Lower Dolpo Trek - 21 Days

About Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the most stimulating and challenging treks in the Himalayas that traverse the western hills of Nepal. During the Lower Dolpo Trekking, you will be traveling in remotest parts of the Himalayas, where you get the ultimate trekking experience and off-the-beaten paths. This trek is composed of the unspoiled nature, stunning Phoksundo Lake, picturesque villages, and rich Tibetan Buddhism & Bon Po cultural heritage.

Opened since 1982 to foreigners, only a handful of travelers have explored the sensational beauty of the Dolpo region. The entire region is under the restricted area of Nepal, which has controlled the tourist flow and preserved the environment of this region. During the Lower Dolpo Trek, you get to be part of a unique lifestyle and culture. Even with the vast difference between people and their lifestyles here, they are the most welcoming ones.

On Lower Dolpo Trekking, you get to see the gorgeous landscape and Himalayan mountains views like Mt. Kanjiroba (6,883 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Norbung Kang (6085m), etc. The trail crosses passes like Numa La (5,159 m) and Baga La (5,190 m) from where you get to see the captivating view of the surrounding. You will visit ancient monasteries and stupas. Lower Dolpo Trek is full of surprises and unpredictability. To know about Lower Dolpo Trek cost or any other information about the package, feel to get in touch with us anytime.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you are looking to extend your venture, then join Upper Dolpo Trek to explore more mysterious corners of the Dolpo region. Other treks like Manaslu Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek are very good options for more adventure. We also offer tailor-made service for Lower Dolpo Trek package that allows you to design Lower Dolpo Trek itinerary as per your requirements.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhupal
  • Trek through fine mountain villages
  • Traverse a very remote part of the Himalayas
  • Observe Tibet Buddhism and Bon Po culture
  • Visit ancient monasteries and stupas
  • Experience a unique lifestyle and practices of the locals
  • Cross Num La Pass and Baga La Pass
  • Explore stunning Phoksundo Lake
  • Witness fantastic scenery and snow-capped Himalayan mountains

Itinerary

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Land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where you can see our team member holding your nameplate near the terminal gate. He will escort you to the hotel. Relax and unpack. In the evening, you meet with other team members over a welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

After having a delicious breakfast, you go on the sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your tour guide will introduce you to the monuments and their importance. You get to learn about Nepali culture, art, and architecture during the tour.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

You will fly to Nepalgunj. The flight presents scenic views. Upon landing in Nepalgunj, you move to the hotel. You can visit the local market.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Today, you take another flight to Jhupal. From Jhupal, the trail descends through small villages and terraced fields. You reach the Bheri river and continue walking along the riverside. Passing by Roop Ghar, you finally reach Dunai for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Dunai behind, you follow an upstream trail. Further, walking on a plain path, you reach Tarakot. On the way, you come across deep gorges, hanging bridges, and secluded villages.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Continue trekking following the Tara Chu River upstream. The trail crosses streams twice and passes by terraced fields. You reach Sahatera village and walk downhill to reach Khani Gaon.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Khani Gaon, you ascend and reach the canyon of the Tarap River. The trail then takes you to Tarap Khola, presenting a gorgeous landscape.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Tarap Khola, the trail heads towards Yak Kharka. You walk uphill following Tara Chu (river). Passing through summer grazing pastures and small settlement areas, you will cross the same river twice before reaching Yak Kharka.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail gradually ascends to Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarapchu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. From here, you trek above the tree line through juniper and wild rose bushes. The trail will soon take you to Dho Tarap village surrounded by irregular stones.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today is a rest day at Dho Tarap. You will spend the day exploring the village. You will visit monasteries and observe the culture and tradition of locals. The locals of this village practice Tibetan Buddhism, which will let you see very different art and architecture.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Dho Tarap, the trail passes by a lush grassy area, following a river. On the way, you can see outstanding views of Dhaulagiri and marvelous scenery. You will reach Tokyu Gaun, where you will spend the night.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends to Numa La Base Camp. From Tokyu Gaun, you climb to Numa La Base Camp, moving along the Tarap Chu river. The trail then crosses a bridge and takes you to Khanger. Further, walking on a rugged path, you reach the base camp.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The day begins early in the morning. Today, you will cross Numa La Pass. From the base camp, the trail gradually ascends to the top of the pass from where you can see spectacular scenery. Further, you descend to Palungtang for a night stay.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

