Scenically and culturally Lower Dolpo circuit trek is an attractive destination in the far west region of Nepal. This trek is less touristic and we can explore the authentic and original culture of Tibetan Buddhist societies and other ethnic groups too. Trek crosses over the high passes Baga La (5190 m), Numa La (5159 m) and arrives at high Himalayan hiding valleys.
The main features of Lower Dolpo treks are natural Himalayan Shey Phoksundo Lake, Buddhist monasteries and traditional culture. Besides the Dolpo cultural experience , you can discover the various rare and endangered species of wildlife and plants.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Lower Dolpo Trek. Maximum Elevation: 5200m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 23 Days Mode of Operation: Camping Trek. Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Lower Dolpo Trek Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu,welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included. Day 02 : Kathmandu formality of special permits & trek preparation hotel 2 star bed & breakfast . Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Overnight at hotel standard. Full board Day 04 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal 2475m and trek to Dunai 2140m 3 hours. Overnight at tented camp. Day 05 : Trek to Sulighat/Hanke Check Post 2282m 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp. Day 06 : Trek to Chhepka 2838m 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp. Day 07 : Trek to Sumdo 3100m 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 08 : Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake 3600m 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 09 : Rest at Shey - Phoksundi Lake. Overnight at tented camp Day 10 : Trek to Baga La Base Camp 3982m 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 11 : Trek to Numa La Base Camp 4631m after crossing Baga La Pass 5214m 8 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 12 : Trek to Khangar Gompa 4400m after crossing Numa La Pass 5238m 8 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 13 : Trek to Dho Tarap 3944m 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 14 : Rest day at Dho Tarap. Overnight at tented camp Day 15 : Trek to Toltol (Big Cave) 3523m 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 16 : Trek to Lahini 3370m 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 17 : Trek to Tarakot 2537m 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 18 : Trek to Heute Ghar 2400m 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 19 : Trek to Dunai 2140m 5 hours. Overnight at hotel standard full board Day 20 : Trek to Juphal 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp Day 21 : Fly Juphal - Nepalganj - Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 22 : Reserve day due to flight cancellation in Juphal to Nepalgunj hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 23 : International departure.
-Kathmandu international airport arrival and departure service.
-4 nights 2 star hotel bed and breakfast in Kathmandu
-1 night hotel standard in Nepalgunj full board.
-Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Accommodation in tent with foam mattress twin basis during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, utensils etc.
-Shey Phoksundo National Park and Lower Dolpo special permits.
-Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal round flight tickets and internal airport tax.
-English speaking trained/government license holder trekking guide, assistant guide, chef cook & porters.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax & other local taxes.
-Nepal tourist visa 40 $
-International airfare/ your travel insurance helicopter rescue coverage.
-Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu/ Kathmandu.
-All the alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks/ all deserts sweet things
-Hot shower/ camera battery charge during the trek.
-Tips for the guide,chef cook & porters (Tips is expected).
-Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow