- Trip Grade:Moderate
Dolpo is among those very few places on earth where time seems to have frozen due to its remoteness and lack of connection with the modern world as its tall mountains and high passes act as a natural barrier. Our Upper Dolpo Trek will quench the thirst of those intrepid travelers who are longing for a pure wilderness experience in Nepal.
Unlike other trekking areas of Nepal with relatively good infrastructure, Dolpo region remains underdeveloped where facilities are very rudimentary but this challenge is compensated by its natural treasures such as wind-swept valleys, turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountains, beautiful people and their rich culture. Dolpo area abounds with many medicinal and aromatic herbs among which cordicepssenensis is the most popular one which is marketed in neighboring China for its valuable medicinal properties. Similarly, Dolpo is also home to the famous but elusive snow leopard and other animals like blue sheep, wild yaks, Himalayan marmot and many exotic birds such as golden eagle and lammergeier.
Peter Matthiessen, a famous American novelist has written a book called the Snow Leopard, which speaks a lot about the Dolpo region and its people. There is also a movie called the Himalaya (Caravan) directed by Eric Valle, a French director who is also a long time National Geographic photographer. The entire movie was filmed here and was even nominated for the Oscars.
One of the main highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek is Phoksundo, a beautiful turquoise lake which lies within the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Besides being predominantly Buddhist area, Dolpo also has a population of Bon believers who follow animism which used to be practiced before the arrival of Buddhism. Upper Dolpo Trek gives you a nice blend of wilderness experience with comfort where you can explore one of the remote parts of Nepal without roughing it up too much.