Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek

The lower Dolpo circuit trek can be challenging for inexperienced trekkers due to its high terrain. The breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa give the lower Dolpo trail even more appeal.

Trip Facts

duration Duration 19 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty Difficult
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5310m
Average Group Size 4-10
trip-code Trip Code LDCTAH
trip-code Area Dolpo Region
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation As Mentioned
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Trip Highlights

  • Exploration of the Shey Phoksundo National Park and its wide array of rare flora and fauna along the circuit.
  • Discover the stunning Numa-La and Baga-La Passes while also touring the Tarap Valley.
  • Views of the Tibetan peaks, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjirowa in all their glory.
  • Shey Phoksundo lake exploration.
  • Explore the Tibetan Buddhist and Bon Po culture.
  • Walking through the isolated valleys and rural villages.

Trip Overview

Dolpa, also referred to as Dolpo, is a lesser-known destination that remains shrouded in mystery. This captivating place is considered one of the restricted areas in Nepal, resulting in limited familiarity among people. The 19-day Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek takes place in the western region of Nepal. It is one of Nepal's untrodden and unknown trekking routes. Trek to the Dolpo area is a unique experience to get as there are no other places like this. Dolpo area lies in the Karnali Province northwest of the capital Kathmandu. Dolpo region is one of the most isolated and untouched areas of Nepal which makes it even more exciting and mysterious. The semi-arid geography's lonely valleys, off-the-beaten-path routes, distant communities, rural mountain settlements, and diverse flora and fauna all attract adventure seekers.

You will begin your lower Dolpo circuit trek in Juphal and return there at the conclusion after touring Shey Phoksundo National Park. The lower Dolpo circuit trek is one of the most demanding and challenging treks in Nepal. Because of this, participation in a lower Dolpo circuit trek requires prior trekking experience. However, the stunning scenery that can be observed along the paths makes it worthwhile. The Lower Dolpo Trek can be challenging for inexperienced trekkers due to its high terrain. 

Throughout the journey, the Tibetan culture may be seen as you pass through distant towns and deserted valleys. In addition, the Dolpo region is one of the few locations worldwide where the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced. Additionally, you will get a chance to experience local customs, Nepali culture, and friendly hospitality. The lower Dolpo Circuit trek provides you insight into Buddhist culture and its significance. The 19-day Lower Dolpo circuit trek begins with a scenic flight to Nepalgunj and Juphal and concludes with unending happiness and satisfaction from experiencing the pinnacle of mountain adventures. This region has a dry environment because it is surrounded by mountain chains, including the Dhaulagiri. The landscape of Lower Dolpo is remarkable since it differs from any other mountain region in Nepal.

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek Facts:

Trek Name

Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek

Trekking Area

Lower Dolpo, Shey Phoksundo National Park


Karnali Province



Trek Duration

19 days

Trek Grade


Trek Starting Point


Trek Ending Point


Best time to trek 

Spring and Autumn Season

Major attractions of the trek

Phoksundo Lake, Pristine culture, unique geography, and remote villages

Trek accommodation

Local lodge/Teahouse and Camping

The highest point of the trek

Numa La Pass (5,310m)

Required permits

  1. Restricted area permit.

  2. Shey Phoksundo National Park permit.

  3. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card.


Major Attractions of the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek:

The Dolpo region is a massive area and is the biggest and one of the least explored and isolated districts of Nepal. Dolpo is where the Shey Phoksundo National Park lies along with the most thrilling geography and its wonders. The landscape of this place is truly unique and captivating. It features cold mountain scenery and distinctive geography, which adds to its appeal as a major attraction for visitors. The Lower Dolpo circuit trip is unquestionably the most amazing in all of Nepal. Due to the culture, traditions, and true local hospitality of this place, you will certainly fall in love with it. Because of the gorgeous environment, the majestic mountain backdrops, and the refreshing Phoksundo lake, this trek is among the most beautiful in all of Nepal. The following are some of the main draws of the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek:

Traditional villages in Lower Dolpo

One of Nepal's most distinctive trekking locations is Lower Dolpo. It is made even more endearing by the people's distinctive Bon-Po religion and Tibetan influences on their traditions and cultures. In a similar vein, the welcoming warmth of the inhabitants makes this trek one you won't soon forget. Lower Dolpo's main attractions are also the stunning mountain ranges of the Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa, which can be seen from there.

During the trek, you will come across only a few settlements, but these few are breathtaking. Villages settled in high elevations with stunning backdrops are guaranteed to captivate your hearts. Visiting small villages that are surrounded by seasonal agricultural land and feature traditional architecture can provide valuable insights into the history of the area. The hamlets in the area are not only home to local communities but also feature monasteries and Gompas that hold great religious importance. These religious sites are highly respected and cherished by the people. Villages like Ringmo and Dho Tarap offer stunning natural beauty and essential amenities for travelers, including local lodges, delicious food, a pleasant environment, and lasting memories.

Phoksundo Lake - The color-changing lake of Nepal.

Phoksundo Lake is another draw of the lower Dolpo hike. At a height of 3,611 meters, Phoksundo Lake is a magnificent freshwater alpine oligotrophic lake in the Dolpa district. The Shey Phoksundo National Park includes this area, where you can enjoy a wide variety of flora, animals, and wild ecosystems. The Lower Dolpo Trek is an unforgettable experience and extremely different from other commercial trekking routes in Nepal, aside from its unrivaled natural beauty. One of the most beautiful lakes, Phoksundo Lake is an azure blue tint and is found in Nepal's Dolpo area. 

It is encircled by 20 Buddhist stupas and is 145 meters deep, yet no aquatic life has ever been observed there. 191 square miles of icy cold water gathered from the glaciers with a distinctive Y-shaped lake is something you should not miss while you visit the Dolp region. Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the most visited lakes in Nepal and this little patch of heaven on earth is frequently regarded as the most beautiful area in the entire globe.

High trekking passes in the Lower Dolpo circuit trek.

The Dolpo Region is situated at a high elevation, with an average altitude starting from 3,000 meters above sea level. Dolpo is located in the sedimentary Tibetan Tethys Zone, which is close to the Tibetan Plateau. The Tibetan Plateau is often referred to as the "roof of the world" because of its high altitude. Nepal is renowned for being home to some of the highest peaks on earth, including the famous Mt. Everest. Additionally, the highlands and Dolpo region boast several high trekking passes, with numerous high passes exceeding 5,000m in altitude. However, the Lower Dolpo Circuit trek is not as challenging as the Upper Dolpo Circuit trek. During this trek, you will have the opportunity to walk over two passes: the Numa La Pass and the Baga La Pass.

Numa La Pass. [5,309m/17,418 ft]

The Numa La Pass is the first challenging pass you will encounter on the Lower Dolpo Circuit trek. There are two Numa La Passes: one located in the south and another in the north. The North Numa La Pass has an elevation of 5,238m and is open from April to November. On the contrary, the South Numa La Pass stands at an elevation of 5,309m and remains open throughout the year. During this Lower Dolpo Circuit trek, you will cross the South Pass as it is slightly easier than the North one. During your trek to high passes, it is suggested to start early in the morning to avoid the strong winds that can make walking extremely uncomfortable and even risky. To access the Numa La Pass, you will begin your walk from a place called Tokyu. After traversing the pass, you will reach Danigar, which will be your final stop for the day.

Baga La Pass. [5,169m/16,959 ft]

The elevation of Baga la Pass is 5,169 meters above sea level which is another amazing high pass that you will encounter during this trek. The pass is accessible from April to November, but during other times of the year, it is covered in thick snow, which poses a safety risk. Starting from Danigar you will cross this pass and reach Yak Kharka for the overnight stay before moving forward. The walk through the pass can be quite challenging for individuals who may not be physically fit or mentally prepared. This is due to the steep climb in desert mountains, which can quickly drain a person's energy. From the pass, you have the opportunity to witness a breathtaking view of the never-ending chain of snow-capped mountains. Additionally, the surrounding area is characterized by a vast deposit of dry soil devoid of any vegetation, which is a direct result of the brutal climate in this region.

Shey Phoksundo National Park:

Shey Phoksundo National Park is situated in Nepal's Dolpo and Mugu districts in the country's middle west. Nepal is home to twelve breathtaking national parks, each with its own distinct geographical and cultural significance. Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal, covering an area of 3,555 square kilometers. Shey Phoksundo National Park is known for its unique geographical and cultural significance, which sets it apart from the other parks. The remote location and distinctive terrain make it an ideal environment for a diverse range of plants and animals to flourish. The region is home to various animals, including the Snow leopard, Musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr, and Himalayan black bear. Furthermore, there are numerous herbs found in this area that are utilized in modern medical science such as Panchaunle, Yarsagumba, Jatamasi, etc.

