The Dolpo is a restricted area within the Himalayan region, was opened to foreigners only in 1990. Dolpo is Nepal’s most remote district and occupies a large number of the land’s surface. The Dolpo region is the rain shadow, while the border extends to the Tibet. It declared as a restricted area due to the use of the inner Himalayas of Nepal against China. A Tibetan Buddhist tradition is abundant in the Lower Dolpo Trek.
The Numa-La and Baga-La pass are not the same, but equally beautiful sights for trekkers. The trek to Lower Dolpo is an off-beaten, whereas the hamlets and villages are generally hard to find.
Trek to Lower Dolpo features not only beautiful landscapes but many endangered species as well. Besides this, the people and their vibrant culture are exceptional. The Lower Dolpo trek meanwhile, incorporates two passes of over 5000 meters. But proper physical fitness and experience in the mountains are mandatory. Despite the remoteness, the Dolpo Circuit Trek is a way to fire up your adrenaline.
The trek to Lower Dolpo is a circuit of discovery so that you can observe their traditional medical practice. Because of the trail confluence with the Thulo Bheri River, a new path established towards the Shey Phoksundo Lake. There aren’t many campsites and the local tea houses. The new trail, however, provides easy access to Nepal’s highest waterfall and crystal Phoksundo Lake waters. The Lower Dolpo Trek is ideal for those people who are seeking adventurous and very suitable for trekking during the monsoon season.
Dolpo Circuit Trek: Quick facts
- Travel to the rain-shadow area with its mysterious land.
- Explore Tarap Valley together with thrilling Numa-La and Baga-La pass.
- Testimony of ancient Bon-Buddhist rituals in different monasteries.
- Feel inspired by the sight of diverse flora and fauna within Shey Phoksundo National Park.
- Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake of Nepal.
- Breathtaking Tibetan Plateau, really admirable but a lifetime experience.
Lower Dolpo Trekking Itinerary
|Days||Destinations||Altitude in Meters||Walking Distance|
|1.||Kathmandu to Nepalgunj||150||0h55|
|2.||Fly to Juphal then trek to Dunai||1970||3h00|
|3.||Trek to Tarakot||2130 m||5h30|
|4.||Trek to Laina Odar||2560||6h00|
|5.||Trek to Niwar Pani||3160||6h30|
|6.||Trek to Do Tarap||3900||6h00|
|8.||Trek to Num – La Base Camp||4440||6h15|
|9.||Trek to Pelung Tang via Num La Pass (5190 m)||4465||6h00|
|10.||Trek to Dajok Tang via Baga – La Pass (5070 m)||4080||6h00|
|11.||Trek to Ringmo||3660||4h30|
|12.||Exploration Around Shey Phoksundo Lake|
|13.||Trek to Chhepka||2660||7h00|
|14.||Trek to Juphal||2350||5h30|
|15.||Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj|
Itinerary variation within Lower Dolpo Trek
Many itineraries variants across the Dolpo region also lead trekkers to the neighboring districts, showcasing various features that can connect to more than one trekker. Here we’re giving you a list of the best possible treks in Lower Dolpo. If you have any concerns about these treks, please consult us.
- Upper Dolpo Trek via Tarap Valley
- Phoksundo Lake to Rara Lake Trek via Kagmara – La Pass
- Phosundo Lake Trek
- Tarap Valley Trek
- Lower Dolpo Three Passes Trek
Permits & regulation
Most of the Dolpo region is within the restricted area. So, the trekkers should apply the specific permits to trek along this area through the registered trekking company. Ask the expert here to get those permits before heading to a trek.
- Lower Dolpo Permit fees – Us$ 20 per week per person. Required at least two week
- Shey Phoksundo National Park fees – NPR 3000 (US$ 28) per person per entry.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)
Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Day 4: Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2,320 m) and trek to Dunai (2,850 m) 3h00 walk.
Day 5: Dunai to Tarakot (2,543 m): 6h00 walk.
Day 6: Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m) 7h00 walk
Day 7: Laini Odar to Nawarpani (3,545 m) 5h00 walk.
Day 8: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090 m) 7h00 walk.
Day 9: Acclimatization day!!
Day 10: Dho – Tarap Numa La Base Camp (4440 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 11: Numa – La (5,190 m) and camp at Pelung Tang (4465 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 12: Cross Baga – La (5,070 m) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 13: Dajok Tang to Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m) 3h00 walk.
Day 14: Rest Day Phoksundo Lake!
Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka (2520 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 16: Chhepka to Jhupal 6h00 walk.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final departure
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Kathmandu International Airport, Kathmandu|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please, report at least 3 hours before the flight.|
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1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.