Lower Dolpo Trekking
Dolpo is located to the west of the Kali Gandaki Valley, including the Shey - Phoksundo National Park of Midwestern Nepal, in the rear of the Mt. Dhaulagiri, towards the Tibetan Plateau. Cut off by a series of very high passes, covered with snow most of the year; Dolpo remains a truly secluded section of Nepal. The finally preserved Ecosystem encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is a lifetime and larger than life experience. Dolpo is a hidden valley created by a Buddhist deity for his worshippers. Today, it is celebrated as a sample of original Tibet. Blue sheep, Himalayan black bear and the snow leopard are the most talked about fauna of this region. Dolpo is located inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park of mid-western Nepal, behind the North side of the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau.
Dolpo trek offers opportunities to visit beautiful lakes, relatively high passes, ancient villages, secluded Buddhist monasteries and also to experience the vast collection of wildlife inhabiting the region, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. The people of this region are a mixture of ethnic groups such as the Magar, Gurung and some Aryans and are quite different in culture and language to their cousins further east. Of particular interest are the Thakuri, the royal family caste. Lower Dolpo is thickly forested with conifers and cut by gushing rivers. Among the possibilities of many interesting animals and great many varieties of birds to be encountered through to the forest of Dolpo the prime attraction is the endangered musk deer, which may be glimpsed along the trails and to a great variety of birds. The upper portion of Dolpo, however, is an extension of the Tibetan Plateau and has the same wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet.
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