Lower Dolpo Trek - 18 Days

Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the most exciting and challenging treks situated in the western hills of Nepal, which allows the trekkers to experience the real adventures of trekking on an off-the-beaten path, composed of steep sloppy hills. Lower Dolpo Trek is packed with amazing gifts of nature, including Shey Phoksundo Lake and also boasts of the pre-Buddhism Bon Po culture.

The 18-day Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj. Juphal is the starting point for this trek. You trek through semi-desert region combined with densely forested path filled with pine, rhododendrons, bamboo, and juniper trees along with trails made up of huge meadows, brown landscape, and terraced colorful fields. Admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, you also enter the beautiful Shey Phoksundo National Park, inhabited by endangered animals like snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, and so on. The trekkers also traverse through two high passes: Numa La (5360m), the highest point of the trek, and Baga La (5070m). Both these passes offer extraordinary views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Tibetan ranges—Kugung La and Khyung La. During summer, we can see the caravans of yaks and sheep heading towards their destination. Another highlight of the trek includes the pristine turquoise Phoksundo Lake, split between rocks that rise 2000m into the clear mountain skies. The Dolpo region is populated by Tibetan and Magar people who still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. The trek also includes visits to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bon Po shrines surrounding the Phoksundo Lake. All in all, Lower Dolpo Trek is ideal for those trekkers who love wild adventures.

Outline Itinerary :-

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
  • Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
  • Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 07: Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 08: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hours
  • Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
  • Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft): 6-7 hours walk
  • Day 11: Cross Numa La pass (5,190m/17,023ft), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 12: Cross Baga La pass (5,070m/16,630ft), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hours
  • Day 13: Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hours
  • Day 14: Hike to Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hours walk
  • Day 16: Shyanta to Jhupal
  • Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Final departure.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All the airport transfers by private vehicles.
  • Good hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary, (return after the trek).
  • Medical kit (carried by your Trekking Guide)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you do the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic, non alcoholic drinks and dessert.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Lower Dolpo Trek is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Lower Dolpo Trek?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 5,190m/17,023ft. This is the elevation of Numa La pass. This is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Lower Dolpa Trek ?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • 5,554m/18,192ft
  • Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

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