Duration: 18 Days
Location: Lower Dolpa
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  • LOWER DOLPA CIRCUIT TREKKING 18 DAYS

    AN OVERVIEW

    Trekking in the Dolpa Region gives an exposure to the High and isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan highlands. The trek begins at “Juphal” and follows the trail to “Dunai”, then proceeds to “Tarakot”, way up to “Bang la” Camp, the highest point of this trek, after passing through the “Sanu Bheri” village, we then descend to the beautiful “Phoksundo” Lake, which is a part of the “Shey Phoksundo National Park”.

    Dolpa first settled by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century. It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-like villages and monasteries nestling amongst mountains of stark, ascetic beauty. Dolpa remains culturally and economically firmly tied to Tibet, the people of this desolate area, cut off from their southern neighbours by snow-covered passes for much of the year.

    Peter Matthiessen’s “The snow leopard” and David Snell grove’s “Himalayan Pilgrimage” have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpa. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksumdo Lake, in inner Dolpa. Dolpa is Bon-pro country, where people practice a shamanistic religion predating Tibetan Buddhism. This Dolpa Region was open to foreigner visitors since 1992 and still requires special permit.

    SHAY PHOKSUNDU NATIONAL PARK

    Shey Phoksundo National Park provides a diversity of spectacular landscapes. As it situated in Trans Himalayan region of northwest Nepal, It is the largest National Park covering an area of 3555 sq. Km. Elevations in the Park Range from 2,130m in Ankhe to 6,883m at the summit of Kanjiroba Himal. Much of the park lies north of the Himalayan crest. Phoksundo Lake deepest and second largest lake of Nepal lies in upper regions of Suligad. Near the lake’s outlet is the country’s highest waterfall. The major rivers in the park are the Khung, Nmajung and Panjang, The Suligad and Jugdual Rivers, which are the major tributaries of the Thuli Bheri River; and the Langu Rilver, which drains the high dolpo plateau to the east and flows westward.

    Phoksundo Lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and the spectacular scenery clearly rank it with the most scenic mountain parks in the world. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers are found near and above the lake area. The Park contains many Gompas (Monasteries) and religious area. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century.

     

    MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS

    1. It is an Adventure Category Trek
    2. Restricted & Regulated Area Trekking with Special Trekking Permit
    3. Uses small Dornier plane to/from Nepalgunj-Juphal
    4. Camping and Lodge Trek with Kitchen Crew, Guides, Mule Porters but uses Loges in some places
    5. Two high passes of Numa-La (5 190 m) and Baga-La (5070 m)
    6. Explore Pre-Buddhist Monasteries of 11th Century
    7. Discover unspoiled Tibetan Culture and Buddhist Religion
    8. Natural beauty, Flora and Fauna of semi arid high dry land
  • OUTLINED ITINERARY

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m), Welcome & transfer to Hotel.
    Day 02: Trek preparations & half-day Kathmandu City Sightseeing Tours.
    Day 03: Half day Patan City Sight Seeing Tour and afternoon fly to Nepalgunj, O/N Hotel.
    Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2 475 m) and trek to Dunai (2 140 m), 3 h
    Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2 540 m), 6 h
    Day 06: Trek to Laini (3 370 m), 6 h
    Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3 475 m), 5 h
    Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (3 944 m), 7 h
    Day 09: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for Acclimatization.
    Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4 440 m), 6 h
    Day 11: Cross Numa La (5 309 m), and camp at Danigar (4 512 m), 6 h
    Day 12: Cross Baga La (5 169 m) and camp Yak Kharka (3 660 m), 6 h
    Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3 640 m), 4 h
    Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3 600 m)
    Day 15: Trek to Shyanta (2 836 m), 6 h
    Day 16: Trek to Jhupal (2 475 m) & trek concludes.
    Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
    Day 18: Final Departure

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    1. The Dolpa region is situated in mid-western region of Nepal and is very far from the capital city Kathmandu so not yet joined by road network. The trek requires using many internal flights such as Kathmandu-Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj-Juphal both ways.
    2. The flights are sometimes delayed for days because of the bad weather conditions so that, you have to take extra precautions by adding surplus days at the end of the trek (21 days in total suggested).
    3. The extra days Hotel accommodation cost in Kathmandu haven’t included in this package. The security days or surplus days are best and enough to explore in the valley surroundings.
    4. It is some time need to use Helicopter services from Juphal to Nepalgunj if the weather conditions disrupts flight for more than the surplus days allocation and that is excluded in the package.
    5. From/to Nepalgunj-Kathmandu we can also use land transfer services as there is good road network but takes 10 to 12h drive.
  • PRICE & DATES 2018

