Beni to Dolpo via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

TYPOLOGIES

Adventure Trekking

DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

5 Years

Trip Introduction

Beni to Dolpo via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Trekking is a completely tailor-made and rarely trekked route of Nepal. The trek begins from central Himalayan region of Nepal to far North West. Dhorpatan is also best known for protection of plant species and endangered animals of Nepal like Yarshagumba, Red Panda, etc.
The trek Beni to Dolpo via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is a lifetime opportunity to experience excellent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range at beginning days of the trek, explore one and only hunting reserve of Nepal Dhorpatan, walk through the ridges of Great Himalayas, Trans Himalayas and inner Himalayas of Nepal.
Highlights of the Trek includes explore wilderness of remote mountain valleys, Buddhist cultural villages, several Buddhist monasteries, amazing landscapes, explore pristine fresh-water lake Shey Phoksundo inside Shey Phoksundo National Park and great crossing of Numa La Pass at 5,190 meters and Baga La Pass at 5,070 meters through it is one of the longest camping trekking trail of Nepal.

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve – Trek Plan

Officially regulated day to day itinerary of 29 days Beni to Dolpo via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Trekking adventure package trip with Adventure Mountain Nepal Trekking and Climbing Pvt. Ltd begins after spending a day in the capital city Kathmandu with a day guided sightseeing tour around world heritage sites of UNESCO.
We begin the trek from Pokhara, following straight forward route towards Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve with middle hillock places, alpine forests, diverse landscapes and rice terraces.
Then we follow more remote and off the beaten trail towards Takur, Tatopani, Dhule, Purpang, Saha Tara, Laini, Dho Tarap and Tokyu before reach at Numa La Base Camp.
Then we make the crossing of two separate adventurous high passes; Numa La and Baga La to reach at Ringmo Village and Shey Phoksundo Lake. After having a great exploration and excursion around the places of Shey Phoksundo Lake.
Our journey descends to Chepka, Juphal and Nepalgunj for flying back to Kathmandu after achieving great experience of one of the longest and toughest trekking trail of Beni to Dolpo via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve with AMN Trekking and Climbing Team.

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Dhorpatan is the one and only Hunting Reserve in Nepal covering an area of 1,325 km2. It lies in the Western Region of Nepal which falls under Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung Districts. Its elevation ranges up to 5,500 meters from 2,850 meters.

Talking about the hunting, blue sheep is the prime habitat and highly prized trophy animal. Dhorpatan is also known for game species fauna like Ghoral, Himalayan Tahr, Black Bear, Serow, Pheasant, and many more.

Flora species include fir pine, hemlock, birch, rhododendron, oak juniper and spruce add more beauty in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.

TOUR MAP

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft altitude) and transfer to Hotel.

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshments, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.

Day 02 - Guided tour around world’s Heritage sites of Kathmandu

We will provide you a guided tour around World's Heritage sites of Kathmandu.

Day 03 - Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,689ft altitude)

From Kathmandu, we drive to Beni, the trekking starting point, via Pokhara. The 285 kilometres get covered in about 8 hours drive. The first phases of the driving take us out of Kathmandu valley, which crosses the busiest section of Thankot, the only entry, and exit toward the south. Then we enjoy a thrilling highway drive to Pokhara, through the Prithivi High Way.

Day 04 - Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1,030m/3,378ft altitude) via Beni

We take a rough road drive to Darbang. The means of transportation, jeep or bus, will depend on the road condition of the time. Finally, arrive at Darbang and camp there. The guides and trekking staff will be busy managing loads for porters for next days' better start. Full Board Service Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 05 - Trek from Darbang to Takum (1,665m/5,461ft altitude)

Trek from Darbang to Takum which takes about five hours. On this day also you trek ascending through a narrow path in the early first hour. Now you go along the flat land passing through the jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks, and Christmas pine trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trails suddenly begin to follow an ascending path until you reach Takum. You will come across a government school before you enter Takum, a small village. Here, we camp behind the school located in central Takum. Stay overnight in camps.

