Trekking in the Dolpo region has only been permitted since mid-1989. The region lies to the west of the Kali Gandaki Valley. Dolpo is located inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park in mid-western Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif and toward the Tibetan plateau. The region offers opportunities to visit ancient villages, traverse high passes, explore beautiful lakes, visit isolated Buddhist monasteries, and experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the area, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf, and the legendary Snow Leopard. This remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal where time has stood still for centuries, with inhabitants of Tibetan stock continuing to live, cultivate, and trade. This trip covers the traditional salt route from Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpo District, to Shey Phoksundo Lake (Nepal’s second-largest lake) and ancient villages of Tibetan civilization.
Highlights of the Lower Dolpa Trek:
Accommodation:We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and camping basis accommodaton during the trek. All rooms (hotel and tented camp) are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Fourteen Summit will arrange full camping gears, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chair, toilet tent, twin-shared basis sleeping tent, mattress and sleeping bag.
All meals will be provided during the camping trekking (We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the camping, where we spend the night and pack lunch on our way to next destination.
Lower Dolpa trek is a modorate trek. Trekkers who can walk up to 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail and basic hiking experience will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the Lower Dolpa trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior to the start. Trekking around Lower Dolpa should be relatively fine for those who have experience in trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trekking. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Fourteen Summit before booking the trek.
The best time for trekking to Lower Dolpa is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip.
Fourteen Summit has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.