Blossom Expeditions

Lower Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo is also known as `Ba Yul', the Hidden Land. The remote trans-Himalaya mountains of Dolpo, along with second largest Himalayan lake, Phokhsundo, with its pristine turquoise blue color makes the area so precious. The region lies further north from the Dhaulagiri Range in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. This is reflected in the colorful barren slopes of the mountains where the play of light and shadow is a continuously fascinating spectacle. In summer, the caravans of yaks and sheep run through this valley on a trade route through the Himalayas, which allows the exchange not only of goods but also of ideas between the Tibetan Plateau and the valleys of Nepal.

The Lower Dolpo trek is destined for real adventurers wishing for an off-the-beaten-path experience. This remote region in western Nepal was opened for foreigners only in 1990. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park with spectacular mountain scenery, Bon (the indigenous religion of Tibet), Buddhist monasteries, and yak caravans. We fly to Juphal via Nepalganj from Kathmandu and the trek begins from there. Depending on your time, you may end the trip at Juphal or trek over Kangmara-la to Jumla. Lower Dolpo trekking is another option to visit this wonderland of the far west region. The entire scenic trek to Lower Dolpo differs dramatically from the other trekking destinations of Nepal. Its unique cultural diversity and the remoteness of this corner of the Himalayas are the main features of Lower Dolpo. This area is the wintering location for many of the locals, as the harsh winters make it necessary to migrate down to a more hospitable 

Trip Facts

Trip Grade:
Moderate to Strenuous
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Trip Duration:
22 days
Max. Group Size:
Mid April to November
Fully Camping
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Days Programs Altitude Duration
1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. 1300  
2 Preparation day    
3 Fly to Nepalgaj    
4 Fly to Juphal (2475m) early morning and trek to Dunai 2140m 3-4 hours
5 Trek to Tarakot 2537m 5-6 hours
6 Trek to Laini 3370m 6-7 hours
7 Trek to Newarpani 3475m 5-6 hours
8 Trek to Langa Camp 3870m 5-6 hours
9 Trek to Dho Tarap 3965m 5-6 hours
10 Rest day for acclimatization    
11 Trek to Numala Base Camp 4440m 5-6  hours
12 Trek to Bagala Base Camp over Numala La Pass (5238m) 4630m 6-7 hours
13 Trek to Yak Kharka over Bagala-la Pass (5214m) 3982m 6-7 hours
14 Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3600m 4-5 hours
15 Exploration day    
16 Trek to Shyanta 2520m 6-7 hours
17 Trek to Juphal 2475m 6-7 hours
18 Extra day    
19 Fly to Nepalgaj early morning and same day fly to Kathmandu 1300m  
20 Free day    
21 Sightseeing around KTM (Boddhanath biggest Buddhist temple in the world, Pashupatinath the very important temple for Hindus and Patan Darbar square.)    
22 Departure to Home