In Nepal, A Trek Full of Cultural Treasures

 

Four years ago, Hong Kong–based adventurer Adrian Bottomley embarked on a solo expedition to inspect a newly opened trekking route in the Tibetan borderlands of northeastern Nepal. It was here that he chanced upon the remote village of Olanchung Gola, home to a weaving community steeped in tantric Buddhist tradition. This November 10–29, through his outfit Whistling Arrow, Bottomley will be leading a small group of intrepid guests to revisit Olanchung Gola, join a tantric festival held at a neighboring 450-year-old monastery, and even trek up to a sacred lake usually off-limits to outsiders. The literal high point is the Lumbasumba Pass at 5,160 meters, but equally alluring are the views stretching down into Tibet, and the solitude found amid the forests of pine and rhododendron (US$4,450 per person).

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Back to the Fold”).

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