Lower Dolpo Trek is well known as the ‘hidden treasure of Nepal’. It has only been open since 1988. You will have the chance to explore the remote and sparsely populated areas of Nepal.
The main attraction of lower Dolpo circuit trek in Nepal is that you will be trekking towards the fantastic ‘Phoksundo Lake.’ You will be able to see beautiful flora and fauna surrounding the lake. It is one of the deepest lakes in Nepal.
As the trial of lower Dolpo trekking is near to the Tibetan border, the locals follow the ancient Tibetan Buddhism known as the ‘Bon Po.’ Their primary income is by trading items of salt, cotton, barley and rice in Tibet. They preserved their lifestyle, and you will be able to see that it is almost untouched by the trappings of modern society. For those who wanted to avoid busy & crowded trekking trials such as Annapurna circuit trek and Everest base camp trek, trekking to Lower Dolpo is the perfect destination.
The lowe Dolpo trek will start from Juphal after two consecutive flights. We will be walking alongside the Bheri river. As we trek up, there will be farms and village areas. As we move forward to Numa La Base Camp, we will pass by the monasteries. The walk will be quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge, at some places you may have to jump from one side to another.
As you reach the village of Dho Tarap, you will see an irregular stone wall surrounding it. In the area of Chepka, there will be many important medicinal minerals which are believed to cure almost anything. We will be heading back after that to Jhupal from where we again catch a flight to Nepalgunj and a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. During the lower Dolpo circuit trekking, you can see blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopard, snow leopard, mountain goat, Jackal etc.
Lower Dolpo Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(150m) – 1 hour.
Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m) and trek to Dunai(2,338m) – 3 hours.
Day 03: Dunai to Tarakot(2,543m) – 6 hours.
Day 04: Tarakot to Laini(3,160m) – 7 hours. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05: Laini to Nawarpani(3,545m) – 6 hours.
Day 06: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap(4,090m) – 8 hours.
Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Dho Tarap(4,090m) – 3 hours.
Day 08: Dho Tarap to Num La Base Camp(4,440m) – 7 hours.
Day 09: Num La Base Camp to Pelung Tang(4,465m) via Numa La pass(5,360m) – 7 hours.
Day 10: Pelung Tang to Dajok Tang(4,080m) via Baga La pass(5,070m) – 6 hours.
Day 11: Dajok Tang to Ringmo(3,600m)– 4 hours.
Day 12: Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake(3,610m) – 5 hours.
Day 13: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta(2,520m) – 4 hours.
Day 14: Shyanta to Jhupal(2,320m) – 6 hours.
Day 15: Flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Lowe Dolpo trekking permit will cost USD 10/person for one week for Areas of Lower Dolpo but remember that if you want to trek upper Dolpo, it will cost $500 for first ten days and $50 per extra day.
Lowe Dolpo Circuit Trekking Overview
|No. Of Days||14 - 18 Days|
|Maximum Elevation||5,360m / 17,580ft, Kang-La pass|
|Remoteness||Very Remote (Less number of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual|
|Pricing||High ($1,799 including food, accommodation during the trek)|
|Best Season||May, October and November|
|Required Permits||RAP, Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit