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Dolpo Region
Dolpo Region The trek to this region requires special permissions. There are two trek to choose from both involving a visit to the mythical Phoksundo Lake. Dolpo forms a 2100 square miles of plateau inside Nepal’s north-west  frontier with Tibet. Much of the region is included in the she Phoksundo National Park. The descendants of the Tibetan migrants have been living in some 35 scatted villages in the region since 10th century.
Upper Dolpo’s remoteness and the restrictions on traveling there has made it one of the few places where the traditional Tibetan culture and the way of living has been flourishing unhindered. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty where flora and fauna are diverse and abundant. It is a splendid trek where one passes through the greatest waterfall in Nepal but very few villages.You can have views of Api Himal, Saipal and fleeting glimpse of Dhaulagiri.
Rara Lake, largest lake in Nepal, is located in the Rara National Park, the smallest national park in Nepal.Of special interest is the snow trout found the lake.
The Lower Dolpo trek is as awe-inspiring as that of upper Dolpo but less demanding on the trekkers endurance and hence more manageable.Here the luxuriant vegetation include the blue pine, spruce,poplar, deodar, fir, birch and others.


One of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world, was closed to trekkers until 1989. Those that did get to visit this area needed special permission from the Government. With the changes in the regulations governing visits, a remarkable part of Nepal, hitherto almost unknown, has suddenly become a major destination for trekkers and mountain lovers. It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles inside Nepal's northwestern frontier with Tibet, encompassing some thirty villages and monasteries at altitudes if eleven to fifteen thousand feet. Dolpo is in Nepal but, its people - in race, religion and culture, are Tibetan Buddhists descended from nomadic tribes who settled in this area around the tenth century. Being in Nepal, the Chinese occupation and subsequent "cultural revolution" of Tibet did not affect the Dolpo-pa (People of Dolpo), and their religion and culture has survived as one of the best preserved examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In fact, people living in certain pockets of the religion practice Bon Po, an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism and which, some believe, is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it.

Lower Dolpo, the area opened to trekkers, is thickly forested with conifers and cut by gushing rivers. The upper portion of Dolpo, however, is an extension of the Tibetan Plateau and has the same wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet. The region was declared a National Park in 1984, making it Nepal's largest National Park and the only one encompassing a Trans-Himalayan eco-system. The National Park status has helped preserve not only the culture but also the wildlife. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer, which may be glimpsed along the trails and to a great variety of birds. Though rarely seen the blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard and the Himalayan Wolf are also found in Dolpo.

Your journey to the land of the Dolpo-pas begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, followed the next day by another flight to the STOL airstrip at Jumla. From Jumla the trail follows a south-easterly direction through the villages of Gothichaur, Chaurikot and Hurikot. Then heading north-east, it crosses the Kagmara La at 5115m to the villages of Pungmo and Ringmo to culminate at the Shey Phoksumdo Lake. Trekkers are not allowed to go north beyond the lake. The return journey will bring you south through the villages of Sepka and Aankhe to Dunai for the flight back to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

Ascend Himalayas operates a 20 days trek to Dolpo. A detail itinerary is given below. The best season for this trek is beginning of August till the end of September when the wild flowers are in full bloom.

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