Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

20 Days Dolpo Region Moderate Trekking

Lower Dolpo trek is a less known trek route of Nepal compared to other trekking routes. But the adventure and thrills of walking on the off-beaten road are quite extreme in this trek. Lower Dolpo trek routes were opened for foreigners in the year of 1982.The 18-day Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj. Juphal is the starting point for this trek.The majority of people living in this area belong to the Chettri Community. Other communities found here are Gurung, Sherpa, and Magar. Most of the people here are the followers of Hindu and Buddhist religions.
Lower Dolpo trek routes are also known as the hidden treasure of Nepal. You will be traveling through remote villages, ancient monasteries, wildlife, and many more.
Furthermore, this is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. While on the trek, we get to muse at the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet. Lower Dolpo trekking also passes through ancient villages like Do-Tarap with traditional Tibetan stone house clusters, local fields surrounded by beautiful monasteries, and high passes like Numa-La (5,290M) and Baga-La (5,175M) which add up to some adventures in this trek.


Lower Dolpo Trek

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Highlights & Attractions

  • Trek in the remote areas of the Himalayas
  • Reach a pristine and mesmerizing turquoise and the deepest Phoksundo lake
  • Ancient monasteries, Chorten, Manis and Prayer wheels
  • Stunning landscapes, wild animals, slient region
  • Traditional Tibetan lifestyle villages
  • Walkthrough Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Explore Tarap Valley together with thrilling passes of Numa-La and Baga-La.Travel to the rain-shadow area with its mysterious land.
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Trip Itinerary

Flight to Kathmandu from different cities

Arrival at Kathmandu airport (usually in the afternoon) already marks our entry into another world... Customs formalities, baggage collection and welcome by our local French-speaking guide. Crossing the city to the hotel already offers a first discovery of the bustling and colorful capital of Nepal. Buses, trucks, bicycles and sacred cows crisscross in a friendly chaos... Depending on the arrival time, visit the surrounding area or simply settle in and rest at the hotel before your dinner at the hotel. In case of early arrival in Kathmandu, lunch will be included in the program.


Free time 
Accommodation: In Hotel 

Transfer to the airport in the afternoon then one-hour flight to Nepalgunj (280m); we take big plane of around 70 seats. Nepalgunj is a non-tourist town of 60,000 inhabitants. Nepalgunj is an important business center for many regions as it is located in the western part of Nepal, near the Indian Border. Hot and often humid climate.
Night at the hotel Note: on a clear day, beautiful view to the right of the plane of Manaslu, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri.


Accommodation: in hotel.

Early in the morning we take the flight of 35-minutes to Juphal from Nepalgunj. The first day of our trekking journey starts and we meet our Nepali staffs. We descend through local villages and terraced fields to the Bheri River. Around 3 hours of walk by paasing through riverside and the Roop Ghar with water mill, we arrive at the capital city of the Dolpo region at Dunai village.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: Between 3h and 4h
Accommodation : in tents 

We walk passing the beautiful landscapes, across deep gorges, hanging bridges, and isolated villages as we climb over the hill. We walk at the bank of Thuli pheri river. As we continue to trek further, we can see the dry stones and cultivating colorful terraced field of Tarakot, which is known an old fortress town located on a hillock to the south of Bheri River. We camp at a lonely a tiny community of remote village at Tarakot village.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: Between 5h30 to 6h
Accommodation : in tents 

We follow the trail of Lower Dolpo Trek Route which follow the southern bank of Bheri reiver and Tarap Chu River with open valley. We cross the main river alongside the Bharbung khola. Reaching Sandul Gompa, which is situated between the Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu Rivers. You will keep strolling through communities and farms with terrace. We can see the magnificent views of Putha Hiunchuli (7246) and Churen Himal Range, To get to Laina Odar, we have to descend several times.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: Between 4h30 to 5h
Accommodation : in tents 

We hike a hard trail through the deep gorge of Tarap River, the valley narrows into a canyon as you go on, making it possible to jump from one side to the other with ease. You will eventually arrive at Chyugur Khola after completing difficult ascents and descents. And after the trail becomes relatively open and easy as we move further. We reach Nawarpani for the camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: Between 6h30 to 7h
Accommodation : in tents 

Move alongside the bank of Tarap River, we gradually climb towards Kamattarka, which is the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, after leaving Nawarpani. We pass through or enter in the forest path full of wild rose shrubs and juniper trees. We arrive at one of the importrant village which was famous for the trading in the old days with Tibet and Mustang. Dho Tarap is a wonderful village surrounded by stone walls and the people from her practice the old religion Bon Po. This is the meeting point of Lower and Upper Dolpo trek, who pass to Mustang region.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: Between 6h30 to 7h
Accommodation : in tents 

As we are above the 3500 meters height, we start to talk about altitude sickness, to avoid this sickness. We stay for the two nights in the same camp, which means we acclimatize our body with the high altitude. We do this kind of acclimitize in every region trekking region of Nepal, for exemple, at Annapurna (Manang), Khumbu (Namche Bazar) and Manaslu (Sama gaon). At the same time, we recuperation and discover Dho Tarap village, where is lots of things to see and visit, like the monastrey near the area and take opportunity to learn and understand the local culture, life style of local people, traditions. Mostly peole practice Bon Po and Chaiba (Nyigmapa) religions. They have their own customs and wear Yak wools clothing, tibetain clothes, hats and boots. One of the best and famous village to stay in Dolpo trek. We can take rest and washes some clothes as well.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Accommodation : in tents 

