Dolpo Trek is an adventure of a lifetime that takes you to the remote and mystical region of Dolpo in Nepal. This trek offers an incredible experience of exploring the rugged terrain, encountering the local culture, and witnessing the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Here’s everything you need to know about Dolpo Trek.
Overview of Dolpo Trek
Dolpo Trek is a challenging trek that takes you through the Dolpo regions high passes, deep valleys, and ancient monasteries. The trek begins in Juphal and follows the trail through Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, and Tarap Valley before ending in Juphal.
Best Time for Dolpo Trek
The best time for Dolpo Trek is from September to November and March to May. During these months, the weather is lovely, and the skies are clear, offering the best views of the Himalayas. However, the monsoon season (June to August) is not recommended for trekking in this region due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.
Q: Is Dolpo Trek suitable for beginners?
A: Upper Dolpo Trek is a challenging trek that requires good physical fitness and a trekking experience. It is not recommended for beginners, and trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking on rough terrain and at high altitudes.
Q: What are the highlights of Dolpo Trek?
1. A: Snowcaped Peaks
Dolpo is home of many snowcapped peaks. Silver shining snow peaks along the trekking routes makes the journey life time memory.The attractive snowy peaks including Kanjiriba north (6883m), Kanjiriba south (6861m), Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Churen Himal (7381m), Putha Hiunchuli (7249m), Mukot Himal (6639m), Araniko Chuli (6034m) and many more mountains can be seen during Dolpo region trek.
2. Phoksundo Lake – The Jewel Of Dolpo
Phoksundo Lake is one of the major highlights of this trek. The lake is elevation at the 3620m from the sea level, with turquoise in colour within the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park of Nepal. The lake is regarded as the sacred to Buddhist and Bon follower. On the other side of lake a Bon Tsova monastery is locating with nestling by Chortens.
3. Phoksundo Waterfall
A scenic water falling out from the deepest lake of Nepal –Phoksundo, is highest waterfall of Nepal. Phoksundo waterfall(167m). is lies on the tallest waterfall of Nepal. The water fall outlet of the Phoksundo lake.
4. Dho Tarap
Dho Tarap valley is a beautiful valley located at the 4350m is the highest human settlement of the world. Upholding century old Buddhist and Bon monastery, blessed by Guru Rinpoche and inhabited by Dolpo Pa people is major high lights of Lower Dolpo Circuit trek. Having a day rest and exploring around the village and monasteries, capturing them in your lenses would be very worthful of trip.
5. Bon and Buddhism Culture
Dolpo is enriched by Bon and Buddhism religion. Although there is contradictory in their philosophy, practices and myth, follower of these two religion are harmoniously co-existing in Dolpo region. Buddhist monasteries such as; Dunai Central Monastery, Tika Gonpa, Chyadul gonpa, Ribo Bhumpa Gonpa, Jampa Gonpa, Dragmar Dewa Gonpa, along with Sipchhog Bon Gonpa, Tha sung Bon Chhova Gonpa are the major Bon and Buddhist manstery encounter during this trip.