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Beni to Dolpo

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 12
Difficulty: Medium – Hard
Hotels: None
Seasons: May – October
Maximum Elevation: 4420m

This trek feels like nothing short of a pilgrimage. March and April bring lovely Rhododendron blooms to the lower hills, but the high passes will have snow at this time. The Beni to Dolpo trek is fairly difficult, and simple lodges and dal bhat are available as far as Dhorpatan. The nearest town is Beni where there are reasonably good lodges to spend the overnight, and well stacked shops are available here too. Take either bus or car to Beni. On this trip, you can also enjoy Tatopani “hot spring”, Tatopani is an ideal stop to unwind and relax from your exhilarating days of trekking. Along the trail you will be passing many attractive Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and chortens such as the Tanti Gompa, which enshrines many Buddhist deities. The region is also home to some of the rarest plants such as the famous “Yartsa gumpa” referred to also as the Himalayan Viagra, which is a tonic used as traditional medicine for vigor, endurance and booming libido. If you add a circuit through Tarap and Phoksumdo Lake you can make an outstanding 23-day trek that offers real sense of journey, from one region of Nepal to another. 

Photos of Beni to Dolpo

Tour Itinerary

Day Section and Altitude Hours

Kathmandu Arrival-Transfer to Beni
Beni – Tatopani – Tara Khet – Babiyachour (990m),
160m ascent

4 – 5.00

Babiyachour – Sahardara – Raato Dhunga – Darbang – Phedi (1950m) - Danyga Khola (1550m),
630m ascent, 80m descent

5 – 5.30


Dharpani – Sibang (1610m) – Machim – Muna – Lumsum (2150m),
720m ascent, 110m descent

6 – 7.00

Lumsum – Moreni (2670m) – Jaljala (3390m),
1230m ascent


Jaljala – Gurjakot (3010m) – Chhyantu (2990m) – Dhorpatan (2860m),
530m descent

6 – 7.00

Dhorpatan – Phagune Dhuri - Takur,
1280m ascent, 920m descent

7 – 8.00

Takur – Ghustung – Khaim (2890m) – Tatopani (2400m),
470m ascent, 1260m descent

7 – 7.30

Tatopani – Hima – Gulbang (2680m) – Dhule (3340m),
940m ascent


9 Dhule – Nautale Bhanjhyang (3961m) -Seng Khola (3820m),
790m ascent, 290m descent
5 – 6.00

Seng Khola – Camp site (4030m) – Panidal La (4530m) – Purpang (4270m),
720m ascent, 510m descent

6 – 6.30
11 Purpang – Jangla Bhanjyang (4540m) - Sahar Tara (3010m),
570m ascent, 1610m descent
6 – 7.00

Sahar Tara – Tarakkot - Dunai,
560m descent
Departure from Kathmandu


*** From Tarakot head northwest to Dunai, from Dunai you can catch a flight back to Nepalgunj.
- Northwest trail to Dunai
- East to Tarap Valley

Side Trips

Alternative Routes

Beni to Dolpo and Phoksumdo Lake via Do Tarap Trail

In this trek, you have a choice to combine the trek to inner Dolpo, and explore the restricted areas of Jengla and Jyanta Bhanjyang. This trail is most suitable during monsoons. Since lodges and tea houses are sparse in this region, tents and necessary trekking gears are required. Begin the trek from Dunai all the way to Phoksumdo Lake. An entrance fee needs to be paid to enter Dolpo. The Tibetan Buddhism is the predominant religion of the region. There are plenty of monasteries to visit along the trail such as the mystical Chhandul (Sandul) Gompa, Ribo Bhumpa Gompa, Doro Gompa, Shipchok Gompa, Mekyem Gonpa, and Serin Gompa. You can also enjoy scenic views of the mountains from Numa La’ Base Camp” all along the trail. Some of the highlights of the trip includes- the Wild gorge of Tarap, Tibetan monasteries, and alpine scenery between Do Tarap and Phoksumdo.

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