Lower Dolpo Trek
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Trip Overview

The Lower Dolpa region lies on the western hills of Karnali Pradesh in Nepal. Dolpa is the largest district in the country, covering an area of 7889 sq. km. 

The Lower Dolpo Trek is one of the most exciting but less-known trek routes in Nepal. The trekking routes were opened for foreigners in 1982. This trek lies in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is named after the Shey Monastery and Phoksundo Lake that reside in this area. 

Lower Dolpo Trek presents a series of mighty mountains along with the sight of the deepest lake in Nepal, Phoksundo Lake. This lake is situated at an altitude of 3612 meters. Moreover, Lower Dolpo Trek consists of Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is the largest trans-Himalayan national park built in 1984. 

This adventurous trek will allow you to experience the off-beaten paths of Nepal along with the perfect composition of cultural and natural gifts. Admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas along the meadows, brown lands, snow-capped mountains, hidden valleys, and terraced fields, you will enter the captivating Shey Phoksundo National Park and Phoksundo Lake. 

You will further pass through two high passes in Nepal, including the Baga La Pass and the Numa La Pass, both residing over an altitude of 5000 meters. These passes offer stunning panoramas of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the Tibetan ranges of Kungung La and Khyung La. The turquoise Phoksundo Lake, with its mesmerizing beauty, will add fragrance to the journey. Exploring the culture of Buddhist and Tibetan people along with the Magar settlements that practice the Buddhist Bon Po religion is another major experience you will have during the Lower Dolpo Trek. 

The best time to visit the Lower Dolpo region is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the skies are clear and the weather is mild. 

Pure Adventure Nepal offers the finest packages as per your preference for the Lower Dolpo Region. This region lacks lavish facilities and accommodation; thus, if you are willing to endure without it and relish the natural aroma, the Lower Dolpo Trek is the perfect voyage designed for you.  


Trip Itinerary

Day 01

Once you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be welcomed by the representatives of Pure Adventure Nepal. You will be transferred to your Hotel through your private vehicle. After the welcoming dinner, you will be called to discuss the overall trip with your trekking companions.

Day 02

On your second day in Kathmandu, you have time to step into the city and explore Kathmandu. You can consider covering the major highlights of the city, including the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and other UNESCO-listed sites.

You will be flying to Nepalgunj from the domestic airport in Kathmandu. The flight duration is about 1 hour. Nepalgunj is a local town in western Nepal that is also a business hub as it is connected to the Indian border. Once you get there, you can take the rest of the time to stroll around the zoo, local market, and other areas of Nepalgung. You will be spending your night in Nepalgunj. 

Day 03

After a fulfilling breakfast in Nepalgunj, you will catch a 35 to 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal. Once you reach Jhupal, your trekking journey will start. 

You will be descending through the local villages and passing through the Bheri River. The trek lasts for 2 to 3 hours. The trail will continue by the riverside and pass through the Roop Ghar of a water mill. As you head forward, you will eventually arrive at the village of Dunai and reside overnight there in a tented camp. 

Day 04

On this day, a 5 to 6-hour trek will begin through numerous deep gorges, floppy bridges, and remote villages. You will follow the trail on the southern bank of the Bheri River. As you head towards the east alongside Bharbung Khola, you will reach Laisicap. 

Then, follow the trail constructed seven meters above the river. Moving forward will lead you to the terraced fields of Tarakot. 

Day 05

After spending a night at Tarakot, you will stroll through the Tarap Chu River and further pass through Sandul Gompa, which resides amid Barbung Khola and the Tarap Chu River.  

Descending through the remote village and farm terrace, you will reach Laini after 6 to 7 hours. Laine Odar will further present you with a relishing view of the Putha Hiuchuli and the Churen Himal range. 

Day 06

Leaving Laine Odar early and heading towards the vertical trail above the Tarap River will lead you to the backs of Chyugur Khola. Some energetic ascends and descends along the river will lead you to Nawarpani.

Nawarpani resides at an altitude of 3,545 meters, and the overall trek from Laine to Nawarpani takes about 5 to 6 hours. 

Day 07

After cruising over the narrow George for 4 to 5 hours, you will arrive at the lush green and wild forest of Do Tarap. The trail will further lead you to the Inner Dolpo Region, from where you can view the Ladhak Himalayas and experience the Buddhist sects and Bon Po Valley. After a short stroll of 2 to 3 hours, you will eventually reach Dho Tarap and tent there for the day.

Day 08

This is the rest day for you to adjust to the thin air. You will be exploring the Dho Tarap area on this day. You can spend the rest of your time visiting the monasteries nearby and learning about the local culture of the people in that area. 

This area is enclosed by uneven stone walls, and the major settlements here are Magar and Buddhists. 

Day 09

Now, you will collect yourself and head towards the Numa La Base camp as you move alongside the Tarap Chu River and ascend uphill to Tokyu. This is a traditional village that includes Kanu gaits and houses. You can explore the Buddhist monastery of the Chiba Sect. 

