Dolpo is already a trekkers' paradise & is unspoiled as it does not attract that many crowds. When you explore the route and you will immediately know why it is marked as paradise. Even today it is one of the most restricted location that allows only around 250 foreign tourists visits per year.
Imagine the most expensive platinum ring and a very small but even more expensive diamond upon it. The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek explains precisely that the route avoids the reasonably traveled common routes of Upper Dolpo and brings you to Jomsom via largely untouched lands. You can also visit the pace at which the film "Himalayan Caravan" written by Eric Valli was shot.
Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is one of the places that still preserve pre-Buddhist religion based on shamanism -Bong Po. The tribes that are scattered throughout the region have many followers of the religion and give you a peek into Nepal before the advent of Buddhism. Here you have to be careful with the acclimatization schemes because you have to pass several high passes, such as the Kang La, Saladang La, Chharka La, etc. and most of them rise above 5000m.
Here you will also see majestic views of sparkling mountains, Lake Phoksundo, the old Shey monastery, the Shey Phoksundo National Park and modest yet beautiful settlements of the locals. Domestic behavior will cultivate in the urge to explore and engage more with the natives. You would also encounter different forests of bamboo, figs, pines, etc. and feel that your journey through the past has ended when you reach Jomsom, Mustang's headquarters.
Make sure you practice and get into your best shape before you embark on this adventure. This would certainly twist your guts and test your determination if you are a beginner but should be perfect for experienced adventurers.
- Exploring Phoksundo Lake (Nepal's deepest lake)
- View of stunning panoramic Himalayas and Mountains
- Indulging with the locals and knowing their lifestyle practices
- Learning a new culture and traditions
- One of the trails of Great Himalayan Trails (GHT)
- Tibetan Gompas, Monasteries, Mani Walls, Chortens