dolpo region was closed for foreigners for decades before a limited part of this region was opened for trekking and tourism in 1989. Bordered by the Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges, by Jumla District in the west, notable things one will come across during the Lower Dolpo Trek are the clean and tidy snowy peaks, prehistoric and isolated villages, rich flora and fauna, unfailing Buddhist monastery and astonishing lakes. Full of people with enthralling culture and traditions, one will be surprised by the well mix-up of the Nepali and Tibetan cultural and traditions in this area.
With settlements at the altitude of 4000m and plus, these villages just might be the highest settlements in the globe. An interesting thing in the Lower Dolpo Trek that tourist might find extremely new and amazing are the marriage system and disposal of the dead. Pre-marital and extra-marital sex unions are not prejudiced in Lower and Upper Dolpo and marriages can be of many types; namely arrangement, capture or elopement. A family of five brothers might have a common wife. Lower and Upper Dolpo people either throw their dead in the river or they cut their dead in to small pieces and feed the vultures.
Observe the remoteness of Nepal,Snowy peaks,Ancient and isolated villages,Buddhist monasteries,Enthralling culture and tradition,Kathmandu Sightseeing Several Traditional Monuments,
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
On your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and taken to the Hotel. Your first night you will spend in Kathmandu. Bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
After having breakfast we will take you sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. You will visit many Buddhist and Hindu temple which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. In the afternoon we will return you to the hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hour fly) to Juphal (35 minutes fly). O/N at Juphal.
Day 4: Juphal to Dunai (2150m)
The trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara and to Kala Gaura. The trail now remains close to the river on its south bank and reach to Roop Ghar with the water mill and simple lodges and finally reach to Dunai, large village with school, police check post and government office. O/N at Dunai.
Day 5: Dunai to Tarakot (2550m)
Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. O/N at Tarakot.
Day 6: Tarakot to Khanigaon (2550m)
After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 2560m. Just above the bridge you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. O/N at Khanigaon.
Day 7: Khanigaon to Chukore (about 3550m)
From Khanigaon the trail leads to Lihini. Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slops down to Chukore. O/N at Chukore.
Day 8: Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m)
Beyond Chukore the trail slopes down to Naurpani. Crossing several streams and bridges, passing the series of low caves the trail slopes down into the large yak pasture of Kamokharka. O/N at Kamokharka.
Day 9: Kamokharka to Dho (4130m)
From Kamokharka the trail set off across the meadow crossing several little streams and wooden bridge. Along line of Mani walls leads to the village. Finally you will reach to Dho. O/N at Dho.
Day 10: Dho to Numa La Camp (4350m)
Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. O.N at Numa La Camp.
Day 11: Numa La Camp to Bang La Camp (4500m)
The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5318m).From the pass on a clear day you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralwa and Dhaulagiri I (8169m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Camp. O/N at Bang La Camp.
Day 12: Bang La Camp to Sanu Bheri Valley
The trail crosses the stream then climbs a slope and reach to Poyun Chu Valley and to Banga La (5190m). Dewscend from the pass and cross the stream and slant down the right-hand mountainside, finally reach to Sanu Bheri Valley. O/N at Sanu Bheri Valley.
Day 13: Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)
The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are the good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. O/N at Phoksundo Lake.
Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo Valley (3304m)
From Phoksundo Lake the trail you will take the down valley trail through meadows and reaches a high p [point about 377om and descends very steeply to Palam (3230m) and then to Sumduwa where you will see the National park head quarters. The trail continues on the right bank of Pungmo Khola, finally reach to Pungmo Valley. O/N at Pungmo Valley.
Day 15: Pungmo Valley to Lasa Meadow (about 4300m)
The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a chorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons. In the way the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can bee seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. O/N at Lasa Meadow.
Day 16: Lasa Meadow to Garpung khola Valey (4000m)
From Lasa Meadow the trail climbs up with magnificent views and finally reaches to Kagmara La. From Karmara La the trail descends quite steep and came to the head of Garpung Khola valley and finally reach to the camping area of Garpung Khola Valley. O/N at Garpung Khola Valley.
Day 17: Garpung Khola Valley to Hurikot (2600m)
The trail forward following down the Garpung Khola Valley and descending quite steeply you come to a bridge and to Toljem (2920m) where you can see the army check-post. Just below the check-post cross the Jagdula Khola and walking sometimes you will reach to Hurikot, a collection of somber grey, flat-roofed. O/N at Hurikot.
Day 18: Hurikot to Forest Camp (3250m)
Passing Kaigaon, Majgaon, and Rimi you will pass through the dense forest of holly oak, bamboo and tree juniper. After then you will reach to Chaurikot, a medium sized Khamoa village. Crossing several minor streams in the forest you will reach to Forest Camp. O/N at Forest Camp.
Day 19: Forest Camp to Churta (3010m)
Leaving Mauria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. O/N at Churta.
Day 20: Churta to Jumla (2370m)
Leaving Mani Sangu you will reach to Gothi Chaur. From here the trail climbs to Pattyata Lagna (2830m) and to Dochal Ghara. The trail descends gently in a fertile valley and crosses the river and finally reaches to Jumla. O/N at Jumla.
Day 21: Jumla to Kathmandu.
You have a scenic fly from Jumla to Kathmandu. Hotel, B.B. O/n at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for your onward destination.
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during on trek. Three meals ( B,L & D) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge, Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.
Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek