Best time/ season for the Lower Dolpo Trekking
The best time to do the lower Dolpo trekking is during autumn and spring season. Autumn (Sept-Nov) is the peak season for the lower Dolpo trekking. The clear skies, perfect weather and temperature, warm days and chilly nights and mesmerizing views makes autumn season perfect for 18 days lower Dolpo trek. The spring (March-May) is also a good season. Along the trails you will witness rhododendron blooming, majestic mountains, clear blue sky with moderate temperature. It is the great season to explore beautiful nature. The monsoon season (June-Aug) is also a good time for the lower Dolpo trek. The lower Dolpo is a rain shadow area so there are very less chance of rainfall. But the rainfall occurs in different parts of Nepal during monsoon; your flights may get delayed. Winter season is the least referred season for 18 days lower Dolpo trek. The weather is extremely cold and you will experience heavy snowfall. The paths might be blocked with snow which will make trek difficult.
Packing Lists for Lower Dolpo Trek
- Here are the lists of some of the most essential equipments/gears to pack for 18 days Lower Dolpo trek:
- Down jackets, , wind proof jacket, quick dry t shirt
- Long sleeve shirt, trekking trousers, trekking boots, warm socks
- Cell phone, cameras, torch light, power banks, water bottles
- Hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, under wears
- Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm, hair brush, etc.
- Face wipes, quick dry towel, sanitizer, toilet paper
- Sleeping bag, medical kits, water purification tablets
- Extra money and many other necessary personal equipments and valuable accessories.
Accommodations during Lower Dolpo Trekking
The lower Dolpo is a remote area. The teahouses in remote area are difficult to find. So, during the trek, the accommodations are mostly the tented camps. The porters will carry all the necessary equipment so you don’t need to worry at all. While in Kathmandu you will be able to enjoy the amazing facilities in 3 star hotels.
Meals and drinks during Lower Dolpo Trekking
You will enjoy the delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner during the camping treks. The camping cook offers different foods. They will serve you hygienic and delicious foods. Foods items like dal, bhat, vegetable curry, eggs, soups, noodles, tea, coffee, roti, jam, etc. are served. You will mainly have local Nepalese food: dal bhat and achaar.
Wifi services and Charging facilities on the 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek
Some places have electricity, communication signals and wifi services. You can use wifi services and charge your electronic devices with an additional charge. However the wifi and networks are not stable at it is the remote area.
18 days Lower Dolpo Trek difficulty
The 18 days Lower Dolpo trek is a moderate level trek. It is a long trek which involves long climbs, high passes and walking for at least 5-6 hours a day. For this trek you need to be physically fit and mentally prepared and determined. You can get prepared for the trek by swimming, hiking, cycling, jogging, cardio- muscular exercises and other strength exercises before the trek.
Altitude sickness during Lower Dolpo Trekking
The altitude sickness is common while trekking at higher altitude. During the 18 days lower Dolpo trek you need to stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and get rest. If you have any symptoms of altitude sickness while trekking you need to consult with the guide and take the medicines.
Health and fitness requirement for the Lower Dolpo Trekking
For the 18 days lower Dolpo trek, trekkers need to be in good health condition. The trek is long and challenging at some points. You need to have strong determination and dedication to complete the trek. You can be well prepared for the lower Dolpo trek by exercising, jogging, swimming and cycling for some weeks before the trek.
Guides and Porters for Lower Dolpo Trekking
The guides and porters are necessary for the lower Dolpo trek to make your journey comfortable and safe. It will be very easy to do the trek with the knowledgeable and professional guides. The guides lead the path and give you information about cultures and history of the area. While the porters carry your heavy bags safely in the entire trek. Welcome Nepal Treks provide experienced, knowledgeable, caring and English speaking guide and hardworking porters to the trekkers for lower Dolpo trek. The guides will do their best to make your trekking trip memorable for a lifetime.
Permits for 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek
Two permits are required for the 18 days lower Dolpo trek. They are: Lower Dolpo trekking permit and Shey Phoksundo national park permit.
Travel Insurance for 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek
Welcome Nepal Treks highly recommend having travel insurance for Lower Dolpo Trek. The travel insurance must cover medical services and emergency helicopter rescue. Good travel insurance will make you feel safe and secured during the trek.
Tipping during Lower Dolpo Trekking
The tipping is the way of showing gratefulness towards the service provider during the trek. While doing the 18 days lower Dolpo trek you will have the amazing guides and porters by your side throughout the trek. They make sure to provide you the best services and ensure your safety. If you loved their services in the trek then you can tip them at the last day of the trek. Tips are not mandatory; it completely depends on your wish.
Why to do Lower Dolpo Trekking
Dolpo trek is a real adventurous trek in the remote region of Nepal. The trek takes you through the magnificent Himalayan peaks, breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, waterfalls. You will also have a great opportunity of exploring the largest national park of Nepal Shey Phoksundo national park where you can discover diverse flora and fauna. Not just the natural beauty but this trek is also about exploring the pure rural lifestyles of the Nepalese people. The area is far away from the city life. The majestic mountains, fresh air, welcoming locals, rare wildlife, traditional lifestyle and stunning landscapes are the great attractions of this trek. The trek offers unique trekking experience. People who are seeking for adventures and different trekking experience then the 18 days lower Dolpo trek is the best choice.
Why Welcome Nepal Treks for Lower Dolpo Trekking
Welcome Nepal Treks is a well organized professional trekking company. We offer this 18 days lower Dolpo trekking package at a very reasonable price with the best customer services. Our team serves you with the high quality services. From welcoming customers at the airport till the day of departure, we make sure that our customers are happy, satisfied and comfortable. We organize everything professionally. You should do the lower Dolpo trek with Welcome Nepal Treks for the best trekking experience in Nepal. Our 18 days lower Dolpo trekking package delivers great adventures.
