Lower Dolpo Trek

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 18
  • Max-Altitude: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass
  • Best Season: Spring (February – May) and Autumn (September – November)
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min. 2 – Max. 12
  • Breakfast: Meal | Breakfast
  • Diffculty: Moderate to Strenuous
Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek takes you to Dolpo’s unexpected natural beauty captured in the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Caravan’. Trekking in the Lower Dolpo Region, you can enjoy unspoiled natural beauty, pristine mountain ranges, the purest Shey-Phoksundo Lake, arid landscapes, high passes, ancient sacred monasteries, traditional villages, Yak caravans, ancient culture, rural Himalayan lifestyle and camping.

Your trek to Lower Dolpo starts after flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal in the Dolpa district. Then, you walk to various traditional villages, trek to Shey-Phoksundo Lake, step along the Tarap valley, stroll along the Bheri River and pass Jeng La Pass. You visit Yangze Gompa, observe Buddhist culture and enjoy rural hospitality.

During your journey, you visit the Dolpo Region – out of the world. Opened up for tourism in 1989, Lower Dolpo Region Trek offers you unforgettable adventures in your life – Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Sisne, Mt. Kanjirowa, Lake Phoksundo, Tibetan plateau, yak caravans and over 130 Gompas. You pass through Himalayan passes, reach Dho-Tarap – one of the highest settlements on earth, meet Himalayan people (Tibetan origin), observe their Buddhist culture, visit Gompas and feel the warmth of organic hospitality.

Also, you trek in the Shey-Phoksundo National Park – the country’s largest conservation area, accompanied by natural flora and fauna, see several species of birds and animals, may encounter Himalayan sheep, musk deer, jackals and snow leopards.

Do not feel shocked seeing growing crops, animal husbandry and trading at this higher altitude. In Dolpo, crops (mainly barley) can be grown once a year. In some lower villages, we see people growing buckwheat, oilseed, potato and radish. You will explore the harsh life of the Dolpali people.

Book your Lower Dolpo Trek with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.

 

 


  • Witness Dolpo’sextraordinary natural beauty captured in the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Caravan’.
  • Touch and feel lake Phoksundo’s sparkling turquoise water
  • Reach Dho-Tarap valley – one of the highest settlements on earth
  • One of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal
  • Meet Himalayan people and their lifestyle, observe Buddhist monasteries, architecture and traditions
  • Slightly easier, safer, economical (time & money) than Everest Base Camp Trip
  • Average physical fitness trekkers can easily accomplish
  • Well-experienced licensed guides, strong porters and supportive crew members
  • Physically less challenging journey, and heavenly natural pleasure – Collect lifetime experiences
  • One of the most satisfying treks among all destinations in Nepal

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet our representative. He/she will greet you and drive to our luxury Nepali authentic restaurant and assist you to check-in at Thamel. So, please keep your eyes on someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal.

In the evening, we arrange a short introduction meeting. You will meet your guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

We offer you a welcome dinner and you simply take a rest at the restaurant. Overnight, you stay at our restaurant and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip to Lower Dolpo Trek.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, you are going to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley Tour – the city full of World Heritage Sites, Nepali culture and many more to explore.

Early morning, we offer you a warm breakfast and your sightseeing starts with our city guide. At first, you visit Pashupatinath Temple – the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, then move to Boudhanath Stupa – the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world. After that, we drive you to Patan Durbar Square. In addition, we take you to Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hilltop also nick-named as monkey temple. Finally, we come to Kathmandu Durbar Square, observe Kumari Temple (living goddess temple), Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak streets and more.

Your exciting city tour finishes in the evening. You take a delicious dinner and take a rest collecting energy for the upcoming adventure.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Your Upper Dolpo Trek starts today. We catch an early flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj – one of the main cities and business hubs of Nepal. After a flight of around 30 minutes, we land at Nepalgunj airport. Then, we drive you to the guesthouse. You visit some interesting places in Nepalgunj.

Overnight, we stay here in Nepalgunj.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Having warm breakfast early in the morning, we drive you to the Nepalgunj airport and catch a flight to the Dolpo region. After a scenic mountain flight of half an hour, we land at Juphal airport – the only airport in the Dolpo region.

From Juphal airport, we walk passing farmland, and then along the bank of the Bheri River. Further, strolling on the narrow gorges for a few hours, we reach Dunai – the administrative headquarters of Dolpa district.

In the evening, you can explore and enjoy the Dolpali lifestyle, culture and habitat. Overnight, we stay here at Dunai.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, after an early meal, we trek along the south bank of the river. We head upstream following the trail and deep gorges, crossing suspension bridges and passing through isolated villages.

Finally, Tarakot greets us with colorful terraced fields and traditional beautiful houses. The Tarakot village sits on a hillock to the south of the Bheri River. Overnight, we stay at Tarakot.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

After early breakfast, we resume our trek from Tarakot to Laini. We follow the Tarap River upstream, cross a suspension bridge. While having lunch sitting on an open space, you can see Sandul Gompa on the east of Tarakot and an intersection of Baglung Khola and Tarap Chu River.

