Asiana Treks

Lower Dolpa Trekking

Best Price
Max. Elevation
5115 m / 16781 ft
Group size
2 - 8
Best Season
Autum and spring
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu


    • Adventurous and beautiful trekking trails.
    • Experience pre-Buddhist Bon Po culture.
    • Camp near the deepest She-Phoksundo Lake.
    • Visit gompas and shrines.
    • Trek over three high Passes.
    • Look out for the rarest flora and fauna in Phoksundo National Park.
    • Discovering debased rain shadow landscape and deep gorges.



Lower Dolpa Trekking is an isolated and challenging trek situated in the western part of Nepal. Trek to Lower Dolpa offers the most glorious views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, beautiful landscapes, ancient monasteries, and fortresses. Lower Dolpa due to its unique and unimaginable history and landscape is referred to as the Hidden Treasure of Nepal.

In fact, the Dolpa region had been a major business route to Tibet. Similarly, the convoy of Yak carrying traditional business products can be seen during summer. At the same time, the lower Dolpa trek is characterized as strenuous and adventurous since the trail crosses over three high Passes; Kangmara La (5115m), Numa La (5159m), and Baga La(5190m).

Lower Dolpa Trekking is full of beautiful forests of pine, rhododendron, juniper, and bamboo. Additionally, the trek also caters to the infusion of winsome villages, giant waterfalls, rivers, deep gorges, high meadows, wooden and air-swinging suspension bridges, and terraced colorful fields. Initially, the trek starts from semi-desert areas admiring the rain shadow landscape of the Himalayas. The trails pass through the rich protected area known as Shey Phoksundo National Park.

The National Park is filled with tranquil and pristine Phoksundo Lake, white sparkling waterfalls, and wildlife like jackals, musk deer, mountain goats, blue sheep, and snow leopards. The trek is fascinating and bewildering due to its ancient Tibetan pre-Buddhism religion “Bon Po”, adventurous high Passes, challenging trails, diverse nature, and she-Phoksundo Lake-The deepest Lake in Nepal. The lake is at an elevation of 3589 m with a depth of 145 m.

Surprisingly, all three passes offer flabbergasting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and extended Tibetan peaks. The trekkers also visit the beautiful and colourful monasteries and Bon Po shrines surrounding Phoksundo Lake. Meanwhile, the trekkers get enchanted by the alluring and indescribable beauty of Phoksundo Lake which splits between 2000m tall mountain rocks. Similarly, camping around the turquoise Phoksundo Lake is one of the finest experiences of living in nature under clear blue skies, surrounded by enchanting views of mountains, untouched nature, and Bon Po shrines.

Trip Itinerary

Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

We fly to Nepalgunj, 367 km air distance, today. This is a happening city in the mid-western Nepal and is a major trade center. Nepalgunj airport is the base for several flights in the remote hills and mountains mid-west and far-west of Nepal. Once we reach Nepalgunj and check into hotel, we can go for an exploration of the city.

We get ready and drive to airport for the flight to Juphal. Juphal airport in remote Dolpa district acts as a gateway to several other districts in the region. A spectacular Himalayan flight of about 45 minutes takes us to the starting point of our lower Dolpo Trekking trip. Our trekking part for the day is a short walk to Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa. About 3 hours of gentle walk along the Bheri River takes us to Dunai where we set up our overnight camp.

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    • Airport picks up and transfers to hotel.
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3-star category with breakfast.
    • Half-day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language-speaking city guide
    • Necessary land transportation.
    • Domestic flight Kathmandu Nepalgunj- Jufal- go and back.
    • She Phoksundo National Park permit.
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide
    • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.)
    • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew
    • Tea House accommodation on a twin or multi-sharing basis during the trek
    • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
    • Culture programme with farewell dinner

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal entry visa, domestic airport tax and Your Travel/Medical insurance.
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Hot shower while on the trek.
    • Single supplements in hotels except for solo trekking service.
    • Bar bills and laundry and Tipping to guide and porter.
    • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
    • Personal trekking equipment and drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
    • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency.
    • Donations to the local organization.

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Equipment List

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants (convertible to shorts are convenient)
  • Quick-drying T-shirts
  • Thermal socks
  • Waterproof and insulated gloves
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Comfortable, broken-in trekking boots
  • Gaiters (optional but can be useful in snow or rain)
  • Large backpack (50-70 liters) for carrying personal gear
  • Daypack (20-30 liters) for daily essentials during trekking
Sleeping Gear:
  • Sleeping bag suitable for low temperatures (rated for at least -10°C or lower)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)

Trekking Gear:
  • Trekking poles for stability
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • Refillable water bottles or a hydration system
  • Duct tape or repair kit for gear
Health and Hygiene:
  • First aid kit with basic medications (consult with a healthcare professional)
  • Personal medications and prescriptions
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sunscreen with high SPF
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Power bank and charging cables
  • Travel adapter for electrical outlets
Climbing Gear (if attempting higher peaks):
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Helmet
Documents and Permits:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Whistle
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Cash (local currency) and credit cards
  • Lightweight and compact daypack for exploring around base camps

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