Lower Dolpo Trekking

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Max. Altitude 5350m
  • Best Season Feb - May, Sep - Nov

Lower Dolpo Trekking Package 18 Days Itinerary and Cost 2023

We specialists in organizing Lower Dolpo Trekking holidays. Spectacular views are waiting for you in Lower Dolpo Trekking! Lower Dolpo Trekking is world famous walking holidays. Lower Dolpo Trekking is most popular trekking trail of Dolpo region. Lower Dolpo Trekking is the ideal destination for tourism in Nepal. Lower Dolpo Trekking is one of our popular adventure holidays. We offer special rates with best service on your Lower Dolpo Trekking.

The area located in the central west of Nepal the focal point of the area is the Shey-Phoksundo National park. Lower dolpa offers a wonderful chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from that is seen in other parts of Nepal. It is the least complicated trek to undertake and one of the most popular treks in the west of Nepal. This remote and rugged protected area is attractive both scenically and culturally. The area is the inhabitant of various rare and endangered species of wildlife and plants diversity which can be seen nowhere else in Nepal.

Highlights of the Trekking Magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks, breathtaking landscapes, large numbers of ancient monasteries, different communities, beautiful tranquil lake as well as sparkling waterfalls.

Lower Dolpo Trek in Autumn (Sep-Nov)

Lower Dolpo Trek during the autumn months is a fantastic idea. Autumn is considered as a peak seasons for trekking. This is the time when the weather is really nice. In September, there might still be a bit of rain from the earlier monsoon season, but it gets better as the month goes on. In October, the weather is great with clear skies and not too hot or too cold. The daytime temperatures are around 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F) in the lower areas where you'll be trekking. The trees and grass change colors, making everything look very pretty. In November, it starts to get a bit colder, especially at night. During the day, it's around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F) in the lower parts. As you go higher, it gets even colder. But the best part is that you can see everything really well – the mountains, the paths, and the villages. So, if you're thinking of trekking in Lower Dolpo, autumn is a good time because the weather is comfortable, and you can enjoy the amazing views. Just remember to bring warm clothes for the chilly mornings and nights.

Lower Dolpo Trek in Spring (Mar-May)

Spring is like a fresh start for nature. In March, it might still be a bit cold, but as the days pass, the weather gets warmer and nicer. By April and May, the weather is really pleasant – not too hot and not too cold. During the daytime, the temperatures are around 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F) in the lower areas where you'll be walking. The best part is that flowers start blooming, and everything becomes colorful and beautiful. You'll see the trees getting their leaves back, and it's like the whole area wakes up after winter. At night, it might get a little cooler, but still comfortable. The spring views are amazing because the skies are clear, and you can see far away. So, if you're planning to trek in Lower Dolpo, spring is a nice time.

Lower Dolpo Trek in Winter (Dec-Feb)

Lower Dolpo Trek during the winter is a bit challenging because it's quite cold. In December, it starts to get really cold, and the temperatures can drop a lot, especially at night. During the daytime, it's usually around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F) in the lower parts where you'll be trekking. January and February are the coldest months. It can be quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes going below freezing point. You'll need to wear very warm clothes, like jackets, gloves, and hats, to stay cozy. The good thing is that you might see some snow, which can make the landscape look magical. The skies are generally clear, so you can see the mountains and scenery, but the cold weather can make the trek more challenging. If you're planning to trek in Lower Dolpo in winter, make sure you're well-prepared for the cold and have the right gear to stay warm and safe.

Lower Dolpo Trek in Monsoon (Jun-Aug)

Lower Dolpo Trek during the monsoon season can be a bit tricky because of the rain. Monsoon means a lot of rain, making the trails wet and sometimes muddy. In June, the rain starts to come, and it continues through July and August. The temperatures are not too hot, usually around 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F) during the daytime in the lower areas where you'll be walking. While it's not freezing, it can be a bit humid. The rain can make the paths slippery, and there might be leeches too. But the good side is that everything looks really green and lush, and the waterfalls become bigger and more impressive. It's important to have waterproof gear and good shoes during this time. If you don't mind the rain and want to see the landscape at its most vibrant, trekking in Lower Dolpo during the monsoon can be an interesting adventure. Just be prepared for the wet conditions and take care while walking.

Important Notes for Lower Dolpo Trek

  • While booking, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance.
  • Beverages, snacks, charging electronic devices, hot showers, Wi-Fi are not included in our packages, so you have to pay additional cash.
  • It is preferable to pack your bag lightly because porters will only carry your 15-20kg luggage.
  • You should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities including medical expenses and emergency evacuation.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets like iodine, aquatabs tablets.
  • Pack your clothes according to the seasonal basis.
  • Lower Dolpo Trek is a moderate to challenging trek which requires a certain level of physical fitness so, it is recommended to prepare with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking.
  • You should carry enough cash in Nepalese rupees as ATMs may not be available in remote areas.
  • We suggest you not to book your international flights early as there may be sudden change in weather which will make your flights delay or even cancel.

Major Highlights

  • Explore the remote area of Nepal
  • Magnificent views of great Himalayas and stunning landscapes.
  • Observe and experience pure rural lifestyles and unique culture s and traditions of local people
  • Beautiful walk through the Shey Phoksundo national park, largest national park of Nepal
  • Discover wide range of flora and fauna
  • Explore the waterfalls, rivers, valleys, traditional villages and old monasteries
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What's Included
  • All the ground transportation by private tourist vehicles.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj– Juphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking
  • Tea house and Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
  • Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu  -accommodation as per the itinerary with breakfast
  • Comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Professional tour guide on day trip in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu city tour
  • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • Special Dolpo Trekking Permit 
  • All necessary paper work Permit)
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole if necessary.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
  • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
What's not Included
  • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
  • Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu)
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
  • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
Useful Information

Best time/ season for the Lower Dolpo Trekking

The best time to do the lower Dolpo trekking is during autumn and spring season. Autumn (Sept-Nov) is the peak season for the lower Dolpo trekking. The clear skies, perfect weather and temperature, warm days and chilly nights and mesmerizing views makes autumn season perfect for 18 days lower Dolpo trek. The spring (March-May) is also a good season. Along the trails you will witness rhododendron blooming, majestic mountains, clear blue sky with moderate temperature. It is the great season to explore beautiful nature. The monsoon season (June-Aug) is also a good time for the lower Dolpo trek. The lower Dolpo is a rain shadow area so there are very less chance of rainfall. But the rainfall occurs in different parts of Nepal during monsoon; your flights may get delayed. Winter season is the least referred season for 18 days lower Dolpo trek. The weather is extremely cold and you will experience heavy snowfall. The paths might be blocked with snow which will make trek difficult.

Packing Lists for Lower Dolpo Trek

  • Here are the lists of some of the most essential equipments/gears to pack for 18 days Lower Dolpo trek:
  • Down jackets, , wind proof jacket, quick dry t shirt
  • Long sleeve shirt, trekking trousers, trekking boots, warm socks
  • Cell phone, cameras, torch light, power banks, water bottles
  • Hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, under wears
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm, hair brush, etc.
  • Face wipes, quick dry towel, sanitizer, toilet paper
  • Sleeping bag, medical kits, water purification tablets
  • Extra money and many other necessary personal equipments and valuable accessories.

Accommodations during Lower Dolpo Trekking

The lower Dolpo is a remote area. The teahouses in remote area are difficult to find. So, during the trek, the accommodations are mostly the tented camps. The porters will carry all the necessary equipment so you don’t need to worry at all. While in Kathmandu you will be able to enjoy the amazing facilities in 3 star hotels.

Meals and drinks during Lower Dolpo Trekking

You will enjoy the delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner during the camping treks. The camping cook offers different foods. They will serve you hygienic and delicious foods. Foods items like dal, bhat, vegetable curry, eggs, soups, noodles, tea, coffee, roti, jam, etc. are served. You will mainly have local Nepalese food: dal bhat and achaar.

Wifi services and Charging facilities on the 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek

Some places have electricity, communication signals and wifi services. You can use wifi services and charge your electronic devices with an additional charge. However the wifi and networks are not stable at it is the remote area.

18 days Lower Dolpo Trek difficulty

The 18 days Lower Dolpo trek is a moderate level trek. It is a long trek which involves long climbs, high passes and walking for at least 5-6 hours a day. For this trek you need to be physically fit and mentally prepared and determined. You can get prepared for the trek by swimming, hiking, cycling, jogging, cardio- muscular exercises and other strength exercises before the trek.

