The place often where the myth wonders. Far in the Western region of Nepal, there exists a paradise. Located in the upper region of Dolpa District. Dolpo is the hidden destination covered by the mist of beautiful clouds. The Dolpo region offers you the presence of a range of soaring mountains in the beautiful gown of snow. Situating near Tibet, the mass on the Dolpo region highly follows the Tibetian practices. Almost everyone in the Dolpo region follows Bon religion also referred to as Buddhists.
The Dolpo region is very difficult to access. Because of its beautiful as well as troublesome geography, there has not been much development. Despite its mechanical development, the Dolpo region is popular for trekking and tourism. Also, the popular attraction of the Dolpo region is Phoksundo Lake and Rara Lake. The region is divided into two parts. Lower Dolpo Region and Upper Dolpo Region are the dream destination for people who are into adventure seekers. You can go up to 5,000m and there will still so much to left.
Passing through stunning landscapes and villages.
Experience a Tibetian dominated society
Watch the alluring Phoksundo Lake and Rara Lake
Visit the Shey Phoksundo National Park and Bardia National Park
Starting with the Lower Dolpo Region the treks in the off beaten paths offer you the glance of mighty peaks. This region of Dolpa lies in the further northern region from the Dhalauagiri range. If you want to trek this region of Dolpa, you can find Lower Dolpo Trekking for various options available to do the trek. The caravans of yaks will carry your baggage. So, when you go for the trek, be sure to minimize the load you will carry. The region amazes you with the beautiful sprinkled landscapes of the mystique Himalayas. Explore the hidden trails, and watch the untouched culture of Tibetian Buddhism. These cultures are still primitive without a touch of the modern era. The main attraction of the region is the magically beautiful Phoksundo Lake. The bluish sky mirrored color amazes everyone that encounters this beauty. Also, the great number of beautiful monasteries with the enchanting writings will give you a peaceful mind.
Dolpa doesn’t have that much for you. If you want to move deeper into the Himalayas, you can visit the Upper Dolpo Region. The hardcore trekkers and adventure enthusiasts even go beyond the lower Dolpo region. You need to be extremely ready as the Upper Dolpa region mostly resides above 4000m altitude. So if you dare to visit the magical place surrounded by the beautiful mountains, you can choose the Upper Dolpo Trekking and make a lifetime memory from it. Also, the quite popular Mustang can be adjoined from Upper Dolpo.
Highlights of the Dolpo Region
The main attraction of the Dolpo Region is the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake
Experience the extreme rare cultural society of Nepal
Catch the outstanding opportunity to sightsee Snow Leopard at Shey Phoksundo National Park
Learn about the ancient 800 old years, Shey Gompa at the base of Crystal Mountain
The legendary hunt of Yarsagumba begins. Have a glance at the Yarsa Hunt.
Rara Lake the biggest lake of Nepal
Skiing at a peak like Mt. Putha is worthwhile.
The ethnic society of Tibetian Culture preserved in its primeval stage.
Getting to Dolpo Region
Most of the visitors take a straight flight from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Nepalgunj. The Western Remote area of Nepal hasn’t many great infrastructures. So, there aren’t any direct flights from Kathmandu/ Pokhara to the Juphal of Dolpa Region. So we take a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal. And what worries is that Juphal is just a tiny mountain airstrip.
You can also choose to take a ride from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, but that is a very long ride. So, possibly the best way to get into Dolpo Region is that, either you take a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu or Pokhara and then take a flight to the Juphal.
Also, you can charter a chopper to fly to Juphal.
Permits and Regulations
The border side to Tibet, the Dolpo region is totally different from the other places of Nepal. The difficult geography and ancient importance it holds stop a crowd of trekkers flooding into Dolpa Region.
More importantly, the trekking permits required to visit the Dolpo region are quite expensive. The trekking permit costs about
Lower Dolpo Region: USD $10 per week
Upper Dolpo Region: USD $50 per day (Minimum 10 days of permits required)
Besides that, the Government of Nepal has set limits to the number of foreign trekkers who could visit the Upper Dolpo region. In a year, only 250 foreign trekkers can go Upper Dolpo region.
Also, the trekkers aren’t allowed to go to the Upper Dolpo Region individually. A properly registered guide must be with the trekkers.
On top of that, you can also visit the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which costs only Rs. 1000 as an entry free. However, it’s mandatory.
Difficulty in Dolpo Region
The remoteness of the Western Dolpo Region is unimaginable. The food barely grows, and communication. Well, let’s forget about that. Depending upon, what you trekking agencies supplies, you, be prepared fully. Check out what we provide in the Dolpo Region Trekking. To be on the safe side, bring a sleeping bag yourself.
The geographical variations we find here are unbelievable. From 1000 meters to 5,000 plus meters, the paths are going to change drastically. There are three high passes that are above 5000 meters. And to trek to Upper Dolpo Region, we have to spend many nights above 3,500 meters. And that is just discouraging.
Besides that, we have to carry our own food supplies. For this reason, trekking in the Dolpo region is considered a finicky one. So, we don’t suggest you do the trek unless you don’t have any prior high altitude trekking experience. The Upper Dolpo Region Trekking and Lower Dolpo Region Trekking requires enough determination and will power.
Accommodations and meal
Given the lack of proper facilities and very few houses. Only a couple of houses will provide the food and lodging facilities. So, most of the trekking groups will take full catering services to provide them food.
Still, it needs to be considered that, the Dolpo region is limited to food. Also, about the lodging services, there are some houses and tea shops that may provide you the lodging facility. However, it is strongly recommended that you should not rely on them and take your own tents and sleeping bags.