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Lower dolpo Trek

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Price starting from

$2,545 USD 2,359

per person


17 days

Max. Elevation


Group size

2+ Above

Private vehicle as per itinerary / Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu flight tickets
Best Season
February-May, September-December
Three-star hotel in Kathmandu; and tea house lodges during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu; and three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cup of tea /coffee) during the trip
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Jhupal-Dunai-Dho Tarap-Danigar via Numa-La pass-Phoksundo Lake-Chhepka-Jhupal-Nepalganj-Kathmandu


  • Striking sceneries of forest, gorge, and Lake.
  • Scenic Himalayan flight.
  • Majestic monasteries and Chhortens.
  • Rich in Flora and Fauna.
  • Historical Caravan Route.
  • Lower Dolpo Trekking trail goes through the astonishing landscape and remote locality.
  • It covers the traditional ethnic culture and civilizations of the Buddhist religion.
  • Rich in flora and fauna in Phoksundo National Park.
  • Walk along waterfalls and narrow valleys.
  • Untouched geography and not crowded route.


Lower Dolpo Trek takes you around Nepal's largest Shey-Phoksundo National Park with an area of 3,555 sq. km. In the country of rare and elusive Snow Leopard and herds of Blue Sheep habitats with other mountain wildlife. One of the most fascinating and interesting adventures to experience on Lower Dolpo Trek, located in Nepal Far North West. Where few groups of trekkers often venture into the wildland of Dolpo, enriched with age-old heritage culture and tradition.

Lower Dolpo Trek certainly amazes every trekker, quite different from other parts of Nepal Himalaya, due to its unique landscapes. Where some of the hidden corners are still to be explored around the undisturbed pristine wilderness. The main highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek, its beautiful scenery of green to barren arid hills with a snow-capped mountain range. The beauty of the country is unimaginable, where the walk takes you to cross high Numa-La and Baga-La passes. Then reach the wonderful turquoise Phoksundo Lake, also call Ringmo Lake due to its closeness to the village Ringmo. 

An enjoyable adventure for people who loves walking in tranquil and quiet surroundings away from mainstream trekking trails. This trek leads you to off the beaten tracks, on a less-used path visiting lovely villages and the culture. Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a sweeping panoramic flight to land at Nepal Far South West at Nepalgunj city airport. After an interesting tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites, introduction to the Nepalese way of life and its immense varied cultures. From Nepalgunj taking another connecting flight in a small aircraft to reach Jhupal in Dolpo, where our adventure starts. From Jhupal onward into inner or Lower Dolpo, as the walk takes you to interesting places on reaching Dunai.

The major town and headquarter of the Dolpo region, and from here head west to the historical village of Tarakot. A lovely place, where the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route of Nepal to Tibet pass through Tarakot. After Tarakot into wild country entering a narrow river gorge, and then reach a wide green Dho-Tarap River valley. Spending time at Dho Tarap exploring around the village to witness the impressed culture and heritage farm life of Dolpo people. The trek passes through two high passes, the Numa-La pass, and Baga-La pass. The passes provide stunning views of the north Annapurna range, Kanjiroba, and Dhaulagiri Himal. The other highlights of the trek are stunning glaciers, waterfalls, Phoksundo Lake (the deepest lake in Nepal). You can also spot blue sheep and snow leopards. 

The adventure continues to another interesting Tokyu village, one of the largest villages around the Dolpo area. Herewith time to enjoy visiting this nice village enriched with immense traditions and colorful culture and a tour of interesting monasteries. Leaving the last village for a few days head towards complete isolation away from human settlements to cross two main passes. Numa-La at 5,195 m, then next adventure over Baga-La 5, 065 m to reach final destinations at Phoksundo Lake.

