Dolpa in Nepal

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People Name: Dolpa
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,000
World Population: 4,000
Primary Language: Sherpa
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 1.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


Most Dolpo have settled down to permanent villages, but some continue to lead a nomadic life, traveling with their herds. Their villages are located 12,000-15,500 feet above sea level. Their rough stone houses make their villages look like forts. Severe weather has made the Dolpo a hardy people. They have been in Nepal for many centuries, but probably originated in Tibet. Buddhism and the ancient Bon religion exist harmoniously side by side among the Dolpo.

Ministry Obstacles

The Dolpo people live in remote portions of Nepal, at high elevations. Also, there are few Christian resources available in their language.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Dolpo. Perhaps Nepali believers will be led to take these recordings to the Dolpo people, being available to answer their questions and start a fellowship of believers. Pray to this end.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

In recent years, a few Dolpo individuals have become followers of Christ. They need the prayers of outsiders. Pray their faith will be strengthened. Pray they will have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Ask God to deliver families and communities within the Dolpa people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings. Until very recently the Dolpo were totally untouched with the Gospel of Christ. Pray these many years of darkness will be replaced with the pervading light of the Gospel of Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project