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.
Lower Dolpo, until a few years back, was very much untouched and least accessed land that had not been seen by many outsiders. This region is located towards the northern side of Nepal and is one of the most beautiful and pristine land of earth.
Lower Dolpo Trek was recently opened to foreigners when the government of Nepal allowed trekking in this mystical and almost elusive part of the country. It has now become one of the most sought after hiking trail.
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 ticking for them. There is no sign of modernity and one can feel the simplicity and the ingenuity of the population here. This is also a mystic land as it was clearly illustrated in the Thinley’s Himalayan Movie “Caravan”.
Dolpo is also 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 cultures 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 journey through this untouched isolated land passes through fascinating forests of pine, oak, rhododendron and juniper. This region is also home to a variety of exotic flowers and endangered wildlife, which is also one of the main attractions. The mountain trails in this region are amazing and awe-inspiring, and the bodies of water are 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 speechless with the abundance of natural beauty and the rich cultural experience Lower Dolpo Trek 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 Himalayan Trekkers' crew members.
Trek Highlights of Lower Dolpo
- Walkthrough the ancient Trans-Himalayan Caravan route.
- Hike through the world deepest lake Shey-Phoksundo Lake.
- Least explored magical destinations.
- Walk past through charming forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, and juniper.
- Explore the “Jewel of Dolpo” - Phoksundo Lake.