Dolpa is claimed to be one of Nepal’s ‘hidden valleys’, sitting in the rain shadow of the giant Dhaulagiri (8,167m). It’s barren terrain, more akin to Tibet than anywhere else in Nepal, receives a fraction of visitors and can be ventured into when other parts of the country suffer from the monsoonal rain.
Access has greatly increased in recent years allowing you to journey through the districts greener southern fringes to the high mountain passes which are distinctively more Tibetan. Local farmers and nomads are cut off by snow from the rest of Nepal for most of the year, living in some of the highest villages found anywhere else on earth.
Nepal’s deepest lake – Phoksundo – glows turquoise and ultramarine and resembles a landscape associated more with the Rockies or Alps than Nepal. The trails traverse landscapes of green pastures and barren ridges that extend towards Tibet, this is a remote highland which gifts extraordinary views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) – the seventh highest mountain on earth – and its neighbouring ranges.