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Dolpa Region

Dolpa region is Tibet like area interms of Geography and culture situated in Dolpa District, the biggest district, bordered in the north by the Tibet one third Part of the region lays in Shey Phoksundo National Park. The sparse, agro-pastoral population, known as Dolpa in standard Tibetan and Dhol-wa in the local dialect, is connected to the rest of Nepal via Juphal airport, which can be reached in three days by horse.

Most of the people who have been to Dolpo from Adventure mission Nepal have referred this area as the best trekking area they have ever experienced .The people of Dolpo are called Dolpalis and they are the adherents of Bön, a religion which is similar to Tibetan Buddhism but it is regarded older than Buddhism itself. The Bonpo religion is regarded as the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism. The region has successfully preserved the essence of its tradition and culture. Although the region was opened for foreigners only after 1992, in a short span of time it has become one of the most popular region for trekking in spite of the need to follow some strict formalities for admission into Dolpo.

Dolpa lies in the sedimentary Tibetan-Tethys zone in the Tibetan Plateau. The view of Dhaulagiri (8,172 metres (26,811 ft) is magnificent from here, including the other smaller peaks. The annual rainfall in Dolpo is only 500 millimeters as Dolpo lies in the rain Shadow area. The lack of precipitation here makes it a cold desert so there is very less cultivation and most of the people here rely on animal husbandry. Most of the people have trade with Tibet as their main occupation.