The Shey Phoksundo National Park is esteemed for its striking mountain vistas and gorgeous scenery. This location is a must-see because it offers remote hamlets, ancient monasteries, and challenging passes. Shey Phokundo National Park is a destination renowned for its untouched natural beauty, allowing visitors to experience its raw and unaltered form. The Bon-po Religion, considered to be the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism belief, has been preserved and practiced by the local community to this day. Here, you will gain insight into the beliefs and practices of the Bon-po Religion. The mesmerizing color and ideal location of this place will make you forget any fatigue you may have as you immerse yourself in its pure beauty. Suffice to say, that Shey Pokhsundo National Park is a completely separate world, far away from the urban landscapes, characterized by its own distinct rhythm and unique qualities.

Best time to visit the Lower Dolpo Circuit trek:

The best time to experience the magnificent Lower Dolpo Circuit trek is during the autumn and spring seasons. It is best completed during September, October, and November as during these months, the glaciers become visible with clear skies, breathtaking scenery, and pleasant weather. The chance of rain is very low, which is one of the important factors to look out for when trekking. Although the days are warm, the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly compared to the daytime temperature. During these months of the year, the likelihood of snowfall is incredibly low, which is one of the biggest benefits.

March, April, and May are prime months for lower Dolpo circuit treks. The entire pathway is adorned with blooming rhododendron flowers and is ideal for observing a variety of medicinal herbs and wildflowers. The chances of rain are relatively low with cool temperatures in the morning and late afternoon and warm sunny days.

The summer is the ideal time to visit astonishing valleys, lush foliage, and higher elevations with some barren terrain. During these months, traversing the Baga-La Pass, which is the highest pass on this route, becomes easier. Furthermore, the chances of snowfall are reduced during the summer season, making it appear straightforward and achievable.

How difficult is the Lower Dolpo circuit trek?

Trekking in the Dolpo region of Nepal is known to be more challenging compared to other popular trekking routes in the country. This is primarily due to its high elevation and remote location. It is easier and possible for individuals who are physically fit and possess the willpower to complete the trip. Trekking in this region is quite challenging and requires crossing passes higher than 5000 m. It is a specialized activity that requires careful consideration of the time of year and season in which you choose to trek. Beginners with no prior trekking experience may find it challenging to cope with the high elevation gain and the daily requirement of continuous walking.

The majority of this trekking region is located at a height of above 4,000 meters. As a result, having high altitude sickness is possible. Appropriate medical and other measures can help reduce the risk of severe altitude sickness, which may eventually lead to conditions like High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Therefore, it is essential to ensure that you drink an adequate amount of water, consume a well-balanced meal, and, if altitude sickness continues, take the necessary medications and undergo acclimatization.

The Lower Dolpo Circuit trip presents challenges when reaching the Baga La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,169 meters, as well as the Numa La Pass, which reaches 5,310 meters. However, individuals who are in good physical shape may find it less challenging. Furthermore, camping becomes necessary in certain areas along the trail due to the absence of nearby tea houses adding another challenge to overcome during the Lower Dolpo circuit trek. Another important thing to remember is the packing list. It is recommended to avoid carrying unnecessary baggage, as it can put excessive strain on your body. Only necessary amenities should be carried. For the packing list suggestions, you can visit the Nepal trekking gear checklist.

How to get to the lower Dolpo circuit trek?

The lower Dolpo Circuit trek is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, making it one of the most captivating treks in the Nepali highlands. Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek starts after sightseeing at the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley. Additionally, you can utilize this day to prepare for the trek by acclimating yourself to walking. To begin the Lower Dolpo Circuit trek, the most convenient and efficient way is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal. This route allows for quick access to the Dolpo Region. The trek begins at Juphal, where you will walk along the Thuli River bank until you reach Dunai. The adventurous trek to Tarakot is not too challenging and can be completed in a day without much difficulty. As you continue your journey, you will encounter both uphill and downhill sections, leading you to Khanigaon.

The trek continues to Chhyujar, where you will need to descend for a while before encountering the remaining uphill trails. As you continue your trek at a moderate pace, you will eventually reach Ghyamghar, where you can find tent accommodations for your stay. After leaving Ghyamghar, you will continue your journey towards Dho Tarap. You will have the opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in the stunning valley for another day. This day will serve as both an acclimatization and exploration opportunity for you. You'll have the chance to interact with the local people and take a stroll around the valley, allowing yourself to adjust to the altitude. You can also visit the ancient monastery during your exploration day.

