One of the most isolated regions of Nepal in an overwhelming environment. A land and culture fully Tibetan in one of the most impressive routes of all Nepal, where not only its landscape is spectacular, but the human environment, anchored in livelihoods and traditions of the past, make this trek a unique experience.
21 days / 20 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
16 days’ trek (+ 2 days flight to go and back)
Medium-hard. Snow conditions could make it harder
Highest altitude 5350m
Highest altitude overnight 4600m
Local mountain guide English-speaking
Meals and overnight in camping tent during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
Transfers in private vehicle and domestic flights
Dolpo, also Dolpa, is one of the most remote regions of Nepal, known in Tibetan as “Ba-Yul”, the “Hidden Land”. With the Dhaulagiri barrier to the east and the Chur Himal Mountains to the south, it always lived quite isolated from the rest of the country and was closed to foreigners until 1989.
Most of the region is inscribed within the Shey-Phoksundo National Park and is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with small, half-fortified villages and Buddhist monasteries with Bon roots. Its inhabitants are of Tibetan origin and have maintained their traditional and basic lifestyle in fairly harsh conditions, with subsistence agriculture and care of livestock, where yaks caravans are still the main way of transporting goods that are still traded with Tibet, with which they are much more closely related than with Nepal itself. Their natural environment is of overwhelming beauty, marked by a series of high mountain passes, which can be closed by snow part of the year, in the territory of the Snow Leopard.
The difficulty in getting there, its isolation, its harshness and the high price of the special permit mean that no rows of hikers can be seen here. Dolpo is relatively unvisited, although it is one of the most impressive routes and environments in all of Nepal. There is practically no accommodation in the entire region, so the trek’s overnight stays are done in campsites.
This itinerary stands out for its four mountain passes that have to be crossed, three of which are over 5000 meters high. It also stands out for the number of “gompas” (temples/monasteries) that are scattered throughout its geography, Buddhist gompas of the Bon branch, with a very hard and sober iconography, deeply rooted in ancient shamanic traditions, among which the Shey Gompa stands out even more. The Phoksundo Tal (lake) stands out, the deepest in Nepal and one of the largest, a sacred lake where bathing is prohibited. It stands out for its solitude, walking through a wide and overwhelming landscape, with an almost unaltered nature where the invisible snow leopard finds a lonely territory where to hunt. But, above all, it stands out for being a very different experience from all the other treks in Nepal, it is another dimension.
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