Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the least ventured Himalayan destinations in the far flung corners of Nepal Far West. One can find complete ambiance within its beautiful scenic landscapes of rolling hills, verdant valley and high snow-capped mountains that includes Kanjibroba, Kagmara as far towards Dhaulagiri range. Upper Dolpo Trekking will be a great wonderful walk within its pristine environment from tall alpine tree lines of firs, pines and Himalaya spruce to desert like terrain.
The area around Upper Dolpo which is also well described in the famous Classic novel ‘Snow Leopard’ by Peter Mattessian who explored the region in late 1970’s, one can find more information of this mystical place from the movie Himalaya. The film was nominated for Oscar award as best foreign film in 1998, certainly a picturesque country to experience once in your life time as this adventure leads you to beautiful areas around emerald lake of Phoksundo and then to Crystal Monastery or Shey Gompa.
Upper Dolpo covers country’s largest national park with an area of 3,555 sq. kms known as ‘Shey-Phoksundo National Park’ that extends from Dolpo to further west of Mugu districts. The park is enriched with exotic flora and fauna almost extinct in this planet like rare herbs, medicinal plants including elusive snow-leopard and blue sheep with other bird life.
Besides its dramatic landscapes and awesome views, the culture of local Dolpo people and its impressive villages is equally captivating to soak into the local culture and age-old heritage of ancient Bon (pre Buddhism) practice with present Buddhism religion.
Upper Dolpo Trek begins with scenic super flight to land at Nepal Far South East at Nepalgunj city airport, where air journey continues in smaller plane to reach at Dolpo at Jhupal. From Jhupal, adventure starts heading past nice farm areas towards large town at Dunai, headquarter and administrative place of Dolpo district where walk leads further west to reach at scenic and beautiful Phoksundo Lake near Ringmo village.
Enjoying pleasant and scenic time at Phoksundo lake and exploring Ringmo village then walk leads to high Kang-la pass to reach remote and isolated Shey Gompa or Crystal Monastery, located close to nearby interesting crystal mountain embedded with semi-precious stones. At Shey Gompa tour of the monastery enriched with ancient religious scrolls, texts and colourful paintings with fresco, idols of Buddha and famous saint and gurus of both Bon and Buddhism sects.
From Shey Gompa return walk leads to cross several high scenic passes with excellent views of surrounding country with snow-capped peaks as route leads past Saldang to reach at large group of villages at Tokyu. Around Tokyu villages enjoy visiting nice and interesting places as walk continues heading into long Dho-Tarap valley which falls on old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Dolpo to Tibet.
Finally, walk comes slowly to an end on reaching historical village of Tarakot and then past Dunai to Jhupal where our walk completes taking a scenic exciting flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, after concluding our marvelous adventure and experience on Upper Dolpo Trek.