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Round Dhaulagiri Trekking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Introduction

       Around Dhaulagiri Trek is a challenging trek in the region of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m 26,795 ft), the seventh highest Himalayan Peak lying north-west of Pokhara in the Western Nepal and south of the Tibet. The Dhaulagiri, along with another eight thousander, the Annapurna, carves the world's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki. The trek also crosses two high passes - the French pass (5,240m/17,192ft) and the Thapa pass (5,155m/16,913ft). Moreover, we will also experience snow and glacier walking, especially around Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River with the world deepest gorge. On the trail, we may also encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this region. Besides the wild nature, we also enjoy the shops, teahouses, and lifestyle of Nepal's ethnic people such as Gurung, Chhetri, and Magars.

Himalayan Glacier's Around Dhaulagiri Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni. The first few days of the trek passes through cultivated fields connected to some of the mountain villages. The climb begins to get tougher after Dobhan, as we ascend to the Italian Base Camp. The trek continues on to the Iced French and Thapa Passes which have to be scaled before we descend down a winding trail to Yak Kharka. After a long descend we will be at Marpha, popular city of Mustang district. From this juncture, we follow the classical Annapurna Trail to Jomsom and fly Jomsom to Pokhara the next day. 

 

Day 01 - Fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu Morning and prepare the trek with Beauty Nepal Adventure

 

DAY 02:  Pokhara to Beni (830m/2731ft):

Drive further prolong from Pokhara deeper into the mountains with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Driving further along the banks of Kali Gandaki River, we will be at Beni. Overnight at Tented Camp.

 

DAY 03:  Trek Beni to Babichaur (1000m/3280ft): 6 - 7 hrs

Our trek begins from today. We continue trekking along the Kali Gandaki River and head toward Myagdi khola. Upon crossing the suspension bridges on the way, we pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani finally reaching at Babichaur.

 

DAY 04:  Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m/5134ft): 7 hrs

At the night, we will camp in Dharapani 1565m, and the Dhaulagiri is no more so far. Today, our trail crosses the terraced hills, Shahashadhara village, Dudh khola, ratorunga village and reaches to Dharapani where we spend a night.

 

DAY 05:  Dharapani to Muri (1850m/6068ft): 6 - 7 hrs

The path goes steep up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains appear clearly. Upon arrival at Muri, we enjoy the magnifiscent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others peaks.

 

DAY 06:  Muri to Boghara (2050m/6724ft): 7- 8 hrs 

From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours. But before to reach at Boghara, we have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours. The trail descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Boghara.

 

DAY 07:  Boghara to Dhoban (2630m/8626ft): 6 hrs

Today, the path is quite difficult and sometimes we will need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. Finally, we cross the rocky part to arrive at Dhoban.

 

DAY 08:  Dhoban to Italien Base camp (3500m/11,480ft): 6 - 7 hrs

At this juncture, we will reach the Italian Base Camp where we will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through beautiful forest, we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. Since, we are gaining altitude rapidly, we keep ourself hydrated and take it easy.

 

DAY 09:  Rest  and Acclimatization day:

This will be the the rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little to explore, we completely rest and relax so that we can conquer the next day's tough journey. We may engage on exercising, moving around, and hikings to have proper acclimatize with the altitude.

 

DAY 10:  Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m/13,940ft): 5 hrs

After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. The glacier crossing would require the use of rope.

 

DAY 11:  Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft): 4 hrs

Today, we reach at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. On the way, we enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I.

 

DAY 12:  Acclimatization day

We will be constantly at an altitude of 5000 - 6000 m in the forth coming days. Hence. this day is essential. Even when we are acclimatizing, health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day instead of being idle.

 

DAY 13:  Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col: 4 hrs

The day will be our tough examination. Hidden Valley Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope. But once over the steep moraine walls, we are in safer and gentler country after a breathless climb to the top of French Col.

 

DAY 14:  Hidden Valley Camp (5000m/16,400ft):

Upon this juncture, we take some rest to have acclimatization. Upon here, we explore the arresting surrounding peaks.

 

DAY 15:  Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m/13,776ft): 6 hrs 

After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steeply to Yak Kharka. Then trail descends down until we reach at Yak kharka.

 

DAY 16:  Yak Kharka to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 7 - 8 hrs

Today, more steep descent leads to Marpha and a well-deserved beer over lunch. Tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking upon the snow, we pass the top of the Thapa Pass. From Marpha, we further head toward Jomsom to catch our next day's flight to Pokhara.

 

DAY 17:  Jomsom to Pokhara by flight  ( or you could walk continue down via beautiful Kaligandaki  Valley with up to Poon Hill Sunrise Trekking )

 

Upon morning breakfast, we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30-min dramatic flight in between the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri leaves us an imprint of tranqulity of nature. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, Our guide will escorts us to the lakeside hotel. We rest at the noon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While strolling along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal enjoying the Fish Tail Mountain reflected in the lake we enjoy the dusk at the pristine of nature. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. At evening, we engage on exploring around the lakeside.

 

Day 18 : Jomsom -Kalopani 7.30hrs

Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching the old Thakali trading center of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani (2560m.) From here there are spectacular 360-degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna high above.

 

Day 19 : Kalopani - Tatopani 7hrs

A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot water springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good 'scrub.

 

Day 20 : Tatopani - Ghorepani 7.30 Hrs

Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.

 

Day 21:Ghorepani – Tadapani 6 Hrs

Early morning, you will visit the famous Poon Hill where you will hopefully be blessed with a fantastic sunrise and 360 deg view of all the Annapurna Range including Annapurna South (7272m) Annapurna I (8091m) with imposing views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8157m) and the Dhaulagiri Range to the West. The views here are breath taking as you sit and sip on a hot chocolate before heading down the main trail to Pokhara. Here you will be able to see how things have changed over the years since western man started visiting the Himalayas. One of the added advantages of lodge trekking is being able to sit and chat to the Sougi (Inn Keeper), whilst he spins you yarns about life in Nepal. A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, and all the way south to the plains of India. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani (2540m) for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

 

Day 22: Tadapani - Ghandruk 3 hrs

Trail 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 Ghandruk (1940m) and explore the maze-like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement.

 

Day 23: Ghandruk - Birethanti - Pokhara 5 hrs

A steady climb down past startlingly green cultivated terraces and picturesque, beautifully-preserved farms to the scurrying Modi River, which the trail follows back to Birethanti. Drive to Pokhara. O/N at Hotel.

 

What's Included

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All airport/hotel transfers

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Accommodation  in Kathmandu and tented/homestay/guesthouse accommodation in mountain

Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain

All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles

Jomsom to Pokhara flight

All necessary staffs with experienced leader guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Dhaulagiri)

Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Beauty Nepal adventure Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

Travel and rescue arrangements

Welcome and farewell dinner

Exclusive Medical Kit Bag

All government and local taxes

 

What's Not Included

 

Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Domestic flight except Jomsom to Pokhara flight

Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen

Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)

Optional trips and sightseeing if extended

Tips for guides and porters

 




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