About Upper Dolpo Trek
The Upper Dolpo Trek, a trek to the remote region of the Dolpa district in the mid-western region of Nepal close to the Tibetan Plateau. Part of the region lies on the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal. It is one of the least developed regions of Nepal and was opened for the foreigners only in 1989. The movie ‘Caravan’ by Éric Valli was shot in this region which was later nominated for Oscar award.
This trek offers a great adventure on the off the beaten path of the mystical Trans-Himalayan region with the opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the people that have remained unchanged and unaffected by modern society. The people of the Upper Dolpo practice Bon (It predates Tibetan Buddhism) and Tibetan Buddhism. The trek passes through the beautiful and peaceful villages situated at high altitudes accompanied by the warm hospitality of the people, Buddhist monasteries, chortens, gompas, prayer flags, Yak caravans, amazing landscapes, and mountain sceneries and diverse range of wildlife and vegetation. Yarsagumba or caterpillar fungus which is of high medicinal value is found in this region. The major attractions of this trek are Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa (Crystal mountain monastery) and Saldang even though every part of this trek is spectacular. The Upper Dolpo trek is physically challenging than most of the trekking routes because it includes lots of high passes. Despite the difficulty, the trek is an unforgettable journey and experience in the mythical high valleys.