The Dolpo region lies in the remote west of Nepal. Padma Sambhava brought Buddhism here in the 8th century. It is a succession of revelations to the enquiring trekker but it’s stony ways and cold passes test the muscles as well as expand the mind.
The Dolpo does not look or feel like the Kathmandu valley or even the Everest region. It is one of the few remaining undisturbed remnants of Tibetan culture and the last redoubt of the little-understood Bon religion that pre-dates Buddhism.
In 1956 David Snellgrove laid the way with his book “Himalayan Pilgrimage” closely followed by David Mattheiessen in 1973 with “The Snow Leopard,” then in 1999 Eric Valli brought the Dolpo to the screen with his stunning film “Himalaya.”
Only a limited number of people are allowed into the region annually. There is also a special fee attached to trekking in this region with precludes a lot of travellers. Check with Magical Nepal for the current price, but if you can afford it, and a three week trek would hardly do the area justice, you will not be disappointed.
Shey Gompa, the crystal mountain, and Phoksundo lake have evolved into a trek that is almost a pilgrimage. It is the highest inhabited land on earth, where the elusive snow leopard moves as soundless as a shadow, stalking small herds of Bharal on forgotten hillsides.
Remote and romantic, it has no major 8000 m peaks to entice with vertical adventures, but those who are drawn to its mystery are changed forever. For a single visit here to visit this ancient land has a way of haunting ones dreams with a demand to return.
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Nepal is probably the ultimate destination for climbers. With 8 of the world’s highest peaks, that is peaks over 8,000m, and of course the highest in the world, Mt Everest, Nepal is every mountaineer’s dream. This popularity started of course when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Everest in May 1953. Although there had been attempts earlier, this achievement drew world attention to the country. With over 1,300 peaks above 6,000, and with over 300 of them available to climb there is something for every level of mountaineer. Naturally no one starts at the top, so to speak! We find the majority of climbers coming to Nepal have at least some experience of Alpine climbing in other countries. For those who have trekked extensively at altitude, Nepal has some great trekking peaks where those with little or no climbing experience can cut their teeth.
In general, trekking and climbing peaks are regulated by the Nepal Mountaineering Association who issue permits for climbing all peaks up to the height of 6,400m (Mera Peak). For expedition peaks, the permits are issued by the Department of Tourism. There are currently 326 peaks open for climbing, which include 20 which are royalty free. Of these peaks, 22 have the condition that they are open for only Nepalese expeditions or joint Nepalese/ foreign expeditions. And there must be at least 3 team members who are Nepalese. Again there are further rules applying to 4 expedition peaks which require the peak to have already been submitted by a Nepalese team or a joint Nepalese/ foreign team.
Yes the rules can be a little confusing but we at Magical Nepal can keep you on the right track and obtain the correct permits for your team! In this section we provide you with information on some of our favourite expedition peaks.
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