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Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking Exciting scenic flights both ways before and after the trek with ever-present Himalayan peaks Adventure to Nepal Far Western Himalaya on least ventured areas by only a few trekkers In the land of Bon the ancient practice of pre-Buddhism sects with impressive villages In the country where elusive and rare Snow-Leopard and blue sheep habitats Amazing scenery of dramatic landscapes from green hills to arid and barren terrain Explore ancient monastery of Inner Dolpo and its impressive villages of Tibetan origin Walking around Nepal largest Shey-Phuksumdo national parks of green dense alpine woodland.

LowerDolpo Trekking, a delightful trek of little more than a week duration a great journey to experience the pristine environment, where only a few trekkers and explorer often visit this remote and isolated area, where you will enjoy it perfect tranquility with scenic views of mountains and green hills including emerald-colored Phuksumdo Lake.

LowerDolpoExperience presented by Well Plan Treks for your to enjoy beautiful areas of Nepal Far Western Himalayan region, where walks leads away from mainstream trekking trails away from the main flow of visitors in complete harmony of nature and local cultural villages.

An adventure for all where you can have time to admire the beauty of Nepal Far West region within the country largest Shey-Phuksumdo National Park covering areas of 3,555 sq. km that extends from east Dolpotowards Dhaulagiri and Mustang region and to far west Mugu district, where our marvelous and scenic walk leads to beautiful turquoise Lake of Phoksundo Lake also called Ringo lake due to its closenesswithRingmo village where you can explore the village ancient Bon and Buddhist culture including old colorful traditions of great interest.

Our wonderful and interesting journey to Lower Dolpo Experience begins with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to land at Nepalgunj city airport for transit, and then on smaller aircraft to reach Jhupal within inner and Lower Dolpo areas. As walk leads the at the number of farms villages with well-tended fields includes grand views of Kagmara and Kanjiborba peaks as our route leads to our main highlight at beautiful and scenic Phuksumdo Lake near an interesting Ringmo village. After an enjoyable and marvelous time at Phuksumdo Lake, walk back to Jhupal past nice farm villages where a scenic flight from Jhupal brings you to Nepalgunj and onward to Kathmandu with timeless memories and adventure on Lower Dolpo Trekking.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Kathmandu with sightseeing and afternoon preparing for the trek.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj towards Nepal Far South-West - 50 mins on air.
Day 04: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m (40 mins on air) and then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 
Day 05: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.
Day 08: Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake for the local excursion.
Day 09: Trek to Chunuwar 3,110 m - 06 hrs.
Day10: Trek to Sangta 2,421 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Dunai- 05hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 13: the Extra and spare day in Kathmandu as the contingency.
Day 14: International departure for homeward bound or to respective countries.

Trip in Detail 

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels

On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located.After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant.The evening includes group welcome dinner in nice Nepalese restaurants with cultural programs as entertainment with the dinner.

Day 02:            Kathmandu with sightseeing and trek preparation.

Morning after hearty breakfast, as per the given time our city and tour guide will lead you in the heart of Kathmandu city, for exciting historical and heritage tour of old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square, of historical importance includes Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess) Kastamandap Temple where Kathmandu name derived from, a temple built with the wood of a single tree, tour of old palace during the reign of Malla and late Shah kings.

Tour leads to famous landmark of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa with all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, afternoon back to the hotel, after an interesting tour back to the hotel with time in the afternoon preparing for the journey to Lower Dolpo Experience.

Day 03:            Fly to Nepalgunj towards Nepal Far South-West - 50 mins on air.

As per the flight time to Nepal Far South West to reach at Nepalgunj city to start our marvelous Lower Dolpo Experience, where drive leads to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic, sweeping flight to Nepal Far South West to land at Nepalgunj city. On reaching Nepalgunj city and its airport, the area of sub-tropical climate transfer to nearby hotels with time to explore the city of strong Indian influence and culture due to its closeness to India border.

Day 04:                 Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m (40 mins on air) and then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 hrs.
With early breakfast then transfer back to Nepalgunj airport for another short flight to reachJhupal in Dolpo, on reaching Jhupal, where our trekking staff joins to start the adventure taking a short drive to Dunai for the overnight stop. The driving journey leads past interesting area into farm villages and fields with views of snowcapped peaks and then at stopping at Dunai for overnight in the local nice lodge. Dunai, headquarter and administrative town of Dolpo district, an interesting place to explore in the afternoon to observe Nepal Far Western Nepalese cultures and custom of both Hindu and Buddhist religion with fascinating cultures.

