Numala Pass 5309 m
Minimum 2 pax
Private vehicle. domestic flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara and Julpa-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu). Scenic drive to Beni.
Sep.- Dec. & March. - June.
Beni - Lower Dolpo Trek, until a few years back, very untouched and least trodden land that had not been seen by outsiders for so many centuries. This region is located towards the northern side of Nepal and is one of the most beautiful and pristine areas in the world. The region was opened to foreigners recently when the Nepal government decided to allow trekking in this mystical and almost elusive area of the country. It has now become one of the most sought after trekking trails for people coming here to trek. Yet Dolpo retains its centuries-old traditions and customs. This people of this region have managed to maintain their original lifestyles and it seems as if time has stopped here for them. There is no sign of modernity and one can feel the simplicity and the ingenuity of the local population here. This is also a mystic land as it was clearly illustrated in the Thinley’s Himalayan Movie “Caravan”.
Dolpo is home to one of the oldest religious sects of Tibet, the Bon-Po which was practiced before Buddhism. It is an indigenous religion of Tibet believed to be founded by Tonpa Shenrab and was introduced to the Himalayas of Nepal when people from Tibet migrated to Dolpo (Upper Dolpo). As this region is greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture, this religious sect is still very active. Even the lifestyle, food habits, clothing, and cultural mores are more Tibetan than Nepalese. If one is to believe the legends, then Dolpo is said to be one of the “Hidden Valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists who would want to escape during adverse times.
The trek through this virgin land goes past enthralling forests of Pine, Oak, Rhododendron, and Juniper. This region is also home to a variety of exotic flowers and endangered wildlife that is also one of the main attractions. The mountain trails in this region are amazing and awe-inspiring and the water bodies pristine and pure. On this trail, we will cross the Numala Pass at an altitude of 5360 meters and also visit the Lake Phoksundo, considered to be the brightest jewel of the Dolpo region. The trek is strenuous and rugged but at the same time, it gives the trekker an experience to cherish for the lifetime. One is left speechless with the abundance of natural beauty and the rich cultural experience that it offers.
The trek starts at Beni and goes up to Phoksundo lake via Do Tarap and ends at Juphal where there is air connectivity. This is the same route that has been mentioned by Peter Matthiessen in his book “The Snow Leopard”. The trek is invariably described as a camping trek and is set up by Adventure Mission Nepal crew members. It requires a tent, stove and packed food to carry along.
Some moments of this trip;
- Walkthrough the ancient Trans-Himalayan Caravan route.
- Trek through the world deepest lake Shey-Phoksundo Lake.
- Least Trekking destination.
- Walk past through charming forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, and juniper.
- Explore the “Jewel of Dolpo” - Phoksundo Lake.