Trekking and Walking

RaraLake via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve & LowerDolpo

Nepal

RaraLake via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve & LowerDolpo

Durtation: 37 Days

Price: US 3,925 All Inclusive

Beni to Rara Lake Trek via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve trekking route is one of the longest ones in Nepal and can take a toll on your mind and body if you are not prepared well enough. But if you have enough patience, time and sturdiness this trip might be the best ever you have had in Nepal. The trip can be divided into two parts. First, you would explore the Dolpo region from Beni and next would be a trek to Rara Lake from Jumla.

The trek follows from Beni/Tatopani (Hot Spring) to Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve which is the one and only hunting reserve of Nepal where one can catch the different species of flora and fauna. Then the trail leads us to Jaljala where the peoples’ war took place and then towards Sahatara, entry of Dolpo. Moving on towards Dho-Tarap, an excursion of Mani Chorten Gompa, Landscapes where clicking pictures will be interesting and chit chat with locals will definitely give you intense pleasure. And then to Numala-Bagala Pass (5000m) where you can have an ample opportunity to get indulged with the locals and learn about their culture and traditions. Then you reach towards Phoksundo Lake, a crystal blue lake which is the deepest lake in Nepal. After the Dolpo trek, your journey leads you towards Rara Lake. On the altitude of 2990m, it mesmerizes you with its beauty and the blissful surroundings.

Dolpo used to be restricted to land and for that reason has been able to preserve its cultures and traditions from the outside world. After you fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and thereafter reach Beni, your journey to Dolpo starting point. While on route to make your way through rhododendron, pine forest, valleys, cross rivers and get to enjoy the amazing Dhorpatan hunting reserve. You continue northwest and after several natural hot springs, you reach the Dolpo region. On this journey, you would be delighted by the serene sites of Gurja Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Himal, Shey Phoksundo Lake (Nepal’s deepest lake) and rare wildlife including the snow leopard and the Himalayan blue sheep. Most people here are Buddhist and follow Tibetan Bonpo culture. After crossing the first adventurous trail we continue our adventurous trail to Rara. By the journey end along with the pristine Rara Lake (Nepal’s largest Lake), you get to encounter species like the Red Panda, musk deer, skyline with the Humla Mountains and the Tibetan border and gorging valley with spread out greenery. You will have an opportunity to get indulged with the locals and learn about their culture and lifestyle.

Beni to Rara Lake Trek via Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve may be one of the longest ones, but it is one of the most beautiful trails that you can ever expect to be. So don’t wait further, pack your backpack and get ready for the best traveling experience.

Some glimpse of this amazing trek:

  • Ample opportunity to watch the wild species of flora, fauna with wild creatures.
  • Get to know the lifestyle and culture of locals
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake, Rara Lake, and Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
  • Dolpo the land where people follow Bonpo culture
  • View of mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Churen Himal, Kanjirowa, Annapurna, Gurja Himal
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet you and transfer you to the hotel . We will be discussing the trek in details and free time of your own.

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Scenic flight to Pokhara

30 mins flight

827 m

Today you will have a scenic flight to Pokhara also regarded as ''city of Lake paradise,'' after your breakfast. During day time, free to explore Pokhara.

Breakfast

3 star hotel

Day 3

Drive to Tatopani via Beni

5-6 hrs

900 m

The journey starts with a drive in the morning. We drive uphill taking a winding road all the way to Naudanda. The road then descends to Nayapul. Along the way, you can have a panoramic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, lush green hills, terraced fields, and villages. The drive offers one of the most picturesque terrains on the whole trip. We drive along the banks of the Myagdi River until we reach Beni.

Beni (830m) is a large village situated on a plateau above the river. The trail to Dhorpatan and Dolpo starts at the southern end of Beni. We further drive by following the river (Myagdi Khola), which starts from the Dhaulagiri glacier till we reach hot spring (Tatopani) along the way is one of the most notable places to see today. It is a great idea to take a dip and relax at the hot spring with a chilled beer! We stay overnight at Tatopani.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 4

Trek to Ratodhunga

5 hrs

1,320 m

We will cross the bridge of Myagdi Khola and climb up a rocky path dug into the cliff just over the river. The trail goes up and down through the village and forest. Majority of people in this area belong to the Magar, Chhetri and few other ethnic communities. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 5

Trek to Muna

6-7 hrs

1,920 m

We walk through a flat path passing the villages of Takum and Sibang. After Sibang, We approach a climb to ascend up to the small settlement known as Mattim. From here there is a crest which we descend and reach Muna.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 6

Trek to Jaljala

5-6 hrs

2,140 m

We take the trail from Muna to Jaljala La (3390m.) via Lumsum (2100m.) and Moreni (2670m.). To reach Lumsum we make a steep climb, passing through oak and rhododendron forests with views of Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri, Mana Pathi and other unnamed peaks. As we are walking past the Moreni village we will see a glimpse of Tibetan lifestyle and culture as most people here have Tibetan roots. After Moreni, we will make a steep descent and reach the settlement at Jaljala Jangla.

