This trek offers magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks, breathtaking landscapes, a large number of ancient monasteries and different communities. Hike along the beautiful and tranquil Phoksondo Lake, cross sparkling waterfalls, and observe a unique wild life including blue sheeps, mountain goats, jackals, wolves and if you are lucky, the legendary snow leopard as well.
Lower Dolpa offers a wonderful chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from that is seen in other parts of Nepal. It is the least complicated trek to undertake and one of the most popular treks in western Nepal. This remote and rugged protected area is both scenically and culturally attractive. The area is inhabitanted by various rare and endangered species of wildlife and plants diversity which can be seen nowhere else in Nepal such as the elusive snow leopard. This is where you find the stunning Phoksundo Lake, celebrated as the jewel of Dolpo.
The people here trace their origins to Tibet, and their culture is a window of the tradition as practiced on the roof of the world, centuries ago. It is not only the scenery that attracts trekkers to Dolpo but also the chance to see a part of Nepal that very few visitors will ever experience. Trekking in Lower Dolpo offers you memorable, exhiliarting experience of lifetime.
The lack of other tourists, the warm welcome given by the hardy Dolpo & the fascinating insight into the Tibetan way of life makes this an extremely varied & special trek in Nepal. High Himalayan Trekking and Expedition will design an itinerary and program for Lower Dolpo trekking according to an individual clients interest throughout the year.
All our trips are tailor made trips with personalized services. Please let us know the number of participants in your group, your choice of hotels and amendments in our itinerary, if any, so that we can quote you the price.
Duration: 19 Days
Price: $1980 USD
Destination: Shey Phoksundo Lake, Dho Tarap, Dune, Juphal
Accommodation: Tea House, Camping
Average Hiking: 5-7 hrs/day
Min. Group Size: 2
Best Season: April, May, June, September, October, November
Max. Altitude: 5,215m
Geography: mountains, valleys, villas, Glaciers, cold places,river, villages, mid hills
Special Interest: Culture, Environmental education, bird watching, photography, adventure, history, lifestyle, ethnic people,, Spirituality, exploration
Min. Altitude: 165m
Program Type: Guided Trekking
Starting Point: Juphal
Ending Point: Juphal
Day-by-day altitudes on the Lower Dolpo trek:
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Day 01 :Arrival meeting at Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to hotel
Day 02 :Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 :Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung airport (165m) - (45 min)
Day 04 :Flight 30 min from Nepaljung to Juphal airport (2,490m) and Trek to Dunai (2,096m) - 2.5 hrs
Day 05 :Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,550m) - 5 hrs
Day 06 :Trek from Tarakot to Khanigoan (2,540m) - 5 hrs
Day 07 :Trek from Khanigoan to Chheur (3,610m) - 6-7 hrs
Day 08 :Trek from Chheur to Sishul Khola (3,770m) - 5-6 hrs
Day 09 :Trek from Sishul Khola to Do Tarap (4,080m) - 5 hrs
Day 10 :Do Tarap (4,080m) Rest day for acclimatization. Visit monasteries during day trip
Day 11 :Trek from Do Tarap to Tok-khyu High Camp (4,390m) - 6 hrs
Day 12 :Trek from Tok-khyu High Camp to Pelungtang (4,465m) - 7 hrs
Day 13 :Trek from Pelungtang to Dajok Tang (3,800m) - 6-7 hrs
Day 14 :Trek from Dajok Tang to Phoksundo Lake (3,730m) - 6 hrs
Day 15 :Trek from Phoksumdo Lake to Chhepka (2,670m) - 6 hrs
Day 16 :Trek from Chhepka to Juphal (2,490m) - 7 hrs
Day 17-18 :Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel
Day 19 :Final departure to the Airport
If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed especially for you.
We can organize this activity anytime. We recommend going during April, May, June, September, October, November. However, going during 19 is disrecommended. You can also join another group for the following fixed departure dates:
|StartStart date||EndEnd date||Price||Status|
|10 December 201810.12.2018||28 December 201828.12.2018||$1980 USD||Book|
|23 December 201823.12.2018||10 January 201910.01.2019||$1980 USD||Book|
|29 December 201829.12.2018||16 January 201916.01.2019||$1980 USD||Book|
|04 January 201904.01.2019||22 January 201922.01.2019||$1980 USD $1683 USD||Book|
|10 January 201910.01.2019||28 January 201928.01.2019||$1980 USD $1683 USD||Book|
|16 January 201916.01.2019||03 February 201903.02.2019||$1980 USD $1683 USD||Book|
|22 January 201922.01.2019||09 February 201909.02.2019||$1980 USD $1683 USD||Book|
|28 January 201928.01.2019||15 February 201915.02.2019||$1980 USD $1683 USD||Book|
What is not included
Entry fees must be paid to enter the 20 Protected Areas in Nepal that have been divided into National Parks, Wildlife Reserves, Conservation Areas and Hunting Reserve. One must also obtain hunting license to hunt in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Please note that Dhorpatan is the only protected area where hunting is licensed.
Trekking permit is required, to trek in any part of Nepal. Visa is only valid for the towns and the places reachable by road. All trekkers require a trekking permit to visit Nepal’s interior regions, which are not connected by highways. Recently the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest region and few others regions have been declared permit free areas though National Park or Conservation Area fees are required.
We help trekkers to issue their trekking permits, national park, conservation and heritage sights entrances permits from Kathmandu(whole region) or from Pokhara (Annapurna region only).
Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS)
Trekkers must acquire Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card before the onset of their trek. TIMS Card has been mandatory to control illegal trekking operations and ensure the safety and security of the trekkers in the general trekking areas. TIMS Card helps to store the database of trekkers and records their whereabouts for safety reasons. Fees, passport copy, and a passport sized photograph are required to obtain TIMS Card from theTourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap, and Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) Office in Maligaon and Government registered trekking companies in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Each visitor who goes trekking through a trekking company must pay $10 USD and each free individual trekker (FIT) must pay $20 USD per trekking route per person per entry in equivalent Nepali Rupees only. Part of the collection will go into maintaining the trekkers’ database and the rescue of trekkers in need of emergency services.
Apart from this, the following extra trekking permits are required for some regions:
|Manaslu||Dec-Aug: $50 USD/person for one week + $7 USD/person for each extra day
Sep-Nov: $70 USD/person for one week + $10 USD/person for each extra day
|$50 USD/person for one week + $7 USD/person for each extra day|
|$500 USD/person for 10 days + $50 USD/person for each extra day|
|Dec-Aug: $25 USD/person for 8 days + $7 USD/person for each extra day
Sep-Nov: $35 USD/person for 8 days + $10 USD/person for each extra day
Trekking through national park or conservation areas require an entry permits.
Visitors entry fees
|Makalu-Barun national park
Sagarmatha national park
Langtang national park
Rara national park
Shey Phoksundo national park
Khaptad national park
|Rs. 3,000/person +13% VAT||Rs. 1'500/person + 13%VAT||free|
|Bardia National Park
Parsa Wildlife Reserve
Koshi Toppi Wildlife Reserve
|Rs. 1,000/person||Rs. 500/person||Rs. 50/person|
|Chitwan National Park||Rs. 1,500/person||Rs. 500/person||Rs. 100/person|
|All Conservation Areas||Rs. 2,000/person||Rs. 200/person||free|
Jungle drives / vehicle entry fees
|Chitwan National Park||Rs. 2,000/day||Rs. 4,000/day||Rs. 5,000/day||Rs. 5,000/landing|
Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve
|Rs. 1,000/day||Rs. 2,000/day||Rs. 3,000/day||Rs. 5,000/landing|
Entry Permits are available at the following locations
Kathmandu: Tourism board office Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu (for all conservation and national park area of Nepal)
Pokhara: Nepal Tourism Board (for Annapurna only)
Note: Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years of age. This entry permit is valid for one Conservation Area or national park area. Trekkers visiting both the Conservation Areas will require obtaining individual Entry Permits for each Conservation Area or national park area. Two passport size photographs are required while applying for each Entry.
Terms and Conditions
This Entry Permit is valid for single entry only and is nonrefundable, non-transferable. The permit holder can enter the designated places within the Conservation Area or national park.Person entering the Conservation Area shall abide by the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 2029 B.S. (1973, Nepal) and the Regulations made under this Act.
This Entry Permit must be carried during the entire trip and should be shown if concerned personnel of the Conservation Area want to check it.
Entry permits to these area will be issued only from the entry permit counters. Entry Permits will not issue from any check posts along the routes of those areas. Therefore, all visitors are requested to obtain entry permit before entering those areas.
A typical trekking day
A typical day’s walk lasts from five to seven hours and involves a number of ascents and descents. It is rare to spend much time at the same level. On an organized camping trek, the day is run to a remarkably tight schedule: up at 6 am with a cup of tea, pack the gear before breakfast, start walking at 7 am, stop for lunch around 12 o’clock for about half an hour, start after lunch at noon and stop walking at about 3 pm. The dinner is served around 6.30 pm and followed by a briefing for the next trekking day and then it is time to go to sleep.
