Dhorpatan to Lower Dolpo Trek

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Starts / EndsKathmandu / Kathamndu
  • Total duration23 days trip
    18 days trekking
  • Max. Altitude4,465m
  • Group SizeMin.1 Max.10
  • MealsBreakfast, Launch & Dinner
  • GuideLocal guide
  • Departure Fixed/On request
  • TransportationFlight and Private vehicle


Moderate To Strenuous Grade C

Trekking Category

Fully Organized Camping Trek

  • Best MonthMay - October.
  • Accommodation2-4 star room
Tour Details

Beni-Dhorpatan-Dolpo Trek in far western region of Nepal is one of the longest and the most beautiful trekking routes that takes you to the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and pristine Dolpo region. It is relatively less trodden trekking route, not been explored by many trekkers like other trekking regions of the country. This was the trekking route used by Peter Matthissen and George Schaller in their search for the snow leopard and themselves. One should be physically and mentally well-prepared for this long trek. You need to have enough patience, strong determination and preparedness to complete this classic trek.
The journey begins via. Beni and Dhorpatan taking you to Nepal’s hidden treasures that include Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve with unique flora and fauna, trans Himalayan ancient caravan trail, ancient Bon Monasteries, deep gorges, spectacular high passes, dry and rugged alpine landscape, sparsely populated villages, turquoise lake of Shey Phoksundo and much more attractions.

Beni to Dolpo trek is graded as challenging as you will have to cross 5000 meters over two main high passes namely Numala and Bagala and trek to a very remote, unexplored areas of Nepal. During the trek, you will have to make lots of ascents and descents. This is the difficult part of the trek but on the other hand, you will be rewarded with the great views of the Himalayan mountains chain. From DhoTarap Valley you will have the mesmerizing views being in the midst of Nature and clear sky. Leaving DhoTarapValley you will head to Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal and very popular for its crystal clear and turquoise color water. Lake Phoksundo is well portrayed in Eric Valli’s Caravan (Himalaya) movie, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film for Oscar award in 1999. The movie presents the most beautiful views of Dolpo and Yak caravan. Other highlights of the trek are Shey Phoksundo National Park, Buddhist Monasteries, well-preserved ancient culture and traditions of the people, well-preserved ecosystem of plants and wildlife.

The best time for Beni- Dolpo trek is from May to November. Beni-Dolpo trek is full board camping equipped with trekking crew, fuel, sufficient food, tents and cooking utensils.
Considering the remoteness and challenging high passes, we recommend only to those experienced trekkers who want to attempt Beni to Dolpo Trek.

Tour Highlights
  • Explore high passes, jungle ravines, scattered villages and monasteries
  • Enjoy walking through Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and SheyPhoksundo National Park witnessing rare species of flora and fauna
  • Rewarded with Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditional lifestyle & ancient Bon Po religion
  • Catch beautiful sight of Mt. Dhaulagiri, ChurenHimal, GurjaHimal and PuthaHiunchuli
  • Feel the real experience being in the wilderness
Tour Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu and  transfer to Hotel

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal Fair Step Trekking will warmly welcome you with a Khata garland. Our representatives will assist you with immigration and customs before transferring you to your hotel. We’ll provide a brief orientation and be available to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy your stay and trekking adventure with us!

Day 2: Permit Preparation/ Sightseeing day in Kathmandu

During your stay in Kathmandu, Nepal Fair Step Trekking will handle the permit preparations for your trek. We can also arrange a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, allowing you to explore cultural landmarks like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa. Enjoy a hassle-free experience with us.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara

The most convenient way to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara is by air. Domestic airlines in Nepal operate regular flights between the two cities. The flight duration is approximately 25-30 minutes, and it offers beautiful aerial views of the Himalayas. You can book a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu) to Pokhara Airport.

Day 4:Drive from Pokhara to Dhorpatan by Jeep 7 hrs

Drive from Pokhara to Dhorpatan by jeep, which takes approximately 7 hours. Start from Pokhara and drive towards Baglung. Continue to Darbang and then proceed to Dhorpatan. Be prepared for varying road conditions and consider hiring a sturdy vehicle. Ensure you have proper permits and adhere to traffic regulations. Plan ahead and check road conditions and weather forecasts.

Day 5: Trek from Dhorpatan to Thakur( 3,190m) 7-8 hrs

Trek from Dhorpatan to Takur (3,190m) takes around 7-8 hours. Start from Dhorpatan and follow the trail through scenic landscapes and rural villages. Ascend to Takur, enjoy the mountain views. Overnight stay options available. Prepare with permits, necessary gear, and local guidance. Check weather conditions before the trek.

