The Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek offers an outstanding trekking experience in the remote western region of Nepal. The 18-day trek begins with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Next, we fly to Jhupal via Nepalgunj and begin our trek through remote locations admiring the beautiful rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas, reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a perpetual fascinating spectacle. Thanks to Eric Valli, a French geographical photographer working for National Geographic, the Dolpo region of Nepal has been shown in all its integrity and full mystical experience. Furthermore, this is also one of the few areas where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. While on the trek, we get to muse at the yak caravans that maintain the traditional salt trade with Tibet. We also cross two high passes- Numa La and Baga La-and reflect on life amidst the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake.

  • Duration 18 Days
  • Max. Elevation 5190m
  • Best Season Jan-Dec
  • Difficulty Level Hard
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparation
  3. Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
  4. Day 4 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m) and trek to Dunai (2,850m)
  5. Day 5 Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m)
  6. Day 6 Tarakot to Laini (3,160m)
  7. Day 7 Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m)
  8. Day 8 Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m)
  9. Day 9 Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
  10. Day 10 Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m)
  11. Day 11 Cross Numa La pass (5,190m), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m)
  12. Day 12 Cross Baga La pass (5,070m), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m)
  13. Day 13 Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m)
  14. Day 14 Hike to Phoksundo Lake
  15. Day 15 Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m)
  16. Day 16 Shyanta to Jhupal
  17. Day 17 Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu
  18. Day 18 Final departure