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Ringmo Gaun, Lower Dolpo
Simoder Cave, Lower Dolpo
Phoksundo Lake
Ringmo Village, Lower Dolpo
Kanjirowa Himal Range

Lower Dolpo Camping Trek

Upper Dolpo

Dolpo — one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world, was closed to trekkers until 1989. Those that did get to visit this area needed special permission from the Government. With the changes in the regulations governing visits, a remarkable part of Nepal, hitherto almost unknown, has suddenly become a major destination for trekkers and mountain lovers.

It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles inside Nepal's northwestern frontier with Tibet, encompassing some thirty villages and monasteries at altitudes if eleven to fifteen thousand feet. Dolpo is in Nepal but, its people - in race, religion and culture, are Tibetan Buddhists descended from nomadic tribes who settled in this area around the tenth century. Being in Nepal, the Chinese occupation and subsequent "cultural revolution" of Tibet did not affect the Dolpo-pa (People of Dolpo), and their religion and culture has survived as one of the best preserved examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In fact, people living in certain pockets of the religion practice Bon Po, an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism and which, some believe, is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it.

Lower Dolpo, the area opened to trekkers, is thickly forested with conifers and cut by gushing rivers. The upper portion of Dolpo, however, is an extension of the Tibetan Plateau and has the same wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet. The region was declared a National Park in 1984, making it Nepal's largest National Park and the only one encompassing a Trans-Himalayan eco-system. The National Park status has helped preserve not only the culture but also the wildlife. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer, which may be glimpsed along the trails and to a great variety of birds. Though rarely seen the blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard and the Himalayan Wolf are also found in Dolpo.

Trip Facts

DolporegionCode: DO 01
Duration: 30 Days
Max. Elevation: Numala Bhanjyang Pass (5,238 m)
Walking Hours: 3 - 7 hrs per day
Difficulty: 3boots
Price: on request
Min. Group Size: 4 people
Best Season: May-  Sept

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Airport pick up, drive to hotel, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02: Free day, welcome dinner in the evening, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 03: Airport drop, domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, overnight stay in Nepalgunj
Day 04: Domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475 m), Walk from Juphal to Dhunai (2,140 m) (3 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 05: Walk from Dhunai to Tarakot (2,537 m) (5 -6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 06: Walk from Tarakot to Chhyugar (3,441 m) (5 – 6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 07: Walk from Chhyugar to Ghyamgar (3,756 m) (4 – 5 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 08: Walk from Ghyamgar to Dho Tarap (3,944 m) (5 – 6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 09: Rest day (acclimatization) in Dho Tarap, Overnight stay in camp
Day 10: Walk from Dho Tarap to Numala Basecampi (4,440 m) (5 – 6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 11: Walk from Numala Basecampi to Numala Bhanjyang Campside (4,600 m) (4 – 5 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 12: Walk from Numala Bhanjyang Campside via Numala Pass (5,238 m) to Danigar (4,631 m) (5 – 6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 13: Rest day in Danigar, Overnight stay in camp
Day 14: Walk from Danigar to Yak Kharka (3,982 m) (4 – 5 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 15: Walk from Yak Kharka to Ringmogaon (3,733 m) (4 – 5 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 16: Rest day/excursion at Phoksundo Lake, Overnight stay in camp
Day 17: Rest day/excursion at Phoksundo Lake, Overnight stay in camp
Day 18: Walk from Ringmogaon to Pungmo (3,600 m) (4 – 5 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 19: Walk from Pungmo to Lasa (4,060 m) (5 – 6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 20: Rest day in Lasa, Overnight stay in camp
Day 21: Walk from Lasa via Kagmara Pass (5,115 m) to Kagmara Phedi (2,900 m) (6 – 7 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 22: Walk from Kagmara Phedi to Toijum (2,920 m) (4 – 5 h), Overnight stay in camp 
Day 23: Walk from Toijum to Hurikot (2,650 m) (4 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 24: Walk from Hurikot to Ghodakhor, Overnight stay in camp
Day 25: Walk from Ghodakhor to Tripurakot (2,100 m) (5 – 6 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 26: Walk from Tripurakot (2,100 m) to Juphal (2,475 m) (4– 5 h), Overnight stay in camp
Day 27: Domestic flight  from Juphal to Nepalgunj and domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 28: Free day in Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 29: Free day in Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 30: Drive to Airport, departure to home country

Additional information

Tour- Highlights:

  • 23 days camping trek in Dolpo region
  • Phoksundo Lake (3,500 m)
  • Fascinating mountain views to  Api Saipal Range, Kanjiroba Range (6,883 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m)

Includes / Excludes

Included:

  • All transfers (Usually by private vehicle)according to tour plan.
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room and two-men-tent) in Kathmandu, in Nepalgunj and during the camping tour *)
  • Special trekking permit for Lower Dolpo region
  • English speaking guide, porter, cook, kitchen staff, Muli during the camping tour
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Juphal
  • Domestic flight from Juphal - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • Airport tax
  • Food (full board) incl. country-typical drinks (tea and coffee) during the camping tour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu und Nepalgunj
  • Camping equipment (two-men-tent, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, plates,
  • etc.  – EXCEPT SLEEPING BAG)
  • Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu

Excluded:

  • Visa Nepal
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water during the camping tour
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Other domestic flights
  • Excess baggages domestic flights
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the camping tour
  • Personal Travel and health insurance
  • Emergency transport/ emergency evacuation
  • Tips (especially for Driver, city guide, trekking guide  porter, cook and staff)
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight from home country to Kathmandu and back

*) single supplement charge has to be added, if requested.