Lower Dolpo Trekking in Nepal is an isolated and off the beaten trail trekking. This hidden trail in the Shey Poksundo National Park which is located in the far western region of Nepal. This region is inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists who follow classical lifestyle. The gateway to Dolpo region trekking is Juphal after we have a flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung.
This Lower Dolpo Trekking also is known as remote and wilderness trekking is an ideal choice to those who love to be in the wilderness, remote and completely arid landscapes beyond the Himalayas. Bon Po is the major settlement in this region. Bon Po is those Tibetan Buddhists who still exist their antique way of life. These people have a close cultural and economic connection to Tibet rather than Nepal. The attractions of this trekking lie in the natural and cultural diversity of ethnic groups, the classic way of life, thrilling high passes and a serene lake, Phoksundo. This is area is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park. Tarakot and Dho Tarap are other exquisite Tibetan settlements to explore. These settlements are considered to be the settlements on the earth which are not flamed by globalization and modernization yet. Trekkers have uncovered just a little about the hidden mysteries of Dolpo region. So it is still waiting to be explored.
The natural calmness, the spirituality of Tibetan culture, Tibetan plateaus and whit peaks, Shey Phoksundo Lake and the national park, picturesque Himalayan settlements, awe-inspiring arid landscaped, the wilderness and the remoteness are prominently enjoyed by the trekkers here. This the trekking from the north-west region behind the Dhaulagiri massif to the Tibetan plateau. The Himalayan wildlife, including, Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, and rare Snow Leopard are native in this region.
Dolpo region trekking is known as forbidden kingdom trekking, therefore, trekkers require a special and restricted area permit to enter this region.
We Team Himalaya organize Lower Dolpo Trekking according to the interest, time frame, and budgeting and your recommendation about taking a rest day during the trip. We are always flexible and offer this trek with an experienced and equipped team.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding trek from Beni to Lower Dolpo.
Day 02: Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 860 m – 07 hrs.
An early morning drive of about seven hours to Beni town via the popular tourist city at Pokhara, this scenic and interesting drive carry’s on with awesome vista of Mt. Annapurna-Manaslu and Mt. Dhaulagiri range including the famous majestic Machhapuchhre the Fish Tail peak.
On reaching Pokhara, drive continues for another 04 hours to Beni town, on reaching at Beni by late afternoon or evening, transfer to the best tourist standard hotel or lodge for overnight stop, Beni a large town and headquarter of Dhaualgiri and Myagdi district.
Day 03: Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani 1,560 m – 05 hrs.
Our journey starts with another short drive on the dirt road following the raging Myagdi River upstream, passing number of farm villages and cultivated lands with terraces of rice, wheat or barley and mustard, after three hours of good interesting drive reaching at Darbang village like town an entrance or the gateway to Dhaulagiri and towards Dhorpatan and Dolpo area, after a stop for lunch break, our first day walk begins on the trails that winds up slowly for an hour to the hills, leaving the Myagdi river way down below, then heading towards cooler area after reaching the top ridge on the outskirt farm village on route Sibang village near Dharapani, this first overnight camping spot offers striking views of Putali and Ghurja Himal, adjoining Dhaulagiri massif chain of mountains.
Day 04: Trek to near Sibang Village 1,680 m – 04 hrs.
From this wonderful campsite, morning walk leads near Muri and Takam villages of Magar ethnic tribe, walking through oaks, pines and rhododendron forest reaching near a large village of Muri village, after some breaks, walk continues towards Dhorpatan where around Dhaulagiri route branches off, our route heading further North West passing several scattered village and then reaching at Sibang for overnight camp, Sibang a small farm village with afternoon free at leisure to explore the surrounding area.
Day 05: Trek to Moreni 2,275m – 06 hrs.
After Sibang, walk leads on the North West route through several Pelma and Dhule farm villages and with scattered farm hamlets, then walking on the gradual winding trail for couple of hours, and then leading uphill with a climb passing number of isolated villages, and then completing the walk of the day at Moreni for overnight camp in this small farm village, with time for short walk.
Day 06: Trek to Purbong 3,045m via Jaljala pass 3,414 m -07 hrs.
Morning walk from this village leads into forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree-lines, then with a climb to Jaljala hill top which is a small pass at an elevation of 3,414 meters, the ridge top with impressive panorama of Gurja Himal and Mt. Dhaulagiri mountain range, from here on the downhill to Jaljala village, from this village our journey continues further towards west with super views of snow capped peaks, then walking along Sen khola (streams) and Soure khola upstreams till Purbong village is reached for overnight camp after a long interesting walk of the day.
Day 07: Trek to Dhorpatan 2,870m – 05 hrs.
From Purbong, morning walk on a gradual and pleasant trail through nice farm areas with pines and rhododendron forest around this area look out for some wild life including Blue Sheep, from this serene area walking at ease then completing this nice and scenic walk at Dhorpatan town – village for overnight stop, this is an interesting large village or a town with interesting bazaar, bordering with many district zones of Mygdi –Dolpo – Gulmi – Agrkachi- Rukum in Mid and Far West Nepal.
Dhorpatan, one of the first Nepal‘s hunting and wild life reserve declared in late 1970s famous for Blue Sheep’s spotting and elusive rare snow leopard.
Day 08: Rest day in Dhorpatan for acclimatization and hikes.
This is an ideal place for rest day as altitude wise and there are many ways to spend the day at Dhorpatan, in this nice and interesting large village or town, visit the bazaar or a short walk around the valley enriched with flora and fauna with mix -hardwood forest of firs, pines, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oaks, junipers and spruce tree lines. This reserve for hunting and wildlife consist number of rural farm villages with host of Tibetan origin mid hills tribes.
