Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Overview

Lower Dolpo Trek

Located on the isolated corner of Trans Himalayan Zone, Dolpo is a divine land in Mid-Western Nepal. Shey-Phoksundo National Park in the core of Dolpo Region is famous for snow leopards. A great naturalist Rodney Jackson conducted his research on snow leopards in Shey Phoksundo area. The Dolpo is famous for the deepest Lake Phoksundo in entire Himalayan Region. In spite of tough trails and rugged topography, journey to Dolpo area is a wonderful experience.  Lower Dolpo Trek is an amazing destination for trekking lovers. Tourists rarely visit Dolpo Region and the trekking route is very narrow and steep at places, so good hiking Experience is essential for this trek. The altitude ranges from 2500m to 5070m.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu/ transfer to hotel

You will be met by our representative at the airport and taken to the hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu and flight to Nepalgunj

Morning in Kathmandu with sightseeing tour to fascinating places such as the old Durbar square, and Swayambhunath. Afternoon flight to Nepalgunj, a city located near the India border. It takes about 60 mins.
On arrival, transfer to hotel.

Day 03 Fly to Jhupal (2,475 m) then drive to Dunai (2,140 m)

After an breakfast, hop on another short connecting flight to Jhupal in Dolpo. On reaching Jhupal, a short drive of more than an hour to Dunai for overnight stay in a lodge.

Day 04 Dunai to Chhepka (2,838 m)

A morning walk past market across a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then climb over a ridge to Phoksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak. From here the trek leads downhill passing villages with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera. Then, short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri followed by a downhill walk into a forested area to reach overnight camp at Chhepka.

Day 05  Chepka to Samdua village (2,960 m)

From Chhepka, we take a morning walk with a short climb and descend through a forest reaching a river bank.  We then walk downhill to a forested area that leads upstream across a small bridge at Ryajik village. We trek further to Samdua for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.

Day 06 Samdua village to Phoksumdo lake (3,630 m) 

We walk to Phoksumdo Lake after Pungmo Kholas valley and crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach the upper side of Phoksumdo Khola. After a short break, we continue walking to Ringmo village which is an interesting village of Tibetan origin with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls. From here we take a short walk to Phoksumdo Lake. Then, we stay overnight in a camp by the shore of beautiful turquoise Phoksumdo Lake.

Day 07 Rest day at Phoksumdo lake for local excursion 

We get to marvel at the beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara or pay a visit to  Ringmo village and walk by the lake side.

Day 08 Phoksundo to Temche (3,995 m) near Ghuchun Khola

We walk to other side of Dolpo area heading east crossing few passes of Baga-la and Numa-la. Morning walk leads past Muduwa village and the stream of Muduwa on a valley gorge to reach a small grazing area at Temche for overnight stop near Ghuchun Khola.

Day 09 Cross Baga-La (5,169 m), overnight at Danigar (4,512 m) 

We walk on a pleasant and gradual trail that leads uphill to cross over Baga-la at 5,169 meters, with a steep climb for about near 3 hours to reach the top of the pass. The top offers panoramic view of Phoksumdo lake and Kagmara peaks. After a long descent we reach our overnight camp at Danigar or Phedi.

Day 10 Cross Numa-La (5,309 m) overnight at Phedi

Our walk leads to another pass Numa-la South at 5,309 meters. A climb on nice grassy slopes for about three hours then we reach the top of Numa-la that has impressive views of Dhaulagiri mountain range to Kagmara peak and looks down at beautiful valleys and surrounding dramatic landscapes. We then descend to camp on a summer pasture fields at the base or Phedi.

Day 11 Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,209 m) via Khanger 

From the base at Numa-la, our morning starts with a steep climb to reach the top of a small ridge. Then, from here we have a long descent to Modo valley. The trail from Upper Dolpa joins here. After Modo and Khanger , we walk for a few good hours of good to Tokyugaon. This is one of the most impressive and interesting village of Dolpa area, consist of more than ten villages and nice tended farm fields with old monasteries.

Day 12 Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap 3,944 m) 

After Tokyugaon, We walk downhill towards Tarap Chu. Then, our walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap.

Day 13 Dho Taram to Ghyamgar (3,759 m)

We descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area. It stretches along Tarap Chu River most of the way which joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village. Our walk leads us past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls.  We head due south following the trail after Sisaul and Kesilas to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.

Day 14 Ghyamgar to Tarap Khola (3,652 m) via Chhyugar 3,440 m 

The trail enters into a narrow gorge with bushes of juniper and wild rose. We walk past Toltol with a large overhanging cave. Around this area, we might see some wildlife like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals. Then,  we reach a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. Overnight camp by the river after a long day.

Day 15 Tarap Khola to Tarakot (2,540 m) 

We pass smaller villages and then walk into a small wooded area, following the river all the way to Tarakot, a large and interesting village with well maintained terraced farm fields. Tarakot has an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village. Tarakot village houses a famous old Sandul Gomba located at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River.

Day 16 Trek to Dunai 5 hrs then drive to Jhupal

We pass through many villages and farmlands on wider trail towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach Dunai,. On reaching Dunai, we drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel

We board a short flight to Nepalgunj and then after reaching there, we transfer to another flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 18 A free day in Kathmandu  

You can visit various historical and religious sites. Go shopping for souvenirs. You can also relax in the hotel.

Day 19 Final departure 

You will be dropped off at the airport.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:22 Days
  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5070 meters
  • Best Time: Mid February to May and October to mid December.
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above

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