Trekking in the Lower Dolpa region of Nepal requires obtaining a special trekking permit due to the area’s restricted status. The Dolpa district, where the Lower Dolpa Trek is located, requires a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for entry, while the Shey Phoksundo National Park requires a Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit (SPNP). These permits can be acquired through a registered trekking agency or by visiting the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.
To obtain the permits, applicants must provide their passport details, a copy of their passport, and two passport-sized photographs. A detailed itinerary that outlines the trek’s route and dates of arrival and departure is also required. The cost of the permits can vary based on the duration of the trek and the time of year. Generally, the RAP is more expensive than the SPNP permit, and guides and porters must also obtain their own permits.
The permit application process can take some time, so it is crucial to plan ahead and allow sufficient time to obtain the necessary permits before beginning the trek. Trekking agencies or local guides can assist in acquiring permits and provide guidance on the process.