Lower Dolpo Trek [VALDT14]





Day 1

Fly 60 mins from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj include Mini Zoo, Muslim bazaar, or if possible and interested take a walk into nearby villages. We have to also make preparation for tomorrow's flight to Jhupal. Overniht hotel.

Day 2

The 45minutes flight over the high mountains brings to Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. The trel crew will receive and begin to trek through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening. Overnight tented camp.

Day 3

Start trek along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight tented camp.

Day 4

Continue walking to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu Rriver. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages.  After a few ups and downs, finally descends to reach overnight camp at Laini.

Day 5

After breakfast continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge.Overnight tented camp.

Day 6

Trek begins with a gradual up leading to Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregualr stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations. Overnight tented Camp.

Day 7

Walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains.  A few hours' good walk takes to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach overnight camp beneath the Numa-la. 

Day 8

This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast, journey continues to crossing of Numa La pass , the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m).  After getting to the top of Numa La trail descends to camp at Pelung Tang.

Day 9

Trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight.

Day 10

Trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs leads to Ringmo for overnight.

Day 11

A rest and exploration day. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great views.  overnight at camp.

Day 12

Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta for overnight.

Day 13

Following the trail gently sloping upwards march towards Jhupal via Suligha offering spectacular views of the mountain. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Jhupal, one can spend afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply relaxing. 

Day 14

Flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Type of trip
Restricted area
Trip Length
14 days
Maximum Elevation
DifficultDifficultDifficult or Difficult
Mar – Oct
Ancient villages of Bon Buddhist, remote high passes,turquise lake Phuksundo, isolated monateries and Crystal Mountain View
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