Trip Code: DPT
Dolpo Phoksundo Trek is a long and less-traveled route in the Dolpo region. Only a few anthropologists and geographers have explored this remote region till now, as the entire Dolpo region was closed to trekkers until 1989. Peter Matheson's book - The Snow Leopard and Snell grove - Himalayan pilgrimage have highlighted to the mystique and attractions of this trek. While trekking into the Dolpo Phoksundo area one will have exotic and myriad cultural experiences coupled with interesting landscape that ranges from the verdant greenery in the lower reaches to an arid and dry one in the higher reaches. As the actual trek starts from Dunai and completes in 22 days, the climate also changes as we walk higher altitude. We start from a hot and temperate zone and reach a colder zone as we ascend up. By the end of the trek we descend again to the hot and temperate zone. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding experiences of this trek.
Visiting the ancient settlements, high passes, beautiful lakes, isolated monasteries, the vast array of flora & fauna found in the region are the major highlights of the trek. The local people permanently inhabiting this isolated part of the world are still following ancient religion, culture and traditional farming. Visiting the Phoksumdo Gompa–dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, very popular in Dolpo and Tibet, one should not miss.
If one is lucky, one may get a chance to see some endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr during the while passing through Shey Phoksundo National Park next to Phoksundo Lake. Trekking to Dolpo Phoksundo is a bit expensive as we arrange full board camping with all logistics.
Walk through High passes & feel remoteness of the region, View snowy peaks & sweeping vistas, Ancient and isolated villages,Well- preserved trans -Himalayan culture, tradition & Buddhist monasteries