Lower Dolpo trek map, permit, cost of Dolpo trek Nepal

Lower Dolpo trek map, permit, cost of Dolpo trek Nepal 18 Days US$3295

About lower Dolpo tea house trek

Lower Dolpo is located in the north-western part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. It is one of the most remote and least developed regions untouched by modernity. Dolpa region is home to the Dolpo people, who have preserved their unique culture, bon po and lifestyle for centuries. The landscape of Lower Dolpo is rugged and barren, with high mountains, deep valleys, and crystal-clear rivers.

Lower Dolpo Trek is a journey into the heart of Nepal’s Wild West, where one can experience the raw beauty of the Himalayas and witness the simple yet fascinating lifestyle of the Dolpo people. The trek offers a chance to disconnect from the chaos of modern life and connect with nature and oneself. It is a journey that requires courage, determination, and a sense of adventure. But those who undertake it will be rewarded with an experience that they will never forget.

Trip Fact


Dolpo Nepal


18 Days



Group Size

Min 2 to Max 10 Persons

Max altitude

Numa La 5238 meters / 17185 feet

Best time

April to November


Trekking & Sightseeing


Tea houses / Camping


3 Meals a day (BLD)


Flight, Drive & Hiking

Start from

Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal

End at

Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

Lower Dolpo trek overview

Lower Dolpo trek is yet another fascinating trekking trail in Karnali at Dolpo region. It is sorely destined to explore the virgin and untainted natural and cultural possession of lower part of Dolpa. The sparsely vegetated lower Dolpo area offers exotic and remote walking experience at the purest form. The region, however, has remained fairly visited by the trekkers from around the world.

Being a restricted trekking destination, trekkers need to acquire special permit from the authorized body to relish the pleasure of composed and calm hiking experience in the region. Lower dolpo permit cost is US$ 10 per week / person, we will arrange all permits. Lower dolpo trek Nepal Lower Dolpo trekking itinerary to discover Dolpa Nepalorganize camping basic only. It is compulsory to trek with a guide and organize throw local trekking company Nepal.

Sited to the north western limit of Nepal, Dolpo trek is worth of a visit for its pristine natural and cultural blend. Dolpo people still practice pre-Buddhist, shamanistic Bon-po religion as well as Tibetan Buddhism.Trekking along the Lower Dolpo, you will find the region truly remote and isolated from the contemporary world. The people of the region exhibit Tibetan Buddhism culture which incorporates chirpy and vivacious traditional practices.

Is Lower Dolpo trek right for you?

The trail unfolds dramatic landscapes, scenic grate-Himalayan ranges, verdant forests, and jaw-dropping panorama of snow-capped peaks. The major attractions of this endeavor can be sorted as Shey Phoksundo National Park, Shey Phoksundo Lake, Buddhist monasteries, Kagmara La, Baga La, and Numa La, rare wildlife and stunning Himalayan panorama of Kanjiroba, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri massif.

You can also have the opportunity to traverse along the ancient traditional villages of Tarakot, Dho, Tarap, etc. It is possible to combine this area with Upper Dolpo trek to get lifetime experience.

The region boasts immense logistic complication which makes trekking thrilling and adventurous, not allowed to trek independently. We sincerely recommend this trek for those with sound physical fitness and prior trekking or hiking experience. Monsoon and autumn season is the best time to visit lower dolpo, when temperatures are pleasant, skies are the clearest and least chance of snow at high altitudes.

We organize Lower Dolpo circuit trek in the best season of the year with our proficient and friendly trekking guides. The details of the package have been outlined below. However, we can arrange a separate one as per your request. For further information on this trek, please feel at ease to mail us. We will feel delighted to assist you on the matter.

Lower Dolpo trek highlights

  • Catch the glimpse of yak caravan in ancient trans Himalayan salt trading trail between Nepal and Tibet.
  • Observe the practice of bon and Tibetan Buddhism, their culture, tradition & lifestyle untouched by modern development.
  • Traverses through two high passes Baga la 5190m and Numa la 5159 m and rugged land of high Himalayan valleys Nepal.
  • Explore the hidden treasure of Dolpo including bon villages like Ringmo, Tarakot, Dho Tarap and its scenic landscapes.
  • Discover deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake “Jewel of Dolpo” located in least explored western region of Nepal.
  • Amazing walking experience in desert type terrain of rain shadow area of Himalayas in lower Dolpo Nepal.
  • Visit highest human settlement, Bon Po Gompas, Buddhist monasteries & mountains in Dolpo a hidden gem of Nepal.
  • Enjoy the wilderness of Dolpo, diverse flora and fauna including snow leopard in Shey Phoksundo national park.
  • Experience the pristine land on earth, ancient Bon-Buddhist rituals in Dolpo, an isolated valley of Nepal.
  • Walk in off beaten path of Karnali exploring Suligad waterfall, forest, desert, nomadic herding settlements in hidden corners of Nepal.