Day 6:Trek from Takur to Pelma /Tatopani (2,400m) 7-8 hrs

Trek from Takur to Pelma/Tatopani (2,400m) takes around 7-8 hours. Start from Takur and descend through diverse landscapes. Reach Pelma or Tatopani, known for hot springs. Overnight stay options available.

Day 7: Trek from Takur to Pelma /Tatopani (2,400m) 7-8 hrs

The trek from Takur to Pelma/Tatopani typically takes around 7-8 hours. Start from Takur, descend through diverse landscapes, and reach Pelma or Tatopani at 2,400m. Plan for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Trek from Dhule to Seng Khola (4,000m) 5-6 hrs

Trek from Dhule to Seng Khola (4,000m) takes 5-6 hours. Start from Dhule, and ascend through scenic landscapes to reach Seng Khola. The trek typically takes a half day, allowing for breaks and rest stops along the way. The duration may vary depending on your pace and the conditions of the trail.

Day 9:Trek from Seng Khola to Purpang (4020m) 6-7 hrs

Trek from Seng Khola to Purpang (4,020m) takes 6-7 hours. Start from Seng Khola, ascend through scenic landscapes to reach Purpang. Stay updated on the weather forecast and be prepared for potential changes in weather conditions at higher altitudes. Adjust your plans accordingly to ensure safety.

Day 10: Trek from Purpang to Sahar Tara (3010m)/ Tarakot 6-7 hrs

The trek from Purpang to Sahar Tara typically takes several days and involves crossing challenging terrain. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find specific details about Sahar Tara. It’s possible that the location or name might not be widely known or documented.

Day 11: Trek from Tarakot to Laina Odar (3375m) 7-8 hrs

Day 12: Trek from Laina Odar to Toltol (3523m) 7-8 hrs

Trek from Laina Odar to Toltol (3,523m) takes 7-8 hours. Start from Laina Odar, ascend through scenic landscapes to reach Toltol. The trekking trail will lead you through scenic landscapes, including rugged terrains, valleys, and mountainous paths.

Day 13: Trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap (3944m) 7-9 hrs

The trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap, situated at an altitude of 3,944 meters, usually takes around 7-9 hours. The trekking trail will guide you through diverse landscapes, including valleys, forests, and mountainous terrain.

Day 14:Rest in Dho Tarap

Day 15: Trek from Do Tarap to Numa La High Camp (4440m) 5-6 hrs

Day 16: Trek from Numa La High Camp to Danigar( 4500m), Crossing Numa La Pass ( 5309m) 6-8 hrs

Day 17 : Trek from Danigar to Yak Kharka, crossing Baga La Pass ( 5180m) 5-6 hrs

Day 18: Trek from Yak Kharka to Ringmo village/(Phoksundo lake) (3600m) 3hrs

Day 19:Trek from Ringmo to Chhepka( 2950m) 6-7 hrs

Day 20:Trek from Chhepka to Rupghat and drive to Juphal by jeep

Day 21:Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 22:Free day in Kathmandu or Sightseeing ( optional)

Day 23:Departure from Nepal

Tour Package

Price Includes

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Airport pickup and drop (domestic and international)

Local transportation; (Domestic flight, road transport according program)

Hotels: (4/2) star standard hotel including breakfast (according to program in Kathmandu& other places)

Welcome and farewell dinner

Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Patan Durbar square, Swyambunath, Pashupatinath)

Sighseeing Bhaktapur and Boudhanath

Camping/ Lodge Trek’s cost according to program

Full board during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Government-licensed guide (English speaking or other foreign language if requested)

Required numbers of porters (1 porter for 2 guests; 12 kg per guest in Tea house trek)

Sightseeing entry fees/national park /conservation/restricted area permit fees (monasteries, temples, Stupa entrance fees but not donation.)

TIMS (Trekker’s information Management System) permits or peak climbing permit fees (according to your program)

Group First Aid Kits (We recommend bringing your personal first aid kit as well.)

Trekking bag for each guest.

Staff insurance


Trekking bag for each guest

Nepal Fair Step Trekking printed T-Shirt

Price Excludes

International airfare from and to your country

Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD 50 cash for 30 days visa and need to fill online form)

Excess baggage charges

Personal gears

Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters

Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)

Any meals (lunch &dinner) in Kathmandu – $ 10 to 15 for per meal in tourist restaurant (except welcome and farewell dinner)

Any kinds of drinks (alcohol &non-alcoholic beverage) neither during the trek nor in Kathmandu

Tips for staff (not mandatory but expected)

Hot shower, recharging of batteries (available during the

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