‘adventure into remote wild country of Nepal Far Western Himalaya’
Upper Dolpo Trekking probably the most wildest country within Nepal Himalaya as well on this planet earth, where adventure takes you to Far Western Himalaya on least ventured region by only few groups of trekkers and adventurer.
Upper Dolpo Trekking an adventure that takes you to remote and isolated areas on well hidden pockets of Far Western Himalaya which also falls on ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Trail route of Nepal to reach Tibet border.
The region of Upper and Inner Dolpo been well described by early pioneers which you can find in the famous classic novel ‘Snow Leopard’ written by American author Peter Matessian which was published in late 1980’s.
The country was well exposed to outside world from the movie “Himalaya” which was nominated in Oscar for foreign best film in 1998, since then Upper Dolpo got much attention where few travelers often ventured this wild and raw country.
A land where elusive and rare snow leopard and herd of blue sheep dwells along with other exotic wild-life as Dolpo area located within Nepal largest park of Shey-Phoksundo National Park covers an area of 3, 555 sq. kms.
The Park extends further North West of Mugu district with Humla and Limi valley and towards Dhaulagiri Himalaya range and Mustang areas in eastern direction with Dorpatan in the south.
Although Upper Dolpo a wild and barren country where walk takes you through lush forest, lined with blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch as walk takes you into Jugdula River valley which consists mostly Quercus species.
As adventure takes you high above within Trans-Himalayan route which falls within near-desert type vegetation of mainly dwarf juniper and caragana shrub.
Within Upper Dolpo besides rare species of exotic mountain mammals equally rich in many species of birds, such as Impeyan pheasant (Danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge and many others.
Upper Dolpo trekking an amazing adventure where scenic flights is involved both ways from Kathmandu to reach at Jhupal Dolpo small airstrip via Nepalgunj a city located within Nepal Far South West.
From Jhupal walk takes you to Dunai town as well the main headquarter of whole Dolpo district as walk heads towards nice farm lands and villages to reach at emerald colored Phoksumdo Lake, enjoy fabulous moments around the lake which is also called Ringmo lake due to its location near the village of Ringmo.
Explore around its beautiful country with scenic views of Kagamara and Kanjiborba peaks from here adventure takes you to cross high Kang-la pass at above 5,350 m offers spectacular panorama of high mountain range around both sides of the pass.
From the pass heading towards the main highlight and goal of the adventure at Shey Gompa also called Crystal Monastery, where the monastery situated close to beautiful crystal mountain embedded with natural semi-precious stones.
At Shey Gompa enjoy fascinating moments within remote and isolated country of Nepal Far West with tour inside the oldest monastery of the region enriched with rare ancient relics and artifacts of both Buddhism and Bon sect religions.
After a wonderful moment at Shey Gompa walk towards inner Dolpo on leaving the last nice village of Saldang , as route takes you to cross several high passes to reach at large and lovely interesting village of Tokyu.
Enjoy visit around this large villages of great cultural interest and then head towards a large valley of Dho Tarap to reach at historical village at Tarakot, during early Malla kingdom times was a main important fort village.
From Tarakot end the walks reaching at Dunai and to Jhupal for exciting super flights to low warm city at Nepalgunj for transit scenic flight to Kathmandu after a glorious adventure and great experience on Upper Dolpo Trekking.
Upper Dolpo trekking from April to October months of the year includes monsoon wet season of June and August, as Dolpo falls within rain shadow area where heavy black monsoon rain clouds blocked by Himalayan range of mountains.
The best time is April to May and September and October months, during spring times where days are much longer with enough sunlight, autumn season with clear blue sky for views and walks, but much cold in the morning and night time with short sun-light days.