Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5190 m
  • Group Size
    04 - 12 People 
  • Best Time
    May - September 

Trip Overview

Lower Dolpo trek is an exciting 18 days journey to relish the pristine beauty and rugged terrain in one of the remote places of Nepal. The lower Dolpo was opened for trekking in 1989 however the region has remained untouched and unexplored due to its isolated location. The lower Dolpo lies in an isolated corner in the Trans Himalayas of Nepal which is naturally very rich in Himalayan valleys and resembles to the Tibetan highlands. Lower Dolpo Trek is a superb combination of mountain views, high passes, fantastic landscape, lush valleys, beautiful lakes with Tibetan Buddhist influenced culture with nomadic people who practice their ancient traditional culture and lifestyle.

The 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek begins from Jhupal that takes us to some outstanding remote locations that lies in the backdrop of beautiful Himalayas. The colourful barren slopes of the mountains are alluring that reflects the wilderness of the region. We walk through the virgin territory that is very rarely walked by outsiders. The trail to Lower Dolpo graces three high passes namely Kangmara La, Baga La and Numa La which is a great achievement of our journey. The trek to Lower Dolpo is quite strenuous as you have to endure the harsh climate and dry rugged terrain. The pleasing moment of cherishing the beauty of tranquil Phoksundo Lake is the major attraction of this trekking journey.

The trail to Lower Dolpo passes through Shey Phoksundo National Park therefore, Lower Dolpo Trek is an opportunity to encounter varieties of unique floras and faunas. The people residing in this area are simple, helpful and friendly. The people residing in this region are the descendants of Tibetan who still practice pre Buddhist Bon religion. Their lifestyle is very simple and traditional. They have their own unique dialect that resembles the Tibetan language. If you are ready for the challenge of trekking to Lower Dolpo region of Nepal, then contact Nepal Hiking Team. With the general permit to Shey Phoksundo wildlife reserve and special permit to Lower Dolpo region, NHT will do its best to make your journey worth it!

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.

Day 03: Flight Kathmandu - Nepalganj

Day 04: Flight Nepalgunj-Juphal (2475 m), walk to Dunai (2140 m) 2.5 hrs

Day 05: Dunai (2140 m) to Lingdo (2391 m) 5 hrs

Day 06: Lingdo (2391 m) to Laina Odar (3370 m) 6 hrs

Day 07: Laina Odar (3370 m) to Nawarpani (3475 m) 4 hrs

Day 08: Nawarpani (3475 m) to Sisaul (3750 m) 3.5 hrs

Day 09: Sisaul (3750 m) to Dho Tarap (4080 m) 4 hrs

Day 10: Dho Tarap (3944 m) to Numala Base Camp (4440 m) 3 ½ hrs

Day 11: Numala Base Camp (4440 m) to Danigar (4631 m) via Numa La (Pass) (5318 m) 6 hrs

Day 12: Danigar (4631m) to Yak Kharka (3982m) via Baga La (5190 m) 6 hrs

Day 13: Yak Kharka (3982 m) to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) 2 .5 hrs

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) to Chhepka (2838 m) via Rechi (2940 m) 7 hrs

Day 15: Chhepka (2838 m) to Juphal (2475 m) 6 hrs

Day 16: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Transfer to the International Airport for your home departure. B. “Farewell”

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
  • One night accommodation in Nepaljung at hotel Batika
  • KTM - Nepalgunj-Juphal - Nepalgunj-KTM airfare including departure tax
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
  • Special trekking permit
  • shey phoksundo national park entry fees
  • Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during Lowe dolpo trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - Shirt (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)
Beste Gokkilic Yazar, Turkey We did eight days Mardi Himal trek and it was a very pleasant experience. The whole team arranged everything with great professionalism and they were equally precise when something unexpected or out of the plan happened. They took great care for us both during our accommodation in Kathmandu and the trekking period as well. Our guide Dinesh was also extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend him, he was always there with his stunning hospitality when we needed. He is also a great teacher, taught me some of the basics of Nepalese language too :D. I would definitely recommend Nepal Hiking Team if you have any plans to travel to Nepal for trekking purposes.