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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.