Altitude sickness during Lower Dolpo Trekking

The altitude sickness is common while trekking at higher altitude. During the 18 days lower Dolpo trek you need to stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and get rest. If you have any symptoms of altitude sickness while trekking you need to consult with the guide and take the medicines.

Health and fitness requirement for the Lower Dolpo Trekking

For the 18 days lower Dolpo trek, trekkers need to be in good health condition. The trek is long and challenging at some points. You need to have strong determination and dedication to complete the trek. You can be well prepared for the lower Dolpo trek by exercising, jogging, swimming and cycling for some weeks before the trek.

Guides and Porters for Lower Dolpo Trekking

The guides and porters are necessary for the lower Dolpo trek to make your journey comfortable and safe. It will be very easy to do the trek with the knowledgeable and professional guides. The guides lead the path and give you information about cultures and history of the area. While the porters carry your heavy bags safely in the entire trek. Welcome Nepal Treks provide experienced, knowledgeable, caring and English speaking guide and hardworking porters to the trekkers for lower Dolpo trek. The guides will do their best to make your trekking trip memorable for a lifetime.

Permits for 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek

Two permits are required for the 18 days lower Dolpo trek. They are: Lower Dolpo trekking permit and Shey Phoksundo national park permit.

Travel Insurance for 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek

Welcome Nepal Treks highly recommend having travel insurance for Lower Dolpo Trek. The travel insurance must cover medical services and emergency helicopter rescue. Good travel insurance will make you feel safe and secured during the trek.

Tipping during Lower Dolpo Trekking

The tipping is the way of showing gratefulness towards the service provider during the trek. While doing the 18 days lower Dolpo trek you will have the amazing guides and porters by your side throughout the trek. They make sure to provide you the best services and ensure your safety. If you loved their services in the trek then you can tip them at the last day of the trek. Tips are not mandatory; it completely depends on your wish.

Why to do Lower Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo trek is a real adventurous trek in the remote region of Nepal. The trek takes you through the magnificent Himalayan peaks, breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, waterfalls. You will also have a great opportunity of exploring the largest national park of Nepal Shey Phoksundo national park where you can discover diverse flora and fauna. Not just the natural beauty but this trek is also about exploring the pure rural lifestyles of the Nepalese people. The area is far away from the city life. The majestic mountains, fresh air, welcoming locals, rare wildlife, traditional lifestyle and stunning landscapes are the great attractions of this trek. The trek offers unique trekking experience. People who are seeking for adventures and different trekking experience then the 18 days lower Dolpo trek is the best choice.

Why Welcome Nepal Treks for Lower Dolpo Trekking

Welcome Nepal Treks is a well organized professional trekking company. We offer this 18 days lower Dolpo trekking package at a very reasonable price with the best customer services. Our team serves you with the high quality services. From welcoming customers at the airport till the day of departure, we make sure that our customers are happy, satisfied and comfortable. We organize everything professionally. You should do the lower Dolpo trek with Welcome Nepal Treks for the best trekking experience in Nepal. Our 18 days lower Dolpo trekking package delivers great adventures.

Where is the Lower Dolpo Trek located?

The Lower Dolpo Trek is located in the Dolpa District of western Nepal. Dolpo is a remote and relatively untouched region that lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, resulting in a unique landscape and culture.

Lower Dolpo Trek Elevation and altitude

The highest point of the Lower Dolpo Trek is typically the Kang La Pass. The altitude of the Kang La Pass is approximately 5,240 meters (17,190 feet) above sea level.

Risks during Lower Dolpo Trek

  • While the area is incredibly beautiful and culturally rich, trekkers should be aware of the following potential risks and take necessary precautions:
  • Altitude Sickness
  • Weather and Temperature Changes
  • Remote and Limited Services
  • Difficult Trails
  • Wildlife and Insects
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Permit Regulations
  • Communication
  • Avalanche Risk

Distance and Time during Lower Dolpo Trek

The Lower Dolpo Trek typically takes around 16 to 20 days to complete. This includes trekking days, rest days for acclimatization and exploration, and potential buffer days in case of unexpected circumstances. The total distance covered during the Lower Dolpo Trek can vary, but it's generally around 160 to 200 kilometers (100 to 125 miles), depending on the specific route and side trips taken. On average, you might trek for about 5 to 8 hours each day, covering a distance of approximately 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) per day. The pace can vary based on the terrain, altitude, and individual fitness levels.

