Lower Dolpo Trekking

18 Days

Lower Dolpo Trekking a journey through the isolated Himalayan region of Nepal. It is an adventurous trekking that lies in the Himalayan rain shadow area, beyond the Dhaulagiri peak. During the trek to Lower Dolpo, you can explore the unusual landscape, amazing variations of the Phoksundo National Park, traditional culture in the Tibetan settlements and the huge blue Lake- Phoksundo.

The Lower Dolpo trekking heads from the tiny airstrip of Juphal in Dolpo, walking through the dramatic landscape and undisturbed valleys that are just awesome. The district center of Dolpo Dunai is a bustling market place and the trek heads towards the high altitude region. The trail is popular as the Himalayan Caravan Route that has been filmed in Eric Valley’s movie. The meadows in Dolpo region are popular for collecting the caterpillar fungus and it seemed to be a huge fair with the marching of the local people. The trek crosses some of the high passes in Dolpo, including the Numa La and Baga La Pass. The tough part of the trail has been hanged on the enormous rock boulder. Phoksundo Lake is the most picturesque destinations for the trekkers to explore around and enjoy taking abundant photographs. Fixing the tents beside the Lake, you can feel the prosperity of overloaded nature with serene surroundings. During the trek, the traditional way people live and communicate offers you a different impression.

For the excellently organized Lower Dolpo Trekking with professional trekking and camping support, Reliance Trekking arranges the required preparations with uncompromising services. If you have any queries regarding the Lower Dolpo Trekking, please feel free to contact us.

Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trekking

  • Views of Dhaulagiri Kingirowa, Mount Putha and Tibetan peaks.
  • Dho- Tarap is highest village in lower Dolpo region
  • Numu La and Baga La continuous pass
  • Explore the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and local culture.
  • Amazing, striking Dho Valley with landscape and desert.
  • Phoksundo Lake is deepest lake in Nepal 220m. deep
  • Wonderful breathtaking Gorges and rainbow monasteries.


Our representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be transffered to hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast included)

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek . For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start in the morning. We visit, Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast included)

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj .It takes 40minute and O/N at Hotel on Nepalgunj. . (Breakfast included)

Flight from Nepaljung to Juphal it takes 35 minutes. Trekking starts from Juphal, the trail descends and winds through local villages. Trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai(2150m).Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. It is also the administrative capital of Dolpo. It takes 4 hours to Dunai from Jhupal. O/N at Guest house on Dunai. . (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included)

Trek from Dunai goes through the bank of tiny streams and follow the bank of the Bheri River. It is hardly above the River. The Dzongs have been built at the side of the trail. After a short walk, the greeneries of the fields attract us. Visiting the Sandul Gompa on the way, we reach to the junction of the Tarap Chu River, head through the bank and reach to Tarakot. It takes 6 hours. O/N at tent camp.

Trek from Tarakot to Lahini is advantures and wide valley of Tarakot narrows to a rough gorge and we ascend to Khani 2950m to avoid it. Khanigaon is the winter residence of the Dho-Tarap people. It is marked incorrectly on the map. The trail to Lahini is rough.It takes 7 hours. O/N at tented camp.

Although the actual distance is short today is one of the more challenging days. Seven years ago this trail was feared even by locals. Then KLDP spent considerable time and dynamite carving a trail out of the steep gorge walls and constructing new bridges. However parts of this trail may have been washed away leaving a few tricky detours. It takes 6/7 hours. O/N at tended camp on large cave

Initially we climb higher then the walking eases on an gently ascending trail. It takes 7 hours. O/N at tented camp on Dho-tarap.

A rest and exploration day. Dho and Tarap are actually two close but separate villages spread up the hillside. They are some of the highest semi-permanently inhabited villages in Nepal. Only Tibet has a couple of higher villages. The people closely resemble the Khampas of Tibet, the men with a ponytail and red tassel coiled around their head. The women sport musk deer teeth necklaces, testament to the volume of now illegal hunting here. O/N at tented camp on Dho-Tarap

Ascending the beautiful valley of upper Tarap we camp at the village of Tok-khyu, the last settlement of the Tarap valley.It takes 7 hours. O/N at tented camp on Numala b.c.

