Introduction to Lower Dolpo Trek
The lower Dolpo trek in the remote western part of Nepal offers a unique trekking experience. Since opening for foreigners in 1989, the area has become a very popular destination for trekkers. The lower Dolpo has a unique fascination with its remote areas. So it is known as the ‘hidden treasure of Nepal’. Naturally very rich in the Himalayan valley, the lower Dolpo lies in an isolated corner of the Trans Himalayas of Nepal.
The Dolpo area lies in the Shey Phoksundo National Park and was established in 1984 to protect these natural surroundings and animals. The Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest in Nepal with an area of 3,555 square kilometers. This park is the main habitat for snow leopards and blue sheep.
Visit Sunning Phoksundo Lake
The Lower Dolpo Trek crosses three high passes, Kagamara La (5,115m), Baga La (5,190m), and Numa La (5,159m) leading us to the stunning ‘Phoksundo Lake’ surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna. The route reaches Phoksundo Lake through beautiful villages, deep gorges, and remote zones. It is the deepest lake in Nepal and is located at an altitude of 3,611 meters.
The daily lifestyle of the people here is very difficult because of the remote areas but the people in this area are very friendly and humble with a smiling face. Other attractions of this trek are Buddhist monasteries, the Tibetan plateau, the lifestyle of local people, and their culture. Since the Dolpo area is close to the Tibetan border, the people of Dolpo follow old Tibetan Buddhism.
Overall this Lower Dolpo Trek is a fantastic combination of mountain views, high passes, magnificent landscapes, lush valleys, and beautiful lakes with a Tibetan Buddhist dominant culture that practices its ancient traditional culture and lifestyle.
Due to this remote sensitive geography, trekking in this area requires a special trekking permit. And the Nepal Immigration Department issues a special permit. Lower Dolpo Trek is a strenuous level trip. So if you want to do trekking, it is necessary to keep yourself physically fit. Get ready for the most memorable and adventure trip of your life in the land of the Himalayas.
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Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj – 45 minutes.
Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m) and trek to Dunai (2,140m) – 3 to 4 hours walk.
Dunai to Lingdo (2,391m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Lingdo to Laina Odar (3,370m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Laina Odar to Nawarpani (3,475m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Nawarpani to Sisaul (3,750m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Sisaul to Dho Tarap (4,080m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Dho Tarap to Numala Base Camp (4,440m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Numala Base Camp to Danigar (4,631m) via Numa La Pass (5318m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Danigar to Yak Kharka (3,982m) via Baga La (5,190m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Yak Kharka to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) – 3 to 4hours walk.
Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka (2,838m) via Rechi (2,940m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Chhepka to Juphal (2,475m) -6 to 7 hours walk.
Fly Juphal to Nepalgunj.
Fly Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
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I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex