Trekking in the Dolpa Region gives an exposure to the High and isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan highlands. The trek begins at “Juphal” and follows the trail to “Dunai”, then proceeds to “Tarakot”, way up to “Bang la” Camp, the highest point of this trek, after passing through the “Sanu Bheri” village, we then descend to the beautiful “Phoksundo” Lake, which is a part of the “Shey Phoksundo National Park”.
Dolpa first settled by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century. It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-like villages and monasteries nestling amongst mountains of stark, ascetic beauty. Dolpa remains culturally and economically firmly tied to Tibet, the people of this desolate area, cut off from their southern neighbours by snow-covered passes for much of the year.
Peter Matthiessen’s “The snow leopard” and David Snell grove’s “Himalayan Pilgrimage” have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpa. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksumdo Lake, in inner Dolpa. Dolpa is Bon-pro country, where people practice a shamanistic religion predating Tibetan Buddhism. This Dolpa Region was open to foreigner visitors since 1992 and still requires special permit.
SHAY PHOKSUNDU NATIONAL PARK
Shey Phoksundo National Park provides a diversity of spectacular landscapes. As it situated in Trans Himalayan region of northwest Nepal, It is the largest National Park covering an area of 3555 sq. Km. Elevations in the Park Range from 2,130m in Ankhe to 6,883m at the summit of Kanjiroba Himal. Much of the park lies north of the Himalayan crest. Phoksundo Lake deepest and second largest lake of Nepal lies in upper regions of Suligad. Near the lake’s outlet is the country’s highest waterfall. The major rivers in the park are the Khung, Nmajung and Panjang, The Suligad and Jugdual Rivers, which are the major tributaries of the Thuli Bheri River; and the Langu River, which drains the high Dolpo plateau to the east and flows westward.
Phoksundo Lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and the spectacular scenery clearly rank it with the most scenic mountain parks in the world. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers are found near and above the lake area. The Park contains many Gompas (Monasteries) and religious area. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century.
- It is an Adventure Category Trek
- Restricted & Regulated Area Trekking with Special Trekking Permit
- Uses small Dornier plane to/from Nepalgunj-Juphal
- Camping and Lodge Trek with Kitchen Crew, Guides, Mule Porters but uses Loges in some places
- Two high passes of Numa-La (5 190 m) and Baga-La (5070 m)
- Explore Pre-Buddhist Monasteries of 11th Century
- Discover unspoiled Tibetan Culture and Buddhist Religion
- Natural beauty, Flora and Fauna of semi arid high dry land