You are going to cross another pass called Baga La today. The trail gradually ascends towards the top of the pass. You can see breath-taking views of Mt. Kanjirowa and other mountains from the top of the pass. Further, you continue the downhill walk to reach the Dajok Tang for night stay.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Trekking through lush pine forests, you move towards Ringmo. The trail includes several ascends and descends. You get to see a beautiful landscape on the way to Ringmo.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, you hike up to Phoksundo Lake, a very famous and stunning lake in Nepal. You will then visit an ancient monastery in the Ringmo and explore the village.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Ringmo, the trail slowly descends. Trekking through small villages and terraced fields, you ascend to Chepka to spend the night.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

You trek back to Jhupal. Today is your last trekking day. Walking along the Bheri river, you ascend towards Jhupal. On the way, you can enjoy the lovely landscape.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, you will take two flights back to Kathmandu. The flight between Jhupal and Nepaljung offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. After landing at Nepalgunj airport, you take another flight that will take you to Kathmandu. Remaining day is free to relax.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

You have an extra day in Kathmandu. Explore the tourist areas and visit monuments like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, etc. Later in the day, you can visit the local market and do shopping. The day ends with a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

You fly back to your home today. Our airport representative will drop you at the terminal gate of the international airport and wish you our last goodbye.

Useful Information

Lower Dolpo Trek route

Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal. From Jhupal, you begin trekking through villages like Dunai, Tarakot, Khani Gaon, Tarap Khola, and Yak Kharka. The trail will take you to Dho Tarap, where you will take a day off and explore the village. Further, you pass by Tokyu Gaun and cross Numa La Pass & Baga La Pass. The trail then drops down to Ringmo from where you ascend to Phoksundo Lake. Descending through Chepka, you trek back to Jhupal and take a flight back to Nepalgunj.

Lower Dolpo Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Lower Dolpo Trek 21 Days is a difficult trek. The trail follows hilly terrain, steep paths, and crosses pass above 5,000 meters. Likewise, you have to trek in a very remote part of Nepal, where the basic infrastructure is underdeveloped. Therefore, previous trekking experience and high endurance level are needed to be part of Lower Dolpo Trekking. You have to be in good health and shape as well. Jogging and exercising before the beginning of the journey is also recommended.

On Lower Dolpo Trek, you will face high altitude that can result in altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness) if not done properly. Measures like adding rest days in between the trek to let your body acclimatize with the elevation as well as keeping yourself hydrated are very important to avoid AMS.

Best time to go on Lower Dolpo Trek

The best time to go on Lower Dolpo Trek is no doubt monsoon (June to July) because the Dolpo region lies under the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Due to this reason, there is almost no rainfall here. Likewise, autumn (September to November) and spring (March to April) are the other best times of the year to go on Lower Dolpo Trek 21 Days.

Accommodation & Meals

You will be staying either in tea houses or tents as per the availability. The teahouse in this part of the Himalayas is very basic. The rooms are quite small with twin-sharing beds and a few pieces of furniture. Similarly, the washroom is common. There is no such thing as a luxurious lodge or teahouse in the Dolpo region. Tents are carried by the team members. We offer high-quality single sleeping tents to all the group members and shared dining & washroom tents.

Meals will be based on the menu of the teahouse. Even though there is no fixed menu, you will see mostly Tibetan and Nepali dishes. While camping, meals will be cooked by the team members. You will be fully equipped with all the necessities while Lower Dolpo Trek with us.

Communication & Electricity

Locals here mostly depend on solar power. Depending upon the village, you may or may not get charging facilities. At some places, you might have to pay a few extra bucks to charge your devices, therefore do carry extra batteries. Likewise, as the elevation increases, the network will get weaker. There will be times when you will not find the cellular network at all.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is very important to have during Lower Dolpo Trek. During the emergency, travel insurance will be your best option. Things like air evacuation, medical bills, hospital bills, etc must be covered in the insurance.

Guide & Porter

Trekking in the Dolpo region demands professional guidance by the guide. As per the rule of the Nepal government, you have to have a guide to travel in this part of the Himalayas. Our guides are well-known with the trail and the surrounding here. As the basic infrastructure is very underdeveloped here, you have to carry survival goods as well and porter will help with that. We make sure both our guides and porters are fairly treated while working with us.

Environmental Contribution

The Dolpo region itself is a restricted area in Nepal, highly protected and preserved. While traveling in the Lower Dolpo area, we carry eco-friendly and local equipment as much as possible. We clean our camping area before leaving it and properly decompose all the waste. Likewise, we are also supporting the local community by funding education for children from underprivileged families.