An alpine settlement on top of a ridge, Jaljala is a vantage viewpoint. It is also used by the nearby villagers as pasture land for their cattle’s. Don’t be surprised if you see some Yaks and mountain goats along the way! This is a perfect camping area and the view of Dhaulagiri range from this point is just breathtaking. Jangla La is the place from where the ancient kingdom of Tichrong, the valley of Fragrant water starts. Tichurong was a medieval kingdom which was administered from the then city of Tarakot or Taragaon or Dzong.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 7

Trek to Dhorpatan via Gurjakot

6-7 hrs

3,070 m

Today we will trek from Jaljala La to Dhorpatan (2870m) via Gurjakot (3070m). The trails are vertically steep till Gurjakot and then it moves through flat land all the way to Dhorpatan. We walk along the banks of the river passing through the forests of oak, pine, rhododendron, juniper and other local vegetation. Gurjakot is a small village, predominantly inhabited by people who follow the Tibetan culture. The trek gets more interesting as we walk past the Chortens and Mani walls, which are symbolic to Tibetan Buddhism and the culture of the area. Dhorpatan, our campsite of the day lies at the junction of roads leading to the districts of Baglung, Beni, Rolpa, and Rukum. We can also see a small airstrip as we approach Dhorpatan. The place has apple orchards and you can also see terraced fields of wheat, buckwheat, maize, and potatoes. One of the most significant features about Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is that anyone can go for hunting by paying certain fees to the Government authority.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 8

Trek to Phagune Pass

6-7 hrs

4,060 m

Leaving Dhorpatan, we head uphill to Phagune Pass. On the way, we pass grasslands and sparse forests. Phagune Pass is surrounded by green hills and we can see the distant mountain top villages. We camp for the night at a grassy campsite.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Pelma

6-7 hrs

2,400 m

Today we will follow a steep trail that goes down past some beautiful villages, terraced fields and a suspension bridge over Pelma Khola (stream). As we cross the bridge we will make a gentle ascent up through terraces and local villages all the way to Takur. AS we are heading towards Pelma we will cross the wooden bridge over the Pelma River and walk ahead. This part of the trail is most notable for the terraced farms and small settlements along the routes. Pelma is just another village like the many others dotting the hillside.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 10

Trek to Dhule

5-6 hrs

3,300 m

We will trek from Pelma to Dhule (3300m) crossing Yamakhar (2480m) and Gorba Khola (2930m). After crossing Pelma Khola the trail climbs steeply all the way to Dhule. As we are moving forward we come across a number of small villages and terraced farms and we also get an opportunity to peep at the daily lives of people here. We camp for the night at Dhule, a beautiful mountain village.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 11

Trek to Seng Khola

5-6 hrs

3,820 m

Leaving Dhule we trek via Nautale Bhanjyang (3961m) to Seng Khola. This part of the trail goes past dense forest with vegetation such as rhododendron, pine, and juniper after which we reach the resting place at Nautale Bhanjyang. From here we can have magnificent views of Dhaulagiri range and the other Himalayan peaks. Another 2 hours of climb and we reach our campsite for the day. The last quarter of the walk is steep and we might slow down a bit and take enough stops and rest along the way. There are terraced fields of wheat, buckwheat, and potatoes surrounding the village of Seng Khola, which is our campsite for the day! We will camp near the village.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 12

Trek to Sahartara

7-8 hrs

2,730 m

We will trek from Seng Khola to Purpang (4050m) following a steep and rocky path. In route, we will come across alpine grasslands and the Panidal Pass located at an altitude of 4412m. From here we can have a magnificent view of Dhaulagiri range, Kantagaton Himal, Nurbukang Himal, and some other unnamed peaks. The trail leading to Purpang can be considered slippery as it is comprised of rocky terrain and involves a steep climb. Purpang is an open rocky grassland surrounded by magnificent mountains. From Purpang to Sahartara (2730m) the trail is steep passing through rocky terrain. From Jangla Bhanjyang (4535m) we get a panoramic view of Norbu Himal, Kantagaton, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan peaks. Crossing Jangla Bhanjyang (End of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve area), we will follow a gently descending path all the way to Tokar, a small village surrounded by hills. After passing through some villages on our way down we, at last, reach SaharTara which is popular for Yarchagumba harvesting trail, our camp for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 13

