"Dolakha and Gaurishankar Conservation Area" Dolakha by Saagar

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Gaurishankar Conservation Area

My key interest in Dolakha is Gaurishankar Conservation Area, a protected landscape that just has been gazetted, but not yet formally decleared open. 3 village municipalities of Sindhupalchok district, 2 of Ramechhap and 17 of Dolakha district constitute the area of the newborn Gaurishankar Conservation Area. Gaurishankar is a prominent mountain with "camel humps" - Gauri and Shankar respectively - that has now been closed to climbing due to its holiness for both Tibetans on the northern side, the Sherpas and Hindu believers in the south. Gaurishankar gives its Nepali name to the conservation are.

This plugs the hole in the chain of environmentally protected areas from Kanchenjunga to Langtang. No doubt, VT will eventually add Gaurishankar CA as a place name for filing this info, but until that happens I will put my conservation area info on the Dolakha page. This info is focussed on visitors' interest and logistics of visiting. For more scientific knowledge there are other web info sources available. see my tips - eventually!

Why conservation of this area?

Landscape is beautiful
Conservation of Himalayan mammals and other animals and trees and plants.
Protection of important Hindu and Buddhist treligious sites
Caretaking of an important trekking route
Bringing alternative livelihoods to an impoverished people without destroying their culture.

What is there to do for the visitor?

2 main trekking routes: Kalinchok and Rolwaling.
Interconnecting trekking routes with Khumbu and Jugal Himal/Langtang
Several short trek options, at all grades
Stay options (Bigu gompa and Beding, Rolwaling)
Offseason trekking possibilities
Diverse cultures.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Little visited, varied cultures, landscape.
  • Cons:Limited teahouse trekking, few facilities besides the Rolwaling route
  • Last visit to Dolakha: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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