Lower Dolpo Trekking Nepal

Trip Overview

Dolpo is the largest district on Nepal covering the area of 7889 sq. km. Lower Dolpo Trekking is located in west of the Kali Gandaki Valley, including the Shey – Phoksundo National Park of Midwestern Region Nepal.  Shey – Phoksundo National Park was established in 1984 and covers an area of 3,555 sq. km  in the districts of Dolpa and Mugu. Shey-Phoksundo Natioanal Park is the largest national park in the country. The flora and fauna which are preserved in Shey-Phoksundo National Park are some of the rarest in the world. This park provides the habitat for snow leopard and blue sheep. Other common animals found in the park are: goral, Himalayan tahr, serow, leopard, wolf, jackal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, yellow-throated marten and langur and rhesus monkeys. The park is equally rich in birds. The commonly seen birds are Impeyan pheasant (danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasant, red and yellow-billed choughs, raven jungle crow, show partridge and many others.  The local people are farmers and they plant potatoes, buckwheat, mustard, beans,  barley to thier field.  Animal husbandry is a main source of income. They take out the wool from the sheep for weaving clothes. Trading is done with Tibet, exchanging food grains for salt.

Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking crosses three relatively high passes, good paths are followed throughout and there is no trekking on glaciers. At the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayan rain shadow lies Dolpo the legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. The warm welcome given by the hardy Dolpo-Pa & the fascinating insight into the Tibetan way of life makes this an extremely varied & special trekking. Lower Dolpo Trekking is ideally suited to both beginners and those who have “been everywhere”. Trekking in the Dolpo region has only been permitted since mid-1989. This park is home for more than 9,000 people, and their villages are among the highest settlements on earth. Their lifestyle is typically Tibetan. Most of the people are Buddhists. The people around Phoksundo area practice Bön. There are communal gompas in most of the villages. Lower Dolpo Trekking offers opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and also to experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M/4425FT) (A)
Showing your name board, our airport representative waits in Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). You transfer to hotel, check in and free time. Have enjoy!

Day 2: Trip Final Preperation in Kathmandu (A,B)
In the morning, generally at 8 am, Eco-friendly Treks staff come to meet you at your hotel. Please manage to be there at lobby with:
(a) your original passport to prepare necessary adventure eco holiday permit/s from the concerned authority
(b) a couple of same passport size photos for permit/s and
(c) Trip final full payment. The staff introduce you with your trip guide at the same time. You have time to interact with your guide, he may check and suggest your trip equipmment and packing for the trip on your interest, please tell us if you like this. The rest of the day, you may buy or hire additional equipment and packing (if necessary). Then, you rest for acclimatization and final preperation for the trip. If you like any additional program for the day, please inform us at the time of mail corresponding.

Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj: (400M/1,312FT) (1 HOUR) (A,B,L,D)
Flight to Nepalgunj in south –western Nepal and over night there.

Day 4: Fly to Jumla: (A,B,L,D)
We take flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla, on the banks of river Tila and visit the best places of JUmla.

Day 5: Trek to Gothi chaur (2,500M/8,200Ft) (5HRS) (A,B,L,D)
we start our trek and camp at Ghotichour.

Day 6: Trek to Napukhona (3,010M/9,873Ft) (6HRS) (A,B,L,D)
We have a day of steady climbing through small villages dotting the landscape: Kunigaon, Gothigoan, Munigoan. We stop for lunch and then trek along the river to Napukhona, a small Buddhist settlement.

Day 7: Napakuna – Chaurikot (3,000M/9,834FT) (A,B,L,D)
We trek through birch and silver fir forest to Chaurikot. Scenic views of Patrasi and Jagadu Himal are visible to the north.

Day 8: Chaurikot – Veri river Side (A,B,L,D)
We hear the roar of the mighty Veri flowing down below and above we are the Quagmire ranges to the west. We pass villages inhabited by people of the blacksmith and tailor casts.

Day 9: Veri River Side – Garpung Khola : (A,B,L,D)
Today we climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes. We see Hangine Glacie – Peak.

Day 10: We start the trek following the river upstream (A,B,L,D)

We finally cross the river by a small wooden bridge over huge rocks. This is Impeyan pheasant country and just above us is the Kagmara peak (5880M)

Day 11: We follow the Garpung Khola (A,B,L,D)

The trail becomes steeper and we come to a rocky area. The Himalayan mouse–hare can be spotted here.

Day 12: Climb Garpung Khola (A,B,L,D)

The climb becomes very strenuous now until we reach a pass at an altitude of 4850 m We descend following the river and camp on a grassy spot.

Day 13: Pungmo (3,050M/9,998FT)  (A,B,L,D)
We follow a trail parallel to Dorjam Khola and soon cross it. We re-enter civilisation as we see yak herds from nearby Tibetan settlements. The area is covered in Juniper Birch and Apple trees.

Day 14: Pungmo – Phoksundo Lake (3,730M/12,235Ft) (6HRS) (A,B,L,D)
Following Dorjam Khola, again we climb to Sumduwa, where we have the headquarters of the Shey – Phoksundo National Park. We need to show our trekking permits to the authorities there. Then we proceed to the ice–cold, turquoise blue lake itself. The lake is surrounded by big red and yellow arid mountains.

Day 15: Phoksundo Lake – Bagala Pass (5,090M/16,685FT) (A,B,L,D)
We go to the east through the dense forest until we come to a clearing with some villages in it. Proceeding north–east we come to a narrow valley and make our camp here.

Day 16: Bagala Pass – Numla Pass Base Camp (5,190M/17,013FT) (A,B,L,D)
The narrow valley becomes wider and is surrounded by glaciers and blade-shaped rock cliffs. We have incredible views of the Kanjiroba massif to the west. We descend to Poyon Khola (4450M) and proceed on to the next pass which we shall cross the next day. This is blue sheep country.

Day 17: Numla Pass Base Camp – Dho Tarap (A,B,L,D)
We ascend to the top of the Numla pass which opens to a beautiful valley of upper Tarap. We proceed on to the village of Dho Tarap and camp near the river.

Day 18: Dho Tarap (A,B,L,D)
We rest today. This is our major encounter with the Dolpo people.

Day 19: Follow the Tarap Khola (A,B,L,D)

We follow the Tarap Khola as the valley narrows and deep gorges dotted with caves appear. We shall be camping for the night in one of the biggest caves.

Day 20: To Lahini (A,B,L,D)
Although the distance is short to Lahini we will come to the most difficult part of the trek today. We have to descend to a canyon, the trail is normally washed-out.

Day 21: Lahini – Tarakot (2,400M/7,867FT) (A,B,L,D)
We come to a wide valley. This is musk deer country. Laskap Khola joins here the Tarap Khola. We climb up to kamigoan (2950M) the winter residence of the Dho Tarap people. We proceed on to Tarakot at the confluence of the Tarap and Baglung Khola.

Day 22: Tarakot – Duani (2,150M/7,048FT) (A,B,L,D)
We continue along the Baglung Khola and across the bridge to reach Laban form where we proceed to Dabung.

Day 23: Dunai – Jhupal (A,B,L,D)
It is a short walk to Jhupal today from where we shall take our flight to Nepalgunj the next day.

Day 24: Jhupal – Nepalgunj (A,B,L,D)
We fly to Nepalgunj today and connect with our flight back to Kathmandu next day.

Day 25: Drive back to Kathmandu (Flights also available) (A,B,L)

After our breakfast, we take a drive to Kathmandu or take a flight to Kathmandu.

Day 26: At Leisure/ Spare day (A,B)

Day 27: Departure to your destination (B)
Today is your departure day, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.
(Abbreviation: A = Accommodation, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Guide & Logistics

Price Includes:

  • We meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Double room in sharing basis with breakfast at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Experienced trip guide and his expenses (meals, transport, insurance, lodge except tips)
  • Required permit/s for the trip
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to trip starting point as per itinerary
  • Double room at average lodge in sharing basis during the trip
  • Transfer from trip ending point to Kathmandu
  • All taxes (Value Added Tax if apply and income tax)
  • Agency service charge
  • We transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for onward flight
  • Domestic Airfare if needed (confirm this at the time of trip book)

Price NOT Included:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Hot and cold drinks are not available except mineral water
  • Tipping
  • All above “Cost Include” mentioned above


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Trip facts

  • 27 Days
  • Grade: PD
  • Lodging: Lodge
  • Size: 2-20 Persons
  • Dept: Each Month 4th
  • Trip Season: Autumn/Spring
  • Trip Type: Trekking
  • Price: USD /each


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