Lower Dolpo – The Forbidden Kingdom

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18 Days
Lower Dolpa
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 18

Group Discount available 

Lower Dolpo Trek details

Are you ready to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Lower Dolpa region? Prepare to be captivated by its untouched landscapes, ancient traditions, and awe-inspiring vistas. As a travel agent specializing in trekking packages, I am thrilled to present to you an extraordinary itinerary that will immerse you in the wonders of the Lower Dolpa – The Forbidden Kingdom trek.

Considering the Difficulty Level of the Treks

Lower Dolpa is renowned for its challenging yet rewarding treks. The trails here require a moderate to high level of fitness and a spirit of adventure. It is ideal for trekkers who have some prior experience and are seeking a more exhilarating journey. Our experienced guides and support staff will be by your side, ensuring your safety and providing assistance whenever needed.

The Natural Beauty of the Routes

Prepare to be enthralled by the untamed beauty that awaits you along the Lower Dolpa trek. As you ascend through verdant forests, you will witness cascading waterfalls, exotic flora, and fauna unique to this region. The trails will lead you to remote villages nestled in the mountains, where you can interact with friendly locals and learn about their fascinating way of life. Marvel at the crystal-clear turquoise lakes and majestic glaciers that adorn the landscape, leaving you in awe at the wonders of nature.

Altitude: A Journey to the Rooftop of the World

Venturing into the Lower Dolpa region means ascending to staggering heights. You will gradually acclimate to the increasing altitude as you make your way through the pristine wilderness. At its pinnacle, the trek will take you to the awe-inspiring Shey Phoksundo Lake, situated at a breathtaking elevation of 3,612 meters (11,850 feet). Prepare to be mesmerized by the tranquil beauty of this sacred lake, surrounded by snow-capped peaks that seem to touch the heavens.

Weather: Embrace the Rugged Seasons

Lower Dolpa is a region of diverse weather patterns that add an extra dimension to your trekking experience. From warm and sunny days that allow for comfortable hiking to chilly nights that offer a glimpse of the star-studded sky, each moment spent in this land is a testament to its enchanting allure. Be prepared for the occasional rainfall and carry appropriate gear to ensure your comfort throughout the journey.

Departure & Return Location

Your Hotel in Kathmandu


Departure Time

2 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers and transportation throughout the trip
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • Experienced trekking guide and support staff
  • All meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Personal expenses and beverages
  • Tips for guides and support staff

What to Expect

  • Moderate to challenging trekking trails with stunning natural beauty
  • Basic teahouse accommodations along the trekking route
  • A mix of cultural experiences and interactions with local communities
  • Ever-changing landscapes, from lush forests to arid mountain passes
  • An adventure that will push your limits and leave you with unforgettable memories

Lower Dolpa 18 Days trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our friendly staff will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax and explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Difficulty Level: Easy

Elevation: 1,350 meters / 4,429 feet

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu as you visit iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa. In the evening, our trekking guide will provide a detailed briefing about the upcoming adventure.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Difficulty Level: Easy

Elevation: 1,350 meters / 4,429 feet

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150 meters / 492 feet)

We take a scenic flight to Nepalgunj, a bustling city in the Terai region of Nepal. Spend the rest of the day exploring the vibrant local markets and immersing yourself in the cultural diversity of the region.

Accommodation: Hotel in Nepalgunj Difficulty

Level: Easy

Elevation: 150 meters / 492 feet

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475 meters / 8,120 feet) and Trek to Dunai (2,140 meters / 7,021 feet) Board a thrilling flight to Juphal, from where our trek begins. Start your journey by trekking downhill, following the Bheri River, until you reach Dunai, a small town that serves as the gateway to the Dolpa region.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Dunai

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 2,140 meters / 7,021 feet

Day 5: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka (2,838 meters / 9,311 feet)

Traverse through forests of pine and oak, passing picturesque villages along the way. Cross suspension bridges and relish the feeling of being surrounded by nature’s serenity as you reach the tranquil village of Chhepka.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Chhepka

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 2,838 meters / 9,311 feet

Day 6: Trek from Chhepka to Amchi Hospital (3,568 meters / 11,706 feet)

Today’s trek takes you deeper into the heart of Lower Dolpa, offering stunning views of the mountains and the mesmerizing Phoksundo River. As you reach Amchi Hospital, take a moment to appreciate the fusion of natural beauty and ancient healing traditions.

