The Lower Dolpo trekking is famous for its isolated area and it was opened in 1982 for the trekkers. Lower Dolpo is home to the popular Shey Phoksundo National Park. The magical Lower Dolpo trek is located under the protected area and takes us to superb Phoksundo lake with beautiful flora and fauna.
Furthermore, it is situated in the Karnali region of Nepal and required a special permit from the government of Nepal. It 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 region is a very dry and unproductive area so the people lived here a very difficult life but they were very humble and friendliness with their smiling face.
Hike to lower dolpo is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) trekking in Nepal. Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake of Nepal which is situated in this region. For the last few years, it is going very popular trekking in western Nepal.
Lower dolpo trekking is moderate to strenuous walk along the lower part of Dolpo. 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 dolpa trekking can be done at any time (except winter) throughout the year.
Why people choose Lower dolpo trekking?
Nepal Hike to lower dolpa is perhaps the most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have face to face view of Beautiful mountains through forests, hills, and quaint and tiny villages. This trail is a part of GHT route of Nepal and it is a great sense of anticipation builds as you trek up the dolpo valley, passing through intriguing tiny villages, Buddhist monasteries. The trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English-speaking local trekking guide, and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Beautful lower dolpo trekking highlights and Himalayan Sights
Abundant flora and fauna, Sey Phoksundo national park, Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, The challenging Numa la and Baga la pass, Observation of the remoteness of Nepal, Various species of flora and fauna, Panoramic views of Snowy peaks, Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition.
Typical lower dolpo trekking grades
Lower dolpo trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can do this trekking easily. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always includes rest days and builds up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Magical Lower dolpo trekking covers
Juphal – Numa la and Baga la pass, Sey Phoksundo lake.
Best season to explore Lower dolpo trekking
March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
Pristine lower dolpo trek outline itinerary01 Day: Arrival in Kathmandu 02 Day: Lower Dolpo Restricted area trekking permit arrangements.. 03 Day: Kathmandu to Nepalganj city flight. Transfer to hotel 04 Day: Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight again 05 Day: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot. 06 Day: Trek from Tarakot to Laina Udar 07 Day: Trek from Laina Udar to Sim Udar 08 Day: Trek from Sim Udar to Dhotrap 09 Day: Discovering day around 10 Day: Trek from Dhotrap to Numala Base Camp 11 Day: Trek from Numala Base Camp to Danayghar 12 Day: Trek from Danayghar to Yak Kharka 13 Day: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey-Phoksundo 14 Day: Day to discover around 15 Day: Trek from Shey Phoksundo to Rechi. 16 Day: Trek from Rechi to Kagani village 17 Day: Trek from Kagani to Jhupal. 18 Day: Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Fly out to Kathmandu. Trip finish.
Majestic Lower dolpo trekking detail itinerary
Our Lower dolpo trek is a classical trek with 16 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for World explorers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do quickly but are walking with limited time wise then ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with a private vehicle and transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. Our representative will give you brief information about further programs.Day 02: Lower Dolpo Restricted area trekking permit arrangements.
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. Then we fix for meeting time with each other. You will introduce with your guide. Your guide will brief details of this trek.Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalganj city flight. Transfer to your hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj (1 hour by flight). And then overnight at Guest House.Day 04: Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight again
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal by 35 minutes. Trek from Jhupal to Dunai (2150m) is roughly about 3 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot.
Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2355m) is 6 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Laina Udar
Trek from Tarakot to Laina Udar (3246m) 7 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 07: Trek from Laina Udar to Sim Udar
Trek from Laina Udar to Sim Udar (3585m) 6 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 08: Trek from Sim Udar to Dhotrap
Trek from Sim Udar to Dhotrap (4070m) 7 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 09: Discovering day around
This day, you will Visit Gompa and Village and then overnight at same place.Day 10: Trek from Dhotrap to Numala Base Camp
Trek from Dhotrap to Numala Base Camp (4630m) is 6 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 11: Trek from Numala Base Camp to Danayghar
Trek from Numala Base Camp to Danayghar (4470m) is 6 hours walking via Numala Pass(5115m) and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 12: Trek from Danayghar to Yak Kharka
Trek from Danayghar to Yak Kharka (3965m) is 6 hours walking via Bagala Pass (5100m) and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey-Phoksundo
Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey-Phoksundo Lake (3718m) is 4 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 14: Day to discover around
You will explore Lake and Gompa and then overnight at same place.Day 15: Trek from Shey Phoksundo to Rechi
Trek from Shey-Phoksundo Lake to Rechi (2940m) is 4 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 16: Trek from Rechi to Kagani village
Trek from Rechi to Kagani (2272m) is 6-7 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 17: Trek from Kagani to Jhupal
Trek from Kagani to Jhupal (2320m,) is 5 hours walking and then overnight at Tent Camp.Day 18: Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj
Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu and overnight at selected Hotel in Kathmandu.Day 19: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Lower dolpo trekking cost?
Magic Lower dolpo trek price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3 star category hotel deluxe air conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN), so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Lower dolpa trek cost include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city bed and breakfast plan.
- Tented accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
- Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day 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.
- Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
- Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round trip with tax.
- 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 government and local taxes.
- All the required airport and hotel transfer.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Lower dolpo trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost 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.
- Personal trek equipment and clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tip for the crew (Note : Tip is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Lower dolpo trekking or lower dolpo trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on our arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight’s details then you should do a request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Lower dolpo trekking?
Answer: Actually for this kind of trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this hike, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on lower dolpo tent trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: During the tented camping trekking, our professional cook prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Lower dolpo trekking?
Answer: During the trek route, there are 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 you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the local lodges here will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is 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 Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, 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 is the payments 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 Lower dolpo trekking?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porter carry maximum 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: 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 each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for 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 trek.
Lower dolpo trekking note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Lower dolpo trekking 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 the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.