Beni Dolpo Trek

Beni Dolpo Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

5,010 m

Transportation

Flight / Land

Group Size

2-12

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Beni Dolpo trek is a very demanding trek consisting of high passes and rocky trails. It passes through villages, national parks, Lake and Rivers. Tibetan influenced culture and tradition of local people will add charm to Beni Dolpo trek. This trek will lead you to a maximum altitude of 4600m. On the way we will visit Buddhist monasteries, hot springs and the unparalleled views of the Himalayas in the North.

The best season for this trek would be from February to June and September to November.

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Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

You follow the Marsyandi 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 uphill on a zigzag road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends again on a zigzag road to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, you drive along the bank of Mardi river. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
770

We will drive on a graveled road from Beni to Darbang. The trek starts from Darbang going uphill through millet and maize farms and forest passing by villages. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
2200

Leaving Takam, we walk along forest path enjoying scenic Himalyan peaks and Magar villages. The trails are well maintained. The trail gradually climbs up to Lamsung. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
3020

The trail slowly ascends through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. It takes 3 hrs to reach Jaljala pass (3500m) which affords great view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then descend enjoying  rivers and romantic waterfalls. Gurjaghat is a secluded and serene place in the middle of forest. It is also a popular place for cattle herds to graze. Today we will camp by the river side and raise bonfire. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
2890

The trail today follows the river bank walking through pine forest. We will cross several wooden bridges. In no time you will reach Shelpakhe (2900m), a Tibetan refugee center. Further it takes around 1.30 hrs to arrive at Dhorpatan. This is a place settled by Magar, Nauthare, Dalit and Tibetan refugees. The beautiful Dhorpatan valley is the headquarters of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
3010

After breakfast, we begin our 3.30 hr climb to Jumla pass (4100m). Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Sisne Himalayan peaks along with surrounding hills can be enjoyed from Jumla pass. From here we descend steeply through rugged trail followed by dense forests. Thangkur is a valley specially used for cattle grazing. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
2400

Today you will descend through dense jungles of pine, rhododendron and orchid. There will be occasions where you will have to cross suspension bridges and make some climbs over the hill. Before long you will trek along river bank witnessing small villages in between. You will see many orchid trees and picturesque ponds along the way. At Tatopani, you will have time to bath in natural hot spring. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
2860

It will be a challenging walk today ahead of Tatopani. The trail gradually ascends through orchid forest and small settlements such as Wibang. Dhule is a commercial center in the region with facilities of lodges, restaurant and communication. It is also the last human settlement north of eastern Rukum. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
3200

Leaving Dhule you slowly climb a forest of orchid and rhododendron. Within two hours the path levels and is a good trail. The geography changes as you will see more barren landscape. You will also see waterfalls and buki (Himalayan flower) and cross small streams. Pidi is located by the river side. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
3600

The trail moves upwards through meadows. You will experience cold climate as you move higher. This region is famous for Himalayan herbs and beautiful Himalayan flowers and close-up views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. On the way you will also come across scenic Pupal lake and religious altar of nature worshipping Magar community. Phurpang in ancient times were the main route of passage for salt traders. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
2460

We gradually move up from Phurpang. You will not see any trees but meadows and rivers. It takes 3 hrs to reach Jung La pass. Views of Sisne, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna can be seen from the pass. Tarakot is a settlement of Tarali Magar community. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
3100

After breakfast, we continue our walking to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu River. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages and after a few ups and downs, you finally descend to reach Laini. Stay overnight in camp

Elevation
3500

After breakfast we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chewar Khola and then go past Nawarpani . From here it takes 1 hr to reach Toltol. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
4000

Our morning walk begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations. Stay overnight in camp.

We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Time to visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking views. Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favour Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect.

There are three villages in Dho Tarap valley, namely Dho, Lang and Takshi. In Lang village there is a Bon monastery and ruins of ancient castles. When you interact with villagers, you will greet them saying ‘Tashi Delek’. Nowadays locals can speak in both English and Nepali language and they are very friendly. In Dho Tarap valley, there is only one school called ‘Crystal Mountain School’ which is sponsored by Dolpo France Action. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
4440

After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains. A few hours' good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village our walk continues further up this valley and after one hour walk we reach campsite in Numa-la. Stay overnight in camp.

This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. 4 hrs to reach the pass and 3 hrs to descend to Dhanighaar. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m). After getting to the top of Numa La we will descend to Dhanighaar. If we are lucky, we can see herds of blue sheep grazing in nearby hills. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
3800

After breakfast our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m. It takes 3.30 hrs to reach the pass which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight. The route along Baga La is also a good section to catch sights of wild blue sheep. Stay overnight at camp.

Elevation
3660

After breakfast our morning trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo. The top of the hill offers great views of the Phoksundo Lake and beautiful waterfalls.  Stay overnight at camp.

A rest and exploration day. And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksumdo Lake; remember the harrowing scene in 'Himalaya' when Thinley's yak caravan attempted the 'Devil's Trail'. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo.

A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great views.  In the village is a Bon community and a Bon monastery, stupas and beautiful pine forest.  Stay overnight at camp.

Elevation
2660

After walking 25 minutes good trail we go downhill for approximately 45 minutes and the way is slippery. After Palam, the trail is good as we walk through dense pine forest and along the bank of a river. We found many important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The trail has some ups and downs. In Chepka, there is electricity and some good lodges and also excellent camping sites. Stay overnight in camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
2600

Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We go through birch and pine forests on our way with few villages in between. The trail is good and we mostly walk along the bank of a river. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal below. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like. Stay overnight in camp.

Elevation
1400

Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu on the same day. 

What Is Included ?

  •  Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  •  Entry Permit for National Park
  •  Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  •  Special trekking permits for Dolpo Region
  •  Trekking guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Trekking cook and Kitchen helper/s
  •  Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  •  Camping arrangements during the trek
  •  Necessary camping equipments such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Cooking utensils
  •  Cooking fuel
  •  Camping charges
  •  Flight tickets from Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  •  All land transportation where ever necessary
  •  Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  •  First aid kit
  •  Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  •  One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  •  Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

What Is Excluded?

  •  Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  •  Travel insurance
  •  Tips
  •  Personal nature expenses
  •  Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Beni Dolpo Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:
First Aid Kit 

Optional:
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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