Crossing the 5220m pass of a trek is always tough but the reward from the top, if clear, is a stunning panorama of high peaks and rough hills. This pass has also been recorded as 5360m high. This is blue sheep and snow leopard country. We descend to camp by the Poyon Khola. village of Tok-khyu, the last settlement of the Tarap valley.It takes 7 hours. O/N at tended camp on Bagala B.C.

Trek from Bagala b c to bagala pass, passing through small River and continue go upward and reach to Bagala Top. Beautiful scenery of Mountain and panaroma view can be captured. After that the trail decend till yak kharka. It takes 7 hours, O/N at tented camp on yak kharka.

There are several trails to Ringmo. After the last two days of tougher walking this should be easier, although walking flat up and down,passing through Pine tree,Sandel Wood, juniperus. It takes 6 hours, O/N at tented camp on Phuksundo lake.

Explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which is a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and spend our time visiting some of them. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. Explore wonderful natural sites and enjoy nature tour. O/N at Guest house on Ringmo . (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included)

Trek from Phusondo lake to Sangta, the trail leads decend until Ryajik passing through Pine tree, Juniper, Rhododendron Trees and Sandle Wood frorest. After Ryajik trail fluctuate up and down to Sangta. It takes 8 hours. O/N at Guest house on Sanga. (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included)

Trek from Sangta to Jhuphal, trail leds down passing through beautiful sence of tarrect of agriculture, river of Phusundo and panaroma view of uphills until Suli ghat where there is Shey phusondo N ational Park Cheack Post. After passing suspention bridge join offroad and day tril asends Jhuphal. It takes 7 hours. O/N at guest house in Jhuphal. (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included).

Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj in morning it takes 35 minutes. And flight that continue flight to Kathmandu in afternoon it takes 45 minutes . O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

Free day for shopping and departure After breakfast in to your hotel, we will drop you at the airport to take your onward flight as per time. If you have late flight, you will have time to do last minute shopping if you deserve. (Breakfast included)

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 2 star category Hotel in Kathmandu 3 Nights on BB basis as per the itinerary.
  • City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private Vehicle.
  • Necessary permits for trek & climbing.
  • Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla & return from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in guest houses during the trek.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day during the trek Drinks- (3 cups of Tea & Coffiee per day during the trek).
  • Fresh fruits after dinner.
  • Qualified and experienced guide and porter services.(We will provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers and the maximum weight carried by porter is below 25 Kg in total).
  • Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staffs.
  • All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Your equipment for trekking and climbing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
  • International airfare and departure airport tax.
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control.
  • Monuments fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu & other places.
  • Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket, medicine if necessary.
  • Your Nepal Visa Fee.


Reliance Trekking will provide duffle bag during the trek. It needs to be returned after the trek

  • You need to bring your sleeping bag for the night
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  • Daypack
  • Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
  • Hand
  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner
  • Center Body
  • Down jacket
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket
  • Lower Body
  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants
  • Feet
  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
    Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
  • Extra things
  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

Trekking equipment

The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

  1. Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/You need to bring your own but if you do not have on your own and it is to be chargeable during the trek.
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  3. Daypack bag for yourself
  4. A down Jacket
  5. Shade hat
  6. Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  7. A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
  8. T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  9. Lightweight thermal tops.
  10. Fleece jacket.
  11. Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
  12. A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
  13. Underwear
  14. Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
  15. Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  16. Four pairs of liner warm socks
  17. A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  18. A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  19. A pair sandal (Optional)
  20. A water bottle.
  21. Head/Torch Light.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  5. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Reliance Trekking company’s team also provide first aid kits)

Miscellaneous but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  3. Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  4. Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  5. Pocket knife.
  6. Water purification Iodine tablets
  7. Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Note Regarding Itineraries
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group’s general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day’s plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Reliance Trekking Pvt. Ltd.  Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.

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Lower Dolpo Trekking
From $4,300
/ Adult
  • Lower Dolpo Trek
  • Mar-Nov
  • By Plane
  • Camping
  • Moderate
  • 5140m
  • 18 Days 17 Nights