The next day will be one of the most challenging days as you will be passing through Numa la Pass situated at an elevation of 5,310m and accommodate yourself at the Numa la Phedi. Moving further, you will be crossing the next high pass which is the Baga la Pass situated at an elevation of 5,170m to reach Yak Kharka, and on further trekking, to reach the beautiful Bon settlement village which is the Ringmo village. Ringmo village will provide you with the natural and authentic settlement of the local people. On the exploration day, you will explore the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, gompas, and many more. After this, you will descend, reaching Chhepka, returning to Juphal and completing the trek, and returning to Kathmandu. This concludes the lower Dolpo circuit trek.

What to expect from the lower Dolpo circuit trek?

The lower Dolpo Circuit trek is truly awe-inspiring in every possible way. The Lower Dolpo Circuit trek is an experience you shouldn't miss in your lifetime, as it offers a range of beautiful and unique human settlements, stunning landscapes, and the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake. The lower Dolpo Circuit trek is renowned for its jaw-dropping splendor, making it one of the most intriguing treks in Nepal’s highlands. 

The trans-Himalaya geography's isolated valleys, unusual trail remote communities, rural mountain settlements, and a great variety of flora and fauna entice every adventurer. You may encounter Tibetan culture as you travel through far-off cities and lonely landscapes. The pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is also still practiced in the Dolpo region, which makes it one of the few places on earth where it is still practiced. Moreover, the lower Dolpo circuit trek will provide you with a full range of beautiful and adventurous experiences that you wish to cherish for a lifetime.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu Arrival.

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

At. 06:00 PM: In the evening, our office representative will meet you for a coffee talk and will brief you on the details of your trek program.

duration 30 Minutes
ascent 1350m
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals N/A
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing, Trek Preparation.

At. 08:00 AM: After your breakfast, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu in a full-day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square which is one of three ancient formal royal palaces of Nepal. You can see some of the most influential structures with engraved intricate art designs. After Kathmandu Durbar Square, visit Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple located on top of a hill. One must climb hundreds of stairs to reach the top of the hill which can be physically challenging but rewarding as well. Next is Pashupatinath temple which is one of the most revered Hindu temples in Nepal.

Last but not least, Boudhanath Stupa. After sightseeing, you can shop for trekking and get the necessary gear from the trekking shops around Thamel. In the evening, the briefing for the trek will be provided by one of our informed office representatives. If you have any queries or want to know anything, you can ask our representative. You will be dropped back at your hotel in a private vehicle.

Note: You can go for a warm-up trek to the nearest viewpoint in Kathmandu to Jamacho Gumba (Monastery) inside for sightseeing if you wish to. The hike is completed in around 4-5 hours, it helps to stretch your legs before the trek and will be beneficial however it is optional.

duration 6-8 Hours
trip-accomodation Lo Mustang
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis
Day 03

Flight to Nepalgunj.

At. 09:30 AM: Wake up and have breakfast at the hotel. Your trekking guide will receive you and take you to the Kathmandu airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is about 45-50 minutes. Upon reaching Nepalgunj you will be transferred to the hotel. After getting your necessary permits along with a restricted area permit you will fly to Nepalgunj.

At. 01:00 PM: After completing your checking-in and short refreshment you can visit a nearby market to explore local people, food, culture, and attractions. Nepalgunj is located near the India and Nepal border meaning you get to taste and explore some of the delicious Indian food during your leisure time.

Note: You can leave your extra baggage in hotels in Kathmandu before your trek starts and as you will return to Kathmandu. Doing so will reduce your baggage weight and you don't have to carry it all the way. *Your baggage will be safe in the hotel.

duration 4-5 Hours
descent 150m
trip-accomodation Hotel Batika
trip-meals B
Day 04

Fly to Jhuphal, Trek to Dunai.

At. 06:00 AM: Early this morning you will take the flight to Juphal which is on the northern side of Nepalgunj. The small aircraft will take you to the beautiful airport in Juphal. The view of mighty snow-capped peaks is visible throughout the flight. The duration of the flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj is about 45 minutes on a twin otter aircraft which is the most comfortable and easy mode of transportation by air that connects remote regions of Nepal. Once you reach Juphal meet your other trekking team - Porters as this trek requires camping and they will carry all the necessary equipment for the trek.

