TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Lower Dolpo Trekking bids you one of the outstanding trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. For trekkers, it was opened only from 1982. The main highlight point of this trekking is Shey Phoksundu Lake. Lower Dolpa region is situated inside the Shey Phoksundu National Park of mid-western Nepal behind the Dhaulagiri massif at the altitude 8172 meters & 26811 feet to the Tibetan plateau. According to the myth - this concealed gorge was created by Guru Rimpoche for the Buddhists followers to take refuge when they are in trouble.

Lower Dolpo trekking has an exciting feature and that is - the path goes through the three high passes – Kagmara La (5115 meters, Baga La (5090 meters) and Numa La (5360 meters).

This trekking trail goes by the side of the almighty Phoksundo Lake which is blue in color and one of the deepest lake of Nepal with surrounding snow peaks of Kanjiroba Himal. Here we set our tent and halt our night and enjoy with enough time to get picturesque perfect views. Also, on the trial - you get to observe one of the secluded Buddhist monastery (the traditional culture of Karnali region) and abundant rare and endangered species of wild lives like blue sheep, mountain goat, jackal, Himalayan Thar, rare monkeys, wolves and snow leopard, and varieties of plants. The other main attractions of this lower Dolpo Trek is you can see the yak caravans in the summer season where the Tibetan folks bring down the yak from the higher altitude to the lower land for grazing. Beautiful flora of this region can be perceived like blue pine, cypress, poplar, spruce, deodar, fir, and birch.

Lower Dolpo Trekking sets off from Juphal and also ends at Juphal. The path is a soberly arduous walk alongside the subordinate area of Dolpo. Shey Phoksundo Lake is the deepest Lake of Nepal located at the altitude of 3611.5 meters on this region. The cultural traditions of this area are basically linked with Tibetan because most of the people here migrated from Tibet and basically follow the Buddhists culture.

A physically fit person can do this trip anytime in the month of April to October but after October the path can be a bit risky as the passes are covered with snow. Ganesh Himal Hiking Team delivers this trek according to your vacation schedule with skilled guided and qualified trek leaders focusing on your “safety” as the main priority. For further detail about this trek, please feel free to contact or email us.

 

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m & 4264 feet)

Upon your arrival at the TIA- Tribhuvan International Airport our representative from the GHHT- Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will welcome you and transferred you to the respective hotel. After checking in into the hotel, you can relax and freshen up or visit our GHHT's office which is located at Thamel - the best tourist hub where you will find lots of tourists roaming around. The area is filled with souvenir and antique shops. In the evening, GHHT will be hosting a welcome dinner in excellent Nepali restaurant which serve you scrumptious Nepali cuisine. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pickup in a Private Car.


Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, we will commence our journey visiting some of the famous heritage sites of Kathmandu also enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites. We begin firstly with ancient Durbar Square - a palace where Malla Kings used for to reign this country and now it has turned into a museum. Here we will be observing varied historical stuff and much more surround the square. Next will be the holiest shrine of Hindus - the most sacred Hindu temple of Lord Shiva – the Pashupatinath temple. Next, we will head to Swayambhunath temple, simply known as Monkey temple. The temple is located at the hillock and in the entrance - you will spot three huge statues of Buddha. Lastly, we will head to Boudhanath stupa - the largest stupa in the world. All these sites will be detailed to you buy our tour guide. Later, we will discuss our actual journey in the office and even introduce you to our trek leader & guide. We will spend our night in Kathmandu in same hotel.

Breakfast is included.


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu toward Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Today we will take a flight to Nepalgunj which is situated in western Nepal. This Nepalgunj town is close to Nepal and India border and it is also the entrance towards Simikot, Humla. This town is the beautiful town that discloses varied culture of Nepal. Today in Nepalgunj we will be visiting mini zoo, local market and villages nearby. We will spend our night in Nepalgunj.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj toward Jhupal -Dolpo [2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft]: 45 minutes flight, 2-3 hours trek

Today after breakfast we will take another airstrip towards Juphal and this exquisite town is situated above the foothills of the Himalaya with incredible view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. In this town we will be meeting our other crew members and then we will start our actual adventure. We will be trekking via terraced fields towards the Bheri River and then continuing trekking towards Dunai which is the managerial headquarter of Dolpo region. In evening we will be exploring this tiny town and set our camp there.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hours

Today after breakfast we will continue our trek alongside the southern bank of Bheri River and then we will head upstream with an easy trail. On the way we will be passing via numerous deep gorge, isolated village and bridges. We will be also trekking on the trails which includes great gorge.  Continuing trekking for awhile we will be welcomed by beautiful terraced fields and then we reach at Tarakot which is situated at the hillock of the south of Bheri River. We will spend our night in Tarakot.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 06: Tarakot toward Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft]: 6-7 hrs.

Today we will be walking along the Tarap Chu- River and cross the river twice times and then we will reach at Sandul Gompa. This Gomba is situated at the juncture amid Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River. Continuing trekking on the path that leads us to terraced fields and local village and then we will ascend and descend for awhile and then we will reach at Laini. We will spend our night in Laiani.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 07: Laini toward Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft]: 5-6 hrs.

