Lower Dolpo Trek explores the Himalayan desert of Nepal and visits the majestic Phoksundo Lake in the lower parts of Dolpo. It is unarguably one of the best Off The Beaten Trail trek in Himalayas of Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trek is an amalgam of pristine landscape and culture in one of the remote and wild areas of Nepal. Views of Labyrinthine valleys and the vividly turquoise Phoksundo Lake are the main highlights of this unique trek. This Off The Beaten Trail Trek also visits some ancient settlement and century old Bon Religion Monasteries. The religion itself is on the verge of extinction and this trek provides an unique opportunity to experience Bon Religion. Numa La and Baga La offers a slightly different but equally stunning panoramic views for trekkers who are used to seeing abundant Himalayan vistas of Nepal.
Lower Dolpo Trek –Highlight
Trekking to Lower Dolpa offers you the remarkable and breathtaking experience of a lifetime. The notable features seen here are snowy peaks, ancient and remote villages, rich wildlife, lovely Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with an enthralling culture and traditions. The cultural traditions of this area are basically linked with the Tibetan culture. Shey Phoksundo Lake” is another famous feature of this region. The lake is totally free of aquatic life, which the crystal waters clearly demonstrate. Surrounded by rocks, forests, and snow-capped peaks, the area has been described as one of the world's “Natural Hidden Wonders”.
The Dolpa trekking starts at Juphal and follows the track to Dunai, then continues to Tarakot, way up to Bang la Camp, the uppermost point of Dolpa trekking. After passing through Sanu Bheri village, we then descend to the good-looking Phoksundo Lake, which is a piece of the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
For more trip detail Dhorpatan to Dolpo – Lower Dolpo - Upper Dolpo had written by our clients Dr. Howard and Sue Dengate. Please follow the link. http://fedup.com.au/information/nepal/nepal-dolpo-tracknotes
Lower Dolpo Trek short Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1350 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj. (130 meters)
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2490 meters) and trek to Lingdo (2391 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Laina Odar (3370 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Sim Odar (Ghyamgar 3755 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Dho Tarap (3944 meters)
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap (3944 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Numala Base Camp (4440 meters)
Day 10: Cross Numala La Pass (5309 meters) and trek to Danigar (4512 meters)
Day 11: Cross Bagala La Pass (5169 meters) and trek to Yak Kharka (3860 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Rigmo (Phoksundo Lake) (3641 meters)
Day 13: Rest day at Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake (3641 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Chepka (2838 meters)
Day 15: Trek to Juphal (2475 meters)
Day 16: Fly to Nepalgunj and an afternoon flight to Kathmandu
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. trekking with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
The mornings can be used to carry out some last minute re-checks as we have an half an hour afternoon flight to Nepalgunj stay overnight at Nepalganj.
An early morning 45 minutes flight lands us on Juphal and after a brief sorting and introduction of our crew, the trek finally starts. The trek heads toward Dunai, administrative headquarter of Dolpo, and then continues to follow the Bheri river all the way to Lingdo. (7 hours)
The trail is the newly built road and stays on it all the way to Laisicap. The first two hours of the day is a comfortable trek and after that the trail starts to climb steeply snaking the ridge. After 30 minutes trek, trail briefly drops to Laisicap. The trail now crosses the river and then stays gentle for next 20 minutes. Now, trail gets away from the road and climbs steeply, briefly getting back on the road. The climb lasts for an hour and a chorten marks its end. A brief gentle flat walk of 10-15 minutes is again followed by a steep climb for the next hour. The treks is now in a narrow valley and undulates for most of times with more climbs than downhill. It takes around 2 hours from the chorten to Laini. There are couple of tents by a waterfall just steps before the next days short steep climb.
A steep continuous climb lasts for a little more than an hour. Then the trail continuously undulates with small sections of descends and ascennds. Tghe valley is very narrow for most parts of the whole day. Finally after 3 hours, Chyuggar can be seen from a ridge and a small brief descent finally leads to Chyuggar. It is a small resting place with some small teashops by the river. A comfortable hour with again small ups and downs takes to Nawarpani (another small rest stop like all other places with couple of tents) and a similar half an hour leads to Sim Odar. Sim Odar is a flat place at the river banks with couple of Odars (a shelter beneath an overhang)
The trail undulates for the most part in the morning and arrives at Toltol after an hour. The valley is quite narrow and trails keep undulating following the river. After around 3 hours the trail crosses the river and a steep 10 minute climb leads to Kesi La. After Kesi La, a drop is briefly leads to a bridge and again continues to follow the valley which is starts to be a little more wider. Another bridge follows (lots of tiny caves by the river) and a gentle climb leads to another set of prayer flags. This second prayer flag is an hour away from Kesi La. A wider valley appears after the prayer flags and a long comfortable walk of around 5 hours by the stream ends at Dho tarap.
