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Lower Dolpo Trek  - 18 Days

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An enthralling journey filled with remote trekking, high mountain passes and yak caravans in the remote lower Dolpo region

Lower Dolpo Trek offers an outstanding trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. The 18-day trek begins with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Next, we fly to Jhupal via Nepalgunj and begin our trek through remote locations admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. Thanks to Eric Valli, a French geographical photographer working for National Geographic, the Dolpo region of Nepal has been shown in all its integrity and full mystical experience. Furthermore, this is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. While on the trek, we get to muse at the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet. We also cross two high passes- Numa La and Baga La-and reflect on life amidst the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake.

Overview

Arrival City
Arrival City Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure City
Departure City Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals
Meals 15 dinner, 17 breakfast, 15 lunch
Max Altitude
Maximum Altitude 4,465m/14,650ft
Activity
Activity Trekking and Hiking
Styles
Styles Active Adventures

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary Maximum Altitude Walking/Hiking
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft -
Day 02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation 1,350m/4,429ft -
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150m/492ft -
Day 04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai 2,850m/9,351ft 2-3 hrs
Day 05 Dunai to Tarakot 2,537m/8,324ft 5-6 hrs
Day 06 Tarakot to Laini 3,160m/10,368ft 6-7 hrs
Day 07 Laini to Nawarpani 3,545m/11,631ft 5-6 hrs
Day 08 Nawarpani to Do Tarap 4,090m/13,419ft 7-8 hrs
Day 09 Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization 4,090m/13,419ft -
Day 10 Trek to Numa La Base Camp 4,440m/14,568ft 6-7 hrs
Day 11 Cross Numa La pass, camp at Pelung Tang 4,465m/14,650ft 6-7 hrs
Day 12 Cross Baga La pass trek to Dajok Tang 4,080m/13,386ft 5-6 hrs
Day 13 Dajok Tang to Ringmo 3,600m/11,812ft 3-4 hrs
Day 14 Hike to Phoksundo Lake 3,612m/11,851ft 4-5 hrs
Day 15 Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta 2,250m/7,382ft 5-6 hrs
Day 16 Shyanta to Jhupal 2,500m/8,203ft 5-6 hrs
Day 17 Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft -
Day 18 Final departure - -

Included

  • Asset 147
    Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Asset 58
    Equipment
  • Asset 68
    Domestic Flights
  • Local Guide & Support Staffs
  • Asset 42
    All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers
  • Meals in the Mountain
  • Asset 67
    Small-Group Adventure
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Asset 63
    Lifetime Deposit
  • No Booking Fee

Meals

Breakfast (only) will be available in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek. We can enjoy freshly-cooked, hygienic and nutritious meals on full-board basis prepared by our trained and experienced cook during the trek. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan dishes as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) will be available.

Accommodation

We will be staying in   Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. Himalayan Glacier will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some remote places only have shared washing and toilet facilities.Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Experience Required

Lower Dolpo Trek is categorized as a difficult trek. In such trek, you are likely to walk for 6-7 hours, cross steep, hilly terrain and occasional high passes of up to 5500m. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, previous trekking experience, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience is fundamental but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Glacier about your medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization

Lower Dolpo Trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). A separate day is set aside in Do Tarap for acclimatization. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.

Himalayan Glacier advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff . Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. However, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Team Composition

For the Lower Dolpo Trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if someone in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually a maximum of twelve people is ideal as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip.

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