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An Off-beaten trek to The Lower Dolpo

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival to Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

You may have free time during the day depending on what time you arrive. A briefing will be given by our trekking leader in the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program in detail. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will ask if the travellers want to have a group dinner (optional and at the traveller's own expense) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants

DAY 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.

DAY 03: FLY TO NEPALGUNJ. Overnight in hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel we are transferred to the Domestic Airport to connect flight to Nepalgunj. From Kathmandu it takes us almost ninety minutes to land at Nepalgunj. It is in the Terai near the Indian border. We spend rest of our days exploring the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 04: FLY TO JUMLA [2370m] & TREK TO GOTHI CHAUR [2700m].

Today we are flying to Jumla, from Nepalgunj. We are first transferred to the Nepaljung Airport to connect flight to Jumla. 30 minutes flight from Nepalgunj, we are at Jumla. Jumla lies on the banks of Til Khola at 2370m and is renowned as the highest rice growing areas in the world. We passing the airport to the eastern end of the runway, several water- driven mills drop to the confluence of the Til Khola and the Chaudhabise Khola. Crossing both the rivers on the bridge the trail climbs into a fertile valley along the Southern side of Tila to Depal gaon. Climbing to the small villages of Bhajkati, Dugri Lagun from Depal gaon we arrive at Dochal Ghara. Then again the trail climbs to a rock cairn at Pattyata Lagna finally descending to Gothi Chaur. Overnight stay at Gothi Chaur.


Walking downstream through forests to a series of mills at Kuri Sangta we re-enter the Tila Valley. The trail crosses to the northern side of the Tila, passing corn and potato fields to Muni Sagni. On the way we cross several bridges and finally crossing the river our trail climbs to Chotra at 3010m. A short distance beyond Chotra is the Tibetan Settlement of Naphukana. Overnight stay at Naphukana.

DAY 06: Trek to Chaurikot [3060m].

From Naphukana the trail becomes steeper and climbs through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. From the pass there are views of snowy peaks to the north and east. Descending from the pass, the trail traverses a steep slope before dropping into a forest of pine and oaks. We then enter the Bheri Valley and after following the trail in and out of side valleys, we come to the village of Chaurikot.

DAY 07: Trek to Bheri riverside [2610m].

Continuing on to the village of Balasa we can see Kagmara peak on the horizon. The trail drops to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees to a ridge. Passing through the apple orchards of Jyakot, we then descend to the village of Rimi before following a rocky trail down to the Bheri River.

DAY 08: Trek to Garpung khola [2900m].

We stay on the west bank of the Bheri River, passing Hurikot and arrive at the entrance to the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. We then come to the confluence of the Garpung and Jagdula Rivers, which joins the Bheri River. Following the Garpung Khola, we reach our camp by the riverside.

DAY 09: Trek to Kagmara [3500m].

We continue to follow the Garpung Khola, ascending slowly towards the Kagmara La. Today is a short trek but it is very important for acclimatization that we don't ascend too quickly.

DAY 10: Trek to Kagmara phedi [4000m].

We now cross to the eastern side of the river, where the valley narrows and the river becomes a series of waterfalls. The trail climbs to a moraine below the Kagmara La and we make our camp among the boulders. We get magnificent views of the surrounding peaks from here.

DAY 11: Cross Kagmara La [5115m].

We get an early start this morning and ascend alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La. This is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. After a 900m descent, we reach the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley.

DAY 12: Trek to Pungmo.

The trail now enters birch and juniper forests which soon give way to blue pine. Up the side valleys, there are views of Kanjirolba peak before we reach the fortress-like village of Pungmo, set amidst barley fields.

DAY 13: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake.

We continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake. We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the distance. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest waterfall in Nepal. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake.

DAY 14: Acclamatize at Phoksumdo Lake.

Today is a rest day at the lake which is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring. It is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels.

DAY 15: Trek to Baga La phedi.

We retrace our route as far as Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards, through forest of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows the river up the valley to a waterfall and we will reach at the base of the Baga La.

DAY 16: Cross Baga La [5090m] & trek to Numa La phedi [4800m].

From our camp it's a steady 3 hour climb to the top of the Baga La, the second of the high passes. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La.

DAY 17: Cross Numa La [5360m] & trek to Do [4100m].

We continue climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri. The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and we walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do.

DAY 18: Acclamatize at Do.

Rest days at Do. It is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.

DAY 19: Acclamatize at Do.

DAY 20: Trek to Lahini [3560m].

This morning's walk is almost level and follows the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times, we finally come to a flat expanse.

DAY 21: Trek to Tarakot [2600m].

The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. Eventually, the valley widens and the route becomes easier as we approach the village of Khanigaon. We then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot.

DAY 22: Trek to Dunai [2100m].

We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai.

DAY 23: Trek to Juphal [2500m].

Today, we trek from Dunai to Juphal. From Dunai we follow the river trail downstream to Juphal. We walk uphill through meadows and past a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m). After several hours of walking, we finally reach Juphal, which is the end point of our trek.

DAY 24: Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu.

We take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. We then take a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

DAY 25: Depart Kathmandu.

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc. – ask us.