Dolpo

  • Looking back at Ringmo from the Devil"s Path - © Nick Ince
  • Lower Suli Gad - © Nick Ince
  • Map - © Nick Ince
  • Overlooking Ringmo - © Nick Ince
  • Snow Leopard print - © Nick Ince
  • Suli Gad valley - © Nick Ince
  • Exploring the woods near Ringmo with the Amchi - © Nick Ince
  • Bon Puja ceremony at a house in Ringmo - © Nick Ince

Key information: Dolpo

  • Outstanding walking in one of Nepal’s remotest areas.

Walkopedia rating

(Top 100)
  • Walkopedia rating93.5
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest16.5
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating93.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Suli Gad valley - © Nick Ince

WALK SUMMARY

One of Nepal’s remotest and most interesting areas.

Stunning scenery all around in the high Himalayas. Unsullied culture to admire.

Tough but marvellous walking, with many variations. Lower Dolpo is less strenuous, and visitable later in the year.

See our friend Nick Ince’s account, at “other accounts” below, of his 2018 trek on Lower Dolpo. Thanks, Nick!

This is tough walking at serious altitude, and amidst capricious mountain conditions. Come prepared.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

OUR FRIENDS' EXPERIENCES

Walkopedia friend NICK INCE walked in Lower Dolpo in 2018: this is his account below (and see his photos around this page). Thank you, Nick.

In November 2018 I joined the first trek of Nomadic Skies Expeditions to the Shey-Phoksundo area of Lower Dolpo in western Nepal. Nomadic Skies aims to provide greater benefits and deeper links to the local communities from greater contact with visitors. The expedition took ten days, hiking from the airstrip at Juphal up the Suli Gad river to Ringmo and Lake Phoksundo, and then back again, with two days spent at Ringmo.

The expedition used mules to carry the main baggage between campsites and was accompanied by nepali guides and helpers.

After a scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal the first day involved a short hike down to a campsite on the Beri river. We coincided with the start of Diwali so the route took us past several groups of schoolchildren parading their song and dance routines through the local villages and there was a real holiday atmosphere.

The walk up to Ringmo then took us up the Suli Gad valley and was spread over four days, camping overnight at villages on the way. The valley is steep sided and extensively forested, with a well used track that criss crosses the river over a variety of bridges. There were frequent encounters with local mule trains, Dolpo families relocating to lower accommodation for the winter and Nepali hikers taking a Diwali holiday.

The two days at Ringmo were spent exploring the local countryside with local guides, hiking up the Devils path round Lake Phoksundo and visits to local families and the Bon monastery. We then took three days to hike back down the Suli Gad to Juphal and the flight out.

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Bon Puja ceremony at a house in Ringmo - © Nick Ince

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Lower Suli Gad - © Nick Ince...
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