18 days of Lower Dolpo Hiking

Price: USD 2800

On present era, real hidden destination (Lower Dolpo) including ethnic communities, antique lifestyle and beauty of nature is also discovered as the perfect destination for trekkers to trek following the hidden trails of isolated land. 

Lower Dolpo trekking 18 days begins after transforming scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal. Starting the trek ahead passing beautiful villages, deep gorges, suspension bridges, remote zones and many other attractive kinds of stuff leads towards Phoksundo Lake (deepest Lake of Nepal) situated at the height of 3,611 m. Further crossing ancient gompas, thrilling sections streams, waterfalls also takes to cross the high passes. Magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri and natural beauty adds more rewards en route. Rocky cliff walk and unique way of living are also the attractive experiences of this trekking destination. This 18 days package is designed effectively highlighting upon both time and cost for those trekkers who desires to visit best of Dolpo in rare time. We also suggest planning your trek between September – December and March-May for perfect trekking experience.

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

First day, focusing your arrival hour at Tribhuwan International Airport our company representatives will warmly welcome and escort you towards fine tourist standard hotel. We also hold a brief meeting regarding our upcoming trek.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Kathmandu valley is really considered a spot to sight major cultural and historical sites. Today early morning, we step forward for sightseeing some historical spots which are on UNESCO World Heritage Site. After spending some hours to explore these locations, we return back for finalizing our trekking equipments, which are required during our trek and this night we spend at fine hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu (1,300 m) – Nepalgunj (165 m)

Early morning after delicious breakfast, our private vehicle escorts you to the airport to catch a flight towards Nepalgunj leaving Kathmandu. Finally after an hour of scenic flight plane lands on Nepalgunj airport and further we will be shifted towards the fine hotel. Remaining hours of the day will be spent by exploring mini zoo, Muslim Bazaar and unique Tharu villages throughout. We return back to hotel on evening hour for preparation and night will be spent at lodge in Nepalgunj.

Day 4: Nepalgunj (165 m) – Jhupal (2,500 m) – Dunai (2,140 m)

Today catching an early morning flight over the Himalayas, we reach Jhupal by leaving Nepalgunj to meet the crew members there, those who are awaiting our arrival. Therefore after meeting them, we quickly arrange our bag and luggage for aiming to develop our trek ahead. Walking downward route till Thulo Bheri River by passing terraced field and beautiful villages offers a flat trail before steeping Dunai. Finally, leisure hours will be spent by exploring around and night will be spent at lodge in Dunai.

Day 5: Dunai (2,140 m) – Tarakot (2,537 m)

Leaving Dunai behind, early morning we head towards the east through the south bank of the Thulo Bheri River. Marching forward trail gradually ascends upstream to cross the bridge to get to the north bank of river. Therefore, continuing the walk forward passing deep George, pine forest and remote villages along crossing next bridge takes to Tarakot. Few hours will be remained for exploring the village and this night will be spent at Lodge at Tarakot.

Day 6: Tarakot (2,537 m) – Laini (3,370 m)

Aiming our destination, we move forward crossing the bridge over the river and gently climbing through the field of buckwheat. Continuously steeping forward, leads to cross another bridge at Yalankot River before climbing to the south of Thulo Bheri River along further crossing cypress trees, suspension bridge and confluence of two Rivers rewards Kanigoan village high above the trail. From there, passing cedar forest and the steepest part of the gorge finally takes to Laini for staying overnight.

Day 7: Laini (3,370 m) – Nawarpani (3,475 m)

Today, we make a sharp ascend towards the mini pass to walk across the steep gorge and for crossing waterfall. Next, we climb up one more ridges and then descend to Chyangru River along after crossing the river for getting the east bank; we continuously follow the river till Thanjam. Matching forward crossing the bridge and following riverside trail takes to Nawarpani for spending the night.

Day 8: Nawarpani (3,475 m) – Dho Tarap (3,940 m)

Early morning, developed walk through west bank of the river by crossing the compact cave (most thrilling section of the trail) takes to Tarap River for crossing the bridge. Therefore climbing through the east bank of river, the ridge at Serkam greets us with the chorten before crossing bridge across river. After that continuing walk through rocky trail beneath the cliff, takes to Dho Tarap for stay overnight.

Day 9: Dho Tarap (Acclimatization day)

As, we are already above the height of 3,900 m so acclimatization is very essential for us and focusing on this point, today we don’t attach additional elevations on our journey. Therefore, the day will be spent by exploring village inhabited by few Tibetans and more Magars or as option we move ahead towards monasteries. Today’s accommodation and dinner will be managed and hosted at same spot that we had before.

