About Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek offers a spectacular trail through a mix of forest and arid countryside in the rain shadow behind the Dhaulagiri range. Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is sum of exceptional trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. We also cross two high passes- Numa La and Baga La-and reflect on life amidst the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake.

Dolpo trekking begins with flights to lowland Nepalgunj and then to the high village of Juphal before an easy walk down to the trading town of Dunai. Lower Dolpo trekking from Dunai follows an ancient trade route to Tibet. It is still in use by yak caravans. It gradually ascends through narrow valleys and gorges, past Tarakot (a former regional capital) to the broad, fertile Tarap Valley. An acclimatisation day at Do offers a unique opportunity to discover the local culture and mountain Buddhist culture.

From the northern end of this valley, the trail turns westwards and summits two 5000m passes, with an overnight stop between them. This tough route offers spectacular high views of pristine alpine valleys. Beyond the passes, the trail climbs high above the Phoksundo Khola Valley floor, passing Nepal’s highest waterfall. This has cut through the debris of an ancient landslide that dammed the Phoksundo Khola to form the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake just beyond the village of Ringmogaon. Spend a day exploring this region: the village; the White Chholing Monastery; and walk along the narrow cliff-side trail on the route to Inner Dolpo and Shey Gompa. A two day walk down the forested Phoksundo Khola Valley leads back to the path to Juphal.

Lower Dolpo Trek is sum of exceptional trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. The 18-day trek starts with a stunning flight to Jhupal via Nepalgunj and begins our trek through remote locations admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. Dolpo trekking is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced.

The best time to trek to Lower Dolpo Trek

Beginning of August till the end of October is the best time to trek in Dolpo Trek. Temperature is ideal during this time of the year. During this time of the year, the entire forests throughout the trials of Dolpo bloom at its best with colorful flowers and the clear blue skies present immaculate and matchless Himalayan views. If you are planning a soft trek in Dolpo, March and April also can be a perfect time but heading high to the elevated passes during March and April may not be a good idea because of the snowy trail through the passes.

Lower Dolpo Trek takes you on a trail that skirts through ancient villages where people still follow old traditions and customs. We can see the beautiful pine forest, oak and juniper inhabited by endangered animals like the Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep and snow leopard . We can also see the snowy peaks and mountains mesmerize us with their beauty.

Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek

  • Experience and witness of the age-old Bon-Buddhist practices in different monasteries.
  • Trek to the pristine Shey Phoksundo (3611 meters) alongside with an entry to the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • Amazing experience walking in the desert-like rainshadow area of the lower Dolpo region.
  • Enticing views of Yak Caravan and got to walk on the ancient salt trade route.
  • Discover the sight of diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Outline Itinerary

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  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation day
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (152m/498ft) and transfer to Hotel
  • Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft) 35 min flight and about 3 hrs trek.
  • Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft) about 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft) about 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 07: Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft) about 5 hrs trek.
  • Day 08: Trek from Laini to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft) about 7-8 hrs Trek
  • Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
  • Day 10: Trek from Do Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft) about 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 11: Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft) pass and camp at Baga La Phedi(4465m/14,645 ft) about 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 12: Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) Pass and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) about 6 hrs trek
  • Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) about 3-4 hrs
  • Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo village in Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Shyangta (2520m/8265 ft) about 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 16: Trek from Shyangta to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft) about 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 17: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and another flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Final departure
  • All airport pick up and drop off.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing escorted with guide by car.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (Lower Dolpa Restricted Area Permit )
  • Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Juphal to Nepalgunj and back to kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with tea / coffee) during the trek.
  • All mountain accommodation and tented camp
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide
  • Trekking cook, kitchen boy, assistant guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (1 porter between two trekkers)
  • Guide, cook and support staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Trekking equipment such as sleeping bag, walking poles, trekking map and duffel bag.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepal visa and International flight
  • Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast at hotel.
  • Guided sightseeing and monuments entrance fees while on sightseeing.
  • Alcoholic drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Personal expenses such as toiletries,laundry bar bills during the trek
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Tips and gratitude for guide and porters.
  • All other extra expenses which is not mentioned on cost include section.

Useful Information

Important to note, please visit our Equipments check list. Altitude Mountain Sickness section for additional details of what you need to bring on trek as well as prevent about AMS. Trekking Plus top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips.

Our top priority is the Safety and Security of our customers and staffs during all of our trips. Trekking Plus field crews bring normal first aid kits on all of our tours, which is readily available for both customers and staff but we will recommend you to bring first aid kits yourself from your country because Nepalese medicine some time does not work properly. We are constantly in communication with our field office and monitor all aspects of government and weather issues that might affect your trip. Also, we are always available 24 hours emergency contact.

Drinking water

We will get mineral and boiled water along the trekking routes which is also an additional cost. We discourage not to buy Mineral bottle water but use boiled water from the local lodges and put water purify tablets. Plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem in mountains.

What to take

Trekking Plus offers you a Trekking maps as a complementary and Company T-shirt.Trekking Plus would suggest you to pack as lightly as possible when you are on mountain. We provide one porter between two trekkers to carry your trekking gears. You will be carried your valuable things in a day pack by your own and your other bags will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag which we provided. Porter carries about 25 KG from 2 trekkers. You can store you’re your luggage which you are not going to use it on trek can leave in Kathmandu Hotel which is free of cost. Please visit our FAQS for more details. 

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