Dhaulagiri Trekking separated from the Annapurna region by the Kali Gandaki the Dhaulagiri massif includes more than 30 peaks over 6000 meters, eight of these surpassing 8000 meters. The area around Tansen is home to the Magar people and capital of the independent kingdoms to become part of Nepal.From Dhorepatan the panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges is exceptional and this remote area is home to communities of Tibetan refugees who search the area for minerals and medicinal plants.
Dhaulagiri Trekking is a long, difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8167m.) that starts from Beni on the Kali Gandaki. Follow the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang and turn north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high country. Much of the route is on snow and glaciers as it crosses French Col (5240m.), traverses the head of Hidden Valley and crosses 5155m Dhampus Pass. The trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara, either via the Kali Gandaki valley or over the Ghorepani ridge for a panoramic view of the entire Dhaulagiri massif.
A challenging trek, which will reward you with the opportunity to camp on a glacier. The toughness of the terrain is more than made up for by the spectacular scenery and wilderness. The rewards also come when you rejoin the Jomsom trail, where you may have apple cider in Marpha or a hot spring afternoon in Tatopani.
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Trip Duration: 25 days
Max. Altitude: 4750 m.
Season: Apr – May / Sep - Nov
Accommodation: 4 nights in Kathmandu ,1 nights in Pokhara & 19 nights in tented camps.
Transportation: Tourist bus or private vehicle or Flight
Group Size: Min 2 pax
# Arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary.
# Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with b'fast as per itinerary. In 2 star to 4 star hotel
# 1/2 day Kathmandu sightseeing with English speaking guide.
# All necessary permits during sightseeing and trekking.
# Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu Tourist Bus or flight
# All 3 meals and accommodation while on the camping trek.
# Fully escorted trek with English speaking guide and 1 porter between 2person
# Experienced cook, sherpas and kitchen crew.
# Tents, mattress, cooking utensils and camping equipments.
# Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs.
# International Airfare
# Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person)
# Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
# Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
# Travel Insurance (this is a mandatory condition of booking)
# Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
# Personal spending money.
# Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, tips etc.
# Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
Accommodation on the trek & Food
You will be accommodated in lodges during tea house trek & tent in camping trek . Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.
There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to six hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.
Footwear & Clothing: Bring well broken-in walking shoes, suitable for snow; thick socks, light socks, camp shoes; down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and pants; sweater or fleece jacket; underwear; warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans; shirts and T-shirts; shorts; long underwear; wool hat; sun hat; gloves; bathing suit; comfortable track/gym suit.
|City||Per Adult / Single Room||Per Adult / Double / Triple Room||Child Without Bed||Child With Bed|
|Kathmandu||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
|Pokhara||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
Kathmandu arrival (1350m) & Overnight in Hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
Sight seeing around at Kathamandu
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Kathmandu _pokhara Baglung
Kathmandu to Pokhara(915m.)or drive by tourist mini bus and continue drive to Baglung.
Baglung to Maldhunga (1300m.)
Trek from Baglung Maldhunga (1300m.) which takes about 5 hours. Start Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Maldhunga to Darbang
Trek from Maldhunga to Darbang and it takes about 5 and half hours. This day you trek gently ascend for early one hour passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and so on. You can hear the chirping of the local birds Then your trails follow quite flat land passing through stream at one place. The way you trek is muddy road crossing villages at some of the places. Darbang is a small village mainly inhabited by Magar and Limbus. There is a beautiful camping site. You can find small local shops with minimal supply.
Darbang to Takum
Trek from Darbang to Takum which takes about 5 hours. This day also you trek ascend through narrow path for early one hour. Now you goes along the flat land passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trails suddenly begin to follow ascend path until you reach Takum. There is a government school before you enter Takum, a small village. Here you camp behind the school located in central Takum. You find a Hindu temple where the villagers go to submit their offerings.
Takum to Muri 1850m
Trek from Takum to Muri and it takes about 6 hours. You start trekking to descend trails for early one hour passing through jungle. Then you follow steeply ascent path and before you approach Muri you pass along the flat land until you reach Muri. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and Rai, one of the ethnic community of Nepal. There are situated beautiful hotel offering attractive services to tourists guests who visit this particular area. You are here quite captivated by a Buddhist monastery
Muri to Bagar 2080m
Trek from Muri to Bagar which takes about 4 hours. Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora khola. Cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. The view from this pass is fine, for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. The steep slope will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzag stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you enter a traverse to the right-here you must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where bagara (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields.
Bagar – Dovan 2520m
Trek from Bagar to Dovan and it takes about 5 hours. Here you leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging. The whole trails is quite steeply ascent through thick jungles providing you the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the area. If you are lucky, you can encounter different species of monkeys
Dovan – Sallaghari or Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) 3660m
Trek from Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) which takes about 6 hours. Passing through the beautiful forest you rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around.
Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) - Glacier Camp 4500m
Trek from Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp and it takes about 4 hours. After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. we may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. you camp on the glacier rubble.
Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp I 4740m
Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp which takes about 5 hours. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Col - Hidden Valley 5000m
Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col - Hidden Valley and it takes about 4 hours. Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls we reach gentler, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night).
Hidden Valley camp 5000m
A rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and perhaps does some exploring
Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka 3680m
After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. Trek from Hidden Valley (5200 m) to Yak Kharka and it takes about 7 hours. You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance.
Yak Kharka – Marpha 2670m
Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha which takes about 5 hours. More steep descent leads to Marpha. The way is not much covered with trees. En route you can see some yak herds and sheep herds as well. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by the mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus as well. You can a visit a monastery. In and around the monastery, you can see the many walls and prayer flags hanging.
Marpha – Ghasa 2010m
Trek from Marpha to Ghasa and it takes about 6 hours. Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), Nilgiri South (6839m.),Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.)
Ghasa – Tatopani 2850m
Vegetation will change and walking narrow valley passing huge Rupse water fall along the Kaligandaki. Warm and orange country with cultivation. Tatopani has hot spring where people can heel their tired body having bath at the hot pool and orange fresh juice
Tatopani – Ghorepani 2850m
Early morning, climb to Poon hill from where can see a panoramic view of himalyan range from Dhaulagiri range to Ganesh Himal range. During the Sun rise panoramic views with colorful mountains. Again walk down to ghorepani and after breakfast walk up hill towards Tadapani. Climb with Mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge and Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. A short climb to Tadapani, than another 3 hrs walk to beautiful Gurung village at Ghandrung
Ghorepani to Poonhil(3180 m) and Tadapani (2675 m)
Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani Wake up early morning and climb up to Poon hill from where you can see Dhaulagiri range to Mustang range. During the Sun rise panoramic views with colorful mountains. Again walk down to hotel and after breakfast walk up hill towards Tadapani. Climb with Mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge and Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, and to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Tadapani to Ghandrung (2000m)
Trek from Tadapani to Ghandrung This is short trek. Trial descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung and explore the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung Settlement
Ghandrung – Birethanti - Pokhara
Trek from Ghandrung – Birethanti - Pokhara Walk down after village via Kimche to Shauli Bazaar. Geantal walk rest of the day via Birethati to New bridge and drive back to Pokhara over night at hotel.
Pokhara -Kathmandu .Overnight in Hotel B
After breakfast in the morning we say goodbye to Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu by car or private bus (There is an option to fly). In the afternoon free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel.
Kathmandu free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel BD
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom