Lower Dolpo Trek | Lower Dolpo Circuit Trekking
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Lower Dolpo Trek | Lower Dolpo Circuit Trekking

Price: USD 2200.0 USD 1900.0

Nepal

calender icon Duration 18.0 days
accommodation icon Accommodation 4* Hotel in City Camp & lodge in Trekking
season icon Best Season Mar-Sept,
hiking icon Hiking,Sight Seeing 18.0 days
transportation icon Transportation Dom Flight & Tourist Vehicles days
altitude icon Max-Altitude 5190.0 m
meal icon Meal Full Board Meal
difficulty icon Difficulty hard
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Lower Dolpo Trek | Lower Dolpo Circuit Trekking Overview

Lower Dolpo is a remote area, which has its unique charm well known as the ‘hidden treasure of Nepal’. It is located in the Karnali region of Nepal. This remote and rugged protected area is both panoramic and culturally attractive. This area is populated by the ethics of Tibetan origin Bon Po and Buddhist communities. It is due to its nearness to the Tibetan border. Besides that, enough of the lower Dolpo falls under the protection of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The lower Dolpo area is inhabitant by various rare and endangered species of wildlife. Moreover, you can discover plant diversity which can be seen nowhere else in Nepal. 


Lower Dolpo Trek Highlights:

Stunning view of Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, Kanjeralwa and Tibetan peaks
Breathtaking Gorge and hundred years old ascient Monasteries

Amazing Tibetan Buddhists and Bon Po Culture

Adventurous trek to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal

The majestic Phoksundo Lake and Phoksundo waterfall & Striking Dho Valley  

Lower Dolpo Trek is an exciting, and challenging trek that is getting popular in the western part Karnali region of Nepal. Lower Dolpo was opened in 1991 for the trekking proposal. It offers an incredible chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from that is seen in other parts of Nepal. The major highlight of the Dolpo region trek includes Shey Phoksundo National Park. It is the largest National Park in Nepal. The flora and fauna found within the park are extremely diverse. The park is home to over 200 species of birds, six reptiles, and 29 species of butterflies. The park contains 286 species of ethnological importance. Moreover, Phoksundo lake inside the park is free of aqua life with crystal clear water. It is another highlight of Lower Dolpo Trekking. Lower Dolpo Circuit trek passes over high passes; Numa La (5,159m) and Baga La (5,190m).


The people here trace their origins to Tibet and Bon religion. These religions are the oldest religion of Tibet now prospers in Dolpo Nepal. So, Dolpo is one of the few remaining places where the Bon Po religion is practiced. From the lush vegetation of Shey Phoksundo National Park to the barren highland deserts of Dolpo, all mesmerize trekkers throughout the trek. Likewise, the snowy peaks and mountains hypnotize trekkers with their majestic beauty. The main attraction of this trek is the ancient Buddhist monasteries, the Tibetan plateau, and the gripping lifestyles of the local folks including their absorbing culture. We can also witness amazing views of the Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Annapurna range, and many other mountains.


In brief, the Lower Dolpo region trek is an amazing trek along the beautiful and tranquil Phoksundo Lake. It crosses sparkling waterfalls offering magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks. You will be overwhelmed by breathtaking landscapes and an alluring environment. You can visit a large number of ancient monasteries and different communities during this trek. 

Looking for Different Trekking Routes in foe Dolpo Trek? 

Upper Dolpo Trek via Rara Lake

Dhorpatan Dolpo Trek 

Shey Phoksundo Lake Short Trek


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Itinerary

day-1

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative from Bold Himalayan will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel

day-2

Today, after breakfast we start our city tour. We will be visiting some of the World Heritage Sites including Historic Durbar Square, one of the largest stupas in the world, Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine), the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) as well as the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. In the evening you will be briefed about your trek to Lower Dolpo. Overnight at the hotel

day-3

After breakfast, we fly to Nepalgunj enjoying scenic views throughout the flight. After about an hour's flight from Kathmandu, we arrive in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is an interesting Terai town of Nepal, situated nearby Nepal-India border. It is influenced by both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu &Muslim cultures. Overnight at the hotel

