Dolpo is one of the most secluded regions of Nepal. Despite being blessed with a varied topography, multifarious vegetation & wildlife, and a unique Tibetan culture, the development and sophistication have not yet been merciful to this mystique fraction of Nepal.
Dolpo falls in the southern border of Tibet and owing to its proximity with Tibet, it is inhabited by the enticing race of Tibetan speaking people.The Shey Phoksumdo National Park, the grandest in Nepal, is another identity of Dolpo. This conservation park is an abode to some of the rarest species of floras and faunas. Himalayan Blue Sheep, Musk Deer and the very anecdotal and gracious, the snow leopard, navigate the mammoth premises of the park.
Derestricted for tourist access in 1989, Dolpo is gradually emerging as one of the favorite picks for the modern day adventurers. This region has been the prime inspiration behind the creation of Peter Matthiessen’s best -selling book, “The Snow Leopard” and Eric Valli’s Oscar nominated movie, “Caravan”.
Dolpo can be bifurcated into Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo. Trekking to both the regions is extremely adventurous, but upper Dolpo encapsulates most of the Dolpo’s prime attractions. The Upper Dolpo Trek mandates you to be in a good fitness level, as you will be trudging up several high passes over 5000m, frequented by daunting and strenuous switchbacks. The actual trek begins, from Juphal. The clusters of pines, oaks and pinky rhododendrons will be your constant companions throughout the trek. While ascent to the intimidating Numa La pass (5400m) drains out your calorie, you will immediately get pumped up witnessing the beauty of the majestic mountains and resting at the serene milieu of Phoksumdo Lake. As we trek along the ancient trade route of the trans-Himalayan traders, we get a sense of the hardships they put up with when traversing on those demanding terrains every day. Witness the hoary history as you visit the ancient 11th century Shey Monastery. The Upper Dolpo Trek is a perfect concoction of history, wilderness, adventure, culture, struggle, guts and glory. You are welcome to this Tibet tinted trans- Himalayan region of Nepal.