Drinks on the Lower Dolpo Trek

During the Lower Dolpo Trek, the availability of drinks can vary depending on the villages and lodges along the route. Generally, you can find a range of beverages to quench your thirst and keep you energized throughout the journey. Tea and coffee are commonly offered in most lodges, providing warm comfort in the chilly mountain mornings and evenings. During the Lower Dolpo Trek, the availability of drinks can vary depending on the villages and lodges along the route. Bottled water is available at many places along the trail, but due to environmental concerns, it's recommended to carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to treat tap water or natural water sources. Local drinks, like "raksi" (a traditional Nepali distilled alcoholic beverage) and "chang" (fermented millet beer), might be available in some villages, offering a taste of the region's culture. However, consumption of alcoholic beverages at high altitudes can increase the risk of altitude sickness, so moderation is advised. Staying hydrated is crucial during the trek, especially at higher altitudes, to prevent altitude-related issues. Replenishing your fluids with clean water, herbal teas, and local beverages in moderation will not only keep you hydrated but also allow you to savor the unique flavors and experiences of the Lower Dolpo region.

Can I book Private Lower Dolpo Trek?

Yes, you can definitely book a private Lower Dolpo Trek through us. Welcome Nepal Treks offer customized trekking packages, including private treks, to suit your preferences, schedule, and requirements. You can tailor the itinerary, pace, and accommodations according to your preferences and needs. Private treks often come with a dedicated guide and support staff, ensuring that you receive personalized attention, assistance, and guidance throughout the journey. Having a private trek means you can trek at your own pace, enjoy a quieter experience, and have more control over your travel environment.

Can I join the Group on Lower Dolpo Trek?

Yes, you can join a group trek to Lower Dolpo organized by us. Welcome Nepal Treks offer scheduled group treks to popular trekking destinations, including Lower Dolpo We have pre-planned itineraries for group treks, ensuring that you can follow a well-organized and efficient route. For joining a group trek, you can directly contact us, then we will provide you with details about upcoming group treks, including departure dates, group size, cost, and the services included in the package.

What is the Cost of the Lower Dolpo Trek?

The cost of 18 days lower dolpo trek can vary based on several factors, including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the 18 days lower dolpo trek at a very reasonable price. We offer this adventurous and splendid 18 days lower dolpo trek package around $2200 -$2400 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, meals, guides and everything mentioned in the package with all meals.

Lower Dolpo Trek Booking and Payment Policies

If you want to book the lower dolpo trek with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.

Trip extension after Lower Dolpo Trek

If you have completed the lower dolpo trek in Nepal and wish to extend your trip, there are several exciting options available to explore more of the country's natural beauty and cultural wonders. Here are some popular trip extensions you can consider:

  • Gosainkunda Trek
  • Helambu Trek
  • Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Manaslu circuit trek
  • Upper and lower mustang trek
  • Pokhara
  • Nagarkot
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath
  • Trishuli, bhotekoshi rafting
  • Mardi Himal trek
  • Tlicho lake trek

ATM and money exchange service during Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo is a remote and less-developed region in Nepal, and access to modern facilities like ATMs and money exchange services is limited. It's important to be well-prepared in terms of finances before embarking on the trek. Since ATM and card services are not widely available, it's advisable to carry enough Nepalese Rupees (NPR) in cash to cover your expenses during the trek. If you're arriving in Nepal through Kathmandu or other major cities, you can exchange your currency for Nepalese Rupees before heading to Lower Dolpo. These larger cities have better money exchange facilities.

Laundry facilities during Lower Dolpo Trek

Laundry facilities during the Lower Dolpo Trek are quite limited. Most trekking lodges and teahouses along the Lower Dolpo Trek do not have proper laundry facilities. The focus of these lodges is on providing basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. In some places, you might have the option to hand wash your clothes yourself using a bucket or basin. However, this is not always guaranteed, and it depends on the lodge's facilities. Due to the limited laundry options, it's a good idea to carry enough trekking clothes to last you for the duration of the trek. Quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabrics can be particularly useful.

