About Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trekking is a trail to forgotten land. The geographical condition and lack of infrastructure almost disconnected Dolpo from other parts of Nepal keeping its development miles away. And, this is the main reason for Upper Dolpo Trekking as the site still preserves pure ancient Tibetan Buddhist traditions and rituals which is also known as Bon Po. Legends say, except Tibet, Dolpo is the only place in the world where Bon Po traditions are truly followed in Bon monasteries. The Bon is different from existing Buddhist culture. It is said that Bon tradition or religion is older than existing Buddhism.
The Government of Nepal opened Trekking in Dolpo in 1989 and the first British tour operator organized a trek from east to west in the autumn of 1990 from Pokhara to Jumla through Lower Dolpo.Dolpa region is one of the most remote areas choosen for trekking in Nepal. The most remote part of Nepal, Dolpo shares border with Tibet in north resulting cultural influence of Autonomous Region of China. Tibet is the ancestral land of many people who reside in Dolpo at present. The four main ethic groups of Dolpo—Lama, Gurung, Rokaya and Baiji—possess their own unique culture. They live in different 19 villages on the outskirts of Shey Phoksunda National Park.
The Shey Phoksunda National Park covers large part of Dolpa district where Dolpo is located. The name Shey is derived from Shey Monastery which (monastery) is one of the prime attractions of Dolpo. The park inhabits snow leopard, musk deer and Tibetan wolf.
Upper Dolpo trek is a long and challenging trail of 28 days which takes trekkers at the maximum altitude of 5200 meters at Saldang La Pass. The landscape, scenic beauty of the site, Shey Gompa, Crystal Mountain and culture of Shey village will leave deep impression of ancient or forgotten world in you. After observing the tradition performed by the people of Shey village you feel that you are in pre-historic trip which is the crux of Upper Dolpo Trekking.
Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the popular trekking destinations of Nepal. Many trekkers prefer it for remote trekking in Nepal. It is also regarded as restricted region trekking or Nepal remote trek. To trek here special permit is required and it is issued by the government of Nepal. You need to meet certain basic requirements to get this permit.
Regulus Nepal organizes an unforgetable trek to Upper Dolpo with a breathtaking flight along the Himalayan range from Nepalgunj to the small Jhuphal airstrip from where we begin our 27 days of trek to Upper Dolpa. One can have great experience by visiting the Shey Gompa, exploring the culture, ancient lifestyle & natural beauty of Dolpa region, exceptional Phoksundo Lake in Ringmo.