Lower Dolpo Trek - 19 Days

Lower Dolpo Trek

Standing in the midst of the rugged natural landscape of Dolpa in all its beauty, an experiencing its remoteness you can’t help but feel that this real Shanggri-La, a region with an aura of mysticism about it. Dolpa also called “Ba Yul” or the Hidden Valley has fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery scenery and peace. Isolated and secluded from the outside world by spiraling high mountain passes and restricted entry, mysterious Dolpo had long fascinated and frustrated travelers.

The lower Dolpa circuit trekking is one of the most popular treks as it visit Phoksundo Lake, featured in Eric Valleys Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” Phoksundo, also known as the Blue Lake cuts one of the deepest gorges in Nepal but contains no aquatic life. This trek links to Phoksundo Lak experience with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Dho. There are 130 Gompas in Dolpa, some of their historices going back to very early times. Shey Phoksundo National Park, great Himalayan scenery and Lake Phoksundo are the prime attraction of the region. The area is inhabited by people practicing the pre-Buddhist “Bon Po” that disappeared from Tibet in 9th century while lower Dolpa is home to Thakuris, Chhetris, Brahmins. Upper Dolpa is home of Bhotiyas, their culture, dress, and speech are similar to Tibetans.

It is one of the few areas protecting trans- Himalayan ecology. Phoksundo Lake is one of the deepest and second large lake in Nepal. The ancient settlement of Jugdullah, Shey Phoksundo Natioal Park monasteries over 700 old years. The trail crosses two high passes ; Numla Pass (5190m) and Bagla Pass (5070m)before reaching the beautiful hamlet of Ringmo. The hiker’s first glimpse of Lake Phoksundo. Blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, ghoral, Himalayan tahr and bear inhait the National Park of this high Tibetan plateau.

Lower Dolpo Trek Permit
To trek to Lower Dolpo, you will need two trekking permits: Lower Dolpo restricted area permit that costs U$ 10 per person per week and Sheyphoksundo National Park entrance fee NPR 3390 per person and NPR 1500 per person for SAARC nationals. Children below 10 years are free. It is mandatory that foreign trekkers trip to Lower Dolpo must be organized through a registered local trekking company in Nepal and must trek with licensed Nepalese trekking guide.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Get permits, preparation and visit ancient old temples.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2475m) and trek to Dunai (2140m)
Day 05: Trek to Sahartara (2730m)
Day 06: Trek to Laisicap (2772m)
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3475m)
Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (3944m)
Day 09: Rest and Acclimatization day, explore surrounding
Day 10: Trek to Numala Base Camp (4440m)
Day 11: Trek to Danigar (4691m) via Numala Pass
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka/Bagala Base Camp (3982m)
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo or Phoksundo Lake (3733m)
Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo (3733m)
Day 15: Trek to Raichi (2910m)
Day 16: Trek to Sangta or Shyanta (2520m)
Day 17: Trek to Juphal
Day 18: Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure to homeland.

Trip Note: For customized Lower Dolpo Trek package and itinerary as per your interest; please kindly provide us details like your group size, nationality, and mode of hotels in Kathmandu you would like to use. The price we have offered online includes 3 nights deluxe twin/double room with breakfast in 3 star category boutique hotel in Kathmandu. International Tour Leader are encourage to get complimentary or discounted rate. 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/1300m
Join Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, a welcome dinner and short brifing is held at the evening. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Sightseeing in World Heritage Site (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Squiare and Swayambhunath) in Kathmandu valley. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj
Flight from to Nepalgunj (45 minutes) and overnight stay Nepalgunj in lodge.

Day 04: Nepalgunj – Juphal/2475m and trek to Dunai/2140m
Take Flight from Nepal gunj to Juphal (35mins), 3.5 hours walk to Dunai. Lunch at Dunai, visit central gompa and local cultue. Overnight stay at Dunai in tented camp

Day 05: Dunai – Sahartara/2730
6 hours trek to Sahartara from Dunai, lunch at Byasgar on the way to sightseeing and experience local culture. Stay overnight at Tarabagar in tented camp.

Day 06: Sahartara – Laisicap/2772m
Trek to Laisicap during 3-4 hours. Experience a natural hot spring. Visit to Tika Gompa, built by King of Jumla in before Nepal was unified. Stay overnight at Laisicap in tented camp.

Day 07: Laisicap - Nawarpani/3475m
Trek to Nawarpani from Laisicap which takes 8 hours, experiencing nature. Stay overnight at Nawarpani in tented camp.

Day 08: Nawarpani – Dho Tarap/3944m
Trek to Dho Tarap from Nawarpani, 5-7 hours walk and we take lunch at Sisaul. Side trip to Sipchowk which is one of highest settlement in the world at the elevation of 4200m from sea level.. Stay overnight at Dho Tarap tented camp.

Day 09: Rest and Acclimatization Day
Rest and relax or explore and a side trip to Sipchowk which is one of highest settlement in the world at the elevation of 4200m from sea level.

Day 10: Dho Tarap – Numala Base Camp/ 4440m
Trek to Numala Base Camp from Dho Tarap. 4-6 hours walk and we have lunch at Tokyu. Stay overnight at Dho in tented camp.

Day 11: Numala Base Camp – Danigar/4691m
Numala Base Camp – Danigar/4691m Trek to Danigar from Numala Base Camp, 5-6 hours walk. Stay overnight at Takshi in tented camp.

Day 12: Danigar – Yak Kharka/Bagala Base Camp/3982m
Trek to Yak Kharka from Danigar (6 hours). We take lunch near Bagla Pass/5070m and cross it. Stay overnight at Yak Kharaka in tented camp.

Day 13: Yak Kharka – Ringmo or Phoksundo Lake/3733m
Trek from Yak Kharka to Ringmo (5 hours walk). After lunch at Ringmo we explore around areas, monastery. Stay overnight at Ringmo in tented camp.

Day 14: est Day at Ringmo/3733m
We take rest day to relax at camp and to explore Bhotiya culture, Phoksundo lake and observe mountains and Suligad waterfall. Stay overnight at Ringmo in tented camp.

Day 15: Ringmo – Raichi/2910m
Trek to Raichi from Ringmo (4 hours walk). Stay overnight at Raichi in tented camp.

Day 16: Raichi – Sangta or Shyanta/2520m
Trek from Sangta Raichi (4 hours walk). Stay overnight at Sangta in tented camp.

Day 17: Sangta - Juphal
Sangta - Juphal 5 hours walk to Juphal. Stay overnight at Juphal in hotel or tented camp.

Day 18: Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Fly to Nepalgunj (35 minutes) and fly to Kathmandu (45 minutes). Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 19: Final Departure to homeland
Last day in Kathmandu or fly back to home country. Free transfer to airport and see you off by Wilderness Excursion.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with tour guide with private car/van
  • 3 nights sharing twin bed room in 3*** categorized hotels in Kathmandu with breakafst.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee and fresh fruits during the trip.
  • All camping gear and kitchen utensils during the trek
  • Well experienced, government registered and friendly guide.
  • Cook, kitchen helpers and porters to carry all the food and trekking gear.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal flight and airport taxes.
  • Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathamndu flight and airport taxes.
  • Dola Trekking permit, Shey Phoksundo entrance permit.
  • Food, tented accommodation and salary of your trip crew.
  • Salary, insurance and trekking gear for trip crew.
  • Government tax,vat and office service charges.


Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner except breakfast in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Nepal visa, International flight, Toiletries and laundry service,
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porters. 
# Start Date End Date Status
1 18 May, 2018 10 Jun, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek  


  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, 
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around, 
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Leg wears
  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.
  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.  
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for ABC Trek. 
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries
Personal Trekking Equipment 
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.
Optional items
  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
For water 
  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, 
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Elevation: 5190m
  • Trekking Type: Camping Trek
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Difficulty: Medium Hard

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