    We are local trekking agency based on Kathmandu and provide Tour/Trek and Mountain Adventure services for inbound Tourist/trekkers. We are always ready to welcome you any time around the year. We guaranty the departure from 2 participants to maximum 12 Participants.
    However, depending upon the region and its geographical situation, this trek is recommended from April to November only. This region is in the rain shadow area of Nepal as it lies beyond the Himalayas that is also called trans-Himalayan region.

    Lower Mustang Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek and Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek are the only treks that can also be organized during the monsoon Season (June to September) in Nepal with less obstacles but these areas are closed during winter because of heavy snow in high passes.

    Price: 2 500 USD (Please write us to get special discounted price for Group Organizer)

    Included in the package price

    • – 13 days trekking in full board basis (accommodation in lodge & Camping).
    • – All meal prepared by our own Cook (3 meals with tea/coffee and snacks).
    • – 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu includes Bed & Breakfast.
    • – 1 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Nepalgunj includes (all meals).
    • – TIMS Permit Fees (Trekkers Information Management System)
    • – Special Trekking Permit from Department of Immigration, Nepal
    • – Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit Fees
    • – Guide and Sherpa services (1 trek guide+1 assistant Sherpa for 5 trekker ratio for a grouped trek).
    • – Porter Service during the trek (1 porter for two trekkers- weight limits 20 kgs per porter)
    • – All accommodation, meals, equipments and insurance for guide, Sherpa and porter.
    • – Kathmandu-Nepalgunj both way Airfare
    • – Nepalguj-Juphal both ways Airfare.
    • – All land transportation including airport pick-up and departure drop.
    • – All Guided City tours including site entry fees, cultural guide & transfers
    • – Agency Service Charges & Government Taxes

    Excluded in the package price

    • – Your International flight tickets.
    • – Nepal entry visa, 40$ for one month tourist visa issued on arrival at Nepal Airport. You may apply online prior to arrival.
    • – Trekking Equipments (sleeping bag/duvet/head lamps/thermal water bottle, trekking boot/shocks/trouser/T-shirts/glove/woollen cap/wind rain shield/down jacket/walking sticks, sun glass/hat/cream, Battery bank/trekking backpack/trekking luggage for porter).
    • – Your travel Insurance with emergency mountain evacuation coverage.
    • – All alcoholic beverages, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
    • – Donations during the visit of Monasteries and Temples to the priest and Monks.
    • – Lunch & Diners during your stay in Kathmandu.
    • – All expenses your extra days stay in Kathmandu (Accommodation, guide service & vehicle service if you opt to City Sightseeing tours)
    • – Tips to the guide/porters at the end of the trek.

    Required Documents to submit to the Agency)

    (We guaranty that all your Individual information are kept safe, secret and confidential but you agree that we submit to concerned government offices for the permits and entry permits only)

    1. A copy of your international flight booking to pick-up you in arrival & departure.
    2. A Hard copy of your original passport with Nepal visa stamped on it for Special permit apply.
    3. A Photocopy of your Passport with Nepal visa on it for special permit apply
    4. Travel/trek insurance documents.
    5. Name list of Participants (Minimum requirement 2 persons).
    6. An Agreement with Nepalese Agency and Tour /Team Leader
    7. 4 Nos. of PP Size Photos.

    Reservation
    25% of the total amount would required to wire to the account of the agency and remaining payment can be made upon arrival in Kathmandu in cash. If you are already in Nepal, you may pay us directly in cash. We recommend wiring us through the Swift code, as electronic transfer is limited for small payments only in Nepal. For more detail on the cancellation etc. please read the terms & conditions.

    Banking Details
    Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited, KSK Building, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Swift Code: HIMANPKA
    Name of the Beneficiary Account:
    Star World Tours & Travels Private Limited
    Beneficiary Account Number: 01 90 26 15 62 00 14

    Contact:

    Mobile: +977- 98 51 05 45 78, +977- 98 18 60 05 68
    Email: info@starworldtours.com, yamlama@gmail.com