Juphal is your starting point of the trek and from here you will start your first day of the trek. The total distance between Juphal to Dunai is 11 km which you can cover in around 2-4 hours as the trail is easy and follows a gradual descent. The trail mostly goes from the bank of the Bheri river and passes through beautiful villages and maize fields available depending on the season you visit. The trail today mostly descends to the Dunai village. You will have the opportunity to spend your night at a comfortable local lodge. The lodge offers basic amenities such as clean beds and washrooms, electricity, and even internet access, although that service comes at an additional cost as it is not included in the initial price.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 2000m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 05

Trek to Tarakot.

At. 08:00 AM: You will commence your day by walking beside the Thuli Bheri river. Today's trail is complementary on the bank of the Thuli Bheri river. You will cross the Thuli Bheri river a few times before reaching Tarakot for an overnight stay. Today's trail is a leisurely walk that can be completed in approximately 5 hours, covering a distance of approximately 16 km. However, please note that you will need to climb a small hill once across Tarakot village. Starting today, you will be staying in tented accommodations due to the limited availability of lodging facilities. As you reach your campsite, the kitchen team will take care of preparing the food, while your guide and the other trekking members will be in charge of setting up the tents. Experience the tranquility of nature while enjoying dinner.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 2540m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

Trek to Khani Gaon.

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your day. The day starts with a small uphill walk then you will descend downhill to reach the bank of the Thuli Bheri river. Walking beside the Thuli Bheri river you will cross several bridges over the small rivers that mix with the Thuli Bhuri river. You will have to climb uphill and descend downhill a few times before finally reaching Khani Gaon for the overnight stay which will take around 5-6 hours of trek. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 10 KM
ascent 2950m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

Trek to Chhyujar.

At. 08:00 AM: You will descend a few meters at the start of the day. The remainder of the trail is nearly uphill till it ends. However, there aren't many downhills and daytime easy treks. You'll reach Lain Odar after traveling on foot for around three hours. The distance from Khani Gaon to Chhyujar or Chhyugar is approximately 13 km. It typically takes around 6-8 hours to complete this journey, as the route involves a gradual descent and ascent. This area is a delightful destination for tourists looking to spend some time, as it is situated on the banks of the Thuli Bheri river. The ambiance is delightful and will keep you entertained throughout your journey to your camping site. Before arriving in Chhyujar for the overnight stay, you will have to trek several uphill and downhill paths.

duration 6-7 Hours
duration 13 KM
ascent 3440m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

Trek to Ghyamgar.

At. 08:00 AM: You will begin your trek after breakfast. You will arrive in Ghyamgar for an overnight stay after a 6-7 hour moderately paced trek. The total distance between Chhyujar and Ghyamgar is around 12 km and includes constant ascend and descend. At a height of 3,755 meters above sea level, Ghyamgar is located. It is highly unlikely to find a teahouse in this location due to the limited number of settlements in the Dolpo area. Instead, you will be provided with comfortable tents for accommodation. As you ascend to higher elevations, the vegetation becomes sparser, and you will encounter a drier landscape with selective vegetation that can thrive in challenging conditions. However, as you explore the area, you will gradually catch sight of the majestic mountain peaks rising above the arid landscape, adding to the allure of this place.

Today is a perfect day for camping, offering you the opportunity to connect with nature and unwind beneath the enchanting night sky. While your dinner is being prepared, you can take a leisurely walk and explore the surrounding area.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 12 KM
ascent 3755m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Trek to Dho Tarap.

At. 08:00 AM: You will approach the Langa camp by walking along the Tarap Khola's bank before reaching your final destination for today which is Dho Tarap. It is 3,870 meters above sea level where it is located. You will travel toward Dho Tarap for the nighttime stay after taking some time to relax on the way. The entire route is inclined which can be challenging. Dho Tarap is a settlement in the lower Dolpo region that has seen commercial development. It is located at a height of 4,100 meters above sea level. Today you will make your way to Dho Tarap located 12 km away from Ghyamgar which will take you around 7-8 hours to cover.

Dho Tarap is a prominent village along the lower Dolpo circuit trek. In this village, you will have the opportunity to witness agricultural fields adorned with native crops and traditional architecture that has stood the test of time for centuries. The village is encompassed by breathtaking landscapes, featuring a dry mountain desert and a touch of greenery from the seasonal crops. Dho Tarap is one of the few places where you will find hotel and lodging facilities as it is popular among travelers as there are little to no lodging facilities in this area. You have the option to spend your night at the local lodge. However, we highly recommend going camping instead, as there are plenty of grounds perfect for camping alongside the village. This offers a unique experience that you won't want to miss. The kitchen team will prepare food for you as you will have enough food supply for the trek.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 12 KM
ascent 4100m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 10

Exploration day at Dho Tarap.

