Ain't No Mountain High Enough...

Lower Dolpo in west Nepal is very unique and one of the most remote trekking destinations in Nepal. The main point of this area is the Shey Phoksundo Lake. The region is very rich in culture, ancient and isolated villages, wildlife, natural ressources and stunning landscapes. The cultural traditions of this area is basically linked with Tibet. Still today many things are well preserved because the Nepalese government is trying to develop this area as an environmentally friendly area.
So for the true nature lover and adventure spirits no other place than Dolpo could be more suitable.Furthermore, this is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. We also cross two high passes-Numa La and Baga La-and reflect on life amidst the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake. While we made sure you get to see the most beautiful places our Lower Dolpo Trek is unique and will not follow the classical Dolpo trekking path of other companies. This will make the tour a real adventure with expedition character.

Cost Include

  • You only have to carry a daypack on the trek which should contain a warm jacket and rain coat since weather can change quickly in the mountains.
  • You will need walking poles and a torch since most of the time while
    we camp we will have no electricity.
  • Our porters and assistant will buy food along the way and carry it for us. For lunch we will cook with a small gas stove

Day To Day Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu (elevation 1350 m)

    HappyHari staff will be waiting for you at the airport with our company’s logo printed on the t-shirt and holding a sign with your name. Once you meet the leader you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your accommodation in Kathmandu which will require approx. half an hour’s drive. After check-in at the hotel and refreshing you will be briefed regarding your tour programme. No further programme planned today.

  • Day 2
    Drive to Jumla (elevation 2344 m)

    Today you will have time in the morning to do some shopping and getting organized for the long journey to Dolpo. We will have early lunch and take a luxury night coach for the 20 hour drive to Jumla. The journey may be long but it is also the best chance to see the variety of Nepalese landscape and absorb real natural beauty. The bus will make stops for the meals and toilet. The first night we will sleep on the bus. In Jumla we have organized a guesthouse. (B, L, D)

  • Day 3
    Drive to Jumla (elevation 2344 m)

    Today you will have time in the morning to do some shopping and getting organized for the long journey to Dolpo. We will have early lunch and take a luxury night coach for the 20 hour drive to Jumla. The journey may be long but it is also the best chance to see the variety of Nepalese landscape and absorb real natural beauty. The bus will make stops for the meals and toilet. The first night we will sleep on the bus. In Jumla we have organized a guesthouse. (B, L, D)

  • Day 4
    Trek to Kothe (elevation 2444 m)

    After breakfast we are ready for our first trekking day. Our hike will take about seven hours. On this trek we need to carry our own food and need to cook ourselves. But no need to worry we have porters who will help carrying the things we need. This will be our first night in the tent. (B, L, D)

  • Day 5
    Trek to Chotre (elevation 2540 m)

    After a hearty breakfast we will be heading for Chotre. This seven hour trek will lead us through farmland and beautiful villages. We will put up a tent for tonight. (B, L, D)

  • Day 6
    Trek to Chourikot (elevation 2459 m)

    Today we will trek about eight hours. In order to reach Chourikot where we will set up our tents for the night we will have to cross the Churidada pass (3.800 m). Be prepared for some uphill hike with nice views. (B, L, D)

  • Day 7
    Trek to Kayagaun (elevation 2200 m)

    Expect another beautiful trekking day. We will set up our tents after approx six hours walk which will be mainly downhill today. (B, L, D)

  • Day 8
    Trek to Ghodakhor (elevation 2800 m)

    Today we will have a challenging day going mostly uphill for about seven hours. We will pass beautiful nature and villages until we reach Ghodakhor which means horse shed in English. We will again sleep in tents. (B, L, D)

  • Day 9
    Trek to Tipurakothe (elevation 2100 m)

    We will trek again through very nice villages and certainly will also meet friendly locals along the way. After a lot of downhill and approx. seven hours we will reach our tented camp for the night. (B, L, D)

  • Day 10
    Trek to Sulighat (elevation 2282 m)

    Today will be a short trekking day with only five hours. When we reach the tented camp stretch your legs and relax as you have another challenging day ahead of you. (B, L, D)

  • Day 11
    Trek to Cheepka (elevation 2838 m)

    After having a little bit relaxed the day be prepared for a long but interesting uphill part today. We will reach the tented camp after seven hours. (B, L, D)

  • Day 12
    Trek to Samduwa (elevation 2960 m)

    Another easier trekking day with only five hours involved. It will not be far anymore until we reach the main attraction of this tour. We will sleep again in tents. (B, L, D)

  • Day 13
    Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3641 m)

    After breakfast we will start our six hour trek to Shey Phoksunda Lake the highlight of the whole tour and one of the most magnificient places on the whole trek. After putting up our tents near the lake stretch your legs and take in the scenery. You will also have time to do some washing or laundry in the lake if you like. Make sure you bring biodegradable soap. (B, L, D)

  • Day 14
    Shey Phoksundo Lake

    Since this place is so beautiful we will stay another night by the lake. We will take you
    on a walk to some great viewing points today. (B, L, D)

  • Day 15
    Trek to Cheepka (elevation 2838 m)

    After having seen the beautiful lake and certainly the highlight of this tour we will return to Cheepka and set up our tents after seven hours trekking. (B, L, D)

  • Day 16
    Trek to Rupaghat (elevation 2070 m)

    Just another day with delightful sceneries along the way. It will take about six hours to go to Rupaghat. This will be our last night in a tent. (B, L, D)

  • Day 17
    Trek to Juphal (elevation 2475 m)

    Today we will finish the trekking with quite some uphill. After six or seven hours we will arrive back to civilization in Juphal, a little village housing an airport. Our accommodation will be a teahouse with shower facilities. (B, L, D)

  • Day 18
    Flight to Nepalgunj (elevation 80 m)

    We get up early to catch an early morning flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is not far from the Indian border. Since we will also arrive early to our guesthouse you can come on a stroll and explore this big and lively city with us. Or just have a rest if you feel tired. There is a famous area called New Road emerging as a major attraction for its modern fashion retail shops, hotels and restaurant. It will be big contrast to what you have seen and experienced in the last weeks. Nepalgunj is considered the hottest place in Nepal, with temperature rising well above 44°C in summer. (B, L, D)

  • Day 19
    Drive to Kathmandu

    You can either sleep long this morning or join us on riksha ride to the Indian border. After lunch we will catch the night bus (luxury coach) to Kathmandu. Driving time will be about 14 hours. Enjoy once more the scenerie and think of the great days you just had spent in solitude. Overnight on the bus. (B, L, D)

  • Day 20
    Kathmandu

    We will arrive in Kathmandu in the early morning. You will be transferred to your guesthouse. The rest of the day will be free. Go shopping for some souvenirs in Thamel or stroll through the backstreets and Kathmandu’s timeless cultural and artistic heritage will reveal itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chillies and rice, and tiny hobbit-sized workshops. his endlessly fascinating, sometimes infuriating city has enough sights to keep you busy for a week. (B)

  • Day 21
    Departure / End of the tour

    You’ll be transferred to the Airport according to your flight schedule.

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