Dolpo, with its authentic Tibetan culture, was a forbidden land until 1996. It has remained unchanged for the past 1,200 years or more. It is a land of high passes with high arid plateaus and deep canyons, which is a considerable contrast to the fertile lower valleys south of the impressive Kanjiroba (locals pronounce it Kanjirolwa) Tibetan, it translates to the ‘big mountain with a ponytail’) and Dhaulagiri massifs.
We have ‘broken’ a couple of rest days and continue shorter days to lessen the strenuous days. You will be camping away from villagers in the “wild” in nature under the five million-star hotel.
Dolpo is part of the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), and it snakes between two natural borders of the two regions of Dolpo and Mustang. It is one of the last remaining places where they practice the ancient Bon religion, which predates Tantric Buddhism. Bon religion is almost extinct in Tibet while it is still practised in its pristine purity.
We will spend two nights at the magnificent Phoksundo Lake before heading to the windswept passes into Panzang (Bantshang) valley. We will pass through semi-nomadic settlements meeting friendly nomads and curious villagers frequently.
There are sections on this trek where the trail is rugged or ill-defined. Some campgrounds have limited campsites. Adverse weather, snow, trail conditions, or water levels in the rivers might make it necessary for us to change the itinerary. Your trek leader will advise should any changes be needed to be made.
All trekkers should be open-minded and flexible on a trek of this calibre. As usual, don’t forget to pack your sense of humour.
Duration- 27 Days
Accommodation- Camping, Lodges
Best Season- June through September
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and bring you to your hotel. You will be briefed for the trek by your trek leader.