Thereafter, you will cross a bridge to Khanger and head in the northwest direction of the main trail. You will continue trekking to the rugged trail, reach the Numa La Base Camp after a 4 to 5-hour trek, and stay overnight at the tented camp there.

Day 10

Moving ahead from the Numa La Pass, you will be heading to Pelung Tang. This could be a difficult and extensive day of the trek as you climb uphill. Reaching there, you can see many walls and prayer flags. 

From the crest of Numa La, you will go downhill and reach Pelung Tang. The overall trek for the day is about 6 to 7 hours, and you will descend at an elevation of 4465 meters to 5190 meters. 

Day 11

A 6-hour trek begins at the top of the Baga La Pass. Before you cross the pass, you can spend some time exploring the dry terrain, snow-capped mountains, and Mt. Kanjirowa.  

After the picturesque view of the mountains, you will go downhill and reach Dojok Tang. 

Day 12

After you gather yourself from Dajok Tang, you will move ahead to Ringmo, which resides between the attractive pine trees and Alpine vegetation. The trail is easy to follow and troubleless. Hence, after 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you will reach the traditional Tibetan village of Ringmo. 

This is one of the most exciting days of the overall Upper Dolpo Trek. You will keep moving from Ringmo and hike to the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After you cross the bridge at Pungmo Khola, you will trek downhill to the Khola and reach Phoksundo Lake. 

Day 13

The day will start with an ascent to Chhekpa. However, you will descend to the Phoksundo River and then to Thulo Bheri through the forests of Chunuwar and Chhekpa. Once you reach Chhekpa, you will overnight stay at a tented camp in Chhekpa. 

Day 14

This is the final day for trekking. On this day, you will start trekking from Chhekpa to Jhupal. You will cross Dhupichaur and Ruggad villages and continue to trek through Kalagonda village and Motipur. The trek lasts for 5 to 6 hours. You will then cross the metal suspension bridge over Dhim Khola and make your way to Jhupal. You will rest for the day at Jhupal. 

Day 15

You will take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj from Jhupal. Once you reach Jhupal, you will take another flight to Kathmandu. From Tribhuwan Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. If you have extra time for the day, you can stroll around Kathmandu Valley. 

In the evening, you will participate in the farewell program. 

Day 16

This is the concluding and final day of this trip. You can explore Kathmandu before the departure time if you wish. You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport and head towards your destination. You will say your final goodbye today. 


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Trip Expense
What to Expect
  • Airport pickup and drop at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu
  • 3-star Hotel stays at Kathmandu night stay in twin sharing
  • Licensed Trek Guide with good spoken English plus assistant leader each
  • Airport pickup and drop at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu
  • Lodging and Tea house accommodation
  • Salary and Insurance Cost of Staff
  • Pure Adventure Nepal T-Shirt/ trekking maps.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (TIMS/ Conservation Fee).
  • Emergency medical kit and local taxes
What not to Expect
  • International Flight and Nepal VISA fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra activities cost not planned within the Itinerary
  • Hard or Soft Drinks and snacks
  • Tips for Staff (Trekking Guide, Assistant, and Porter)
  • Essential packing Equipment
  • Essential packing Equipment
Gears and Equipments

Waterproof jackets and pants
Sweaters and down jackets
Lightweight trousers
Hiking shirts- long-sleeved 
Hooded raincoat and Fleece jacket
Lightweight and heavyweight winter gloves 
Sun hat or scarf; Money belt; Cotton headscarf, bandana
 Winter hat or insulating hat

Personal accessories

Headlights and extra batteries 
Face and body wipes
Sunscreen and sunglasses with UV protection
Cell phone and camera 


Medium-drying towels 
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Washing kits, talcum powder, and toilet paper
Degradable soap and shampoo
Deodorant floss, nail clippers, and mirror 


Trekking  Boots 
A pair of sports shoes 
Heavy wool and light socks 

Extra items

First aid kit
Passport-sized photos and passport photocopies
Personal medications 
1 swiss type knife 
Sleeping bags and sheets, 
Rucksack, backpack, and a small day pack 
Water bottle 
Water purification tablet solution

Map & Elevation
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Lower Dolpo Trek Map
Frequently asked questions

The Lower Dolpo Trek is considered moderately challenging. The altitude is high, and the terrain is rugged, so the trekkers should be in good physical condition.

You will need a TIMS ( Trekkers Information Management System) card and other special trekking permits including the National Park Permits and Restricted Area Trekking Permits.

On average, the Lower Dolpo Trek costs around 1800 USD to 2700 USD per person. However, it solely depends on the length of the trek, the type of services, and other facilities. 


You will see wildfires such as blue sheep, tahr, musk deer, and snow leopards. Also, you might see some birds, like Himalayan griffons and lammergeiers. 


You will see wildfires such as blue sheep, tahr, musk deer, and snow leopards. Also, you might see some birds, like Himalayan griffons and lammergeiers. 


You will find some local teahouses and lodges. However, camping is considered more comfortable. So, bring your own gear. 


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