This exciting new guidebook, the latest in their series of Himalayan Travel Guides, fills a void in the market. Hidden away in the west of Nepal, and barely accessible by a remote airstrip, a visit to Dolpo is a journey back in time to old Tibet, to distant valleys and soaring summits, where only yaks and a few hardy herders disturb the silence. The scenery is literally breathtaking and the sky's translucent colours sensational. Dolpo is becoming the new trekking destination for both experienced and novice trekkers.
Dolpo may not have the aura or international renown of the Everest region, but there is a magical air of mysticism about this forgotten land. It has a remote charm that calls for more trekkers to discover the treasures hidden in these wild landscapes. Dolpo is a place of mysterious canyons, sparkling summits and strangely sculpted outcrops. Its isolated inhabitants conduct their lives through the rhythms of Bon and Tibetan Buddhism; the monasteries are legendary and enticing. For so long beyond the horizon, Dolpo is astonishing and secretive.
Authors Bob Gibbons and Sian Pritchard-Jones first visited Nepal in 1974 and 1982 respectively. Bob arrived overland from the UK in an old Land Rover, at a time when Boudhanath stupa was surrounded by fields and Freak Street was host to travellers and hippies. Soon after that trip he worked as an overland driver and trek manager for Exodus. Sian trekked around Annapurna en route home from work in New Zealand, meeting Bob in Kashmir on another trek. Between 1983 and 1998 they led over forty trekking groups each in Nepal, making at least fifteen ascents of the famous Poon Hill. They continue to visit Nepal regularly, writing or editing books about the Himalayan region, trekking and occasionally driving overland.