Trekking to Lower Dolpo is an amazing opportunity to discover the collective beauty of nature and culture — meeting local isolated people and observing their archaic lifestyle and Buddhist monasteries with high elevation adventure across the valley lying under the shadow of a trans-himalaya range of mountains.
Lower Dolpo trek route falls inside the country’s biggest preservation area — Shey Phoksundo National Park and had been a shelter for a wide range of birds, plants and wildlife species with an abundant forest of rhododendron, bamboo, blue pines along with the mustard and barley fields of local people.
The lifestyle of Dolpo people has not changed in centuries and they have been living their primitive life revolving around the vastly influenced Tibetan practices. Lower Dolpo is truly a destination for lifetime experience to discover the adventure on remote and rugged terrain, still intact with its unique lifestyle and topographical beauty of Nepal.
Lower Dolpo is an excellent choice for any travelers to explore the unbeatable beauty of ancient Buddhist monasteries and unique Bonpo lifestyle. Besides high elevation adventure and astounding landscapes beauty, the major attraction is the blue colored turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake — the deepest lake of Nepal.
Lower Dolpo Trekking starts with scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal from where the route follows Thuli Bheri river till Khanigaon village and ascends towards Dho Tarap — a place to explore and rest before crossing Numa La and Baga La Pass to enter Phoksundo Lake Valley and then walk down to Juphal via Chhepka to complete the Lower Dolpo Circuit.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel Drive: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 2Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation Day for TrekkingDrive: 3-4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (600m /1968 ft) and transfer to Hotel Drive: 30-45 min | Flight: 1 hour | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 4Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2140m / 7020 ft)Flight: 45 minutes | Walk: 3 - 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2540m / 8333 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Tarakot to Khanigaon (2950m / 9678 ft.)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Khanigaon to Tarap Khola (3475m / 11400 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Tarap Khola to Yak Kharka (3800m /12467 ft) Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Yak Kharka to Dho Tarap (3944m /123939 ft) Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Rest and Excursion Day around Dho Tarap Walk: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Dho Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4350m / 14271 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Cross Numa La Pass (5309m/17417 ft) and trek to Danigar (4512m / 14803 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Cross Baga La Pass (5169m / 16958 ft) and trek to Yak Kharka Walk: 6 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Yak Kharka to Ringmo (3641m / 11945 ft)Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Exploration Day around Phoksundo Lake Walk: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka (2838m / 9311 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Trek from Chhepka to Juphal (2475m / 8120 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 18Early Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj to KathmanduFlight: 1 hour 30 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 19Final Departure | Rest Day at Kathmandu Valley | Other Travel Plan
Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that trip is safely coursed. We truly understand the essentiality of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
Room to Customize
Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the average level of fitness of travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time and budget plan of travelers.
There is always a room for customization of the given standard itinerary if it does not meet your way of interest and then please pass your opinion. You may want to stay in Kathmandu by yourself or maybe do sightseeing around by yourself; we will give you more information to do it by yourself if you ask us.
We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling. It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.
We, ourselves feel that the group size of maximum 12 pax is an ideal size to run the trip. However, we have also arranged the plan for large students groups, employee groups and able to organize such trip for groups upon request. All of our trekking plans are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey.