Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo Trekking

A trek to Dolpo is a major expedition in Nepal, due to its remote and enticing location behind the great Himalayan barrier. Dolpo lies in the northwest region of Nepal (situated behind the Dhaulagiri massif) and is one of the least visited areas of Nepal. These unexplored, high altitude valleys were not opened until 1989. Isolated by the difficult topography, the people in this region have preserved their lifestyle, remaining almost untouched by the trappings of modern society.

Dolpo remained out of reach to outsiders for hundreds of years, so the people inhabiting the area have retained their almost unchanged culture, one of the best preserved examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. This is one of the prime attractions for many visitors. Moreover, the unique hospitality and gorgeous landscapes of the area have enchanted trekkers. Trekking to Dolpo has often been called the Nepal Himalaya Pilgrimage Trek, as it follows the routes of these hidden valleys in the footsteps of the Tantric Master, Guru Rinpoche, the founder of the Nyingma-pa Buddhist sect.

The snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, rich wildlife, Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes enthral everyone of us who visits the area. Dolpo has been a living library for many researchers, who love to explore the beginnings of human civilisation and Tibetan Buddhism. Apart from many other attractions, Shey Phoksundo National Park (the largest national park in Nepal, with Shey Phoksundo lake and its crystal waters, rocks, forests and snow-capped peaks) makes Dolpo one of the world's hidden natural wonders.

According to legend, Dolpo is considered to be one of the hidden regions created by Guru Rinpoche; it is also a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. The people of Dolpo are of Tibetan origin and maintain their Tibetan culture, with monasteries that closely follow the Buddhism of Tibet. The proximity with Tibet has ensured that little has changed since their forefathers crossed the border into Nepal. The trek is enlivened by the sight of yak caravans that even today travel long distances through difficult terrain to barter goods. The people of Dolpo have a primitive lifestyle with their own dialect and culture. During this wonderful trek you can visit several unique monasteries (gompas) like Shey Gompa (The Crystal Monastery), which is an important pilgrimage site for Tibetans.

There are several routes into Dolpo, particularly from Pokhara and Jumla. The journey begins with a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal we head to Dunai, the district headquarters, and camp. Then we continue our trek along the banks of the Barbung Khola to Tarakot, known locally as Dzong because of its hilltop fortress. Proceeding along the Tarap Khola through grassy meadows, Magar villages and their gompas, the highest point of the trek at the Numa La (5190m) is reached. This high point affords a magnificent view of Dhaulagiri to the south and the Tibetan ranges of Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. Then we descend down the Suli Gad River to Raha, the park entrance, and finally back to the hamlet of Juphal. From there we catch a plane to Nepalgunj, Pokhara or Kathmandu. The best time to trek both in Lower or Upper Dolpo is during the end of the monsoon season, particularly from September to early November.

Here are the details of itineraries you can choose, as per your time, desire and physical fitness.

Annapurna Trekking Packages

Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo Trek - 14 Days

TRIP GRADING: Strenuous
Altitude: 4087m

The Lower Dolpo area is a long dreamed-of destination for trekking in Nepal. Yatra Himalaya has taken its cherished guests into this remote

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek - 17 Days

TRIP GRADING: Strenuous+
Altitude: 5240m

Upper Dolpo is a remote, hidden but much-loved destination among clients of Yatra Himalaya. This far-west region is one of Nepal's most tranquil