Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek is wilderness and off the beaten isolated areas, opened in 1982 for all foreign visitors. The main highlight of Lower Dolpo is the home of Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Phoksundo National Park.
Lower dolpo trek located under the protected area and takes us to superb Phoksundo lake with beautiful flora and fauna. It is situated in the Karnali region and required a special permit from the government of Nepal.
Lower dolpo/dolpa to Jomsom Trek is a very dry and unproductive area so the people lived here a very difficult life but they were very humble and friendliness with their smiling face. When trek in Dolpo is blended with Jomsom and the natural magnificence of Dhaulagiri, the trek undoubtedly becomes Nepal’s one of the most rewarding trekking trails.
Dolpo to Jomsom trek combine with the sightseeing of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range holds splendid scenery. The trek leads you through several special villages of Dolpo to Niwar Peak High Camp all the way to Jomsom via Mo La Pass.
Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake of Nepal which is situated in this region. For the last few years, it is going to a very popular trekking of western Nepal. The trek is a moderate to strenuous difficulty while walking along the hazard passes in the Dolpo circuit. Beautiful Lakes, People lifestyle, Buddhist Monasteries, Tibetan plateau, and the traditional culture are the main attraction of this route.
The local inhabitants still earn their livelihood by trading commodities like salt, cotton, barley, and rice in Tibet. Lower Dolpo trek is possible to visit in any time (except winter) throughout the year.
Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek itinerary detail
It is a particular route is planned for world travelers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for tailor-made itinerary.Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about trip programs.
We need your original passport with Nepal’s Visa to prepare Lower Dolpo restricted area permit. It takes some hours for official formalities to complete permits. Than we fix for meeting time each other. You will introduce with your guide. Your guide will brief details of this trek.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (roughly about 1 hour by flight). Nepalgunj Airport is a domestic airport in the Banke district of Nepal. It is located 8-kilo meters away from Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is one of the developed cities and centers of the business hub of a far western part of Nepal. Nepalgunj Airport is an airport serving Nepalgunj, a sub-Metropolitan city in Province No. 5 in Nepal. The airport is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service.
At morning, Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight, takes roughly about 35 to 40 minutes. As soon as you reach at Juphal, shopping and other entire things managements. Setting up everything, we begain our short hike to Dunai.
We walk straight forward along the along the river side through some clusters of settlements. Today we have easy excursion day so we wlak roughly about 4 hours only.
Tarakot is a typical authentic village the people have their own culture and traditions. Local people of here around speak a local dialect ‘Kaike’, which is spoken only in some clusters of this village and it is not understood by the people from any other villages. Villagers strictly follow their own social norms. Then we walk further to Mushi Khola where we stay overnights.
Its interesting to congregate the diverse social lifestyles and the hardness of the people than the trail leads you to Kakkot village for the night stop. Since the route is not been in use by most of the trekkers it is still untouched and diverse in culture. Although, you can enjoy the fascinating views of the whole range of renowned Dhaulagiri. On top of that you can enjoy the gorgeous view of Putha Hiuchuli and as well as Dhaulagiri.
Today we walk alot of ups and downs by the side of river. Few bushes are found on the route as almost complete Dolpa offers desert landscapes. The village is tiny and offers just a nice monastery there.
The trek goes moderate slightly uphill, in some place the trail is straight. The trail is good enough for mules and horses. One has to take water for the trail as the does not exist water sources.
Mukot is a nice village, which is one of the hidden valleys of Dolpo. Very few people have seen this village.
Trek goes further walking over the tree less areas to Yak Kharka village which takes about 5 hours. Along the journey, you can see the great view of Dhaulagiri Mountains.
After enjoying the best Dhaulagiri Himalayan scenery, you can proceed to Mula pass located around 18,312 ft above sea level. As it is high pass trek today, its tough day but i am sure that you can enjoy with nature always. After crossing the pass you will have night stop at a high pass camp at an elevation on 16,308 ft above sea level.
Another most exciting day today is because of tough hike to cross over two passes. After a strenuous trek along the passes finally you come to stop for the day at Ghaldang Ghuldung.
The trail goes through barren landscapes with slop hills. Water is not always possible.
Today, we have rest day at hidden valley to explore different mountain like Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, and several small snow covered peaks.
Along the trail, there is a Dhampus Peak, so if you are interested or if you have a peak climbing permits, you can climb.
Today the trek goes up to the Yak Kharka for our overnights. The trail is still challenging , so one should be very careful while walking (nearly for 15 to 20 minutes). The trail is made on the slope hill.
Marpha is a famous place for apple garden and apple brandy. On the top of Marpha village, there is a monastery from where one can have the views of the village and the Gandaki river valley. Just above the monasteries are a chorten painted onto the cliff face and a number of small stone chortens on the ledges below. Marpha village is good to have a day hiking tour but as it has roadway it is not a good idea to trek because of dust.
From Marpha it’s an easy walk towards North along Kali Gandaki river banks. Jomsom is a town located at an altitude of about 8,830 feet in Mustang District, Nepal. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.
Today, you will have a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara airport, in the afternoon, connecting flight to Kathmandu in the same day. During the flight, you will have almost the best mountain flight to experience the complete Annapurna massive including the tallest Mountain Manaslu including the holy Mountain Fishtail. On your arrival in Kathmandu, our guide or one of our representative will pick you up and takes you to the hotel.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek cost?
Hike to Lower dolpo to Jomsom trek is available now on USD 3,150 is standard trek price per person on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN). AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Lower dolpo to Jomsom trek cost includes:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
- Tented accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
- Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek days prepared by our expert cook.
- All the essentials camping and kitchen equipment.
- An experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
- Required supporting local porters and donkeys to carry foods and luggage.
- Lower dolpo Special trekking permit issued by Immigration of Nepal.
- Annapurna conservation permits and their fees.
- Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
- Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal. And from Jomsom – Pokhara trip with tax.
- Pokhara city to Kathamndu transfer with Tourist Bus
- Food / Salary / accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trek staffs.
- Gokyo Treks and Expedition company kit bag.
- Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
- All the required airport and hotel transfer.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Lower dolpo trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details and request for airport pick up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?
Answer: Actually for this kind of trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented camping accommodation on trek routes. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: During the tented camping trekking, our professional cook prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek?
Answer: As you are in camping trekking, we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on dolpo Trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the local lodges here will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Lower Dolpo Trek?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer 25 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide for dolpo excursion?
Answer: Yes of course. But as it is a tent camping basis trekking, only hiring a guide is very difficult.
Question: Do I need walking polls on Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek Highlights
- Discover Shey-Phoksundo Lake, challenging Numa la and Baga la passes along the route
- Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition.
- Old Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition, Experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region
- Believed to be a inhabitants of Snow Leopard with many other wild animals.
Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek Note:
The above itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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Trip Price : USD 3,150 Per Person
- Hike Duration: 18 Days
- Max Altitude: 5,070m / 16,630 ft
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-25 People
- Best Time: Oct -May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
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