The Dolpo region is unlike any place in the world. It is a high alpine fantasy land. Lying in the remote area of Nepal’s northwest Himalayas, Dolpo lies between amongst the Dhaulagiri mountain rage. The lower Dolpo and upper Dolpo trek are being more and more popular in the world. Though Dolpo District is the largest in Nepal (occupying 15% of the country), it is the least inhabited. Also interesting is that Dolpo is the highest inhabited region of Nepal. It is possible to hike for several days without seeing another human. From dry, desolate lands to thriving valleys to cascading waterfalls and sacred lakes, the mystical Dolpo region will make you forget that you are on this planet.
The few (roughly 5,000) residents of Dolpo ethnically Tibetan and are said to have migrated to what is now Nepal about 1,200 years ago. Today, trade still exists with their northern neighbors in Tibet, particularly because local products do not suffice to survive comfortably.
The residents of Dolpo have origins in Tibet, with whom they have traded with for hundreds of years. Local products do not provide a sufficient livelihood, hence their necessity to trade. As the highest inhabited region of Nepal, it is also the least populated, with only about 5,000 people living in the region. They follow the Bon Po religion, which uses ancient shamanistic practices with roots in Tibetan Buddhism.
Our treks into the Dolpo region begin with an hour-long flight from the Kathmandu domestic airport to Nepalgunj, in the steaming Terai region. And again we fly to Juphal for 30 min. For both Upper and Lower Dolpo Treks, the trail begins by hiking to Dunai. From here, the path goes through verdant forests and agricultural fields. As trekkers climb higher, vegetation and signs of any life become sparser. In both treks, we have views of the colossal mountain Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters/26,794 feet), the 7th highest mountain in the world. While trekking in the Dolpo region, you get a taste of everything – snowy Himalayan peaks, lakes and waterfalls, forests, fascinating mountain culture, and complete solitude. Come check out this pristine mountain paradise!