Day 05:                 Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.
The first-day trek begins from Dunai, where morning trek leads Dunai market area and then cross over a bridge aboveThuloBheri River to reach a high ridge above Phuksumdo River valley as walk rewards you with views of Kagmara peaks. After walking on winding pleasant path, then climb up into farm villages with walnut trees nearDhera a small place of cattle herders, from here leading to a short climb to Rahagaon village of Hindu Thakuri Malla people and then downhill into the forest to reach our overnight stop at Chhepka, a small farm village.

Day 06:                 Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
After Chhepkawhich is close to Ankhe village, morning walk follows to a short climb and then downhill within the forested area to reach the bank of a river, continue uphill walk on leaving the forest behind.

Day 07:     Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.
Morning walk starts to reach atPhoksundo Lake after Pungmo Khola (stream) on following the stream and then downhill into birch and pine forest reaching the upper section of Phoksundo Khola. After a short rest walk leads into Ringmo village, a lovely and interesting Tibetan origin village with a similar culture of Buddhism and Bon (pre-Buddhist) religion. Houses built with mud plastered including Chhorten and Mani (prayer) walls of Bon sect and Buddhist religion. From here a short walk to Phuksumdo Lake for the overnight camp near the bank of turquoise colored Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08:  Phoksundo Lake rests and explores around Ringmo village and the lake.
An ideal spot for rest day here enjoy exploring around beautiful Phuksumdo Lake, an opportunity to soak in local Dolpo villages around Ringmo of immense culture and custom, where you explore these pristine areas often visited by few other trekkers.

Day 09:            Trek to Chunuwar 3,110 m - 06 hrs.           
After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and PhokshumdoLake, walk leads back on the same route with alternative overnight stops walking on a pleasant trail leading to steep climb for few hours to reach atChunuwar village for the overnight stop, this small village offers the super panorama of PhokshumdoLake and Kagmara peaks.

Day 10:            Trek to Sangta 2,421 m - 05 hrs.

From here morning walk leads towards more Hindu villages of Malla Thaukuri within walnuts groves and farmlands, an interesting walks passing smaller scattered farm villages as the trail is well maintained all the way to our overnight halt at Sangta village, with time browse around Thakuri people village of interesting traditions and old way of life.

Day 11:            Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.
After a great time atPhuksumdo Lake and on the walk towards Dunai with pleasant stops along the way observing local culture, today our last day walk leads to Dunai for short time and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 12:            Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and then transfer to your hotels.
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning flight back to Kathmandu with short transit at Nepalgunj airport, on reaching Kathmandu after a scenic flight, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts.

Day 13: the Extra and spare day in Kathmandu as the contingency.
We have set a free and extra day as a contingency in case of flight delay and problem due to unfavorable bad weather conditions, which can occur sometimes as Himalayan weather pattern can be unpredictable. If all goes well according to our well set itinerary days, one can enjoy a free day relaxing or join in another tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

Day 14:            International Departure for Homeward Bound.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable time on LowerDolpoExperience, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries.

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICE

  • Airport transfers.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and  Nepalgunj with breakfast as per the programme.
  • Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot beverage and snacks whilst on trekking.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu inclusive with all entrance permits fees. 
  • Tented camp accommodation whilst on trekking.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park and, Upper Dolpo & Lower Dolpo Special Permit and fees
  • An experienced fluent English speaking guide trained and licensed by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation.
  • Highly experienced trekking porter (s) or mules.
  • Staff food, accommodation, clothing, salary & insurance.
  • Flight Ticket from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal and - Kathmandu.
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • All taxes, VAT, service charge. 
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICE

  • Nepal entry  visa
  • International airfare
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal expenses (phone call, laundry, bottle or boiled water etc.)
  • Tips for guides and   porters 

Physically  condition& experience requirements 
For physically fit person of all ages with sound health who have done moderate to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of treks involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between.  The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experience people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek .we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.

Accommodations  on the trek

In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also  note that single rooms are available the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals  during the trek

In the city, only breakfast is included on the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

TRAVEL & MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE 

Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problem arise and situation beyond companies control. If such situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.

Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well of you next to kin, family members, close relatives or friends in case of emergency purpose.

Climate and Weather 
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT LIST

This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Head

  • A warm hat that covers your ears
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Headlamp with extra batteries

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece wind –stopper jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
  • Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Underwear
  • Hiking trousers
  • Fleece or woolen trousers
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Heavy poly or wool socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)Toiletries
  • Toothbrush /paste
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorants
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Small mirror
  • Female hygiene products

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue/toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hand wash

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • A cough and /or cold medicine
  • Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic

Extras /luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map /guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
  • Modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

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