" Lower Dolpo Trek is brilliant and adventurous high pass trail carry on to discover the spiritual tenderness of Tibetan culture."
Dolpa region appears in historical records since c. 8th century. The region lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park at the western part of Nepal, between the Tibet plateau and Dhaulagiri range. The Dolpa is divided into two part Upper Dolpa and Lower Dolpa but the entire district was closed to all trekkers until 1989. The region is normally adherents of "Bon" and has preserved its Tibetan culture in fairly pure form. Our trekking to Dolpa is connected by the place named 'Jufal' after taking a short flight from Nepalgunj airport. Jufal is a starting and ending point of Lower Dolpa Trek.
Dolpa was the location for the Oscar-nominated movies "The Himalaya" and “The Caravan” and for the German documentary Dolpo Tulku. The trek crosses three high passes of this region such as Kangmara La 5115 m, Numa La 5159 m and Baga La 5190 m and also pass through beautiful villagers, trail route and meet fantastic people. The beauty of the vast Phoksundo Lake during the trek gives lifetime memory. In spite of the near inaccessibility of the region and tourism restrictions for the more remote parts, Dolpa is a popular destination for trekking tourism.
We do not force to trek or follow this itinerary day today, it can be minimized and maximize as your wish. We can arrange the trip to begin on any date during the trekking season which is Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
Highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek
- Views of Dhaulagiri Kingirowa and Tibetan peaks.
- Thrilling High Passes Numu La and Baga La.
- Explore the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and local culture.
- Amazing, striking Dho Valley with landscape and desert.
- Wonderful breathtaking Gorges and rainbow monasteries.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Transfer to Hotel.
Arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will meet you there and escort you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your trekking.
Day 02: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj.
From Kathmandu, we take a bus or fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, a town in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.
Day 03: Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai (2150m)
Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal. Our trekking starts from Juphal. The trail descends and winds through local villages. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai (2150m). Dunai has a village school, police check post, and some government offices. We stay overnight in Dunai.
Day 04: Trek to Tarakot (2540m) 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast and trek to Tarakot following the upstream trail of Bheri river. A pleasant trek passes small villages with the monastery, Mani stones and cultivating fields. Tarakot is a small settlement that nestles high above Thuli Bheri River was once a famous trading point as it was the capital of ancient independent kingdom Tichorung. Most of the natives of the village belong to Magar tribe and the most of them practice Tibetan Buddhism as their religion.
Day 05: Trek to Laini Odar(3375m) 4-5 hrs.
Breakfast and trek to Laini Odar via Laisicap(2775m) and Kanigaon(2950m) passing river with great views of Himalaya including Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. Laini Odar is a wonderful camping site with a beautiful waterfall nearby.
Day 06: Trek to Nawarpani 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast and a spectacular trek via Chhyugar(3440m) and Toltol (3530m) through the deep gorges with scary cliffs.
Day 07: Trek to Dho Tarap (3950m) 6-7 hrs.
Breakfast and interesting trekking along the banks of Tarap Khola mostly via Ghyamghar and Langa. Dho Tarap is a fascinating settlement that manifests the real attributes of Dolpo. This famous settlement of Dolpo nestles high above a wide valley and was a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the ancient days.
Day 08: At Dho Tarap for Acclimatization
Rest and Explore Dho Tarap and its ministries like Ringo Bumpa Monastery, a sacred monastery built 1000 year ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltsen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of evil spirits wandering in the region. The monastery resembles the architecture of Samye Monastery in Tibet. Kakar Labrang Monastery White valley temple dating back to 12th century, Kakar Gompa is the popular monastery of Dolpo that belongs to the old sect of Nyingma- pa sect of Buddhism. Funded by the king of Mustang the monastery began to build by Urgyen Tenzin.
Drakmar Dewa Monastery high above on a hill southwest of Dho, Drakmar Monastery nestles beautifully on the red cliffs. Nine hundred years old monastery has the images of Sakyamuni Buddha, Dorje Phurba and the visions of Guru Rinpoche inside it. Along with the stupa, a book found here has translated 100 words of Buddha. The vicinity around Dho Tarap has many other important monasteries which include Mekhyim Monastery, Dhoro Monastery and a Bon Gompa of Shipichowk among others. So make your decision wisely while choosing the monastery you prefer to explore from the pool of many. welcome
Day 09: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4350m) 4-5 hrs.
Breakfast and trek so Numa la base camp via crystal mountain school, Health post and authentically traditional Tokyu village (4209m) with dramatic views of Sharing Gompa which is the house for the monks in the region.
Day 10: Trek to Danighar(4510m) via Numa La Pass(5310m) 6/7 hrs.
A Challenging day trek to Danighar via Numa La Pass (5310m), a hard steep uphill trek to Numa La top for 4 hours with majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Norbu Kang, and Churen Himal and from the top the trek is relatively easy following the Gyambo Khola.
Day 11: Trek to Temche (4000m) via Baga La Pass(5170m 5-6 hrs.
A demanding trek goes vertical uphill climb to Gaga La pass, it offers a great view of Norbung Lang Peak and the entire Phoksundo Lake and then treks descend down to the beautiful meadow Temche(4000m).
Day 12: Trek to Phoksundo (3600m) 5-6 hrs
Trek down to Yak Kharka, and ascends again towards Ringmo through the lush vegetation of pines, junipers, and cypress with the stunning views of towering cliffs and the highest waterfall in Nepal on the right, the trail finally stretches to Ringmo, a famous Bon settlement in the region. The final thirty minute downhill trek from Ringmo finally brings us to the mesmerizingly beautiful lake, Phoksundo.
Day 13: Explore the Phoksundo Lake.
Explore Ringmo village, Phoksundo Lake and its monasteries. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is the scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-to religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these.
Day 14: Trek to Chepka 5-6 hrs
Breakfast and trek uphill and downhill via Chunuwar and Recchi through a forest of pines, birches, and bamboo with the last view of Phoksundo Lake.
Day 15: Trek to Juphal 5- 6 hrs.
Trek to Juphal via Shanta and Khangadanda thorough arid landscapes first and then beautiful fields of barley and wheat surrounded by strong trees that include walnut, peach, and apricot. Juphal, a large village with a beautiful marketplace.
Day 16:Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Fly to Nepalgunj and then finally to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Kathmandu Airport
You will have the final transfer to Kathmandu airport for your return flight.