A haven on earth a grand spectacular spot at 3, 660 m the turquoise lake surrounded by beautiful green hills. Where you can overlook the snow peaks of Kagmara and adjoining mountain range, enjoy a wonderful tour of Ringmo village. Spending marvelous time at Phoksundo Lake, slowly walk comes to near the end of an adventure. A lovely walk through farm villages to reach Dunai and back at Jhupal for a scenic flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. After a great remarkable experience on Lower Dolpo Trek and the great service of Hiker Himalaya guides and staff.

Best Time for Lower Dolpo Trek:
Lower Dolpo Trek, the best time to visit is in mid-spring time from March to May, and around an autumn season of September to mid-November.

March to May longer days with enough sun-light hours, but much cold in the morning, shady areas, and night time. Can get snowed in sometimes at the higher altitudes above 3,000 m high.  Next, the best season is autumn from September to November, where days are crystal clear for walks and scenic views.

Cold morning and night time, with an extra wind-chill factor that adds colder, could get snowfall around higher altitude.

Important Note

  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline, If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.
  • you can make an itinerary as per your wish keeping in view your holiday.

Trip Itinerary


You will be welcomed at Tribhuwan international airport with a beautiful Nepali greeting "Namaste." Take a rest you might have traveled on the flight for a long time, or you can visit the nightlife of Thamel or visit a local pub and get some chilled beer. Overnight at the hotel.


Kathmandu valley is best known as the "City of Temples" which has several places to visit. Pashupatinath Temple, listed on UNESCO has immense importance among Hindu around the world. Along with Pashupatinath Temple, another center of attraction to visit around Kathmandu valley is Changu Narayan Temple, Bauddhanath, and Swayambhunath temple. Stay overnight at the hotel.


The flight to Nepalgunj will roughly take around an hour. You will be received at the airport by our representative and will be transferred to a hotel. Nepalgunj is an interesting town where you can enjoy the diverse culture, local market, and nearby villages.


flight to Jhupal is more than 45 minutes. Jhupal is placed on the foothills, serving stunning views of high peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. The trekking staff will detail you on the trip before the trek begins. The next destination is reached shortly passing through the terraced fields, narrow gorges, and wonderful villages.


After the morning breakfast, begin trekking to your next destination in Lingdo village. Follow the Tulo Beri River, enjoying the scenic landscapes of the Dolpo district. The trail passes through rocky terrain with blue pine trees. The trail could be difficult due to the rocky terrain and reach Lingdo for an overnight stay.


With an early start, pass through the Mani walls and Chortens. These artifacts have high importance and deliver a story. You can see the mighty Kang Tokai (6294m), and if you’re lucky, you can see grey monkeys. The rocky landscape with tiny dots of pine trees is a phenomenal natural painting. Ascend further crossing a big suspension bridge over Tulo Beri River and passing through a lush forest to reach Laina Odar.


After your morning breakfast, follow the trail through the fresh pine forests, ascending further through the ridges and passing through heavy waterfalls, climb further reaching the hilltop. Next, descend steeply reaching the popular camping site of Tangum. From here, it's an hour hike to Toltol.


Follow the trail to more barren lands, and no vegetation, pass between the rocky gorges and ridges. Climb over the rocky sharp paths and pass through the valleys which are used for resting caravans. Follow the trail further ahead to reach Dho Tarap.


Today, you will pass through numerous Gompas until reaching a small settlement of Gakar, the location of the famous Gorje Gompa. Gompas are huge monasteries having high importance. Continuing the trail you pass through Tokyu and ascend towards the Numa-La Phedi Base Camp.


After an early breakfast, you will follow the trail leading to the Numa-La pass (5238m). The trail is difficult due to the snowy trail but offers beautiful glacier formations. You can enjoy the best views of the north Annapurna range, Kanjiroba, and Dhaulagiri Himal. Passing the glaciers, climb a ridge where you can spot blue sheep and snow leopards. The trail reaches Danigar, where you can enjoy the beautiful Phoksundo Lake on the way.


