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Lower Dolpo trekking or Phoksundo Lake trek is an adventurous journey into the pristine Phoksundo Lake at
3600m. Located near Tibet, Dolpo is a cultural and natural gem hidden under the shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the sixth highest mountain in the world.
Lower Dolpo trekking literally is a challenging route, wild and remote, only accessible by airplane and on foot. At the heart of this region is Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal pristine which is home to many endangered species including snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan tahr and Musk deer.
The trail passes through dense forests of pine, rhododendrons, bamboo, and juniper, into Dho Tarap valley and comes out crossing two high Himalayan passes: Baga La pass (5175m) and Numa La pass (5290m). These passes are a vantage point not only to observe spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri, Kanjirowa, Churen Himal, Nilgiri, Putha and even Kugung La and Khyung La peaks in Tibet.
The chances to explore Bon po and Buddhist gompas and learn about Tibetan culture and lifestyle are high on this trek. Not to forget that this is a land once touched by Padmasambhava who is said to have brought Buddhism to Tibet.
Lower Dolpo trekking is graded moderate to difficult so trekkers are required to be physically and mentally fit to enter this trek. Since this region lies in rain-shadow territory, the trek is possible in Spring, Autumn as well as Summer seasons.
● Hike up to Phoksundo Lake at 3600m and appreciate its ethereal beauty
● Trek through unspoiled Shey Phoksundo National Park and observe rare wildlife
● Cross Baga La and Numa La Himalayan passes
● Witness spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Kanjirowa, Nilgiri, Churen Himal and Tibetan peaks
● Learn about Bonpo and Tibetan Buddhism, especially Nyingpa sect
● Visit medeival Buddhist gompas such as Shey, Mekyem, Sherin, Ribo, Doro and Chhandul
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● one night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Nepalgunj on twin/double sharing basis.
● Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu domestic flight tickets.
● All accommodations and three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) 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.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For the adventurous Lower Dolpo trek, there will be a license holder trekking guide and Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the adventurous Lower Dolpo trek trek on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay two nights at a Deluxe Hotel and one night in Nepalgunj. You will spend 13 nights in standard tea houses during the trek. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.
Our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Following breakfast, drive to Kathmandu domestic airport to catch a morning flight to Nepalgunj in southwestern region. The flight takes approximately 1 hr. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Early morning, following breakfast, catch a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. This scenic flight with mountain views and over green hills lasts about 35-40 minutes. Once in Juphal, you will begin your trekking adventure towards Dunai. The trail follows the Bheri River and occasionally passing through rhododendron and pine forests. You will reach Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa district, in less than 3 hrs. Stay overnight in Dunai.
After having morning breakfast, start trekking along with your trek guide. The trail keeps astride of Thulo Bheri River, crisscrossing it back and forth, and descends down pine fields to Tarakot village. The ancient Malla kingdom had its fort here in this village. Stay overnight in Tarakot.
Trekkers leaving Tarakot will have enjoyable experience crossing numerous rivers as well as Terraced fields of buckwheat, barley and mustard. You will be able to spot the view of mountain peaks before reaching Kanigaon. This place surrounded by cedar and cypress trees buzz with wildlife activity. There is one Samdul gompa you can explore before making your way through meadows and sheer cliffs to Laini. Stay overnight in Laini.
This is another long day of trekking. Ahead of laini, the trail goes up and down crossing local streams including
Chyugur and Chaya Khola. The area is very dry and arid further up settlement of Tazam. Stay overnight in Nawarpani
The trail becomes more challenging ahead as you climb a rock and then come out of the canyon at Taraap Chu. This route was once used by travelers between Tibet and Nepal. On your way you will encounter caves, chortens, maniwalls and abandoned campsites. As you move higher towards Lang village you enter a very protected zone. Dho Tarap sits at the confluence of two streams Tarap Chu and Doro Chu. Stay overnight in Dho Tarap.
Spend full day today in Dho Tarap both exploring and acclimatizing. You can learn about the local farming techniques and food. Or visit nearby gompas such as Ribo Bhumpa, Shipchok which are stronghold of Nyingmpa sect, which is the one of the oldest Buddhist sect and is rarely found anywhere else in Nepal.
The section between Dho Tarap and Num La phedi is perhaps the most important. Along the way you will visit many gompas and villages that carry a rich legacy of not only Tibetan Culture but also the region’s history. The trail is pretty easy to cover. You can find Maitreya Buddha at Mekyem Gompa and Padmasambhava in Dorje Phurba Gompa. The latter portion of the trail takes you to Upper Mustang via Jampa Lakhang.
Today is the most challenging trek you will face. Early morning start is recommended if you are to cross Numa La pass. Follow a trail used by yaks, which is often rocky and rough. Further up is a cave lined by a chorten. Prepare to walk through glacier and moraine path to make it to Numa La which affords great views of Dhaulagiri, Shey Shikar among others. Climb down from the pass to drop into a remote valley which is the territory of wild animals and then to a meadow called Pelung Tsang. Stay overnight in Pelung Tsang.
Another hard trek day for you to overcome. Remember you are walking above 4500m so snow may be available on the route which is also covered with moraine. The Baga la pass offers a scenic view of Mt. Norbu Kang. Descend from the pass afterwards to cross streams, waterfalls, to Dajok Tang. Stay overnight in Dajok Tang.
Get ready to get closer to the prized Phoksundo Lake. The trail ahead of Dajok Tsang climbs a cliff and passes through pine, shrubs, and juniper forests. Enjoy the view of Kagmara Lekh on the horizon and drop down to beautiful Ringmo village which is dotted by barley fields and Buddhist chortens. Ringmo is a Bonpo stronghold which predates Tibetan Buddhism. Stay overnight in Ringmo.
From Ringmo it is another 15 minutes walk to Phoksundo Lake pass a 200m waterfall. This deep blue lake is the deepest in Nepal hosting a vibrant and pristine aquatic life. Visit Thasung Chholing Gompa in the eastern side and Shey Gompa in the west.
Today you will trace your return route to Chepka. The trail descends through serene valleys and beautiful forests crossing a few streams in between. Stay overnight in Chepka.
Trek starts early in the morning after breakfast. Go past a forest of birch, pine and rhododendron enjoying the chirping and flying of birds. You will descend down Thulo Bheri River to Juphal in 3 hrs. Stay overnight in Juphal.
After early morning breakfast, fly from Juhpal to Nepalgunj and from there a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transported back to your hotel where you can relax and rest. In the evening take a stroll across Thamel street.
Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International airport to catch your international flight back home. We hope to see you again in Nepal.