Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

‘from warm paddy fields to cooler alpine zone and towards remorseless ice and glaciers’

Highlights:

‘Around unique and exclusive Nepal Far North West Himalaya in complete wilderness
On the least trekked trails in the heart of massive Dhaulagiri Himal range of peaks
Exploring remote villages of immense old culture and traditions in the harmony of nature
Crossing of high scenic passes with overloaded adventure towards Hidden Valley
Scenic walks with daily super views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya’

Trip Outlooks:

Trip Mode:                  Hotels and in Lodge with Camping facilities on treks.
Trek Grade:                 Adventurous and Challenging (in snow conditions).
Highest point:             5,360 m high at French Pass.
Trek duration:            13 nights & 14 days (Pokhara to Pokhara with drives both ways)
Total Trip:                   19 nights & 20 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities:                    Cultural tour - scenic drive and trekking.
Season:                        April to June and September to mid December months.

Introduction:

Around Dhaulagiri an overwhelming trek with overloaded adventure where it takes you from low warm sub-tropical to cooler temperature on the high green hills filled with lovely forest of rhododendron-pines-oaks and firs tree lines, and soon as the walk progress reaching to a remote and isolated areas within arctic zone of remorseless ice fields and glaciers in the heart of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Beside incredible daily views of giant mountains and glaciers the green alpine forest is totally captivating as you will be walking through tall rhododendron-pines-magnolia-birch-oaks and fir tree lines and soon fades as you enter arctic zone enclosed within range of peaks at Dhaulagiri base camp and beyond towards hidden valley after crossing the highest pass of the adventure at French pass above 5,360 m high with tremendous panorama of surrounding peaks.Starting our adventure Around Dhaulagiri Trekking with an interesting drive to scenic Pokhara, a famous touristic spot in all Himalaya regions, blessed with natural beauty of mountains-green hills and serene lakes.

From Pokhara our journey leads beyond far west to reach at Beni town and towards rural farm village of Darbhang by the raging glacial Mya gdi River, walk begins heading towards isolated villages and farm entering deep forested areas, and finally reaching our main highlight and destination at Dhaulagiri base camp.After an exciting and memorable time at base camp heading towards Kaligandki River valley at Marpha a charming village with white washed houses and lodges, famous for delicious apples and it products.From Mustang areas of Marpha - Kalopani - Ghasa journey leads back into warmer areas back at Beni town where this fascinating and wonderful Around Dhaulagiri Trekking completes with a drive back at picturesque Pokhara.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive)

Day 04: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,700 m - 04 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours. 

Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs..

Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.

Day 10: Cross Tsho-la 5,368m and descend to Dzongla 4,850m - 08 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.

Day 12: At Hidden Valley (contingency and spare day).

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m - 05 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 - 04 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.

Day 17: Drive to Pokhara via Beni town - 05 hrs.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 19: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Around Dhaulagiri Trekking, lodge, camping on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02:  In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Around Dhaulagiri Trekking.

(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

Day 04: Drive to Darbang via Beni 900 m - 06 hrs.
From Pokhara, our journey continues with morning drive to Beni town and beyond to a farm town at Darbang after driving past Kusma and Beni town and following Mygdi River all along to reach Darbang, a busy market village and a starting point of Dhaulagiri- Churen Himal, Dhorpatan and Dolpo trekking.

Darbang a small farm village slowly turning into a town, after motor road has been completed from Beni and Pokhara, at Darbang for overnight stop by the Mygdi River in a local simple lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,560 m - 05 hrs.
First day of this adventure starts walking past farm villages and then on pleasant trail along Myagdi River, following the Myagdi River right to its glacier source at Dhaulagiri base camp.

After a good walk reaching our first overnight camp by the river, after noon at leisure with rest or enjoy the cool river.

Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk follows the river reaching a farm village of Jugepani for lunch stop, afternoon climb above a ridge and then descend through forest to camp at Bagar, a farm village, Bagar the last village till our walk joins at Marpha village.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.
On leaving the last of farm fields at Bagar village walk into forest for an hour and then a climb into forested area of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees.

