Lower Dolpo Trek

‘A cultural and scenic trek around Nepal’s largest national park

Trip Highlights:

• A journey of great fascination on Nepal’s Far Wild Himalayan with impressive scenery
• On the least traveled area by other trekkers and explorer within absolute wilderness
• Exploring hidden culture of Dolpo people with interesting Buddhist and ancient Bon religion
• Country of great beauty from alpine green hills, emerald lakes to windswept arctic terrain
• Following the classic trails to remote Ringmo-Tokyu and Tarakot villages with Phuksumdo Lake

Introduction:

Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake a magnificent adventure around Nepal Far Wild West Himalaya, on the least traveled areas (exposed and made famous of the Dolpo area from the movie Caravan later changed to Himalaya, nominated as best foreign film for Oscar Award in 1999 AD).

Awesome Nepal Treks, a well composed and planned with all logistic support for you to enjoy this fascinating journey around Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake with memorable and exciting times led by our expert guides and field staff. Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake, a mesmerizing adventure leading you away from mainstream trekking trails within the harmony of scenic green hills and snow capped peaks with turquoise colored lakes of Phuksumdo.

This marvelous trek is well protected by Shey & Phuksumdo National Park which covers an area of 3,555 sq.kms which stretches towards beyond North West at Mugu areas which makes largest national park of the country. Dolpo treasures rich alpine vegetations with luxuriant forest of blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch. The trans-Himalayan area of Northern Dolpo has with near-desert type vegetation of mainly dwarf juniper and caragana shrubs. Dolpo areas home of snow leopard and blue sheep and other common animals like Ghoral, Himalayan Thar, Serow, leopard, wolf, jackal, Himalayan black bear, around the walks you can spot many species of birds, such as Impheyan pheasant ‘danphe’ national bird of Nepal, blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge and many others. The country is equally famous for its impressive Buddhist culture and traditional ancient Bon (pre Buddhism) sect practice of animism worshiping of natural spirits and its scenic environment.

Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake trekking leads you with sweeping scenic flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu around Nepal low and Far South West, Nepalgunj a warm place with sub-tropical temperatures; from here our journey continues taking another short flight towards Far North West Himalaya to Jhupal at Dolpo. From Jhupal our walking adventure begins heading towards beautiful Phuksumdo and its turquoise colored Lake located near Ringmo village, after an enjoyable time with rest to marvel the marvelous country.

Our next journey leads higher to cross the highest pass of the trip over Baga La 5,070m and Numa-la 5,190m scenic passes offering grand views of Kagmara and Dhaulagiri range of mountains, walk leads back to Jhupal after an exciting and pleasant time around Tokyu and Tarakot village then reaching at Dunai headquarter and main town of Dolpo. After Dunai our wonderful adventure around Lower Dolpo and Phuksumdo Lake completes at Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj with grand memories and mesmerizing time on Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake around Nepal’s Wild Far West Himalaya.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest

Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Phuksumdo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.

Day 07: Rest day at Phuksumdo Lake for local excursion.

Day 08: Trek and cross Baga La 5,070m and camp 4,470 m - 06 hrs.

Day 09: Cross Numala 5,190m and camp at Phedi - 07 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200 m via Jeng la 5,090 m - 06 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040m- 05 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Ghymagar 3,759 m - 07 hrs - 06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Day 17: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.

Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake Trekking, lodge, camping on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: Morning free and then fly to Nepalgunj city on route Dolpo.
In Kathmandu morning free with preparation for Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake trekking, as per the flight time transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic flight of 50 mins towards Far South West Nepal to land at Nepalgunj city, a place with warm semi-tropical temperatures which lies close to Indian border, from Nepalgunj airport a short drive into a nice hotel within the city area, with time for short visit around Nepalgunj of Indian influence and flavor.

Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 hrs.
Having an early breakfast and the then transfer to Nepalgunj airport for another short flight to reach at Jhupal in Dolpo, on arrival at Jhupal after 40 minutes airborne, here you will be received by our trekking staff who have traveled taking a long overland drive and walks from Kathmandu to reach at Jhupal, around this area at present a motor road has been constructed connecting Dunai the main headquarter town of Dolpa area.

From Jhupal a short drive of more than an hour ride to Dunai for overnight stop, in the comfort of nice local lodge, afternoon walk around Dunai town an interesting place to observe its culture and way of daily life.

Day 04: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.
After overnight in Dunai, morning walk past market crossing a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then climb over a ridge to Phoksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak, from here trek leads downhill passing farm villages with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera, a small cattle herders settlements, from here a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe, then downhill walk into forested area to reach overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.

Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
From Chhepka near Ankhe area, morning walk with short climb and descend through forest reaching a river bank, from here climb on leaving the forest, from the top walk downhill to forested area leading upstream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek  further to Samdua for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.

Day 06: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.
Morning walk leads to our first destination at Phoksumdo Lake after Pungmo Kholas valley  and crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach at upper side of Phoksumdo Khola, after a  short break continue walk to Ringmo village, an interesting village of Tibetan origin with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls.

From here a short walk to Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp by the shore of beautiful turquoise Phoksumdo Lake.

Day 07: Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake for local excursion.
An ideal spot for rest day, marvel the beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, or visit interesting Ringmo village and walk by the lake side.

Day 08: Cross Baga La 5,070m and to Phedi 4,470m - 07 hrs.
After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and Phokshumdo lake, walk leads to other side of Dolpo area heading east by an alternative way crossing few passes, walking on a pleasant trail leading uphill to cross over Baga-la at 5,070 meters.

A steep climb for 3 hours to reach a the top offering super panorama of Phokshumdo lake and Kagmara peaks, after a nice stop walk leads to a long descend to overnight camp at phedi (bottom of the hill).

Day 09: Trek and cross Numa-la 5,190 m and to Phedi - 08 hrs.
From here morning walk leads to another pass at Numa-la at 5,190 meters, the highest spot of this awesome trip, walk leads to a climb on the nice grassy slopes for about three hours then reaching the top of Numa-la with impressive views of snow capped mountains from Dhaulagiri mountain range to Kagmara peak and looking down at beautiful valleys and surrounding dramatic landscapes, after an enjoyable moment descend to the base of the pass, then walk on gradual path to overnight camp on summer pasture.

Day 10: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m via Jeng la 5,090m-06 hrs.
After a steep climb an easy walk today for hours reaching at Tokyu gaon for overnight, this is one of the most impressive and interesting village of Dolpo area, consist of more than ten villages and nice tended farm fields with an old monasteries.

Day 11: Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
After Tokyugaon, morning starts with downhill walk towards Tarap Chu on broader green valley, this is one of the scenic wide valleys with lots of Sheppard’s settlements of Yaks and Sheep, and walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, this is another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

Day 12: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.
From here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls heading due south following the trail after Sisaul and small place of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.

Day 13: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.
Today walks on Tarap nice valley, as the trail enter into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might see some wild life like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals.

As the walk progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of about 6 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.
Start morning walk passing smaller villages and then into a small wooded area, following river all the way at Tarakot, a large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village.
Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is placed.

Day 15: Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.
After a great time at Tarakot, our last day walk leads to Dunai for short while and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu. Morning starts following many spread out villages and farmers huts, walking on wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai, on reaching Dunai time permitting having lunch. From here jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Morning as per the flight time to Nepalgunj transfer to Jhupal airstrip after bidding farewell to our camping staff and porters, a short scenic flight brings your south at Nepalgunj for short transit stop and then fly back to Kathmandu with panorama views of mountains during airborne and then on reaching at Kathmandu domestic airport transfer back to your hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 17: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
Awesome Adventure Trek reserves today as contingency day, in case of flight delay and cancellation at Jhupal in Dolpo, which might happen sometimes due to bad weather conditions.

If all goes well per our itinerary days one can use this spare day and join in our tour at places of interest around World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur, with rest of the day free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.

Day 18: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land full of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Lower Dolpo & Phuksumdo Lake Trekking around Far North West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.

Cost-Inclusives:

  • Airport picks up/ transfer
  • 03 nights twin sharing accommodation in at Kathmandu with BB plan- Hotel M Or similar
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant- Traditional Dance & Music
  • Lower Dolpo Trekking permit/TIMS Card- Trekkers Security Card
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal & Juphal-Nepalgunj- Kathmandu flight, airport tax and transfer
  • Lower Dolpo Trek on full bard of meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, seasonal fruits and tea/ coffee)
  • One Advanced Adventures Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), required assistance leader as per the group size, one trek porter for every two trekkers in a group, their entire expenses, equipment and insurance
  • Awesome Nepal Treks duffle bag and T- shirt, Adventure Certificate
  • Down jacket and sleeping bags
  • Group medicine kit box
  • All the Gov and local taxes
  • Departure transfer

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
  • Your meals at Kathmandu, except provided dinner and breakfast
  • Entire beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek
  • Travel insurance(Must includes Helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips
  • Any extending trips

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