Lower Dolpo Trekking is one of the challenging treks offering a chance to explore the far west Karnali region of Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trekking route was opened for foreigners in 1982.

What to expect

The trekking to this region offers opportunities to visit ancient settlements, high passes, beautiful lakes, isolated monasteries and one can explore the vast array of flora & fauna found in the region. Due to its natural and cultural beauty, this remote trekking destination is also well known as the ‘hidden gems of Nepal’. The bluish water of Shey Phoksundo Lake lies within the remote and unexplored Shey Phoksundo National Park.

The local people inhabiting this isolated part of the world are still following the ancient religion (Bon Po), culture and traditional farming. During the trek the trail traverses through a wooded area, then rugged canyons in the barren plateau near the border with Tibet. Particularly in summer, you will encounter the caravans of yaks and sheep running through this Dolpo valley along a trade route via the Himalayan Mountain trails and allows the exchange of goods at the Trans Himalayan border with Tibet.

The Trek

Trekking to Lower Dolpo area requires a  special trekking permit from the Immigration Department of Nepal Government due to its remote sensitive geo-location and cultural preservation. The daily lifestyle of the people is very difficult as Dolpo area is dry and parched. However, the people of this area are very innocent, friendly and humble with ever smiling faces.

Having spent a great time at Shey Gompa we follow the trail that leads to cross few high passes to reach scenic areas and charming villages of Tokyu Gaon and Dho Tarap, then further to historical Tarakot village where we take a local jeep to Jhupal past Dunai town. Next morning we take a sweeping flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and our Lower Dolpo Trekking comes to an end.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flights both ways with marvelous views of a great Himalayan range of peaks
  • Magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks
  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • A large number of ancient monasteries and different communities
  • Hike along the beautiful and tranquil Phoksundo Lake
  • Cross sparkling waterfalls
  • Observe unique wildlife including blue sheep, mountain goats, jackals, wolves, and snow leopard

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02: All necessary permits preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2,320m) & trek to Dunai (2150m) 2-3 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Chhepka (2,838m) 6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Samdua village (2,960m) 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo lake (3,630m) 6 hrs
Day 08: Rest day at Phoksundo lake for local excursion
Day 09: Trek to Temche (3,995m) near Ghuchun Khola 5 hrs
Day 10: Cross Baga-La (5,169m) overnight camp at Danigar (4,512m) 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Cross Numa-La (5,309m) overnight camp at Phedi 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,209m) via Khanger 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Dho Tarap 3,944m) 5 -6 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Ghyamgar (3,759m) 7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,652) via Chhyugar (3,440m) 6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tarakot (2,540m) 5-6 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Dunai (5 hrs) and drive to Jhupal 2 hrs by local jeep
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for your onward journey

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