Accommodation: Teahouse near Amchi Hospital

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 3,568 meters / 11,706 feet

Day 7: Trek from Amchi Hospital to Phoksundo Lake (3,612 meters / 11,850 feet)

The highlight of your journey awaits – the legendary Phoksundo Lake. Brace yourself as you witness its turquoise waters mirroring the surrounding peaks, creating a scene straight out of a postcard. Spend the day exploring the enchanting surroundings and rejuvenating your spirit.

Accommodation: Teahouse near Phoksundo Lake

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 3,612 meters / 11,850 feet

Day 8: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

Take a well-deserved rest day to fully absorb the tranquil ambiance of Phoksundo Lake. Explore the nearby monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, or simply revel in the serenity of this natural wonder.

Accommodation: Teahouse near Phoksundo Lake

Difficulty Level: Easy

Elevation: 3,612 meters / 11,850 feet

Day 9: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Lasa Meadow (4,370 meters / 14,338 feet)

As we bid farewell to Phoksundo Lake, the trail ascends to Lasa Meadow, a picturesque grazing area adorned with colorful wildflowers. Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayas as you spend the night surrounded by towering peaks.

Accommodation: Teahouse at Lasa Meadow

Difficulty Level: Challenging

Elevation: 4,370 meters / 14,338 feet

Day 10: Trek from Lasa Meadow to Numala Base Camp (4,440 meters / 14,567 feet)

Prepare for a thrilling adventure as you cross the challenging Numala Pass. Glimpse at the panoramic vistas of the Dolpo region from the top, a sight that will leave you in awe of the rugged grandeur that surrounds you.

Accommodation: Teahouse at Numala Base Camp

Difficulty Level: Challenging

Elevation: 4,440 meters / 14,567 feet

Day 11: Trek from Numala Base Camp to Dho Tarap (4,040 meters / 13,254 feet) Descend from the pass, and the trail leads you to the culturally rich village of Dho Tarap. Engage with the hospitable locals, explore their unique way of life, and witness the blend of Tibetan and Bon traditions that shape their daily existence.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Dho Tarap

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 4,040 meters / 13,254 feet

Day 12: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Delve deeper into the cultural immersion as you spend an additional day in Dho Tarap. Visit ancient monasteries, engage in insightful conversations with the locals, and embrace the peaceful ambiance of this mystical village.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Dho Tarap

Difficulty Level: Easy

Elevation: 4,040 meters / 13,254 feet

Day 13: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tokyu Gaon (4,209 meters / 13,810 feet)

Follow the path through alpine meadows and glacial rivers, as the rugged beauty of Lower Dolpa continues to amaze. Reach Tokyu Gaon, a village known for its rich cultural heritage and sacred monasteries.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Tokyu Gaon

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 4,209 meters / 13,810 feet

Day 14: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap

Retrace your steps back to Dho Tarap, allowing you to witness the stunning landscapes from a different perspective. Marvel at the ever-changing vistas and soak in the sense of achievement that accompanies the journey.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Dho Tarap

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 4,040 meters / 13,254 feet

Day 15: Trek from Dho Tarap to Juphal

As your Lower Dolpa adventure draws to a close, trek back to Juphal, retracing the steps that led you into this mystical land. Spend your final evening in the region reflecting on the incredible memories made along the way.

Accommodation: Teahouse in Juphal

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Elevation: 2,475 meters / 8,120 feet

Day 16: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Bid farewell to the Dolpa region as you board a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. From there, catch a connecting flight to Kathmandu, where you will have the opportunity to reminisce about your epic adventure and celebrate your accomplishment.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Difficulty Level: Easy

Elevation: 1,350 meters / 4,429 feet

Day 17: Explore Kathmandu Take a day to explore Kathmandu at your own pace. Indulge in souvenir shopping, visit hidden temples, or simply relax and unwind after an exhilarating trek.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Difficulty Level: Easy

Elevation: 1,350 meters / 4,429 feet

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu Our team will assist you with your departure arrangements, ensuring a smooth transition as you bid farewell to Nepal, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlight of Lower Dolpa Trek

  • Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Lower Dolpa region
  • Experience the legendary Phoksundo Lake, a turquoise jewel amidst the mountains
  • Engage with the hospitable locals and witness their unique traditions
  • Cross challenging mountain passes, offering breathtaking panoramic views
  • Explore ancient monasteries and gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of the region


  1. previous trekking experience required? While prior trekking experience is recommended, our experienced guides will provide necessary support and guidance throughout the journey.
  2. What is the best time to undertake this trek? The ideal time for the Lower Dolpa trek is during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable and the trails are at their best.
  3. Are permits required for this trek? Yes, permits are required for the Lower Dolpa trek. Our team will assist you in obtaining the necessary permits before the journey begins.

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