“An area having relatively little precipitation due to the effect of a topographic barrier, especially a mountain range, that causes the prevailing winds to lose their moisture on the windward side, causing the leeward side to be dry.“
Likewise, there are few places in Nepal which receives lesser rainfall in a year, making it a haven for monsoon trekking. These areas are accessible throughout the year. Dolpo, Tsum valley and Mustang are the major rain-shadow areas. Dolpo and Mustang are also the restricted region, which requires you to obtain a special permit to enter.
Upper Dolpo is a high-altitude region located at western Nepal. A rain-shadow area, Upper Dolpo receives least rainfall; therefore, most of the terrain resembles a desert like landscape and can be trekked throughout the year. It lays close to Tibet in the North, therefore, the inhabitants, local culture, dialect and architecture resembles its northern counterpart. […]Read More
Manang is a city located inside the Manang district of mid-western Nepal. It lies to the north of Annapurna mountain range and around Marshyangdi River. It also forms a part of the greater Annapurna circuit trail. Gangapurna, and Annapurna I,II and III peaks are clearly visible from Manang. The trek begins from Besisahar, and advances […]Read More
Tsum Valley is one of Nepal’s remotest valleys located amidst the mountains. The access to the region was recently provided, however, it is still considered one of the restricted regions. The trek takes around the majestic Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. Predominantly Tibetan, the region is closer to Tibet in terms of […]Read More
Muktinath is a revered site located at the foot of Thorong La Pass in the Mustang district of Nepal. A fervently visited site by both the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, it also makes up for a great outdoor destination for the trekkers. The shorter trail starting from the outskirts of Pokhara is well gifted with […]Read More
Nar Phu is a restricted region located in the mid-western region of Nepal. It was closed until 2002 when the government decided to open the region for trekking. The valley is entirely culturally Tibetan, and the lifestyle and landscape resembles that of Tibet. Tucked between the popular Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu valley is […]Read More
A former kingdom of Lo, Mustang is a discreet region located in the western Nepal and bordering with the Tibet in the North. It is one of the rain-shadow areas, therefore, tourists can visit the region throughout the year. Formerly, the Mustang inhabitants were the adherents of Bon religion, which predates Buddhism. The tradition of […]Read More