The Dolpo Circuit Trek combines the chance to travel through a spectacular natural environment with the opportunity to experience traditional Tibetan culture. The Dolpo region is located in the so-called rain shadow region of Nepal, and was only opened for trekking in1991. The highlights of this trek include magnificent snowy peaks, remote and ancient villages, outstanding beautiful lakes and spectacular Buddhist monasteries. In this remote plateau region, one hike through a variety of colorful landscapes, including green meadows and sterile rocky areas, and visits Phoksundo Lake, a lake noted for its beauty emerald and blue colors surrounded by a steep rocky environment.
The Dolpo Circuit Trek begins in Junpal, the continues to Dunai, before eventually reaching Tarakot and Bang la camp, the highest point of the Dolpo circuit. Along the way one passes through numerous small local villages, while travelling around the Arun River. From here, the trek continues to Phoksundo Lake which is the part of the Shey Phoksundo National Park. The Dolpo region is bordered by Churen Himal and Dhaulagiri from the east and south and Jumla district from the west. The traditions and culture of this region are Tibetan in origin. The people are simple and warm hearted. Buddhism Bonpo is practiced in this region, and religious beliefs are a significant part of everyday life. The Bonpo belief system is an old spiritual tradition of Tibet noted for having more animistic and shamanistic attributes. Dolpo is an off-the-beaten-track destination due to its remote location.The trek itself is challenging with a number of long steep ascents and descents. Numa La and Baga La are the main passes crossed on this trek. But despite the challenges of this trek, the experience of being in the Dolpo region including the breathtaking scenery and cultural interactions will make this an adventure you will cherish for a lifetime.