Dolpo or Dolpa remains as an isolated corner in the far north-west Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal having a great biodiversity and cultural richness. Lower Dolpo trek with the Phoksundo Blue Lake is perhaps one of the most popular treks in western Nepal. Dolpo is one of the most remote districts in Nepal with the fascinating villages, scenery and peace that offers opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful lake, isolated Buddhist monasteries and also to experience the vast range of wildlife inhabiting the region including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. Dolpa is still a land of mystery and also known as "Ba Yul" or the 'hidden valley'. The Dolpo region has been opened to foreign trekkers since mid-1989. Shey-Phoksundo Lake is one of the main highlights of Dolpo region which is situated in the Shey-Phoksundo National Park, the largest National Park in Nepal which covers an area of 3,555 sq.km. It was established in 1984A.D. to preserve a unique Trans-Himalayan ecosystem with a diversity of flora and fauna. The Dolpo region is split between two very distinctive areas as Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo. Special Permits are required to enter both sections. Trekking in the lower Dolpo region takes us to the popular Ringmo village and further to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,811ft) through the Dho Tarap village (4,050m/13,288ft), a region inhabited by people practicing polyandry and pre-Buddhist religion called "Bon Po" and two high passes of Numa La (5,190m/17,028ft) and Baga La (4,470m/14,666ft). Phoksundo Lake is also known as the Blue Lake and contains no aquatic life. Phoksundo Lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and ranks it with the most scenic mountain parks in the world. The air strip at Juphal allows access connecting a flight between Nepalgunj and Juphal.
Weather in Dolpa region:
Trekking in Dolpa region is the best in late spring (April to June) and autumn (Sept to Nov). The days are sunny and warm but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. The only issue is cold and might be a problem due to ice/snow blockade over the high passes. The high passes are closed in winter and early spring.
High Altitude Warning:
Altitude sickness is a serious concern in the Lower Dolpo trek that can affect even young and healthy people. The only medicine to high altitude sickness is to descend, descend and descend. Headache is the most common symptom and there are other signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for different people but include fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in walking and rattling breath.
We are very much concerned of your safety and our guides are aware of such situations how they should be dealt with.
We have categorized Lower Dolpo trekking as medium-hard trek and are suitable for passionate trekkers who have courage to walk at least 5-7 hours each day. You might even need to walk 7 to 8 hours or more on some days. However, if you have passions, good health with average physical fitness and self confidence, the Lower Dolpo trek can be completed successfully. Regular exercising and jogging for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. If you have any previous hiking experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking the trek.
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