The Lower Dolpo Trek offers an outstanding trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. The 18 day trek embarks with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Then we take flight to Jhupal via Nepalgunj and begin our trek through remote locations with the view of beautiful rain shadow landscape of the snowcapped mountains reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. Furthermore, this is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. While on the trek, we get to muse at the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu air port- transfer to the hotel. Welcome Drink will be served.
Day 02: Kathmandu- Trek preparation & Free Time. We can add Kathmandu Sightseeing tour on your request.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj: 1 hr
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2320m.) and trek to Dunai (2850m.): 2-3 hours
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Laini (3,160 m): 6-7 hours
Day 07: Trek to Nwarpani (3,545m): 5-6 hours
Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m.): 7-8 hours
Day 09: Rest Day in Do Tarap for acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m): 6-7 hours walk
Day 11: Cross Numa La pass (5,190m) and camp at Pelung Tang (4465m): 6-7 hours
Day 12: Cross Baga La pass (5,070m) and trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m.): 6-7 hours
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m.): 3-4 hours
Day 14: Trek to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2520m.): 5-6 hours walk
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 18: Final departure
|Group Size||2 to 12 people|
|Trip Duration||18 Days|
|Activity||Trekking, Cultural tours|
|Maximum Altitude||5190 m|
|Trek Starts In||Kathmandu|
|Trek Ends In||Kathmandu|
|INCLUDED IN THE COST||
|NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST||
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
We will be staying at hotel in Kathmandu and in Nepalgunj and tent accommodation during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. There will also be welcome or farewell dinners for guests. The most common cuisines in most menus will be Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental.
Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes this trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trek will be led by the best and professional leaders. All of Sisne Rover Trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region/s.
Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, Sisne Rover also provides the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company’s expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
The Lower Dolpo Trek is not only beautiful but also fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Sisne Rover employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Sisne Rover’s experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.
Like all Sisne Rover’s itineraries, this trek is also planned to curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high altitude environment. Trekkers with known heart, lung or blood diseases are required to consult their doctors before booking the trek.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
The Lower Dolpo Trek is a difficult and challenging one and suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk 8 to 9 hours. Walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months prior to the trip is a good idea as it will enhance our strength and stability. Previous hiking experience is preferred but no technical skill is required.
Best Time to Travel to Lower Dolpo Trek
The best months for this trek are from March to May in spring and September to October in autumn season. Since the Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, you can also take this trip during the Monsoon season (June to August).
Brief Cultural Considerations
The challenge for you as a visitor to Nepal is to respect the rights and beliefs of the local people and to minimize your impact, both culturally and environmentally. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is working to conserve the natural and cultural resources of the area. We can all play a part in this by simply being aware of our actions and how they will affect the environment around us. Consider before you buy any sacred relics or endangered animals and take your rubbish with you.
Please consider the following when trekking:
Dress appropriately: more is better. Revealing clothing in the mountain villages is not suitable, especially for women. T-shirts and trousers/long skirt are the recommended dress, but long shorts are also acceptable. Demonstrating an effort to be sensitive to their culture will enhance your experience with the Nepalese people.
Don’t encourage begging: don’t hand pens, money or sweets directly to the children. This does not only encourage begging, but also causes much conflict amongst the children. You’d rather hand your gifts or pens to a school that will distribute them amongst the children.
Smile: easy to give, wonderful to receive. A smile surpasses all cultural boundaries.
Tip: remove your shoes before entering a Nepali home.
Water purification tablets or a good water filter will save you a lot of money and avoids even more unnecessary plastic in our environment. Iodine pills are very convenient for trekking .One pill will purify 1 liter of water in 20-30 minutes. They are available in Nepal. Gatorade can be a healthy and delicious item to add to your water. Vitamin C (absorbic acid) or Tang powder in different flavors will remove the unpleasant taste of iodine.
Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes (normally above 3,500m, but some may be affected at 3,000m). It occurs as a result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to a sudden increase in altitude. If given time, our bodies will adjust and a gradual ascent will decrease the possibility of altitude sickness.
How to prevent AMS
Go slowly, drink a lot of water and pay attention to the sensations of your body. If symptoms occur, you have climbed too far for the day. Resting at the same altitude will give you time to acclimatize and usually relieve mild symptoms. Mild symptoms include: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, mild shortness of breath with minimal exertion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness or light headedness, mild weakness, fatigue, a general unwell feeling. More serious symptoms include: inability to recover from shortness of breath with rest, severe persistent headache, low urine output, vomiting, confusion, delirium, loss of coordination. These require immediate descent as acclimatization will not take place at the same altitude. The best way to avoid AMS is to walk slowly, carry a light pack and just take it easy. Allow your body the time it needs to acclimatize.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.
What to bring
Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
- Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Prescription sunglasses (if required)
- Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
- Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking trousers
- lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- fleece or woolen trousers
- waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
- , ankle support, “broken in”)
- Running shoes and/or sandals
- Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
- Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag *
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
- Compass or GPS(optional)
- Alarm clock/watch
- Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- large Ziplocs
- Water bottles
- Small folding knife
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- Medium-sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial hand wash
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- Modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.
Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal