Lower Dolpa Trek

Lower Dolpa Trek

attractions Attraction
Phoksundo Lake, Bagala Pass, Numala Pass, Rigmo Gau
nature Accomodation
timer Duration
16 Days
restaurant_menu Food
Flight and local vehicle
Group Size
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temple_hindu Culture

Explore the hidden wonders of Lower Dolpo with Nepal Trekking Experts! Start your adventure with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalguni, followed by a short hop to Juphal, where your trek begins.

Lower Dolpo is a special place with amazing scenery and a culture that's different from other parts of Nepal. Tucked away in the shadow of the huge Dhaulagiri mountain, it's kind of like a secret world linked to Tibetan traditions. The area has kept its ancient ways, almost like a snapshot of the past. People here practice a pure form of Buddhism, and the region was blessed by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century. It's been a safe haven for Buddhists during tough times.

Aside from the cool cultural stuff, the Lower Dolpo Trek lets you see some of Nepal's unique animals like blue sheep, different kinds of deer, mountain goats, black bears, and even the super rare snow leopard – like a real-life legend!

One highlight is Shey-Phoksundo National Park, home to the stunning Phoksundo Lake. Picture a peaceful lake surrounded by tall cliffs – it's like something out of a fairy tale.

But the trek isn't just about lakes and animals. It's also a bit challenging, with not one, but two high passes – Numa La at 5309 meters and Bagala Pass at 5169 meters the next day – giving you amazing views.

If you're excited about the Lower Dolpo Trek, get in touch with Hi Nepal Treks and let's start planning your awesome adventure! They've got other cool packages too, like the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and more.\

Lower Dolpa Trek Highlights:

  • Scenic flight to Juphal
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park and its wide array of rare flora and fauna
  • The hypnotic beauty of  Phoksundo lake
  • A bastion of old-world Tibetan culture locked away behind the barriers of Dhaulagiri
  • The high passes of  Bagala La  and Numa La

Trip Info for Lower Dolpa Trek:

  • Trek Start:
    • Begins from Jupal.
    • Requires obtaining necessary permits and TIMS card.
    • The trail gradually ascends through diverse landscapes.
  • Accommodation:
    • Teahouses/lodges along the route offer basic lodging.
    • Dormitory-style rooms or private rooms available.
    • Basic amenities like beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.

  • Meals:
    • Teahouses provide meals: Dal Bhat (rice, lentil soup), noodles, rice dishes, etc.
    • Limited menu items, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Carrying some energy bars and snacks is recommended.

  • Typical Day:
    • Start early in the morning for better weather and views.
    • Trek for about 6-8 hours a day, with breaks in between.
    • Reach teahouse for the night, rest, and explore.

  • Communication:
    • Limited mobile network coverage, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Some teahouses offer Wi-Fi, but it might be slow and unreliable.

  • Electricity and Water:
    • Charging devices may come at an extra cost in teahouses.
    • Hot showers might be available for an additional fee.
    • Safe drinking water: carry purification methods or buy bottled water.

  • Tipping:
    • Tipping is a common practice to show appreciation for good service.
    • You can tip guides, porters, and teahouse staff if you're satisfied.

  • Trek Season:
    • Best seasons: Autumn (clear weather) and Spring (blooming rhododendrons).
    • Winter is colder but less crowded. Summer/Monsoon brings rain and more challenge.

Lower Dolpa Difficulty :

  1. For Beginners:
    • Not suitable for beginners

  2. For Experienced Trekkers:
    • Even Experienced trekkers will find the trek challenging.
    • Familiarity with multi-day treks and altitude effects is beneficial.
    • Some sections might involve longer and more strenuous walks, especially at higher altitudes.
    • Flexibility and previous trekking experience will be advantageous.
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Mohan Subedi

Mohan Subedi is the founder of Hinepal Treks. He is a professional trek and adventure guide.

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