Upper Dolpo Upper Mustang Trek – Tibetan culture more authentic than than in Tibet itself
“Trekking in Dolpo that takes trekkers to Lake Phoksundo is a journey immersed in Tibetan culture. Until the 19th century a part of Dolpo was a province of Tibet. Dolpo has long been closed to tourists. Being the restricted region demanding hefty entrance fee Dolpo experience very few trekkers and hence the area still has great natural diversity and has preserved its traditions, culture and religion.”
Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek initially follows the trail along sub-tropical forest ultimately leading to Tibetan settlements where sights of the people of Dolpo with their yaks loaded with salt and other goods traverse high passes to Tibet to do the business are alluring beautiful. The trek between Dho to High Camp discovers large desert areas bordering Tibet. It is the mountain portion or rather high altitude nival region where we cross the challenging passes of the Numa La and Baga La, both 5000 m plus passes.
“The first highlight of Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek is Phoksundo Lake. The magnificence of Phoksundo lake alone justifies the trek to Dolpo and others are simply astounding beauties that only Dolpo can cater. Many monasteries including the Thashung Gompa at the lake shore Phoksundo was built 900 years ago. Lake Phoksundo, which is deepest lake in Nepal, is bordered by cliffs but also dense forests. The path is overlooking one of the most extraordinary routes to realize the beauty of this lake emerald color.”
Dolpo is the land of culture and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries with many extreme rawness & serenity. In fact we can say that the Dolpo region is more Tibetan than the present Tibet itself. Steep ridges, bare and barren mountains contrasts with grassy plains irrigated by glaciers and peaks over 6000 m are the beautiful landscapes sighted during the trek.