Slightly less strenuous than our sister trek in the wild Dolpo region (see Upper Dolpo trek), this is still a tough hike for more experienced walkers only, due to the extremely rugged nature of the terrain.
The whole of Dolpo is situated in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, 400 km west of Kathmandu.
This is a rich and diverse area lying west of the Kali Gandaki valley, just behind the Dhaulagiri massif in mid-western Nepal.
The Dolpo region, home to many rare and endangered animal species including the snow leopard, musk deer and blue sheep, has only been open to foreigners since 1989.
One of the many highlights of this trek is the flat upper valley, containing several interesting villages inhabited by Magyar and Gurung people. There are also several Buddhist and Bon temples along the way.
This 14-day itinerary allows trekkers to take a more leisurely pace – and provides insurance against bad weather.
Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu – transported toHOTEL – tour briefing
Day 02 : A full-day sightseeing within the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 : Transported to airport – fly Nepalgunj (1 hour) – transported to hotel
Day 04 : Transported to airport – fly Juphal – trek Hanke (2660 m)
Day 05 : Hanke/Samduwa
Day 06 : Phoksumdo Lake (3600 m)
Day 07 : Rest at Lake Phoksumdo
Day 08 : Cross Baga La (5090 m) and camp on the opposite side
Day 09 : Numla base camp
Day 10 : Cross Numla (5190 m), then trek down to Dho Tarap (4040 m)
Day 11 : Rest at Dho Tarap
Day 12 : Big cave (3600 m)
Day 13 : Lahini (3200 m)
Day 14 : Tarakot (2800 m)
Day 15 : Dunai (2150 m)
Day 16 : Jhupal (2500 m)
Day 17 : Fly Kathmandu – transported to hotel
Day 18 : Free time in Kathmandu
Day 19: Transported to airport – flight to onward destination