This high-altitude, no-nonsense, very tough trek recommended only for the truly hardened trekker takes you to one of the most isolated corners of the upper Himalayan realm, remote and rugged Dolpo on the south edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Here, the people, mostly ethnic Tibetans who largely practice the pre-Buddhist-era Bon religion, still live the lifestyle of centuries ago in their miniscule villages clinging to cliffs overlooking deep gorges down which roar mighty snow-melt rivers. Passing through deep and rocky narrow valleys of the greater Tarap Valley and crossing three 16,000 feet-plus passes to reach fabled Shey (“Crystal Mountain”) Gompa (16,236’) can be considered a real trekking achievement. Add to this the dramatic crossing of the Kang-la Pass (18,040 feet) and descending to unbelievable Shey Phuksundo Lake (11,808 ft.). This magical corner of Nepal has been described a truly Himalayan inner sanctum – rugged, remote and virgin.
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