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Lower Dolpo Trek

17 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Wide range of rare flora and fauna
  • The hypnotic beauty of Phoksundo Lake
  • Old world stronghold of Tibetan culture
  • High passes of Bangla La and Numa La

The Lower Dolpo Trek is an exotic journey to a hidden land in the corner of the Western Himalayas of Nepal. The Lower Dolpo trek is a tour of the southern part of the Dolpo region. It has been opened to foreigners since 1989. The Dolpo trek covers impressive ancient monasteries, isolated Tibetan-style villages, ancient lakes, waterfalls, high passes, rich wildlife and snow-capped peaks. And people here still preserve the last vestiges of ancient Tibetan culture by practicing the Bon-Po religion. The highlight of this trip is Phoksundo Lake, Nepal’s deepest lake surrounded by blue colored water surrounded by rocky gorges and deep forests.

Our the gateway of Lower Dolpo trek is Juphal. It can be accessed by a flight of Kathmandu to Nepalgunj followed by next flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. The first few days of trekking will take you through rivers, tropical forests, plains and some grasslands. It is an ancient village where people follow centuries old traditions and customs. Leaving Dho Tarap you cross two high passes of Numa La (5290m) and Baga La (5175m). From these passes one can enjoy a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Shey peak (6139m) and Tibetan peaks named Kugung La and Khyung La. After crossing these passes you descend all the way to Phoksundo Lake passing meadow and waterfall in the route. Ringmo village, the Bon settlement, near to Phoksundo Lake is rich in Buddhist and Bon Po culture. Excursions to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bonpo shrines surrounding the lake make this trip more worthwhile. However; From Phoksundo Lake they return to Juphal via Chhepka and Dunai. The next day will return to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport [1,350m/4,430ft] and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [150m/495ft]
Day 3: Fly to Juphal [2,480m/8,135ft] and trek to Dunai [2,160m/7,085ft]
Day 4: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot [2540m/8333ft]
Day 5: Trek from Tarakot to Laini [3370m/11056ft]
Day 6: Trek from Laini to Nawarpani [3475m/11401ft]
Day 7: Trek from Nawarpani to Dho Tarap [3944m/12940ft]
Day 8: Explore Dho Tarap [3944m/12940ft]
Day 9: Trek from Dho Tarap to Numa La Base Camp [4440m/14567ft]
Day 10: Trek from Numa La Base Camp to Pelung Tang [4465m/14645ft]
Day 11: Trek from Pelung Tang to Dajok Tang [4080m/13382ft]
Day 12: Trek from Dajok Tang to Phoksundo Lake [3641m/11946ft]
Day 13: Explore around Phoksundo Lake [3641m/11946ft]
Day 14: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka [2670m/8760ft]
Day 15: Trek from Chhepka to Juphal [2475 m/ 8120ft]
Day 16: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 17: International Departure

Special Note:
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Price Details For Trip

  • The cost of this trek depends on the group size.
  • The can be different request numbers of Guide and Porters.
  • The cost depends on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends on Mode of transportation.
  • Please contact us for up to Date, Cost and the Duration.

Cost Inclusion

  • Kathmandu International/Domestic Airport, pickup/drop on arrival/departure.
  • Accommodation at tourist category hotels for 2 nights in Kathmandu.
  • Necessary transportation on private basis.
  • Domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Twin sharing hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj with Breakfast
  • All camping logistical arrangements for your comfort
  • Guide and camping staff / Cook and kitchen staff
  • Freshly prepared meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with boiled water, tea, coffee etc.
  • Twin sharing tent for accommodation during the trekking
  • Full support camping crew with porterage
  • Camping and kitchen equipment (transportation from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Juphal to Kathmandu with staff)
  • All required permits for Lower Dolpo Trek
  • Trekking map of this route for groups.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high-altitude medications.
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare and Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. (“Except farewell dinner" in Kathmandu)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason).
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and trekking gear.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs for involved trekking staff.
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included" above will be counted as excludes.

Equipment list

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  • Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
  • Baseball cap
  • Thermal Balaclava
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlight with spare batteries

Upper Body:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Baselayers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweaters/Pullovers
  • Waterproof GoreTex Jacket
  • Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
  • Primaloft or light down jacket

Lower Body:

  • Thermal
  • Inner-wears / Baselayers
  • Undergarments
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex pant
  • Trekking Trousers/Pants
  • Down or Primaloft pant


  • Warm socks (4 pairs of thin socks and 4 pairs of thick socks)
  • Gore-Tex Trekking Boots
  • Camp Shoes


  • Liner Gloves
  • Primaloft Mitten
  • Down Mitten


  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack 40-50 litres
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre X 2
  • Multi-tool knife
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress (For additional comfort)
  • Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reading materials notebooks and pens
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries


  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport-size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Toiletries and hygiene:

  • Quick-drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

Trip Map

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Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Facts

  • 17 Days
  • Challenging
  • 5,200m/17,056ft.
  • June To September
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Fully Camping
  • 2 Person

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