The Lower Dolpo Trek offers a chance to join Nepal Trekking Experts on a trek through one of the most remote regions of Nepal. Located in the northwest, the journey begins with a short, scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalguni, then a 30-minute flight to Juphal, the starting point for the trek.
Lower Dolpo is a region of dramatic landscapes and a culture far different from that with which the majority of experienced trekkers might be familiar in other parts of the country. The Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow of the towering mass of Dhaulagiri (8167m), resulting in a semi-arid and remote region that’s inextricably linked to Tibetan culture and well-preserved against the encroachment of the outside world, with local practices and beliefs that seem like echoes of a distant past, including some of the purest forms of Buddhism. The whole region is said to have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche during the 8th century and has long been a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times.
In addition to the intriguing insights into the local culture, the Lower Dolpo Trek opens up a plethora of opportunities to observe some of Nepal’s most unique animals, including species endemic to the region such as blue sheep, various types of deer, mountain goats, black bears, and the most elusive and legendary of them all, the snow leopard.
Another of the trek's highlights is Shey-Phoksundo National Park, home to the spectacular Phoksundo Lake, a serene body of water surrounded by soaring cliffs that seems like a dreamy image from a fantasy novel.
The trek isn't only about stunning lakes and wildlife, though. The breathtaking heights of not one but two high passes await trekkers willing to take on the trail's challenges, firstly Numa La at 5309 meters and then Bagala Pass a day later at 5169 meters.
So if the Lower Dolpo Trek's many charms appeal, why not contact Nepal Trekking Experts, and let’s start planning for your adventure to the region?