The Ultimate Lower Dolpo

* Journey to the remote cultural destination of Nepal through the old Trans-Himalayan caravan route
* Ancient Bon-po (pre-Buddhist) culture and on the legendry snow leopard trail, least visited area, Nepal's wild-wild west
* Ancient tradition and villages on the backdrop of the high snow capped peaks, tranquil forest and pristine lake


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.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 6-7 hrs journey.
Day 04: Drive to Darbhang 1,150m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Muri near Takam Village 1,885m 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to the base of Nautale pass (3,970m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to near or at Purbong 3,500m 6-7 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Jaljala pass at 4,523m 6hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Samdeling 3,400m 6 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Tuppa Tara near Tarakot 2,700m 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: At Tuppa Tara a rest day.
Day 12: Trek to Dunai 2,150m. 6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Jhuphal 2-3 hrs.
Day 14: Fly from Jhuphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 15: In Kathmandu.
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 14 Apr-29 Apr  Available
 20 Oct-04 Nov  Available
Day 01:

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.
Day 02:

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.
Day 03: 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.
Day 04: 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.
Day 05:  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.
Day 06: 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.
Day 07:

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.
Day 08: 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.
Day 09:  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.
Day 10: 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.
Day 11:

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.
Day 12:

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.
Day 13:

Trek to Jhuphal 2-3 hrs.

  The journey back to Jhuphal for the last camp of this great memorable adventure
Day 14: 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.
Day 15:

In 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.
Day 16: 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.
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions.
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.
 5.  Internal flight Juphal / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 8.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : The Ultimate Lower Dolpo
  • Trip Duration : 16 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 4523 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov