18 Days
Duration
8/10
Physicality
Nepal
Destination

This trek provides an outstanding trekking experience in the remote western part of Nepal. The 18 day trek includes a visit to range of landscapes and also different heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley.  At the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayan rain shadow lies Dolpo – the legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. The lack of other tourists, the warm welcome given by the hardy Dolpo-Pa and the fascinating insight into the Tibetan way of life makes this an extremely varied and special trek. A unique Lower Dolpo Nepal trek  is ideally suited to both beginners and those who have “been everywhere”. Well you haven’t until you’ve been to Dolpo.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDEDReceive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
Meal Plan as stated; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle with our guide.
All entrance fees will be paid.
 Fully paid round tickets for Kathmandu-Nepalgunj and return flights. Round tickets for Nepalgunj-Juphal flight and back.
Stay at guesthouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis.
Local government-licensed guides.
 Porters (one each for a pair of travellers) and local support staff to help you trek.
Fees for entering conservation areas and Trekkers’ Information Management System card.
A souvenir from us.
 We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner
 All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.
 Rides in private vehicles included in the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks
Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
Any insurance
International air-fare
Visa arrangements
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;
 Trekking equipment.

Additional information

Self Drive or Private TourFor self drive or private tours please contact us for prices and availability

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Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1300m) (-/-/-)

Our guide will meet you at Kathmandu airport and take you to your hotel. You will then have free time to relax.

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Day 2: Sightseeing Around The Kathmandu Valley (B/-/-)

We will take you on a guided tour to three iconic monuments in Kathmandu which are included in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest and holiest shrines in the world of Hindu god Shiva. We visit another World Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the Stupa is a tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha. We then drive to Bhaktapur to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is a former royal courtyard where there are several ancient temples and monuments to visit. The place is rich in culture and preserves the traditional way of living.

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Day 3: Fly From Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (B/-/-)

We take a one hour flight to Nepalgunj in southern plains of Nepal. Nepalgunj is the biggest city in the region and shares its southern border with India. It is hot and humid in Neplagunj but you can visit around town in the evening.

Distance & journey time:
Transfer from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

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Day 4: Fly To Juphal (2,399m). Trek To Dunai (2,150m) (B/L/D)

We will reach Juphal in 35 minutes. This small airport is the main entrance to the Dolpo region from the rest of Nepal. From here, we begin our trek downhill through grasslands till Kala Gaura. Then we follow a river upstream to Dunai. It takes three hours in total.

Distance & journey time:
Transfer from Nepalgunj to Juphal: 35 minutes

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Day 5: Dunai To Tarakot (2,543m) (B/L/D)

This hiking could take upto 6 hours as we have to gain 396 meters in altitude. Beauty of the nature will be our company on this day.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 6 hours
Difficulty: medium

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Day 6: Tarakot To Laina (3,160m) (B/L/D)

After leaving Tarakot we head toward Laina which is around 7 hours of journey through nature. Rivers will accompany us till we reach our destination.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 7 hours
Difficulty: Hard

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Day 7: Laina To Nawarpani (3,545m) (B/L/D)

Our next step is Nawarpani which is about 6 hours of trekking away. It is next to Laina Odarand there are several lakes and forests on the way.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 6 hours
Difficulty:  Very Hard

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Day 8: Nawarpani To DhoTarap (4,090m) (B/L/D)

Dho is a remote village and it takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach this village. Dho lies next to its neighbor village Tarap so they both are collectively known as DhoTarap.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 8 hours
Difficulty:  Very Hard

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Day 9: Rest Day At DhoTarap For Acclimatization (B/L/D)

Being in such high altitude, we are suggested to rest a bit due to change in humidity and temperature. Different cultural dance and performances can be arranged in the village for the entertainment of the tourists. Tarap is said to be the dream valley of vast plains in high mountains.

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Day 10: Trek To Numa La Base Camp (4,440m) (B/L/D)

In order to reach Numa La Base camp we have to pass the upper Tarap valley walking on lush meadows. Crossing the vast land of Tarap we will reach our destination of Namu La Base Camp.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 6 hours
Difficulty:   Hard

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Day 11: Cross Numa La Pass (5,190m), Camp At Pelung Tang (4,465m) (B/L/D)

Leaving the Numa La Base Camp behind and continuing forward for 7 hours we will reach Pelung Tang. We have to cross the Numa La pass which lies above 17,000 feet on our way. The view from this high is what makes the trip worth all the trouble.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 7 hours
Difficulty:   Hard

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Day 12: Cross Baga La Pass (5,070m), Trek To Dajok Tang (4,080m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast we have to walk for 6 hours with a steep climb to reach the top of Baga La ridge which lies at 5070m. The surrounding landscape consists of distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range.Walking downhill from here for 3 hours takes you to Dojak Tang.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 9 hours
Difficulty:   Hard

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Day 13: Dajok Tang To Ringmo (3,600m) (B/L/D)

From Dojak Tang, we continue our journey through pine forest at first and vast grassland next till we reach Ringmo.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 6 hours
Difficulty:   Medium

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Day 14: Hike To Phoksundo Lake (3,662m) (B/L/D)

We walk to the Phoksundo Lake which is not far from Ringmo. The lake spread over 1.91 square miles is beautiful to say the least. As you might have seen in pictures, the landscape is surreal and that is why the Tibetan and Buddhist people consider this place sacred. At the maximum depth of 145 meters, it is the deepest lake in Nepal.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 4 hours
Difficulty:   Medium

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Day 15: Phoksundo Lake To Shyanta (2,520m) (B/L/D)

We will trek downhill to Chepka and follow the massive overhanging rock.We make our way through the thin forest and pass through villages till we reach Shyanta.

Distance & journey time:
Trekking: 6 hours
Difficulty:   Medium

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Day 16: Shyanta To Jhupal (B/L/D)

Following the trail that leads gently upwards, we will head to Jhupla. From the top of the ridge we can have glorious view of mountains. You can rest in the afternoon or explore the busy town market.

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Day 17: Fly To Nepalgunj. Then Fly To Kathmandu. Farewell Dinner (B/-/D)

A 35-minute flight takes us to Nepalgunj. We will fly back to Kathmandu on the same day. You might want to visit some landmarks of the city before we have a farewell dinner to officially end your vacation. We suspect you will have mixed feelings throughout the night: excited to get back home but sad to leave Nepal behind.

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Day 18: Final Departure (B/-/-)

We will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be gone with recollections of your Himalayan journey to keep you busy throughout the flight. Goodbye.

  • You will trek in rocky landscape so trekking here is not straightforward. Be prepared to trek right after breakfast till lunch and again till the evening and then some. But our guides will help you and you can complete this tour with little bit of lower body strength and plenty of determination.
  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered.
  • For the Nepalgunj-Juphal flight, flights are always scheduled early in the morning in this region because high winds in the ThuloBheri Valley begin around 10 am, making later flights impossible.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.
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