- Trek into wild, trans Himalayan landscape
- Observe Tibetan culture and ancient bon religion
- Visit Phoskumdo Lak eand Phoksundo National Park
- Cross the high passes of Numa La and Baga La
Dolpo is culturally and geographically similar to Tibet, as locals still practice ancient Bon religion that predates Buddhism. A visit to 11th-century Sandul Gompa is a major highlight of this trek and so is Thashung Gompa located near Phoksumdo Lake.
Dolpo, divided into Lower and Upper Dolpo, is a remote trekking region that lies in the trans-Himalayan landscape bounded by the mighty Himalayas and Tibet on the north. Lower Dolpo Trek offers a short adventurous journey into this mysterious, wild landscape which includes a visit to Phoksumdo Lake at an altitude of 3611m.
The trekking trail here was actually carved out by yak caravans that for centuries transported commodities back and forth between Tibet and Nepal. Yak caravans in Dolpo walking past beautiful Chhortens erected on the backdrop of barley fields still make for a sumptuous sight. Ringmo, Dho Tarap, Dajok Tang are some typical Tibetan villages where you get to interact with locals and learn their ancient lifestyles.
Dolpo is culturally and geographically similar to Tibet, as locals still practice ancient Bon religion that predates Buddhism. A visit to Sandul Gompa is a major highlight of this trek and so is Thashung Gompa located near Phoksumdo Lake. The turquoise lake is a Ramsar site and falls within the territory of Shey Phoksundo National Park which consists of a host of flora such as rhododendron, juniper, birch, pine, spruce, hemlock, and cedar. The park is prime habitat for Snow Leopard, Tibetan sheep, Leopard, Black Bear, wood snipe, crimson-eared rosefinch.
The trail crosses through two high Himalayan passes, Numa La pass (5,190m) and Baga La pass (5,070mt) before leading to the lake. The passes offer striking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,172m) and Mt. Kanjiroba (6883m).
The best season for Lower Dolpo trek is in Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Trekkers are required to obtain special permits and travel in groups in Lower Dolpa