An Off-beaten trek to The Lower Dolpo

Trek expedition-style on this rip-roaring adventure to a remote and rugged unspoiled corner beyond the Himalayan Valleys, where you will witness first-hand the inspiration behind Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard and Eric Valli’s Caravans.

Separated from the rest of Nepal by high passes to the south including the mighty Dhaulagiri Massif, Dolpo is also known as a ‘ba-yul’ or ‘hidden land’. The area is an isolated Himalayan sanctuary, a marvellously preserved ecosystem featuring a wonderful variety of native flora and indigenous fauna, including bharal (blue sheep), mountain goats, jackals, Tibetan wolves and the legendary snow leopard. Apart from an impressive array of alpine wildlife, this rare jewel of Nepal has preserved one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture, mountain communities in which the pre-Buddhist Bonpo religion is still practised. Time has literally stood still for centuries in this spiritual sanctuary as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done for hundreds of years.

Trekking in Lower Dolpo at altitudes ranging from 2,500 to 5,190 metres offers an experience of lifetime, providing opportunities to visit lofty passes offering heart-stopping views, gorgeous freshwater lakes, traditional settlements and secluded Buddhist monasteries while allowing the trekker to come into close contact with an amazing array of Himalayan wildlife.

The Trek

After exploring Kathmandu Valley’s historical/cultural sights and obtaining a special trekking permit for the Lower Dolpo region, we will take a flight to Jhupal via Nepalganj. From Jhupal our journey will continue to Shey Phoksundo National Park, after which we will join the ancient Nepal-Tibet trade route and enjoy tantalizing views of the Lower Dolpa Valley. Eventually, at a height of over 5,000 metres, we will be able to hear the distinctive sound of prayer flags fluttering as the view opens up dramatically, allowing an eastward view of the snow-capped Kanjiroba Himal as well as the majestic Dhaulagiri Range. We will then traverse pleasant green pastures to the pristine Phoksundo Lake, full of deep, alluring blue alpine water that contrasts spectacularly with the weathered red and brown hills surrounding it. From this point, we can either descend to the Jhupal airstrip to conclude this trek of a lifetime, or we can extend the experience by a few days, continuing on to Jomsom to explore the Annapurnas and Mustang.

Phoksundo Lake – A Major Highlight

At 4.8 kilometres in length, 1.8 kilometres wide and some 650 metres deep by reckoning, Phoksundo Lake is an amazing natural feature that will truly capture your imagination. This body of water is known for its spectacular aquamarine colour, a greenish-blue resembling an unusual Tibetan turquoise. There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the waters brilliantly clear. If you toss a rock into the lake, you will be able to watch it for a long time as it sinks to the bottom. According to legend, Phoksumdo Lake was formed by a spiteful female demon.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through small ethnic villages on trek and encounter with pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion, in addition to Buddhism.

Our Services


At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/excepted fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. You will sleep in tent and enjoy freshly cooked meals every day. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

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