Lower Dolpo Trekking
“Adventure around beautiful turquoise Lake of Phuksundo within inner Dolpo”
One of the most incredible adventures, in perfect isolation a complete wilderness where few trekkers seldom visit around Nepal’s Wild West Himalaya to Lower Dolpo Trekking located on an old Caravan route towardsthe border of South West of Tibet.
Let BUNA Treks & Expeditions show you this beautiful country where you can experience adventure of a life time with amazing moment within unique landscapes, snowcapped peaks, and exploring old Bon culture (pre-Buddhist) which is next to extinct.
Lower Dolpo Trekking starts and ends at Jhupal with scenic flight both ways to and from Jhupal near Dunai the district headquarter of Dolpo region.
Our adventure first takes you to marvel the beautiful scenery at beautiful turquoise Phuksumdo Lake and around Ringmo village where you can witness the rare and hidden culture of Dolpo people the highlanders of Western Himalaya.
Return journey is totally picturesque as the walk crossing over high pass Baga-la 5,050 m and Numala 5,190m and Jeng-la to reach inner Dolpo around fascinating and interesting villages of Tokyu- Dho-Tarap and Tarakot before concluding Lower Dolpo Trekking in Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu after a short stop at Nepalgunj.
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Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
On arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport, where BUNA staff receives you with warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city around exciting Thamel area, where most of the hotels-shops and world –class restaurants located.
After getting refreshed our guide and staff briefs you with information regarding your stay in Nepal with us includes full details on Lower Dolpo Trekking, with evening welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs.
Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj (55 mins flight) and transfer to hotel
Morning an optional half day guided sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu. Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities steeped with world heritage sites and monuments, afternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for flight to Nepalgunj city with panorama of snowcapped mountains during 55 minutes flights, on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to nice hotels around city area.
Day 03: Fly to Jhuphal 2,320 m then trek or drive to Dunai 2,850m
Morning transfer to Nepalgunj airport for another short flight to Dolpo and land at Jhuphal with views of Dhaulagiri mountain range; on reaching Jhuphal join with our trekking and camping crews then a short drive to Dunai for overnight stop.
Dunai headquarter town with Government administrative of Dolpo region.
Day 04: Trek to Ankhe 2,896m - 06 hrs
From Dunai, starting our first day walk crossing a suspension bridge leading towards North West then climb to the banks of Thulo Bheri Valley leading to a ridge at Phoksumdo river valley at 2,499 meters offering views of Kagmara Peak, from here a long downhill through several scattered houses and walnut groves near to a stream at Dhera a small winter settlements of cattle herders.
After a short rest climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri, a Hindu tribe of people of Western Himalaya, from here downhill into a dense forest reaching at Ankhe for overnight camp.
Ankhe village located at the entrance of Shey Phoksumdo National Park with time in the afternoon for short walk around this lovely area.
Day 05: Trek to Sumdu / Sulighat village 3,500m -06 hrs
Morning walk starts with short ups and downhill walks into forest and to river side, then a climb to a ridge leaving forested area high above the river, after reaching the top descend back to forest area to riverbed.
From here walk leads to an upstream then crossing a small bridge near Ryajik village, after this village walking further towards our overnight camp at Sumdu near Sulighat village with time for short visit around this nice small village.
Day 06: Trek to Phuksumdo Lake 3,500 m - 05 hours
Walk today leads to our first highlight of this trip at Phuksumdo lake, leading to a valley of Phuksumdo and Pungmo Kholas (streams) confluence, after crossing Phuksumdo Khola, and then following the Pungmo Khola west bank. After a nice rest walk downhill through birch and pine forests to upper side of Phuksumdo Khola to reach at Ringmo village.
Ringmo an interesting and attractive village with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls, from here a short walk to turquoise colored Phuksumdo Lake for overnight camp near the bank of this beautiful lake.
Day 07: Rest day at Phuksumdo Lake for local excursion
A rest day at Ringmo arounf Phuksumdo Lake for acclimatization before heading higher area, an ideal spot for free day walk and explore Ringmo village and its old interesting Buddhist Monastery along with stunning views of surrounding landscapes and snowcapped mountains.
Day 08: Cross Baga La 5,070m and to Phedi 4,470m - 07 hrs
After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and PhuksumdoLake, today’s walk leads to inner side of Dolpo area, crossing over Baga-la at 5,070 meters with steep climb for about 03 hours with fantastic panorama of PhuksumdoLake and Kagmara peaks, after wonderful views a long descend to overnight camp at Phedi on the bottom of Baga-La.
