Lower Dolpo Trek- 20 Days

Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpa Trek climbs through lush green pastures, pine forests alongside wild rivers, to reach the enchanting Phoksundo Lake. The view at Phoksundo is surreal, with the turquoise water, surrounded by  such barren terrain and a backdrop of spectacular snowcapped mountains.

This camping trek in Lower Dolpa is quite strenuous as it involves some steep climbs. There are two passes, Baga La, 5190m, and Numa La, 5318m, with their long steep ascents and long steep descents. But the variety of landscapes, the views from the passes, and the encounters you will have with the Dolpa people make it worth all the effort.

The Dolpa Trek starts at Jhupal, Dolpa, after a short flight from the Nepalgunj airport. We will be greeted by our trekking staff, and start our journey through the terraced fields to the Bheri River, and continue to Dunai, the headquarters of the Dolpo region. We follow the Suli Gad River valley to Hanke, the entry to Phoksundo National Park. We continue to follow a river to reach Sumdo, where the National Park office is located. We climb to a ridge from where we see a spectacular waterfall and our first look at the turquoise blue Phoksundo Lake.

After trekking 3 or 4 hours more on a trail where we may meet yak caravans hauling timber to Do Tarap, we reach Bega La base camp. We ascend to the Baga La Pass,     5175 m, a narrow cleft amongst steep rocks and then descend to Numa La Phedi, 4800m. The next long steady ascent is to the Numa La Pass, 5360m. The views from this pass are magnificent, and just 20 meters above the pass on the east side, you can look down on the desolate brown hills of Dolpo and the peaks of Kagmara, Kanjiroba, Putha Hiunchuli, 7246m, Churen Himal, 7371m, and Dhaulagiri, 8176m.

We descend through pine and juniper forests into a magnificent valley of terraced, green fields of wheat, rice and maize to reach Pelungtang. Finally we return to the starting point of our trek, Jhupal, from where we get a flight back to Nepalgunj.


Trip Highlights


  • trek to farflung region of Nepal near TIbetan plateau
  • strenuous, but the easiest of the Dolpo treks
  • beautiful Phoksundo Lake
  • pre-Buddhist Bon-Po culture
  • magnificent mountain views


Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj, 150m: 1.5 Hours

Day 4 : Fly to Jhupa; trek to Dunai, 2850m: 2-4 Hours

Day 5 : Trek to Ankhe, 2896m: 5-6 Hours

Day 6 : Trek to Sulighat, 3500m: 5-6 Hours

Day 7 : Trek to Ringmo via Phoksundo Lake 3660m: 4-5 Hours

Day 8 : Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake, 3660m

Day 9 : Trek to Baga La Phedi 4200m: 6-7hrs

Day 10 : Cross Baga La & trek to Num La Phedi, 4800

Day 11 : Cross Num La & trek to Do Tarap, 4040m

Day 12 : Rest Day at Dho Tarap, 4040m

Day 13 : Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka), 3800m: 6-7 Hours

Day 14 : Trek to Khanigaon, 3150m: 4-5 Hours

Day 15 : Trek to Tarakot, 2537m: 4-5 Hours

Day 16 : Trek to Dunai, 2140m: 5-6 Hours

Day 17 : Trek to Jhuphal: 2-3 hrs

Day 18 : Flight Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

Day 19 : Kathmandu Just Relax

Day 20 : Depart Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 March, 2020 31 March, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
31 March, 2020 19 April, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
04 April, 2020 23 April, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
20 April, 2020 09 May, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
14 May, 2020 02 June, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
07 September, 2020 26 September, 2020 US $2800 per person Available
01 October, 2020 20 October, 2020 US $2800 per person Guaranteed
10 November, 2020 29 November, 2020 US $2800 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj, One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Fully Organzied Camping Services during the Trek.
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Restrictwd Area Permit, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • All ground transfers.
  • All government and local taxes.


Cost Exclude(s)


  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Why Trek to Lower Dolpo with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Lower Dolpo Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).  A summer trek is also possible however, the flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected by monsoon weather.

Temperatures on the Lower Dolpo Trek

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Lower Dolpo is a Camping Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

Tented camping in Lower Dolpo is sure to be a great outdoors holiday.  Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong.  Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package. 

Annapurna Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality.   Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents!  (*Some companies claim 3-person tents, but the tents are all fixed size 2 person tents.  If you wish to have your own tent, you can pay for a single supplement, an additional USD300$)

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips.   The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Drinking Water on the Lower Dolpo Camping Trek

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek.  While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day.  As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.


The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.


It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule.  Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the trek make sure your policy specifically covers alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $2800 p/p

Trip Grade : Strenuous

Maximum Height:5360m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:12 Trekkers

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Phoksundo National Park Fee and TIMS card

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Nepalgunj:1 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation During Trek:Fully Organized Camping Trek

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