Dolpo 2019

Kim Hendrickx, Belgium

After the succesfull climb of the Mera Peak last year (april 2018) with Babu Magar, we completed in october 2019 again a challenging trek to Lower and Upper Dolpo. The Dolpo-region remains unspoiled by the hordes of trekkers found in other parts of the country (f.e. Upper Dolpo is a restricted area: access fee and limited visitors per year), so this makes it a more authentic, special and exclusive experience trekking destination. It’s not only amazing because of the magnificent scenery and animals you see (passing yaks, a lot of blue sheeps, birds, … but unfortunately no snow leopard 😉), but also because it offers an insight into the culture and traditions of this region. We visited a lot of ancient colourful monasteries, schools and interesting small villages where we made contact with the local people. The trip was planned in advance in consultation with Babu and having himself on our trip was an added value! We were a group of 8 trekkers of different ages (range 35-67 year), ability and level of fitness but they were able to made us traveling together as 1 group. So with attention for enough acclimatisation-time, we all crossed the 3 high passes succesfully in our own pace. Babu, Amrit and the rest of the crew (with local people), made our trip as safe and comfortable as possible. They were committed to their job and working very hard with a smile. They made us feel on a luxurious trekking with 5 star-meals every day!!! 😊 Not only taking care of us, but also of the environment. Thank you very much for the advice and guidance on the trail. I enjoyed the trip and I absolutely recommend trekking with these guides from Ascent Trails!