Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the challenging treks in the western hills of Nepal, which allows the trekkers to experience the real adventure of trekking on an off-the-beaten path, composed of steep sloppy hills. Lower Dolpo Trek is packed with amazing gifts of nature, including Shey Phoksundo Lake and also boasts of the pre-Buddhism Bon Po culture.

The 20 days Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj. Your trek will start from Juphal through semi-desert region combined with densely forested path filled with pine, rhododendrons, bamboo, and juniper trees along with trails made up of huge meadows, brown landscape, and terraced colorful fields. Admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, you also enter the beautiful Shey Phoksundo National Park, inhabited by endangered animals like snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, and so on. The trekkers also traverse through two high passes: Numa La (5360m), the highest point of the trek, and Baga La (5070m). Both these passes offer extraordinary views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Tibetan ranges—Kugung La and Khyung La. During summer, we can see the caravans of yaks and sheep heading towards their destination. Another highlight of the trek includes the pristine turquoise Phoksundo Lake, split between rocks that rise 2000m into the clear mountain skies. The Dolpo region is populated by Tibetan and Magar people who still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. The trek also includes visits to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bon Po shrines surrounding the Phoksundo Lake.

Day to Day Itinerary for Lower Dolpo Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/ (1400 m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek to Dunai (2150m). Overnight at Camp
Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2540m)/ 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Tarakot to Laini (3375m)/ 4-5 hrs
Day 07: Laini to Odar
Day 08: Odar to Nawarpani
Day 09: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3950m)/ 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Day 11: Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp (4350m)/ 4-5 hrs
Day 12: Numa La Base Camp to Danighar (4510m) via Numa La Pass (5310m)/ 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Danighar to Yak Kharka via Baga La Pass (5170m)/ 5-6 hrs
Day 14: Yak kharka to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
Day 15: Explore around Phoksundo Lake
Day 16: Phoksundo Lake to Chepka / 6 hrs
Day 17: Chepka to Juphal/ 6 hrs
Day 18: Fly from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Departure

Included in the Cost

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Four-nights Hotel (3 star) in Kathmandu (B & B only)
  • One-night Hotel in Nepalgunj (B & B only)
  • All meals & accommodation during the trek
  • Airfare Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal
  • Airfare from Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Lower Dolpo restricted area permit fees
  • All necessary permits including Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Office Service charges & all government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepal Visa fee http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International airfare
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides, Sherpa and porters
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