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Rara Lake To Dhorpatan Circuit via Dolpo

Rara Lake To Dhorpatan Circuit via Dolpo

Wilderness Trekking
Rara lake
Tara air in Rara Talcha airport
mountain view from Talcha airport
remote village of Dolpo

Trip Facts

Duration : 24 Days Max-Altitude : 4065M Program Type : Tea house and Camping Best Season : March- April to Nov Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 4:

This is challenging and technical Trekking, climbing of Nepal, you most have to physically fit and mentally prepare, off the beaten trails, camping or challenging high passes Treks, at this level can he arranged for periods of 18 to 32 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft. or climbing 6540m.

Mode of Travel : Flight/Land


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$ 2600 $ 2400
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $ 2600
2 Paxes $ 2400
2-4 Paxes $ 2380
4-6 Paxes $ 2360
6-10 Paxes $ 2300
10-15 Paxes $ 2280
15+Paxes $ 2280

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Rara Lake To Dhorpatan Circuit via Dolpo: An Epic Himalayan Odyssey

The Rara Lake to Dhorpatan Circuit trek via Dolpo Talcha Airport is an extraordinary journey that takes you on a clockwise adventure through the enchanting landscapes of lower Dolpo, the mesmerizing shores of Phoksundo Lake, and various other hidden gems in this pristine region of Nepal. This epic trek, orchestrated by Nepal Wilderness Trekking, spans approximately 24 days of exhilarating exploration, offering a remarkable tapestry of natural beauty, cultural richness, and awe-inspiring heights.

The Adventure Unfolds

Your adventure commences with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a vibrant city nestled near the border between India and Nepal. The journey to Nepalgunj is swift, taking a mere 56 minutes by air. From Nepalgunj, your expedition will take you to the skies once more, this time bound for the remote Talcha Airport. The 40-minute flight to Talcha is a gateway to the heart of this trekking adventure.

Discovering Rara Lake

Rara Lake, your first destination, is a crown jewel in the Himalayas. Firstly, this magnificent freshwater lake, set at an elevation of 2,990 meters, stands as one of the largest and deepest of its kind in the entire Himalayan region. Additionally, its pristine waters mirror the surrounding mountain peaks, creating a breathtaking tableau of natural beauty. Furthermore, Rara Lake is complemented by the presence of Rara National Park, which was established in 2007 and spans across Jumla and Mugu districts. Moreover, the park’s rugged terrain and remote location ensure that there are few tea houses around this tranquil lake, thereby enhancing the sense of wilderness and adventure.

The Trek of Lakes

The Rara Lake to Dhorpatan Circuit trek can can be suited to the “Trek of Lakes” due to the stunning array of lakes encountered along the way. Shey Phoksundo Lake, an alpine freshwater gem, is another highlight of this journey. Nestled at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters, Phoksundo Lake enchants trekkers with its crystalline waters and surreal mountain vistas.

A Tapestry of Villages and Landscapes

During this trek, you’ll traverse through a myriad of beautiful villages and diverse natural landscapes. Your path will lead you through Jhyari, Bhulbule, Dolphe, and other picturesque locations. These villages are not just waypoints on your journey but windows into the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal. Along the route, you’ll encounter Buddhist monasteries, which add a spiritual dimension to your trek.

Exploring the Remote Beauty of Dolpa

The journey unfolds through the mesmerizing landscapes of Jhumla Bazaar, Kuri Santha, Chhopagaoun, Kanigaun, Dunai Bazaarand Tarakot, Phurbang, Phupal Phedi, Dule, Pilamu, Tatopani, Thankur, and Dhorpatan. Each of these places has its unique charm whether it’s the quaintness of a remote village, the splendor of the natural surroundings, or the cultural significance of the area.

Shey Gompa and the Magic of Phoksundo Lake

One of the most captivating stops on your route is the ancient Shey Gompa, overlooking the icy waters of Phoksundo Lake. This sacred site offers a spiritual oasis amidst the pristine wilderness, and the views of Phoksundo Lake are simply mesmerizing.

High Himalayan Passes and Unforgettable Valleys

This trek is not for the faint of heart as it includes crossing high Himalayan passes and venturing into the heart of the Dho-Tarap valley. The sheer beauty of this region, with its towering peaks and tranquil valleys, will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Dolpa never ceases to amaze with its remote grandeur and cultural significance.

