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Trekking to Lower Dolpa - 27 days

Trip Overview

Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the most exciting and challenging treks situated in the western hills of Nepal, which allows the trekkers to experience the real adventures of trekking on an off-the-beaten path, composed of steep sloppy hills. Lower Dolpo Trek is packed with amazing gifts of nature, including Shey Phoksundo Lake and also boasts of the pre-Buddhism Bon Po culture.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal/ flight and Juphal to Dunai/ trek

Day 04: Dunai toTarakot

Day 05: Tarakot to Mushi Khola

 Day 06: Musi Khola to Karkot Village

Day 07: Karkot Village to Pimari Village

Day 08: Pimari Village to Shabha kharka

Day 09: Shabha kharka to Papta Chanla BC

Day 10: Papta to Dho Takyo village Crossing Chanla Pass/ (5200m)

Day 11: Dho Takyo Village- Rest day

Day 12: Dho Takyo Village to Numala Base Camp

Day 13: Numala BC to Danigar (4512m) Crossing Numala Pass (5190m) and Bagala BC

Day 14: Danigar to Yak kharka (3995m) Crossing Bagala pass (5070m)

Day 15: Yak Kharka to Rigmo Phoksundo Lake (3610m)

Day 16: Phoksundo – Rest Day

Day 17: Phoksundo to Pugmo Village (3500m)

Day 18: Pungmo Village to Kagmara High Camp (4800m)

Day 19: Kagmara High Camp to Kagmara Phedi (4190m) Crossing Kagmara pass (5115m)

Day 20: Kagmara Phedi to Toijum (2920m)

Day 21: Toijum to Kaigaon (2610m)

Day 22: Kaigaon Village to Chaurikot (3700m)

Day 23: Churikot to Chotra (3380m)

Day 24: Chotra to Gothichaur (2650m)

 Day 25: Gothichaur to Jumla Khalanga Bazaar (2540m)

Day 26: Jumla to Nepalgunj/ flight

Day 27: Depart Kathmandu
 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, we will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

From Kathmandu, we take a bus or fly to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai , is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal/ flight and trek to Dunai

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Day 04: Dunai toTarakot

From Dunai the trail continues along the banks of Barbung Khola to Tarakot, known locally as Dzong for its hilltop fortress.

Day 05: Tarakot to Mushi Khola

From Tarakot we trek to Musi Kharka. We camp for the night at a large meadow.

 Day 06: Musi Khola to Karkot Village

From Musi Kharka we trek for about 6 to 7 hours and reach the village of Kakoat. On the way we pass through interesting scenery.

Day 07: Karkot Village to Pimari Village

From Kakoat village we trek to Pimari village.

Day 08: Pimari Village to Shabha kharka

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Day 09: Shabha kharka to Papta Chanla BC

We make an arduous trek to Papta Chanla BC today.

Day 10: Papta to Dho Takyo village Crossing Chanla Pass/ (5200m)

This day we come across several villages,while walking along the bank of Tarap Khola. We pass many chortens, monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and local people who are very close to Tibetan life style. We reach Dho Takyo village our camp for the night.It is the uppermost village of the Tarap region.

Day 11: Dho Takyo Village- Rest day

Dho Takyo is a Gurung village rich in Buddhist culture. We find beautiful monasteries, chortens, mani walls and prayer flags. We spend the day exploring these sites. It is worth visiting all the gompas. It is the largest settlement in Tarap. Of special interest is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and the chorten within a chorten.

Day 12: Dho Takyo Village to Numala Base Camp

We trek through arid country with wonderful eroded pillars. If it is clear there are views of the Dhaulagiri massif, north of high desert country towards Tibet and down into the Tarap valley. You trek along the steep ascent path crossing grassland until you reach Numala base camp.

