Lower Dolpo Trek

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Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trip Summary

    1. Lower Dolpo Hike Duration: 16 Days
    2. Dolpo Trip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate grade
    3. High Altitude: 5,070m / 16,630 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Group-Size: 2 – 15 People
    6. Best Time to Hike: April, May, Jun, September, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Tent Trek
    8. Meals on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Lower Dolpo Trek is famous for its isolated area and it was opened in 1982 for trekkers. Lower Dolpo is home to the popular Shey Phoksundo National Park. The lower Dolpo trek is located under the protected area and takes us to superb Phoksundo lake with beautiful flora and fauna.

Dolpa is situated in the Karnali region of Nepal and required special permits from the government of Nepal. Dolpo Trek has three adventure high passes such as Kangmara La (5,115m.), Numa La (5,159m.), and Baga La (5,190 m.) are mainly challenging in this route.

Dolpo 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. Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake in Nepal and is situated in this territory. For the last few years, it is very popular trekking in western Nepal.

Lower Dolpa is a moderate to a strenuous trek difficulty level. Your lower Dolpo hike can pass through Shey Phoksundo lake, Phoksundo nature park, and experience the local tribe’s lifestyle. likewise, Tourists can see ancient Buddhist Monasteries and typical villages, and impressive Tibetan highland landscape.

Shey Phoksundo to rara trek is an impressive trek route but takes 25+ days hiking from Phoksundo lake. The main attraction of Dolpo to Rara trek are two major lakes — Rara Lake and Shey Phoksundo lake. It is a proper blend of Nepal’s largest and small National Parks. Shey Phoksundo National Park and Rara National Park’s landscapes, and the lifestyle of people are similar.

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

How much does Lower Dolpo Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of a lower Dolpo trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (Nepal guide’s owned local trekking agency) ranges between US$ 2350 to US$ 3250. Of course, the lower Dolpo Trek cost will vary according to the group size you are traveling with. We have also low-season discount deals. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) to your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the lower Dolpo for free.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience hiking in the wilderness areas. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 16 days trek. If you are 2 people and want to hike with us, it costs US$ 2490 for 16 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for lower Dolpo treks.

Price Per Person for 16 days hikes in lower dolpo teritory.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 3250
2 PersonUS$ 2490
3 PersonUS$ 2475
4 to 6 personUS$ 2425
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 2395
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 2350

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Lower Dolpo Trek detail itinerary

Wilderness Dolpo is a classic trail with 16 days itinerary compared to most walks into the remote corner of Nepal. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do it quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 DayArrival in Kathmandu valley. Lower Dolpo restricted area trek permit arrangements.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we pick you up with a private vehicle and transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. All financial things are set up. 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. We fix for meeting to introduce your guide. Your guide will brief details of the Dolpo circuit trek.

2 DayKathmandu to Nepalgunj city flight. Transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, our guide will come to your hotel to proceed to drive to kathmandu domestic terminal hall. Around midday, take a Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight which takes about one hour roughly.

3 Day At Morning, Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight and Dunai hikes (2,150m/7,054 feet).

Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal by 35 minutes. Trek from Jhupal to Dunai is roughly about 3 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp. Gokyo Treks agency’s professional cook cooks delicious meal for you.

4 Day Dunai to Tarakot trekking (2355m/7,727 feet).

Trek from Dunai to Tarakot which takes around 6 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.

5 DayTarakot to Laina Udar trekking (3246m/10,647 feet).

Trek from Tarakot to Laina Udar takes around 7 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.

6 Day Laina Udar to Sim Udar trekking (3585m/11,763 feet)

Trek from Laina Udar to Sim Udar takes around 6 hours of journey. Stay overnight at Tent Camp.

7 Day Sim Udar to Dho trap trek (4070m/13,354 feet)

Trek from Sim Udar to Dhotrap hiking trail takes around 7 hours. Search for a best camping ground to stay overnight.

8 Day Discovering day around Dho trap village.

This day, Tourist can visit Gompa and the local villages. Stay overnight at same place.

9 Day Trek from Dho trap to Numala Base Camp (4630m/15,191 feet)

Dhotrap to Numala Base Camp hiking trail is not very difficult however it takes around 6 hours. Stay overnight at Tent Camp.

10 Day Trek from Numala Base Camp to Danayghar (4470m/14,666 feet), 6 hours.

Numala Base Camp to Numala Pass is tough hiking as the highest alevation where we need to cross is located on 5,115 meters. Cross the pass and hike to Danayghar which takes another couple of hours hiking. Stay overnight at Tent Camping.

11 Day Danayghar to Bagala Pass (5,100m) and hike to Yak Kharka (3,965m/13,005 feet), 7 hours.

Trek from Danayghar to Bagala Pass is an adventure hiking trail. Tourist can reach the Bagala Pass highest view point on 5,100 meters. Cross the summit and walk further at Yak Kharka where we fix our tent camp to stay overnight.

12 Day Shey Phoksundo lake trek (3,611.5m/11,850 feet), 6 hours.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Phoksundo Lake marks as a soft adventure hikes in Dolpo section. Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Shey Phoksundo National Park, located at an elevation of 3,611.5 m above sea level in the Dolpa District. Some tourists ask how deep is Phoksundo lake? and where is Phoksundo lake? our answer is Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake in Nepal and is located in the far west of Nepal. The Phoksundo Lake has a water surface of 494 ha (1,220 acres), and was declared a Ramsar site in September 2007. The lake is up to 145m (476 feet) deep, measured using echo-sounding technology.

