Dolpo is one of the few valleys in Nepal that are considered to be a beyul by the Tibetans. Beyuls (Hidden Valley) are sacred, mysterious valleys that were believed to be hidden by the famous Tibetan guru Padmasambhava (known as Guru Rinpoche by Tibetans). Bordered by Dhaulagiri and Tibet on south and north, the Dolpo region is the natural embodiment of high passes, unique flora and fauna and sweeping vistas. It was opened for trekking in 1991. The medicinal plant Yarchagumba (coerdiopsis sinensis), a type of wild mushroom, is found in abundance in this region. Extracts from Yarchagumba is believed to significantly improve health and fitness. This trekking is for a combination of natural and cultural phenomena which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. It is located behind the mountains, so it is a rain shadow area. The whole trekking areas in this region stretch through and around Arun River whose origin dates back to the prehistoric period. The Arun Valley is one of the most stunning regions to trek in Nepal.
Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Here one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. The marvellous view of Phoksundo Lake, Kanjiroba peak and the Dhaulagiri massif are some of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksundo Gompa – dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, can be a memorable experience.
The Lower Dolpo trek offers opportunities to experience ancient villages and culture of Thakuri, Chhetri and Brahmin people, who subsist on buckwheat, wheat and potatoes. Along with magnificent view from high passes, beautiful lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries, you also get to experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region, including blue sheep, mountain goat, jackal, wolf and the legendary snow leopard.
Trekkers planning to travel to controlled areas in Nepal opened for group trekking need to get trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration under the Home Ministry. The govern-ment has opened following previously restricted trekking areas for the group trekkers. Trekking permits will not be issued to individual trekkers in those trekking areas. Require minimum 2 Pax to do this trekking because it is a restricted area.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla
Trek from Gothi Chaur to Naphukana (3080m.) via Chotra (3010m.)
Trek from Napukhana to Balasa (2900m.) via Mauri Lagna Pass (3820m.) and Chaurkot (3060m.)
Trek from Balasa to Kai Gaon via Rimi (2890m.)
Trek from Kai Gaon to Toijem (2920m.)
Trek from Toijem to Kagmara Phedi (4000m.) via Garpung Khola (3650m.)
Trek from Kagmara Phedi to Lasa (4200m.) via Kagmara La (5115m.)
Trek from Lasa to Sumduwa (3500m.)
Trek from Sumduwa to Phoksondo Lake (3728m.)
Trek from Phoksondo Lake to Renje (3010m.) via Palam (3340m.)
Trek from Renje to Chhepka (2670m.) to Dunai
Trek from Dunai to Juphal
Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj
Then fly Nepalgunj to Kathmandu