Lower Dolpo Featured Trek

September 15, 2017

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Lower Dolpo Featured trek is a wonderful trek of Dolpo region, it is featured the Barbong Valley rarely explored the region with classic lower Dolpo circuit trek.

Trip Details

Highlights of Trip

  • Beautiful Khas village and lifestyle
  • Tarali Magar villages and culture
  • Remote Bharbong Villages
  • Century old Buddhist and Bon monasteries
  • Breathtaking landscape Dho Tarap valley
  • Magnificent and panoramic views of Dolpo mountains
  • Jewels of Dolpo Phoksundo lake and Rigmo waterfalls


Lower Dolpo Featured trek is a wonderful trek of Dolpo region, it is featured the Barbong Valley rarely explored the region with classic lower Dolpo circuit trek. Dolpo has its own importance in the tourism of Himalaya. Dolpo offers you wide range of trekking route. It takes you through many Highland routes. It holds the very strange and beautiful landscapes and century old human antique. Lower Dolpo featured trek is extended version of lower Dolpo Circuit.

In Lower Dolpo Featured trek, we explore the hidden and rarely explore valley ‘Barbong’. The valley lies on the foothill of Mukot Himal and Putha Hiuchuli withholding beautiful and hardship hamlets. It incepts after landing at Juphal airstrip and views of surrounding Khasan villages Such as Ralli, Maddhu, Karelikada across the Thuli Bheri and Juphal village at the corner of the airstrip. Then after following the Dangibara village, kaligauda, Dhupi Chaur we enter to headquarter of Dolpo district small town ‘Dunai’.

From the next day, we explore and enter to the Middle Dolpo part called Ticherong a place inhabitant of ‘Tarali Magar’ people. One day we camp at Tarakot and explore the nearby villages such as Shahartara, Gumbatara and Tarakot villages. Then we further continue to the Lasicap, following Bharbong Khola route and enter to the Bharbong valley’s villages such as; Kakot, Seri, Pimri, Gumjyan, Chap Chu. Then by passing the Chan La 5378m, we enter to the beautiful landscape Valley and trade junction of Upper Dolpo ‘Dho Tarap’ valley.

Exploring one day around Dho Tarap valley and visiting century-old Buddhist and Bon monasteries will be a useful day. Then further we heading to the west of Tokyau village of Dho Tarap Valley we pass two high passes Numala 5309m and Bagala 5169m, we descend to an astonishing jewel of Dolpo ‘Phonsundo lake’ 3600m.

A day exploring around Ringmo village, visiting Bon Tshova monastery and around the lake will be a useful day. Then finally two days trek along the Suligad river of Shey Phoksundo National Park we terminate our trek at Juphal airstrip and fly out to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Dolpo-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee



Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.


We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.


While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.


In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes.September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day.In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5  and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C.At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.


Day 1Arrival in TIA Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight 1hrs.

Day 3Nepalgunj to Juphal by flight 35 minutes and 3 hours trek to Dunai 2140m

Day 4Dunai to Tarakot 2540m 6 hrs.

Day 5Tarakot to Musi Khola 2875m 7 hrs

Day 6Musi Khola to Kakot village 3210m 7 hrs

Day 7Kakot village to Pimri village 3350m 6 hrs.

Day 8Pimri vaillage via Seri village to Gumjyan 3800m 7 hrs.

Day 8Gumjyan to Chapchyu 4200m 6 hrs.

Day 9Chhapchyu to Chanla Base Camp 4500m 7 hrs.

Day 10 Base Camp via Chanla pass 5378m to Dho Tarap (3944m) 7 hrs.

Day 11Dho Tarap rest and exploring day

Day 12Dho Tarap to Numala Base Camp 4440m 7 hrs.

Day 13Numal Base camp via Numala pass 5309m to Danigar 4200m

Day 14Danigar via Bagala pass 5169m Temche 4100m

Day 15Temche to Phoksundo 3640m 4 hrs.

Day 16Phosundo rest and exploring day

Day 17Phoksundo to Chhepka(2838m) 7 hrs.

Day 18Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 8 hrs.

Day 19Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 20Kathmandu free day

Day 21Departure from Kathmandu


Lower Dolpo Featured Trek Map