Dhaulagiri trekking to the west of the Annapurna Range and the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The ancient river continued cutting through the rising Himalayan massif as India pushed its way under the Asian plate, creating the world’s deepest gorge. At one point, below Kobang, the floor is 5,6km below the summits.
Seven attempts were made to conquer Dhaulagiri before a Swiss expedition was successful in 1960. Our around Dhaulagiri trek to three high camps and Hidden Valley is demanding and scenically rewarding.
The Dhaulagiri trek begins from Beni in the lower Kali Gandaki Gorge and follows the trail north-west above the Myagadi Khola that crosses the Dhaulagiri Himal to the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve en-route to Dolpo. It climbs ridges linking villages with terraced rice paddies and wheat fields. Forests of bamboo, oak and rhododendron are rich in bird life. Beyond Sibang the trail turns north and steadily gains altitude, getting tougher beyond Dobang as it ascends to the Italian Base Camp.
A rest day assists acclimatisation before 700m is added to the altitude at Glacier camp and another 400m to the Dhaulagiri camp – and an additional acclimatisation day. Walks to high ground offer spectacular views of the surrounding ice-clad peaks. From the French Col, we explore Hidden Valley which offers superb views of the north face of Dhaulagiri.
The Dhaulagiri trekking Nepal trail then descends to Yak Kharka, beyond which it drops down to the beautiful village of Marpha on the river. This is a wealthy Thakali village with abundant farmlands and fruit orchards. The prayer wheel outside their monastery is over 1000 years old. From there, a two hour walk up the gorge leads to the capital of the Mustang region, Jomsom. A 20min. early morning trans-Himalayan flight takes you to Pokhara: to relax at your hotel or walk the shoreline of tranquil Phewa Lake; before returning to Kathmandu.
Sturdy boots, warm/waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essential items. We offer a full camping trek to this region. Our Dhaulagiri circuit trek package includes transport, your guide, chef, local porters, meals, sturdy tent accommodation and safe drinking water.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing &
Kathmandu – Pokhara – Beni (830 m/2,731 ft) 8-10 hrs drive
Day 04: Beni - Tatopani (1,000m/3,280ft)
Day 05: Tatopani - Dharapani
(1,565m/5,134ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1,850m/6,068ft)
Day 07: Muri - Boghara (2,050m/6,724ft) 5-6
Day 08: Bagar - Dobang (2,630m/8,626ft) 5-6
Day 09: Dobang - Italian Base camp (3,500m/11,
480ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Rest & Acclimatization
Day 11: Italian Base camp - Glacier camp
(4,250m/13, 940ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 12: Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base camp
(4,650m/15, 252ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 13: Rest and Acclimatization
Day 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Col
(4,950 m/16 ,500 ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 15: French Col - Hidden Valley Camp
(5,000m/16, 400ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 16: Hidden Valley Camp to Yak Kharka
(4200m/13 776ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 17: Yak Kharka to Marpha to Jomsom
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara 20 min flight
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs
On request, a 25 minute flight to Pokhara
can replace the 5-6 hour bus trip.
Dhaulagiri Trekking Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Meet MMT (Mountain Mart Treks) airport representative at International Airport and transfer to your choice of Hotel /Resort /Guest house. Free afternoon. Involve well come dinner held by MMT management, introduce guide, trip briefing and check trip necessities.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, day will start our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley such as, pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Stupa Bouddhanath, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Patan Durbar Square & Kathmandu Durbar Square (Freak Street) with temple, unique ancient art, architectures, museum and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip counseling and ensure once again trekking gears, medical kid and trek legalization needs.
Leisure and easy day for different interest.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Beni (830 m/2731 ft) 25 min flight and 3-4 hrs drive
Fly to Lake city Pokhara in the morning with Himalayan tranquility and drive to Beni. 82 KM (3-4 hrs) drive. There is possibilities of express overland drive direct to Beni via Pokhara which takes 9 – 10 hrs. It’s a scenic overland drive with fantastic view of Himalaya through the many rivers, terraced paddy field and countryside villages, finally brings you Beni. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Beni - Tatopani (1000m/3280ft) 5-6 hrs
Our trek begins from today. We continue trekking along the Kali Gandaki River. Head toward Myagdi khola. Cross the suspension bridges. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani (Hot spring) Enjoy the Hot Spa and overnight stay in the campsite.
Day 05: Tatopani - Dharapani (1565m/5134ft) 5-6 hrs
Tonight you 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 then reaches Dharapani and spend a night in the campsite.
Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1850m/6068ft) 5-6 hrs
The path goes steep up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains appear clearly. From Muri, enjoy the magnifiscent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others. Overnight stay in Campsite.
Day 07: Muri - Boghara (2050m/6724ft) 5-6 hrs
From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours but before to reach Boghara you 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. Overnight stay in Campsite.
Day 08: Boghara - Doban (2630m/8626ft) 5-6 hrs
Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes you will need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. Finally, cross the rocky part to arrive at Doban. Overnight stay in Campsite.
Day 09: Doban - Italian Base camp (3500m/11,480ft) 5-6 hrs
Today you will reach the Italian Base Camp where you 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 rapidly gaining altitude, keep yourself hydrated and take it easy. Overnight stay in campsite.
Day 10: Rest & Acclimatization day:
A rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little exploring to be had, this is a day to relax because tomorrow we will have a tough day. Exercise, move around, make some hikings and properly acclimatize with the altitude.
Day 11: Italian Base camp - Glacier camp (4250m/13,940ft) 4-5 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. Overnight stay in campsite.
Day 12: Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft) 3-4 hrs
Today we reach 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, enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I. Overnight at campsite
Day 13: Acclimatization day
We will be constantly at an altitude of 5000 - 60000 m in the next days, hence so this day is essential. Even when we're acclimatizing, health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. Overnight stay in campsite.
DAY 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Col (4950 m/16500 ft) 3-4 hrs
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 15: Hidden Valley Camp (5000m/16,400ft):
Make some rest. Acclimatize. Explore the surrounding peaks.
DAY 16: 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 17: Yak Kharka to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 7-8 hrs
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 in 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 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Phewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal enjoying the Fish Tail Mountain reflected in the lake. You can also take a boat around the Phewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside.
DAY 19: Drive to Kathmandu:
Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Himalayan Glacier Trekking staffs.
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Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.