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Lower Dolpo Trek 17 days

  • Fantastic view to the Phoksundo Lake

  • Dolpo women spinning wool


Trip Overview

Duration: 17 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘310 m
Trek Grade: Medium
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Camping
Best season: May – October

The inner Dolpo is one of the most remote areas of Nepal and it is only able to reach by foot. It is the region of no roads. Dolpo is bounded in all four directions with an over 6’000 meters high mountain ranges. In the south it borders with the Dhaulagiri chain.

A march of about five days above 5’000 m passes brings you from Dunai to the upper Dolpo. This area belongs mostly to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the name came from a landslide in which the lake Phoksundo got dammed. The Dolpo region is a very arid area and hardly affected by the summer monsoon.

Until the 18th century Dolpo belonged to the Western Tibetan royal families. In the 16th century, Dolpo became a province of the Kingdom of Mustang and remained there until it came through annexation of the Gurkha kings 1769 Nepal. By 1993, the inner Dolpo was a restricted area and foreign visitors were not allowed to visit.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2’140 m

Day 05: Dunai – Tarakot 2’537 m

Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Odar 3’300 m

Day 07: Laina Odar – Nawar Pani 3’615 m

Day 08: Nawar Pani – Dho Tarap 4’050 m

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dho Tarap

Day 10: Dho Tarap – Numla Pass 5‘310 m – Bag La Phedi 4‘470 m

Day 11: Dho Tarap – Numla Pass 5‘310 m – Bag La Phedi 4‘470 m

Day 12: Bag La Phedi – Bagla Pass – Ringmo

Day 13: Rest day in Ringmo

Day 14: Ringmo – Chepka 2‘840 m

Day 15: Chepka – Juphal 2‘475 m

Day 16: Juphal – Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayembhunath (Monkey temple) etc. In the evening we meet our tour to guide prepare our trek.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Panoramic flight along the Himalayan range to Nepalgunj in the western Terai. The lively town near the border to India with its tropical climate.

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2’140 m
Today we need good weather, as the flight towards Dolpo is a visual flight. After around 40 minutes we arrive Juphal 2’475 m we trek along the Thuli Bheri River.

Day 05: Dunai – Tarakot 2’537 m
Following Barbung Khola, we reach our Camp in Tarakot.

Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Odar 3’300 m
In the shade of old trees, we walk again high above the Thuli Bheri River towards Laisicap. On the way we have the chance to see small monkeys in the steep cliffs. Before we climb up a steep path, we make a detour to Chhedul Gompa. The path along the Tarap Khola leads us to Laina Odar.

Day 07: Laina Odar – Nawar Pani 3’615 m
Just a few minutes behind our camp it goes steeply up the hill where prayer flags flutter. The valley of the Tarap Khola becomes narrower and the trail leads through spectacular deep gorge until we reach the campsite at the Pigo Phu Cave.

Day 08: Nawar Pani – Dho Tarap 4’050 m
We still follow the Tarap Khola upstream through a magnificent gorge. After the Stupa of Ghyamgar 3’790 m, we leave the narrow gorge and having magnificent views to Dho Tarap where we set up camp near the village. Maybe on the way we'll see on the slopes Blue Sheep, grazing Yaks, Sheep and Goats.

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dho Tarap
In Dho, we are already in the Tibetan influenced culture and able to visit the first Gompas. Many performers of the movie "Himalaya" by Eric Valli come from this village.

Day 10 & Day 11: Dho Tarap – Numla Pass 5‘310 m – Bag La Phedi 4‘470 m
Early morning we leave Dho Tarap which translatet means something like "excellent horse pasture" and hiking to Taksi from where we set off to Numula Pass 5‘310 m. A fantastic panoramic views stretching to the Dhaulagiri.

Day 12: Bag La Phedi – Bagla Pass – Ringmo
Again we starting early because another long hike waiting us. The path leads us via the bizarre Bagala Pass 5’070 m to Ringmo Khor 3’600 m.

Day 13: Rest day in Ringmo
We enjoy the rest day on the shores of the second largest lake of Nepal. The water of the Phoksundo lake fluctuates between caribbean turquoise and blue ink. We have the opportunity to visit the Thasung Tsoling Gompa at the opposite end of the bay. The 500 year old Bön Monastery owns a tiny very old shrine with mystical relics.

Day 14: Ringmo – Chepka 2‘840 m
Today we pass a beautiful waterfall and hiking through deserted and fabulous old cedar forests. The path ascents and descents along the Phoksumdo Khola until we get to Chepka.

Day 15: Chepka – Juphal 2‘475 m
We continueing along the river Sulighad through the canyon until Rupgad 2‘070 m. We cross a suspension bridge to Thuli Beri and about 2 – 3 hours later we arrive in Juphal 2‘475 m.

Day 16: Juphal – Kathmandu
Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 17: Departure

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.