Lower Dolpo Trekking

We invite you to come and discover the remote Himalayan kingdom of Dolpo, the land the Oscar nominated Caravan fame, Thinley, and a culture nearby Tibet that has kept its originality for centuries. Thanks to the reportage of National Geographic fame Eric vally, the Dolpo region of Nepal has been shown in all its integrity and full mystical experience. Along with one of the deepest Himalayan lakes, the Shey Phokhsundo with beautiful turquoise blue water, observe the yak Caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet.

Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo trekking region situated north from the Massif Dhaulagiri range in the rain shadow of the Himalayas-reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and Shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. During summer season, the huge caravans of Sheep and Yaks run through this valley on a medieval trading route through the Himalayas and allows the exchange not only goods but also of ideas between the Tibetan Plateau and the valley of Nepal.

Situated in western Nepal and opened for the foreigners only from 1190, the lower Dolpo trek is suitable for those real adventure lovers who wish to explore off the- beaten- path trek. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National park with breathtaking mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries, beautiful valleys and Yak and Sheep caravans. The trek also takes us through a wooded area, then load through rugged canyons in the barren plateau near the border with Tibet. We suggest you to arrive in Kathmandu at least two days before the trek start and make a historical and culture tour of Kathmandu valley while we apply special permit for the lower Dolpo trekking. The spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Jhupal via Nepalgunj, and then start a great trekking of Lower dolpo and Phosundo Lake with the cold and fresh air of the Glaciers of Kanjirowa Himalayas, it’s an experience of life time.

Lower Dolpo trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, 2,320m and trek to Dunai 2,850m, 2-3 hrs trek.
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot, 2,540m, 5-6 hrs trek.
Day 06: Trek to Laini, 3,160m, 6-7 hrs trek.
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani, 3,545m, 5 hrs trek.
Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap, 4,090m, 6-7 hrs trek.
Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp, 4440m, 6-7 hrs trek.
Day 11: Cross Numa La 5,190m, and camp at Pelung Tang, 4465m, 6-7 hrs trek.
Day 12: Cross Baga La 5,070m, and camp Dajok Tang 4,080m, 6 hrs trek.
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo, 3,600m, 3-4 hrs trek.
Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake.
Day 15: Trek to Shyanta, 2520m, 5-6 hrs trek.
Day 16: Trek to Jhupal.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 18: Final transfer to Airport for your flight back to home.

Trip cost: Please contact us for a fresh cost quotation. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group and when you would like to do this trek, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet and Bhutan tours.

Lower Dolpo trekking - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening join a welcome dinner and have a great conservation with a short brief about your great trip to Lower Dolpo trek with a delicious Nepali meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation.
Breakfast at hotel, the guide is already standby in the lobby, meet him and start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered as World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Our agency briefs you regarding trek as well as provides you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your great trek to lower Dolpo trek. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.
We take an hour and half flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj include Mini Zoo, Muslim bazaar, and small unique villages. Preparation for tomorrow’s flight to Juphal would be another issue. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, 2,320m and trek to Dunai 2,850m, 2-3 hrs trek.
Early breakfast at hotel, we take a morning flight to Jhupal. The 45minutes flight over the high mountains brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhupal our trekking crew will receive us. Our first day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening. Overnight under tent.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot, 2,540m, 5-6 hrs trek.
After breakfast we start our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail, deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight under tent.

Day 06: Trek to Laini, 3,160m, 6-7 hrs trek.
Breakfast at camp and continue our walking to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu Rriver. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages.  After a few ups and downs, finally descend to reach our overnight camp at Laini. Overnight under tent.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani, 3,545m, 5 hrs trek.
After breakfast we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. Overnight under tent.

Day 08: Trek to Do Tarap, 4,090m, 6-7 hrs trek.
The day begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations.
Overnight under tent.

Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization.
We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. This is time to visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking views.  Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk. Overnight under tent.

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp, 4440m, 6-7 hrs trek.
After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains.  A few hours' good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la. Overnight under tent.

Day 11: Cross Numa La 5,190m, and camp at Pelung Tang, 4465m, 6-7 hrs trek.
This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the trail leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes.  The panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m) is stunning.  After getting to the top of Numa La we will descend to camp at Pelung Tang. Overnight under tent.

Day 12: Cross Baga La 5,070m, and camp Dajok Tang 4,080m, 6 hrs trek.
After breakfast our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight under tent.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo, 3,600m, 3-4 hrs trek.
After breakfast our trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo. Overnight under tent.

Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake.
This is a rest and exploration day.  And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksumdo Lake; remember the harrowing scene in 'Himalaya' when Thinley's yak caravan attempted the 'Devil's Trail'. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great view.  Overnight under tent.

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta, 2520m, 5-6 hrs trek.
Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We found many important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta. Overnight under tent.

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal.
Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like. Overnight under tent.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final transfer to Airport for your flight back to home.
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your flight back to home. Have a safe and sound flight to home! Hope to see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Lower Dolpo trekking Facts:

Activities: Trekking 

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Shey Phoksundo Lake.

Trip Duration: 18 Days

Max. Altitude: 5070 meters

Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.10

Best Season: March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 5-7

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