Lower Dolpa Trek

Lower Dolpa Trek

Lower Dolpa Trek

After enjoying our leisure time spent in Kathmandu we fly to Nepalganj and in the evening we explore the beautiful city of Nepalganj . Early the next day we depart from our hotel, and we fly to Juphal. The 45 minutes flight gives us the panoramic view of the giant Annapurna, the magnificent Dhaulagiri and the beautiful Kanjiroba peak. As we land at the airstrip at Juphal we are greeted by our trek crew and from this point we commence our trek. While wandering through the terraced fields to the Bheri River we are led to Dunai, a large village and also the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region.

We follow up the trails of the Suli Gad River listening to its roar and reach to Hanke, the gateway to Phoksundo National Park. Leaving Hanke and crossing the trails of the Rinje we continue to follow the river track to reach the National Park office at Sumdo. On the way from Sumdo we ascend to a ridge from where we experience the most staggering view of the waterfall and we have our first glimpses to the Phoksundo Lake,looking beautiful in the turquoise blue. Camping on our way up & enjoying the wilderness of the region, this is what a trek to this area is made for. At Rigmo a small village at the lakeside we can see the lifestyle of the people and their culture. Following the trail along the lake provides many picturesque scenes and the pleasure of viewing the lake so close.

Then we follow up the trail through the terraced, green fields of wheat, rice and maize looking more beautiful with the backdrop of the steep hills covered with pine and juniper forests that will lead us to Pelungtang. Leaving Pelungtang we’ll reach Tok Kyu. Before leaving Tok Kyu we will make a short visit to Champa Gompa. Then a rough track will descend to the Tarap Chu. Tarap is a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending 20 km along the river Tarap Chu with patches of grass on the both sides of the river completely unique and in contrast to other parts of inner Dolpa. Here we will see the blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep and goats and maybe meet the shepherds taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures.

We continue our walk down the Tarap Chu and then reach to the Khani Gaon. Here the quality of the foot trails varies from the broad, smooth and firm to very narrow and rocky, that will lead us to the Tarakot. Tarakot is an old fortress known by the local people as Dzhong. We then take our final pass to Dunai where we’ll have concluded the circuit and a celebration is sure to be had. Next we’ll move forward to Juphal from where we’ll fly back to Nepalganj and then from Nepalganj to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1360m) transfer to hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu, half day sightseeing tour

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunja

Day 04: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2140m)

Day 05: Chepka (2670m)

Day 06: Renje (3010m)

Day 07: Ringmo (3600m)

Day 08: Ringmo, rest and exploration at Phoksundo Lake

Day 09: Baga La Phedi

Day 10: Cross Baga La & trek to Num La Phedi (4800)

Day 11: Cross Num La & trek to Do Tarap (4040m)

Day 12: Do Tarap, rest & exploration

Day 13: Lahini (3560m)

Day 14: Tarakot (2557m)

Day 15: Dunai (2140m)

Day 16: Juphal (2320m)

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunja

Day 18: Kathmandu, shopping in Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure, (Trek ends after breakfast)


  • Airport transfers
  •  Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu .
  •  Domestic flight from Kathmandu – Nepalganj – Juphal – Kathmandu & all domestic departure taxes
  •  All other transport
  •  Services of experienced leaders, trekking guides & porters.
  •  All accommodation (twin share, 5 nights hotel, 13 nights two person tents with foam sleeping mat).
  •  All meals on trek
  •  Trek pack (sleeping bag. Sleeping sheet, down jacket, kit bag, and trekking map)
  •  Lower Dolpa Special Trekking Permit (US$ 10 per person for a week and Shey Phoksundo national park fees
  •  All camping equipment – 2-person member tent dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent with commode, dining table with backrest chair etc.
  •  Comprehensive First Aid Kit including medical oxygen and Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)
  •  Insurance of all local staffs including porters.
  •  Warm clothing and other required trekking gear for porters like Gortex jacket & trousers, trekking shoes / boots, sleeping bag / blanket, woolen hat, woolen gloves, woolen shocks, sunglasses etc.


  •  Visa
  •  Insurance (compulsory on all trips – ensure you are adequately covered for emergency evacuation by helicopter)
  •  Meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Spending of a personal nature such as laundry, snacks,  fizzy drinks, alcohol and souvenirs.
  •  Crew tips – please allow $US 5 per trekking day
  •  International flight & departure taxes
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