Located in the Northwest region of Nepal, Dolpo Region is one of the most isolated and remote areas. It is also among the restricted areas and requires special permits for trekking in the area. In addition, the Lower Dolpo Trek is very demanding as trekkers must pass through two high passes, namely Numa La pass at 5309 m and Baga La at 5169 m, and the trail is rugged and off-the-beaten. There are relatively lesser tea houses and lodges and require camping on most nights. Therefore, Lower Dolpo Trek is for those adventure-loving trekkers who have adequate experience of trekking at high altitudes and are used to wilderness.
The trekking route to the Lower Dolpo region passes through vibrant villages with lively local culture and centuries-old Buddhist traditions. Most people in the region still follow the purest form of Buddhism which is a divine aspect of this area. You will get to visit several monasteries that will give you an immense feeling of spiritual peace. Apart from religion, the people in this region follow basic lifestyles and traditional methods of farming. They rear Yaks and Sheep as agricultural land is very scarce given it falls in the rain shadow area beside the Dhaulagiri chain.
Along the route, you will also explore Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the habitat of many endangered species like Snow leopard, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Thar, Ghoral, Langur, Himalayan Black Bear, Rhesus Monkeys, and many more. The abundance of floras is also a wonderful aspect of this trek. Make sure you do not touch or smell any wildflowers that may cause illness.
While Shey Phoksundo lake is the show stealer of this trek with its clear, turquoise water at its purest form, the other best parts of this trek is the dramatic landscapes, high altitude Tundra, majestic scenery of snow-capped peaks, the ancient salt trading route, cold breeze from the glaciers of Kanjirowa and heartwarming inhabitants of this region. Moreover, we will be camping under the open sky for most of the nights, Wonderful right? All these astonishing rewards make this challenging trek worth all the pain.
It is advised that you have strong physical endurance and stamina to go on this trek. Mental preparation and physical training are a must before you step out on wild adventures like this.
Best season to go on Lower Dolpo Trek
The best seasons to go on the Lower Dolpo Trek are Summer and Spring as the skies are clear, the views are visible and nature blooms at its best during these seasons. However, Eight K Expedition can organize customized trips as per your request at any time of the year.