The Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek is a journey to remote Nepal, where culture and tradition have intermingled for centuries. The trail passes through exotic viewpoints, ethnic communities, and a barren plateau near the Tibetan border. Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, yak herds, et cetera embellish the trail. During May/June, Yarcha Gumba hunting caravans are with you along the trail. The trek requires special permits as it passes conservation areas.
We take a short trek from Jhupal along with terraced fields and a narrow gorge to Dunai on the first day of the trek. The next day we reach Tarakot, an old fortress town. Then, passing Laini and Nawarpani through rivers, gorges, and small farming villages, we go to Tarap, a Magar village. Walking past the beautiful valley of Tarap, the trail runs to the Numa La Base Camp, where we set camp for the day. The next day, we cross Numa La, from where views of the barren mountains of Dolpo and the Dhaulagiri are incredible. Next, we descend to Pelung Tang, our stop for the night. We further drop to Ringmo, where we take a rest day and hike to Phoksundo Lake. From Ringmo, the route first decreases and then climbs at Shyanta, our next stop. Finally, we turn to Jhupa and return to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.