At. 08:00 AM: Today you will spend this day exploring the Dho Tarap Valley which will remind you of the wildness and authenticity of the Tarap Valley, which is inhabited primarily by Tibetans who practice the Bon religion and its monasteries. You will also be treated to a breathtaking view of the mountains. Today is the day to gradually adjust to the higher altitude so that the next few days won't be frantic or challenging for you to hike.

Acclimatization is necessary for high-altitude treks, and Dho Tarap is a recommended location for this purpose. Trekking at high altitudes can pose challenges due to reduced oxygen levels, making it essential to allow your body sufficient time to acclimate. Acclimatization is a process that can help prevent altitude sickness, a potentially life-threatening condition. During the acclimatization process, it is important to proceed gradually and avoid overexertion. The goal is to spend time at higher altitudes to give your body time to gradually adapt to the lower levels of oxygen.

The Dho Tarap Exploring Day offers numerous possibilities to discover its many attractions and take in its hospitable residents' traditional Tibetan ways of life. Additionally, you can stop by the nearby Gompa to speak with the locals and observe their genuine way of life. During your exploration, you can visit important ancient religious sites such as Shipchaur and Dhoro Gompa monasteries. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 2-3 Hours
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 11

Trek to Numa La Phedi.

At. 08:00 AM: You will start your day's walk to the Numa La Phedi or Numa la Base camp after spending the previous day at Dho Tarap village resting and exploring. You resume your journey after breakfast while taking in the scenery of the lush grassland on both sides of the river. Despite the short distance covered today, the speed of the hike slows due to the elevation gain. Today's destination is the base of your first high trekking pass. The routes from this settlement are a little difficult, it can take 5-6 hours to go to Numa La Phedi. The part of this trek is a little difficult and strenuous. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 12

Trek to Danigar.

At. 04:00 AM: This is one of the toughest days of the trek. You will have to cross Numa La Pass situated at an elevation of 5,238 meters above sea level. The trail goes uphill until you reach the top of Numa la pass. It is one of the high passes of the Dolpo region. The trek is tough but the view from the top is worth it. You will get an early start in the morning to beat the strong wind, which will be at its strongest after midday and should be avoided if at all possible.

After spectating the magnificent view of the Numa la Pass and capturing the magnificent panorama in your eyes, you will continue the trek towards Danigar which is a downhill trail through the terraced fields and yak pastures leading to the beautiful village of Danigar which will take you around 6-7 hours of trek. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hour
ascent 4512 m.
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 13

Trek to Yak Kharka.

At. 04:00 AM: Today is another day for you to pass through a breathtaking mountain pass. Today, you will need to cross a high pass once more to reach Yak Kharka, where you will spend the night. The day begins after the walk up the incline. To reach the summit of Baga la Pass, one must engage in uphill walking. After reaching the summit, you will start your descent towards Baga la Phedi, which is situated at an elevation of 5,170 meters. You'll follow the Maduwa Khola to Yak Kharka, where you'll spend the night which will take around 5-7 hours of trek. Overnight accommodation at tented camps. Enjoy the camping accommodation and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

descent 3860 m.
trip-accomodation Tented Camp
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 14

Trek to Ringmo Village.

At. 08:00 AM: The trek starts from Yak Kharka in the morning. You will have several opportunities to take in the breathtaking mountain landscape and the magnificence of nature while hiking the trail to Ringmo. Taking in such natural beauty will leave you with a memory that will last a lifetime and make you feel exhausted.

You will also get stunning views of the soaring cliff as you go along the trail. You will see a wide range of little plants, shrubs, and other vegetation. The total distance from Yak Kharka to Ringmo is approximately 12 km. It usually takes around 4-5 hours to complete this trek, as the trail mostly descends and there are only a few uphill sections. You will eventually reach Ringmo after walking through the dense pine, juniper, and cypress forest. As you continue your journey to the lower lands, you will encounter a greater abundance of vegetation and lush greenery. Additionally, you will observe a noticeable transformation in the surrounding landscape. Overnight accommodation at tented camps or you can choose to stay at the local lodges in the village which is totally optional.

duration 12 KM
descent 3641 m.
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 15

Shey Phoksundo Lake exploration.

