Dolpo was popularized by the film “Caravan” which showcases the extraordinary untouched beauty of the region. It is remote and fascinating, confined by the Dhaulagiri range in the south and east, the mountains Sisne and Kanjiroba in the west and Tibet towards the north. Lake Phoksundo with its turquoise waters is the major attraction during Dolpo trekking.
Beni Dolpo Trekking is also named as ‘Ba Yul’ which means hidden valley, a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Beni Dolpo trekking is most known trekking activities in Dolpo region. This trekking follows the footsteps of Peter Matthiessen and George Schaller making their way to inner Dolpo to find the blue sheep and Crystal Mountain in 1973. Peter Matthiessen wrote “The Snow Leopard” whereas Schaller’s wrote “Stones of Silence” to take account of trekking in this region.
Beni Dolpo trekking circuit brings you lots of mystery and enriched in rare flora and fauna. Yarchagumba (Corylopsis sinensis), one of the most expensive herbs can be found in abundance in this region. Moreover, this trekking gives you life experience to countless views of Himalayas and natural scenario. The views of Dhaulagiri Massif, Kanjiroba peak and Shey-Phoksundo Lake are most notable beauty of this trek. This is a tough trekking having 6 passes crossings and widely contrasting terrain. This trekking also has Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, only reserve where hunting allowed under Government License.
Our representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
After breakfast, our tour guide will show you some historical places in Kathmandu valley such like Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupas.
We follow the Tribhuwan and Prithvi Highways along with Trishuli, Marsyandi and Seti River to Pokhara. From here we continue driving to Beni following Naudanda and Nayapul. Then we drive along the bank of Mardi River to reach Beni. From here we start spending our night in tented camp.
We start our trekking to Tara Khet via Singa Bazaar which follows the trails along the bank of Beni River with views of mountains and small villages at distance. We take short rest at Singa Bazaar, the place where we can find lodge, tea houses. Then we continue walk to the Tara Khet. The whole trekking takes approx. 7 hours to reach Tara Khet from Beni.
We start trekking to Panchey through gentle ascend trail passing small villages. Then we move to Torka, crossing suspension bridge over Beni River. Afterward we move to Junla and dollows the flat passing trail through villages, forest and green hills to reach the bank of Danyga Khola. Here we see the typical houses and local habitants, mostly Magar community involved in farming.
Trekking to Dharapani give an experience to walk in ascend and descend path with the spectacular views of green hills, forests, typical houses and views of Dhaulagiri, Mana Pathi Himal. The infrastructure and development of Dharapani village is far better than any other villages in this region.
Today we follows quite long ascend path through small village and forest with pine, oak and rhododendron. Later we walk to the flat trail for couple hour to reach Muna where we spend overnight at tented camp.
It takes approx. 7 hours to reach Jaljala La via Lumsum and small village Moreni. Jaljala La is alpine grass land atop a ridge where we can experience the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range. People living in this region follows the Tibetan culture due to the close link with Tibet.
We face most of the trail as flat until to the Dhorpatan. We trek along to the bank of river passing through oak, pine, juniper and rhododendron forest. Dhorpatan is the place where we roads from Baglung, Rolpa, Rukum and Beni meet. We also find small airport here. Here we can go for hunting by paying small Government fees.
There are some interesting place you should never miss such Monastery and chortens. You can spend a day visiting the local markets, typical houses with wooden roofs. We also get enough time to understand local peoples and their culture.
We trek to Phagune Dhuri Pass through a grass land and sparse forests. The forest is surrounded by green hills, the trail goes steep down passing villages, terraces and a suspension bridge over Pelma Khola. After that, we ascend gently to the Takur, small village where people are involving with their daily activities.
We walk down all the way to Pelma crossing a wooden bridge over Pelma Khola. During our walk, we can see several villages, terraces, green hills and local people. Pelma is small village where the people are involved with the farming.
After crossing the Pelma Khola, the trails follows up all the way to Dhule, village at a certain height. It takes approx 7 hours from Pelma to reach Dhule.
There is steep ascent path through the pine, rhododendron and juniper forests to the Nautale Bhanjyang. This is the place where we can experience once again the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range along with unnamed mountains. Then we continue trek to the Seng Khola which lies at the bank of Seng River. Seng Khola is small village where we can see terraces with wheat, buck wheat and mainly potatoes growing on it.
We trek to steep rocky and dry land to reach Purpang en route through alpine grass land. Purpang is an open rocky grass land surrounded by mountains. During the trekking period, we have the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range, Kantagaton Himal, Nurbukang Himal and other unnamed mountains.
Trekking to Sahar Tara take approx. 7 hours follow steep ascent up to Jangla Bhanjyng through rocky trail. Later we descend gently to the Tokar, a village surrounded by hill. We continue to the Sahar Tara through few small village and sparse vegetation.
We trek to Kanjgaon via Tarakot, Yalkot Khola. Both are the small village situated in this region. Later we also walk to another small village name as Kanjgaon where we can find small market, teahouses and lodges. We spend overnight here at tented camp.
We trek to gentle descent path along the bank of Thulibheri River passing through small villages and terraces to reach Dunai. Dunai is headquarter of Dolpo district lies at the Bank of Thulibheri River. There we can find lodges, teahouses, government offices.
This is very short trekking period approx. takes 3 hours. We pass through small villages, terraces and sparse vegetation to reach the Dunai. Most of the people involve with farming. This is our last destination during the trek. There is small airport, lodges, hotels and typical local houses.
We take 40 min. fly to Nepalgunj from here. We spend our day in Nepalgunj and overnight in Hotel. After the very tough 18 days of trekking, you are going to stay in Hotel comfortly tonight.
We take early morning flight to Kathmandu. We have enough free time for shopping and sightseeing to the local market. We spend overnight at hotel. We can also discuss on other activities in Nepal such Jungle Safari, rafting, Pokhara Sightseeing, mountain flight etc.
This day we will be saying final goodbye. Our representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bananas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc especially when going downhill.
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds.
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight.
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip.
- 1 small stainless steel thermos.
- Kathmandu International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car/van/ Hiace.
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural Dance show.
- Accommodations Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 Star hotel.
- All kind of meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek with accommodation.
- Round trip Land and Air Transportation as per the destination and itinerary.
- English Speaking experienced Trekking Guide (Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder), one extra assistant trek leader for above 8 pax group. 1 porter for 2 person basis (Carry max. 25 Kgs per porter) during the trek.
- All official document process charges including Trek Permit,Restricted permit, TIMS card & any required permits or Official Documentation for trekking.
- Insurance, Transportation, Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges for Porters and Guides during the trek
- One day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.
- Note: Entrance fees are included with this package.
- Down Jacket, sleeping bag, Osho World Adventure trekking kit bag/duffel bag, First Aid Kit Box (for Normal Treatment only), T-shirt and Trekking maps.
- Emergency helicopter rescue and evacuation coordination service (This is only in case of emergencies, however all guests are responsible to pay helicopter evacuation charge- US$ 2500 per/Hour if necessary. So all our valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary Travel Insurance which should cover heli Evacuation expenses in case needed)
- One day free Yoga & Meditation Course in Kathmandu.
- Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees.
- International Airfare to and from your country
- Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days & US$ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for 90 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
- Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu – keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant.
- Extra accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early return from trekking than schedule itinerary.
- Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts Etc in Trek
- Unforeseen cost such as flight cancellation or delay, health problems and helicopter rescue in Trek. Expenses beyond our control.
- Personal expenses, such as the phone calls, laundry service, internet, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower, etc.
- Any other cost, which is not mentioned above.
- Tips for trekking guide