Lower Dolpa Trek climbs through lush green pastures, pine forests alongside wild rivers, to reach the enchanting Phoksundo Lake. The view at Phoksundo is surreal, with the turquoise water, surrounded by such barren terrain and a backdrop of spectacular snowcapped mountains.
This camping trek in Lower Dolpa is quite strenuous as it involves some steep climbs. There are two passes, Baga La, 5190m, and Numa La, 5318m, with their long steep ascents and long steep descents. But the variety of landscapes, the views from the passes, and the encounters you will have with the Dolpa people make it worth all the effort.
The Dolpa Trek starts at Jhupal, Dolpa, after a short flight from the Nepalgunj airport. We will be greeted by our trekking staff, and start our journey through the terraced fields to the Bheri River, and continue to Dunai, the headquarters of the Dolpo region. We follow the Suli Gad River valley to Hanke, the entry to Phoksundo National Park. We continue to follow a river to reach Sumdo, where the National Park office is located. We climb to a ridge from where we see a spectacular waterfall and our first look at the turquoise blue Phoksundo Lake.
After trekking 3 or 4 hours more on a trail where we may meet yak caravans hauling timber to Do Tarap, we reach Bega La base camp. We ascend to the Baga La Pass, 5175m, a narrow cleft amongst steep rocks and then descend to Numa La Phedi, 4800m. The next long steady ascent is to the Numa La Pass, 5360m. The views from this pass are magnificent, and just 20 meters above the pass on the east side, you can look down on the desolate brown hills of Dolpo and the peaks of Kagmara, Kanjiroba, Putha Hiunchuli, 7246m, Churen Himal, 7371m, and Dhaulagiri, 8176m.
We descend through pine and juniper forests into a magnificent valley of terraced, green fields of wheat, rice and maize to reach Pelungtang. Finally we return to the starting point of our trek, Jhupal, from where we get a flight back to Nepalgunj.
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu, 1300m
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj, 150m: 1.5 Hours
Day 4 : Fly to Jhupa; trek to Dunai, 2850m: 2-4 Hours
Day 5 : Trek to Ankhe, 2896m: 5-6 Hours
Day 6 : Trek to Sulighat, 3500m: 5-6 Hours
Day 7 : Trek to Ringmo via Phoksundo Lake 3660m: 4-5 Hours
Day 8 : Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake, 3660m
Day 9 : Trek to Baga La Phedi 4200m: 6-7hrs
Day 10 : Cross Baga La & trek to Num La Phedi, 4800
Day 11 : Cross Num La & trek to Do Tarap, 4040m
Day 12 : Rest Day at Dho Tarap, 4040m
Day 13 : Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka), 3800m: 6-7 Hours
Day 14 : Trek to Khanigaon, 3150m: 4-5 Hours
Day 15 : Trek to Tarakot, 2537m: 4-5 Hours
Day 16 : Trek to Dunai, 2140m: 5-6 Hours
Day 17 : Trek to Jhuphal: 2-3 hrs
Day 18 : Flight Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Day 19 : Kathmandu Just Relax
Day 20 : Depart Kathmandu
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Why Trek to Lower Dolpo with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
The Best Time of Year for the Lower Dolpo Trek
The best seasons for trekking in the Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). A summer trek is also possible however, the flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected by monsoon weather.
Temperatures on the Lower Dolpo Trek
The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.
Lower Dolpo is a Camping Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
Tented camping in Lower Dolpo is sure to be a great outdoors holiday. Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package.
Annapurna Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality. Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents! (*Some companies claim 3-person tents, but the tents are all fixed size 2 person tents. If you wish to have your own tent, you can pay for a single supplement, an additional USD300$)
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
Sherpa Support Staff:
Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
Drinking Water on the Lower Dolpo Camping Trek
You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.
The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the trek make sure your policy specifically covers alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 20 Days
Price : US $2800 p/p
Trip Grade : Strenuous
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Nepalgunj:1 night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Camping services:14 Days Camping
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
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Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy