Lower Dolpo Trek
Lower Dolpo Trek Overview
Lower Dolpo is a remote place that lies in the western part of the Dolpo district. Tibetan people dominate populate the place. Lower Dolpo started publicly in 1982. But it still falls under restricted areas and requires a special government permit to trek. The maximum elevation in this lower Dolpo trek is 5309m (Numa La pass) with most of the route of over 4000m. The trek to Lower Dolpo is a very challenging trek. Moreover, the trek involves crossing 3 high passes, Kagmara la, Baga La, and Numa La. This area falls under the protection of Shey Phoksundo National Park. It is the largest national park in Nepal and covers an area of 3,555 km2.
You can see rare flora and fauna throughout your journey like juniper, white Himalayan Birch, Rhododendrons, hemlock, spruce, snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, etc. This place is one of the few remaining places where the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon Po is practiced. Bon PO religion is quite similar to Buddhism, the only difference is this religion walk anti-clockwise around stupas and shrines. Shey Phoksundo Lake, Panoramic Himalayan mountains, Thrilling Terrain, and hidden traditional villages are some main attractions of this trek.
Besides, this route might take you around 18-19 days and may cost you. The cost for your trek totally depends on your number of days, accommodation, food, and mode of transportation. However, the average cost is around 2500$ per person which includes transportation, insurance, permits, clothing, etc.
Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek
- Trek through one of the remote parts of Nepal.
- Explore the Natural, beautiful landscapes.
- Witness the diverse flora and fauna of Shey Phoksundo National Park.
- Explore the traditional villages and ancient monasteries.
- Experience Bon Po cultures.
- See the deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake.
- Day 1- Kathmandu- Nepalgunj, (50 minutes flight)
- Day 2- Nepalgunj- Jhupal, (45 minutes flight)
- Day 3- Jhupal- Dunai, (2-3 hours walk)
- Day 4- Dunai- Tarakot, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Tarakot- Laini,(6-7 hours walk)
- Day 6- Laini-Nawarpani,(6-7 hours walk)
- Day 7- Nawarpani-Do Tarap,(7-8 hours walk)
- Day 8- Do Tarap-Numa La Base camp,(6-7 hours walk)
- Day 9- Numa La base camp- Pelung Thang,(6-7 hours walk)
- Day 10- Pelung Tang- Baga la pass-Dajok Tang (6 hours walk)
- Day 11- Dajok Tang- Ringmo,(3-4 hours walk)
- Day 12- Ringmo-Phoksundo Lake
- Day 13- Phoksundo Lake- Shyanta,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 14- Shyanta- Jhupal
- Day 15- Jhupal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu (45 minutes flight, 50 minutes flight)
Difficulties and safety
Dolpo being a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to lower Dolpo is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 18-20 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is 5309m, with other high passes over 4000m on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits,
the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.