Ideal time to trek in Nepal is obviously spring and autumn. That’s why most of the foreign Himalayan admirers visit Nepal during these two seasons. However if you are looking something different and want to do treks in Nepal in less crowd season then winter trekking in Nepal would be wonderful experience.
Located in the North Western Nepal, inhabited by Himalayan Magar people Tichurong valley is the one of the most alluring winter trekking destination of Nepal. The altitude ranges from 2180m to 4450m from the sea level, is the historical place of Dolpo.
The culture in this valley has typical than other Magar and Himalayan people of Nepal. Though people here are followers of Bon, Buddhism and Shamanism they also following their own animistic practices.
Why winter trek in Tichurong valley?
You may have arisen a question, why winter trek in Tichurong valley is best one, the answer is simple. Firstly, trekking in Dolpa Tichurong valley comprises two weeks to three weeks, hence depending on the your timeframe the you can customize your trek.
Secondly, the great festival “Rung” of people of Tichurong valley takes place only in winter (January), which is celebrated about a month with many customs and rituals.
Thirdly, in Tichurong there are several age old Bon, Budhhist monasteries of different sects of Mahayana Budhhism.
Last but not least, in this trek we can observe and experience very close views of surrounding mountains such as, Putha Hiunchuli, Dolpo Himal, Kanjiruwa Himala, Churen Himal, Mukot Himala etc.
Tichurong” is permutation of ‘Tise and rong’ in Tibetan language ‘Tise’ means Mt.Kailash and ‘rong’ means the valley. Hence, Tichurong is the valley which has geographical alignment with Mt.Kailash. In the biography of his holiness Lama Tatu Urgyan Tenjin’s life history, it is mentioned that Tichurong is the borderline of Himalayan(Bhot/Poe) and Lower Land(Khasan/Mhon), Tichurong (Poe rang Mhon e sajam).
Tichurong valley is also known as, ‘Rong’, ‘Taral’, the inhabitants in this valley are follower of Lama Buddhism and Bon, Shamanism. However, they have their own indigenous God ‘Chyohopata’ and they celebrate Rung, Rungma, Chhaigo, and Maghe Sangkranti etc. as their major festival.
Dolpa Tichurong Heritage Trek is a complete exploration and discovering Tichurong valley of Dolpa district. In this trek we, explore the historical, religious and cultural heritages of Tichurong valley. We stay in local houses and eat local foods to experience the local livelihood. This trek takes you from Dunai to Tuppatara, a village where ‘Mappa Jhankri’ is originated, then to Shahartara, hot spring and Gumbatara.