At. 08:00 AM: Start the day with a hearty breakfast before exploring this trek's most magnificent vistas. Explore Ringmo village today. Shey Phoksundo Lake also known as the Rigm lake, among the monasteries, is beautiful. Phoksundo Lake in Nepal is a beautiful alpine lake. Its turquoise tint and 145m depth make it the deepest lake in the country. Visit Tshowa Gompa, a 900-year-old Bon monastery. The lake's turquoise color and stunning beauty are famous. Visit the Shey Phoksundo Lake viewpoint today. 1.5 miles from Ringmo village, this viewpoint is convenient. Reaching the viewpoint usually takes 1-2 hours. The viewpoint overlooks the lake, its environs, and several gorgeous mountains.

Its depth makes Rigm Lake one of Nepal's most beautiful lakes as it changes color according to the season. Dolpo is a rare place to see Bon-po, a pre-Buddhist religion. It is the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide. Like other rural locations, Dolpo has retained its culture in its purest form. You may explore Phoksundo Lake and meet people by climbing to the lookout. After a day of sightseeing, stay in Ringmo for the night.

duration 5-6 Hours
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 16

Trek to Chhepka.

At. 07:30 AM: After having breakfast, you will begin your descent back towards Chhepka village. The trail takes you through a beautiful landscape of lush green vegetation, including birch forests, tropical forests along the Phoksundo Khola, and the Bheri river. Along the way, you may also encounter various wildlife species. The trail runs alongside the riverbank, and the calming sound of flowing water accompanies you throughout the entire hike. The distance from Ringmo to Chhepka is approximately 19 km, and it typically takes around 6-8 hours to complete the journey on foot, as it is mostly downhill. Overnight at the local lodge as there are comfortable local lodges however you can accommodate at camps as well.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 19 KM
descent 2678 m.
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 17

Trek to Juphal.

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, the final day of your trek begins. You will be heading towards the town of Dunai and then continuing to the village of Juphal. The trail we will be exploring today is a rugged path that runs alongside the Bheri River. After you visit Shey Phoksundo National Park, you will proceed towards Juphal. 

Today, you will be walking approximately 19 km on foot, and it is estimated that this will take you approximately 6-8 hours. Please note that there are uphill sections along the trail as you will be retracing your steps on the same path. Overnight at the local lodge.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 19 KM
descent 2475 m.
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 18

Flight to Nepalgunj, Connecting Flight to Kathmandu.

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj from Juphal. This is a wonderful 35-45 minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. You will then catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

Once you reach Kathmandu airport our office representative will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your respective 3-star hotel. Spend your free time however you like and in the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell.

duration 3-4 Hours
descent 1350 m.
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation Flight and Drive
Day 19


You will be free until your flight time, we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hours before your flight. You will get to the airport 3 hours before your flight time. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are more than happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.

duration 30 Minutes
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis

Trip Guide

The information about the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.

Travel insurance: Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation in case of trekking. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended. 

Medical emergency: If you face any serious medical emergency during your trekking program you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which the traveler’s insurance company will cover. While trekking to Nepal's highlands, you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc. For such a situation, your guide carries a well-equipped first aid kit, ensuring nothing happens to you. 

High-altitude sickness: During your trek, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 3000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of getting altitude sickness also slightly increase. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Walking slowly and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.

Do’s and Don’t: 

  • Select the ideal time to travel. 

  • Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization. 

  • Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.

  • Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)

  • Carry all the necessary paperwork (National Park permit, and TIMs).

  • Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.

  • Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.

  • Respect the culture and people of the area.

  • Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.

  • Don’t litter, put trash in its place.

Packing List Suggestions

Having a good backpack and necessary gear makes trekking easier. It becomes more important if you are trekking at higher elevations. If you are wondering about what to pack for trekking to the highlands of Nepal, then you can check our complete guide on Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist.

While making a backpack, it is important to include clothing, essential items, and a first aid kit. In difficult times, a good backpack can be life-saving.

Why with Altitude Himalaya: Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our own standard service that includes a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the lower Dolpo circuit trek?

    Nepal's western, hilly region is where lower Dolpo is located. This region is a part of Nepal's Dolpa district. It is a pristine territory and one of Nepal's few remaining pockets of Tibetan Bon Po culture. Because of its isolation, this location is unaffected by outside interference. In Nepal's high mountains, exploring the Dolpo region is a magnificent experience.

  • Can I customize the trek itinerary?

    Yes, absolutely, Altitude Himalaya will be more than happy to customize the trip itinerary to your preference in terms of duration, cost, and group size.