Day 06 - Trek from Takum to Lumsum (2,250m/7,380ft altitude)

Begin the day with gentle flat land with green hills on both sides and cross the villages of Takam, Mechim, and Muna, which is a distance of 2 hours walk from Lumsum. The forest is full of pine, oak, rhododendron, and local vegetation. Muna is a big village in the area. We may stop at Muna for our lunch. From Muna to Lumsum is another 2 hours walk which is the base for Jaljala Pass. So today, we make an easy trek and stop at Lumsum (2100m).

Day 07 - Trek from Lumsum to Jaljala La (3,435m/11,267ft altitude)

We start the trek with a long uphill from Lumsum to Jaljala, approximately a five-hour walk through Moreni. This area is best described as a hunting area.

Day 08 - Trek from Jaljala La to Dhorpatan (2,860m/9,381ft altitude)

Day 09 - Trek from Dhorpatan to Takur (3,190m/10,463ft altitude)

Leaving our camp at Dhorpatan, the trail climbs out of the valley, over a small pass, and in about 2 hours, we reach a tiny settlement of 2 houses at Jaunde Bisauni. From Bisauni to Phagune Dhiuri are a steep walk through the forest, grassland, sparse forests, and sometimes treacherous walk of about 4 hours. A green hill surrounds this pass and one can see villages at a distance from its summit. After the pass, the trail goes steeply down, passing villages, terraces, and a suspension bridge over the Pelma stream. After crossing the bridge, we head up to Takur with a gentle climb through villages. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10 - Trek from Takur to Tatopani (2,400m/7,872ft altitude)

The route now heads west, past a mill and down the Ghustung Valley, through a forest of fire and oak and past an easily missed holy pond at 2980. After 30 minutes you’ll cross a wooden bridge decorated with ribbon-like spirit traps before climbing steeply to two houses of Ghustung village where you can buy some sugar cane or roasted corn on the cob. From here, follow the ridge, known as the Sleep Danda, for a long distance to Khaim for a convenient tea stop. Then follow the trail down over roots and thick forest, past two villages until you cross the Jatlung Khola to Tatopani.

Day 11 - Trek from Tatopani to Dhule (3,340m/10,955ft altitude)

Today’s walk is relatively short so take your time in the village en route or enjoy a late start. The trail crosses the Pelma Khola on a bridge, climbs steeply for 20 minutes, and then winds northwest around the hillside. Eventually, you pass fields of maize and marijuana that surround Hima village. From here it’s another hour following the valley contours in and out of side valleys to arrive at the larger village of Gulbang. At Gulbang the trail swings left and climb out of the Pelma Khola Valley. It’s a long grind up through fields, over a side stream, and into a steep rutted gully of rhododendrons. Finally, you crest a pass and make the short descent to Dhule. This settlement is the last until Tarakot so it’s worth getting some extra supplies from here including vegetables and biscuits.

Day 12 - Trek from Dhule to Seng Khola (3,820m/12,530ft altitude)

The trail climbs steeply through the moss-draped forests about Dhule to the top of a ridge and then continues to climb along the ridge to a chautara. Continue along the ridge above the treeline through scenery reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands to a second chautara where there are outstanding views of the Dhaulagiri Himal. The trail cuts across the bare hillside to the northwest, climbing gradually to what looks like two stone chortens (actually the remains of a Kani-style gate) atop Nautale Bhanjyang. Descend steeply for 30 minutes, then contour above the Seng Khola, a tributary of the Pelma Khola. The trail continues along the west bank of the river, climbing gradually past a small cave, pastures, and a goth at the entrance of a side valley. There are some campsites here near the river at 3820m.

Day 13 - Trek from Seng Khola to Purpang (4,270m/14,006ft altitude)

About 30 minutes from the goth you branch left, away from the main valley, up the steep grassy slope to a campsite (4030m). From here, head west and cross into a side valley above a small lake. The route climbs gradually towards Panidal La and drops into another basin before heading down to the Saunre Khola. A single goth marks the location of Purpang where there are some campsites on an island in the river.

