Dolpo is the wonderland of the Earth, from Adventure lovers to spiritual seekers, the land of Pre-Buddhist, Shamanistic Bon-Po faiths, and Isolated from the world for decades. All Nepal Hiking is a carefully designed Upper Dolpo trip for our valued client. We explore deep into the Dolpo region, enough to acclimatize for several high passes, encounter wildlife, touchy experiences with the remote village and its people. Shy Phoksundo is Nepal’s Largest National Park (3555 square kilometers)
Dolpo is an Internationally Known zone of its uniqueness, describes in various forms of media worldwide, An Oscar-nominated CARAVAN was set in Dolpo and subtitles in the English language. The aura of remote upper Dolpo, closed to foreigners for decades and still culturally Tibetan, has been enhanced by Matheissen’s ‘The Snow Leopard’, David Snell Grove’s ‘Himalayan Pilgrimage’ and George Schaller’s ‘Stones of Silence’ among many others travel books. Myth has it that the Guru Rimpoche, who extend Tibetan Buddhism throughout the Himalayas, discovered this hidden land, a ‘Be-Yul’ or refuge, over 1700 years ago, and it has been inhabited by Tibetan nomads, for over a thousand years.
Dolpo has remained isolated by various causes, fairly due to its inaccessible location, and somewhat because of the Khampa guerillas using Mustang and Dolpo as a Base shelter during their fight against the Chinese occupation of Tibet after 1959. It has only been open for trekking and tourism since 1989, and then only parts of southern Dolpo were opened. There is still a special restricted area permit needed to trek above Phoksumdo Lake in Shey Phoksumdo National Park, which has only been a viable trekking region since 1999 because of the Maoist actions in this region. Inner Dolpo has a population of approximately 6000 inhabitants, many of whom migrate south for the winter.
The Upper Dolpo trek begins with an exited flight along the Himalayan and hilly region of western Nepal to Jhupahal and follows the Thuli Bheri River to the Sulighat and heads through the Phoksundo River. Ringmo Village and Phoksundo Lake, and the first 5000 meters pass to Shy Gompa and another passes to reach Saldang and further remote villages before pass to reach Jomsom. Our trek end in the middle of the Annapurna circuit route, and we fly to Pokhara from Jomsom.