13 Day Shey-Phoksundo lake day tour.

Shey Phoksundo lake altitude 3,611.5 meters above the sea. Phoksundo Lake hiking trail is in a wilderness area and isolated trek route in Dolpa District, Nepal. Phoksundo Lake is 494 HQ in size with a water volume of 409,000,000 m³ and a discharge of 3.715 m³/s. Shey Phoksundo lake covered with lush forest and rocky hills which makes the surface watercolor is unique. During the Dolpo circuit trek, travelers can hike to the Tibetan village of Ringmo and also explore sacred Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa.

14 DayRechi hiking trail (2,940m/9,646 feet)

Trek from Shey-Phoksundo Lake to Rechi hiking trail is awesome. Trailhead descend down at Rechi village which is located at an altitude under 3,000 meters. Set up the campsite to stay overnight in a tent camping.

15 Day Rechi to Kagani village trekking (2,272m/7,452 feet), 7 hours.

Today, we have a soft adventure hikes from Rechi to Kagani village. The journey takes around 7 hours easy hiking to reach at Kagani village.

16 DayKagani to Jhupal airport (2320m/7,612 feet), 4 hours.

Today is a last day of Dolpo circuit trekking tour. The journey to Juphal airport takes around 4 hours of hiking. Reaching Dolpo airport, the kitchen crew set up a campsite and prepare a special farewell dinner of successful travel. The hiking crew can enjoy delicious food with some farewell drinks and sings famous trekking songs. You can enjoy your precious time with the trekking team for singing and dancing moments.

17 Day Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu.

Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and continue fly to Kathmandu airport. Transfer to Thamel hotel and open for last-minute shopping in Thamel on your own. If you need your guide to help to find good shops? talk with the guide. In the evening, we will have a special dinner together in the typical Nepali kitchen. In this way, the tip ends. Wish you for your wonderful journey back to home.

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Cost

How much does Lower Dolpo Trek cost?

Hike to Lower Dolpo cost US$ 2490 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu, a 3-star category hotel room in Nepaljung airport with breakfast. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Lower Dolpo trekking package price include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer on your arrival with a private vehicle.
  • Single night Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round trip with tax.
  • Twin sharing standard hotel (Air condition room) accommodation in Nepalgunj town with breakfast plan.
  • Tent camp accommodation during the trekking days in Dolpa mountain region trekking.
  • 16 Breakfast, 14 Lunch and 14 Dinner serve with hot Tea/coffe during the trek.
  • All the essentials camping and kitchen equipment.
  • An experienced and licenced holder 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.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance permit and fees with local taxes.
  • Food / Salary / accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trekking staffs.
  • Gokyo Treks and Expedition company First Aid kit bag.
  • Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
  • All the required airport and hotel transfer.
  • Updated lower dolpo trek map 1 piece for each guest.
  • Agency’s Certificate of appreciations after the successful trekking
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Lower Dolpo trekking package price exclude:-

  • Nepal entry visa fees US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during your staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • All types of drinks during your staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • Battery charges, laundry service, phone calls.
  • Personal trekking equipments , Personal nature expenses, donation and bar bills and clothing.
  • Kathmandu city monuments entrance fees and transportation on second day as described above.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss or damage.
  • Any 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 Trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

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

Answer: Yes sure. If you provide us with your flight details and request us to pick you up, our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

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

Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about a little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Lower Dolpo Trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

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 curry, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Lower Dolpo Trekking?.

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: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available on the campsite route.

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: Are there any communication facilities on Lower Dolpo Trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

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 trip deposit, we prefer 25% advance money in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the remaining part of the payment is possible to pay upon your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Lower Dolpo Trekking?

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 kilo 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: When walking in the mountains, 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: Do I need walking poles on Lower Dolpo Trekking?.

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 Trek highlights and side trips

Although you are hiking the main classical trail at Dolpo, there are still many interesting things to see on your side trips. These types of facts are also marked as top highlights of Dolpo trekking.

  • Phoksundo Lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and the spectacular scenery clearly rank it with the most scenic summits in the world.
  • Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park offers everything they would not expect in their wildest dreams, from the gigantic Himalayas to the deepest lakes
  • Discover the challenging Numa la and Baga la high passes along the route.
  • Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture, and tradition.
  • The territory of Snow Leopards with many other wild animals often will have a chance to see on your journey.
  • Experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region
  • Dho Tarap is a village in Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality of Dolpa District in the Karnali Zone of north-western Nepal.

Lower dolpo trek Notes

Travel solo for dolpo is not possible unless you have special permits. If you are a solo traveler and trying to hike at Dolpo territory in a high season then possible to find other travelers to share permits. And when you have your Dolpo hiking permits, you can take a flight to Juphal and begin your journey.

The amazing and authentic Dolpa trek itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a simple Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

What makes Lower Dolpo 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 satisfaction is our prime concern. We are a team of professional, skilled, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

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No. of peoplePrice Per Person
1 USD 3250
2 USD 2490
3 USD 2475
4 - 6 USD 2425
7 - 9 USD 2395
10 + USD 2350
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