Trek to Lower Dolpo from Beni is another beaten and interesting driving from Kathmandu going through nice village in the beginning and through high and remote area and passes later and finally come down to Juphal where we catch flight to Kathmandu. The route goes through high passes and very remote area of the country so we are rewarded with excellent view of mountain and virgin Tibetan culture on the way. As this is Nepal’s one of the most demanding trek and goes through Numala & Bagala pass and remote area of the country where we should make lot of ascend and descend we therefore recommend to attempt only for experience trekkers.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel and welcome dinner.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: By Bus: Kathmandu to Beni (820m, 10 hrs). Drive from Kathmandu to Beni which takes about Ten hours.
Day 04: Beni to Tara Khet (970m, 7 hrs). To reach Singa Bazaar you have to follow past the hot spring along the bank of Beni River with views of villages at some distance. Singa Bazaar is a village with tea shops, lodges, hotels, beautiful terraces and typical houses. There is a small market which provides minimal supplies. Leaving Singa Bazaar, you move through quite flat land all the way to Tara Khet passing through villages. On the way, you can see mules carrying loads. Tara Khet is another village and it is famous for Marijuana.
Day 05: Tara Khet to Danya Khola (1125m, 6hrs). The trek is through gentle ascent path until you reach Panchey (1700m) passing villages, few trees and green hills. Now crossing a suspension bridge over Beni River you arrive at Tokra (1820m.) a village. Descending gently for couple of minutes, you reach Junla (2020m), mostly considered as a pass. The trail appears to be quite flat passing through villages, sparse forests and green hills and you reach Danyga Khola. Danyga village lies at the bank of Danyga Khola. There are few typical houses and you can see local people, who mostly belong to Magar community, are involved in farming.
Day 06: Danya Khola to Dharapani (1470m, 6hrs). The trail is ascent and descent as well at the beginning and later moves through flat land all the way to Dharapani. En route you can enjoy the spectacular views of green hills, forests, typical houses and mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Mana Pathi Himal and other unnamed mountains. Dharpani is a village with good infrastructure. There is a tap (dhara) at Dharapani and village is named after this. Local people of this area belong to Magar, Chhetri and few other communities.
Day 07: Dharapani to Muna(1850m, 6hrs). At first you 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, forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron and local vegetation. Before you enter Muna, you have to trek through flat for couple of hours. Muna is a big village with good infrastructure. Mostly people here are devotee of Hindu God and Goddess.
Day 08: Muna to Jaljala (3390m, 7hrs). To reach Lumsum you have to trek through steep ascent path passing through the oak and rhododendron forests with views of Dhaulagiri, Mana Pathi and few other unnamed mountains. The path is steep up until you reach Jaljala La passing through Moreni, a village where people follow Tibetan life style. Jaljala is alpine grass land atop a ridge where people of surrounding villages bring their domestic animals such as yak, sheep for grazing. This is best described as hunting area. From the top you are speechless to see at the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range.
Day 09: Jaljala to Dhorpatan (2990m, 7hrs). The trails until Gurjakot are steep descent and then it moves through flat land all the way to Dhorpatan. You walk along the bank of river passing through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron, juniper and other local vegetation. Gurjakot is a small village mostly dominated by people who follow Tibetan culture. There are chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the bridge. On the other hand, Dhorpatan is a point where roads from Baglung, Beni, Rolpa and Rukum meet. There is small airport. You can see apple orchard and wheat, buck wheat, maize and mostly potatoes growing in terraces. One of the most significant features about this place is that anyone can go for hunting by paying certain fees to the Government authority. As Dhorpatan is the only area for hunting in Nepal.
Day 10: Rest Day. Rest day at Dhorpatan and excursion in and around places, visit monastery, chortens and local markets. Hiking green hill will give you another pleasure. The typical houses with wooden roofs attract you. You can learn about the social and cultural life style of local inhabitants.
Day 11: Dhorpatan to Thakur (3190m, 6 hrs). Leaving Dhorpatan you head uphill up to Phagune Dhuri Pass passing grass land and sparse forests. This pass is surrounded by green hills and you can see villages at some distance from the top. Now the trail goes steep down passing villages, terraces and a suspension bridge over Pelma Khola (stream). As you cross bridge you begin to follow gentle ascent path through terraces and local villages all the way to Takur. This is a small village where you find local people being involved in their daily activities.
Day 12: Takur to Pelma (2600m, 6hrs). The supposed trail moves down all the way to Pelma crossing a wooden bridge over Pelma Khola. On the way, you can see several villages, terraces, green hills and local people. Pelma is a village and people living in and around this area are not well to do. As you can see not well managed houses and people being involved in farming.
Day 13: Pelma to Dhule (3340m, 7hrs). Crossing Pelma Khola the trails go steep up all the way to Dhule. En route, you pass through picturesque villages, terraces and green hills. Dhule is yet another village at a certain height.
Day 14: Dhule to Sejng Khola (3820m, 6hrs). The beginning part of the trail moves through the pine, rhododendron, juniper forests along the steep ascent path until you reach Nautale Bhanjyang. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range and other unnamed mountains. Nautale Bhanjyang, atop a ridge is a grass land where local people bring yak and sheep for grazing. To reach Seng Khola you trek through gently ascent for couple of hours and the trail turns steep up all the way to your destination. Seng Khola is a village which lies at the bank of Seng River. You can see terraces with wheat, buck wheat and mainly potatoes growing in it.
Day 15: Seng Khola to Purpang (4050m, 7hrs). You trek steep ascend all the way to Purpang following rocky and dry land. En route you come across alpine grass land. From Panidal Pass you can have panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range, Kantagaton Himal, Nurbukang Himal and other unnamed mountains. While heading towards Purpang, you cross rocky and slippery trail. Purpang is an open rocky grass land surrounded by spectacular mountains.
Day 16: Purpang to Sahar Tara (3010m, 7hrs). The trail you follow is steep ascent up to Jangla Bhanjyang passing through rocky trails. You are accompanied by panoramic views of Norbu Himal, Kantagaton, Dhaulagiri, Serkeam Himal and few others. After you Jangla Bhanjyang, you are quite surrounded by above mentioned mountain views. Crossing Jangla Bhanjyang, you begin to follow gentle descent path all the way to Tokar. It is a small village surrounded by hills. To reach Sahar Tara, you again follow steep descent path passing through few villages and sparse vegetation. Sahar Tara is yet another village with terraces which lacks necessary infrastructure and far from modernization.
Day 17: Sahar Tara to Kanigaon (2540m, 7hrs). Crossing several villages you walk downhill all the way to your destination. Tarakot is a small village which falls en route. Yalkot Khola is also a village which lies at the bank of Barbung Khola. The camping spot Kanigaon is yet another small village where you find a small market with shops, tea houses and lodges.
Day 18: Kani Gaon to Dunai (2150m, 7hrs). Leaving Kanigaon, you begin to follow gentle descent path along the bank of Thulibheri river passing through villages and terraces. Dunai, headquarter of Dolpa district lies at the bank of Thulibheri river. There are lodges, tea houses, hotels, government offices, hospitals and other infrastructure.
Day 19: Dunai to Jupal (2490m, 2 hrs). After walking through flat level path for some hours you begin to follow gentle ascent path passing through villages, terraces and sparse vegetation. You find farmers cultivating paddies around this area. There are airport, offices, lodges, tea houses, hotel and typical houses of local people.
Day 20: By Plane: Jupal to Nepalgunj & Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities
Day 22: Departure.