The harvesting time in the Dolpo region is like a big annual festival during which all the schools and government offices are virtually shut down. The normal harvesting period stretches from May to June. After the snow melts in early May, the journey to the high-altitude regions of about 3500 meters above sea level, grassy, alpine meadows of the Himalayan Mountains begin for farmers’ groups where they spend a few weeks camping and collecting their prized treasure.
Nepal’s Himalayan region, wildlife and conversation area, and national parks are highly regulated by the state and federal government’s Ministry of Forest and Environment. The export of any forest products should pass through numerous processes and takes significant time. Only the recognized and registered indigenous people with proven knowledge of harvesting are allowed to enter the Himalayas region once a year for a limited time with a permit from the local forest office. The harvesting campaign generally takes 45-60 days. The farmers should return within this period and report to the government offices to declare the volume they have collected.
We collect our stock from the farmer and verify that the stock we buy is legitimate and reported to government authority so that the legality and authenticity of our product could be ensured.