Day 09: Trek to Phalunge Phedi at 3,850 m – 06 hrs.
After a pleasant and wonderful stay at Dhorpatan, our journey continues leading towards Dolpo area, from here onwards the walk is more with ups and downs passing Sheppard’s summer grazing pastures and then finally reaching our overnight camp at Phakunge phedi on the bottom of Phalunge pass which is surrounded by rhododendron forest.
Day 10: Trek to Thankur 3, 175m via Phalunge pass 3,915 m.
From this quiet and isolated spot, with a fine and nice morning continue walk with a steep uphill climb with grand stunning panorama of green rolling high hills and towering Dhaulagiri massif mountains, then gradually reaching at the ridge top with overwhelming views of surrounding landscapes with ever present snow capped peaks, after enjoying the vista descend towards Thankur for overnight camp after a nice walk of six hours.
Day 11: Trek to Yamakhar 2,750m – 07 hrs.
Today a much longer hours of walking to Yamakhar, starting the morning trek in this quiet and wonderful wilderness away from human settlement and villages, walk leads to several cattle herders and Sheppard’s huts and shades, around this area some wild life like snow leopards, musk deer’s and Danfe (National Bird of Nepal) pheasants can be spotted, the trek today leads to a long and gradual climb and with descend to our overnight camp at Yamakar a place in the middle of alpine forest in the harmony with nature.
Day 12: Trek to Dhule 3,410m – 06 hrs.
From here on journey progress leading closer to near to Dolpo area, after a nice morning, starting the trek towards a steep long uphill into thick forest of oaks, hemlocks and firs, then along a stream walking for few hours to reach our overnight camp at Dhule, this place with some shades and huts of cattle herders on this small summer grazing area.
Day 13: Trek to Phupal Phedi 3,940 m – 07 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight at Dhule in peaceful surrounding, morning walk starts with a pleasant and gradual path through thick alpine forest with small streams along the way, the walk leads to several short ups and down hills path till Phupa phedi is reached for overnight camp, this is another summer grazing pasture for the people from Dolpo and Dhorpatan area.
Day 14: Trek to Purbong 4,065 m – 06 hrs.
Today’s walk leads to an area, where the two area separates Dhorpatan and Dolpo region, morning walk continues reaching to the end of Dhorpatan area, on Dolpo area outer rim, walk continues with few ups and downs passing an area with small shades and huts on the green wonderful meadows and summer grazing field, our walk carry’s on towards Purbong for overnight stop, Purbong a small farm village of cattle herders and breeder located beneath of Jengla pass.
Day 15: Trek on route Tarakot via Jang-la pass 4,535 m – 06 hrs.
From this small and nice spot, our morning walks starts with few climb and then descend into small scattered huts and shades near Sumdeling village, then the path leads to a climb on a grassy field at the base of Jengla pass and its ridge top, after a nice break continue with the climb on this long uphill walk few hours of strenuous walk to reach at Jang-la ridge top at 4,535 meters, which is the highest point of this awesome adventure, the top of the pass festooned with prayer flags, chortens and mani prayer stones with fantastic views of surrounding vast landscapes and of Mt. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167m and Gurja Himal 7,195 at a mere distance, after a marveling the beautiful scenery, walk on the downhill path towards grassy fields with rhododendron and juniper bushes till the day ends at Phupal khola for overnight camp within the Dolpo area.
Day 16: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 05 hrs.
The journey from Beni onwards to Dhorpatan with one aim to reach Dolpo, one of the highlight of this magnificent trekking, from here onwards in Dolpo area, morning walks leads onwards through several small streams and then following Bheri and Barbung River and into a terrific gorge with pine trees, then continue walk on the pleasant, nice path above the river, after an interesting day trek finally reaching at Tarakot the first village of Dolpo region for overnight stop.
This large village lined with colorful terraced fields of barley, wheat, buck wheat’s, this village was an old fortress town built as a Dzong (Fort).
In the past hundreds of years Gorkha Shah Dynasty invaded this area and made Tarakot as a capital of North Western zone.
Tarakot a junction of Barbung khola and Tarup –chu, the village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River in the earlier time supervised collection of fees and tolls for trading caravans, overnight camp by the river below the village, afternoon visit this classic old village with chortens and monastery on the grassy plateau, with a single solitary tree.
Day 17: Trek to Dunai 2,850 m and drive to Jhupal 2, 320 m – 01 hr.
This remarkable and finest journey slowly comes to an end at Jhupal, the gateway to Dolpo and many other destination on this far west region, starting this final days walk to Dunai following several scattered farm villages and cattle herders shades and huts, then leading to a gradual uphill to a valley and then with a descend to the other side on the barren treeless landscapes at Thulo Bheri valley at Dunai area, from here walking past a hospital to cross the new suspension bridge then finally reaching at Dunai town, a large town area with an administrative headquarter of Dolpo zone, to make this walk shorter and to reach Jhupal on time to check with our flight taking a jeep ride for an hour drive on the dirt rough road to Jhuphal for the last and final overnight stop of this impressive journey at Jhupal with time for short walk around this village.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Early morning, depending upon the flight time get in a small plane Dronier or Twin Otter or similar type for a short scenic flight of 40 minutes to Nepalgunj with awesome panorama of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains, on reaching at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours of rest and refreshment at Nepalgunj, then connect the flight to Kathmandu which takes almost 50 minutes with sweeping panorama of mountain range from the plane, then finally concluding this fantastic journey in Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 19: In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel
Day 20: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya trekking to from Beni to Lower Dolpo with Team Himalaya and to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.