The day is used to do some acclimatization hikes around Dho as the trek enters into higher elevation in the next few days. There are several monasteries around Dho. A Bon Monastery in nearby village is one of the highlights of this acclimatization day.
There is a big wide main trail that passes through Crystal Mountain School followed by Taksi village. It takes an hour to pass through Taksi from Dho. Another hour on the same trail takes through another small village of Tokyo. The trail starts to turn into a gentle climb and also leaves the main trail and the valley behind. After one more hour, a small stream and a wide valley appears on the left side of the main valley coming from Dho. (Some groups considers it Base Camp and camp by the river.) The trail crosses the stream and a steep climb on a ridge follows. The trail passes through several piles of small mane stone plates. The steep ascents lasts all the way to Numala Base Camp. It is just an clearing only large enough for a small party but offers a great view of Dolpo's labyrinthine valley. It is a little more than 2 hours climb from the stream to High Camp.
The steep climb continues on the ridge and after 30 minutes, a brief traverse starts. Another ridge and another steep ascend follows for the next hour. The climb ends at Numala Pass (5309 meters). Numala offers views of Dhaulagiri Range to the East and Kagmara Range in the West. A steep descend into the main valley leads to a small stream in the bottom of the valley. The trail briefly stays with stream until it reaches a fork. Here, the trail crosses the river heads towards the left valley. A small gentle uphill traverse ends at Danigar. Danigar is a pasture at the end of the valley surrounded by towering ridges. Norbung Kang is a prominent peak among these ridges that surround Danigar.
The day starts with a steep climb on the ridge seen directly from Danigar. Steep climbing continues for around 2 hours and reaches a spot with some mane stones. After the spot, the steepness decreases (yet still difficult) and a traverse towards the top of Bagala La starts. It takes around 40 minutes to reach Bagala La from the spot with mane stones. The descend after Bagala La is a bit rough and goes through boulders and scree. After an hour, a valley opens up and the trail starts to follow a stream. The stream snakes through the valley and after less than an hour, the trail moves away from the stream and starts to drop very steeply to Phedi. The descend continues farther than Phedi and then changes into a comfortable and gentle trek towards the end of the day. Yak Kharka is an hour away from Phedi. It is a wide seasonal pasture for the locals also has a couple of houses.
After leaving Yak Kharka, the trail comfortably traverses for half an hour. Then slowly, a steep climb starts and lasts for almost more than an hour until it reaches a stop with a prayer flag. Now, the climb eases and a huge waterfall appears on the opposite valley. Juniper trees and some fields appears near the trail and soon Rigmo village is seen. A bridge to cross the Phoksundo river flowing out of the Phoksundo lake marks the entry to Rigmo village. The campsite lies just outside of Rigmo village and right next to the Phoksundo Lake.
The day can be enjoyed by the side of the majestic lake. There are also few monasteries in the village for day visits.
The trek now starts to go through the valley carved by Phoksundo River. Around 2 hours of descent leads to Jharana Hotel. Now the trail stays with or near Phoksundo river until the end of the trek. A comfortable trek with small ascends and descends takes through a small settlement of Rechi. The whole day after Jharana Hotel is in a narrow valley. After Rechi it takes around 3 hours to reach Chepka. Chepka is a bigger and wider place compared to Rechi.
1 hour to Sangta. 1:30 hour to Kageni. 1:30 hour to sulighat. 3 hour to Juphal
The trek follows the same pattern as of the previous day and continues in the same valley. The trail goes through small settlements of Sangta and Kageni en route to Sulighta. Finally the valley widens up after Sulighat and the trek head towards Dunai by the bank of Bheri river. The trail follows Bheri river and there is a final climb of around an hour to reach Juphal, the ending point of the trek.
A morning flight to Nepalgunj is followed by an evening flight to Kathmandu.
Also an extra day in case of delays or cancellation of flights.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.
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