Trip Overview Upper Dolpo Trek
Perched in the far- flung lands of Western Nepal, Upper Dolpo happens to be the least developed district in Nepal. Remained aloof from the outer world till the year 1989, the popularity of Upper Dolpo region sky rocketed with release of the Oscar nominated movie Caravan directed by famed Eric Valli which distinctly depicts the unchartered vicinities of Dolpo with its archaic culture, traditions and ways of life, speaking of which, Dolpo region is among the few whereabouts in the world where ancient Shamanism and Bon Po religions are in practice. Dolpo is also known for its eccentric death ritual of sky burial where the body of the dead is considered empty vessel that the soul has left and thus is disposed off by lacerating the body into pieces which are then benevolently offered to eagles.
The uncommon Upper Dolpo Trek at ‘Alpine Zone Treks’ is 28 days package that gets triggered with an hour of pleasant flight to Nepalgunj at which point connecting flight of 45 minutes duration is taken to Juphal. Disembarking at Juphal, the astounding wilderness trekking is set into motion as the trail advances to Dunai along the riverbed of Bheri River.
Perambulating the surreal landscapes of Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest National Park of Nepal rich in Himalayan Wildlife like Himalayan Goat Thar, deer and a ferocious beast like snow leopard, the trekking trail stretches past the isolated villages of Chepka, Rinje and Ringmo to eventually arrive at the turquoise blue Shey Phoksundo Lake afterwards which the path follows Phoksundo Khola and crosses Phoksundo Bhanjyang to make it to yet another alluring destination of Shey Gompa located above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala Rivers that is the first Kagyupa Monastery built in 11th century.
Upper Dolpo Trek progresses further through pretty hamlets of Namuna Gaon, Saldang and Sibu to Jengla Phedi. Later we traverse Tokyo Gaon, Do Tarap and Khani Gaon to Dunai where the gratifying trekking concludes as we take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Upper Dolpo Region exists in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain Ranges thus making it suitable for trekking even during monsoon season. Upper Dolpo Trek is however going to be strenuous one so it would be better to have some prior trekking experience.
Team up for the rarely trodden trekking into the desolate lands of Dolpo and get familiarize with the whole different image of Nepal.