Dolpa Wilderness

20 days, Grade C+

Lake and stupasDolpo musiciansDolpa lakeLocal womenWatch trip slide showIn the far north west of Nepal, Dolpa is a remote, fascinating and magnificent Shangri-La. This region is home to high mountain passes, the highest population of snow leopard residing in Shey Phoksundo National Park, and the Bhotiya people, practising the ancient Bon Po religion that disappeared from Tibet in the 9th century. Peter Matthiesen’s book, The Snow Leopard, is based here, in which he describes Phoksundo Lake and the surrounding areas. Home not only to the flagship snow leopard and prey species blue sheep, Tibetan wolf and musk deer, this region is also rich in flora, with 286 species of botanical importance, and medicinal plants such as Yarchagumba. Due to its unique natural, social and cultural diversity, Shey Phoksundo has been proposed as a World Heritage Site.

Trekking here is the ultimate wilderness experience. The terrain is high and tough, so this is not for the faint hearted. Those who travel here will be rewarded with a true ancient mountain culture and Shangri La. Our itinerary takes you on a circuit of Dolpo, including Phoksundo Lake, Numala Bhanjyang Pass, Sipchowk (one of the highest settlements in the world), and Reboo Ghompa, with a local Aamchi who practises herbal and spiritual medicine!

This is most definitely off the beaten track and should be a rewarding and enriching experience for any visitor. Dolpa Wilderness Trip Notes

Alternative Trip: Dolpa High Passes to Mustang (Grade D). Trekking from Phoksundo Lake through Dolpa Wilderness and over remote mountain passes to Mustang’s District Headquarters at Jomsom. A remote journey through some of Nepal’s most rugged wilderness and culturally enriching country. Dolpa High Passes to Mustang Trip Notes

The Vital Statistics

  • 21 days ex Kathmandu
  • 5 nights city hotel B&B
  • City highlights of Kathmandu
  • 15 nights fully catered camping trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 5238m
  • Daily Walking: 5-9 hours
  • Mountain Flight Nepalganj – Juphal
  • Internal Flight Kathmandu – Nepalganj

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