Lower Dolpo Trekking  |  17 Days

This exotic journey gets away from common travels through a remote and strikingly beautiful area that is rarely visited. It's a challenging trek ideal for people seeking a unique adventure.

The Lower Dolpo Trek is a journey through the pristine land of Shey-Phoksundo National Park where the award-winning, where The Caravan, was filmed. To the east is the Dhaulagiri Range including the world's 7th highest mountain and to the north is the Tibetan plateau. The journey begins with a flight to Jhupal and we will travel to many villages among which are Tarap, Dho, and Tarakot, and through forests of oak, rhododendron (Nepal's national flower) and pine with spectacular views as we climb over three passes, Kagmara La 5115m, Baga La 5190 m and Numa La at 5159 m.

This tour is highlighted by the culture and the views of the mountains, the Phoksundo Lake and the majestic monasteries. Chances are that we may even see various wild animals such as Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard on top of rare vegetal species. Peter Mathiessen wrote his classic book, The Snow Leopard from his experiences in Dolpo.

The Lower Dolpo Trek is a camping tour. The facilities in the region are not capable of supporting a teahouse or lodge to lodge trek. We will have a crew of porters to carry all supplies, including a dining tent, tables, chairs, bathroom tent and personal, comfortable sleeping tent. Our cook will provide quality meals and the evening around the camp will be a cozy time recollecting the wonders of the day's journey and spectacular surroundings over a good meal and a warm drink.

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Trip Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trekking

  • Striking sceneries of forest, gorge and Lake.
  • Scenic Himalayan flight.
  • Majestic monasteries and Chhortens.
  • Rich in Flora and Fauna.
  • Historical Caravan Route.

Outline Itinerary:

  • 1Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)Namaste and welcome to Kathmandu. Our airport representative greets you at the international airport on your arrival. Then you will be transferred to the hotel. After Check-in at the hotel, refresh and rest yourselves. We will brefly explain our tour program in the evening. O/N at hotel. (A).
  • 2Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (152m/498ft)From Kathmandu we take a bus or fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. western, mid-western and. It takes 1 hour to reach from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight. If you go through Bus it takes around 8 hours to reach there. Overnight stay will be at hotel or lodge that is 10 to 15 minutes drive from the airport.
  • 3Day 3: Fly Nepalgunj – Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 35 min, 2-3 hrsToday we take a 35 minutes long flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal. The first forty five minutes of the trek descends down to Kalagauda followed by two hours of hike along the trail above Thuli Bheri River. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the Dunai (2150m) a small town, the head quarter of the district.You can visit the Bon Stupa and school, Central Buddhist monastery, From the Stupa you can have the view of whole town and another village, upper Dunai too. Overnight stay at Dunai. (B,L,D)
  • 4Day 4: Dunai – Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hrsAfter breakfast we continue our journey following the south bank of the river. Passing the bridge over the river, we move through dense pine forest and reach to Tarakot. There beautiful and colorful terraced field greets us. We spend our night at Tarakot.(B, L, D)
  • 5Day 5: Tarakot – Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hrsCrossing a suspension bridge over Tarap chu river we continue our trip. On the way we will interact with Sandul Gompa. The Path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages. And then we reach to laini and we camp there overnight. (B, L, D)
  • 6Day 6: Laini – Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5 hrsWalking through the gorge of the Tarap River, we climb above the hill. Exploring with narrow gorge, it gives the feeling of adventure in the journey. After walking about 5 hours we reach to Nawarpani. We spend overnight in Nawarpani camp. (B, L, D)
  • 7Day 7: Laini – Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft): 7-8 hrsLeading Tarap chu and Lang khola we move towards east. After few hours of walk we get through the bushy forest of wild rose and get in to the Do Tarap village surrounded by irregular stone wall. Overnight camp at Do Tarap. (B, L, D)
  • 8Day 8: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatizationToday, we send our day with exploring villages, monasteries. We will move towards Bön Gompa which is just half an hour far from Do Tarap. Overnight camp at Do Tarap. (B, L, D)
  • 9Day 9: Do Tarap – Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft): 6-7 hrsToday, our journey continuous towards upper tarap valley. After a few hours of walk we reach to the village of tokyu, where we can get chance to explore with monastery. Overnight camp at Numa la Base camp. (B, L, D)
  • 10Day 10: Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Baga La Phedi(4465m/14,645 ft): 6-7 hrsIt is one of the longest routes of our trekking. Crossing Numa La Pass, we climb the steep hill to catch the top of Numa La. On the way we can explore with thr panoramic view of Dhaulagiri mountain. And thyen we move towards Baga La phedi for the night camp. (B, L, D)
  • 11Day 11: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hrsAfter breakfast, we climb the hill to reach to top of Baga La. From there we can be explored with the beautiful landscape of Kanjirowa Himal. Following the route, we climb down the hill and camp at Dajok Tang. (B, L, D)
  • 12Day 12: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hrsWalking through the pine forest, we begin our journey. Exploring with different shrubs we follow the up and down climb to reach to Ringmo for camping. (B, L, D)
  • 13Day 13: Rest Day at Ringmo village in Phoksundo LakeToday is our resting day. But we will grab the opportunity to explore with Phokshundo lake. A walk around the phoksundo lake will add some sweetness in the journey. Overnight camp at Ringo village. (B, L, D)
  • 14Day 14: Phoksundo Lake – Shyangta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hrsFalling down from Ringo village, we follow the rocky trial to reach Shyangta. Overnight camp at Shyangta. (B, L, D)
  • 15Day 15: Shyangta – Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft): 5-6 hrsToday is our last day of trekking. Following the trial with tall birch trees on our way we explore with the views of mountains. And camp at Juphal. (B, L, D)
  • 16Day 16: Fly Juphal – Nepalgunj – KathmanduFrom Juphal we fly to Nepalgunj by early morning. After arriving to Nepalgunj, we will have rest on hotel. During afternoon,we will take off to kathmandu by flight and have accommodation on the 2*/3* hotel.
  • 17Day 17: Final departureOur representative will drive you to airport and organize farewell for you departure.

