This trekking is less visited and traveled by trekking companies or by westerners. Hence, this path to lower Dolpo from Dhorpatan is more of an exploration. The itinerary that we have set is a guideline where one can revise the route as the walk progresses as per the trail and weather conditions suitable for clients and porters. The leader and our head guide will opt the best way possible to make this trek interesting and adventurous. Dolpo lies on the midway between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himal range, the highest altitude of inhabited land in Dolpo. Geographically a southern extension of Tibet, it is located within the borders of the kingdom of Nepal. It has also been the country’s largest national park and conservation since 1984. Apart from being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing. After Pokhara, this wonderful adventure begins from Beni encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendrons. The trek further passes by many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Jaljala pass at 3,5100m till we reach lower Dolpo. Dolpo, one of the most beautiful trekking areas in the remote far corners of Nepal, is rarely visited by outsiders.
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you.
A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport our Himex representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
A day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour
Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 6-7 hrs journey
As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, following upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River, and then gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. The drive from here goes through uphill into zigzag road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends through zigzag road up to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. On reaching Beni, drive moves along the bank of Myagdi River. This is one of the picturesque road journeys.
Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki Camp. Being the districts headquarter, Beni has a police check post where our trekking permits will be examined.
Drive to Darbang 1,150m. 3-4 hrs.
From Beni the drive leads to Tatopani, from Tatopani, heading towards the village of Darbang. The inhabitants of Darbang are skilled at Khukuri makers. The skill has been passed on for generations and every house in this village, the skill of Khukuri making. Khukuri is a curved Nepalese knife used both as a weapon and a tool. It is also a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of The Gurkha Rifles.
Trek to Muri near Takam Village 1,885m 5-6 hrs.
Leaving Darbang we make our way to another village towards Muri near Takam. We pass through forests covered with oak, pine and rhododendron trees and reaching the village Magar tribe at Muri near Takam a large mid hill village from this village the trail to Dhorpatan and around Dhaulagiri route splits, as our route heads further North West.
Trek to the base of Nautale pass (3,970m) 5-6 hrs.
Today trek towards Nautale pass as the walk leads past Pelma and Dhule where there are smaller hamlets and scattered farm houses and shades the walk leads for about six hours. At first we trek through gentle flat land with green hills on both sides. After some distance, the path goes quite up for a long distance passing through villages. We reach the base of Nautale at near 3,250 m to camp where we retire for the day.
Trek to near or at Purbong 3,500m 6-7 hrs
The trek from here leads further north west where one can view the massif Dhaulagiri and Gurja Himal where the Sen khola (stream) and Soure Khola flows following upstream till Purbong is reached for the overnight stop Purbong is the only village till Tarakot is reached.
Trek to Jaljala pass at 4,523m 6hrs.
On leaving Purbong it’s in complete isolation walking through the rhododendron forest and in the meadows where few Shepherd huts and shade can be seen along the way, overnight camp near the base of Jaljala pass at 3,750m after a hard interesting walks
Trek to Samdeling 3,400m 6 hrs.
The trekking passes the Jaljala ridge and the pass form where one can get fantastic views of Dhaulagiri V and the Annapurnas. There are chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the walk uphill takes nearly 4 hrs but worth the views and scenery of vast landscapes along with Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Gurja Himal 7,195 at close distance from the top descend towards on the gradual slope reaching the grassy field and rhododendron bushes till a small village of Samdeling is reached for the overnight.
Trek to Tuppa Tara near Tarakot 2,700m 5-6 hrs.
From here the walk leads to the trails through flat land most of the way along the bank of river passing through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron, juniper and other local vegetation, reaching at Tuppa Tara where it houses an old Bon Monastery The village includes several villages inhabited by hill tribes as well as people of Tibetan descent who supplement farming with trade and animal husbandry.
At Tuppa Tara a rest day.
You can visit monastery, chortens and local markets. The typical houses with wooden roofs attract you. You can learn about the social and cultural life style of local inhabitants.
Trek to Dunai 2,150m. 6 hrs.
The walk gets better as path loose the altitude day by day the trail continues on the lower part of Rahagaon, a Thakuri village t 2,909m. There is a gompa dedicated to the local god, Mastha, which overlooks the village, this route from here descend to Dhera below the stream, a winter settlement where people from higher villages keep herds of cows and goats.
From the stream leads our trek leads to a gentle climb past scattered houses and walnut groves coming out of the large side canyon, then descending down the side of the treeless Thulo Bheri valley and walking past the hospital to cross the new suspension bridge coming to the familiar statue of late King Mahendra at Dunai for the overnight camp before Jhuphal.
Trek to Jhuphal 2-3 hrs.
The journey back to Jhuphal for the last camp of this great memorable adventure
Fly from Jhuphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
A morning scenic flight to Nepalgunj, overlooking stunning views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north, on arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu, if it's in the afternoon will have time for few hours to refresh in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj. Then connect with flight back to Kathmandu.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
4. Transportation Kathmandu / Beni by private Non AC Vehicle.