Please be aware that this time table may be adjusted according to weather conditions, availability of camp sites, water supply etc.
To ensure you will fully enjoy your trek and make the most of it, we also advise you about the following points which should seriously be taken into account:
Food and Water
Lodges and tea houses are carefully chosen by our staff all along the trek. We will make sure that excellent food will be provided to you and that water is boiled or adequately treated, as this is one of the basic rules for healthy trekking. On a camping trek, your only concern with food is sitting down to eat it! The porters carry all the food along with them and there will be a cook with assistants who can turn out meals of often stunning complexity, like baking a cake
Acclimatization is very important for trekking above 3500m. Our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to maximize your ability to acclimatize safely. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days.
However, it is still possible for mountain sickness and your guide will be watching for symptoms with an experienced eye throughout the trip. These symptoms are commonly headache, nausea, lethargy and sometimes breathlessness. If you or any of the group members display any of these symptoms, we will be able to provide informed advice and ensure a proper course of action.
Everything is included in the price of the trek, except for the purchase of water and soft / hard drinks so we advise you to always carry Nepalese rupees during your trek. The amount to be carried depends on the area and the duration of the trek.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all of our clients who are travelling to Nepal in the near future. Before you buy Travel Insurance for Nepal, you should make sure that the Insurance policy covers the cost of a rescue helicopter from mountainous or remote regions of the country and covers all extreme activities for your trip such as rafting, expedition, trekking, canyoning etc. If you fall ill or have an accident during your trip in Nepal, the cost can become exorbitant if you lack travel insurance.
Many insurance companies from all over the world are providing travel insurance services at a reasonable cost and if you are travlling in a group, you may be able to get further discounts.
Finally, please always have a printed copy of your insurance policy handy while travelling in Nepal and also, save an e-copy online. If you need more information about travel insurance, please feel free to contact us.
Tourist who intends to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport and visa.
You may get your tourist visa in your home country or on arrival. We recommend you to get your tourist visa on arrival as it is very easy. To get your visa on arrival, you must have a valid passport and one passport sized photo with a light background.
Tourist Visa fee for visitors who enter Nepal for the first time in a visa year, from January to December:
You may pay in Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Tourist visa extension facility:
No visa required for:
Dos and Donts:
Should you have any question regarding visas, please contact us.
Although every guide on your trip carries a comprehensive medical kit, it is advisable to bring a small supply of first aid items for your own personal use. Base your kit on the following list, plus any special medications you may require:
Entrance fees must be paid before touring heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath and Changu Narayan Temple. Entrance fees must be paid before touring Lumbini Gardens, the sanctuary of the Mayadevi Temple, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in Lumbini, Rupandehi. Entrance fees must be paid before touring the Central Zoo in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, and museums in Kathmandu Valley. Entrance fees must also be paid before touring local museums in different parts of Nepal.
|Narayanhiti Durbar Museum||Rs. 500||Rs. 250||Rs. 100|
|Kathmandu Durbar square||Rs. 750||Rs. 150||free|
|National Museum Chhauni||Rs. 200||Rs. 25||Rs. 20|
|Patan Durbar Square||Rs. 500||Rs. 100||free|
|Patan Museum||Rs. 250||Rs. 25||Rs. 10|
|Patan Golden Temple||Rs. 50||Rs. 20||free|
|Mahabouddha Temple||Rs. 50||Rs. 30||free|
|Bhaktapur Durbar Square||Rs. 1,500||Rs. 500||free|
|National Art Museum, Bhaktapur||Rs. 100||Rs. 50||Rs. 20|
|Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)||Rs. 200||Rs. 50||free|
|Bouddhanath Stupa||Rs. 250||Rs. 150||free|
|Pashupatinath Temple||Rs. 1,000||Rs. 1,000||free|
|Changu Narayan Temple||Rs. 100||Rs. 25||free|
|Ethnographic Museum, NTB||Rs. 200||Rs. 100||Rs. 30|
You should make an appointment to get a check-up with your family doctor and dentist before embarking on your trip. Below is a quick list of frequently needed immunizations. This is only a basic guide and we strongly recommend that you follow the advice given by your doctor.
Given enough notice, your doctor or local health clinic should be able to administer all the above. Two excellent sources of up to date medical advice are: The CIWEC CLINC in Kathmandu, Nepal and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
General Trekking Equipment
The equipment and clothing you require depends on where and when you trek. Of course, you will not need the same equipment for going up to the Everest Base Camp in the middle of winter and doing a short, low altitude trek.
Remember that all this equipment can also be bought or rented in Kathmandu