Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek


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Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Trip Summary

    1. Dolpo to Jomsom Hike Duration: 19 Days
    2. dolpo to Jomsom Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate grade
    3. High Passes Altitude: 5,070m/16,630 feet
    4. Hiking hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2-10 People
    6. Best Time Trek: April, May, and October
    7. Trip Mode: Camping Trekking
    8. Meals on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus


Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is a wilderness and off the beaten isolated area, opened in 1982 for all foreign visitors. The main highlight of Lower Dolpo is the home of Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Lower Dolpo trek located under the protected area and takes us to superb Phoksundo lake with beautiful flora and fauna. It is situated in the Karnali zone and required a special permit from the government of Nepal.

Lower dolpo/dolpa to Jomsom Trek is a very dry and unproductive area so the people lived here a very difficult life but they were very humble and friendly with their smiling faces. When the trek in Dolpo is blended with Jomsom and the natural magnificence of Dhaulagiri, the trek undoubtedly becomes Nepal’s one of the most rewarding trekking trails.

Dolpo to Jomsom trek combine with the sightseeing of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range holds splendid scenery. Trek trails lead you through several special villages of Dolpo to Niwar Peak High Camp all the way to Jomsom via Mo La Pass.

Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake in Nepal which is situated in this region. For the last few years, it is going very popular trekking in western Nepal. The trek difficulty is moderate to strenuous while walking along the hazard passes in the Dolpo circuit. Beautiful Lakes, People’s lifestyles, Buddhist Monasteries, the Tibetan plateau, and the traditional culture are the main attraction of this route.

The local inhabitants still earn their livelihood by trading commodities like salt, cotton, barley, and rice in Tibet. Lower Dolpo trek is possible to visit at any time (except winter) throughout the year.


Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek itinerary detail

Dolpo circuit hiking is a particular travel route planned for cultural and adventurous travelers who want to hike in remote wilderness areas in Nepal. The high passes along the hiking trails are not easy. That’s why we create a special itinerary concerning those issues down here. Be that as it may, travelers who wish to visit the lower Dolpo circuit trek quickly choose this Dolpo travel plan. Or if the given Dolpo trekking itinerary is not fit? ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 DayArrival at Kathmandu valley. Lower Dolpo Restricted area trekking permit arrangements.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. We need your original passport with Nepal’s Visa to prepare Lower Dolpo restricted area permit. It takes some hours for official formalities to complete permits. Fix for meeting time each other to introduce your guide and brief you about Dolpa to Jomsom trek route.

2 DayKathmandu to Nepalgunj airport flight. Transfer to hotel in Nepalgunj city.

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, takes about 1 hour by flight. Nepalgunj Airport is a domestic airport in the Banke district of Nepal. It is located 8-kilo meters away from Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is one of the developed cities and centers of the business hub of a far western part of Nepal. Nepalgunj Airport is an airport serving Nepalgunj, a sub-Metropolitan city in Province No. 5 in Nepal. The airport is capable of handling aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service.

3 Day At morning, Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight. Dunai trekking (2,150m/7,031 feet), 2 hours

At morning, Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight, takes roughly about 35 to 40 minutes. As soon as you reach at Juphal, shopping and other entire things managements. Setting up everything, we begain our short hike to Dunai.

4 Day Dunai to Tarakot village hiking trail (2,931m/9,584 feet), 6 hours

We walk straight forward along the along the river side through some clusters of settlements. Today we have easy excursion day so we wlak roughly about 4 hours only.

5 DayTarakot to Mushikhola

Tarakot is a typical authentic village, the people have their own culture and traditions. Local people of here around speak a local dialect ‘Kaike’, which is spoken only in some clusters of this village and it is not understood by the people from any other villages. Villagers strictly follow their own social norms. Walk further to Mushi Khola where we stay overnights.

6 Day Mushikhola to Kakkot Gaon trekking

It’s interesting to congregate the diverse social lifestyles and the hardness of the people, the trail leads you to Kakkot village for the night stop. Since the route is not common, it is still untouched and diverse in culture. Although, you can enjoy the fascinating views of mount Dhaulagiri. On top of that you can enjoy the gorgeous view of Putha Hiuchuli and as well as Dhaulagiri massif.

