Lower Dolpo Trek

Dolpo is of the most underdeveloped and remote regions in all of Nepal,at the same time it is also one of the most regal with a unique character that one could say permeates the soul, as if you were in the presence of some majestic monarch. Dolpo has been far and free for centuries because of its complete lack of accessibility leaving it to be one of the last remaining havens of Bon, a religious practice predating that of Buddhism though with many similar characteristics. The majority of the film Caravan was featured in Dolpo offering forth many insights into the distant, enchanting and even supernatural happenings reported to be part of daily ritual and customs here.

The trails wind through deserted hills, valleys and mountains that are seemingly lifeless and otherworldly but amid the moonlike landscape can be seen a plethora of wildlife like the racing cheetah and shocking blue sheep with rare medicinal foliage such as Yarsagumba, a powerful aphrodisiac which is considered to be the Himalayan Viagra and also extremely pricey .

Separating the Lower and Upper Dolpo regions is Phoksundo, the deepest high altitude lake in the world at 3,611m and a maximum depth of 145m. These shimmering waters glow with the deepest turquoise imaginable, though shift to shades of yawning luminous green to gleaming silver, it is truly the precious gem of Dolpo district. Many Yak caravans can be seen populating the area which maintain the long established salt trade with Tibet and during summer months columns of yak and sheep can be seen herded through the mountain passes on a journey to exchange not only commodities but also idealism between the high Tibetan plains and the low laying valleys of Nepal.

Lower Dolpo is not a place for half hearted languid trekkers, but for spirited hearts that abound before the prospect of great adventure. The journey is coarse and unrefined which tends to cultivate and bring out the wildness in our humanity, traversing mythical woods, jagged canyons, barren plateaus; and because the land drags on in far sweeping pallid stretches the intermittent smallholdings and villages seem a vibrant explosion of the colours full spectrum.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing & Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).

Day 3 :Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel.

Day 4 :Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2,320m) and trek to Dunai (2,850m) 2-3 hours trek

Day 5 :Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 6 :Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m) 6-7 hours trek

Day 7 :Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m) 5 hours trek

Day 8 :Trek from Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m) 7-8 hours trek

Day 9 :Trek from Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 6-7 hours trek

Day 10 :Trek from Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 6-7 hours trek

Day 11 :Cross Numa La (5,190m) - Pelung Tang (4465m) 6-7 hours trek

Day 12 :Cross Baga La (5,070m) - Dajok Tang (4,080m) 6 hours trek

Day 13 :Trek from Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m) 3-4 hours trek

Day 14 :Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake

Day 15 :Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 16 :Trek from Shyanta to Jhupal (2,320m)

Day 17 :Fly Jupal to Kathmandu vai Nepalgunj; and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening

Day 18 :Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.

Important Documents & Items

Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets

Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts

Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

Under Garments ,Hiking shorts, Lightweight cotton long pants, Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants (seasonal),Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.


2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

Cotton socks (optional)

Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Ziplocs
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash


Binoculars, Reading book, Trail Map/Guide book, Journal & Pen, Walkman ,Pencils and small notebooks


Start Date End Date Cost Status
01 May 2015 15 May 2015 Book

Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Trip Cost: On reqest

Destination: Nepal

Max Altitude: 5100m

Advantages: Unmarked, Distinctive, Natural Grandeur Intact

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