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Lower Dolpo Trekking

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Treking in lower part of Dolpo also is without doubt one of the wildest and most remote trekking routes in Nepal - and one, which only the truly adventurous should consider. From Kathmandu either we take a flight in to Dunai in central western Nepal via Nepaljung or a bus drive to Beni and trek all the way to this region. You then commence trek up the Phoksumdo Valley through tiny villages and yak summer grazing lands, all the while with the beautiful Kagmara Peak in sight ahead.

Through deep dark forests and wide river canyons you soon reach the village of Ankhe - entrance point for the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. High ridges and deep gorges draw you on until at last you see the great Phoksumdo Lake, and towering above its western shores the 6612m Kanjiroba Peak, one of the most dramatically beautiful sights in the Himalaya. On your rest day here you will visit the Phoksumdo Gompa - a centuries old temple dedicated to the ancient Shamanistic Bon Po religion, the antecedent of Tibetan Buddhism which is still alive and well in these remote parts of the Himalaya. There is a possibility of sighting the rare blue sheep. Crossing a narrow gorges to eventually return to Dunai and Juphal from where you fly back to Kathmandu. This is an exceptional trekking to take what true Himalaya wilderness trekking can offer.

Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.

A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will be then offered tea / coffee with some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali.

Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.

A successful trek requirement: Dolpo trek requires previous experience of trekking, sound health & fitness. This trek involves 5-8 hours of high mountain walking and remote/high glacial passess cross. You should be prepared about 10 Kms of walking or jugging exercise everyday 3 months before involving the trek as you are walking on high altitude for long and short days. Likewise you must need a positive attitude and a strong determination; lots of willpower and of course reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition are the basic measure of your success. We suggest you to consult your doctor for medical requirements as medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility. To ensure for a safety and successful trek; we will provide one trek guide , one assistance guide on every group trek so that if in case one get sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as plan as in itinerary.

Trek staffs : Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.

Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty.

Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help. Assistant Guide and Sherpa: We provide one assistant guide and one Sherpa for every 6 trekkers. Assitant guide will help group during day time walking close by to help trekkers at the difficulty situation. Sherpa will take care of the camp site by setting and saving from out sider.

They are well experience and dedicated on their duty. Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay.

They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.

Cook: Cook have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.

Washing and toilet facilities – We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.

Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian.

For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffe, choklate, soups, squash and juice in diffent flavor etc.

Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu/nepalgunj and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and round trip flight as per the itinerary.

Equipments check list: For a comfortable, safe and successful trip you should consider following items. Make sure that you have most of them especially which you do not want to use locally made in Nepal. Please check the trekking equipments check list in the trekking page.

Responsible tourism concept: Holiday Mountain Treks is taking concern of economy, social, environment and culture while running its trips. Our staffs are trained on this and try for minimum impact on the natural environment and native peoples. We try to support local economy by using their products, making aware and our clients will have to respect the local culture and traditions. We always try to make the areas more cleaner and friendly environments after we travel. This is possible by your understanding and our trained crews.

Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.

Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible if needed so there is often scope on the trek to extend or lengthen the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes.

Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Evening, join the welcome dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant with the live cultural programs hosted by the company

DAY 02: Kathmandu

Begin excursion with tour guide by visiting world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Evening briefing about your trip and meet trek staffs.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 780m. 1.20hrs

Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Nepalgung. Arrive and drive to the hotel in city.

Day 04: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2840m. 3 hrs

Transfer to airport and fly up Juphal 2335m and trek further to Dunai bazzar an administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Evening; walk around the village. Over night at tent.

DAY 05: Trek to Tarakot 2,8400m 6 hrs

The trail goes along the riverbank and through pine trees then reach to Tarakot village on a hillock near Bheri River.

DAY 06: Trek to Lasi Cave 2450m 6 hrs

The trail follows the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing bridge and through the farm terraces and traditional villages then reach the Lasi Cave with a gentle descend.

DAY 07: Trek to Pibuk Cave 3,445m 5 hrs

The trail goes through the gorge of the Tarap River, crossing couple of time and of course an exiting walk to reach the Pibuk cave.

DAY 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 3800m 5 hrs

The trail passes some of beautiful landscape and impressive scenery to reach the Yak Kharka.

DAY 09: Trek to Dho Tarap 4100m 6 hrs

The trail ascends to Tarap Chu along the small stream then a gradual up above the tree line with little juniper bush and reach the Dho Tarap village with magnificent stone wall.

DAY 10: Dho Tarap

A rest day for well acclimatize and visit some of the famous of both Bon Po and other Buddhist Gompas around the villages.

DAY 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun 4270m. 6 hrs

The trail enters to upper Tarap valley along the river and plain valley and get to Tokyu village with its great monastery.

DAY 12: Trek to Numa La 4600m 5 hrs

The trail ascends all the way to Numla just before the pass with some of the scenic landscapes and great views along the way.

DAY 13: Trek to Phedi 4570m. 6 hrs

The trail ascends to the Numa La 5200m with great views of the surrounding mountains and descend to Phedi

DAY 14: Trek to Baga La phedi 4460m 7 hrs

The trail ascends to Baga La 5100m pass with stuning views including Kanjorowa mountain range the descend to other side Phedi

DAY 15: Trek to Ringmo 3,600m 7 hrs

The trail first passes the pine forest then through pasture field and alpine shrubs and reach the Ringmo with crystal Lake of Phoksundo.

DAY 16: Ringmo

A great excursion/exploration day on the trek by visiting Ringmo village, monastry and Phoksundo Lake area.

DAY 17: Trek to Chepka 2300m. 7 hrs

The trail desends first then through village and a short asend to village of Chepka at the wide pasture ridge.

DAY 18: Trek to Jhupal 7 hrs

The trail ascends towards high ridge with some of the spectacular views of the mountain then downwards to Juphal Bazzar.

DAY 19: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepaljung

Fly to Nepalgunj and catch onward flight to Kathmandu on the same day. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

DAY 20: Kathmandu

A full day at leisure for your own activites. Evening emjoy the fare farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with live culturl program hosted by Holiday Mountain Treks.

DAY 21: Departure

Transfer to airport and fly back to home with great experience of the trip.

Trip Cost: USD 2190 per person

Trip cost includes

  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • 5 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with tour guide, entrance fees
  • Domestic flight/ground transportation as per the program, airport transfer
  • Trekking permit fee, wholesome hygienic and fresh meals, drinks, kitchen and camping equipments, fresh and can fruit, desert, chocolate bars, guide, sherpa, cook, helpers,
  • ecessary porters, conservation/entrance permit, insurance and other facilities for the staffs,
  • emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag
  • All necessary paper works and all government and local taxes where applicable.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner

Trip cost does not includes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges with domestic flight
  • Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency rescue and medical expenses
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters
  • Tips for the trekking crew, other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required

Trip Fact

Grade: Medium

Max alt: 3820m

Min alt: 1500m

Walking hrs: 5-7 hrs

Seasons: Mar-Oct

Trek Style: Camping


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