Today we will ascend on step trail and trek alongside the Tarap River. The hike is somewhat exciting where the gorge becomes narrow where in some area you can jump from one side towards another side. With numerous ascends and descends leads us to the bank of Chyugur Khola and then we will arrive at Nawarpani. We will spend our night in Nawarpani.

 Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 08: Nawarpani toward Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft]: 7-8 hrs.

Today we will start our trek with gradual climb towards Kamattarka with flowing of Lang Khola and Tarap chu- river. After that we will cross the narrow valley and head on the trail of juniper bushes and wild rose. Continuing trekking for few hours we will reach at Dho Tarap village which is bounded by stone wall. In Tarap village the mostly inhabited are from Magars tribes with few Tibetans tribes. We will spend our night in Do Tarap.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 09: We will be resting at Do Tarap for proper acclimatization

Today will be the day for acclimatization where we will adapt the altitude so, instead of spending whole day resting we will visit monastery close by. Today our short hike will also get an opportunity to explore the local culture, traditions and their lifestyles. The people of Dopo put on dress similar like Tibetan people where they will be wearing maroon colored clothes with huge boots made up of sheep wool. The ornaments they wear is amber, turquoise and of course their religious amulet. We will spend our night in Do Tarap.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 10: Trek toward Numa La Base Camp [4440m/14,563 f]: 6-7 hours walk

We will be trekking to upper tarap valley as well as enjoying stunning view of thick grasslands with both sides of river and then we will continue our trek along the Tarap chu – river and relish the captivating view of huge Tarap valley including with high mountain and wide plains. Continuing trekking for few hours we will reach at Tokyu village where inhabitants are mostly Buddhism and in this village there is a Buddhist monastery where we will stop to explore this monastery and continue our trek to the valley on rough path and then we will reach at Numa la Base camp. We will spend our night in Numa la base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 11: Cross Numa La pass [5,190m/17,023ft], camp at Pelung Tang [4465m/14,645 ft]: 6-7 hrs.

Today our journey will be the challenging as well as also the longest trek where we will began after breakfast where will start with crossing the Numa La Pass on steep path and head up to the top ridge of pass. Reaching at the top of the ridge we will get to observe mind blowing view of mount Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meter. Reaching at the top of the Numa La and from here we will be descending down to Pelung Tang where we will be setting our camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 12: Cross Baga La pass [5,070m/16,630ft], trek toward Dajok Tang [4,080m/13,382ft]: 6 hrs.

Today after breakfast we will start with steep ascend up towards Baga La pass and from the pass one will get incredible view of arid landscapes with spectacular snowcapped peaks such as mount Kanjirowa. We will be spending some hours at top of pass by capturing best pictures as well as relishing the fascinating view. After that we will descend towards Dajok Tang where we will be spending our night there.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 13: Dajok Tang toward Ringmo [3,600m/11,808ft]: 3-4 hrs.

Today we will be mostly trekking on the trail along lovely alpine vegetation and pine forests. Continuing trekking for awhile with easy level trail with steady high and low we will reach at Ringmo village. This village is the beautiful village mostly inhabited by traditional Tibetan tribes. We will spend our night in Ringmo.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 14: Hike toward Phoksundo Lake

Today we will hike towards Phoksundo Lake and on the way we will pass by Yak caravans and continuing hiking towards Phoksundo Lake we will stop to visit monastery nearby and finally we will reach at Phoksundo Lake where we will spend some time exploring this tranquil lake and relax for awhile. We will spend our night in Phoksundo.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 15: Phoksundo Lake towards Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hours walk

Today we will be trekking downhill towards Chepka and from here our path follows huge overhanging rocks. On the way we will find varied herbs which the local people believe that such medicinal herbs will cure all kinds of diseases. Before ascending towards Shyanta village we will be passing by several villages. We will spend our night in Shyanta.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 16: Shyanta towards Jhupal

Today we will head to Juphal through Sulighat on the path which is bounded by birch forests. Reaching at the top of the ridge we will get the magnificent view of mountain over us and the beneath the beautiful Juphal village. Extreme caution is needed while trekking along this path. Reaching Juphal we will e spending our afternoon at busy market city or we can either take rest. We will spend our night in Juphal.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 17: Fly toward Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu

Today early morning we will take a flight from Juphal towards Nepalgunj and reaching at Nepalgunj we will take another airstrip towards Kathmandu. Reaching at Kathmandu airport our guide will drive you to the hotel. Later in evening the GHHT- Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner as well as also celebrating for successfully completing the trek to Lower Dolpo. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 18: Final departure

Today your adventure journey to Lower Dolpo finally comes to an end and one of our representatives from the GHHT will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

Breakfast is included.


INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or similar)
  • Standard lodges/teahouses and Tented Camps during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each 
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Lower Dolpo Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



Food and Drinks for this Trek:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-October). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



Luggage/Backpack on Lower Dolpo Trek:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 



Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Lower Dolpo trek with a minimum 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



  

A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



 

Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Lower Dolpo Trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of this trek 23 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 23 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.



Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 



 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 23 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, Excursion & Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge

Country: Nepal

Region: Dolpa (Restricted region)

Price: USD 2,150

Group size: Minimum 2

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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