7 Day Kakkot Gaon to Terang village

Today we walk alot of ups and downs by the side of river. Few bushes are found on the route as almost complete Dolpa offers desert landscapes. The village is tiny and offers just a nice monastery there.

8 Day Terang to Mukot Gaon.

The trek goes moderate slightly uphill, in some place the trail is straight. The trail is good enough for mules and horses. One has to take water for the trail as the does not exist water sources.

9 Day Mukot Gaon – Rest day to explore around

Mukot is a nice village, which is one of the hidden valleys of Dolpo section. As the village is a tiny, very few people have seen this village.

10 Day Mukot Gaon to Yak Kharka

Trek goes further walking over the tree less areas to Yak Kharka village which takes about 5 hours. Along the journey, you can see the great view of Dhaulagiri Mountains.

11 DayYak kharka to Nulungsumda

After enjoying the best Dhaulagiri Himalayan scenery, you can proceed to Mula pass located around 18,312 feet above sea level. As it is high pass trek today, its tough day but i am sure that you can enjoy with nature always. After crossing the pass you will have night stop at a high pass camp at an elevation on 16,308 feet above sea level.

12 Day Nulungsumda to Ghaldang Ghuldung Crossing two passes Niwar pass (5120m/16,742 feet) and Jugbenla pass (5880m/ 19,228 feet)

Another most exciting day today is because of tough hike to cross over two passes. After a strenuous trek along the passes finally you come to stop for the day at Ghaldang Ghuldung.

13 Day Ghaldang Ghuldung to Hidden Valley (Khola camp)

The trail goes through barren landscapes with slop hills. Water is not always possible.

14 Day Hidden Valley Rest Day to discover around .

Today, we have rest day at hidden valley to explore different mountain like Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, and several small snow covered peaks.

15 Day Climb Dhampus peak if you are interested.

Along the hiking trail, there is a Dhampus Peak. So if you are interested or if you have a peak climbing permits, you can climb.

16 DayHidden Valley to Yak Kharka

Today the trek goes up to the Yak Kharka for our overnights. The trailhead is still difficult, so one should be very careful while walking (nearly for 15 to 20 minutes). The trail is made on the slope hill.

17 Day Yak Kharka to Marpha village

Marpha is a famous place for apple garden and apple brandy. Marpha is a settlement of the Thakali community who have been living in Mustang for ages. On Marpha village top hill, there is a Monastery from where Travellers can view the village and the Gandaki River valley, and the Kali Gandaki corridor. Just above the monastery is a Chorten painted onto the cliff face and a number of small stone chortens on the ledges below. Marpha village is good to have a day hiking tour but as it has a roadway it is not a good idea to trek because of dust.

18 Day Marpha to Jomsom Bazaar. Confirm the return flight to Pokhara.

From Marpha it’s an easy walk towards North along Kali Gandaki river banks. Jomsom is a town located at an altitude of about 8,830 feet in Mustang District, Nepal. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.

19 Day Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Connecting flight to Kathmandu . trip Finish.

Today, you will have a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara airport, in the afternoon, connecting flight to Kathmandu on the same day. During the flight, you will have almost the best mountain flight to experience the complete Annapurna massive including the tallest Mountain Manaslu including the holy Mountain Fishtail. On your arrival in Kathmandu, our guide or one of our representatives will pick you up and takes you to the hotel. Trip finish and we wish you for your wonderful journey back to home.

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How much does Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek cost?