After a few hours of ups and downs and passing through terraced farmland and rural villages, we reach Laini. Overnight, we stay at a camp here.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Having a warm breakfast in the morning, we resume yesterday’s trek following the gorge of the Tarap River. As we move further, the valley gorge becomes narrower. Then, we go down to Chyugur Khola. Continuing our trek further, we reach Nawarpani and set a camp for shelter.

 

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, our trek crosses through Kamattarka – the intersection of the Tarap Chu River and Lang Khola. Then, we walk by a narrow gorge and pass through juniper bushes, wild roses and dry inner Himalayan valleys.

A further walk for about 3 hours, we reach Dho Tarap – the mainly inhabited by the Magars and a few Tibetans.

Overnight, we stay here at Dho Tarap.

 

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, we take rest, acclimatize and explore Dho Tarap. ‘Dho Tarap’ means ‘lower end of the valley’ in the Tibetan language.

At Dho Tarap, we see a cluster of houses surrounded by crop fields. Also, trek up to the Ribo Bhumpa Gompa above the village. Inside the chorten, you can see paintings representing both Bompo and Nyingma traditions. From Nyingma Gompa, you can have an excellent view of the Tarap valley.

Also, this night, we spend here at Dho Tarap.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, we walk passing the wide valley to the narrow gorges. Further, we pass through juniper bushes and wild roses.  In the afternoon, we reach the intersection of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola.

We continue trekking and reach Tokyu village. We observe this village and continue our trek descending for about 3 hours. Finally, we reach Numa La Base Camp. We set up a camp and stay overnight here.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, be ready for one of the longest and most difficult days during your trek. After warm morning breakfast, we head towards Numa La Pass and cross it. From the ridge of Numa La, you can witness outstanding views of surrounding landscapes – from an incredible Dolpo mountain to the Dhaulagiri.

From Numa La, we drop to Baga La Bhedi, set up a camp and stay there overnight.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Our trek from Baga La Pass starts after taking early breakfast. We reach the top of the Baga La ridge and witness astonishing scenes of surrounding landscapes and snow-capped mountains such as Kanjirowa in distance. After spending some time at Baga La ridge, we go down for about 3 hours to reach Dajok Tang. Overnight, we stay here.

 

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, we have a comparatively short trek to complete. After early breakfast, we leave Dajok and pass through alpine forests. Then, we pass by pastures and farmland. With a few ups and downs, we reach Ringmo – our today’s final destination.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

We enjoy our delicious breakfast at Laini admiring the magnificent vista of the rushing waterfall. The trek today starts in Laini and climbs to a low pass and rocky canyon before descending to the Tilba Khola waterfall. We ascend another slope from here, and then drop to Chyugur Khola and cross the suspension bridges to reach Nawarpani.

We spend the night in the Nawarpani setting up a camp.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Today, we follow the track downhill to Chepka. From Chepka, we follow the route with massive hanging rocks. After crossing some rural villages, we climb to Shyangta.

Overnight, we stay at Shyangta.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Early in the morning, we leave Shyangta and follow the trail upwards Sulighat. From atop the ridge at Sulighat, you can witness vivid views of mountain ranges upside in distance and Juphal airport at the bottom. After a few hours descend, we reach Juphal. You can explore the market, observe the local lifestyle there and take a rest.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

Early in the morning, we fly back to Nepalgunj from Juphal in Dolpa. During 30 minutes flights, you can see the Himalayan foothills, pristine mountain views, rolling hills, green forests and human settlements.

When we land at the Nepalgunj airport, if time allows based on the flight schedule to Kathmandu, we take a rest and have something at a luxurious hotel.

Finally, we catch our flight to Kathmandu and land at TIA. We transfer you to your Hotel.

You can take a rest or explore the streets and markets in Kathmandu. Even you can enjoy various cuisines at different restaurants in Thamel – the No. 1 tourist city in Nepal.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight.

  • Hikking Info: 18
  • Max: 5,160m/16928ft. Kang La pass

What's Included


  • Trekking Permits
  • TIMS Card
  • Necessary Permit and Monuments Entrance Fees
  • Guide (Government-licensed Trekking Guide for all-round support)
  • Porter (Logistic Support)
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Tea or Coffee)
  • City Accommodation (Normal, 3-Star and 5-Star Hotels)
  • Transportation in Cars or Jeeps (During your Trip)
  • All airport transfers 
  • Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast
  • Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu
  • All airport taxes
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry your luggage
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner of your choice
  • Supplementary snacks: energy  bar and cookies
  • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every day 
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Accommodation:  Lodge
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • Oxi-meter: To check heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Trekking Route map printed T-Shirts

What's Excluded


  • International Flight Fare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Hot  and bottled drinks
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Hot shower
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Tipping

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    • April 21st, 2022

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