Lower Dolpo Trek

Mountain Trails of Nepal

5 Reviews

Trip Overview

Embark on a journey to the secluded and mesmerizing Dolpo Region in the Northwestern part of Nepal with the challenging Lower Dolpo Trek, offered by Taktok Brothers. This remote area, characterized by its isolation and limited accessibility, requires special permits for trekking, making it an ideal destination for seasoned adventure enthusiasts.

The trek ventures through the rugged and off-the-beaten paths, presenting trekkers with the formidable challenge of conquering two high passes: Numa La pass at 5309 m and Baga La at 5169 m. With relatively fewer tea houses and lodges along the route, camping becomes a frequent necessity, adding an extra layer of wilderness adventure to the experience.

As you traverse this demanding terrain, you’ll encounter vibrant villages, steeped in local culture and centuries-old Buddhist traditions. The Lower Dolpo region follows a pristine form of Buddhism, and numerous monasteries along the route offer spiritual serenity. The inhabitants maintain traditional lifestyles and agricultural practices, rearing Yaks and Sheep in the rain shadow area beside the Dhaulagiri chain.

The trek also leads you through Shey Phoksundo National Park, home to endangered species like Snow leopards, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Thar, Ghoral, Langur, Himalayan Black Bear, and Rhesus Monkeys. The diverse flora in the region adds to the trek’s allure, although caution is advised against touching or smelling wildflowers.

The highlight of the trek is the enchanting Shey Phoksundo lake, with its crystal-clear turquoise water. Other captivating elements include dramatic landscapes, high-altitude Tundra, snow-capped peaks, ancient salt trading routes, and the invigorating breeze from Kanjirowa glaciers. Most nights will be spent camping under the open sky, enhancing the overall adventure.

Undertaking the Lower Dolpo Trek demands robust physical endurance and stamina. Adequate mental preparation and physical training are prerequisites for navigating the challenges of this wilderness adventure.

The best seasons for the Lower Dolpo Trek are Summer and Spring, offering clear skies, optimal visibility, and vibrant nature. Taktok Brothers also caters to personalized trips at any time of the year, ensuring a customized and memorable trekking experience for every adventurer.

  • Season
    Spring, Autumn,Winter
  • Destination
    Dolpo Region
  • Duration
    19 Days
  • Altitude
    5309 m
  • Groups
    8 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours


Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our team at Eight K Expeditions will be eagerly waiting to receive you at the airport. After completing immigration procedures, our representative will escort you to the pre-booked hotel. Take this time to rest and acclimate to the new timezone while our team prepares all the necessary documents and equipment for our expedition.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 3-5 Star Hotel

Today is reserved for exploring Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While you enjoy the city tour, our team will finalize all the required permits and gear necessary for our trek into the Lower Dolpo Region.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 Star Hotel

After breakfast, we head to the airport for a flight to Nepalgunj. This bustling city acts as a gateway to several beautiful treks and expeditions, including our journey to Lower Dolpo. Overnight stay at a hotel.

  • Altitude 150 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3 Star Hotel

A short scenic flight from Nepalgunj takes us to Juphal. After lunch, we embark on our trek to Dunai, a well-known village in the Dolpo area. Rest overnight at a lodge.

  • Altitude 2140 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Hotel/Lodge

Our trek involves crossing streams and passing through dense forests of pine and rhododendron. Enjoy stunning views of terraced farmlands and picturesque villages along the 5-6 hour trek. Arrive at Tarakot village and spend the night here. A visit to Sandul Gompa is also planned.

  • Altitude 2540 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Lodge/Teahouse

Today's trek includes a steep uphill climb through dense forests and suspension bridges until we reach Laini Odar, a former construction camp with a breathtaking cliffside setting. Overnight stay in tents.

  • Altitude 3370 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Our journey continues along the Tarap River, trekking over barren landscapes and rocky slopes. Descend to Chyugur Khola and set camp in Nawarpani.

  • Altitude 3780 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Today, we trek steeply, reaching the confluence of Tarap Khola and Lang Khola. The trail leads above the tree line on rocky barren lands with juniper bushes. Spend a day in Do Tarap for acclimatization and visit ancient monasteries.

  • Altitude 3944 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Moving higher toward the northern valley, we reach Numa La Base Camp. Experience breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range and set camp in a rocky basin.

