For a variety of reasons, Dolpa is one of Nepal's most popular trekking destinations. First, with a surface area of 7,889 sq. Kilometers, this is Nepal's largest district, and yet one of the sparsely populated area. Its topography is particularly interesting. It includes Nepal's largest lake, Lake Phoksundo, which also happens to be the world's deepest high-altitude lake. Dolpa is one of the few Nepali districts behind the Himalayan mountains, and it gets very little rain because of this.
Most of the hills are therefore flat, with little vegetation. Hiking the Dolpa Circuit is a never-forgetting trekking route of Nepal. You will be allowed to explore life in the remote highlands. The trail passes through a range of landscapes ranging from grassy fields (resembling in some respects the European Alps) to barren rocks reaching into the Tibetan plateau. The Phoksundo Lake is of incomparable elegance, surrounded by steep, bold rocks with its dark blue and emerald colors. You will find small authentic Tibetan culturally and historically steep villages. Buddhism and Bonpo are very important to those who live in these villages and are mixed in daily life. Religion at Bonpo is Tibet's oldest spiritual practice.
It is closely related to Buddhism but has more shamanistic and animistic elements that add much to the supernatural appeal of the region. Dolpa remained an "off the beaten track escape" due to its remote location. Tourists, particularly in the summer months, are few and far between. The Dolpa circuit is favored for April to November. If lodges will be open in April and pass open in November as the current weather conditions will depend on them, however, please check with a local tour operator about the trek. This is an excellent walk in the Monsoon Season because of the rain shadow of the Upper Dolpo region. With some steep climbs, the Dolpa Circuit is very strenuous trekking. Two high passes climb the trail, Numa La (5318 m) and Baga La (5190 m).
These crossings involve long ascents and long downhills. That said, the scenery on the way, the views from the passes, and the interactions you will have with people from the Dolpa will make it all worth it. Dolpa is well known for: the film 'Himalaya,' the breathtaking, turquoise Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, said to be 800 years old and its Tibetan desert. However, be careful to remember that the trail can be interrupted by bad weather in the lowlands, so you can take a day or two to accommodate flight cancelations so road blockage on both sides of your journey.
Best Transportation service from Tribhuvan International Airport
One government registered trekking guide and assistant (optional)
All meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
All land transportation
Trekking route map.
A well-equipped first aid box
Lodge accommodation during the trek
Personal expenses of Traveler.
Personal Trekking gear
Additional Hotel nights in Kathmandu
Personal travel insurance and equipment
Visa Fees/ International airfare to & and home city
Tips for driver, guides, and porters
Explore life in the remote highlands.
Witness Nepal's largest lake, Lake Phoksundo, which also happens to be the world's deepest high-altitude lake.
Enjoy of landscapes ranging from grassy fields (resembling in some respects the European Alps) to barren rocks reaching into the Tibetan plateau
Observe Religion at Bonpo is Tibet's oldest spiritual practice.
Visit Nepal's largest district, and yet one of the sparsely populated area. Its topography is particularly interesting.
Witness Phoksundo Lake, which is of incomparable elegance, surrounded by steep, bold rocks with its dark blue and emerald colors.
Find small authentic Tibetan culturally and historically steep villages
Trek Duration: 16 days
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Highest Altitude: 5,360m
Accommodation: Lodge/tented house/homestay
Transportation: Overland & flight
Group size: 2 to 12 (maximum)
Best Season: April to November
Trek cost: ****
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