The Dolpo region of Nepal is pretty much like Tibet in terms of geography and culture. Situated in Dolpa District, is the biggest district of Nepal, and bordered by Tibet in the north.
One-third of the region lay in Shey Phoksundo National Park. This national park was established in 1984 and covers an area of 3555 sq km comprising the districts of Dolpa and Mugu of the Mid-Western Region in Nepal. The difference in elevation ranges from 2130m to 6885 m.
The light, agro-pastoral (relying on agriculture and animal husbandry) population is coined as Dolpa in standard Tibetan and Dhol-wa in the local dialect - is connected to the rest of Nepal via Juphal airport - which can be reached in three days by horse.
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The people of Dolpo are called Dolpalis and they are the adherents of Bön, a religion that is similar to Tibetan Buddhism but a bit older than Buddhism itself. The Bonpo religion is regarded as the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The region has successfully preserved the essence of its tradition and culture. Although the region was opened for foreigners only after 1992 - in a short span of time, it has become a very popular region for trekking, in spite of having to follow some strict formalities for admission into Dolpo.
Dolpa lies in the sedimentary Tibetan-Tethys zone in the Tibetan Plateau. The views of Dhaulagiri (8172 m at 26811 ft) are really magnificent from here. Plus views of other smaller peaks can also be relished will full intensity.
The annual rainfall in Dolpo is only 500 millimeters as Dolpo lies in the rain shadow area. The lack of precipitation here makes it a cold desert. Thus, a consequence of very little cultivation. People here rely on animal husbandry and have trade with Tibet as their primary occupation.