Day 14 - Trek from Purpang to Sahar Tara (3,010m/9,873ft altitude)

This morning’s immediate steep 20-minute climb will bring you to the first mini-pass marked by two rock cairns at 4340m. Traverse into the next valley and follow the stream for around 30 minutes to the foot of the pass. The trail climbs a sandy, rocky ravine to five rock cairns atop Jangla Bhanjyang at 4540m. Here there are epic views over the grey ranges of Dolpo towards Kanjeralwa the peak near Phoksumdo Lake. From here the trail descends steeply from the pass before making a high traverse through a forested valley from the Jangla Valley to Dunai. The Tarakot trail stays high and keeps to the right as it heads northeast to a ridge at 4056m. Round the ridge and into the valley are fine views of sacred Putha Himal. After passing through a forest draped with Spanish moss, the trail eventually skirts a field beside a good campsite to enter the village of upper Sahar Tara. The village’s Tanti Gompa is worth a visit for its murals.

Day 15 - Trek from Sahar Tara to Laini (3,370m/11,054ft altitude)

climb gently through pink fields of flowering buckwheat. Detour south into a side valley with views of Putha Himal, cross the Yalkot Khola and climb to a trail that hugs the south side of the Thulo Bheri. The trail stays mostly high above the river, climbing to 2670m before descending past cypress trees and white shorten to a high suspension bridge at Laisicap. Just before the bridge, you’ll need to register and show your Dolpo permit to the police post. Cross the bridge to a tented teahouse that offers daal bhaat and a water pipe for washing. After lunch it's worth making the short trip to Chhandul Gompa on the far side of the Tarap Chu. Back on the main trail, continue through cedar forest as the valley walls close in. The gorge starts to widen near Laini where you must climb a steep hillside before dropping back down to reach the main trail. You can get tea, noodles and Chinese beer here with some pretty camping spots at the foot of a small waterfalls five minutes on.

Day 16 - Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,475m/11,398ft altitude)

The trek today starts straight away with a 50-minute climb on switchbacks to a mini-pass marked with prayer flags at 3540m. The trail then makes a dramatic but enjoyable traverse through a gorge so steep that you can’t even see the river below you. The trail eventually descends to cross the cascades of the Tilba Khola before ascending again on some gravity-defying steps. Climb one more ridge and descend to the Chyugur Khola, a small campsite beside a stream. From here cross the suspension bridge to the river’s left and pass a side stream, the Chaya Khola, to another potential camp spot. Continue to Tazam where a couple of huts offer food before crossing a suspension bridge to the true right bank before arriving at Nawarpani.

Day 17 - Trek from Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft altitude)

As the gorge narrows, cross the true left bank over an ancient-looking bridge and pass a small cave and campsite to climb a thrilling section of the trail chiselled out of the sheer rock face. The trail then recrosses the Tarap Chu on a wooden cantilever bridge at Tal Tole. The route crosses the Tarap Chu on a sort of bridge, then climb the east bank through the eroded landscape into Serkam. Descend from Serkam and cross back to the west bank on a crooked wooden bridge high above the Tarap Chu. A kilometer or so further you swing into Sishul Khola before following a rocky trail that traverses beneath cliffs to a bridge at 3920m. Cross to the east bank where a side valley leads up the Lang Chu to the remote village of Lang. From here it is only a 20-minute walk to Do Tarap where there are a couple of lodges and campsites.