Hike to Lower Dolpo to Jomsom trek cost USD 3150 per person is a standard trek price on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN). AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Lower dolpo to Jomsom trek cost includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (single night).
  • Tent camping accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
  • 18 Breakfast, 17 Lunch and 17 Dinner serve with Tea/coffee during the trek days prepared by our expert cook.
  • All the essentials camping and kitchen equipment.
  • An experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • Required supporting local porters and donkeys to carry foods and luggage.
  • Lower dolpo Special trekking permit issued by Immigration of Nepal.
  • Annapurna conservation permits and their fees.
  • Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal. And from Jomsom – Pokhara trip with tax.
  • Pokhara city to Kathamndu transfer with Tourist Bus
  • Food / Salary / accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trek staffs.
  • Gokyo Treks and Expedition company kit bag.
  • Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
  • All the required airport and hotel transfer as written above on hiking plan.
  • Updated lower dolpo to Jomsom trek map 1 piece for each guest.
  • Agency’s Certificate of appreciations after the successful dolpa trekking
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Lower dolpo trek cost exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fees US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments .
  • Personal nature expenses, and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, cancelliation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note: TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize private Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request for airport pick up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: Actually for Dolpo adventure trail is suitable for professional hikers who could walk around 5 hours daily with a lightweight daypack. If you have a little experience before this trip, would be better otherwise, it’s very difficult.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tent camping accommodation on trek routes. However, check the best hiking gears for your successful treks. You can either purchase or rent that mountain trekking equipment for your trip. We suggest you take your own gear if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent gear in Kathmandu near your hotel.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?

Answer: During the tented camping trekking, our professional cook prepares a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: As you are camping trekking, we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Dolpo Trekking?

Answer: Campers can buy water along the route but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no rules for disposing of plastic waste. Instead, we provide you with filtered water (aqua tablets to purify the normal water). And the normal water is available almost everywhere on local tap – streams or at the campsite.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the local lodges there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: Dolpo to Jomsom Trek route you can get often telephone service.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Lower Dolpo Trek?

Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: The distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide for the Dolpo excursion?

Answer: Yes of course. But as it is a tent camping basis trekking, only hiring a guide is very difficult.

Question: Do I need walking poles on Lower Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

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Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek Highlights

  • Get to know Shey-Phoksundo Lake, challenging Numa la and Baga la passes along the route
  • Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition.
  • Old Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition, Experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region
  • Believed to be a inhabitants of Snow Leopard with many other wild animals.

Top things to do in Jomsom Town

While you are at Jomsom Bazaar, there is an abundance of alternatives to enjoy experience and unwinding exercises. We have presented to you the 6 most top things you would not have any desire to miss while you are in Jomsom Bazaar. In the event that you miss any of these attractions, you won’t see all of Jomsom town.

1. Detour to Kagbeni Fort.

Kagbeni is a junction of Kaligandaki and Jhong waterways. Found north of Jomsom, a non-Nepali adventurer can go to the extent that this town with Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) hike permits.

2. Day Hike to Dhumba Lake touring road trip

Dhumba Lake is a sacred hidden lake among the rough landscapes and dissipated pine trees. A ways off of around 5.5 kilometers from Jomsom airport. The lake is a completely clear and tranquil lake is an ideal day climb objective, while you are in Jomsom. You can arrive at this lake around 2 hours from Jomsom.

Snow leopard cave, an underground cave is picking up notoriety among travelers of late. You can visit Leopard cave at Thini village during your climb to Dhumba Lake.

3. Succulent natural apple shopping

Nepalis relate Mustang as a realm of delectable, new, and succulent natural apples. Towns around Jomsom have a lot of apple plantations with delicious apples fit to be eaten straight out of the tree. You can purchase however much that you can convey or your aircraft permits.

4. Mountain Biking or Rock Climbing

For thrill-seekers, Jomsom has many experience exercises other than climbing. Fruitless slopes and dry landscapes associated with street makes Jomsom and its environmental factors ideal for mountain trekking.

5.Jomsom View tower

Jomsom view tower at a rise of 3750 meters offers an all-encompassing perspective on Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho top, and different mountains and a remarkable scene of Mustang to the extent Muktinath and Upper Mustang. Consider visiting this view tower in Thini town during your outing to Thini.

6. Muktinath Temple hikes

Do you love finding out about – unfamiliar societies? With a standing of being a well-known vacationer and journey location, Muktinath is a top spot to visit in Jomsom Nepal. Both Hindu and Buddhist individuals grasp the quintessentially hallowed holy place of Muktinath Temple with high respect. Generally, a large number of smart explorers and unfamiliar voyagers come to Muktinath with a short trip to Jomsom from Pokhara city.

Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek Note:

The above itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Lower dolpo to Jomsom Trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success is our concern. We are a team of professional, skilled, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

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