Lower Dolpo Trek 19 Days

Lower Dolpo Trek Information

Lower Dolpo Trek is another exciting trekking destination in the restricted zone for adventure seekers in Nepal. The Lower Dolpo Trek lies in the less explored Western region of Nepal and the trekkers will have a wonderful chance to explore the unexplored region of Dolpo. The Dolpo region was only recently opened for the trekkers and until 1990 it was a restricted area. The major attraction of the Lower Dolpo Trek is the popular Shey-Phoksundo Lake which lies inside the premises of Shey-Phokundo National Park. The trail passes through several spectacular mountains, Buddhist monasteries and the hordes of Yak, all of which make for a great destination for adventure. The Lower Dolpo Trek is also popular for another reason as the popular Nepali movie ‘Caravan’, directed by Eric Valli, a foreign director, was selected for the Oscars in best foreign movie category more than a decade ago. After the movie got international recognition, foreigners got even more interested in exploring and travelling this remote part of Nepal that is full of natural beauty and also the Tibetan culture.

Another major attraction of the Lower Dolpo Trek is the presence of Shey Phoksundo Lake, Nepal’s deepest lake. The lake with its bluish water, eye-catching vicinity of the mountains and the peaceful environment is a great destination for every adventure seekers. The Dolpa region lies to the North of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range. During summer, we can see local Sherpas brining their Yaks and Sheep from the higher altitudes to the lowland pastures for grazing their cattle. The bordering region with Tibet across the Himalayas has traditionally been a trade hub between the businessmen from both Nepal and Tibet. The Lower Dolpa Trek starts when you take a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and then to Jhupal.

Best Season

September to December and March to May

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Trek preparation & sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj, sightseeing in Nepalgunj

Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m)

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m)

Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m)

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545m)

Day 08: Trek to Tarap (4090m)

Day 09: Rest day at Tarap for acclimatization purpose

Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m)

Day 11: Cross Numa-La (5190m)

Day 12: Cross Baga-La (5070m)

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)

Day 14: Rest day at Ringmo, also hike to Shey Phoksundo Lake

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 18: Shopping in Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure via TIA, Farewell!

Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu, our representatives and team members will welcome you. You will then be taken to the hotel and our representatives will provide brief overview about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation, sightseeing in Kathmandu Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several monuments, UNESCO enlisted sites including the Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and other temples and Stupas are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj & sightseeing
On the third day you will be take a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is a vibrant city located in the Mid-Western Region of Nepal. The flight duration is around 60 minutes and in that time you will reach the lowlands of Terai from the Capital. Nepalgunj is nearby the border Indian states of Rupediya and also Baharaich. The rest of the day you will sightsee around the local bazaar using horse cart which might come as a wonderful moment for the foreigners. Bageshowri Temple in Nepalgunj is quite popular and a visit to the Hindu temple in the evening will be a good thing to do the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) from Nepalgunj
A 35-minute flight from Nepalgunj Airport takes you to Juphal on the fourth day. The flight is awesome as the aircraft flies over the mountain ridges, the beautiful valleys and the majestic-looking mountains. Jhupal Airport is a small airstrip amidst the mountains and the hills. You will also get a first-hand experience of the geographical diversity of Nepal as in an hour or so you will reach a small village amidst the mountains from a hot city of Tarai. From Jhupal, you will walk for a few hours until you reach Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpa district. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2543m) 4hrs
On the fifth day, we start our trek from Dunai to Tarakot after having breakfast in the morning. The trail follows along the Thuli Bheri River and amazing landscape of the Dolpo region which by now starts to show its colour. Mostly the people inhabiting in Dolpo region are the ones from Tibetan descent and the Sherpas. The landscape might get rough and rocky at some places. Road service has not yet reached the Dolpa region and Dolpa happens to be one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Guesthouses are sparse and hence we have to carry camping materials if the situation demands. Overnight stay at a guesthouse/tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Laini (3160m) 5hrs
From Tarakot, the trail attains altitude gradually. On our way, we come across many local villages and Buddhist monasteries. We also cross several suspension bridges over the Thuli Bheri River. There are several Tent-hotels along the way and we can stop by and fill up our stock of snacks when needed. Tent-hotels also serve food and drinks to the travelers. Items like biscuits, noodles and other consumable items can be bought from such shops. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3545 m) 4hrs
The next morning we take tea and breakfast at the camp itself and resume our journey to the Dolpo region. We reach Nawarpani after about four hours of adventurous trek from Laini. It is a comfortable trek as the trail sometimes passes through pine forests, and yet at other times through fir trees. Tent-hotels are available along the way to Nawarpani. Overnight stay at Nawarpani in a tented camp.

