Dolpa is located in the shey- Phoksundo National park of mid- western Nepal behind the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau which cut off by a series of very high passes and closed by the snow most of the year. Dolpa remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial.
Ba-Yul, the hidden land of Dolpo, was first settled by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century.It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-like villages and monasteries nestling amongst mountains of stark, ascetic beauty the finally preserved ecosystem encompass a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife including the blue sheep and snow leopard and magnificent views including MT. Dhaulagiri (8167m.).
A trek through Dolpa is an experience not easily forgotten for instance an enchanting trek in this region by Peter Matthiessen gave birth to his masterpiece "Snow Leopards", a spiritual novel and one of the best sellers. This is fascinating and difficult country to travel in. A trek of this region is recommended for groups.
The Upper Dolpo region is another remote hidden destination in far west where Nepal's most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored. The home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments, unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Trekking around the Dolpo region is an unforgettable journey in every visitor's life. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan griffon. It's difficult to grow crops there, which makes life difficult for the local people, so most of them are involved in the salt trade from Tibet, this traditional culture continue in Doplo generation to generation. Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Here one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksumdo Gompa - dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience. The enchanting beauty and unique culture of this place will demonstrate why Eric Valli, the author of the famous book Honey Hunter of Nepal, created the movie "Caravan", nominated for the prestigious Oscar award. Dolpo is still the homeland of the Spotted Leopard, Blue Sheep, wolves, and many other varieties of flora and fauna, so you'll also uncover a deeper understanding of Peter Matthieson's book Snow Leopard. A well-organized camping trek is required and trekking in a group is recommended. This trek is most suitable for those who are exceptionally fit and prepared to face the full challenge of the Himalayan wilderness
This lower Dolpo trek is Located in the central west of the country. Long out of bounds to foreign trekkers, Dolpo lures adventurers with promises of untouchednatural splendor, It is a rain shadow area and was opened in 1991 for trekking, the focal point of the area is Shey Phoksunddo National park. This Dolpo area is remote and rugged protected area is both scenically and culturally attractive. The lower Dolpo trek circuit can be completed in eight day from Juphal back to Juphal. The circuit can be completed either clock wise or anticlockwise, in both way the focal point of the trek are Phoksundo lake and the Tarap valley. The main attraction of the Lower dolpo trek is the wild and pristine landscape. Geographically, it is similar to Tibetan plateau and is generally dry, cold and sparsely vegetated This lower Dolpo trek consist a home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments. Trekking in this area is an adventure that is full of enthusiasm, excitement and above all, an unforgettable life time experience. The trekking season for booth Upper dolpo and lower dolpo is generally from June to September.