Day 10: Dho Tarap (3,940 m) – Numa La base camp (4,440 m)

Today, we head towards century old Mekyem Gompa neglecting main trail for exploration and further returning back to the main trail, we continue uphill walk till Gakar village. Continuing walk forward through plain valley enjoying the yaks and horses grazing think green grasses along crossing numerous of bridges and passing a trail junction takes to Numa La base camp. This night will be spent at tented camp beneath Numa La.

Day 11: Numa La base camp (4,440 m) – Phelung Tang (4,465 m)

Developing our early morning trail forward by ascending up to the rigid towards a grassy mound and a tiny stream, from where a long climb takes us to Numa La for viewing marvelous beauty of Dolpa including towering mountains throughout. Therefore dropping down into a U shaped rocky valley by crossing the stream leads forward to meet another valley along continuing walk forward reaches Phelung Tang for spending overnight.

Day 12: Phelung Tang (4,465 m) – Dajok Tang (4,080 m)

Quitting Phelung Tang early morning, we move forward by crossing the stream and passing a meadow for climbing up a moraine which greets us the chorten of overturned stones. Therefore, gentle ascend leads us to (Baga La Pass) the next high pass of the trek along encountering the pass, we take a steep descend which bring us to the right bank of the stream. Soon after crossing multiple streams trail takes to Dajok Tang for staying overnight.

Day 13: Dajok Tang (4,080 m) – Ringmo (3,600 m)

Today leaving Dajok Tang behind and passing vegetations like pines, walnuts and oak leads to thrilling cliff walking way. However, walking about an hour through narrow rocky cliffs takes to Ringmo village. Finally after steeping Ringmo village, remaining hours will be entirely invested on exploring the beautiful village throughout. Tonight’s accommodation and dinner will be conducted at lodge in Ringmo.

Day 14: Ringmo village: (Exploration day)

According to trekking schedule, today is the special day separated for exploring the eye catching destinations of Dolpo. We won’t include any additional elevation on out trekking but we plan to explore lake area, Tibetan monasteries and nearby temples as well for entire day and if the time remains as leisure then we move forward for exploring village tradition and cultures too. Finally, this night will be spent at same spot.

Day 15: Ringmo (3,600 m) – Shyanta (2,520 m)

On fifteenth day leaving Ringmo, we follow Phoksundo River and walk forward to cross the bridge across Pungma River past Polam and a village hospital. After that, easy walk along the east bank of Phoksundo River through the forest leads towards Chhepka before steeping Shyanta. Finally, after reaching Syanta this night will be managed at lodge there.

Day 16: Shyanta (2,520 m) – Jhupal (2,500 m)

Developing a moderate walk ahead by following the bank and passing Raktang descends to Sulighat for crossing the bridge across Thulo Bheri River. Therefore, heading west by changing the direction enjoying the opposed settlements takes to Jhupal. Remaining hours can be spent by inspecting the Jhupal market throughout and surrounding areas or can be spent by resting at lodge too. The night will be spent on the lodge in Jhupal.

Day 17: Jhupal (2,500 m) – Nepalgunj (165 m) – Kathmandu (1,300)

Leaving a day of Dolpo begins with morning scenic flight over the high Himalayas to Nepalgunj and after landing on Nepalgunj Airport according to schedule, we catch next flight to fly towards Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu). On reaching Kathmandu, our private vehicle will be there to transfer you safely towards a fine tourist standard inn. Evening hours will be hosted for a farewell dinner and night will be spent at the hotel.

Day 18: Departure day

On the final day of the trip, you can march forward to collect some memories and gifts for your loving ones before the flight time. Our company’s private vehicle will escort you to airport focusing your flight time for your final departure and our representatives will be there to wish for your safe journey and successful steps ahead with respects at the airport. 

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Visa Information

All visitors are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese visa can be easily obtained upon arrival on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport or Nepalese embassy abroad. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can also be secured at entry point at Nepalese borders. A valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photo (size: 1.5" x 1.5") will be required and you can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.

Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.

Weather Information

Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict.  Nights are generally cooler and days are warm.  Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.

Best time to travel

Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.

Physical Fitness

Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal.  Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less.  And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.

Travel Insurance

Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.

Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities) For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.

Booking Process

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Safety Guidelines

  • Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
  • You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
  • Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
  • Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
  • Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
  • Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
  • Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
  • Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
  • Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.
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