11. Upper Mustang:
Mustang is a lost Tibetan valley and is considered a hidden treasure of Nepal. Trekkers find Tibetan culture and mystical landscapes in the area. Mustang is a kingdom because there is a real “Mustang Raja” region that governs its own destinies.
Located north of Annapurna at the head of the Kali Gandaki, it is a region of Tibet within Nepal. Here are preserved paintings, tankas and huge statues of Buddhas and deities that protect their 16th century culture. The trekking begins and ends in Jomsom. You reach Lo Manthang through incredible rock gorges and lunar landscapes of the great Tibetan plateau.
Its height above sea level is more than 2500 km. People lived there with their distinctive life with their internal structure, customs, and culture. And since 1992, in general, they have been living this way, only now tourist groups can be found on the high mountain paths and passes.
The climate here is dry – due to the fact that the surrounding mountains well hold rain clouds, and it rains rarely. And in the gorges along the bed of the river Kali Gandaki a strong wind blows, which calms down only with the onset of night. So for hiking in these places, it is better to choose the time before lunch.
12. Rara National Park:
Rara National Park is a protected area in the Himalayas in the north-west of Nepal, created in 1976 in an area of 106 km². This is the smallest national park in the country. The main dominant of the park is the amazingly beautiful alpine lake Rara, located at an altitude of 2990 meters. And surrounded by coniferous forests and snow-covered Himalayan peaks.
This is a very secluded place, located away from the usual tourist routes. In the park, there are 1070 plant species. Up to a height of 3200 m, vegetation is represented mainly by the Himalayan pine, rhododendron, Indian juniper, West Himalayan spruce, and Himalayan cypress. Above 3200 m coniferous forests of fir, spruce and pine predominate.
The fauna is represented by 51 species of mammals, 241 species of birds, 2 species of amphibians and reptiles and 3 species of fish. Mammals include musk deer, lesser panda, snow leopard, Himalayan bear, Indian leopard, Himalayan tar, Harz, red wolf, gulman , rhesus monkey and others. In 1979, 3 new types of fish of the genus Marinka were found and described in Lake Rara .
In addition, in the same 1979, there was discovered a new endemic species of frogs – Nanorana rarica.
13. Nar Fu Valley:
Trek to the valley of Nar-Fu is an unforgettable adventure that will fill you with the joy of life, new forces, the desire to develop and grow! Here are very powerful energies for those who practice Yoga, Qigong, meditation. Here you can ideally “reboot” and return home with an updated, new and strong person.
Nar-Fu valleys, the second name of which is Hidden Valley – Secret / Hidden Valley. There are very few people here. A special permit is issued for the visit. Individual tourists are not allowed to get here. Visit the “reserved” villages of Nar and Fu, an important and ancient monastery of Tashi Lakhang. Nar-Fu Valley – a little-known natural Place of Power – a resource that “recharges” energy.
In Nepal, it has the status of “bayul” – “secret valley”, or “valley of the Force” (along with the region of Shey-Phoxundo). At the same time, technically the landscape is not difficult or even more dangerous. Trek to Nar-Fu valley is gradually gaining popularity. It is tucked between the more visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions.
14) Upper Dolpo:
Dolpo is geologically part of the sedimentary Tibetan-Tethys zone. It is surrounded by Himalayan mountain chains including the Dhaulagiri (8,172 meters (26,811 ft)). These cloud barriers cause a semi-arid climate, with reported annual precipitations of less than 500 millimeters (20 in).
Dolpo forms the greatest part of the area of the Dolpa District, but most of the district’s population is concentrated in the lower southern parts. The 1999 French-Nepalese movie gives insight into the local customs of Dolpo.
It was the first Nepalese film which was to be nominated for an Oscar award. And also a huge success in Nepal itself, drawing the country’s population attention to the region. The Dolpo are generally successor of Bon, a religion whose origins predate Buddhism.
But now the modern form is officially accepted as a fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism. The people of the remote region has preserved its Tibetan culture in relatively pure form, making it attractive to Westerners. In spite of the inaccessibility of the region and tourism restrictions for the more remote parts, Dolpa is one of the popular destinations for trekking tourism.
Author : Ankur Pradhan