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Lower Dolpo Trek in Nepal

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18 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
  • The facility of pick and drop from airport to hotel and vice versa.
  • sight seeing in kathmandu private car and tours guide .
  • This trek also includes all the domestic airfares.
Best Season
March, April, May and september, October and November.

Accommodation in the tent during the trek .

3 night hotel in kathmandu B/B plan basis shared room.

3 meal a day During the trek ( breakfast , lunch , dinner , hot tea or coffee ).
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Trip Route


    • The deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake (3611 m) in Nepal
    • Opportunity to experience unique culture, customs, and traditional way of life of Tibetan Buddhists
    • Pass through diverse landscapes, from lush forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron to arid high altitude desert terrain
    • Challenging mountain passes like the Numa La Pass (5190 m) and Baga La Pass (5070 m)
    • Opportunities to spotting wildlife and bird watching in their natural habitats
    • Experience the warmth and hospitality of the local inhabitants
    • Perfect choice for those seeking a more authentic and less crowded trekking experience
    • Traverse through river valleys, alpine meadows, and high- mountain passes
    • Mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo National Park (3555 sq. km)

Lower Dolpo trek in Nepal

The Lower Dolpo trek in Nepal is a mesmerizing and newly opened remote trekking route only from 1990. It takes you through the pristine landscapes of the Dolpo region, which lies in the northwestern part of the country. The lower Dolpo gained significant attention after the release of the Movie “Himalaya” in the 1999 (Oscar nominated movie directed by Eric Valli). It is also known as “Caravan” in some regions. 

The lower Dolpo trek is one of the least frequented by tourists compared to some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal due to its high altitudes and rugged terrain, making it a unique and adventurous experience. The region is renowned for its diverse landscapes including deep gorges, lush forests, arid plateaus, and pristine rivers. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri and other towering peaks. The trek also involves several high passes cross including the Numala Pass and the Baga La Pass, which offer stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

One of the key highlight of the trek is the Beautiful Phoksundo Lake (an alpine fresh water oligotrophic lake) located within the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is also a part of the larger Shey Phoksundo  Ramsar site, designated as a wetland of International Importance in 2007. 

The lake is lies within the Trans- Himalayan region, at an elevation of 3611 meters (11849 feet) above sea level. It holds religious significance for both Buddhists and followers of the Bon religion, which is an indigenous spiritual tradition of the Himalayan region. The area around the lake is dotted with several monasteries, chortens, and stupas. Similarly, the lake and its surroundings are home to diverse flora and fauna.

Moreover, the national park is a habitat for various endangered wildlife species including the musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep, grey wolf, Himalayan tahr, leopard, jackal and Himalayan black bear. The park is also a home to six reptiles, 29 species of butterfly, and over 200 species of birds.

Overall, the lower Dolpo trek is a captivating and off- the- beaten- path adventure in Nepal that takes ypu through remote and rugged landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and astonishing natural beauty.

1) Trekking permits for lower Dolpo

Since the Lower Dolpo is a restricted area, you will need to obtain special trekking permits to enter and you should be accompanied by a licensed guide or a porter.

1) The Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit

2) The Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit

2) Trekking seasons for Lower Dolpo

The best time to undertake for Lower Dolpo is during the spring and autumn seasons. The weather is more stable and the trails are generally accessible during these times.

3) Foods and Accommodations in Lower Dolpo

Lower dolpo is not developed like other trekking region and has very limited tea houses. Trekkers trekking to this region mostly stay in a camp. You will get the basic rooms in tea houses and in some regions tea houses are also not available. Therefore, you will camp for most of the trek.

The tea houses will have limited items and basic food. As the region is highly influenced by Tibet, you can expect to find Tibetan dishes like momos, thukpa, buckwheat pancakes, various potato- based dishes, tsampa, and dal bhat (a staple dish in Nepal).

4) Travel Insurance for Lower dolpo

Any trek in Nepal, including the Lower Dolpo Trek, needs travel insurance. The trek includes high-altitude trekking, which may be physically challenging and dangerous. Travel insurance can cover you financially in the event of an accident, a medical emergency, a flight cancellation or delay, or lost or stolen luggage. When buying travel insurance for the Lower Dolpo trek, ensure that it covers high- altitude trekking and emergency helicopter evacuation, as these can be expansive without insurance. 

5) Guide and Porter for Lower dolpo

It’s always suggested to trek with a knowledgeable experienced licensed guide or join a trekking agency (Nepal holiday treks and tours Pvt. Ltd) to assure safety and utilize your time in a best way. As we provide highly experienced guide who is familiar with terrain, prompt in safety performance and always carry essential safety equipments, first aid kids and gear to enhance your trip experience without compromising on safety. Moreover, we provide guide and porter with their insurance for safety reason. 

Important Note

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Trip Itinerary

Our personnel will be waiting for you at the airport with your name on a placard. He will pick you up from airport and transfer you to the hotel as per your preference. This day will be for your refreshment and in the evening you will be provided a guided evening walk to the local markets as well as localities to make you familiar with the Nepalese atmosphere.

