Lower Dolpo Trek takes you around Nepal's largest Shey-Phoksundo National Park with an area of 3,555 sq. km. In the country of rare and elusive Snow Leopard and herds of Blue Sheep habitats with other mountain wildlife. One of the most fascinating and interesting adventures to experience on Lower Dolpo Trek, located in Nepal Far North West. Where few groups of trekkers often venture into the wildland of Dolpo, enriched with age-old heritage culture and tradition.
Lower Dolpo Trek certainly amazes every trekker, quite different from other parts of Nepal Himalaya
, due to its unique landscapes. Where some of the hidden corners are still to be explored around the undisturbed pristine wilderness. The main highlights of Lower Dolpo Trek, its beautiful scenery of green to barren arid hills with a snow-capped mountain range. The beauty of the country is unimaginable, where the walk takes you to cross high Numa-La and Baga-La passes. Then reach the wonderful turquoise Phoksundo Lake
, also call Ringmo Lake due to its closeness to the village Ringmo.
An enjoyable adventure for people who loves walking in tranquil and quiet surroundings away from mainstream trekking trails. This trek leads you to off the beaten tracks, on a less-used path visiting lovely villages and the culture. Lower Dolpo Trek begins with a sweeping panoramic flight to land
at Nepal Far South West at Nepalgunj city airport. After an interesting tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites
, introduction to the Nepalese way of life and its immense varied cultures. From Nepalgunj taking another connecting flight in a small aircraft to reach Jhupal in Dolpo, where our adventure starts. From Jhupal onward into inner or Lower Dolpo, as the walk takes you to interesting places on reaching Dunai.
The major town and headquarter of the Dolpo region, and from here head west to the historical village of Tarakot. A lovely place, where the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route of Nepal to Tibet pass through Tarakot. After Tarakot into wild country entering a narrow river gorge, and then reach a wide green Dho-Tarap River valley. Spending time at Dho Tarap exploring around the village to witness the impressed culture and heritage farm life of Dolpo people. The trek passes through two high passes, the Numa-La pass, and Baga-La pass. The passes provide stunning views of the north Annapurna range
, Kanjiroba, and Dhaulagiri Himal
. The other highlights of the trek are stunning glaciers, waterfalls, Phoksundo Lake (the deepest lake in Nepal). You can also spot blue sheep and snow leopards.
The adventure continues to another interesting Tokyu village, one of the largest villages around the Dolpo area. Herewith time to enjoy visiting this nice village enriched with immense traditions and colorful culture and a tour of interesting monasteries. Leaving the last village for a few days head towards complete isolation away from human settlements to cross two main passes. Numa-La at 5,195 m, then next adventure over Baga-La 5, 065 m to reach final destinations at Phoksundo Lake.
A haven on earth a grand spectacular spot at 3, 660 m the turquoise lake surrounded by beautiful green hills. Where you can overlook the snow peaks of Kagmara and adjoining mountain range, enjoy a wonderful tour of Ringmo village. Spending marvelous time at Phoksundo Lake, slowly walk comes to near the end of an adventure. A lovely walk through farm villages to reach Dunai and back at Jhupal for a scenic flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. After a great remarkable experience on Lower Dolpo Trek and the great service of Hiker Himalaya guides and staff.
Best Time for Lower Dolpo Trek:
March to May longer days with enough sun-light hours, but much cold in the morning, shady areas, and night time. Can get snowed in sometimes at the higher altitudes above 3,000 m high. Next, the best season is autumn from September to November, where days are crystal clear for walks and scenic views.
Cold morning and night time, with an extra wind-chill factor that adds colder, could get snowfall around higher altitude.