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Dolpo Region Trekking

Dolpo Region

Dolpo trekking is remote trek route of Nepal. Nepal government separated Dolpo trekking in two part one Lower Dolpo trekking and another upper Dolpo trekking. Shey Gomba is in Dolpo trekking region. This is located northern part of Dolpo is usually called Upper Dolpo has Long had an aura of mysysical discussions of the region in peter Matheson's book the Leopard. Shey was closed to foreigners until story cites the reason for closure as the large-scale theft of the statues from the monasteries several years ago. So for this trekking we need special permit.

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Juphat than trek flow the Bheri River to Do-Trap and you entrance to restated area to shey Gompa (upper Dolpo) than you do around trip to shey Phoksundo Lake one of the famous lake in Nepal, and though Juphal. Nepal was once the center of a large empire that extended into the Tibetan and India it now has a large population of both Hindus and is remote and unknown from the western view point because of its distance from the kathmandu.reguler flight to Dolpo airstrips in the west reduce this remoteness somewhat. But they add considerably to the cost of trekking. The trails go along river valleys to the shey phoksundo lake, shey Gompa, many passes and Do-Trap via Saldang Pass, Sangda Pass (5490m) to Jomsom.

Standing in the midst of the rugged natural landscape of Dolpa in all its beauty, and experiencing its remoteness you cannot help but feel that this is Shangri - la - a region with an aura of mysticism about it. Dolpa, also called "Ba Yul" or the Hidden Valley, has fascinating villages and is a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Isolated and secluded from the outside world by spiraling high mountain passes and restricted entry, mysterious Dolpa had long fascinated and frustrated travelers. David Snellgrove first revealed the mysteries of Dolpa in his book Himalayan Pilgrimage (1961).

Peter Matthiessen's description of Shey Gompa (Crystal Monastery) in the snow leopard (1979) further piqued readers' interest. In 1988, the valleys leading to Dolpa's Shey-Phoksundo National Park were de-restricted to organized trekking groups who are self-sufficient in food and fuel. Lake Phoksundo is the major attraction of Dolpa. The newly promoted Dolpa Experience Circuit and Phoksundo experience with the natural beauty and cultural experience of Dho and other villages enroute. Another newly promoted trail Dolpa Heritage Circuit takes one through the many monasteries and Buddhist gompas. There are altogether 130 gompas in Dolpa, some of their histories going back to very early times.

The medicinal plant, Yarchagumba (Coerdiopsis sinensis) a type of wild mushroom is found in abundance in this region. Extracts from Yarchagumba are believed to significantly improve health and fitness. Shey Phoksundo National Park, Lake Phoksundo and Shey Gompa are the prime attractions of this region. Newly promoted circuits, which encompass the prime attractions and also offer uniquely Dolpa experiences are: Dolpa Experience Circuit and Dolpa Heritage Circuit. Click below links for the best treks in the Dolpo Region

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