Day 08: Trek to Tarap (4090 m) 5hrs
From Nawarpani, the landscape suddenly seems to have changed as we now approach a small settlement area in between the huge mountains. A big Buddhist monastery is present in Tarap and almost all of the people in Tarap are inclined on Buddhism or they are the descendents of Tibetans. Traditionally, the women of this region wear dark dresses with colorful aprons weaved from yak wool. The women also wear bracelets made from big shells as part of Tibetan tradition. Taking with the local people also helps the foreigners to learn about the traditional Sherpa and Tibetan culture. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 09: Rest day at Tarap
The next day of the itinerary, we will be taking rest at Tarap for acclimatization purpose, getting used to the conditions and the increasing altitude. You can travel around the village in Tarap while conversing with the local villagers. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 10: Trek to Numa-La Base Camp (4440m) 5hrs
After spending a day at Tarap, we resume our trek the next day. While on the way we also happen to cross the ‘Crystal Mountain School’ which is educating children from the nearby region. It is funded by a French NGO. A further one hour trek from the School takes us to the Numa La Base Camp situated at the altitude of 4440 meters. There is a Buddhist monastery in Numa La Base Camp and we will be staying in a temporary camp on day 10 at Numa La Base Camp.

Day 11: Cross Numa-La Base Camp (5190m) 6hrs
A tough day’s trek awaits us on the eleventh day of the trek as we cross Numa La Base Camp. It is better to start early so that we can cross the Pass before weather deteriorates in the afternoon. Morning time is generally favorable to cross the Pass as it is easier and safer. Besides, we also have more chances to peek at the mountains for later in the day they might be covered by clouds.
It’s a long and strenuous climb and hence you are advised to go slow and steady breathing as much air as possible. On a clear day, it is possible to view Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Kanjirowa (6883 m) mountains from the Pass. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 12: Cross Baga-La Pass (5070 m)
The next day, we cross another Pass and hence another tough but a beautiful day lies ahead of you. Again, an early beginning is advisable. A good 2 hours of trekking after leaving the camp takes us to a High Camp which is close to the Baga La Pass. From then on, the Baga La Pass is quite close and an hour’s trek takes us to the Baga La Pass which also offers uncluttered views of mountains like Kanjirowa and others. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3600m)
Trek from Baga La Pass to Ringmo is quite long, but the trail is easier and we down climb now from an altitude of 5000 meters. We walk past Yak Kharka and Maduwa Khola and the path is beautifully carved out from the rocks. Then we cross a thick Pine forest and while on the way we also see several nice waterfalls. Ringmo is a nice little place where we will be camping for the night.

Day 14: Rest day and trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake
From Ringmo, we trek until Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal. Shey Phoksundo is quite popular for its exotic location and for the pristine natural beauty it commands. The tiredness from the trip disappears once you behold the bewitching beauty of the grand lake. Upon enjoying the great view of the magnificent lake, we stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 15: Trek to Shyanta
We will mostly be descending on day 15 as we go further downhill. The destination for today is the village in Shyanta and we spend the night there in a tented camp.

Day 16: Trek to Jhupal
We trek further down to Jhupal from where the entire trek started almost two weeks ago. For the rest of the day we will stay at a guesthouse in Jhupal while preparing for the flight to Nepalgunj next day.

Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will fly to Nepalgunj from Jhupal. After reaching Nepalgunj, later in the day, we will fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Shopping in Kathmandu
This will be a leisure day in Kathmandu but there can be no leisure time in a city like Kathmandu. You can stroll around the region of Thamel in Kathmandu and buy souvenir for you loved ones back home. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 19: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 19th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu ending the 19-day-long Lower Dolpo Trek.

Price: US$ 4000.00

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included »

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • All airfare according to the itinerary.
  • All surface transfers as per itinerary.
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Food, lodging,salary,insurance and other expenses of staffs.
  • All necessary paper work.
  • Guided sightseeing tour including all entry fees.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements for our staffs.
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking guide, Porter(also a personal Sherpa on request).
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Medical supplies [First Aid medical kit will be available].
  • Trekking Information Management System [TIMS], New Trekking permit to keep record of tourist [This is for your safety].
  • Backpacker Treks T - shirt, Duffle bag, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.
  • Farewell dinner cultural program with Nepali typical meal.

Cost Excluded »

  1. Nepal entry visa fee.
  2. International air fee.
  3. Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu is excluded. Except welcome and fare well dinner.
  4. Drinking WaterAll cold drink any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  5. You have to make your travel and rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel.
  6. Clients them self have to arrange personal trekking equipments such as- trekking pole.
  7. Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package.
  8. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

Getting to Nepal - You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu when you first come to Nepal. Our travel representatives will receive you at the Airport and then transfer you to a hotel in the capital city. That will be our first task after you land in the country. The itinerary then follows in the coming days.

Visa information in Nepal - Once you arrive in Kathmandu, your first job or task will be to consult the Department of Immigration in Nepal regarding your Nepal stay. Our team members will help you in completing the necessary works regarding Visa and the procedures of extension, if needed. If you are planning for an extended stay in Nepal, say more than three months or around a year or so, then you need to extend your Visa through the Immigration Department. This won’t be of any problem as we will handle the government-related activities.

Trek permit - There are some restricted trekking destinations in Nepal which require special permission from the government of Nepal or a government agency for the foreign trekkers. They also need to pay a fixed royalty to trek some of the selected places in Nepal. Some of the restricted trekking destinations like Upper Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Rara Trek, etc. require special trek permit for the foreigners. However, there won’t be any such problem as we, the company, will look after the legal formalities in securing the trek permits for the clients. It will be our responsibility to secure trek permits for you.

Altitude sickness - As most of the trekking destinations in Nepal exceed 4000 meters of altitude, high altitude sickness is one of the common problems faced by the trekkers. High altitude sickness can be very fatal and dangerous if you are not prepared for the same. Some of the trekking destinations like Upper Mustang Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Circuit Trek exceeds and nears around 5000 meters of altitude with chances of high altitude sickness. However, if you are aware of the problem and if you take special measure, then altitude sickness can be avoided and will not be much of a problem. As we have experienced trekking guides and a team of experienced hand, altitude sickness will not be a problem and even if it occurs, it will be handled well by our team members.

Medical Kit - Whenever we embark on a tour package or itinerary, we are fully prepared of the possible consequences or the untoward incidents, and hence our team carries a separate medical kit. Medical kit is of immense help and importance during long tours and trek as you never know what will happen next, even regarding the health of the trekkers. Availability of medical kit is very paramount as it will help to provide immediate medical attention to the needy person. Problems of high altitude sickness, shortness of breathing, dizziness, etc. are the ones frequently encountered during the trek. Presence of medical kit helps to resolve any of such problems and provides immediate relief and medical attention to the person who is in need for the same.

Equipment - Some special trekking equipments are necessary for expedition and some other treks. Such special equipments will have to be brought or arranged by you. As such equipments are quite expensive; it is not possible for us to arrange such materials. However, general trekking and minor accessory requirements will be provided by the company. You only need to bring with you some of the special trekking equipment necessary for trek and expedition. Also, if you do not have such equipments then we can provide you with such equipments, but you need to pay for it.

Note: If you have any queries regarding the itineraries/ information, please let us know by phone or via e-mail.