Acclimatization and free day

2,730 m

Sahartara is a small mountain village surrounded by terraced fields. The village boasts of a hot spring and today we can spend some leisurely hours bathing in the hot spring to ease our tired muscles.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 14

Trek to Laini

6-7 hrs

3,370 m

From Sahartara we follow a trail along the banks of the river until we reach a large and green valley. Trekking forward from the village of Khani Gaon to Lahini we have a chance of meeting the famous musk deer, bounding away in the midst of juniper and pine forest. We camp for the night at Laini.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 15

Trek to Pibke Cave

6-7 hrs

3,850 m

From Laini, the trail becomes narrow and adventurous as we walk through areas that are prone to landslide and avalanches. We set up camp at Pibke cave which is situated in a grassy area.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 16

Trek to Dho Tarap

7-8 hrs

4,080 m

This day is one of the most significant milestones of this trek as it is a difficult and dangerous part of the trek. The valley narrows here. On this trail, we will approach some deep gorges and cross innumerable small bridges. We will follow a path that is carved out of a rocky cliffside. Following such an adventurous trail we will reach Dho Tarap.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 17

Helicopter

Acclimatization and explore

4,080 m

This day is dedicated for rest and acclimatization as we are approaching higher altitudes from now on. We will spend this day taking a short walk and hike around the village which as a notable number of chortens, Mani walls and monasteries. The village also offers insight into the mountain life of Nepal, you will get an idea of how hard life is in this rocky areas, where you see people engaged in daily chores such as farming and cattle raising. The quest for water might also surprise you as you see people carrying huge containers of water and climbing up and down!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 18

Trek to Numala Base Camp

4-5 hrs

4,440 m

After having a relaxed time and visiting all the gompas and Chorten in Tarap valley we take a trail that climbs up through grassy meadows filled with wildflowers to reach to Numala base camp. From the base camp, we get a beautiful view of the distant Tibetan mountains and the upper Tarap valley.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 19

Trek to Danighar via Numala Pass

7-8 hrs

5,360 m

Today we will be crossing the Numala Pass and descend towards Poyon Khola till we reach the Bagala Base Camp that is surrounded by big glaciers and blade-shaped rock cliffs. We stop for the night at Danigar (4,510 m), a village surrounded by hills that has temporary houses, yak pastures, and terraces. From this point, you have your first glimpse of Topo Peak (4900m). The Norbu Kang Himal sparkles brightly in the background.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 20

Trek to Yak Kharka via Bagala Pass

6 hrs

5,070 m

We make our way to Yak Kharka (3,800 m) via Bagala Pass (5,070 m). The top of the pass is a great vantage point as we can see the massive Kanjiroba Massif from here. After Baga La, the trails turn gently down all the way to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka literally means then-grazing place of Yaks in the local language.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 21

Trek to Phoksundo Lake via RIngmo Village

4-5 hrs

3,660 m

The trek to Phoksundo Lake (3612m) via Ringmo village (3660m) takes about seven hours. Ringmo is a small village predominantly inhabited by the Gurung and Thakuri communities. We will move along the flat land passing through pine forests, grassland, terraces, hills, and villages. After some time Phoksundo Lake appears before you in all its glory. Before we reach the final destination of the day, we have to cross a bridge made of wood, resembling wooden bridges of medieval Europe Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake of Nepal and also the deepest lake found in such a great altitude in the world. The big village on the banks of this lake is quite rich culturally. This area will help you understand more of Tibetan Buddhist culture and its practices that are unique to the mountainous regions of Nepal and some parts of Tibet, as you will visit small Chortens and monasteries.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 22

Exploration around Phoksundo Lake

3,600 m

Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is most notable for is green color resembling that of turquoise. Ringmo village, which looks like a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the folds of this area.

