Dolpo Region trekking
Dolpo is a medieval Himalayan district of western Nepal and was closed for outsiders until 1989. The region is influenced by the Tibetan culture and bordered in the north by the Tibet autonomous region of China. Dolpo has several amazing itineraries to trek and Upper Dolpo trek and Lower Dolpo trek are the most popular and stunning treks in this region.
Dolpo, the remote and restricted area, to the southwest lies Dhaulagiri, the 6th Highest mountain in the world 8,167 metres (26,795 ft), this massif and its outliners create a rain shadow that determines much of Dolpo’s climate. Although no meteorological records have been kept in Dolpo, its valleys probably receive less than five hundred millimeters of precipitation yearly.
Dolpo region is home to some of the highest villages on earth; almost 90% of the area lies above 3500meters. And the region is occupied less than five thousand people, making it one of the least densely populated areas of Nepal. Its inhabitants wrest survival from this inhospitable landscape by synergizing agriculture, animal husbandry and trade. Dolpo,s agro-pastoral livelihood is characterized by migrations between permanent villages and pastures at higher altitudes. More than 90% of the population lives under the poverty line, literacy is low, and life expectancy is a mere fifty years.
The region is popular for its uniqueness and hard to match for its pristine beauty and rugged charm, where you can still have opportunity to meet the nomadic people and the way of their life style almost untouched and unexplored. The people very pleasant by nature are of Tibetan descent who follow the pre-Buddhist Bon religion. The language they speak is closely related to Tibetan. There are 64 big and small monasteries in Dolpo. Most of the monasteries are built on the top of the high mountains. Some of them are even found around rocky isolated surroundings. Since it is believed that the followers of spiritual world should live peaceful and isolated life, most of the monasteries are found in calm and lonely places. The Himalayas offer an endless variety of landscapes, culture, tradition and great people. This unbounded diversity makes it a destination you can visit over and over again. It even becomes more interesting and fascinating with every time you return.