Lower Dolpo Trek located far north west of Nepal. The dolpo region is explored and hardly visited by westerners or foreign travelers. Lower Dolpo Trek is sum of exceptional non touristy trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. The 19 days off the beaten path trek starts with a stunning flight Kathmandu to Jhupal via Nepalgunj. We begins our lower dolpo trek through remote locations admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas. Reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle.
This is also one of the few areas where the Pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. While on the trek, we get to muse at the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet. We also cross two high passes- Numa La and Baga La and reflect on life amidst the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake. Trekking to Lower Dolpa offers you the remarkable and breathtaking experience of a lifetime. The notable features seen here are snowy peaks, ancient villages, Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes.
Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek
- Explore Lower Dolpo villages enriched with ancient Bon tradition and Buddhism culture
- Adventure on ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade & Caravan Trail to Tibet via Dolpo
- Extension of huge South-West Tibetan landscapes within world highest plateau land
- Impressive old monasteries and villages with stunning views of dramatic valley and mountains
- Crossing high passes of Numa-la Baga-la with exceptional views of high snow-capped peaks
- Walk on high windswept-dry and arid country within beautiful landscapes
- Cross two high passes- Numa La and Baga La
- Grand views of snowcapped peaks of Dhaulagiri- Kagmara with Kanjibroba peaks
- In the country of ancient Bon sect of pre Buddhism and Blue Sheep with elusive snow-leopard
Lower Dolpo Trek Difficulty
You forget every modern convenience and explore the world that looks like one back to hundreds of years. No wheels, no huge buildings, malls, or star hotels for weeks!. Trekking in Lower Dolpo is considered strenuous. There are steep ascents, two passes above 5000 m. Some long trekking days of six hours or more. The fact that this is a camping trek adds to the physical challenge and discomfort of trekking in Lower Dolpo.
Lower Dolpo Trekking Permit
To trek to Lower Dolpo, you will need two trekking permits. Lower Dolpo restricted area permit that costs U$ 10 per person per week and Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance fee NPR 3000 per person and NPR 1500 per person for SAARC nationals. Children below 10 years are free.
Lower Dolpo Trekking Seasons
Like much of Nepal, the best time to visit Lower Dolpo is the spring (April to May) and the fall (October to November) when temperatures are pleasant, skies are the clearest, and there is minimal chance of snow at high altitudes. Late/early snow can affect this trek in April and November, making some passes impossible to cross.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj city and transfer to hotel. (50 mins on air)
Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj to Jhupal 2,475 m then Trek to Dunai 2,140 m – 02 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion.
Day 09: Cross Baga La 5,070m and to Phedi 4,470m – 07 hrs.
Day 10: Cross Numa-la 5,190 m and to walk to other Phedi – 08 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Dhotrap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Ghymagar 3,759 m – 07 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 19: Final International departure from Nepal.
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Tented accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
Seasonal fruits during the trek are provided
Very high quality camping equipments
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights tickets for entire trip
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, Down jacket and sleeping bag
Adventure Connexion’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
Payble Satlite phone access
All government and local taxes