It is also home to many beautiful glaciers found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas) and Bon-Po religious sites and we can spend our time visiting some of these. Shey Gompa one of the oldest in all the Himalayan region is believed to date back to the 11th century. Thashung Gompa, one of the popular Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 23

Trek to Pungmo

6-7 hrs

3,500 m

After warm breakfast, we will ascend the hills followed by rough trail to reach our next camping spot locally called as Pungmo. Overnight at Pungmo.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 24

Trek to Kagmara High Camp

5-6 hrs

4,800 m

As usual, we will complete our breakfast and begin our trek to Kagmara high camp where we will be staying for an overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 25

Trek to Kagmara Phedi

4-5 hrs

2,900 m

Today, we will start our trek lately than the usual scheduled time. We will enjoy the scenic beauty in the morning and grab our breakfast by enjoying the sunlight with beautiful views. Then we will climb down the hill towards our next stop called Kagmara Phedi for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 26

Trek to Toijum

6-7 hrs

2,920 m

We will leave Kagmara Phedi after good breakfast prepared by the staff of Himalayan trekkers and move towards Toijum where we will be spending our overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 27

Trek to Chaurikot

5-6 hrs

3,060 m

From Toijum, we will start our trek to a new place called Chaurikot where we will build our camp for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 28

Trek to Chotra

5-6 hrs

3,380 m

The trail from Chaurikot descends to Chotra by following the rough and downhill trail for the night stop. The trail goes mostly through the forest with mixed species of plants. One can have nice scenic views around from the trail.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 29

Trek to Gothichaur

6-7 hrs

2,650 m

The way from Chotra to Gothichaur goes through several villages. One can experience the different culture most of the Khas people around. There are small woods along the road.

3 hours trek to Manigaon 2820m stops for lunch and 3 hours trek to Gothichaur for the night stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 30

Trek to Jumla

5-6 hrs

2,540 m

 The trek begins from Gothichaur to Jumla. There are several villages and the motorable road is under construction.  Overnight at Jumla.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 31

Trek to Khali Gaon

5-6 hrs

3,685 m

Now you will start your trekking from Jumla taking the trail through some villages. The trail goes somehow straight and it will be easy walking experiencing the social lifestyle of the region.

Nearly after the walk of 3 hours, the trail slightly ascends. After the walk of nearly 4 hours passing a small pass Danphe Nangla (3691 meters), you will reach the village Khaligaon. This is the village where the only technical school of the western region “Karnali Technical School” is producing technical manpower on a regular basis. The village is interesting to observe the activities carried out there. There are some hotels and tea houses to refresh.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 32

Trek to Bulbule

6-7 hrs

3,182 m

The trail ascends through a jungle of pine and rhododendron trees and some villages are seen from the trail. After good and handsome walk for 6-7 hrs, we will reach at Bulbule where we will be staying for an overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 33

Trek to Rara via Ghurchi Lagna Pass

8-9 hrs

3,480 m

The trail ascends and passing Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3480m) reaches to Jhyari. After crossing Jhyari we will further walk to Rara Lakeside (3,010 m) area to build our camp for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 34

Acclimatization and Explore Rara Lake

3,010 m

Rara is the biggest lake of Nepal that gives relief with its magnificent look. The lake is surrounded by forest and different kinds of flowers can be seen by the side. People can cycle around the lake. Boating facilities are also available. There is a hotel by the side but camping is also available.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 35

Trek to Talcha

4-5 hrs

2,700 m

From the lake, the trail goes through the jungle by the side of the lake through Army barrack and National Park office. After a walk of nearly one and a half hour, the trail ascends and then it goes downwards for nearly one or one and a half hour to reach you to the airport. Overnight stay nearby airport site.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges/ tea house

Day 36

Flight from Talcha-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

1 & 1/2 hrs

1,350 m

Today we have one and a half hour scenic flight from Talcha - Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. Since we have different flight schedule so we need to stay some time at Nepalgunj airport for the connecting flight to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in the afternoon.

 Free time of your own. In your free time, you can visit a good spa and massage center to realize your pain. In the evening, you will be invited and driven for farewell dinner to enjoy with a team of Himalayan trekkers.

Breakfast & Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 37

Departure transfer

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Have a safe journey and please do visit Nepal on your next vacation too.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Guided Sightseeing with all applicable entrance fees as per itinerary in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara as per itinerary
  • All Guesthouse, Lodge/Tented Accommodation during the Trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) During the Trek
  • All Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Kathmandu –Pokhara–& Talcha- Nepalgunj - Kathmandu) Airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters & Crew
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crewmembers.
  • She Phoksundo National Park Fees
  • Rara National park Fees
  • Lower Dolpo Special permits
  • DhorPatan Special Permits
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Trekking & Camping / Kitchen Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All GOVT local taxes & official expenses

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100 – 15/30/100 Days Cash On arrivals)
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Excess baggage (cargo) charges
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle etc)
  • Meals (Lunches & Dinner) in the city
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for your safety measures
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tipping/ gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay etc)
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing