Lower Dolpo Trek

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration22 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 4,900m
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport Fly in - Fly Out
Highlights
  • Cross three main high mountain passes named Kangmara La pass, Numa La pass and Baga La pass.
  • View the amazing beauties of the Phoksundo Lake i.e. the deepest lake of Nepal and Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Opportunity to find the snow leopard in the Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Enjoyment with the views of Tibetan plateau, Buddhist monasteries of ancient times and gripping lifestyles of local people

Lower Dolpo Trek, Fixed Departure Date for 2024/2025/2026

Lower Dolpo trek belongs to the isolated corner of the famous Trans Himalayan region. It is a divine and a virgin land of the Middle Western Nepal and has Shey Phoksundo National Park at its core region. The park is famous as a home to snow leopards. Lower Dolpo thus has its uniqueness and charm with many of its remote areas and known popularly as the hidden treasure in the country. The trek even allows you to cross three main high mountain passes named Kangmara La pass, Numa La pass and Baga La pass.

In addition, the trek allows us to view the amazing beauties of the Phoksundo Lake i.e. the deepest lake of Nepal and Shey Phoksundo National Park covered with many attractive fauna and flora. We will conduct the trek in the northwestern region in Nepal with lower parts of the actual Dolpo district. Being a remote area of the country, its isolated topography allows trekkers to meet with authentic people and know about their lifestyle in an authentic way from almost unexplored and untouched.

Besides the Phoksundo Lake, you will even make a visit to the Tarap Valley. The Tibetan plateau, Buddhist monasteries of ancient times and gripping lifestyles followed by many local area people and their respective culture/tradition are a few prime attractions of the entire Lower Dolpo trek.

Where is the Lower Dolpo Trek located?

The Lower Dolpo Trek is located in the Dolpa district of western Nepal. Dolpa is a remote and less-trekked region, known for its pristine natural beauty, unique culture, and ancient monasteries. The trek typically starts and ends in Juphal, and it offers a challenging and rewarding experience for trekkers seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Himalayas.

Best time to do Lower Dolpo Trek

The best time to undertake the Lower Dolpo Trek is during the late spring (May and June) and early autumn (September and October). During these months, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. These seasons coincide with important cultural festivals, providing trekkers with the opportunity to witness and participate in the local traditions of the Dolpo region.

Lower Dolpo Trek in autumn season (Sept – Nov)

Lower Dolpo Trek during the autumn season is considered the ideal time to explore the region, as the weather is at its most favorable. This season promises a truly enchanting and rewarding adventure. The skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the towering Himalayan peaks that surround the Dolpo district. The temperatures during the day are mild and comfortable, making for pleasant trekking conditions. The landscape is decorated with vibrant autumn colors as the vegetation transforms, creating a picturesque and awe-inspiring backdrop for trekkers. The trails are relatively dry and stable allowing for a more secure and enjoyable trekking experience. Moreover, autumn coincides with local festivals, providing a unique opportunity for trekkers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of the Dolpo region.

Lower Dolpo Trek in winter season (Dec- Feb)

Embarking on the Lower Dolpo Trek during the winter season presents a unique and more challenging experience for adventurous trekkers. This period is characterized by colder temperatures and the possibility of snowfall, transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. While the trails may be more challenging due to snow-covered paths, the perfect beauty of the snow-covered landscapes and the crisp mountain air create a magical atmosphere. Trekking during this season offers a different perspective, with fewer crowds and a serene ambiance in the remote Dolpo region. However, trekkers should be well-prepared for colder conditions, ensuring they have appropriate gear to tackle low temperatures and snowy terrain.

Lower Dolpo Trek in spring season (March- May)

Spring season in Lower Dolpo Trek shows is an enchanting time to explore the remote region which shows a landscape overflowing with color,. As winter ends the trails come alive with blooming rhododendrons and various wildflowers, creating a vibrant tapestry against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. The weather is gradually warming up offering comfortable temperatures for trekking during the day, while the nights remain crisp and refreshing. The clear skies provide unobstructed views of the snow-capped peaks that surround the Dolpo district, adding to the breathtaking scenery. Spring is also a season of festivities in the region which allows trekkers to witness and participate in local cultural events. The trails are generally dry and more accessible making the trekking experience enjoyable and rewarding.

Lower Dolpo Trek in monsoon season (Jun - Aug)

Trekking to the Lower Dolpo during the monsoon season presents a unique set of challenges and considerations for trekkers. This period is characterized by the arrival of the monsoon and brings with the heavy rainfall and transforming the landscape into lush greenery. While the trails may be slippery and likely to mudslides, the monsoon season also bestows a certain mystical beauty upon the Dolpo region, with cascading waterfalls and vibrant vegetation. Trekkers should be prepared for wet conditions, leeches, and the occasional disruption of trails due to rain. Despite the challenges, the monsoon season offers a quieter and more secluded trekking experience, with fewer tourists and a chance to witness the landscape in a state of refreshment.

Important Notes during Lower Dolpo Trek

  • While booking, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance.
  • Beverages, snacks, charging electronic devices, hot showers, Wi-Fi are not included in our packages, so you have to pay additional cash.
  • It is preferable to pack your bag lightly because porters will only carry your 15-20kg luggage
  • You should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities including medical expenses and emergency evacuation.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets like iodine, aquatabs tablets.
  • Pack your clothes according to the seasonal basis.
  • Lower Dolpo Trek is a high level of difficulty and is considered one of the more challenging treks which requires a high level of physical fitness so, it is recommended to prepare with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking.
  • You should carry enough cash in Nepalese rupees as ATMs may not be available in remote areas.
  • We suggest you not to book your international flights early as there may be sudden change in weather which will make your flights delay or even cancel.
Itinerary
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                                              Cost Details
                                              Cost Includes
                                              • All the ground transportation by private tourist vehicles.
                                              • Flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj– Juphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
                                              • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking
                                              • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
                                              • Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu (3 star hotel manang/Thamel Eco Resort ) accommodation as per the itinerary with breakfast
                                              • Comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary
                                              • Professional tour guide on day trip in Kathmandu.
                                              • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu city tour
                                              • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
                                              • Special Trekking Permit for this trekking
                                              • All necessary paper work Permit & TIMS card (Trekker's information management system)
                                              • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
                                              • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
                                              • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
                                              Cost Excludes
                                              • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
                                              • Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu)
                                              • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge etc.
                                              • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
                                              • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
                                              • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
                                              Departure Dates
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                                              Date PriceStatus 
                                              Start DateTuesdayApr 23, 2024End DateTuesdayMay 14, 2024PricePriceUS$2500StatusStatusAvailable
                                              Start DateThursdayApr 25, 2024End DateThursdayMay 16, 2024PricePriceUS$2500StatusStatusAvailable
                                              Start DateSaturdayApr 27, 2024End DateSaturdayMay 18, 2024PricePriceUS$2500StatusStatusAvailable
                                              Start DateMondayApr 29, 2024End DateMondayMay 20, 2024PricePriceUS$2500StatusStatusAvailable
                                              Essential Information

                                              What gear and equipment for Lower Dolpo Trek?

                                              • A few pairs of Thermal tops
                                              • Fleece jacket/pullover
                                              • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
                                              • Down jacket
                                              • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
                                              • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
                                              • Mittens/woolen gloves
                                              • Warm Hiking socks
                                              • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
                                              • Sun hat/scarf, wash towel
                                              • Sunglasses
                                              • Trekking poles
                                              • Day bag above 40 L
                                              • Basic personal first aid kit
                                              • Waterproof cover for backpack
                                              • Headlamp or flashlight
                                              • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
                                              • Snacks and energy bars
                                              • Water bottles, water purification tablets

                                              Training for 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Training for the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek involves a combination of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and altitude acclimatization. You should focus on aerobic exercises like hiking, running, or cycling to build endurance, as trekking in the Himalayas requires sustained effort. Also, strength core muscles and lower body through exercises like squats and lunges is crucial for navigating varied terrains.

