Lower Dolpo Trekking is one of the most popular trekking areas as it passed through Phoksundo Lake. It is opened for the foreigners in 1989. This area offers a wonderful experience and the culture different from other part of the country. Dolpo is a high-altitude culturally Tibetan region in the upper part of the Dolpa District of western Nepal, bordered in the north by the Tibet.
Foreigners need to special permit to visit this area. It is lies on the west of Kali Gndaki valley behind the Dhaulagiri massif on the mid western of Nepal. On the way of these trekking visitors can see the snow leopard, mast, deer and the rare blue sheep. Lower Dolpo is the adventure trek. Upper Valley is the main highlights of this trek with the village resident of magar, guung and Buddhist.
Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Lower Dolpo Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Nepalganj.
Day 04: Nepalgunj - Jhupal.
Day 05: Dunai - Tarakot.
Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Udar.
Day 07: Laina Udar – Sim Udar.
Day 08: Sim Udar - Dhotrap.
Day 09: Rest day.
Day 10: Dhotrap – Numala Base Camp.
Day 11: Numala Base Camp - Danayghar.
Day 12: Danayghar – Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Yak Kharka – Shey-Phoksundo.
Day 14: Rest day.
Day 15: Shey-Phoksundo – Rechi.
Day 16: Rechi - Kagani.
Day 17: Kagani - Jhupal.
Day 18: Jhupal - Nepalgunj.
Day 19: Transfer to Airport On time for Departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathamndu. Airport pick up and transfer to Hotel. Free afternoon.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Nepalgung – Take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Spend the night in Nepalgunj. Hotel.
Day 03: Nepaljung – Juphal (2475m.) – Dunai (2140m.) – morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal; a small airport situated on the VeriRiver and this is the starting point of the trek. Downhill trail along the river to Dunai for 3 and half hours walking from Juphal. Dunai is the market place and hear are the district administrative offices.
Day 04: Dunai – Tarakot (2540m) – the trail heads further along the river through pine forest and slightly ascending to Palchekkhola and then to Byasgar villages. It's quite pleasant and easy walk until Tarakot, one of the villages of the Thakuri people who traditionally live upon agriculture and animal husbandry. Total 6 hours walk.
Day 05: Tarakot – Lahini Odar (3370m.) – walk the valley through the farm land, cross several streams before arriving to Khanigaun, here the trail turns to the left by the valley after crossing another small river. Next village is Lahini – a bigger village place situated on the costal of the river. 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Lahini – Nawarpani (3475m) – Follow a narrow valley along the river by the forest of pine where the wild Monkey can spot, continue crossing and re-crossing the same river for several times, with an easy walk till Nawarpani. A place situate in the wild where there is no houses. 5 and half hours to walk.
Day 07: Nawarpani – DhoTarap (3944m) – The trail continue by the valley with an easy walking. The mule caravan can be seen on the way. The valley begins to be wider around 2 hours of walking, continuation till where the wide valley appears. Lunch is served just by the river. Following the left hand side of valley, by an easy walk till Dho, one of the principle villages of the region, where the people look like more of Tibetans and has deeply rooted trade and cultural relationship with Tibet. Here we visit a beautiful terraced wheat field and 2 important monasteries just by the village. 6 hours of walk.
Day 08: Rest in Dho, Tarap – Today is rest day for acclimatization. During the day we can go to visit the monasteries and walk upto the village called Maran village; situate on the way to Mustang trail to the south.. The herds of Yaks and horses give the sense of true alpine nature environment!
Day 09: Dho Tarap – Numala Base Camp (4440m.) – Now we continue to the north by a wide valley along the stream called Thakchiu Khola walking through the field, a TibetanSchool on the way, some local villages like Kahakar, Chhumagaun etc. to pass to, we turn to the west after one hour of walking from the last village. Then its a slight climb till Numala Base Camp, a place with a small common house for cattle graze. 5 and half hours walking.
Day 10: Numala Base Camp: - Numala Pass (5309m) – Bagala Bas camp (4512m) – A harsh climbing for 1 hour and half from the beginning, than a gradual uphill trail till 5000m, at times it’s a little bit flat before to cross the small stream. Then a harsh climbing again till Numala top (5309m), an exciting view of the Mukut Himal, to the southwest and Tibetan plateaus to the north, descending towards the deserted landscapes. Trough a narrow valley till where we meet the trail to Shey Gumpa and even the said trail leads to Tibet. Lunch break. A stream to cross after lunch; possibilities to pass the caravans of yaks and mules. Then its an easy walk till Base Camp of Bagala, an excellently close view of MukutHimal to the south. 6 and half hours walking..
Day 11: Bagala Base Camp – Bagala pass (5159m) –Yak Kharka (3860m.) – A small river to cross which comes from MukutHimal, then its a harsh climbing for about 2 hours. Than again it becomes easier uphill till to the pass 'Bagala La (5169m)'. From the pass there is an incredible panoramic view of Mukut Himal to the southeast and the Tibetan Plateaus to the north with the deserted valley. To Yeak Kharka it is the steeply down trail. 6 and half hours to walk
Day 12 : Yak Kharka – PhoksundoLake, (Ringmo) (3641):- An easy walk by the right side of the valley, through the birch forest till PhoksundoLake and Ringmo, a village situate on the coast of The lake Phoksundo. 5 hours walking.
Day 13: Rest in Ringmo – walk around the lake, visit the village including an ancient monastery.
Day 14: Ringmo – Shyanta (2520m.) – an easy walk till to the ridge than the trail descend till to the Phocsundo river. A suspension bridge to cross and a Tibetan school to pass on the way, than an easy descend by the left side of a narrow valley through the pine and birch forest and the Reji village all the way till Chhekpa, a village situate in a narrow valley by a small corn field. Next village is Shyanta village to camp. 6 hrs.
Day 15: Shyanta – Juphal, (2475m):- cross the VeriKhola and then follow the left bank of the river passing some tea shops on the way. It is a short climbing from the right and climbing towards Juphal, continuation till Juphal, the place where we began the trekking from. 4 hours to walk.
Day 16: Juphal – Nepaljung – Kathmandu - Take the flight from Juphal to Nepalguj early in the morning and aftermoon flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu on the same day.
Day 17 and 18: Kathmandu free days. It is good to have these extra days as sometime the flight between Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected with weather condition. If the flight runs smoothly as planned, one day in Kathmandu for sightseeing would be an excellent activity too!
Day 19: fly to home. Happy see off !