Day 13: Numala BC to Danigar (4512m) Crossing Numala Pass (5190m) and Bagala BC

Today we cross Numala Pass and descend towards Poyon khola till we reach Bagala Base Camp surrounded by big glaciers and blade shaped rock cliffs. We stop for the night at Danigar, a place surrounded by hills with temporary houses, yak pasture and terraces. For the first time you can see Topo Peak (4900m.) in panorama. The Norbukang Himal sparkles at the back.

Day 14: Danigar to Yak kharka (3995m) Crossing Bagala pass (5070m)

We make our way to Yak Kharka via Bagala Pass. From the pass we get to enjoy the beautiful view of Kanjiroba massif. After Baga La the trails turn gentle down all the way to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is open grassland and grazing ground for yaks and sheep.

Day 15: Yak Kharka to Rigmo Phoksundo Lake (3610m)

From Yak Kharka till Ringmo the trail goes down hill. We move along the flat land passing through pine forests, grassland, terraces, hills and villages. The views of Phoksundo Lake appear before you. After crossing a wooden bridge we reach our destination. Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake of the world.

Day 16: Phoksundo – Rest Day

Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. We will explore the natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.

Day 17: Phoksundo to Pugmo Village (3500m)

Today we follow a trail that stays high above the stream, which eventually becomes the Pungmo khola. The route enters birch and juniper forests. It gives way to blue pine as the trail crosses the river on a wooden bridge. There are views of the Kanjiroba peak in the horizon above the barley fields of Pungmo, a fortress like village.

Day 18: Pungmo Village to Kagmara High Camp (4800m)

From Pungmo village we take the route on the side of the Pungmo khola. We pass birch and juniper forests and blue pine trees.

Day 19: Kagmara High Camp to Kagmara Phedi (4190m) Crossing Kagmara pass (5115m)

We climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La at 5115m.The panoramic views of the peaks are sensational. Wildflowers and exotic birds and blue sheep dot the landscape.

Day 20: Kagmara Phedi to Toijum (2920m)

From Kagmara phedi we trek to Toijum. We cross a series of waterfalls and descend a moraine. Till we reach Garpung Khola.From here the village is just nearby. We camp near the army post.

Day 21: Toijum to Kaigaon (2610m)

We take a high trail above the Bheri River. We pass Hurikot and reach Kaigaon.

Day 22: Kaigaon Village to Chaurikot (3700m)

We climb on a grassy knoll for a panoramic view east to the distant Dhaulagiri Himal.We reach Chaurikot our camp for the night.

Day 23: Churikot to Chotra (3380m)

Chotra lies at a distance beyond Chaurikot. The inhabitants of Chotra are Khampas, people from eastern Tibet who are traditionally Buddhists. The village has the typical Tibetan Mani walls and a kani arching over the trail.

Day 24: Chotra to Gothichaur (2650m)

From Chotra we trek to Ghotichaur. We trek through completely flat land. En route you see terraces, pass forests and villages situated at the bank of river. There are some 13th century Malla dynasty stone carvings at the spring here.

 Day 25: Gothichaur to Jumla Khalanga Bazaar (2540m)

We trek from Gothi Chaur (3080m.) to Jumla. The trails we follow are steep ascent up to Pattyata Lagna Pass. To reach Jumla, we pass Dochar Gara and follow the flat route to Gariakot.

Day 26: Jumla to Nepalgunj/ flight

Today we fly from Jumla to Nepalganj  and then back to Kathmandu.

Day 27: Depart Kathmandu

We  will drive you to the airport for your flight home.

Equipment List

Document List:

  • Valid passport
  • 2 extra passport size photos
  •  Photocopies of passport and visa form 
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel                 

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket 

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • toothpaste/brush set;
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) 
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • cold medicine.
  •  antibiotics for stomach infection
  • anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • water purification tablets

Useful Info

The trek  can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

2.Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

3.What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. 

4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you.

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Duration 27 days
Transportation Flight/Jeep/Bus
Group Size 2-19
Difficulty Strenuous
Max Elevation 5501m
Accomodation TeaHouse /Camping
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