Lower Dolpo Trekking ~ 16 Days

  • Duration 16
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation Tea House
  • Max. Altitude 5070m
  • Activity Treaking, Hikking, Climbing, Exploring and Walking
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season Spring and Autum

Lower Dolpo Trekking ~ 16 Days Overview

The Lower Dolpo trek 2022 is a jump to the different world of semi-desert region mixed with lush forest, timber-woods, traditional farming lands and traditional tribe of Tibetan-Buddhist community. The Dolpo region lies on the region of Tibetan plateau which is the highest elevation where general vegetation can’t survive. This region lies near Himalayas and the wide angle views of Himalayas are the regular thing to see here. The dolpo region is the remains of ancient Tibetan culture of Bonpo sect which is an older religion than Buddhism. There are traditional villages in lower dolpo region which is inhabited by community of ancient Tibetan migrants who still practice the ancient Bon-Po religion in their traditional ways. The lower dolpo is the region of adventure trekking on the semi-desert region over the rugged Himalayan valleys in the western Nepal.

The lower dolpo region is dominated by Dhaulagiri massif and the trekking trail traverses through traditional villages, high passes, antique Buddhist sanctuaries, beautiful lakes, Himalayan flora and fauna etc. The Lower Dolpo trek begins with an air-flight to Nepalgunj and after landing the tourists travel towards the traditional Jhuapl village. The lower dolpo region trekking trail starts from jhupal village passing through the traditional Dunai village and following the ancient Trans-Himalaya Salt Exchange route. The trekking trail is a joyful experience due to passing by yak caravans, animals and porters passing through the traditional villages and farming lands. The highlighted places of lower dolpo are traditional Tarakot village of Bon-Po Tibetan-Buddhist settlements along with Tarap valley, Shey Phoksundo Lake, Chholing Monastery and Shey Gompa. The tourists after roaming all over the lower dolpo return to Jupal village to take vehicle to return Nepalgunj airport.

Day to Day Itinerary
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai region of Nepal.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • Rest and relax after the flight.
  • Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

  • Take an early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, a village in the Dolpa district.
  • Begin trekking from Jhupal to Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa.
  • The trail passes through beautiful landscapes and traditional villages.
  • Overnight stay in Dunai.

  • Trek from Dunai to Ankhe.
  • Enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding mountains and forests.
  • Pass through small villages and terraced fields.
  • Overnight stay in Ankhe.

  • Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat.
  • Continue through picturesque landscapes with the Bheri River accompanying the trail.
  • Encounter traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture along the way.
  • Overnight stay in Sulighat.

  • Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake, one of the highlights of the Lower Dolpo Trek.
  • Phoksundo Lake is a stunning turquoise gem nestled amidst the Himalayas.
  • Explore the area around the lake and visit nearby monasteries.
  • Overnight stay near Phoksundo Lake.

  • Take a rest day at Phoksundo Lake for acclimatization.
  • Explore the beautiful surroundings of the lake.
  • Optionally, take short hikes or visit nearby villages.
  • Overnight stay near Phoksundo Lake.

  • Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola.
  • Follow the trail along the banks of the river, surrounded by rugged landscapes.
  • Pass through forests of pine and juniper.
  • Overnight stay near Phoksundo Khola.

  • Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang.
  • Ascend gradually through rocky terrain and alpine meadows.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Overnight stay near Phoksundo Bhanjyang.

  • Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa.
  • Visit the ancient Shey Monastery, a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site.
  • Explore the cultural and religious heritage of the area.
  • Overnight stay near Shey Gompa.

  • Take a rest day at Shey Gompa.
  • Explore the monastery and its surroundings.
  • Learn about the unique Tibetan Buddhist traditions practiced in the region.
  • Overnight stay near Shey Gompa.

  • Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaon.
  • Descend through picturesque valleys and traditional villages.
  • Interact with the friendly locals and learn about their way of life.
  • Overnight stay in Namduna Gaon.

  • Trek from Namduna Gaon to Saldang.
  • Pass through terraced fields, ancient monasteries, and chortens.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan landscape.
  • Overnight stay in Saldang.

  • Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa.
  • Visit the Yangze Gompa monastery, perched on a hilltop.
  • Explore the monastery and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Yangze Gompa.

  • Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu.
  • Descend through scenic landscapes and traditional villages.
  • Cross suspension bridges over mountain streams.
  • Overnight stay in Sibu.

  • Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi.
  • Ascend gradually towards the base of the Jeng La Pass.
  • Enjoy views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
  • Overnight stay at Jeng La Phedi.

  • Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyu Gaon via the Jeng La Pass.
  • Cross the high mountain pass, enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Descend to Tokyu Gaon, a picturesque village surrounded by mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Tokyu Gaon.
Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Dolpa trekking map.
  • all flight Ticket and ground transport
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from beginning March to May and from frist -September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
FAQs
  • The Lower Dolpo Trek is a challenging yet rewarding trekking route in the Dolpo region of Nepal. It takes you through remote villages, lush forests, arid landscapes, and high mountain passes

  • The trek typically takes around 18-24 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary chosen and the pace of the trekker.

  • The best time for the Lower Dolpo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable and the skies are clear.

  • Yes, you need a special permit called the “Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit” issued by the Nepal Tourism Board to trek in this region. Additionally, you’ll need the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

  • The Lower Dolpo Trek is considered to be a strenuous trek, primarily due to its remote location, high altitude, and challenging terrain. Trekkers should have a good level of physical fitness and prior trekking experience.

  • The highest point on the Lower Dolpo Trek is typically the Kang La Pass, which stands at an elevation of around 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) above sea level.

  • Accommodation along the Lower Dolpo Trek is basic, with teahouses and guesthouses available in some villages. Camping is often required in more remote areas where lodging facilities are not available.

  • While it’s technically possible to do the Lower Dolpo Trek independently, it’s highly recommended to hire an experienced guide and possibly porters due to the remote and challenging nature of the trek.

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