Standing in the midst of the rugged natural landscape of Dolpa in all its beauty, an experiencing its remoteness you can’t help but feel that this real Shanggri-La, a region with an aura of mysticism about it. Dolpa also called “Ba Yul” or the Hidden Valley has fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery scenery and peace. Isolated and secluded from the outside world by spiraling high mountain passes and restricted entry, mysterious Dolpo had long fascinated and frustrated travelers.
The lower Dolpa circuit trekking is one of the most popular treks as it visit Phoksundo Lake, featured in Eric Valleys Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” Phoksundo, also known as the Blue Lake cuts one of the deepest gorges in Nepal but contains no aquatic life. This trek links to Phoksundo Lak experience with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Dho. There are 130 Gompas in Dolpa, some of their historices going back to very early times. Shey Phoksundo National Park, great Himalayan scenery and Lake Phoksundo are the prime attraction of the region. The area is inhabited by people practicing the pre-Buddhist “Bon Po” that disappeared from Tibet in 9th century while lower Dolpa is home to Thakuris, Chhetris, Brahmins. Upper Dolpa is home of Bhotiyas, their culture, dress, and speech are similar to Tibetans.
It is one of the few areas protecting trans- Himalayan ecology. Phoksundo Lake is one of the deepest and second large lake in Nepal. The ancient settlement of Jugdullah, Shey Phoksundo Natioal Park monasteries over 700 old years. The trail crosses two high passes ; Numla Pass (5190m) and Bagla Pass (5070m)before reaching the beautiful hamlet of Ringmo. The hiker’s first glimpse of Lake Phoksundo. Blue sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, ghoral, Himalayan tahr and bear inhait the National Park of this high Tibetan plateau.
Lower Dolpo Trek Permit
To trek to Lower Dolpo, you will need two trekking permits: Lower Dolpo restricted area permit that costs U$ 10 per person per week and Sheyphoksundo National Park entrance fee NPR 3000 per person and NPR 1500 per person for SAARC nationals. Children below 10 years are free. It is mandatory that foreign trekkers trip to Lower Dolpo must be organized through a registered local trekking company in Nepal and must trek with licensed Nepalese trekking guide.