Lower Dolpo Trekking
Lower dolpo Trekking is true adventure redefined - a trekking mission into unchartered territory we all know as ‘the Dolpo’, a symbol of the real wilderness desolate in isolation but yet one of Nepal’s true gems of raw beauty that still fascinates those who dare to enter its space in the far corners of Nepal’s blistering Himalayas.Lower Dolpo Trek dares anyone of character with adventure in your bloodstream.this is Nepal’s version of the ‘wild west’.just get set and jet into Nepal! Not many trekkers go the yard in seeking to break through the soul of Dolpo, a region that captivated the heart of Eric Valli who produced the famous film - 'Himalaya'. This isolated region is one place in Nepal that reckoned on stopping the clock from moving, and the spiritual mix of faiths as old as the sun with the rough and tough folks who survive by cultivation and bartering with Nepal and Tibet make this a place worth visiting, despite the harsh conditions which puts more spice into the zone where the beauty is rugged and painful – but still attracts hard core adventure lovers from far and wide. The pious heart of lower Dolpo is what we know as the 'Crystal Mountain' and the 12th century Shey Gompa is the pillar stone of its very foundations. This venture provides a view which is enough to satiate for a lifetime, and getting glimpses of some of Dolpo’s highest points in the far out highlands at once defies words…and the imaginations.
Dolpo is geographically placed far out in the western Himalayan region, weather-beaten by howling high winds, baked and parched landscapes, the cold is bitter in the winter months and almost inaccessible from the progress of the world from the outside, making this area a true example of what its like fighting everyday against the ruthless forces of nature. The arduous trails take us through some high mountain passes and a few scattered villages that and blends superbly with Mother Nature tell us how life moves down here; the mountains in the back ground are unbelievable with gorgeous backgrounds and chocolate box hamlets. This is an ideal combo of exploring nature along with perceptive cultural experiences, we hear amazing superstitions as we walk into ancient Buddhist and Bon Po villages and interact with the local folks, cutting across high passes, lovely tranquil clean lakes, far flung Buddhist monasteries, we also get to watch the large assortment of endangered but protected fauna, which include Blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr and the elusive Snow Leopard. Another attraction hereabouts is the medicinal plant, Yarchagumba (Coerdiopsis sinensis) a wild type of mushroom that grows in plenty in this region. Extracts from Yarchagumba herb is said to significantly improve health and ideal for sexual stimulation. While hiking into this magic land of secrecy we come across the local folks collecting Yarchagumba [now a million dollar industry] in the fields and meadows at high elevations, and some even die while searching for this herb due to inadequate protection from the cruel condition in this lovely region.
Our odyssey concludes through a path that crosses the village of Tarakot by the gushing Tarap gorge as we reach Juphal and Nepalgunj for our flight back to Kathmandu and the comforts of our hotel. If adventure into mythical unknown virgin territory is your forte, then Trekking the Lower Dolpo is something you sure want to do once in your lifetime.