Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Overview

This Lower Dolpo Trek is ideal for those who are looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience in the western part of Nepal. This region was opened to the outside world only in 1989. Isolated by difficult topography, therefore, these valleys remained unexplored and unseen. Thus remained untouched by modernity. The people in this region have been able to retain their age old heritage and culture. The area is populated by ethnics of Tibetan descent. They share many cultural aspects with Tibet. They practice both Tibetan Buddhism and Bon culture in this area.

The trekking trail follows the hidden trail used by locals in the Phoksundo National Park of Nepal. Besides, this trek allows you to see and experience the Himalayan Mountains and gorgeous lakes. This includes 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 from Nepalgunj to Juphal. Juphal is the starting point for this trek. The trail goes through dense forests of pine, rhododendrons, and bamboo. And also through semi-arid 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 of these 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 along the way.

Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Highlights

⇒Visit UNESCO World Heritage sights in Kathmandu Valley.
⇒Scenic domestic flight from and to Juphal.
⇒Trek to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal.
⇒Walkthrough 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.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-271
  • TRIP NAME: Lower Dolpo Trek
  • DURATION: 18 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 5310m(Numa La Pass)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 6-7 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Dunai-Tarakot-Laini-Nawarpani-Do Tarap-Numa La Base Camp-Pelung Tang-Dajok Tang-Ringmo-Phoksundu Lake-Shyanta-Jhupal-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • 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 to visit the Thamel area. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Fly to Nepalgunj

    After breakfast, transfer to domestic airport to board a flight to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is a town near the Nepal-India border and is also 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. The town is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Start our trek from Jhupal to Dunai, which takes about 3 hours. We walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai, which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. We explore the small town in the evening and camp there for the night. 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. Along the way, we will pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges, and isolated villages. Our trail also includes a tremendous gorge with pine trees and a path built about seven meters above the river. After walking for a while, we will be greeted by the colorful, terraced field of Tarakot, a small village that stands on a hillock to the 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 switchback above the Tarap River. The walk becomes quite exciting. At this point, the valley becomes narrow. At 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 are welcomed by 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. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here 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. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber, and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects). 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 and take pleasure in the amazing views of the vast Tarap valley with its wide plains and high mountains. A few hours of the 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 the toughest and one of the longest days of our trek. After breakfast, we begin crossing the Numa La pass on a steep trail all the way up the top ridge of the pass. The ridge 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 begin our steep climb up to the top of Baga La pass. From the pass, 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 generally 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 of 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 see yak caravans moving in and out of Ringmo, mostly towards the Tibetan border on remote mountain trails. The scene is even depicted in a Hollywood movie ‘Caravan’ shot mostly in this location. On our way to the lake, we also tour a nearby monastery. Upon reaching the Phoksundo Lake, we can enjoy a relaxing walk on the serene lake’s 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. Those are believed to 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 take an early flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu

    Sometimes because of the weather conditions in the Mountain region. Flights get canceled, especially in the Dolpo region, it is common. So it is wise to put one extra day. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • Day 18: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

What's Included
  • 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 with one welcome/farewell dinner. All meals 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.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/PNEPF/RAP)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation).
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, 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.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.