  • Q1. How much does it cost to do the 18 days Lower Dolpo Trekking?

    Welcome Nepal Treks offer the 18 days Lower Dolpo Trekking at a very reasonable price. We offer these 18 days adventurous Lower Dolpo trekking package around $2200 -$2400 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, and everything mentioned in the package with all meals.

  • No, you can’t find money exchange services for 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking. We advised you to change your currency in Kathmandu.

  • Yes, it is possible to do 18 days lower Dolpo trekking, but we will highly recommend trekking this trek with guides. 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking can be challenging and requires experience, knowledge of the area, and familiarity with the local customs and regulations. A guide can provide valuable assistance throughout the trek. They are familiar with the trail, terrain, and weather conditions, and can navigate the route efficiently. Welcome Nepal Treks will provide the well experienced and knowledgeable guides which will help you to enhance your good trekking experience and ensure your safety.

  • We will highly recommend you hire porters for 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking. As the trek is long and challenging days of walking, often in rugged terrains. Carrying a heavy backpack can be physically demanding and exhausting. So, hiring porters allows you to offload the weight and reduce the strain on your body, enable you to enjoy the trek.

  • Yes, there are number of stores and markets in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and other major cities that offer a wide range of trekking gear and equipment. You can find a variety of trekking equipment including clothing, footwear, backpacks, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and other essential items.

  • Yes, it is safe to do 18 days Lower Dolpo Trekking. However, the safety depends on various factors, including weather conditions, altitude sickness, physical fitness, proper equipment, and experienced guides. Welcome treks provide full safety to our customers as it is our first priority.

  • The highest point of the 18 day Lower Dolpo trek is typically considered to be the Numa La Pass. It is located at an elevation of approximately 5,310 meters (17,421 feet) above sea level.

  • Yes, there is chance of altitude sickness in 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking. Altitude sickness increases as you ascend to higher altitudes more quickly.

  • To avoid the risk of altitude sickness during the 18-day Lower Dolpo trek, here are some tips to consider:

    • Hydration
    • Slow and Steady Pace
    • Proper Nutrition
    • Avoid Alcohol and Sleeping Pills
    • Listen to Your Body
    • Proper Rest and Sleep
  • Yes, the 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking is considered highly worthwhile by many trekkers. 18 days Lower Dolpo trek is known for its stunning landscapes, including pristine lakes, snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, and lush forests. It is also home to the ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist cultures, with monasteries, traditional villages, and a rich heritage. Also, 18 days Lower Dolpo trek provides opportunities for cultural exchange and interaction with the local communities. Meeting the friendly people, witnessing their traditional way of life, and learning about their customs and traditions can be a valuable and enriching experience.

  • Communication during the 18 days Lower Dolpo trek can be challenging due to the remote and rugged nature of the region. There are areas with limited or no mobile network coverage, and access to electricity and internet connectivity can be limited.

  • The 18 days Lower Dolpo trek offers a unique and extraordinary trekking experience in a remote and less-explored region of Nepal. Some of the specialty of 18 days Lower Dolpo Trek are as follows:

    • Untouched natural beauty
    • Cultural richness
    • Remote and Off-the-Beaten-Path
    • Wildlife and Biodiversity
    • Spiritual and Tranquil Atmosphere
  • Yes, Welcome Nepal Treks customize the 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking packages. We create a personalized itinerary based on your desired duration, specific places of interest, and preferred trekking pace. We will also suggest modifications to the standard itinerary to accommodate your preferences.

  • Yes, it is advisable to carry to extra cash along the 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking. In many tea houses and local shops along the trekking route, cash payments are the only accepted form of payment. In case of unforeseen circumstances or emergencies, having extra cash can be helpful.

  • Yes, you can do last minute booking of 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking. We accept your last minute booking but you should be doing at least before one day prior to the trip departure date.

  • You will get the refund if you cancel the booking of 18 days Lower Dolpo trekking package. But you will be charged the amount of cancelation. However, the cancelation should not be too late. For example, if you are going for the trek tomorrow and have already paid for the package then you will not even get the refund as it will be too late.

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