The Lower Dolpo Region is remote and rugged and a natural and unspoilt area that lies in far western Nepal in The Shey-Phoksundo National Park. The Dolpo region lies within a restricted area and a special permit is needed to trek here. The Lower Dolpo trek is not an easy one so you need to be in good shape physically .
Shey Phoksundo National Park contains the beautiful Shey Phoksundo lake that lies within fantastic scenery that also offers a wealth of fascinating ancient cultures. The park is home to some extremely rare animals and plants that are particular to the region..
The trek itself completes a circuit with two special highlights being Shey Phoksundo lake and the Tarap valley. The trail swings north just east of Tankot and ascends the Tarap Valley for around two days. The trail crosses and recrosses the Tarap Khola (river) before finally reaching Dho Tarap, a settlement at the top of the valley.The valley contains many ancient items of religious significance and there are both Bonpo (a religion that predates Buddhism) and Buddhist temples along the way.
Dho Tarap (4000 meters) is a great place to spend some time. The settlement is inhabited mainly by Magars and Gurungs on what is the flat upper valley floor, along with the Tibetans who also share the valley.
From Dho Tarap two high passes must be negotiated in order to reach Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake. The crossing is normally completed in two days but on occasions it has to be extended if there are unfavorable weather conditions.
Phoksundo is a fairly large crystal blue lake that is fed by glaciers of the high mountains that stretch down to its shores. We spend some time on the shores of the lake amongst the beautiful forests and crystal clear high waterfalls. A further two days are spent trekking back to Juphal airstrip.
Lower Dolpo is a preserved eco-system that contains a wild and wonderful variety of flora and fauna, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard.
Arrival day in Kathmandu pick up and transfer hotel overnight.
Full Day Kathmandu valley sightseeing & Trekking paperwork overnight hotel.
Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj one hour pick up & transfer to hotel.
Early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m) 03 hour walking to Dunai (2,850m) overnight Camp.
Trek to Tarakot 06 hours walking, overnight tent camp (2,850m)
Trek to Khani Gaon 05 hour walking, overnight tent camp (2,543m)
Trek to Tarap Khola 04 hours walking, overnight tent camp (3,450m)
Trek to Yak Kharka 05 hours walking, overnight tent camp (3800m)
Trek to Dho Tarap 06 hours walking, overnight tent camp (4,090m)
Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Trek to Tokyu Gaun walking 05 hours overnight tent camp
Trek to Numa La overnight tent camp
Cross Numa La (5,190m), and camp at Phedi.
Cross Baga La (5,070m) and camp on the other side of the Phedi (4,470m)
Trek to Ringmo walking 07 hours overnight tent camp (3,600m)
Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
Trek to chepka overnight tent camp (2260m.)
Trek to Jhupal overnight tent camp
Domestic flight from Jhuphel to Kathmandu via Nepaljung airport
Full day free for shopping relax in Kathmandu overnight hotel
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