Dolpa district is one of the beautiful districts among seventy-seven districts of Nepal. Covering an area of 7,889 sq.km, Dolpa is surrounded by beautiful Dhaulagiri ranges in east and south and Jumla district in the west. Exploring Dolpa serves your exhibition of remote valleys within Himalayan existence. The features seen in this destination are snowy peaks, ancient architectures, remote valleys, local lifestyles, wildlife, waterfalls, and some wonderful lakes. Surrounded by shiny rocks, forests, and snow, this destination has been one of the world’s “Natural Hidden Wonders”. One of the main attractions of Dolpa includes Shey Phoksundo National Park, a diversity of spectacular landscapes. Below listed are the best places to visit in Dolpa district:
1. Upper Dolpo
Upper Dolpo lies in the upper part of the Dolpa District of Nepal. This destination lies in high altitude region surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks. Upper Dolpo, a remote trekking point is also rich in cultural and spiritual surroundings. Trekking to Upper Dolpo is a beautiful adventure that lets you dive into the rich culture and a rare experience of a lifetime. Along with nature the destination also provides culturally rich monasteries and Gompas.
2. Lower Dolpo
Lower Dolpo serves beaten trekking experience witnessing the lush vegetation. Along with experiencing Bon Po and Chaiba culture, Lower Dolpo also serves stunning panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Api, and Kagmara Ri. The majority of people follow Buddhism in the area so you can experience a lifestyle of Buddhism. You will pass high passes and walk through adventurous trails.
3. Shey-Phoksundo Lake
Shey-Phoksundo Lake is alpine freshwater located in Shey-Phoksundo national park. Located at an elevation of 3,660m, this lake is considered as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations of Dolpo district. You can also enjoy Shey-Phoksundo National Park where it preserves endangered species like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, and jackal.
4. Shey Gompa
Shey Gompa/Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery established in the 11th century. Shey Gompa means Crystal Monastery in the Tibetan language. This monastery is considered to be the spiritual destination of Upper Dolpa. The monastery has a two-story building with Buddhist culture painting. Every twelve years, Shey Mela is held in the monastery where people from different countries visit to participate.
5. Norbung Kang
Dolpo, along with trekking, is also famous for peak climbing, mountaineering expedition. This peak is the new climbing peak in the Dolpo district. Norbung Kang Peak Climbing doesn’t only have the panorama of the Himalayas and adventure; you can also enjoy the culture that resembles Buddhism. Norbung Kang Peak Expedition has it all.
6. Dho Tarap Valley
Dho Tarap valley is a beautiful village located at the heart of Dolpo. The valley is full of breathtaking landscapes, spectacular villages, ancient monasteries, stupas, and mani walls. The beautiful lifestyle of Buddhism, their rich tradition and architecture are some additional spark of the valley. These features make this valley as the best places to visit in Dolpa.
7. Mt. Putha
Mt. Putha is the seventh peak of the Dhaulagiri range. The sacred mountain is mostly covered with thick snow. The peak is famous for the mountaineering expedition. Mt. Putha is technically safe to climb and a better option for people who want to climb mountains without much technical difficulty. It leaves a delightful memory for a lifetime. This mountain can also be a preparation expedition to climb technical mountains such as Mt. Everest and other 8,000m peaks.
8. Kanjiroba Peak
Kanjiroba Peak is also another beautiful option for mountaineering expedition in the Dolpo district. This unique icy peak is worth climbing to experience the adventure standing tall in 6882m. The peak hasn’t been explored by many travelers, so this is a journey of a lifetime to step your foot in the least explored beautiful peak. Along with adventure, the beginning route of the peak contains religious and culturally authentic people.
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