Lower Dolpo Trek

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17 Days
Mar - May , Sep - Dec
Max Altitude: 5190m
Camping / Teahouse
Trail Length: 135 Km

Lower Dolpo Trek Overview

Experience the high mountain passes and yak caravans

Lower Dolpo Trek is an adventurous trip in the remote parts of Western Nepal. The trek starts from Juphal which is accessible by flight from Nepalgunj. Before heading towards Nepalgunj the trekkers explore UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. From Juphal, the trek along the beautiful Shey-Phoksundo National park gives any trekkers a heavenly feeling. The major highlights of the trip include Shey-Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal and two adventurous high mountain passes-Numa La pass (5190 m) and Baga La pass (5316 m). The lower Dolpo region became popular after an Oscar-nominated movie Caravan that depicts the remote mountain life and natural beauty of the region. One of the most interesting parts of the trip is witnessing the rituals of the locals that still follow Bon-Po religion which is said to have been in existence before Buddhism.

The Yak caravans on the remote lower Dolpo trails is a fantastic sight for any traveler. These caravans give any trekker the clue of salt trading with Tibet and the hardships of Himalayan community. As Lower Dolpo Trek is less travelled destination among the trekkers, it is a highly recommended trek for peace lovers and wanderers. Further, the fascinating views of mountain ranges such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Numa La Pass and Baga La Pass are another important highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek.

Suggested Itinerary

DAY 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Our representative will pick you up at the international airport and drive you to the hotel. After then we will take a meandering evening walk through Kathmandu’s heritage sites, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together.

DAY 2Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today you will spend the day discovering medieval Kathmandu. Venture into Pashupatinath and visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa, the Boudhanath Stupa. Later after noon we will visit monkey temple and then stroll around durbar squares in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel near Thamel.

DAY 3Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Today you will take a flight to Nepalgunj which is one of the major city of Nepal. In Nepalgunj you will explore the plains of terai and discover the unique lifestyle. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

DAY 4Nepalgunj to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 4 hours

You will take a 45 minutes long morning flight to Jhuphal airstrip. Jhuphal lies in the foothill of the himalayas offering stunning mountain views of Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri on the north. Our real trek begins from here through the terraced fields and along the narrow gorge of Bheri river. You will continue trekking forward and get to the town of Dunai, where you will explore the village and see the unique lifestyle of this timeless land. You will stay overnight in Dunai.

DAY 5 Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hours

You will continue trekking further from Dunai upstream along the Bheri river. Today you will trek through a trail made above the river about 8 meters high. Along the trail today you will be accompanied by deep gorges, suspension bridges and scattered villages. Trekking further through the beautiful cultivated lands you will reach Tarakot. You will stay overnight in Tarakot.

Day 6Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hours

You will trek further along Tarap Chu river cross it twice and reach the junction of another river Barbung. The junction is important religious shrine where lies Sandul Gompa. Afterwards you will trek further through the beautiful cultivated lands and scattered settlements and reach the village of Laini for staying overnight.

DAY 7Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5-6 hours

Today you will trek further above the river Tarap and continue through the narrow gorge until reaching Chyugur Khola. You will trek further to Nawarpani for staying overnight.

DAY 8Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hours

You will continue trekking up to Kamattarka where the river Tarap Chu and Lang Khola confluence. Afterwards you will cross a narrow gorge and enter the valley of wild rose and juniper bushes. Trekking further for few hours you will enter the village of Do Tarap. The village is walled by irregular stones and inhabits mostly Magar etnic community. You can observe unique culture of Bon Po and Chaiba religion. You will stay overnight in Do Tarap.

DAY 9Rest Day

Today you will spend the day in Do Tarap village exploring the monasteries and observing the local lifestyle. You will see the Tibetan culture in the community of Do Tarap village. Later in the day your guide will take you to see the homespun clothing in a local house. You will stay overnight in Do Tarap village.

DAY 10Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft): 6-7 hours walk

You will trek further from Do Tara village through the alpine meadows extending across the Tarap Chu river. Trekking few hours gazing at the amazing mountain vistas you will reach the village of Tokyo. You will venture into the Chiba monastery and continue to Numa La Base Camp for staying overnight.

DAY 11Numa La Pass (5,190m/17,023ft) to Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft): 6-7 hours

Today you will cross Numa La Pass at 5190m, from the pass you can see outstanding views of mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m and rocky mountains of Dolpo. After then you will descend down to Pelung Tang and stay overnight in a camp.

DAY 12Pelung Tang to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hours

Today you will climb steep up and cross Baga La Pass at (5,070m/16,630ft). From the pass you can get incredible views of dry landscape and distant view of mount Kanjirowa. After then you will descend down to Dajok Tang for staying overnight.

Day 13Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hours

On this day you will trek through beautiful landscape with low ascends and descends. You can see beautiful alpine vegetation throughout the trail. Trekking few hours you will reach the village of Ringmo. Later in the day you will explore this traditional Tibetan village. You will stay overnight in Ringmo.

Day 14Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake

Today is one of the most rewarding day of your trek. You will hike to Phoksundo lake and camp overnight on its shore. You can see yak caravans through the Ringmo on a distant remote mountain trail. Many of the areas of this region was filmed on hollywood movie ‘Caravan’. Rest of the day you will explore around this serene lake. You will stay overnight camping in Phoksundo.

DAY 15Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hours walk

Today you will trek down to Check village through a big overhanging rock. During the trek your guide will tell you about interesting medicinal herbs found in this region. Afterwards you will trek up to Shyanta village for staying overnight.

DAY 16Shyanta to Jhuphal

Today you will trek towards Jhuphal through the beautiful birch forest. You will continue trekking atop a ridge from where you can see spectacular view Jhuphal village below. You will trek further to Jhuphal village and stay overnight.

DAY 17Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

You will leave the Jhuphal early morning on a twin otter flight to Nepalgunj. You will take another flight to Kathmandu and drive to your hotel. In the evening your guide will invite you for the farewell dinner from Trek Around Himalayas.

Lower Dolpo Trek Includes

  • Airport pick up/ drop in comfortable private vehicle
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu heritage city tour
  • All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle as per itinerary
  • Tea House twin sharing accommodation during the trek
  • All Meals breakfast, Lunch and dinner with tea and coffee
  • One English speaking, highly experienced trekking guide with government-license
  • Porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers : 1 porter) – their expenses including salary, food, accommodation, accident insurance, equipment
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • TIMS Fee-trekker’s management system (2 pp size photo needed)
  • Domestic flight from kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Dunai
  • Duffel bag, Down Jacket and sleeping only for trekking use
  • First aid medicine kit box
  • Necessary Govt. and local tax
  • Office service charge

Lower Dolpo Trek Excludes

  • Nepalese Visa fee
  • International airfare to Kathmandu and out
  • Personal expenses phone call, bar bills, bottled water,WiFi internet, battery charges
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and dessert
  • Extra night accommodation and meals in city
  • entrance fees in sightseeing point
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips and appreciation for trekking staff and drivers