Where is the Lower Dolpo Trek located?
The Lower Dolpo Trek is located in the Dolpa District of western Nepal. Dolpo is a remote and relatively untouched region that lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, resulting in a unique landscape and culture.
Lower Dolpo Trek Elevation and altitude
The highest point of the Lower Dolpo Trek is typically the Kang La Pass. The altitude of the Kang La Pass is approximately 5,240 meters (17,190 feet) above sea level.
Risks during Lower Dolpo Trek
- While the area is incredibly beautiful and culturally rich, trekkers should be aware of the following potential risks and take necessary precautions:
- Altitude Sickness
- Weather and Temperature Changes
- Remote and Limited Services
- Difficult Trails
- Wildlife and Insects
- Cultural Sensitivity
- Permit Regulations
- Avalanche Risk
Distance and Time during Lower Dolpo Trek
The Lower Dolpo Trek typically takes around 16 to 20 days to complete. This includes trekking days, rest days for acclimatization and exploration, and potential buffer days in case of unexpected circumstances. The total distance covered during the Lower Dolpo Trek can vary, but it's generally around 160 to 200 kilometers (100 to 125 miles), depending on the specific route and side trips taken. On average, you might trek for about 5 to 8 hours each day, covering a distance of approximately 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) per day. The pace can vary based on the terrain, altitude, and individual fitness levels.
Drinks on the Lower Dolpo Trek
During the Lower Dolpo Trek, the availability of drinks can vary depending on the villages and lodges along the route. Generally, you can find a range of beverages to quench your thirst and keep you energized throughout the journey. Tea and coffee are commonly offered in most lodges, providing warm comfort in the chilly mountain mornings and evenings. During the Lower Dolpo Trek, the availability of drinks can vary depending on the villages and lodges along the route. Bottled water is available at many places along the trail, but due to environmental concerns, it's recommended to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to treat tap water or natural water sources. Local drinks, like "raksi" (a traditional Nepali distilled alcoholic beverage) and "chang" (fermented millet beer), might be available in some villages, offering a taste of the region's culture. However, consumption of alcoholic beverages at high altitudes can increase the risk of altitude sickness, so moderation is advised. Staying hydrated is crucial during the trek, especially at higher altitudes, to prevent altitude-related issues. Replenishing your fluids with clean water, herbal teas, and local beverages in moderation will not only keep you hydrated but also allow you to savor the unique flavors and experiences of the Lower Dolpo region.
Can I book Private Lower Dolpo Trek?
Yes, you can definitely book a private Lower Dolpo Trek through us. Welcome Nepal Treks offer customized trekking packages, including private treks, to suit your preferences, schedule, and requirements. You can tailor the itinerary, pace, and accommodations according to your preferences and needs. Private treks often come with a dedicated guide and support staff, ensuring that you receive personalized attention, assistance, and guidance throughout the journey. Having a private trek means you can trek at your own pace, enjoy a quieter experience, and have more control over your travel environment.
Can I join the Group on Lower Dolpo Trek?
Yes, you can join a group trek to Lower Dolpo organized by us. Welcome Nepal Treks offer scheduled group treks to popular trekking destinations, including Lower Dolpo We have pre-planned itineraries for group treks, ensuring that you can follow a well-organized and efficient route. For joining a group trek, you can directly contact us, then we will provide you with details about upcoming group treks, including departure dates, group size, cost, and the services included in the package.
What is the Cost of the Lower Dolpo Trek?
The cost of 18 days lower dolpo trek can vary based on several factors, including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the 18 days lower dolpo trek at a very reasonable price. We offer this adventurous and splendid 18 days lower dolpo trek package around $2200 -$2400 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, meals, guides and everything mentioned in the package with all meals.
Lower Dolpo Trek Booking and Payment Policies
If you want to book the lower dolpo trek with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.
Trip extension after Lower Dolpo Trek
If you have completed the lower dolpo trek in Nepal and wish to extend your trip, there are several exciting options available to explore more of the country's natural beauty and cultural wonders. Here are some popular trip extensions you can consider:
- Gosainkunda Trek
- Helambu Trek
- Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Chitwan National Park
- Manaslu circuit trek
- Upper and lower mustang trek
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath
- Trishuli, bhotekoshi rafting
- Mardi Himal trek
- Tlicho lake trek
ATM and money exchange service during Lower Dolpo Trek
Lower Dolpo is a remote and less-developed region in Nepal, and access to modern facilities like ATMs and money exchange services is limited. It's important to be well-prepared in terms of finances before embarking on the trek. Since ATM and card services are not widely available, it's advisable to carry enough Nepalese Rupees (NPR) in cash to cover your expenses during the trek. If you're arriving in Nepal through Kathmandu or other major cities, you can exchange your currency for Nepalese Rupees before heading to Lower Dolpo. These larger cities have better money exchange facilities.
Laundry facilities during Lower Dolpo Trek
Laundry facilities during the Lower Dolpo Trek are quite limited. Most trekking lodges and teahouses along the Lower Dolpo Trek do not have proper laundry facilities. The focus of these lodges is on providing basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. In some places, you might have the option to hand wash your clothes yourself using a bucket or basin. However, this is not always guaranteed, and it depends on the lodge's facilities. Due to the limited laundry options, it's a good idea to carry enough trekking clothes to last you for the duration of the trek. Quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabrics can be particularly useful.