Dolpo is the land of the Bon-Po faith, an old indigenous religion of western Tibet. The faith was later adapted by Buddhist teachings and religious practices. Still, there are some differences between the Bon-Po and Buddhist practices. The counter-clockwise way of circumambulation by the Bon Pos is in contrast to the clockwise pattern of the Buddhists. Similarly, they spin their prayer wheels to the left and circumambulate chortens and shrines with their left side towards the object of their respect. Dolpo has its very unique way of lifestyle, language, festivals, and dresses, and of course, the landscapes which are very much similar to the scenery of western Tibet. If you are trekking in May /June, the Caravan in the hunt for Yarcha Gumba makes you think about how important or costly Yarcha Gumba is. Hundreds of thousands of people from the Dolpo and even from lowlands will be in such elevation, camping for months in their search for Yarcha Gumba (it is half plant and half insect) half of its body is in within the ground and the remaining half is above the ground as a plant.
Bon-Po Invocation: OM PANI PADME HUM (Buddhist sacred invocations) is replaced by OM MA TRI MU YE SA LE DU (Bon Po sacred Invocation). D. L. Snellgrove translates the invocation as: “The way to the thread-cross has been shown. Shown as what? Shown as the realm where the spirits of the directions and intermediates directions and the zenith and nadir all gather together. There is no need to tell them. The sun and moon the lunar mansion and the stars, the lords of the soil, spirits below ground, spirits above ground, all of them find joy in the Thread-Cross and yearn after it. They delight in the substitute offerings and revel in the riches”.
All Nepal Hiking invites you for a lifetime wilderness experience in the Dolpo region. We also organize our treks for budget travelers. The Numa-La and Baga-La are the famous passes of lower Dolpa, with amazing views of Kannjiroba Mountain. Another attraction is the famous Phoksundo Lake inside Phoksundo National Park with various flora and fauna before reaching the Ringmo Village.