The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

One of the most intriguing highlights of this trek is the visit to the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Nepal’s only hunting area. To engage in wildlife hunting, one must obtain a special permit from the government. Established in 1987, this hunting reserve spans an impressive 1,325 square kilometers in the Dhaulagiri Himal of western Nepal, encompassing the Rukum, Myagdi, and Baglung Districts. While hunting is closely regulated and controlled, visitors may have the fortune of encountering a variety of wildlife species in their natural habitat.

Rara Lake To Dhorpatan Circuit Highlights

  • Deepest and Biggest Freshwater Rara Lakes: Rara Lake, with its pristine waters and serene surroundings, stands as one of the Himalayas’ most extensive and deepest freshwater lakes.
  • Alpine Freshwater Oligotrophic Water in Nepal: Phoksundo Lake, nestled at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters, is a shining example of alpine freshwater beauty in Nepal.
  • Exploration of Beautiful and Remote Villages: This trek unveils the charm of various villages along the way, each offering a unique glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle.
  • Stunning Views of the Mountains: As you ascend and traverse, breathtaking vistas of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges will treat you.
  • Hiking Through the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve: You will journey through the unique Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, where you can occasionally spot the elusive wildlife of Nepal.

Physical fitness preparation

To undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek, trekkers need to be physically fit. Firstly, it is recommended to run for at least an hour a day for 10 to 15 days, or even for a month, depending on your fitness level before the trek. This regimen helps build hiking stamina. Furthermore, this preparation assists in acclimatizing to the high altitudes and ensures you are ready for the demanding terrain of the trek. What’s crucial is a willingness to prepare physically and mentally, and to respect the demands of the environment. Proper acclimatization, moreover, ensures trekkers can fully enjoy the journey, absorbing the breathtaking landscapes and immersing themselves in the local culture. Additionally, ensure that you bring the recommended trekking equipment list. Remember, quality trekking equipment can make your trip enjoyable, while poor gear can make it miserable

Conclusion: A Himalayan Adventure Like No Other

The Rara Lake to Dhorpatan Circuit via Dolpo trek is a symphony of natural wonders, cultural immersion, and physical challenge. Moreover, it’s a journey that promises not only to test your mettle but also to reward you with some of the most awe-inspiring sights and experiences Nepal has to offer. Additionally, this trek will take you through hidden valleys, across towering passes, and to serene lakeshores, ultimately leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj stay overnight.
  • Day 02: Fly to Rara Talcha airport and trek to Rara Lake (2980m)
  • Day 03: Trek to Jhyari (2665m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Bhulbhule(3120m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Dophe (3646m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Jhumla Bazar (2370m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Kuri Santha (2715m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Chhopagaon (3085m)
  • Day 09: Trek to Kaigaun (2610m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Debikot 3760m
  • Day 11: Trek to Dunai bazaar (2140
  • Day 12: Trek to Tarakot (2540M)
  • Day 13: Trek to Phurbang (4065M
  • Day 14: Trek to Phuphal Phedi (3940M)
  • Day 15: Trek to Dhule (3485M)
  • Day 16: Trek to Pilamu (2954M)
  • Day 17: Trek to Tatopani (2360M). Phalguna
  • Day 18: Trek to Thankur (3175M)
  • Day 19: Trek to Dhorpatan (2870M)
  • Day 20: Trek to Jaljala (3414M)
  • Day 21: Rest day
  • Day 22: Trek to Darbang (1070M)
  • Day 23: Drive to Pokhara via Beni Bazaar
  • Day 24: drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus

Cost Included

  • flight ticket Kathmandu to Nepalganj- Rara Talcha airport
  • Beni – Pokhara - ktm by bus.
  • Rara National park permit,
  • Dhorpatan Park Conservation permit
  • lower Dolpo special trekking permits
  • TIMS Permits.
  • Lodge Accommodation and tent for 2 night
  • 3 times meal Lunch, dinner, and breakfast during the trekking.
  • 2-night tent trek
  • fluent English speaking license holder local Sherpa Guide and necessary porters 1 porter every 2 pax.
  • All programs according to itinerary on full board.
  • Guide and porter Wages, equipment, insurance, and other facilities to staff.

Cost Excluded

  • Travel Insurance which is covering helicopter rescue Evacuation if in case of emergency.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal equipment
  • All bar bill.
  • Items of personal nature, i.e., Soft/hard drinks, tip, etc.

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