Trip Note

Arrival in Nepal

According to your arrival itinerary in Nepal, Good Vibe Adventure welcomes you at the entry point or at the airport and takes you to the hotel. We also brief you in short about the programs.


Private Tourist vehicle to airport drops and pick up/ round flight trip KTM-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-KTM.

Food/ Water and Accommodation on Lower Dolpo Trekking

We provide Standard breakfast in Kathmandu. During the trekking, we provide breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch on the trekking trail. We recommend you to bring water purification pills, but you have options of buying bottled water or boiled water as well.

We offer 2-3 star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu but it can be customized according to your request. And best available lodge in the trekking. Lodges with basic facilities are available in  Lower Dolpo Trekking

Luggage on  Lower Dolpo Trekking

During the trekking, your bag pack will be carried by the porter and you can use your belongings at your desired time. You can just carry a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. Except for the necessary things, you can deposit your belongings to the hotels' locker.

Communication, Electricity and Battery Charge on Lower Dolpo Trekking

Despite some areas, there is network coverage of mobile phones in almost the places. The landline phones are also available for communication. Electricity or solar powers are available for the mobile charge. It is better to have a spare battery.

Health Issues

It is better to consult with your doctor before going to the lower Dolpo Trekking. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)/ High Altitude Sickness can occur during the trekking so proper acclimatization is needed. Please, take your required medicine with you.


Insurance helps you to get a quick rescue and medical expenses. It is an expensive operation from the higher altitude in the helicopter. It cuts your economic burden if some accidents happen. Insurance should be done by you.

Best Trekking season for the Lower Dolpo Trekking

Autumn and spring are the best seasons for  Lower Dolpo Trekking. Days are warm and nights are chilling. Mornings are usually clear and fine weather. It can be cloudy around the afternoon and evening. The winter season is more challenging due to the heavy snowfall.

Booking and Payment procedure

20% payment should be paid in advance while you book the trip. It should include Passport copy and flight detail. The rest of the 80% payment is payable at your arrival in Nepal. You can pay by your credit card and deposit into the bank account of Good Vibe Adventure from your country and can pay cash after your arrival.

Trip Extension

In addition to Lower Dolpo Treks, we can also extend the trip to jungle safari, Lumbini Tour, Nepal Tour, Rafting along with tour activities in Tibet and Bhutan. Please, let us know earlier if you want to extend your trip either inside Nepal or outside of it according to your time management.

  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Challenginng
  • Trip Style Tour and Trekking
  • Accomodation Lodge and Camp
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