Lower Dolpo Trekking

Duration: 18 Days   |  

We invite you to come and discover the remote Himalayan kingdom of Dolpo, the land the Oscar nominated film Caravan brought to fame, Due to Eric Vally’s documentation for National Geographic, the Dolpo region of Nepal has been shown for all its integrity and mystical values. The Tibetan culture has been preserved for centuries, and has one of the deepest lakes in the Himalayas. The Shey Phoksundo is a beautifully turquoise lake, with an abundance of nature surrounding it, see the yak caravans coming trough regularly.

Dolpo region is home to some of the highest villages on earth; almost 90% of the area lies above 3,500m, with a regional population less than 5,000 people, making it one of the least densely populated areas of Nepal. Its inhabitants cultivate their survival from this inhospitable environment by synergizing agriculture, animal husbandry and trade. Dolpo’s agro-pastoral livelihood is characterized by migrations between permanent villages and pastures at higher altitudes. Over 90% of the population lives under the poverty line, literacy is low, and life expectancy is a mere fifty years.

The region is popular for being outstandingly unique, containing pristine natural beauty and possessing a rugged charm. You will meet the nomadic people of the region and experience their traditional way of life, almost untouched and unexplored. The people are very pleasant by nature being of Tibetan descent, they follow the pre-Buddhist Bon religion. The language they speak is closely related to Tibetan. There are 64 large and small monasteries in Dolpo, with most of the monasteries built at the top of the high mountains. Some of them can even be found around rocky isolated surroundings. Since it is believed that the followers of spiritual world should live peaceful and isolated life, most of the monasteries are found in calm and lonely places. The Himalayas offer an endless variety of landscapes, culture, tradition and great people. This unbounded diversity makes it a destination you can visit multiple times, it becomes more interesting and fascinating with every time you return.

The lower Dolpo trek is suitable for the real adventure lovers who wish to explore off the- beaten- path treks. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National park with breathtaking mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries, beautiful valleys and Yak and Sheep caravans. We would recommend you to arrive in Kathmandu at least two days before the trek starts. This would allow for a historical tour of the ancient sites in the city, whilst we gains the special permits required for the lower Dolpo trek. We take a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj, and then begin a great trek of Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake with the cold and fresh air of the Glaciers of Kanjirowa Himalayas, it truly is a once in a lifetime experience.


  • Embark on the remote Dolpo trails, explore Shey-Phoksundo lake, mountain scenery, amazing passes, Yak and Sheep caravans en-route

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,350m):
  • Day 02Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation:
  • Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel:
  • Day 04Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, 2,320m and trek to Dunai 2,850m, 2-3 hrs trek:
  • Day 05Trek to Tarakot, 2,540m, 5-6 hrs trek:
  • Day 06Trek to Laini, 3,160m, 6-7 hrs trek:
  • Day 07Trek to Nawarpani, 3,545m, 5 hrs trek:
  • Day 08Trek to Do Tarap, 4,090m, 6-7 hrs trek:
  • Day 09Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization:
  • Day 10Trek to Numa La Base Camp, 4,440m, 6-7 hrs trek:
  • Day 11Cross Numa La 5,190m, and camp at Pelung Tang, 4,465m, 6-7 hrs trek:
  • Day 12Cross tent 5,070m, and camp Dajok Tang 4,080m, 6 hrs trek:
  • Day 13Trek to Ringmo, 3,600m, 3-4 hrs trek:
  • Day 14Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake:
  • Day 15Trek to Shyanta, 2,520m, 5-6 hrs trek:
  • Day 16Trek to Jhupal:
  • Day 17Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj:
  • Day 18Final transfer to Airport for your flight back to home:
Detail Itinerary


  • All Airport/hotel transfers in Nepal.
  • Flights Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Juphal- Nepalgunj-Kathmandu (by airplane), incl. the local taxes.
  • 3 nights accommodation in standard Hotel in Kathmandu, on a sharing basis, including breakfasts.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • All entry fees to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu.
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis.
  • All major meals during trekking.
  • All necessary trained and experienced staff, guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters/yakmen, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging.
  • All necessary trekking and national park permits.
  • The technical equipment to secure the passes, if necessary.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Communication device in case of emergency.
  • First aid kit.
  • Solar lights for Camping and charging.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry Visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (Internet, phone, Individual beverages, laundry, bar bills, and extra porters, and all other personal items).
  • Tips (Guide, assistant guide, porters, yak driver, driver, city guide, etc.).
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

Useful Information

  • Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.
  • Trip Cost:
    Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group and when you would like to do this trek, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible.
  • Note: If above Itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours and Bhutan tours.
Ram Kumar Adhikari
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