After climb then descend to reach at Dovan for overnight camp, Dovan a small temporary settlement with small teahouse and shops.

Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
From Dovan morning walk leads to an unstable wooden bridge over a stream at a confluence of Mygdi river, after crossing walking into forest all the way to overnight stop at Chartare also called Bhainse Kharka.

Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
After overnight in the middle of dense forest, today walk leads to complete wilderness on leaving the vegetation and tree lines for few days.

Morning walk leads closer to Mt. Dhaulagiri South Face flank, with views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi and Dhaulagiri south flank, after good hours of walk reaching a glaciated area on a clearing named as Italian camp.

From here adventure begins as the walk leads on glacier, moraine with climb over rocky ridge to reach Pakhaban also called Japanese camp.

This camp offers super views of South West Face of Dhaulagiri and Manapathi, Puttha Hiunchuli with huge ice wall of Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk follows moraine and iceberg in some section, this morning climb needs a good team work with guides, porters and fellow members to be on right side of the trail over glaciated sections.

After a tough walk over glacial section reaching a rocky open area around Dhaulagiri where base camp is located.

Overnight camp at base camp the highlight of this adventure  with closest view of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 m, includes view of tumbling icefalls, glacier and Tukuche peak with West peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.) and Dhaulagiri IV  (7,618 m.).

Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.
From this unique and wonderful campsite morning walk leads to the highest point of the adventure over French pass at 5,360 meters.

After the high pass a short descend to reach a wide grassy meadow a huge field at hidden valley for overnight camp.

Offering views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang 5,386 meters, Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I.

Day 12: At Hidden Valley (Contingency or spare days).
Today a rest and spare or contingency day in case of bad weather condition including physical conditions of members, staff and porters.

If all goes well we can carry on to next camp to more safe and nice area to make the next day shorter towards Pokhara.

On this day if are not moving just relax and enjoy the views and explore on this least trekked area around Hidden valley.

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Thapa pass 5,250 m - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant rest, morning starts on a gentle path for few hours to reach last pass of this adventure at Thapa also called Dhampus pass with 5,250 meters high.
On reaching the pass with grand rare views of Annapurna Himal, Nilgiris peaks, and then our walk descend to Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back into green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.

Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk with long descend back into villages, after being in complete wilderness for past few days.

Downhill walk into forest of firs, pines and rhododendron trees, after few hours of easy descend reaching at one of the charming village at Marpha where all houses are painted white, this gem of a village with an interesting monastery.

Marpha located in lower Mustang district around Kaligandaki river valley, this area famous for delicious apples and product like cider, brandy local brew, juices, dry apples and apricot fruits. Enjoy the afternoon in the comfort of nice lodges and explore this beautiful village.

Day 15: Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.
From Marpha an enjoyable walk following Kaligandaki river downstream, reaching Tukuche village, beneath Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with Mt. Nilgiris, from here back into tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron, and then to a nice Kalapani village, after a short stop walk to another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
From Lete onwards leads to dramatic change in landscapes, walking between two high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna forming world deepest gorge.

From Ghasa village a southern end of Mustang area, dominated by Thakali people and then heading at Tatopani (Hot Spring) village with sub-tropic climate.

 Tatopani another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

Day 17: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni town - 05 hrs.
After a grand adventure Around Dhaulagiri and crossing high passes with enjoyable stop at Tatopani with hot-spring, morning drive back to scenic Pokhara via Beni, where Around Dhaulagiri complete circuit ends in Beni and at Pokhara with last overnight stop by the serene lake Phewa.

Day 18: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting  time Around Dhaulagiri trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .

(By Air options from Pokhara to Kathmandu taking 30 mins of scenic flight)

Day 19: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Awesome Adventure Treks reserves a free day for you to enjoy individual activities in and around Kathmandu or just relax recalling the memories of beautiful Around Ganesh Himal Trekking around Mid West Himalaya.

Day 20: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories on Around Dhaulagiri Trekking around great North Mid-West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.

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