  • What permits are required to do the lower Dolpo circuit trek?

    The lower and upper Dolpo areas are classified as restricted areas. This means that to access the Lower Dolpo circuit trek, you will need several permits, including a Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit, a Lower Dolpo permit, a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, and a special restricted area permit.

  • What kind of food do we get throughout the trek?

    During your stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, you will have access to a wide range of food options. Both the hotels and nearby restaurants offer a variety of choices, ranging from authentic Nepali dishes to continental cuisine. However, the options for trekking are limited due to the difficult access to these specific places. For this camping trek, a sufficient food supply will be taken from Kathmandu and prepared by the kitchen team. This ensures that you will have access to nutritious and high-quality food, which is a significant improvement compared to the food available at tea houses and local lodges.

  • How hard is the lower Dolpo circuit trek?

    The lower Dolpo circuit trek is classified as a moderate to strenuous grade trek due to its high latitude and an average elevation of 3000m above sea level. The high elevation, off-the-beaten-path route, and remote location present several challenges for this trek. To complete this trek, it is essential to be in good physical condition and have prior experience in trekking.

  • What are the major attractions of the Lower Dolpo circuit trek?

    The lower Dolpo circuit trekking offers a variety of major attractions. One of the highlights is its unique topography, which consists mainly of trans-Himalayan landscapes. Additionally, there are other natural attractions to enjoy, such as the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake and the challenging high trekking passes. Dolpo region is also known for its majestic flora and fauna, serving as a sanctuary for endangered animals such as the Snow leopard and other species that are not easily found in other regions of Nepal. It is also one of the few places where you get to see the Bon-Po religion practiced by the locals.

  • When is the most favorable time for the lower Dolpo circuit trek?

    The best time to embark on the Lower Dolpo circuit trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. The weather is clear, with no rain, which makes the trek more enjoyable. Furthermore, during these seasons, you will have the opportunity to witness the majestic mountains in all their glory, as the sky is clear and bright. During the spring, the lowlands are adorned with stunning rhododendrons, enhancing the beauty of your trek. In the autumn, you will be treated to a truly stunning panorama of the mountains and the surrounding area.

  • Is camping necessary for the lower Dolpo Circuit trek?

    Yes, the Lower Dolpo circuit trek is a camping trek that offers tented accommodations. There are very few accommodation facilities along the route in the Dolpo region due to its remote and isolated nature. There are only a few villages that have lodging facilities, so camping becomes necessary. Camping is an excellent choice because it offers comfortable tented accommodation equipped with all the necessary elements, including quality food, the required number of porters, and a kitchen team to manage the trek.

  • What is the average daily walking distance required during the trek?

    The trek is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and physically demanding treks. You will need to walk for approximately 3 to 9 hours each day to cover a distance ranging from 3 km to 15 km daily.

  • What are the potential challenges that I may encounter, and how can I adequately prepare for them?

    The Dolpo region presents several significant challenges for trekkers, primarily due to its harsh weather conditions and high elevation. This location poses a significant challenge due to its high altitude, which is at least 3000 meters above sea level. Additionally, the trek requires physical fitness, as it entails walking along off-the-beaten trails. It would be beneficial if you prepare for the trek by gaining some hiking experience and training your body before embarking on the actual journey.

Services Includes

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.

  • Flight (Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu) transfer as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Private vehicle throughout the sightseeing in Kathmandu.

  • Sufficient amount of mineral drinking water during the sightseeing program.

  • All hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

  • Camping or local lodge/tea house accommodation during the trek. 

  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Lunch and dinner from trek start day to trek end day.

  • All necessary paperwork. (National Park Entry Permits, restricted area permits, and TIMS Card)

  • An English-speaking, experienced, and government-licensed professional trekking guide.

  • Well-equipped medical kit with necessary medications. (Carried by the guide)

  • Required numbers of porters, kitchen staff, and mules to carry camping equipment and arrangements. 

  • One local SIM card (returnable, if required) during your stay.

  • All government and local taxes.

  • Guide, kitchen staff, and porter’s salary, food, and accommodation.

  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveler’s insurance company.

  • Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • Farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee. (Approx. USD 50 Per Person)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30-day Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)

  • International flight ticket.

  • Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)

  • Tips for the guide, porter, kitchen staff, and driver. (Not Compulsory but Recommended)

  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate during the trek.

  • Hot shower/internet/mineral water during the trek.

  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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