Day 09: Trek and cross Numa-la 5,190 m and to Phedi - 08 hrs
Morning leads to a climb over another pass Numa-la at 5,190 meters, highest point of this adventure, after three hours of tough climb then reaching at Numa-la with fantastic views of snowcapped mountains of Dhaulagiri and Kagmara peak. After an enjoyable moment descend to the base of the pass, then with few hours of good walk on nice path to overnight camp on pasture field.
Day 10: Trek to TokyuGaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090 m - 06 hrs
After being few days in total isolation away from village, today’s walk leads to an interesting village at Tokyu Gaon, one of the largest village of this region, starting the morning with a steep climb for near two hours at the top of Jeng – la with panoramic views of snowcapped mountains looking at the North Face of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif range of peaks, after enjoying the awesome scenery, walk leads to a long descend towards Tarap valley, which is one of the longest beautiful green valley extending near about 20 k.m. distances along the Tarap Chu River, with more than 10 villages with well-tended farm fields with monasteries and chortens, then walking on a pleasant trail after completing the downhill portion to reach our overnight stop at Tokyu-gaon a wonderful village with an old interesting monastery, afternoon with ample time to visit the village and the monastery or just relax and interact with the locals.
Day 11: Trek to Dho-Tarap 4,040 m - 05 hrs
From this nice village, morning walk follows downhill path towards Tarap Chu into a wide valley, around this picturesque valley with temporary settlements of local cattle herders, the people here belongs to both Bon Po and Chaiba sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Mahyana) living together in friendly harmony.
Then with a good nice walk on this beautiful valley reaching at DhoTarap for overnight camp, afternoon with time for local visit around this interesting village which is inhabited by Tibetans origin people and with mostly Magar hill tribe.
Day 12: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamekharka) 3,800m - 07 hrs
Today a long day walk on gradual trail with few short climb and down hills, morning descend into a wide valley which further narrows into a gorge, following the path with sparse vegetation of juniper and wild rose bushes which is typical in this dry barren area of inner Himalaya climate and arctic temperate zone.
Around here chances of seeing blue sheep’s, after a great enjoyable walk reaching at junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, which flows from Tarap River beyond east, source of North West Dhaulagiri Himalayan range of mountains.
After pleasant walk reaching a grassy field which is called Kame-kharka, the word Kharka means shelter or shades of Sheppard’s.
Day 13: Trek to Kharigaon 3,150m - 05 hours
After a nice morning with wonderful surrounding, walk leads to Tarap River and into a gorge, rising above from the path built on steep slopes.
This narrow gorge offers some adventure as the path leads to damaged broken bridge by river floods, and sometimes might have to wade on chilly river on foot and then walk towards Tarap- khola near Kharigaon for overnight camp.
Day 14: Trek to Tarakot 2,850 m - 05 hrs
Adventure continues through Lalberi village and back into tree lines following the same river again downstream to Tarakot village. This lovely village with nice terraced cultivated fields and an old fortress of over hundred years, stands before Gorkha dynasty, this beautiful was capital and had Dzong meaning Fort).
Tarakot village houses famous SandulGompa, located at the confluence of BarbungKhola and Tarap Chum, after interesting detour of Tarakot village, walk down from the village to overnight camp by the river, below the village close to a monastery at the edge of a grassy plateau, with an interesting solitary tree
Day 15: Trek to Dunai 2,850 m and drive to Jhupal 2, 320 m - 01 hr
This remarkable and fine journey slowly comes to an end at Jhupal, morning walk to Dunai following several scattered farm villages and cattle herder shades. Leading to a gradual uphill to a valley and descend to other side on barren treeless landscapes at ThuloBheri valley around Dunai.
From here walk past a hospital to cross a suspension bridge then reach Dunai town, a large town area with an administrative headquarter of Dolpo zone, to make this walk shorter and to reach Jhupal on time, taking a jeep ride for an hour drive on rough road to Jhuphal for the last and final overnight stop.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel*
Early morning, taking short scenic flight to Nepalgunj with panorama of mountains, on reaching at Nepalgunj connect flight to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu airport transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: In Kathmandu as contingency days with free for individual activities
BUNA Treks & Expeditions reserves this day as spare or contingency in case of flight delay and cancellation to and from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and back; might occur sometimes as Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes. If all goes well as per the itinerary days one can enjoy a free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in for another sightseeing tour at places of great interest.
Day 18: International Departure homeward bound.
Today your last day in Nepal the land of amazing Himalaya depart for your international flight homeward bound after a fond memory and overwhelming experience on Lower Dolpo Trekking with expert guidance of BUNA Treks & Expeditions.
“Adventure around Nepal’s Far Wild North West Himalaya to Lower and Inner Dolpo areas. Exploring ancient Bon and Buddhist cultural villages in the hidden country of snow leopard Trek into Nepal’s largest National Park and around turquoise Lake of Phuksumdo following on an ancient Trans Himalayan Caravan route of Nepal and Tibet”