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Bonpo Sanctuary Trek

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“Bons few practices are totally opposite to the most peaceful philosophy on earth- Buddhism. Yet Bon is not rebellious religion, though has few followers now it is the religion prior to Buddha only trying to claim its sacred existence. Explore the thriving Bon Culture with us- Bonpo Santuary Trek” 

One of few last regions where Bon Religion still exists in its primitive form is Dolpo. Some of the Bonpo Monasteries in Dolpo are the oldest existing ones. Bon was the prevailing religion in Tibet before the majority of Tibetans adopted the Buddhism. Though Bon and Tibetan Buddhism existed side by side for ages, the present form of Bon adapts the fusion form of Bon and Buddhist principles hence; the indigenous form of Bon seems to fade out. The origin of Bon Religion relates to the myths of sacred figure Tonpa Sherub who lived in Western Tibet. Bon emphasis its religious grounds more on spirits and deities rather than the philosophy and hence the religion is sometimes regarded as Shamanism.

The Bon practices are the key factors that differentiate the religion with Tibetan Buddhism. Circumambulating the shrine anti-clockwise unlike Buddhists undertake the process clockwise. Similarly, revolving the prayer wheel to left and inscribing swastikha to the left are Bon’s practices whereas; Buddhists perform these rituals to the right. In addition, chanting mantra of the Bon is “Om Ma Tri Mu Ye Sa Le Du” but the Buddhists chant “Om Mani Padme Hum”. Bon also distinguishes itself from Buddhism on interpreting ancient teachings, religious dance forms, costumes and masks used during ceremonies and the patterns of religious paintings and statues.

Explore Dolpo’s Bon Sanctuary Trek takes you the several fascinating Bon Monasteries of Dolpo. Come join the Bon Sanctuary Trek with us.

This itinerary can be change as per  your  interest and time frame.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
  • Day 02:Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla
  • Day 03:Jumla to Gothichaur
  • Day 04:Gothichaur to Chotra
  • Day 05:Chotra to Kai gaon
  • Day 06:Kaigaon to Khaliban
  • Day 07:Khaliban to Karelikanda
  • Day 08:Karelikanda to Dunai
  • Day 09:Dunai to Bajribara
  • Day 10:Trek back to Dunai
  • Day 11:Dunai to Chhepka (2670m) 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 12:Chhepka to Pungmo
  • Day 13:Pungmo to Taparicha School
  • Day 14:Taparicha School to Phoksundo
  • Day 15:Rest day at Phoksundo
  • Day 16:Phoksundo to Sallaghari 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 17:Sallaghari to (Mandala Camp) Kangla BC (4100m) 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 18:Kangla BC (Mandala) to Kangla pass (5240m) Shey Gompa( 4280m) 5-6hrs
  • Day 19:Shey Gompa to Shyamling Gompa
  • Day 20:Shaymling to Campsite
  • Day 21:Campsite to Saldang
  • Day 22:Saldang to Rakyor
  • Day 23:Rakyor to Campsite
  • Day 24:Campsite to Takyu via Chang La Pass
  • Day 25:Takyu to Dho (3944m)
  • Day 26:Dho to Campsite
  • Day 27:Campsite to Pass camp
  • Day 28:Pass camp to Chharka
  • Day 29:Chharka to Nulungsumda
  • Day 30:Nulungsumda to Ghalden Ghuldum
  • Day 31:Ghalden Ghuldum to Sangta
  • Day 32:Sangta to Kagbeni
  • Day 33:Kagbeni to Jharkot and then to Muktinath
  • Day 34:Muktinath to Lubrak
  • Day 35:Lubrak to Jomsom

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Ajaya Bajracharya

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