Lower Dolpo lies in the northwest region of Nepal. Dolpa is a high-altitude mesmerizing place which is occupied by dry desert surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
Lower dolpo trek is very exciting as well as adventurous. It is considered a hidden treasure of Nepal. The trek lets you discover remoteness and wilderness of Nepal Himayalas. It is very adventurous because it is composed of sloppy hills which are very steep and one needs to cross challenging passes to complete the track. It is well exciting because this region has breathtaking landscapes, rare wild animals, varieties of flora and fauna, Tibetan culture and ancient villages. Lower Dolpo Trek provides the opportunity of exploring completely preserved region, untouched nature, tradition, culture and its religion. A special permit is required for trekking in this region, granted by the government, as it is a protected place for its culture and nature.
Trek starts from Jhuphal. From there trekkers stroll towards to the headquarters of Dolpo which is Dunai. From Dunai, the route is towards the Thule Bheri River via Tarakot. From there the difficult phase of the trek starts where trekkers need to cross Numa La and Baga La to reach the final destination of the trek Shey Phoksundo Lake. It is the deepest lake of Nepal which has very clear blue water.
Trekkers will also be able to visit traditional villages of the Lower Dolpo region. Tarap, Dho and Tarakot are the name of the villages where they can find out the lifestyle of people, their rituals, experience their diverse culture and mainly customs of different ethnic groups of people. Some area of the region is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park. The trekking route goes through the dense forest of Shey Phoksundo National Park which has different varieties of floras and faunas. The beautiful forest mainly consists deodar, blue pine, birch, spruce, cypress, fir and poplar. Trekkers can also have the chance to glance different species of animals in the dense forest like Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, thar, black bear, Himalayan musk deer, rhesus monkey, goral, wolf, jackal, mountain goat, blue sheep and rarely found snow leopard.
Since Dolpo is the very remote area therefore trekkers may endure difficulties in this trek. A good trekking experience and high level of fitness is also a must have thing to complete this trek. Despite facing many hurdles in this trek, at the end trekkers will be rewarded by cultural and natural beauty of Lower Dolpo which will be worth every penny.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu – transfer hotel – tour briefing
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj - Jhuphal then trek to Dunai
Day 04: Trek from Dunai – Tarakot
Day 05: Trek from Tarakot – Laina Odar
Day 06: Trek from Laina Odar – Nawarpani
Day 07: Trek from Nawarpani – Dho Tarap
Day 08: Acclimatization Day
Day 09: Trek from Dho Tarap – Numa La Basecamp
Day 10: Trek from Numa La – Numa La Pass - Danigar
Day 11: Trek from Danigar – Timche via Bagala Pass
Day 12: Trek from Timche – Ringmo Gaon
Day 13: Rest day & exploration of Shey Phoksundo Lake
Day 14: Trek from Ringmo Gaon – Chhepka
Day 15: Trek from Chhepka – Jhuphal
Day 16: Fly from Jhuphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Day 17: Transfer airport – Flight to onward destination.