Upper Dolpo Trek is probably the most exquisite trek that takes you one of the secluded regions that lies in between the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri ranges in Nepal. Get ready to explore the hidden heaven that lies in the shadows of majestic Himalayas in a barren land with outstanding landscapes. Dolpo is a beautiful place that lies northwest of Karnali region which is he most isolated region of Nepal with the difficult topography. Despite of its isolation, it is a best place to cherish the natural beauty that comprises of snow-capped mountains in north and river basins of Bheri, Suligad, Rupagad with their small and large cascades. The remote and undisturbed forests and vegetation in Dolpo region is a home to varieties of wild birds and animals that preserves around 197 species of birds and 32 species of mammals. During your travel you can come across some beautiful Himalayan wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and rare Snow Leopard,
If you are wondering about how this place would be then you can watch the film “Himalaya” for your reference. The Oscar nominated film of 1999 – Himalaya was filmed in Dolpo region of Nepal. The Upper Dolpo region trek offers an opportunity to explore the most unseen and unexplored places of the world therefore regarded as the forbidden kingdom. The kingdom was closed for any foreigners but you can enter this region after obtaining a restricted and expensive permit. Taking about the glory of this region, the Upper Dolpo region has been mentioned by author David Snelgrove in his book named, “Himalayan Pilgrimage”, Peter Matthiessen in his book named “The Snow Leopard” and by George Schaller in his book “Stones of Silence”.
The Upper Dolpo Trek begins from Juphal and passes through various beautiful landscape to explore the gigantic mountain ranges. You cross Numa La pass at 5,190m to admire the spectacular Phoksundo Lake at Ringmo village that lies inside the Phoksundo National Park. Upper Dolpo Trek is not just beautiful for its natural splendour and bio diversity but for the unique cultural and social aspect it shares. The people living in this region are of Tibetan origin who still preserve their primitive lifestyle and tradition. The people in this area still preserve the Pre Buddhist Bon Po religion. Shay Gompas, also regarded as a spiritual centre of Upper Dolpo is a beautiful monastery that lies on the base of Crystal Mountain. It is visit by many pilgrims each year to perform Kora.