This traverse from the Annapurna section to Dolpa will take you on a journey into a complete no-man’s-land with spectacular desolate landscapes. The views of the Himalaya are amazing, especially from the Jalja La pass (3386 m) where you can see a whole range of mountains up close like Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and Gurja Himal (7193 m).
Dhorpatan Wildlife reserve is a beautiful, rough area which until recently was only frequented by hunters in search of blue sheep which are quite abundant here. In this itinerary there is a 3 day stretch where you will not encounter any settlements until you reach Jang La pass (4519 m) leading you into Dolpa. Bringing your own tent and cooking means is essential on this trail.
February, March, April, May, September, October, November
Camping, Teahouse/Lodge, Homestay
Level of Difficulty
TIMS and Trekking Permit for Lower Dolpa (US$ 10 per week) to be obtained at the Department of Immigration in Kathmnadu. Entrance fee for Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve to be obtained at park entrance.
- Day 1 Kathmandu - Beni (9 hr bus ride) or Pokhara - Beni (4 hrs bus ride) then drive to Darbang (1 hr)
- Day 2 Darbang (1100 m) - Sibang (1790 m) 6 hrs
- Day 3 Sibang (1790 m) - Lamsung (2160 m) 6 hrs
- Day 4 Lamsung (2160 m) - Jaljala (3386 m) 6-7 hrs
- Day 5 Jaljala (3386 m) - Dhorpatan (2870 m) 7 hrs
- Day 6 Dhorpatan (2870 m) - Thankur (3175 m) via Fagune Lekh (4060 m) 7 hrs
- Day 7 Thankur (3175 m) - Pelma (2425 m) 6 hrs
- Day 8 Pelma (2425 m) - Dhule (3300 m) 7 hrs
- Day 9 Dhule (3300 m) - Seng Khola (3990 m) 6 hrs
- Day 10 Seng Khola (3990 m) - Purbang (4065 m) 6 hrs
- Day 11 Purbang (4065 m) - Tarakot (2600 m) via Jang La Pass (4519 m) 7 hrs
- Day 12 Tarakot (2600 m) - Dunai (2096 m) 7 hrs
- Day 13 Dunai (2096 m) - Juphal (2475 m) 4 hrs
- Day 14 Flight Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
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