Lower Dolpo Trekking   |  13 Days

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adventure around far wild-west Himalaya within Nepal largest National Park of Shey-Phoksundo

LowerDolpoTrekking, an adventure to Nepal Far North West Himalaya where foreign travelers hardly visits this awesome country full of ancient Bon culture of pre Buddhism along with present Buddhist religion, leads to the land of elusive snow leopard and blue sheep.

Upper Dolpo trekking which was exposed to outside world from the classic novel Snow Leopard by American author Peter Matessian way back in early 1980 a famous novel sold world- wide describes interesting adventure by the author to SheyGompa the Crystal Monastery around Upper Dolpo.

Other related information of the area where one view a movie called the Himalaya a joint Nepalese and French film which was nominated for Oscar in 1998 a must to see the movie after or before this marvelous adventure on Upper Mustang Trekking.

Starting this classic journey taking a smooth flight to land at Nepal Far South West into warmer sub-tropical areas at Nepalgunj near India border, where another connecting flight takes you at inner Dolpo at Jhupal to start cultural and scenic walk to Upper Dolpo at Shey the Crystal Monastery.

Walking into Nepal largest national park called Shey-Poksundo with an area of 3,555 sq.kms which extends from eastern Dolpo near Dhaulagiri and Mustang region to further far west at Mugu district as our route leads first to beautiful emerald colored Phoksundo Lake or Ringmo lake close to Ringmovillage enriched with ancient Bon and Buddhist culture and age-old traditions of great interest, with rest to enjoy the views and as for acclimatization.

After a wonderful time at Ringmo Lake, then heading towards our major highlight of the adventure at SheyGompa or Crystal Monastery after crossing a high Kang-La pass above 5,350 m with stunning panorama of surrounding landscapes with snow- capped peaks.

With great interesting time at SheyGompa return journey leads to cross few high passes to reach scenic areas and charming villages of Tokyu-Dhotarap and then to historical Tarakot village where drive leads to Jhupal past Dunai town for sweeping flight back to Kathmandu with outmost memorable time and adventure on Upper Dolpo Trekking.

Trip Highlights

  • Adventure around Nepal largest national park within Shey-Phoksundo and its beautiful emerald lake
  • Trekking around lower and inner Dolpo areas within scenic Dho-Tarap green wide valley
  • Unique country from green forest to arid dry weather beaten landscapes and remote villages
  • Crossing Baga-la and Numa-la high passes with fabulous views ofKagmara to Dhaulagiri range of peaks
  • On least explored areas of Nepal Far North Western Himalaya within complete wilderness
  • Sweeping scenic flights both ways with marvelous views of great Himalayan range of peaks


  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of LowerDolpo Trekking for briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge-camping with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.
  • 2 Day 2: Morning sightseeing tour in Kathmandu afternoon flight to Nepaljung.Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, afternoon flight to Nepal Far South West to land at warmer sub-tropical city of Nepalgunj and then transfer to nearby hotel with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to LowerDolpo Trekking.
  • 3 Day 3: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m (40 mins on air) and then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 hrs.After early breakfast transfer toNepalgunjairport for connecting short flight to land at Jhupal within Dolpo, on reaching at Jhupal, join with our trekking staff and then drive to Dunai for overnight stop, journey leads to interesting parts of the area through farm villages and farm fields with views of snow capped peaks in the distance, few hours of first day entry into Dolpo reaches you at Dunai for overnight stop in local nice lodge. Dunai, headquarter and administrative town of Dolpo district, an interesting place to explore in the afternoon to observe Nepal Far Western Nepalese cultures and custom of both Hindu and Buddhist religion with fascinating cultures.
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrsOur first day walk starts from Dunai, as morning trek heading past bazaar of Dunaiand then across a bridge aboveThuloBheri River to reach a high ridge above Phoksundo River valley offers views of Kagmara peaks. After walking on gradual trail, then climb upinto farm villages growing walnut trees within nearDhera a small place of cattle herders, from here leading to a short climb to Rahagaon village of Hindu ThakuriMalla people. From here descend into forest to reach our first overnight stop to camp at Chhepka, a small farm village.
  • 5 Day 5: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.After Chhepkasituated close to Ankhe village, as morning follows with short climb and then downhillwithin forested area to reach atthe bank of a river, continue uphill walk on leaving forest behind and then descend back into tree lines. From here following upstream of a river to cross a bridge to reachRyajik village, walking little further to reach at Samdua for overnight camp, close to the entrance gate of Shey-Phoksundo National Park.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.Morning walk start to reach atPhoksundo Lake after PungmoKhola (stream) on following the stream and then downhill into birch and pineforest reaching upper section of PhoksundoKhola. After a short rest walk leads into Ringmo village, a lovely and interesting Tibetan origin village with similar culture of Buddhism and Bon (pre Buddhist) religion. Housesbuilt with mud plastered including Chhorten and Mani (prayer) walls of Bon sect and Buddhist religion. From here a short walk to Phoksundo Lake for overnight camp near the bank of turquoise colored Phoksundo Lake.
  • 7 Day 7: At Phoksundo Lake rest and explore around Ringmo village and the lakeEnjoy another day at beautiful Phoksundo Lake, an opportunity to soak in local Dolpo villages around Ringmo of immense culture and custom, where you explore this pristine areas often visited by few other trekkers.
  • 8 Day 8: Trek to Chunuwar 3,110 m - 06 hrs.After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and Phokshumdo Lake, walk leads back on the same route with alternative overnight stops walking on a pleasant trail leading to steep climb for few hours to reach at Chunuwar village for overnight stop, this small village offers super panorama of Phokshumdo Lake and Kagmara peaks.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Sangta 2,421 m - 05 hrs.From here morning walk leads towards more Hindu villages of MallaThaukuri within walnuts groves and farm lands, an interesting walks passing smaller scattered farm villages as the trail is well maintained all the way to our overnight halt at Sangta village, with time browse around Thakuri people village of interesting traditions and old way of life.
  • 10 Day 10: Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.After a great time at Phuksumdo Lake and on walk towards Dunai with pleasant stops along the way observing local culture, today our last day walk leads to Dunai for short time and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu.
  • 11 Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.Morning transfer to small Jhupal airstrip for the flight to Nepalgunj, after boarding in small aircraft where short flight brings you atNepalgunj for connecting flight of 50 minutes to reach back at Kathmandu. On reachingat Kathmandu airport, thentransfer to your hotel with rest of the day at leisure with grand memories of LowerDolpo trekking.
  • 12 Day 12: Spare and free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.Reserved this spare day in Kathmandu as contingency in case of flight delay and cancellation at Jhupal in Dolpo, which can happen sometimes due to bad unfavorable weather conditions if all go well according to our itinerary days, enjoy the day with individual activities and shopping.
  • 13 Day 13: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience and adventure on LowerDolpo Trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

Cost Includes:

    • In all your arrival and departure private transportation
    • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis  in standard hotels on bed and breakfast basis.     
    • Full board trekking includes all meals with twin sharing rooms in local lodge on route trekking,
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • Accompanied by our expert guides and field staff with their wages-transportation and insurance            
    • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
    • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
    • Dolpo Special permit  and National park fee 
    • domistic flight from ktm -Nepal-Gunj -jufal-ktm
    • Government taxes and official expense
    • Welcome Dinner.

Cost Excludes:

    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurances.
    • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu as well gratitude (tips).
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit.
    • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.

  • Trip Duration 13 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
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