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Lower Dolpo trekking area is in the very remote Dolpo (Dolpa) district of Western Nepal bordered with Tibet in the North. Lower Dolpo is a majestic place; it is the home of rarely seen Bön (Bon) religious shrines and monuments alongside the old Buddhist heritages, the great lake of Phoksundo, high Himalayan passes of Bagala (5169m) and Numala (5309m) and the beautiful villages of Dolpo people. The people of Dolpo still use their yaks, keeping the age-old trade tradition with Tibet and other neighboring districts. A well-known and Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Himalaya’, was filmed here and one of the most read books about the Himalaya or Nepal, ‘The Snow Leopard’, by the late author Peter Matthiessen, is based on his journey here. We actually recommend watching the movie and reading the book before, or after, your Dolpo experience! Besides Yaks and Snow Leopards, rare Himalayan Blue Sheep roam the mountain slopes of Dolpo.
Due to the sensitive border relation with China following the Tibet uprising, the area was only opened for tourists in 1989 with some restrictions. However, Lower Dolpo, and its neighbor Upper Dolpo, have since welcomed visitors from all over the world. Lower Dolpo trekking trip can be completed in two weeks (starting and finishing in Kathmandu). For further details regarding the various itinerary options, including linking the trek with Upper Dolpo, please contact us.
Brief Itinerary for Lower Dolpo Trekking
Days 01 – 02 Kathmandu (1350 meters) permit procedure, meeting with staff
Day 03 Fly to Nepalgunj (150 meters)
Day 04 Fly to Jufal and start trek, reach Kagani (2300 mtr)
Day 05 Trekking to Reichi (3000mtr)
Day 06 Trekking to Phoksundo (3600 mtr)
Day 07 Rest day
Day 08 Trekking to Bagala base camp (3995mtr)
Day 09 Cross Bagala (5169mtr) and camp at the riverside
Day 10 Cross Numala (5238mtr) and trek to Dotarap (3944mtr)
Day 11 Rest or back up day at Dhotarap
Day 12 Trek to Nawar Pani (3780mtr)
Day 13 Laicicap (2775mtr)
Day 14 Trek to Tarakot (2540mtr)
Day 15 Trek to Dunai short jeep to Juphal (2475mtr)
Day 16 Fly to Nepalgunj and same day to Kathmandu
Day 17 Kathmandu trip concludes
Day 18 Return home or plan more trips
Each day trekking time is 4-7 hours, on the pass crossing day it can be up to 10 hours walk.
Lower Dolpo trek has many options to extend or combine with other treks such as Upper Dolpo that adds another 7 to 12 days on the trek, or Dhorpatan Hunting reserve about one week or to Jumla and Rara also with an extension of a week.
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