After breakfast, you will continue on your trek passing the Baga-La pass. The pass is difficult and tricky due to the steep trail over the loose rocks. The heavy waterfalls fall down on the rocks creating a stunning phenomenon. You reach the open valley and the trail opens up to a flat surface. Trek further to reach Yak Kharka for an overnight stay.


After an early start, follow the relatively flat trail to Jhupal. You can savor the amazing views of the mountains as you descend gradually to the valley. After a short climb, you reach the 200m waterfall from Phoksundo Lake. The spectacular view of the Lake is the biggest highlight of the trek. Follow the trail to Ringmo village for an overnight stay.


Today, you will explore the region. Take your time to get lost in the beauty and purity of Phoksundo Lake. You can visit Bon Gompa, the most amazing monastery in the region. Overnight stay in Ringmo.


After your breakfast, follow the Phoksundo River, passing through the green valleys. The trail gradually descends into a flat area. En route, you get to enjoy the stunning waterfall of 330m. Follow the trail to reach Chhepka.


Hike through the beautiful flower fields and small terrace farmed villages. Descend to the Dunai River and a small ascend to Jhupal for overnight stay.


The flight to Nepalgunj is around 45 minutes. You will then board the next flight to Kathmandu where you will celebrate your successful completion of the journey.


You will be dropped at the airport, a few hours before your flight. Our representative will help you with the process and bid farewell. As you reach the clouds, remember the amazing journey and the vast memories you’ve collected and you will be willing to come back to Nepal for yet another interesting adventure.


  • Airport Pick up and  Drop services by Private vehicle. 
  • 3 nights Three-star hotels in Kathmandu with Breakfast (twin sharing base).
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with experience city Tour guide by private van.
  • All entry fees as per itinerary like lower Dolpo trekking permit per week per person, and Shey Phoksundo National par, {bring 2 copies passport size picture}
  • Full meals (Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinners with a cup of tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses (Twin Sharing Bases during the trek).
  • Trekking Guide and Porters During the trek.
  • The facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Airfare domestic flight (airport tax).
  • All ground transportation by private van.
  • Tourists’ service charge, vat. 
  •  International flights and Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival of Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Any Meals in Kathmandu & other places.
  • Kathmandu heritage sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment, medical, and travel insurance fees.
  • personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, Travel insurance, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, treks equipment, etc...
  • Sightseeing/Monument any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue.
  • Tips for staff (it is expected).


    • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
    • Sleeping bag during the trek, (to be returned after the trip).
    • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available).
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Dolpo trekking map.
    • Adventure certificate of achievement

Frequently Asked Questions

To reach Dolpo involves flight both ways, becomes more expensive than another main trekking region, the cost comes higher on Dolpo trek and there are only a few available lodges for an overnight stop of simple food and accommodation.

Minimum age of 16 and onwards, and not older than 65 years, should be in good physical shape and in sound health to cope with high hills and altitude.

From the last village of Dunai, Tarakot, and Tokyu-Gaon, there is no electricity to charge your gadgets, where one needs to carry a portable solar panel that can fit outside your day pack, while you trek the sunlight can power your solar panel to use at the end of the day.

Depends upon the seriousness of the illness, if it’s a critical situation the client needs immediate evacuation for medical help, by any means of fast transportation. The fastest way in Nepal Himalaya and on Makalu Base Camp Trek is using a Helicopter Service. Our guide will inform the head office to arrange a Helicopter to evacuate the sick person. From the nearest spot where a helicopter can land and then flying to Kathmandu and admit to the best hospitals for further treatment.  

Staying in the best simple lodge were available around main large villages, most overnights spending in tented camping. Hike Himalaya will provide full camping facilities includes two-man tents, dining tent as per the size of a group with separate kitchen tents backed by a camping staff of expert cooks, kitchen crews, guides, and porters to carry all camping gear and food throughout the journey.

Food will be of excellent standard served from our kitchen tent by our chef, with variation from continental, Chinese, Indian, and Italian to Tibetan and Nepalese meals. Includes good breakfast, light lunch, and a great main course at dinner time.

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