Day 18 - Rest and Acclimatization at Dho Tarap

Day 19 - Trek from Dho Tarap to Tokyu Gaun

There’s not much walking today but expect to make lots of detours to explore various villages and gompas. Head west out of Do Tarap leaving the village through its impressive Kani. After about 20 minutes a side footpath climbs to the century-old Mekyem Gompa. Back on the main trail, you’ll soon pass the Crystal Mountain School, before continuing uphill to Gakar village and the Dorje Phurba Gompa. Further on is the Chu Magar and the Tarap Chu (also known as the Thakchio Khola) on a wooden bridge. Here the valley divides, the route to Numa La follows the southern brand passing the white-walled Jampa Lhakhang to Tok-kyu village. You can camp at Tok-khyu Gaun

Day 20 - Trek from Tokyu Gaun to Numa La Base Camp

We pass through the villages and begin climbing high above Numila Hill. The campsite is the base camp for the next day's crossing. After Tokyu village, at 4000 meters, there are no settlements, but one can look back to the villages and monasteries. On the trail to Numila and Bagala, many kinds of high-altitude flower plants can be seen; depending on the season of our trek, the flowers seem to grow from the stones, especially in summer.

Day 21 - Trek from Numa La Base Camp to Phedi via the crossing of Numa La Pass (5,190m/17,023ft altitude)

From the base camp, it takes about 2 hours to reach the top of Numila. Weather permitting, one gets to enjoy fine views of the mountains of western Nepal, including Shey Shikhara 6,139m and Kanjeralwa 6612m, above the Lake Phoksundo and Dhaulagiri 8167m. The views to the east and north are in complete contrast to those of the previous two weeks of trekking. The mountain is orange and brown, stretching out into Tibet to the north. The pass is often windy, and the descent is party rapid to the river below and our camp at 4,630 meters. From Numila pass, the trail abruptly descends through a narrow rocky gorge and reaches the main path to the Upper Dolpo area. The path to Shey Gonpa and Saldang is visible far into the barren landscape, etched out of the barren land, the footprint of thousands of Yaks and traders that made the journey north to south over the centuries the lifeline of Dolpo. At this point, we are only one day from the village of Shey, but access is not permitted. A Special Permit with a minimum of ten days, paying $500 per person, is needed to enter this area. We take the left turn and, the trail toward the Phoksundo, reach Bagala basecamp. There is a beautiful meadow between these two passes where we stop for a night. One can enjoy the magnificent view of Norbu Kang 6005 meters and its glacier just above our campsite.

Day 22 - Cross Baga La Pass (5,070m/16,630ft altitude) and camp on the other side of the Phedi (4,470m/14,662ft altitude)

We will begin with a precarious ascend to achieve the Baga La Pass ridge top at 5070 m. From there, we will have awesome perspectives of stunning Kanjirowa Himalayan Ranges and valleys. After spending some time there, we will go downward. Reach Phedi.

Day 23 - Trek from Phedi to Ringmo (3,733m/12,244ft altitude)

From Phedi, we will begin our trail through pine backwoods and after that enter the locale of high vegetation with pastureland. We head on the trail with few ascends and descends as that leads to Ringmo and the peaceful cobalt blue Phoksundo lake.

Day 24 - Full day exploration of Shey Phoksundo Lake

Spend this day for resting and sightseeing at Ringmo. We can visit close-by Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and meander around the Ringmo. A stroll around the tranquil lake of Phoksundo is likewise worth spending an incredible day.

Day 25 - Trek from Ringmo to Chepka (2,838m/9,308ft altitude)

Today we head to the trail through a gigantic overhanging rock. We will proceed with our trek that goes through a few conventionals and social villages. Ascend to the pasture fields of Chepka.

Day 26 - Trek from Chepka to Jhupal (2,475m/8,118ft altitude)

Today our trail ascends to the top of a ridge. Here enjoy perspectives of high mountains and valley. We can see directly Jhupal beneath from the ridge. It is a simple downhill trek to achieve Jhupal.

Day 27 - Fly to Nepalgunj then to Kathmandu

Today first we will take an early morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. And afterward, take another flight from Nepalgunj to land at Kathmandu. Subsequent to arriving at Kathmandu airport our tour representative will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 28 - Spare day. Free for personal activities or additional activities on request.

Today is free for personal activities. Or our tour representative can help you to customize additional city tour.

Day 29 - Farewell, departure transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport.

After breakfast transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Return to home with the cherishing memories of your adventure.