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.