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Lower Dolpo Trekking covers typical hidden destination located at the far west region of Nepal in less permit fee. The Ringmo Village of remote dolpo region offers the beautiful Nepalese scenery including splendor Himalayan range, Phoksundo Lake and the glaciers of Kanjiroba. Unique cultural diversity in remoteness of the Himalayas combined with wonderful scenery of blue lakes and mountains are the main features of Lower Dolpo Region. We pass through the traditional Tibetan salt caravan track, over 2 high passes along the wilderness in one of Nepal’s most remote region. Lower Dolpo region lies further north from the Dhaulagiri Range in the sprinkle shadow of the Himalayas – reflected in the brilliant barren inclines of the. In summer, the caravans of yaks and sheep passes through this valley on a trade route through the Himalayas and exchanges the goods and ideas between the Tibetan Plateau and the valleys of Nepal.

Lower Dolpo trekking starts through flight from Kathmandu to Jhupal via Nepalgunj along with special permit for lower Dolpo trekking. The Lower Dolpo Trek is implied for genuine adventurers wishing for an off the beaten track experience. This remote region in western Nepal was opened for the outsides just in 1990. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park with termendous mountain scenery, monasteries and yak convoys. Our trek takes us through a lush region, then load through tough canyons in the barren plateau near the Tibetan border.

Trip Highlights of Lower Dolpo trekking

Stunning landscape and villages. perfect Mountain View from here. This trek offers a unique experience of Tibetan dominated Nepali way of life to the visitors. Amazing Phokusundo Lake, unique calture,
Explore the mystique hidden land of Inner Dolpo, with its untouched Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture Walk through desolate, stunning landscapes of the Trans Himalayan Mountains. Admire the incomparable beauty of the holy Phoksundo Lake, with its enchanting blue and emerald colors

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly to Jumla [2370m] & trek to Gothi chaur [2700m]

Day 05: Trek to Naphukana [3080m]

Day 06: Trek to Chaurikot [3060m]

Day 07: Trek to Bheri riverside [2610m]

Day 08: Trek to Garpung khola [2900m]

Day 09: Trek to Kagmara [3500m]

Day 10: Trek to Kagmara phedi [4000m]

Day 11: Cross Kagmara La [5115m]

Day 12: Trek to Pungmo

Day 13: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake

Day 14: Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake

Day 15: Trek to Baga La phedi

Day 16: Cross Baga La [5090m] & trek to Numa La phedi [4800m.

Day 17: Cross Numa La [5360m] & trek to Do [4100m]

Day 18: Rest day at Do

Day 19: Trek to Lahini [3560m]

Day 20: Trek to Tarakot [2600m]

Day 21: Trek to Dunai [2100m]

Day 22: Trek to Juphal [2500m]

Day 23: Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03: Kathmandu to NepalGunj.
Flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai. You will stay the night there and make the necessary preparation for the trek ahead. Overnight accommodation will be in Hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jumla [2370m] & trek to Gothi chaur [2700m]
We take a morning flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. we will cross the Tila Khola and the Chaudabise Khola, The trail passes through several villages. It continues through a forest of maple and walnut and onto a meadow which, in season,the trail climbs to a small pass before descending again to Gothi Chaur where you will be staying for the night.

Day 05: Trek to Naphukana [3080m]
The trail follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potato, buckwheat and barley until the valley narrows and then we will be entering a forest of oaks, spruce and maples. We will be passing through the village of Chotra which is dotted with typical Tibetan mani walls. After a short distance, we will come to another Tibetan-looking village, Naphukana where you will be staying for the night. There is a large gompa above this village.

Day 06: Trek to Chaurikot [3060m]
From Naphukana the trail becomes gradually steeper and climbs through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. From the pass, one can get views of snowy peaks to the north and east. Descending from the pass, the trail traverses a steep slope before dropping into a forest of pine and oaks. We then enter the Bheri Valley and after following the trail in and out of side valleys, we will come to the village of Chaurikot where we will be staying for the night.

Day 07: Trek to Bheri riverside [2610m]
The trail proceeds on to the village of Balasa from where we will be able to see Kagmara peak on the horizon. The trail descends to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees and onto a ridge. Passing through the apple orchards of Jyakot, we will then descend to the village of Rimi before following a rocky trail down to the Bheri Riverside where you will be staying for the night.

Day 08: Trek to Garpung khola [2900m]
The trail runs along the west bank of the Bheri River, passing Hurikot and arrives at the entrance of the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. We will then come to the confluence of the Garpung and Jagdula Khola, which joins the Bheri River. we will reach our camp by the riverside.

Day 09: Trek to Kagmara [3500m]
Continue Trek to follow alongside the Garpung Khola, ascending gradually towards the Kagmara La.Trek for it is mainly done so for acclimatization. It is important to note that ascending to great latitude too quickly is risky.

Day 10: Trek to Kagmara phedi [4000m]
Crossing across to the eastern side of the river, where the valley narrows and the river becomes a series of waterfalls. The trail climbs to a moraine below the Kagmara La and we will make our camp amidst the boulders. Magnificent views of the surrounding peaks will be at our door step.

Day 11: Cross Kagmara La [5115m]
Start early in the morning and ascend alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La. This is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. After a 900m descent, At the Pungmo Khola Valley where we will be spending the night.

Day 12: Trek to Pungmo
The trail now enters birch and juniper forests which soon give way to blue pine. As the trail contours the side valleys, one can enjoy the magnificent views of Kanjirolba peak before we reach the fortress-like village of Pungmo which is set amidst barley fields.

Day 13: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake
Continuing downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake. We will climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the horizon. There is a spectacular waterfall- the highest waterfall in Nepal close by. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake where you will be staying for the night.

Day 14: Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake
Rest day at the lake which is known for its unusual greenish-blue water.There is large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa which seems like it is piercing the sky. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues,

Day 15: Trek to Baga La phedi
We retrace our route back to Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards, through forest of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows alongside the river up the valley to a waterfall and eventually to the base of the Baga La where we will be staying for the night.

Day 16: Cross Baga La [5090m] & trek to Numa La phedi [4800m]
From our camp it's a 3 hour steady climb to the top of the Baga La, the second of such high passes. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La where we will be staying for the night.

Day 17: Cross Numa La [5360m] & trek to Do [4100m]
Continue with climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and the flutter of the prayer flags. we will be able to see as far as Dhaulagiri from the top. The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and the trail cuts through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley and onto the settlement of Do.

Day 18: Rest day at Do
It is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east lays the village of Shipchhok which has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.

Day 19: Trek to Lahini [3560m]
We will be starting off early in the morning. The trail is almost flat and follows the river until we come across a gorge. We will enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times, the trail opens up to a flat expanse and onto Lahini where we will be staying for the night.

Day 20: Trek to Tarakot [2600m]
The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs and the bridges along here can often be washed out. Eventually, the valley widens and the route becomes easier as we approach the village of Khanigaon. We will then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and onto the fortress village of Tarakot where we will be staying for the night.

Day 21: Trek to Dunai [2100m]
We will follow alongside the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Duna where we will be staying for the night.

Day 22: Trek to Juphal [2500m]
We will be trekking from Dunai to Juphal. From Dunai we will be following the river trail downstream to Juphal. We will also be walking uphill through meadows and past a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m) where we can rest. After several more hours of walking, we will finally reach Juphal, which is the end point of our trek and where we will be staying for the night.

Day 21: Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu
We will take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. We will then take a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

Trip Cost US$ 2,495 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night Deluxe Kathmandu hotel in Kathmandu on B/B. Before and After the trek. Hotel Access Nepal Pvt.ltd.
  • Airport pick-up and drop services
  • Ticketing permit and all needed document.
  • Guide and necessary staffs.
  • A cook and kitchen supporter.
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc
  • Camping charges
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
  • First Aid kit, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • emergency Rescue assistance.
Cost Excludes:
  • Nature of personal expense
  • All meals and hotels in Kathmandu..
  • Activities in Kathmandu like sightseeing tour.
  • International airfare

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-


5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-


6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.


9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.


The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at [email protected]


Fantastic Experience of the Lower Dolpo trekking with Exciting Nepal

Lower dolpo is one of the places in Nepal that fascinated me the most. With the remote location and pristine lifestyle, I knew I had to visit it once in my lifetime. So me and my friends decided to browse the internet for some clues. We found positive reviews of Exciting Nepal and decided to contact them for the trek.

Exciting Nepal is definitely one of the best crews I have ever worked with. Extremely friendly and professional, they made this trip a breeze. Mr Subash of Exciting Nepal was the first person we contacted and he prepared us a perfect itinerary and in no time we were off to the dream destination

Needless to say the place was magical. Travelling along the rugged hills, glistening lakes and snow-capped mountains we had the time of our life! Our guide Mr. Basu was a charming and helpful guide. He provided us with the best accommodations and food and made this trip more convenient than ever. Also, his complete knowledge of the place astounded us!

From our behalf,we would like to thank the entire Exciting Nepal crew, especially Mr Subash and Mr Basu for this fantastic journey and pocket full of memories that we have carried from the Lower Dolpo Trekking.

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