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
The crossing of high scenic passes with overloaded adventure towards Hidden Valley
Scenic walks with daily super views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya’

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 Beni town and towards rural farm village of Darbhang by the raging glacial Myagdi River, walk begins heading towards isolated villages and farm entering deeply 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 Kali Gandaki River valley at Marpha a charming village with whitewashed houses and lodges, famous for delicious apples and its 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: Drive or fly to Pokhara 860 m 

Day 03: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.

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

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

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

Day 07: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.

Day 09: Cross Tsho-la 5,368m and descend to Dzongla 4,850m - 08 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.

Day 11: At Hidden Valley (contingency and spare day).

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m - 05 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 - 04 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.

Day 16: Drive to Pokhara via Beni town - 05 hrs.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels

Day 18: International departure for homeward bound.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambiance and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.

(M Hotel or equivalent)

Day 02: 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 Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with the afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

Day 03: Drive to Darbang via Beni 900 m - 06 hrs.
From Pokhara, our journey continues with the 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 the motor road has been completed from Beni and Pokhara, at Darbang for overnight stop by the Mygdi River in a local simple lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Riverside 1,560 m - 05 hrs.
The first day of this adventure starts walking past farm villages and then on the 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, afternoon at leisure with rest or enjoy the cool river.

Day 05: 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 06: Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.
On leaving the last of farm fields at Bagar village walk into the forest for an hour and then a climb into forested area of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees. After climb then descends to reach at Dovan for overnight camp, Dovan a small temporary settlement with small teahouse and shops.

Day 07: 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 the forest all the way to overnight stop at Chartare also called Bhainse Kharka.

Day 08: 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 chuli, 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 the glacier, moraine with a climb over the 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 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk follows moraine and iceberg in some section, this morning climb needs a good teamwork 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 10: 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 11: 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 a 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 12: 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 the 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 descends to Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back into the green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.

Day 13: Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk with long descends back into villages, after being in the complete wilderness for past few days. Downhill walk into the forest of firs, pines and rhododendron trees, after few hours of easy, descend reaching at one of the charming villages at Marpha where all houses are painted white, this gem of a village with an interesting monastery.

Marpha located in lower Mustang district around the Kaligandaki river valley, this area famous for delicious apples and the 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 14: 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 15: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
From Lete onwards leads to the 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 16: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni town - 05 hrs.
After a grand adventure Around Dhaulagiri and crossing high passes with an 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 17: 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 to Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.

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

Day 18: 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 the airport as per your time for an international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.

Cost-Inclusives:

  • Airport pickup and drop service
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All food and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Either drive or domestic flight in (Ktm – Pkr- Ktm). With other driving fares such as drive from Pokhara to Beni and back from Naya Pul to Pokhara
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with the max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • First aid medical box
  • Trekking gears like the sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

Cost-Exclusives:

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal 
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary
  •  Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses

Requirements for Dhaulagiri area high altitude Treks:
Dhaulagiri Himalaya region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Annapurna region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhills with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest. Adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, 
with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with a touch of high altitude that makes it's more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in the pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in a tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m.
Where trekkers should be fitted with sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.

Visa rules apply to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, a transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size:
For Annapurna region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.

Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied by an experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us. 
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with a license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and another tourism related department.

On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
Acclimatization:
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. 
Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot. 
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level. 
Travel Insurance & Vaccination
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have the thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling. 
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal. 
Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at the 3-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.

In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). 
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with an overnight stop.

Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, kinds of pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.

Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.

Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.

Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek

Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.

Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.

Support staff (porter):
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.

Booking Procedure:
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. The non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.

Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.

 

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