We follow the path of real Lower Dolpo trek moving alongside of upper Tarap valley and beutiful river of Tarap Chu river. We asends uphill towards Tokyu, traditional village wit old-fashioned tibetain sytlish houses. We cross a bridge to Khanger. We can see the Chaiba secte monastery in this area. We attack to climb to reach Numa La Base Camp, where we pass our night.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time : 4h30 to 5h
Accommodation : in tents 

This day is important, hard and long day, the day we attack more over than 5000m. We ascend through steep trail up on top of endless ridges on the rugged and rough trail. Once we reach the top, we are rewarded with the extraordinary views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Churen Himal Range along with Norbung Kang (6085m). And we descends after the pass towards Gyamblo khola and arrive our camp Danighar.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time : 6h30 to 7h
Accommodation : in tents 

The second pass of the trek above 5000m. We leave Danighar and ascends towards the pass of Bagla Bhanjyang (5214m). The top of the pass offers sacred Chortens with a majestic view of Norbung Kang (6085m) and Once more, the view of the desert terrain, Mt. Kanjirowa in the distance. We descends to our camp for the night at Yak kharka, which is know as Bagala Base Camp as well. Happy to finish the difficult days.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time : 6h to 6h30
Accommodation : in tents 

The Lower Dolpo Trekking Trail is mostly through alpine greenery and luxuriant pine trees. We descends to the village of Ringmo passing through the forested path full of lush vegetation of oaks, pines, junipers, and cypress. Shey Phoksundo is know as Ringomo gaon as well, which is a famous Bon settlement in Dolpo region. We can observe magnificent view of lake with turquoise colour. We camp at the bank of the lake.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time : 5h to 5h30
Accommodation : in tents 

We take another day off from trekking and utilize this day to explore Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. Phoksundo Lake is a beautiful turquoise color lake which is also considered the deepest lake in Nepal. We can get the scenic view of Ringmo village from the Lake. We explore nearby the Ringmo village and go to visit Tshowa (Bon Monastery), built 900 years ago. We also come across many beautiful glaciers above the lake area. Overnight at tented camp in Shey Phoksundo Lake.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Accommodation : in tents 

We descends towards Chhepka. While descending, we can see the magnificent view of waterfall. The Lower Dolpo Trekking Trail will continue on from here and will pass through various settlements as it follows a huge overhanging cliff. The trail then goes through forest area of pines and birches towards Rechi. With a gradual uphill and downhill climb through the trail, we finally arrive in Chhepka.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 5h30 to 6h
Accommodation : in tents 

The last day of the hike, feeling happy to return back little bit in civilisation. We hike throught Sulighat, Shyanta and kageni village. We trek through a forested path that leads us to the check point of Shey Phoksundo National Park. We then cross the metal suspension bridge over Dhim Khola and make our asends way to Juphal, trekking along the narrow path and beautiful fields of barley and wheat. When you get to Juphal, you will rest up and spend the evening exploring its market. You will spend the night at a Juphal tea house.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Walking time: 5h30 to 6h
Accommodation : in lodge

Flight early in the morning to Nepalgunj from Juphal and upon reaching at Nepalgunj, we catch our next flight back to Kathmandu in the same day. We transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu and leave for the rest and visit yourself.


Free time
Breakfast included.
Accommodation : In Hotel 

You can visit Kathmandu famous monuments and shopping for the family and friends.
We keep an extra day in case, the flight gets canceled due to bad weather condition or delayed due to some reasons. We put one more extra day in our itinerary.


Free time
Breakfast included.
Accommodation : In Hotel 

Flight back to the destination.


Breakfast included. 

Arrival at the destination

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Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the mountains (dinner, breakfast and lunch)
  • 3 nights city accommodation (Kathmandu) with breakfast.
  • All transportation, including airport pickup and drop-off.
  • All the required domestic fights
  • Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes
  • French-speaking guide, assistants guides (1 assis. for 4 guests), Porters (1 porter for 2 customers)
  • First aid medical kit (Your guide will carry the medical kit but we also advise you to bring it for your own use)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese team insurance
  • Welcome dinner & Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at immigration at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (approximately 50 USD) per person per month (For this trek 15 days of visa is enough)
  • Location of trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Shower, Wi-Fi, cell phone pill charging and device
  • Unexpected costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • insurance
  • International flight

What is the Lower Dolpo trek?

The Lower Dolpo trek is a trekking route in the Dolpo region of Nepal, offering a glimpse into the unique culture, landscapes, and wilderness of the area.

When is the best time to do the Lower Dolpo trek?

The best time to undertake the Lower Dolpo trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable and the landscapes are at their most beautiful.

Is a special permit required for the Lower Dolpo trek?

Yes, similar to the Upper Dolpo trek, a special restricted area permit is required for the Lower Dolpo trek, as it is located in a restricted region of Nepal. This permit can be obtained through a registered trekking agency.

What is the difficulty level of the Lower Dolpo trek?

The Lower Dolpo trek is considered moderately challenging, with some steep ascents and descents, as well as high altitude sections. Trekkers should have a reasonable level of fitness and prior trekking experience.

Are there altitude-related concerns on the Lower Dolpo trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Lower Dolpo trek, especially at higher elevations. Trekkers should acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness.

What kind of accommodation is available on the Lower Dolpo trek?

Accommodation on the Lower Dolpo trek mainly consists of camping in tents, as there are limited teahouses or lodges along the route. Trekkers should be prepared for basic camping conditions.