Lower Dolpo Trek is an extremely thrilling and rewarding trek that takes you deep into the western hills of Nepal. Treks like the Everest Circuit or even the Annapurna Circuit, invite hundreds of trekkers due to its stunning mountain views. While the Lower Dolpo Trek is often taken upon by fewer travelers, it entices you with off-beaten paths, steep hills, at the core of the trek itself. Add swinging bridges over gushing rivers, and vast, quiet landscapes, this trek demands 5-7 hours of walking every day.
These rigorous terrains don’t come without the rewards. You will get to witness cascading desert-scapes as well as the pristine beauty of the turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake. Rows of stone-houses, traditional villages, as well as deep pine forests, this trek packs it all for you.
In less than three weeks, you will get to be transported amidst the semi-desert region that weaves you in and out of densely forested slopes. You can also see a wide variety of fauna such as the Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, snow leopard, caravans of yaks, and so on in their natural habitat. Snowy peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Kugung La, and Khyung La look upon as you trek. You will be trekking to two high passes: Numa La (4350) and Baga La(4500m) that offer breathtaking views of the lands below.
The best season for this trek is during Spring and Autumn. Since this trek falls in the rain-shadow area, it can be done throughout the year. Furthermore, the skies will be clearer and will offer a much better view when you are on higher elevations.
With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can rest assured that our trained professionals are more than capable of guiding you in your trails. Whether it is the geography, culture, or history, our guides are well armed with stories to ensure that you can truly understand the land you traverse. We also have porters and first aid kits handy so that we can ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and marvel at the beauty around you.
For a trip that combines an aesthetic, historical, and geographical trekking experience in one, this trek is a perfect choice for you if you are looking for this mix.
Why You’ll Love Lower Dolpo Trek!
- Trekking up to the beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake at an altitude of 3730 m.
- Trudging the barren desert-scapes for an otherworldly experience.
- Entry into Shey Phoksundo National park.
- Trekking up to two high passes: Numa La (4350m) and Baga La(4500m)
- A chance to witness the unique flora and fauna in this region.
- Walking on ancient salt trade routes and catching views of the Yak Caravan.
Is Lower Dolpo Trek Right For You?
- This trek includes walking anywhere between 5-8 hours per day for over two weeks. The trek will require some degree of physical fitness, so make sure you are physically active and able to take on this challenge.
- The highest point on this trek is 5310m, and can put you at risk for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness. This condition is identified by shortness of breath and headache and can be quite uncomfortable while trekking. However, your guide will make sure to pace you well to allow acclimatization as well as have proper medicines on hand.
- Despite our usage of high-quality technology, the weather can surprise us. Make sure you plan your trip for the most suitable time of the year. The seasons can also affect the views you will see, so you want to ensure the best possible circumstances.
- A large part of the accommodation on this trip is lodges or campsites. We will have basic amenities and provide safe and comfortable sleeping spaces as well as hygienic food. However, any additional materials or prescription medications that you need must be taken care of by you.
The Lower Dolpo region is a restricted region for the preservation of the area. As such, independent trekkers are not allowed in this region. You need special permits, and the rules dictate that there must be at least two trekkers in a group. Furthermore, you must be accompanied by a local guide.
The Lower Dolpo trek only requires you to get one permit. It is the Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Entry permit. This permit will cost you about USD 20 per person for the first seven days and USD 5 for every additional day.
If you want to enter the Upper Dolpo region, you will need to get a separate permit. This permit will cost you about USD 500 per person for the first 10 days. Beyond that, it will cost you USD 50 per person per day.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
This permit is mandatory for all trekkers travelling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport size photographs as well as a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:
- USD 20 for individual trekkers
- USD 10 for trekkers in groups
- USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
- USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries
18 Days Lower Dolpo Trek Itinerary
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m)||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu||1365||N/A|
|2||Free day in Kathmandu for Sightseeing and Trek Preparation||1365||N/A|
|3||Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)||150||1|
|4||Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Flight) and to Dunai (Trek)||2850||2-3|
|5||Dunai to Tarakot (Trek)||2550||5-6|
|6||Tarakot to Khani Gaon (Trek)||2543||5-6|
|7||Khanigaon to Chukore (Trek)||3550||6|
|8||Chukore to Kamokharka (Trek)||4000||4|
|9||Kamokharka to Dho (Trek)||4130||3-4|
|10||Dho to Numa La Camp (Trek)||4350||4-5|
|11||Numa La Camp to Bang La Camp (Trek)||4500||4-5|
|12||Bang La Camp to Sanu Bheri Valley (Trek)||4100||4|
|13||Sanu Bheri Valley to Phoksundo Lake (Trek)||3730||5-6|
|14||Ringmo to Renje (Trek)||3010||3-4|
|15||Renje to Chepka (Trek)||2670||6|
|16||Chepka to Dunai (Trek)||2150||6|
|17||Dunai to Jhuphal (Trek)||2400||6-7|
|18||Nepalgunj to Kathmandu(Flight)||1365||1|
- You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this at Kathmandu itself.
- As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket so that you are comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
- ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.