One of the less-traveled regions of Nepal, which requires special permission from the government of Nepal to traverse, Lower Dolpo is a place that will take you back in time. The experience that this venture presents is unreal. Untouched by any modernization to date, Lower Dolpo Trek will let you explore the stunning beauty of this region. From gorgeous landscape to outstanding views of Himalayan mountains like Kanjiroba Peak, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and several other mountains along with glaciers.
Lower Dolpo Trek landmark
One of the main landmarks of Lower Dolpo Trek is Phoksundo Lake. Located at 3,611 meters, Phoksundo Lake is known as the jewel of the Himalayas. Likewise, the ancient culture and unique lifestyle of the locals will leave your mind blown away. The region holds practices that are thousands of years old. The artistic monasteries and nature here are another to look for.
Culture & Ethnic Diversity
During Lower Dolpo Trek, you will get to look into the rich culture and lifestyle of people from Magar, Bohora, Thakali, Bhote, and the Tibetan community. As the region is closed to Tibet border, and once used to be the trade route between Nepal & Tibet, you will see so many similarities with Tibetans and their life.
People here are the followers of Bon Po, Tibetan Buddhism. Ancient stupas and artistic monasteries will decorate the path. As you gain elevation, you will get exposed to a more unique way of living and practices unseen anywhere else.
You will get to see the barren landscape from unique colorful rocks to lush green pastures full of yaks and caravan. The terrain is similar to the Tibetan plateau. This region is very famous for so many flora, fauna, and medicinal plants. A very famous and important medicinal plant called Yarchagumba (Corylopsis Sinensis) is also found here. Moreover, this region also holds stunning Phoksundo Lake and Shey Phoksundo National Park. You can check our Phoksundo Lake Trek, which is also a very popular trek.
Lower Dolpo Trek difficulty
The isolation of the region and the altitude makes the Lower Dolpo Trek 18 Days difficult. The terrain is also different from other parts of Nepal, and it is more similar to Tibet's. The unavailability of an adequate number of tea shops, lodges, and guesthouses makes the trail tough. There will be lots of ascends and descends that you have to overcome to complete this work. Good health, strong physical fitness, and endurance are needed to go on this trek.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
The high altitude brings the risk of altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is a common illness that can happen to anyone if their body is not acclimated properly. Therefore, it is very important to add enough rest in between trek. At, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition, we have designed our Lower Dolpo Trek itinerary professionally. You can get in touch with us at any time for further information.
Transportation and Bag Pack
Lower Dolpo Trekking begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung and then to Jhupal. From here, you will begin trekking.
Here is the list of things that you should carry during Lower Dolpo Trek:
- Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking shoes/socks
- Rain jacket
- Sun hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Lower Dolpo Trek
Lower Dolpo is one of the most isolated parts of Nepal, where there is no means of transportation and communication. The trail is also not developed like other trekking region and has very limited teahouses. the rooms will be basic.
The food will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. The menu will be nothing vast and usual. You can expect to find Tibetan dishes on the menu as the region is highly influenced by Tibet.
Best Season to go on Lower Dolpo Trek
Monsoon (June to September) is the best time to go on Lower Dolpo Trek. As the entire region lies in the rain shadow area, there is no to little rain in this part of Nepal. Moreover, a very famous festival called Tiji is being celebrated in these months, which attracts many visitors. Likewise, Spring and Autumn is also a good time to go on Lower Dolpo Trek 18 Days.
Lower Dolpo Trek cost
Lower Dolpo Trek cost includes things like all ground transportation, meals during the trek, permits, and expense of a guide. Your itinerary and the service that you will get during the trek play vital in the increase and decrease in the cost. You can check our cost includes and excludes sections to know more in detail about the cost.
- Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
- Make sure to take out insurance
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Get a good map