Lower Dolpo Trekking

15 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 3000m
  • Bus,Cab,Plane


Lower Dolpo is a remote place that lies in the western part of the Dolpo district and is highly populated by Tibetan people. Lower Dolpo was just opened publicly in 1982 but still falls under restricted areas and requires a special government permit to trek. The maximum elevation in this lower Dolpo trek is 5309m (Numa La pass) with most of the route of over 4000m. The trek to Lower Dolpo is a very challenging trek that involves crossing 3 high passes, Kagmara la, Baga La, and Numa La. This area is highly protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the largest national park in Nepal and covers an area of 3,555 km2. You can see rare flora and fauna throughout your journey like juniper, white Himalayan Birch, Rhododendrons, hemlock, spruce, snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, etc. This place is one of the few remaining places where the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon Po is practiced. Bon PO religion is quite similar to Buddhism, the only difference is this religion walk anti-clockwise around stupas and shrines. Shey Phoksundo Lake, Panoramic Himalayan mountains, Thrilling Terrain, and hidden traditional villages are some main attractions of this trek. 

Temperature and weather

The average temperature in the spring season (March-May) in lower Dolpo ranges from -10 to -13⁰C at night and morning but is quite warm during the daytime. During the autumn season (September-November), the minimum temperature can be around -3 to -11⁰C at night and around 3 during the day. During the summer/monsoon season (June-August), the daytime temperature can be around 17⁰C and the nighttime can be around -4⁰C. The winter season is the coldest of all with an average temperature of -14 to -17⁰C. 

The best season to trek lower Dolpo is in spring and autumn due to its bearable and favorable temperature. The days are warmer and sunny during these seasons. Autumn has a clear atmosphere and blue skies while spring offers the view of green vegetation and snow-capped mountains. A plus point about the Dolpo district is, it falls under the rain shadow area and receives very less or no rainfall at all. Therefore, the monsoon season can also be best for this trek. 

Food and accommodation

Here, teahouses are barely available up to Shey Phoksundo. Due to the fewer number of teahouses, they are mostly packed and you need to be ready for camping. Being a remote area, there are no proper facilities for transportation. The goods and accessories need to be transported by airplane or helicopter from Jhupal. That is why everything is relatively expensive in Dolpo including food and accommodation. Since the place is highly influenced by Tibet, very basic food like Dal, Bhat, Vegetables, and Tibetan food is available here. The available teahouses provide very minimal facilities like small rooms, beds, and blankets. Toilets and bathrooms have to be shared along with the dining hall. Generally, the price for a meal is 8-10$ (800-1000 NRS). The price of a one-night stay in teahouses is 6-9$ (600-900 NRS). Once you cross, Shey Phoksundo this trek is entirely a camping trek. You need to bring all the necessary equipment like tents, sleeping bags, mats, cooking gas, and utensils. Or, your travel agencies will manage this for you. 

Electronics and communication 

There is no doubt, Dolpo is one of the remotest areas of Nepal, all the facilities including electricity and internet are very limited. Only a few areas in lower Dolpo have mobile coverage or signals. Some villages have emergency telephones and satellite phones. You can use them by paying extra money to the owner. Internet service is available in Dunai only. 

Guides and porters– If you choose to trek in Dolpo you need to know Dolpo is an entirely restricted area. You need a special government permit to enter the Dolpo district for which you need a professional and a licensed guide. They have enough knowledge about the directions and places. Porters are more than important in this trek. Since the place is really far and remote with rugged trails, carrying all your stuff and walking around is difficult. 

Transportation– There are two options available for the lower Dolpo trek. Either you take a bus from Kathmandu to Jumla via Surkhet, and trek from Jumla to Dolpo. You can also take a private jeep to Jumla. Or, you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which only takes 50 minutes. From Nepalgunj, you can take another flight to Dolpo airport, or to Jumla airport and again trek to Dolpo. 

Permits and fees- 

Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit

               SAARC countries – 1500 NRS (15$), (excluding VAT)

               NON-SAARC countries – 3000 NRS (30$), (Excluding VAT)

Upper Dolpo restricted area permit- 40$

Dolpo district special permit- 500$

Difficulties and safety 

Dolpo being a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to lower Dolpo is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 18-20 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is 5309m, with other high passes over 4000m on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. 

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness 

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food 

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol 

*Medicines for mountain sickness 


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea) 

Other requirements

Travel insurance– Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.

Visas/passports– If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.


  • Trek through one of the remote parts of Nepal.
  • Explore the Natural, beautiful landscapes
  • Witness diverse flora and fauna of Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Explore the traditional villages and ancient monasteries.
  • Experience Bon Po cultures
  • See the deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake.



Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guesthouse/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bedroom) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before your departure from Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters


Is a special permit required for the Lower Dolpo trek?

Yes, a special restricted area permit is required for Lower Dolpo. It is essential to obtain the permit through a registered trekking agency.

Are teahouses or lodges available along the trekking route?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges in the Lower Dolpo region. However, facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking areas.

Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

While not mandatory, hiring a guide and porter is recommended for a smoother and more enjoyable trek, especially considering the remote and less-traveled nature of the route.

What is the difficulty level of the Lower Dolpo trek?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging due to its length, remote location, and variable weather conditions. Previous trekking experience is beneficial.

Are there any cultural highlights during the trek?

Yes, Lower Dolpo is rich in cultural experiences. Trekkers can explore traditional villages, monasteries, and encounter the unique Bon culture.

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Lower Dolpo Trekking
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