Dhaulagiri (8,167M.) is the World's sixth highest mountain peak. It is part of great massif that includes 14 other summits exceeding 7,000 meters. The jagged ridgeline READ MORE...
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Standing in the midst of the rugged natural landscape of Dolpa in all its beauty, and experiencing its remoteness you cannot help but feel that this is Shangri - la - a region with an aura of mysticism about it. Dolpa, also called “Ba Yul” or the Hidden Valley, has fascinating villages and is a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Isolated and secluded from the outside world by spiraling high mountain passes and restricted entry, mysterious Dolpa had long fascinated and frustrated travelers. David Snellgrove first revealed the mysteries of Dolpa in his book Himalayan Pilgrimage (1961). Peter Matthiessen’s description of Shey Gompa (Crystal Monastery0 in the snow leopard (1979) further piqued readers’ interest.
In 1988, the valleys leading to Dolpa’s Shey-Phoksundo National Park were de-restricted to organized trekking groups who are self-sufficient in food and fuel. Lake Phoksundo is the major attraction of Dolpa. The newly promoted Dolpa Experience Circuit links Phoksundo experience with the natural beauty and cultural experience of Dho and other villages enroute. Another newly promoted trail Dolpa Heritage Circuit takes one through the many monasteries and Buddhist gompas. There are altogether 130 gompas in Dolpa, some of their histories going back to very early times.
Equally breathtaking is Nepal’s cultural heritage. The Kathmandu valley with temples, shrines and other monuments packed into its nook and cranny, as well as its arts and crafts, architecture and the year round celebrations that mark numerous festivals, is the cultural hub of the nation. The practices and beliefs of the diverse communities living elsewhere in the Kingdom have added extra colour and flavour to Nepal’s vibrant culture.
The medicinal plant, Yarchagumba (Coerdiopsis sinensis) a type of wild mushroom is found in abundance in this region. Extracts from Yarchagumba are believed to significantly improve health and fitness.
Shey Phoksundo National Park, Lake Phoksundo and Shey Gompa are the prime attractions of this region. Newly promoted circuits, which encompass the prime attractions and also offer uniquely Dolpa experiences are: Dolpa Experience Circuit and Dolpa Heritage Circuit.