day-3

From Nepalgunj, we take another morning flight to Juphal. Flying over Himalayan foothills, with a view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north, we arrive at Juphal after about 45 minutes. On arriving at Juphal, we meet our trekking staff and begin our trek. From Juphal, about 3 hours’ continuous trek through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge we reach Dunai, the administrative headquarters of the Dolpo region. Overnight at Dunai

day-5

From Dunai, our trek continues along the southern bank of the Bheri River. Trails pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages including a tremendous gorge with pine trees and a path built seven meters above the river. Finally, we will be greeted by the colorful terraced field of Tarakot, after walking for a while. Tarakot, a small village that stands on a hillock to the south of the Bheri River. Overnight at Tarakot lodge

day-6

Today, we continue our walking to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing some suspension bridges and the same river again. On the way, we see a famous Gompa named Sandul Gompa little further on a junction where Barbung River and Tarap Chu River meet. Further walking on a trail brings us through farm terraces and rural villages. Then after ascending and descending for a while, we reach Laini. Overnight at Laini

day-7

After breakfast, we climb on a steep trail and walk along switchback above the Tarap River. Today, walking will be a quite different experience as the valley become a narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Then we reach the bank of the Chyugur Khola with several vigorous climbs and descents. Further walking leads to Nawarpani. Overnight at Nawarpani

day-8

Our trek begins with a gradual ascending towards Kamattarka at the terminal of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Crossing a narrow gorge and leaving the tree line behind us, the path leads for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys. Further several hours walking to reach the village of Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap, a wonderful village surrounded by stone walls that are inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars. Overnight in Lodge

day-9

Today, we spend our rest day adjusting with the thinning air and exploring Dho Tarap. We visit the monasteries near the area and take an opportunity to learn and understand the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle. The people of this region are both Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects). Overnight at Dho Tarap

day-10

After spending a wonderful day at Dho Tarap, we continue walking enjoying views of lush grassland on both sides of the river to the upper Tarap valley. Walking alongside Tarap Chu river we take pleasure in the amazing views of the vast Tarap valley with its wide plains and high mountains. We will be in Tokyo village after several hours a walk where we can see a monastery of the Chiba group. Finally, with the little difficult, rugged trail to Numa La Base Camp. Overnight at Numa La Base Camp

day-11

After early morning breakfast, we start crossing the Numa La Pass on the steep trail up to the top ridge of the pass. It is going to be the longest days of our trek, so feel it a little difficult. On reaching the top, we get an unbelievable view of the arid mountains of Dolpo up to Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m). After spending some time enjoying the view, we descend to camp at Pelung Tang. Overnight camp at Pelung Tang

day-12

Today, we are crossing another pass. After breakfast, breakfast we begin our trek with a steep climb to the top of Baga La pass. From Baga La Pass we have a fantastic view of the dry landscape and the distant snow-capped mountain including Mt. Kanjiroba. After a wonderful moment at the pass, we descend to Dajok Tang. Overnight camp at Dajok Tang

day-13

From Dajok Tang, passing through the forested path full of lush vegetation of oaks, pines, junipers, and cypress. Then after trekking an easy trail for a while and gradual highs and lows, we reach Ringmo village. Ringmo, a famous Bon settlement in the Dolpo region. Overnight at Ringmo. 

day-14

Today, we will be spending another day at Ringmo, exploring Ringmo village and Phoksundo Lake. We can also visit the nearby monastery. Phoksundo lake is a beautiful turquoise color lake, where we can enjoy a relaxing walk on the serene lake’s shores with great views. Overnight at Phoksundo

day-15

After spending a wonderful day in Ringmo, we continue our trek to Shyanta. From Phoksundo we trek downhill to Chhepka. The trail follows the massive overhanging rock from Chhepka. On the way, we found many important medicinal minerals that are believed to cure almost anything in this area. The trail then passes through villages and finally climb to Shyanta. Overnight in Shyanta

day-16

Today is the last day walking of our Lower Dolpo trekking. We head towards Juphal from Shyanta. Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we meet tall birch trees. From atop of ridge, we get the most amazing views of the mountain above us and Juphal below. On reaching Juphal, we have some rest and send our remaining time exploring the market. Overnight in Juphal. 

day-17

We catch an early morning flight from Juphal to Nepal. Upon arriving on Nepalgunj depending on schedule we take a next flight to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. Overnight at Kathmandu

day-18

Our representative from Bold Himalayan will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport

 

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