Lower Dolpo trek itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, one of our officials will greet you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At the hotel, representative will brief you about program and plan. You can spend rest of the time at your leisure or explore the bustling city of Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

After breakfast guide take you to Swayambhunath stupa, Bouddha, Pashupatinath temple, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square for sightseeing. Kathmandu city has rich cultural and historical heritage. it offers many opportunities for sightseeing and exploration. Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu covers most popular travel spots like famous Temple, stupa, monasteries, people and culture of Nepal. After exploring major sights of Kathmandu, we will drive back to Hotel and discuss about upcoming programs. You spent rest of the time for gear shopping, packaging, exploring streets of Thamel and try local cuisine.

Today we will transfer you to airport 3 hours before scheduled flight to depart from Kathmandu or back home after amazing trip to Himalayas. “Have a safe journey! hope to see you again in future”

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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu Nepalgunj
  • Round trip flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal to Nepalgunj
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj BB basic
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Accommodation at organize camping tent during Dolpo trekking period
  • Professional English speaking guide service trained by government of Nepal
  • Trekking staffs to carry your backpack & camping equipments
  • All necessary paperwork, special permits (SPNP, TIMS) and local taxes
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require
  • Airport transfer to depart Nepal


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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Where is Dolpa in Nepal?

Dolpa is a remote and mountainous district of Karnali Province in Nepal. It is sparsely populated but largest district of Nepal by area, covering over 7,889 km². Dolpa district is bordered by Tibet to the north, Jumla and Mugu districts to the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot, and Rukum districts to the south, and Mustang district to the east. Dunai is the main business center of this district. Economy of Dolpa is based on subsistence agriculture, animal husbandry, trade and tourism.

How to get to Dolpa?

Dolpa accessible by drive and flight. The most common way is to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then take a connection flight to Juphal airport to get Dolpa. After road construction Juphal and Dunai accessible by drive also but takes 2/3 days to reach by drive. We will organize trekking, flight ticket to Juphal or jeep rental service to go to Dolpa, write us.

How much is lower Dolpo permit fee?

Trekking in Dolpo requires special permit and Shey Phoksundo national park permits. National park permit fee is NPR 3000 per person per entry and restricted are permit fee is US$ 20 per person/ week then after USD 5 per person / day.

How much is the lower Dolpo circuit trek cost?

Lower Dolpo trek costs can vary based on several factors like duration of trek, service quality. permits, guide, porter, accommodation, meals, agency and the time of year. An average cost of full board package to lower dolpo range between US$ 2200 to 3500 per person.

How difficult is the lower Dolpo trek?

Lower Dolpo trek is a moderately challenging trek of Karnili region Nepal. Trail follow remote area, high passes like Numa la pass 5,238 meters and the Baga la pass 5,169 meters. It requires a good level of fitness, proper planning and experience. Despite the challenges, the Lower Dolpo Trek is a rewarding experience.

What is lower Dolpo trek best time?

Spring and autumn months are the best time to visit dolpo region during these season perfect weather for hiking with clear sky and mild temperatures.

What are the reasons to do lower Dolpo trek?

The reasons to do lower dolpo trek are to discover diverse nature, rich culture and lifestyle of most beautiful isolated parts of Nepal. Dolpo an off-the-beaten-path adventure takes you through diverse landscapes, dense forests, arid plateaus, and picturesque valleys of the Himalayas.

What is the Shey Phoksundo national park entry fee?

Shey Phoksundo national park entry fee is NPR 3000 per person per entry. When you book the package with us we will issue all permit and paper works for you. All flora and fauna are fully protected and must not be disturbed during the journey.

Is Dolpa and Dolpo same?

Yes, dolpo and dolpa are the same. The word “Dolpo” is commonly used in English, while “Dolpa” is more commonly used in Nepali. Dolpo is a place of great spiritual significance for Tibetan Buddhists.

Which language do the people in Dolpo speak?

Dolpali language of Tibetan dialect is the commonly speaking language of Dolpo region Nepal. Beside that dolpo people speaks Nepali and gurung language as well. People of Dolpo influenced by the variety of cultures, this reflected in the languages they speak.

Does the lower Dolpo trek require much physical effort?

Yes, it requires strong stamina, physical effort to experience the untouched beauty of the Himalayas. Lower Dolpo trek is a great way to get away from crowds and experience the beauty of Nepal in peace and solitude.

How is tea house trek in lower Dolpo?

The basic Tea houses / lodges facility available during lower dolpa trek. They provides food and accomudation for the explorers. Tea house trek in Lower Dolpo is a fantastic way to experience the magical beauty of this hidden gem in the Himalayas.

How to plan lower Dolpo trekking?

Make a research about lower dolpo trekking route initially. Then book a trip to lower Dolpa with reputed agency and ensure experience guide, permits, support staff and quick emergency support if require. You must prepare physically, mentally and economically before embark on the journey.

Why you must visit Dolpo Nepal?

Must visit Dolpo Nepal once in a life time to explore traditional Tibetan villages, unique culture, ancient monasteries, attractive landscapes and the biodiversity of Karnali.

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