                                              Time and distance during Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              The Lower Dolpo Trek typically spans around 20 to 22 days, covering a distance of approximately 230 kilometers. The daily trekking distances vary, averaging about 10-15 kilometers per day, depending on the specific itinerary and the chosen route. Trekking times can vary widely, ranging from 5 to 8 hours per day, as the terrain includes challenging ascents and descents.

                                              Accommodations during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              During the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek, accommodations are typically in teahouses and guesthouses along the route. These lodgings provide basic amenities, including a bed with blankets, communal dining areas, and shared bathrooms. While the facilities are simple, they offer a warm and welcoming environment to the trekkers. In some villages, accommodations may be more simple with limited access to electricity and hot water. Trekkers should be prepared for a rustic experience in the journey.

                                              Foods and Drinks during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              During the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek, the food experience is a combination of local flavors and trekking-friendly nutrition. Teahouses and guesthouses along the route offer a variety of meals like traditional Nepali dishes. Dal Bhat, a staple dish featuring lentil soup, rice, and assorted vegetables which is a common and nutritious choice, providing the energy needed for trekking. Other local specialties like momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and tsampa (roasted barley flour) might also be available. As for drinks, it's crucial to stay hydrated at high altitudes, so tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are readily available. Additionally, carrying water purification tablets or a water filter is advisable to ensure a safe drinking supply.

                                              Internet, Wi-Fi, hot water shower facilities during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Internet and Wi-Fi access on the Lower Dolpo Trek are extremely limited and often nonexistent in most areas due to its remote location. You may find mobile network coverage, but it’s unreliable. Hot shower facilities are also rare, especially at higher altitudes, and trekkers should be prepared for basic, cold-water showers. Charging facilities for electronic devices like phones and cameras are available in some tea houses and guesthouses but may come at an extra cost. It’s recommended to carry portable chargers to ensure your devices remain powered during the trek.

                                              Risks during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Trekking in 22 days Lower Dolpo comes with certain risks and challenges that trekkers should be aware of and prepared for. Here are some of the risks during Upper Dolpo Trek:

                                              • Altitude sickness
                                              • Weather conditions
                                              • Remote and Isolated Location
                                              • Challenging Terrain
                                              • Cultural and Ethical Considerations
                                              • Wildlife Encounters
                                              • Connection and connectivity
                                              • River crossings
                                              • Lack of facilities
                                              • Landslides and rock fall

                                              Guides during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Hiring a guide is highly recommended for the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek. Guides are familiar with the region which can enhance the trekking experience by providing insights into the culture, history, and geography of the Dolpo district. They are well-versed in navigating the trails, ensuring trekkers follow the correct route and stay safe. Guides also play a crucial role in facilitating communication with locals, adding a cultural dimension to the journey. Their expertise in altitude-related challenges and first aid can be invaluable. In the remote and less-traveled areas of Lower Dolpo, where the trail conditions may vary, having a guide offers reassurance and enhances the overall trekking adventure.

                                              Travel insurance 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Travel insurance is essential when embarking on the lower Dolpo Trek or any trekking adventure in Nepal. It provides coverage for various unforeseen circumstances that could occur during your trek. Ensure that your insurance policy covers medical expenses, including emergency medical evacuation and treatment at high altitudes. Altitude-related illnesses can be serious, so having proper coverage is crucial. In case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies, you might need to be evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility.

                                              Tipping during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Tipping is a customary practice in the trekking industry in Nepal, including the Lower Dolpo Trek. Tipping is a way to show appreciation for the services provided by guides, porters, and support staff who contribute to making your trek enjoyable and safe. Tipping is a personal choice, and there’s no strict obligation to do so. However, it’s an important aspect of Nepali culture and a way to acknowledge the hard work of those who contribute to your trek. Tipping amounts can vary based on the level of service, group size, and your overall satisfaction.

                                              ATM and money exchange facilities during 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              ATM and money exchange facilities is limited during the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek. The trek takes you through remote and less-developed areas where modern banking infrastructure is scarce. It is advisable to carry sufficient Nepali Rupees in cash from major cities like Kathmandu or Pokhara before embarking on the trek. Teahouses and guesthouses may accept cash for accommodation and meals, but credit cards are generally not widely accepted.

                                              Can I join the Group on 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek?

                                              Yes, you can join a group on the Lower Dolpo Trek through Welcome Nepal Treks. We organize group treks to this remote region, offering an opportunity to trek with like-minded individuals, share costs, and enjoy a sense of friendship on the journey. Group treks are often scheduled on specific dates, and you can inquire us about available departures. Joining a group can be a great way to experience the Lower Dolpo Trek while meeting fellow adventurers and potentially reducing costs compared to a private trek.

                                              Can I book Private 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek?

                                              Yes, you can book a private Lower Dolpo Trek through Welcome Nepal Treks. You can choose your trekking dates, accommodations, and even make adjustments to the route if desired. This option is ideal for those seeking a more personalized and flexible trekking adventure. To book a private Lower Dolpo Trek, contact us and we will work with you to create a customized itinerary, arrange necessary permits, provide a private guide and porter team if needed, and ensure all logistics are in place for a memorable and safe journey through the remote and stunning landscapes of Lower Dolpo.

                                              Why to do 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek?

                                              22 days Lower Dolpo Trek offers a transformative journey through one of Nepal's most remote and culturally rich regions. The trek allows for a more immersive experience, providing plenty time to explore the diverse landscapes that characterize the Dolpo district. Trekkers travel through lush forests, arid plateaus, and traditional villages, encountering the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture that defines the area. The trek's duration ensures a gradual ascent, aiding in acclimatization to the high altitudes. The trek allow for a deeper connection with the local communities, fostering cultural exchanges and a genuine appreciation for the traditional way of life in this remote Himalayan region.

                                              Why to do 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks?

                                              Welcome Nepal treks have been operating for many years and has extensive experience in organizing treks in Nepal. Welcome Nepal Treks offers a splendid trek package to the customers at a very reasonable price with great services. We have knowledgeable and experienced guides who are familiar with the trekking routes, safety protocols, and local customs. Their expertise can enhance your trekking experience and ensure a smooth journey. We offers flexible and customizable itineraries to cater to individual preferences and requirements. We can tailor the trek to suit your time frame, fitness level and specific interested. Welcome Nepal treks takes care of the logistical aspects of the trek, including permits, accommodations, transportation, and meals. Also, we highly care for the safety of our customers and make them satisfied with our services.

                                              What is the Cost of the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek?

                                              The cost of 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek can vary based on several factors, including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, and the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek at a very reasonable price. We offer this 22 days adventurous and splendid Langtang Lower Dolpo trekking package around $2500 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, accommodation, meals, guides and everything mentioned in the package.

                                              Booking and Payment Policies of 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              If you want to book the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.

                                              Trip extension after 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek

                                              Extending your trip after completing the 22 days Lower Dolpo Trek in Nepal can be a great idea to explore more of the country's diverse landscapes and cultural attractions. Here are some options you might consider:

                                              • Everest Base Camp Trek
                                              • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
                                              • Langtang Valley Trek
                                              • Manaslu Circuit Trek
                                              • Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek
                                              • Chitwan National Park with Tower Night Stay
                                              • Bardia National Park Safari
                                              • Rara Lake Trek
                                              • Tansen and Palpa
                                              • Lumbini and Buddhist Circuit
                                              • Pokhara Adventure Activities
                                              • Kalinchowk Temple Trek
                                              • Gosainkunda Trek
                                              • River Rafting
                                              • UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath.
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