Meal Plan: BB

We will be providing you a half day guided sightseeing tour to different UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Nepal with one of our best tour guides and the destinations includes Boudhanath the largest of all Buddhist monument stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath the monkey temple and also the oldest one of its kind, Pashupatinath the Hindu temple of lord Shiva. We will stay overnight at the same hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal Plan: BB

The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj will last for about an hour. We will reach Humla a rural district of Nepal and the border of India at Simikot. If the time persists we will get involved in the sightseeing activities here at the places like mini zoo, Muslim market as well as local villages. We will have our overnight stay at Nepalgunj.
Meal Plan: Full Board

The early flight from Nepalgunj will lead us to Jhupal the Dolpo [2,320m/7,610ft] region which will be 45 minutes flight with astonishing mountain views. Our trekking begins from Jhupal walking for 2 to 3 hours along the banks of Bheri River to reach the camping site in Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft] for overnight stay.
Meal Plan: Full Board

We will continue our trekking with the early morning breakfast along the bank of the river with smooth trail crossing deep gorges, bridges and villages. We will cross a gorge surrounded with pine trees walking on a path build about seven meters above the river. We will reach Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft] village after a walk of around 5 to 6 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

In the early dawn, we will start to follow the trail upstream made by Tarap chu river corssing the bridge along Sandul Gompa. The trail will pass through the rural villages and terraced farms to reach Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft] after the walk of 6 to 7 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

On this day as we continue our trekking we will be walking passing the gorge at Tarap River. We will then are descending to Chyugur Khola and walk few times to reach Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft]. Our today’s journey will rest for around 5 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

Our today’s destination will be Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft] hiking for around 7 to 8 hours. We will gradually ascend towards Kamattaraka a stream flowing from the east. We will walk along the juniper bushes and wild roses as well as the Himalayan valleys.
Meal Plan: Full Board

To make our body favorable with the climate we will rest for a day at Do Tarap for acclimatization. We although will idle on this day as we will stroll around the localities for the wonderful and marvelous views of monasteries, Gompa, lifestyle of the villagers as well as few peaks.
Meal Plan: Full Board

On this day; we are walking for around 6 to 7 hours towards Tarap valley walking through the unique path created by lush verdant grass on both sides of the river. We will pass through monasteries and rough tracks to reach Numa La Base Camp Camp [4440m/14,563 ft].
Meal Plan: Full Board

Today is one of the harsh days of our trekking because we are passing the highest pass on this trek i.e.  Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft]. The steep path will lead to the top of the pass from where we can observe the astonishing views of landscapes as well as some mountains like Dhaulagiri. We will descend after the sightseeing to the camp at Pelung Tang [4465m/14,645 ft] after completing the journey of around 6-7 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

After the breakfast in early morning; we will be trekking from Pelung Tang to Cross Baga La [5,070m/16,630ft] which offers the wonderful views of some snowcapped peaks like Kanjirowa Himalayan range and then we will descend at the camp in Dajok Tang [4,080m/13,382ft]. Our today’s journey will take us approximately around 6 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

We will spend 3 to 4 hours walking today to reach Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) walking through the farming fields and pine forests walking for around 3 to 4 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

This day is separated for acclimatization in beautiful Ringmo from where we will take a short hike to one of the charming scenarios around Phoksundo Lake.
Meal Plan: Full Board

The trail will descend downhill to Chepka following the trail of massive hanging rocks. This different herbal medicine can be found in this area and we move passing through the village to reach Shyanta [2520m/8265 ft] walking for around 5 to 6 hours.
Meal Plan: Full Board

Today we will trek towards Jhupal via Sulighat crossing the birch trees on the way. We will be enjoying the brilliant scenarios of mountains and Jhupal on the way.
Meal Plan: Full Board

We will take an early morning flight from Jhupal to reach Nepalgunj and from their catch another flight for Kathmandu on the last day of our trekking. We will be providing you a farewell dinner along with the trekking staffs at the evening of this day.
Meal Plan: B/B

We will send our professional staff or guide to lead you to airport for your departure to your homeland.

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Cost Includes

    • The facility of pick and drop from airport to hotel and vice versa
    • sight seeing in kathmandu private car and tours guide
    • Accommodation in the tent during the trek
    •  3 night hotel in kathmandu B/B
    • meal on full board ( breakfast , lunch , dinner , hot tea or coffee )
    • Permit fee for trekking and TIMS card
    • A trekking guide as speak English and experienced and well as an assistant guide as per four trekkers and a porter for two of each trekker. All the staffs are provided with their salary and insurance as well as the required equipment
    • All porters cost
    • Welcome and farewell dinner at a typical Nepali cultural restaurant in Kathmandu
    • All the government as well as local taxes and company service charge  will be cleared before the commencement of your trekking
    • This trek also includes all the domestic airfares

Cost Exclude

      • International airfare and visa fees
      • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
      • Personal expenses of bar and beverage bills, wifi, hot shower, bottle of water, extra porters, laundry or any other things which are not mentioned by the company 
      • Your trekking gears and extra nights in a certain destination
      • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue
      • Tips for your guide and porters                        
      • Entrance fees during the sightseeing
      • Extra expenses due to any event such as strikes, weather conditions, or flight delays

    Equipment List

    Waterproof daypack

    Small waterproof bags

    Flash or torch light

    Trekking poles

    Sleeping bag

    Water bottles


    Sun hat

    Warm down jacket

    Woolen hat and scarf

    Windproof jacket

    Trekking socks

    Raincoat and rain trousers


    Antibacterial hand wash

    Travel towel

    Mouth wash

    Tooth brush and tooth paste

    Small personal power bank

    Camera and batteries

    Trekking shoes 

    Full-sleeves shirt 


    Sun lotion

    Other required equipment’s 

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