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Trekking in Western Region of Nepal

AN OVERVIEW

Western region still described as unexplored to the westerners as it is relatively inaccessible, some of culturally and scenically exotic area in restricted with high permit fee and far distance from Kathmandu. The region extends north to Tibet and south to India and ½ of the area of the western Nepal from kathmandu in the west to the Dhaulagiri Himal in the east, the tract of hill country drained by the Karnali and its tributaries is the wildest, most remote and least trekked part of Nepal and covers some of the most beautiful trekking destination with tranquil beautiful lakes, unique culture, yak caravans, deep forests/natural beauty and the legendary Shay Gompa and crystal Mountains.

Obscure and wondrous beauties like Api, Nampa, Saipal, Kagmara and Kanjiroba. Some of these treks, including Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksundo Lake and Humla are restricted areas. Main inhabitants in the region are Chhetri and few Tibetans in the border side. Most homes are built in Tibetan style and their flat roofs covered with packed earth are suited to the semi-arid conditions of the region behind Dhaulagiri Himal. Regular flights to Jumla, Dolpo, Mugu airstrips in the west reduce this remoteness somewhat but add considerably to the cost of trekking. So treks here tend to be expensive, since you and the gears must travel by plan or long advance and trekking are fully organized. The history and anthropology of western Nepal are complex and fascinating. Some of the main trekking destination and other trek essential facts are given here.

PERMIT AND FEE

As most of area of this region restricted, a trekking requires a high permit fee especially in Simikot and upper doplo. However no trekking is require to trek to Jumla Rara lake trek but National park (Rara and Shey-Foksundo National and other preserve) fee is require in western region as there are trek to this region also no requires a trekking permit except Kanchenjunga area but need a conservation and Makalu Barun National Park entry permit fee.

ACCESS

The most practical way to get there is by air as there is no road access. There few air strips in this region with regular flight from Nepalgunj to Dunai, Juphal, simikot and Mugu. The other option is drive to Baglung and walk in to for a week but it is not practical at this time.

PEOPLE AND CULTURE

The main ethnic group in this region is the Thakuri chettri. In the north part close to border to Tibet there are Sherpa and Tibetan too. Both Hindu and Buddhism are in practice but the majority is Hindu. There are some other coasts as well and dress up common to middle hill-inhabited peoples of Nepal, the culture is same though.

FLORA AND FAUNA

The region is rich in flora like ground orchids, edelweiss, corydalis, campanulas, impatiens, rose etc. Birds are seen here are snow pigeons, griffons, crow, eagle, impeyan pheasant and animals seen here are blue sheep, snow leopard, jackal, deer etc.

TRAIL AND FACILITIES

It is much difficult to trek in western region using teahouse for food and accommodation. So a trek to this region requires tented camp trek with food and necessary staffs.

SEASON

The best time to trek to this reason is August to September as the Dolpa area is rain shadow. This time, wildflowers are in bloom. However spring and autumn season are also good time to trek. The winter is cold and snow so it is not recommended time.

Trekking Trips in Western Region

 Lower Dolpo Trekking

Lower Dolpo Trekking

Treking in lower part of Dolpo also is without doubt one of the wildest and most remote trekking routes in Nepal - and one, which only the truly adventurous should consider. From Kathmandu either we take a flight in to Dunai in central western Nepal via Nepaljung or a bus drive to Beni and trek all the way to this region. You then commence trek up the Phoksumdo Valley through tiny villages and yak summer grazing lands

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Phoksundo/Rara Trekking

Phoksundo/Rara Trekking

Rara which is also called Mahendra lake, the biggest lake of Nepal (10'8 km2) is in the Rara National Park, above 2981 meters of altitude from the sea level, in Mugu district. This Park is expanded in between the 1800 to 4048 meters of unevenness height and richly expands with forest of confers, pines, black junipers, oaks, Indian cypresses of the Himalayas, chestnuts, walnuts, poplar, etc.

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Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper Dolpo Trekking

The northern part of Dolpo is usually called upper dolpo and the mail goal of trekking here is Shey Gompa. It is without doubt one of the wildest and most remote trekking routes in Nepal - and one, which only the truly adventurous should consider. From Kathmandu either we take a flight in to Dunai in central western Nepal via Nepaljung or a bus drive to Beni and trek all the way to this region.

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Rara Lake Trekking

Rara Lake Trekking

Rara which is also called Mahendra lake, the biggest lake of Nepal (10'8 km2) is in the Rara National Park, above 2981 meters of altitude from the sea level, in Mugu district. This Park is expanded in between the 1800 to 4048 meters of unevenness height and richly expands with forest of confers, pines, black junipers, oaks, Indian cypresses of the Himalayas, chestnuts, walnuts, poplar, etc.

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Upper Dolpa Bonpo Buddhism exprience Trek

Upper Dolpo – “An ancient trail in search of BON POS”

Bon is commonly considered to be the indigenous religious tradition of Tibet, a system of shamanistic and animistic practices performed by priests called BONPO. Although this is widely assumed by Buddhists, historical evidence indicates

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