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 3390 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.
We will be staying at Hotel Samsara Resort in Thamel in Kathmandu and during the trek we will provide tented accommodations are on two persons basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd will arrange rooms with attached washrooms when we will be staying in teahouses in some remote places only have shared washing and toilet facilities.Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Breakfast (only) will be available in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek. We can enjoy freshly-cooked, hygienic and nutritious meals on full-board basis prepared by our trained and experienced cook during the trek. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan dishes as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) will be available.
Physical Fitness and Previous Experience Requirements
Lower Dolpo Trek is categorized as a difficult trek. In such trek, you are likely to walk for 6-7 hours, cross steep, hilly terrain and occasional high passes of up to 5500m. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, previous trekking experience, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience is fundamental but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Glacier about your medical condition before booking the trek.
Best Season to Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to October) are the best months for this trip. Since the Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, you can also take this trip during the Monsoon season (June to August).
For customized Lower Dolpo Trek package and itinerary as per your interest; please kindly provide us details like your group size, nationality, and mode of hotels in Kathmandu you would like to use. The price we have offered online includes 3 nights deluxe twin/double room with breakfast in 3 star…
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