This Lower Dolpo Trek is ideal for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience in the Dolpa region of Nepal. Due to its topography, this region remained hidden from the outside world until the late eighties. People of Tibetan descent live in this territory and share many cultural aspects with Tibet. They practice Tibetan Buddhism and Bon culture in this area. These valleys remained unexplored, unseen, and untouched by modernity until they opened to the outside world in 1989.
The trekking trail follows the hidden tracks used by locals in the Phoksundo National Park. This trek offers the experience of the Himalayan Mountains and gorgeous lakes, including the Phoksundo lake with its stunning turquoise blue water. Also, you can see traditional yak caravans’ carrying on trade with Tibet. Besides, it also passes through breathtaking landscapes, scenic villages, and ancient monasteries.
This trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Then a further 30-minute flight to Juphal. Juphal is the starting point for this trek. The trail goes through dense forests of pine, rhododendrons, and bamboo. And also through the desert-like landscape in the lower Dolpo region. The trail passes through the Shey Phoksundo National Park. The park is home to endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, and many more.
In this trek, you will also pass through two high passes. The Numa La (5360m), and the Baga La (5070m) pass. Both passes offer extraordinary views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the Tibetan ranges(Kugung La and Khyung La). Another highlight of the trek is the pristine turquoise Phoksundo Lake. Above all, you will also visit ancient monasteries and Bon Po shrines en route.
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage sights in Kathmandu Valley.
- Scenic domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal.
- Trek to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal.
- Walk through the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
- Also, cross two major high passes (Numa La Pass & Baga La Pass).
- Experience the unchanged Bon culture and Tibetan Buddhism.
- Walk in the desert-like area of the lower Dolpo region.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can either relax at your hotel or take a short walk around the Thamel area. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Fly to Nepalgunj
After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport to board a flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a town near the Nepal-India border and is the gateway to Simikot and Humla. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo, and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 3: Fly to Jhupal(Dolpo)(2499m) - Trek to Dunai (2,850m/2-3 hrs)
After breakfast, we will take a 45-minute scenic mountain flight to Jhupal. Jhupal lies at the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. We will start our trek from Jhupal, through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai, the administrative center of Dolpo region. Overnight in Dunai.
Day 4: Dunai to Tarakot (2812m/5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, we continue along the southern bank of the Bheri River, heading upstream on an easy trail. We will pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges, and isolated villages. After walking for a while, we will reach the colorful, terraced field of Tarakot, a small hamlet standing on a hillock south of the Bheri River. Overnight in Tarakot.
Day 5: Tarakot to Laini (3,160m/6-7 hrs)
We will walk alongside the Tarap Chu river and cross it twice before reaching Sandul Gompa. The gompa lies at a juncture between Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu river. We will continue walking on a trail that will take us through terraced fields and rural villages. After ascending and descending for a while, we finally reach Laini. Overnight in Laini.
Day 6: Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/5-6hrs)
We will climb on a steep trail and walk along a switchback above the Tarap River. The walk becomes quite exciting, the valley becomes narrow, and in some places, you can jump from one side to another. After several rigorous climbs, we arrive at the banks of Chyugur Khola. From here, we continue towards Nawarpani. Overnight in Nawarpani.
Day 7: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,040m/7-8hrs)
We will begin today by gradually ascending to Kamattarka, at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. We cross a narrow gorge and leave the tree line behind us. We walk through wild rose and juniper bushes, typical of the dry inner Himalayan valleys. After walking for several more hours, we reach the Do Tarap village, surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this valley, both Bon Po and Chaiba religious sects reside together. Tibetans and Magars have lived here in harmony for many generations. Overnight in Do Tarap
Day 8: Rest Day at Do Tarap
The day off will assist with acclimatization and allow some bodily rest. We can spend the day visiting nearby monasteries. During today’s short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and favor Tibetan style Somba or Dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for footwear. Men and women often wear religious amulets, strings of coral, amber, and turquoise. They follow the Bon Po and Nyingmapa sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Do Tarap.
Day 9: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4410m/6-7 hrs)
We will trek towards the upper Tarap valley enjoying views of lush grasslands on both sides of the river, unique to this part of the inner Dolpo. We will walk alongside the Tarap Chu river with views of the vast Tarap valley with its wide plains and high mountains. A few hours of a good walk. We will arrive at the village of Tokyu, which houses a Buddhist monastery of the Chaiba sect. After exploring the monastery, we will continue walking up the valley on a rough trail before reaching the Numa La Base Camp. Overnight in Numa La Base Camp.
Day 10: Cross Numa La pass(5310m), camp at Pelung Tang(4465m/6-7hrs)
Today is going to be a tough day on our trek. After breakfast, we begin crossing the Numa La pass on a steep trail up the top ridge of the pass. The hill provides incredible views of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). After getting to the top of Numa La, we descend to camp at Pelung Tang. Overnight in Pelung Tang
Day 11: Cross Baga La pass(5170m), trek to Dajok Tang(4,080m/6hrs)
After breakfast, we climb up to the top of Baga La pass. From the top, we get fantastic views of the dry landscape and the distant snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Kanjirowa. We spend some time at the top of the pass, taking pictures and enjoying the mesmerizing views. Next, we descend to Dajok Tang for an overnight stay. Overnight in Dajok Tang.
Day 12: Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/3-4 hrs)
We spend most of today’s trek on trails alongside beautiful pine forests and alpine vegetation. After trekking for a short while on an easy trail with only gradual highs and lows, we reach Ringmo Village. The village is a traditional Tibetan village in the Dolpo region. Overnight in Ringmo.
Day 13: Hike to Phoksundo Lake
Today we explore the great Phoksundo Lake and camp at its shores. We can see yak caravans moving in and out of Ringmo towards the Tibetan border. The Hollywood movie ‘Caravan’ was shot in this location. On our way to the lake, we also tour a nearby monastery. Upon reaching Phoksundo Lake, we can enjoy a relaxing walk on the serene lake shores. Overnight at Phoksundo.
Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m/5-6 hrs)
We trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka, the trail follows a massive overhanging rock. During our trek, we find several medicinal minerals. People believe this mineral cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through small villages before climbing to Shyanta. Overnight in Shyanta.
Day 15: Shyanta to Jhupal
We march towards Jhupal via Sulighat on a trail surrounded by birch trees. From the top of the ridge, we get the most spectacular views of the mountain above us and Jhupal Village below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply taking a rest. Overnight in Jhupal.
Day 16: Fly to Nepalgunj- Fly to Kathmandu
This morning, we board a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
Flight gets often canceled in the mountains due to the weather condition. Therefore, today is an extra contingency day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Accommodation in listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj while all meals are included during the trek.
- Domestic flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.
- Experienced English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- All necessary paper work and permit (PSNPF/RAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
- Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.