  • Altitude 4440 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

A challenging day trekking steep slopes to cross Numa La Pass at 5309 m. Descend to Pelung Tang and camp overnight in tents.

  • Altitude 5309 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Today's trek involves crossing the even higher Bagala Pass at 5214 m. Descend to Dojak Tang and camp overnight in tents.

  • Altitude 5214 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Trek through pine forests, yak pastures, and rugged paths to reach Ringmo. Explore the spectacular Shey Phoksundo Lake and return to Ringmo for the night.

  • Altitude 3600 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Spend the day exploring the magnificent Shey Phoksundo Lake, a divine spot with turquoise green waters, before returning to Ringmo for the night.

  • Altitude 3589 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Camping

Trek through Chepka village, rich in medicinal herbs, and pass through pine and birch forests. Reach Shyanta and rest overnight.

  • Altitude 2520 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Lodge/Teahouses/Camping

Embark on the last leg of our Lower Dolpo trek. Traverse through pine and birch forests, catching stunning mountain views from a ridge. Descend to Juphal and overnight in a lodge.

  • Altitude 2475 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation Lodge/Teahouses

Early morning, a scenic flight takes us from Juphal to Nepalgunj. From there, another flight brings us back to Kathmandu. Tonight, we celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner hosted by Eight K Expeditions.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast/Farewell Dinner
  • Accomodation 3-5 Star Hotel

After a memorable expedition through the stunning landscapes of Dolpo, it's time to say goodbye. Our team will assist you in reaching the airport for your departure. We hope you've had a fantastic adventure and look forward to journeying with you again.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Seamless pickup and drop-off services for your convenience.
  • Enjoy a total of 3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Nepalgunj, provided on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Experience domestic flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Juphal, followed by a return from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • Relish three full-course meals during the trek, complemented by 3 cups of tea or coffee daily.
  • Taktok Brothers take care of all necessary permits for the Dolpo Region, including the TIMS card and National Park Entry Permits.
  • The package includes salaries, wages, and medical insurance for all staff, guides, and porters accompanying you.
  • Taktok Brothers provide all essential camping equipment to ensure a comfortable trekking experience.


  • Costs associated with international flights are not covered in the package.
  • Travelers are responsible for their Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner expenses in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj are excluded.
  • Any additional night stays due to early arrivals or delayed departures are not included.
  • Travelers must arrange their medical and travel insurance.
  • Costs related to personal items, including alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, extra meals beyond BLD during the trek, shopping, personal gear, clothing, and other personal purchases.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and staff are not included in the package.
  • Entry fees for heritage sites in Kathmandu are not covered.
  • Any expenses not explicitly mentioned in the cost inclusions section are excluded.

Trip Notes

Exploring the Lower Dolpo Trek with Taktok Brothers requires careful consideration of essential trip notes. Climbers should diligently prepare both physically and mentally to adapt to the remoteness, high altitudes, and the extended duration away from their families. Packing becomes crucial, with a recommendation to include cotton clothes for Kathmandu’s stay and warm attire suitable for the Himalayan conditions. It’s essential always to have a copy of your passport and photos for identification purposes.

The trek’s success is inherently tied to weather conditions in the Mountain Region. While Taktok Brothers endeavors to schedule trips at optimal times, the unpredictability of domestic flights to Nepalgunj and Juphal may lead to delays or cancellations. In such cases, clients should be aware that any additional days beyond the itinerary are their responsibility. Taktok Brothers commits to arranging accommodation for porters and guides during these extended stays. Additionally, alternative arrangements, like helicopter flights to avoid delays, can be facilitated at a nominal extra charge.

Acknowledging the potential challenges, Taktok Brothers emphasizes its non-liability for compensation in case of missed international flights. However, the expedition company is dedicated to minimizing any resulting inconveniences by actively coordinating necessary arrangements. To mitigate the risk of missing flights, maintaining flexible time frames before and after the trip departure is advisable.

Given the trek’s route through remote areas with diverse climatic conditions and challenging geography, there might be a need for itinerary adjustments. Despite potential alterations, Taktok Brothers assures clients that the quality of service will remain uncompromised. Choosing Taktok Brothers for the Lower Dolpo Trek ensures an adventurous journey supported by a commitment to safety and service excellence.

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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