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Lower Dolpo Trek

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Lower Dolpo Trek takes you to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest one in the country. Moreover, Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is also a major attraction on the trek.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Culture, Discovery, Expedition, Guided Tours, Short Breaks, Trekking
    • Activity Level Challenging
    • Group Size Large Group
    All about the Lower Dolpo Trek.

    Lower Dolpo Trek explores the attractions like Dho Tarap village and Shey Phoksundo Lake which lie near the Tibetan border. This trek offers you the view of many snow-capped mountains.

    You also get to explore the ancient Tibetan-influenced villages and Buddhist stupas. The trails on the trek also introduce trekkers to the Bon Po and Tibetan Buddhism. All in all, the Lower Dolpo Trek is an off-beat trip to western Nepal.

    Any other season except winter is viable for the Lower Dolpo Trek. Since the trek crosses high passes and has off-beat trails, it is a moderate one in terms of difficulty. So, having a decent physical condition is necessary to do the trek.

    To make your trek easier, we, at Eternal Himalaya, offer you expert guides and porters. We also provide you with many other services along with the trips. So, you can contact us for trips around Nepal via the information at our official website.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
    • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
    • Kathmandu –Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight fare.
    • Nepalgunj – Jhupal – Nepalgunj flight fare.
    • All ground transportation by private vehicle.
    • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
    • All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
    • All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
    • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
    • All government taxes.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.


    • International Airfare
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Personal Expenses
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Extra accommodation and food charges in Kathmandu
    • Tips and gratitude to the guide, porters and drivers
    1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu |1300m

      You will arrive in Kathmandu and our correspondent will greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. You can spend the day resting or exploring the city. Meanwhile, you can also prepare for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    2. Day 02 Permit procedure and Kathmandu- Nepalgunj by flight |50-minute flight

      The first day of the tour and we begin our day by gathering all the required permits for the trek before making our way towards the Terai city of Nepalgunj. Heading away from the valley the hour long-flight takes us to the Terai flatlands and tropical forests. Here, we make our way to the hotel and explore the city for the rest of the day.

    3. Day 3 Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai |2150 m| 30 minute-flight and 2-3 hrs trek

      Today, we take a short flight to Juphal. Exiting Nepalgunj, we once again make our way to the beautiful hills which form the majority of the landscapes. At Juphal, we stop for a brief rest before beginning our trek. We follow the Bheri River alongside the lush green forests all the way to Dunai for the night.

    4. Day 04 Trek from Dunai to Tarakot |2540 m| 5-6 hrs

      Making our way out of Dunai, we ascend through the Bheri and Bharbung Rivers. We follow the lush green forests adorned with pine and fir trees. Climbing the ridge high above the Bheri River, we make our way to Tarakot. Home to the ancient Sandul Gompa, the hamlet hosts ancient fortress referred to as Dzongs. Overnight at Tarakot.


    5. Day 05 Trek from Tarakot to Laina Odar |3375 m| 4-5 hrs

      One of the shorter days of the trek, today, we make our way towards Laina Odar. Past the confluence of Bharbung and Tarap Chu rivers, we reach the Sandul Gompa and take some time to explore the historical monastery. Following the Tarap Chu River, we cross vibrant hamlets and terraced farmlands to reach Laina Odar.

    6. Day 06 Trek from Laina Odar to Nawarpani to Toltol |3780 m|5-6 hrs

      Exiting Laina Odar, we continue following the Tarap Chu River through steep rocky trails. One of the less inhabited parts of the trail, the journey takes us in solitude along with the majestic natural landscapes. Nawarpani boasts gorgeous views of the Dhaulagiri and Putha Hiunchuli Ranges. Crossing Nawarpani, we ascend to the small hilly village of Toltol.

    7. Day 07 Trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap |3950 m| 6-7 hrs

      Beginning with an ascending journey, we exit Toltol and head towards the Kamattarka right at the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Climbing on a ridgeline above the river, the journey heads through narrow gorges. As we break past the tree lines and we trek along the Himalayan wilderness. Another 3 hours of trekking brings us to Dho Tarap marked by a series of Mani stones.

    8. Day 08 Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization

      The first of our acclimatization days today we take some time off at Dho Tarap to enjoy the pleasant cultural as well as natural scenery. Formed by two different villages Dho and Tarap which lie very close to each other the region is one of the few places where the Bon Po religion is still in practice. Today is also a great chance to talk to the locals and learn about their unique way of life.

    9. Day 9 Trek from Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp |4350 m| 5-6 hrs

      Leaving Dho Tarap, today, we make our journey to the base camp of Numa La Pass (5310m). Ascending from Dho Tarap, the trail heads through the plain grasslands and past few summer settlements to reach the Tokyo. Past the hamlet, the journey takes us in complete solitude ascending through the rugged Himalayan trail to reach the Numa La Base Camp.

    10. Day 10 Trek from Numa La Pass to Danigar |4510m| via Numa La Pass |5310m| 6-7 hrs 

      One of the longer days of the trek, today, we make our way through the majestic Numa La Pass to reach Danigar. Exiting the base camp, the trail climbs through the snowy Himalayan terrain to reach the summit at an altitude of 5,310m. The pass boasts glorious Himalayan panorama comprising the majestic Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range. Taking some time off at the summit, we begin our descending journey heading past Pelung Tang and to Danigar.

    11. Day 11 Trek from Danigar to Temche |4000m| via Bagala La Pass |5170 m| 6-7 hrs

      The second mountain pass of the journey, today, we cross over the Bagala La Pass (5170m) heading over to Temche. Leaving Danigar behind, the journey ascends the steep Bagala La Pass (5170m) heading towards the summit while enjoying the mesmerizing views of the Kanjirowa Himalayan Range. Through the steep Himalayan landscapes, we begin our descent to Temche.

    12. Day 12 Trek from Yak Kharka to Phoksundo |3600m| 6-7 hrs

      Making our way out of Temche, we begin our journey descending towards Yak Kharka before setting off towards Phoksundo Lake. The journey descends through the hilly landscapes crossing a series of streams and rivers. Continuing on the serene trail, we reach the magical Phoksundo Lake where we spend the night.

    13. Day 13 Explore around Phoksundo Lake

      Today, we make our way around the stunning Phoksundo Lake beginning with a lovely sunrise over the Himalayas. Surrounding the lakes are several monasteries and temples including one devoted to the ancient Bon- Po religion. The lake also boasts mesmerizing views of the entire Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa Ranges making the lake even more beautiful. We also take time off to tour the sacred Tshowa Gompa which is one of the oldest monasteries of the region. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

    14. Day 14 Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka |2678m| 5-6 hrs

      The beginning of our descending journey we exit the Phoksundo Lake heading down to Suligad Ghat. Through a series of Chortens and Mani walls, the journey heads past Renje to reach the lush green forests adorned with pine and larch trees. The final stretch of the journey is a pleasant one as we reach Chhepka for the night.

    15. Day 15 Trek from Chhepka to Juphal |2475m| 5-6 hrs

      The final day of the trek we make our way out of Chhepka and back to the hamlet of Juphal for the night. Crossing a series of water mills at Rupgad, we find the northern banks of Bheri River which leads us to Kalagauda. Through the terraced farmlands, we exit the Thuli Bheri valley reaching Juphal.

    16. Day 16 Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu |1300m| 30-minute flight and 50-minute flight

      The final day of our journey, today, we make our back to the Terai town of Nepalgunj heading away from Juphal. The 30-minute flight takes us back to the barren Terai landscapes where we take a brief rest before flying back to the capital city. Touching down at Kathmandu, we head back directly to the hotel ending our journey.

    17. Day 17 Buffer day for flight delay and cancellation due to bad weather, Farewell Dinner

      The final day of the journey will be kept as a reserve day in cases of bad weather and any other contingencies we might face in the trip. If everything goes according to the plan the final day in Kathmandu will be a free one and a lovely farewell dinner awaits us at the end of it.

    18. Day 18 Depart from Kathmandu

      We will bid you farewell with the best of wishes. A representative will come and pick you from your hotel and make sure you reach the airport on time. Your journey ends today as you fly to your next destination.


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    Highlights of the trip

    Highlights of the Lower Dolpo Trek

    Lower Dolpo Trek takes you to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest one in the country. Moreover, Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is also a major attraction on the trek. In addition, you will visit the Buddhist stupas and monasteries in Dho Tarap, Ringmo, and around the Phoksundo Lake. In this trek, you meet Thakuri, Dolpali, and people of Tibetan origin.

    Trek at a glance

    Firstly, you arrive at Kathmandu and fly to Nepalgunj next day. From Nepalgunj, you take another flight to Juphal and trek to Dunai. Next, you’ll head to Tarakot and continue to Nawarpani. Trekking along the Tarap River via Laina Odar, you head to Dho Tarap. Here, you can explore and study the culture and lifestyle of the people in the village. Then, you head to Numa La Base Camp from where you climb to Numa La Pass (5308m). Descending via Danigar, you cross another pass Bagala La (5169m). Theron, you head to Phoksundo Lake and explore around the lake and return to Juphal via Chhepka. Finally, a flight to Nepalgunj followed by another one brings you to Kathmandu.


    Trip Highlights:

    • Explore the off-beaten trails of Lower Dolpo
    • Journey to the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal
    • Trek to one of the most remote parts of the nation
    • Explore high mountain passes enjoying the beauty of the majestic Himalayas


    Trip Facts:

    Geography                        : Forest/Hills/Himalayas

    Location                           : Dolpa

    Level of Difficulty               : Moderate

    Duration of Trek                : 19 days

    Max Altitude                      : 5,238 meters

    Religions                          : Tibetan Buddhist/Bon Po

    Ethnic People                    : Dolpali/Thakuri

    Accommodation                 : Hotel/Lodge/Teahouse/Camp

    Transportation                   : Flight/Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

    Minimum Pax                    : 02

    Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is also a major attraction on the trek. In addition, you will visit the Buddhist stupas and monasteries in Dho Tarap, Ringmo, and around the Phoksundo Lake. In this trek, you meet Thakuri, Dolpali, and people of Tibetan origin.


    Overall Rating
    frances willemes
    Reviewed On 16/10/2018

    Good experience with the eternal himalaya company, few specifics we rushed into and should have discussed more thoroughly. We ran into a few hiccups in the begging, as you do. However our guide Ram sharan got it all sorted and we continued with a great trip. The team were fantastic from our guide to our two porters! Look forward to trekking with them again!