The Secret of Upper Dolpo That No One is Talking About
Upper Dolpo

Dolpo’s hidden secrets will shine brilliantly–such gems as vibrant people, beautiful landscapes, mysterious canyons, cliffs, and crystal clear rivers. Skylines are shimmering in the mountains such as Kanjiroba, their glaciers and ice fields catching the eye, spiritualizing and enhanced. Upper Dolpo is well known for the medicinal curiosity yarsagumba and the modern-day gold rush. But for the future, it is the curious, adventurous and enthusiastic trekkers that will soon be the next gold rush.

Dolpo has unbelievable things for the daring traveler from turquoise – blue waters amid the high mountains and old Buddhist monasteries. Situated in northwest Nepal, Dolpo also borders Tibet to the north just west of Mustang district where the Annapurna region lies. The area was made famous as a kind of Shangri-La in Peter Matthiessen’s renowned book “The Snow Leopard.” Anthropologists David Snellgrove studied and wrote about Dolpo. And Eric Valli even wrote a well-known oscar named Caravan about Dolpo documentary. Similarly, Zara Balfour produced a documentary “Children of the Snowland” about the children of Dolpo and neighboring districts such as Mugu and Humla who came for education in Kathmandu, an age of 4 to 7. Once completed their graduation after ten years while going home is entirely unknown and emotional sense.

The GateWay to Upper Dolpo

Nevertheless, Dolpo remains mostly undeveloped and remote, a lesser-known tourist destination in Nepal. The Dolpo region has two regions called the Upper Dolpo and the Lower Dolpo. The Upper Dolpo comprises an area which remains isolated and desert, heavily Tibetan-Buddhist while the lower Dolpo contains a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu villages, dense forests and high mountains. Although wild, remote and at times challenging, trekking in the Upper and Lower Dolpo is highly worthwhile.

Dolpo has several variations and hiking trails, some traversing in the neighboring districts of Mustang in the east or Jumla in the south. Juphal, Beni, and Jumla (Jumla district) generally serve as a starting point for most of the Dolpo treks. The two airports have Juphal and Jumla.

Best time to go Upper Dolpo

The favorable seasons for hiking in the Upper Dolpa–fall (October-At the beginning of November) and spring (April-May) are good hiking times. Upper Dolpo is one of the best areas for the monsoon to go like Upper Mustang since it’s mostly dry as it lies behind the mountains end in the’ rain shadow.’ It can be challenging to reach Upper Dolpo from the monsoon rains, but once in summer, the hike is excellent. The Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the best trekking during the monsoon season. The wanderers who are seeking a windedness experience within the Dolpo region. The Lower and Upper Dolpo Trek would be the best option, providing a camping experience.

Accommodation: Amazing Camping Experiences

One of Nepal’s most unforgettable experiences is camping underneath the stars after a day trekking in spectacular Mountain landscapes. Camping is a great way to go off the beaten track, and access remote areas of Nepal where infrastructure is lacking. You will have a unique experience and enjoy the perspectives and tails which only a few pedestrians can see. It is the nearest to the idea of a wilderness adventure for most people.

Since in the past Dolpo has seen fewer trekkers and tourists than in other regions of Nepal. There are just a few settlements with lodges and teahouses. These are mainly in Juphal, Dunai and parts of Upper Dolpo along the route to/from Phoksundo. The tea-houses in Dolpo is comfortable but much more basic than its counterparts in the regions of Annapurna and Everest. Thus, almost any trek (except to and from Phoksundo lake) is a camping trek. Although this may contribute to the challenging trek, it also gives a great deal more freedom to choose where to stay on a trek. You may also like to read the Dolpo region: The hidden trails and daring itineraries for the variants trekking trials.

Facilities/emergencies

The health posts in Dolpo have few, or any since they are remote and robust. There is some coverage of mobile telephones in several parts of the district, but it isn’t always reliable. Helicopters have rescued insurance covered travelers in cases of an emergency.

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Kumar Lama
Kumar Lama is a founder of Himalayan Exploration Treks Pvt. Ltd. He is leading a team of travel professional offering tailor made travel services across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.