Visit Dolpa, Dolpa district of Karnali is a tourist destination with difficult topography. Lake Foksundo is a special attraction here. The 650-meter-deep lake within She-Foksundo National Park is located at an altitude of 3,660 meters above sea level. The dark blue Foksundo waterfall, which is called Suligad waterfall by the water flowing from the lake, looks amazing.
Dolpa is popular among hiking tourists. There are three footpaths, the Lower Dolpa Circuit (Foksundo Lake Hiking), the Upper Dolpa Circuit (She Gumba, the world’s highest human settlement ‘Dho’) and the Dolpa-Mustang Hiking.
From Dolpa, Kanjirova, Putha, Dhaulagiri II and other mountains can be observed. Along with natural beauty, Dolpa is also rich in art and culture. There are hundreds of years old monasteries in Upper Dolpa. Another feature of the Dolpa Yatra is to be able to observe the diverse culture and way of life of Rokaya, Budha, Thakuri, Gurung, Lama, Chhetri, Brahmin and other castes.
The region gained worldwide fame when French filmmaker Eric Valley made the film Caravan (1999) about Dolpa’s difficult geography and lifestyle. Probably due to the sign of the French filmmaker, more than half of the foreign tourists visiting Dolpa are French. According to Jitendra Jhankri, a tourism entrepreneur of Dolpa, domestic tourists have also started coming recently.
How to reach Dolpa?
The trek starts from Nepalgunj to Jufal Airport in Dolpa. On the first day of the trek, you reach Dunai Bazaar, the district headquarters of Dolpa, from Jufal, on the second day you reach Chhepka, on the third day you reach Jharna and on the fourth day you reach Rigmo village near Foksundo Lake. There are hotels to stay in Rigma, where you can stay but with the price slight expensive then you expect.