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Lower Dolpa Trek

18 Days
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Lower Dolpa

19 days - Moderate plus               Max Altitude: 4800m

Trek Name: Lower Dolpa Trek

Trek Code: LODPA           Max Group Size: 15

Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Juphal 19 day Lower Dolpa Camping trek       

Designed for those wanting a solid trek into the tranquil heart of the alpine wilderness. Get ready to experience the dramatic climatic changes, topographic variety & feel the rain shade area. Get set for a strenuous walk along the deserted hills and capture the panoramic views of the lake Phoksundo. Expect to explore the Western Himalayan culture, encompassing the preserved Eco system of a wild and wonderful variety of flora and fauna. Be prepared for a hike of 6-7 hrs a day.

After enjoying our leisure time spent in Kathmandu we fly to Nepalganj during daylight and in the evening we explore the beautiful city of Nepalganj . Early the next day we depart from our hotel, and we fly to Juphal. The 45 minutes flight gives us the panoramic view of the giant Annapurna , the magnificent Dhaulagiri and the beautiful Kanjiroba peak. As we land at the airstrip at Juphal we are greeted by our trek crew and from this point we commence our trek. While wandering through the terraced fields to the Bheri River we are led to Dunai, a large village and also the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region.We follow up the trails of the Suli Gad River listening to its roar and reach to Hanke, the gateway to Phoksundo National Park . Leaving Hanke and crossing the trails of the Rinje we continue to follow the river track to reach the National Park office at Sumdo. On the way from Sumdo we ascend to a ridge from where we experience the most staggering view of the waterfall and we have our first glimpses to the Phoksundo Lake , looking beautiful in the turquoise blue. Camping on our way up & enjoying the wilderness of the region, is what the trek to this area is made for. At Rigmo a small village at the lakeside we can see the lifestyle of the people and their culture. Following the trail along the lake provides many picturesque scenes and the pleasure of viewing the lake so close.

Then we follow up the trail through the terraced, green fields of wheat, rice and maize looking more beautiful with the backdrop of the steep hills covered with pine and juniper forests that will lead us to Pelungtang. Leaving Pelungtang we'll reach Tok Kyu. Before leaving Tok Kyu we will make a short visit to Champa Gompa. Then a rough track will descend to the Tarap Chu. Tarap is a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending 20 km along the river Tarap Chu with patches of grass on the both sides of the river completely unique and in contrast to other parts of inner Dolpa. Here we will see the blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep and goats and maybe meet the shepherds taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures.We continue our walk down the Tarap Chu and then reach to the Khani Gaon. Here the quality of the foot trails varies from the broad, smooth & firm to very narrow and rocky, that will lead us to the Tarakot. Tarakot is an old fortress known by the local people as Dzhong. We then take our final pass to Dunai where we'll have concluded the circuit and a celebration is sure to be had. Next we'll move forward to Juphal from where we'll fly back to Nepalganj and then from Nepalganj to Kathmandu .


Trip Facts

Trip Facts
Price starts from $3550
Duration 18 Days
Best time to travel March to May, Sep to February
Trip Grade Hard
Departure Date Every Day
Starting Point Nepalgunj
End Point Nepalgunj
Mode of Travel Transport / Aeroplane
Group Size 2 to 20
Style of trek Hard



Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1360m) transfer to hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu, half day sightseeing tour

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunja

Day 04: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2140m)

Day 05: Chepka (2670m)

Day 06: Renje (3010m)

Day 07: Ringmo (3600m)

Day 08: Ringmo, rest and exploration at Phoksundo Lake

Day 09: Baga La Phedi

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

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

Day 12: Do Tarap, rest & exploration

Day 13: Lahini (3560m)

Day 14: Tarakot (2557m)

Day 15: Dunai (2140m)

Day 16: Juphal (2320m)

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunja

Day 18: Kathmandu, shopping in Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure, (Trek ends after breakfast)

Price from Kathmandu (US dollars):

Group Size

Price Per Person


2 Pax 

US$ 3550 


3 Pax to 4 Pax  

US$ 3420 


5 Pax to 7 Pax 

US$ 3100 


8 Pax to 10 Pax 

US$ 2650 


10 Pax + 

US$ 2500 

Complementary trip for one person 


Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
  • Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj (1 night).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff, porters and Yaks or Jhopkey (Strong Animal similar to Yak) to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 70 per person per day and all local conservation fees.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Friendship World Trek (which need to be returned after the trek). ( if you have your own its fine)
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj– Juphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Free Friendship World Trek/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 24th).
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

Includes / Excludes


1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from the trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Farewell dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Flight Ticket Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and Local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.


1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and handbag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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