Lower Dolpo Trek
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu.
Half Day visit of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. PM: Free, preparation for the trekking. O/N hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
After breakfast at the hotel we are transferred to the Domestic Airport to connect flight to Nepalgunj. From Kathmandu it takes us almost ninety minutes to land at Nepalgunj. It is in the Terai near the Indian border. We spend rest of our Days exploring the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jumla [2370m] & Trek to Gothi Chaur [2700m]
ToDay we are flying to Jumla, from Nepalgunj. We are first transferred to the Nepaljung Airport to connect flight to Jumla. 30 minutes flight from Nepalgunj, we are at Jumla. Jumla lies on the banks of Til Khola at 2370m and is renowned as the highest rice growing areas in the world. We passing the airport to the eastern end of the runway, several water- driven mills drop to the confluence of the Til Khola and the Chaudhabise Khola. Crossing both the rivers on the bridge the trail climbs into a fertile valley along the Southern side of Tila to Depal gaon. Climbing to the small villages of Bhajkati, Dugri Lagun from Depal gaon we arrive at Dochal Ghara. Then again the trail climbs to a rock cairn at Pattyata Lagna finally descending to Gothi Chaur. Overnight stay at Gothi Chaur.
Day 05: Trek to Naphukana [3080m]
Walking downstream through forests to a series of mills at Kuri Sangta we re-enter the Tila Valley. The trail crosses to the northern side of the Tila, passing corn and potato fields to Muni Sagni. On the way we cross several bridges and finally crossing the river our trail climbs to Chotra at 3010m. A short distance beyond Chotra is the Tibetan Settlement of Naphukana. Overnight stay at Naphukana.
Day 06: Trek to Balasa
As we trek further from Napukhana, the trail becomes steeper and climbs through the forests of Oak and Rhododendrons to Mauri Lagna (“Honey Pass”) at 3820m. Views of the snowy peaks of Gutumba (5608m) and Matatumba(5767m) to the northeast and Bhalu Himal (5460m) to the south can be seen. The trail descends from the pass and makes a long connection to a steep slope then drops into a forest of Pine and Oaks. Entering the Bheri Valley, we move to the village of Chaurikot. From Chaurikot we drop to a stream and then climb right back up again at an inviting notch on the ridge at 3080m and 30 minutes beyond the ridge is Balasa. Overnight stay at Balasa.
Day 07: Balasa to Kaigaon
Descending to a stream, we climb to ridge in a forest of Walnut trees. The trail contours passing the corn and potato fields and apple orchards of Jyakot and then descends to Rimi from here down a rocky trail to the Bheri river. Just across the bridge is Kaigaon. Kaigaon is the departure point for a crossing of Kagmara La. Overnight stay at Kaigaon.
Day 08: Kaigaon to Toijem (2920m)
After an early breakfast we begin with our Day trek to Toijem. We Staying on the west bank of the Bheri, passing Hurikot, staying high above the river to the confluence of the Jagdula and Garpung Kholas. We drop to Jagdula Khola crossing it on stones to Toijem(2920m). Overnight stay at Toijem.
Day 09: Toijem to Kagmara [3500m]
We continue to follow the Garpung Khola at the elevation of 3650m, cross to the eastern side and continue upstream. We from here ascend slowly towards the Kagmara La. The panoramic views of the peaks are superb. We can make our camp among the boulders.
Day 10: Trek to Kagmara Phedi [4000m]
To make an early start we make an early breakfast and begin with our trek. We climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La, which is at an elevation of 5115m. We get to spot the rare blue sheep at this place. After descending 900m along a stream, we reach to the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley. Our camp site for the rest of the evening.
Day 11: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake
Before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake, we go downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa. We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest in Nepal. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake. We will end with our long Day trek on arrival to the Phoksumdo Lake.
Day 12: At Phoksumdo Lake
We make one more Day halt at the lake to mark it as a rest Day and also to explore the lake itself and it’s surrounding. The lake is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring, it is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. It is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa, which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels.
Day 13: Trek to Bagala Phedi
To be at Baga la Phedi, we retrace our route as far as Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards through forests of juniper and blue pine. We follow the river up the valley to a waterfall and reach at the base of the Baga La. This will be our camping site for the night.
Day 14: Across Bagala [5090m] & Trek to Numa La Phedi [4800m]
To reach to the top of Baga La from it’s base is going to take us almost three hours. Baga La, is the second of the high passes in the route. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La. Overnight stay at Numa La Phedi.
Day 15: Across Numa La [5360m] & Trek to Dho Trap [4100m]
After breakfast at the base to complete with our climbing of the last of the high passes, we start early and then continue climbing through arid country to the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri. Now we descend past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and then walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do.
Day 16: At Dho Tarap
We spent a Day resting at Do. Do, the largest settlement in Tarap has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa. We are also bestowed with the opportunities to see great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges. Overnight stay at DO.
Day 17: Trek to Lahini [3560m]
After a Day’s rest at Do we get started with our trek. We walk and follow the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge, which has large rose shrubs, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times we finally come to a flat expanse, Lahini. Overnight stay at Lahini
Day 18: Trek to Tarakot [2600m]
The trail toDay is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, so we need to be cautious while crossing it. However, as we approach the village of Khanigaon, the valley widens and the route becomes easier. We then on reaching Khanigaon climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot. Overnight stay at Tarakot.
Day 19: Trek to Dunai [2100m]
We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai. Overnight stay at Dunai.
Day 20: Trek to Juphal [2500m]
To get to Juphal from Dunai, head back along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri past the Suli Gaad confluence and on to Roop Gaad. We continue along the river bank to Kala Gaunda(2030m). We take the trail leading up-hill and climb steeply to a large house, from here the trail then traverses through meadows to manu houses. We staying high climb less steeply around the head of the valley towards Juphal. There is a maze trail but we continue heading up and eventually we will reach at Juphal. On arrival at Juphal we are completed with our trek. Overnight stay at Juphal.
Day 21: Fly Juphal / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu
Flights are operated early in the morning at Dolpo because of high winds in the Thulo Bheri valley so making a night stop at Juphal we get up early in the morning to catch flight to Nepalgunj from there, a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu. Hotel Check-in. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 22: Departure to Airport
- Warn welcome airport in Kathmandu & transfer hotel
- All arrival and departure transfers using private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis in all places except in Chitwan
- Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on FB (Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) basis in Chitwan
- Hotel accommodation on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis
- All sightseeing with local English speaking guide
- All transfer by private vehicle; it is depend on group size
- Necessary entrance fees
- Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance
- Airfare to/from Nepal.
- Nepal visa fee â€“ available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
- Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
- Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
- Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
- Personal Insurance.
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