Dhaulagiri Trek 19-Days

Dhaulagiri Trek

Trip Highlights

Trekking in Dhaulagiri provides massive mountains range of Dhaulagiri consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks is magnificent. Trekking of the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected. Geographically, it is a land of dramatic contrast.

The Dhaulagiri trek is known as a long and strenuous trek across an off beaten snow trail, which involves walking across snow ice with mountains. However, the experience of our guides and support staff will ensure that you complete this trek successfully. The Dhaulagiri Region is home to the gigantic Mt. Dhaulagiri-(8,167m), which is the seventh highest peak in the world and it also is known as The White Mountain. This trek takes us around this majestic snow massif. Dhaulagiri trek offers you a great opportunity in your life-time including beautiful mountains view, wild animals such as Himalaya Thar, musk deer, leopards and different species of bird. The best season for this trek is from March to May and first September to last December. A few numbers of travelers were visiting this area in a whole year. So, it is also the nontouristic area of Nepal. It is one of the famous trekking trails in Nepal.

In between this trek, we cross the famous French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5250m). However, we take you across these high challenging mountain passes only after giving you enough time for acclimatization Besides snow and ice, the trek also passes through forests of oak, juniper, and rhododendron, which rewards us for the physically demanding hike. Kali Gandaki river, which is the deepest river in the world also lies in this region. In this trek, you will get the chance to explore the local lifestyles of Gurung and Magar and other communities with their culture.

The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni and we start the trek passes with cultivated fields and mountains.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Pokhara
  • Max-Altitude 5,010m
  • Activity Level Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our team who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take rest. Welcome Drink will be served. Overnight in a hotel.

After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport-sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around and do some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.

The early morning drive to Beni after breakfast is scenic through the countryside. Beni, the district headquarter lies in the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi. Permits are checked at the police check post before entering. Overnight stay in Beni.

Heading along the banks of Myagdi Khola, the trek passes through Beni Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani. Crossing the bridge after a short walk, the trail continues through Bholamza, another tiny village, before reaching a suspension bridge after a short walk near Simalchaur. Shortly after passing this village, the trail climbs to Babichaur where we unfold our tents for the night.

Today’s trek begins with winding paths along a mountainside alongside the valley that widens with approaching terraced hills. The easy trail is mostly flat with a few slight ascents. Shahashradhara, a small village along the trail is stone paved and further on, after crossing the Dukh Khola, we walk past paddy fields to reach Ratorunga, another village with tea houses and shops. The valley gets narrowed down again as terraces end. After following zigzags, the trail takes a steep ascent before reaching the densely populated village at Dharapani.

Descending to the Myagdi Khola and crossing to its west bank and climbing again, the trail starts taking steep ascents before it eases out along the ridge. To Muri, another small village, the trail climbs again and continues along Sibang and Mattim. After a yet another climb, we descend to Gatti Khola and reach Phalai. After crossing Dhara Khola, we once again reach the west bank of Myagdi Khola and climb a ridge to reach Muri, a large Magar village, where we tent for the night.

After crossing a rocky stream and Dhora Khola, a river, we ascend to Ghorban Dhara where the first views of Ghustang South (6465m) can be seen. The trail then descends to Myagdi Khola and climbs along the mountainside along the right banks to Naura and further takes a steep grassy hill. The climb continues through a steep slope and finally descends along a forest that leads to terraced fields. We arrive at Baghar, a small mountain village where we camp in a yard or terraced field of the locals.

Leaving the terraced fields, the trail moves through a ridge to a forest and reaches Jyardan, the remotest settlement in the area. Following the winding path that crosses a rocky area, we descend and climb again to reach Lipse. After walking through a forest and crossing Lapche Kharka, we climb again to reach Dobang where we camp for the day.

Crossing the river, we ascend through a forested area, which is steep at times. At a clearing, the views of Dhaulagiri I becomes visible. Further, we reach a pine forest area or Sallaghari in Nepali, where a clearing suitable for camping is available.

Today’s walk goes through periphery of Chhonbarban Glacier and also passes small makeshift bridges and forest areas. The trail ascends further to the spectacular campsite at Italian Base Camp. It’s a strenuous walk, nevertheless, rewards with views of Dhaulagiri massif and Gurju Himal up close. Overnight stay in a tent.

Before moving further into higher altitudes with thinning air, we take a day to acclimatize ourselves in this high altitude. You can explore around the Base Camp and prepare for the next day’s climb. Overnight in a tent.

As the trail ascends, its gets challenging at some places. Use of ropes in certain sections adds to the safety of the climb. Also, an early journey is taken to avoid avalanches and rock falls. Through a rocky portion, we climb a mountainside and cross two glaciers that originate from Dhaulagiri. The other side of the glacier is a grassy land known as Pakhaban or Japanese/ Advance Base Camp. Dhaulagiri and Tsaurabong Peak stands massive above the camp. Overnight stay in a tent.

The gradual increase in altitude and hiking in glaciers makes today’s walk difficult. After passing a rocky ridge, the trail descends to along the glacier and directs towards the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Impressive views of Dhaulagiri along with the adventurous walk gives the thrill of being in the mountains. Overnight stay in a tent.

Another day of strenuous walk through glaciers and high passes. Crossing the glacier from the base camp with the help of ropes, the trail eases out a little, but again picks up to another strenuous climb to the top of French Col (5300m). Here, the Hidden Valley opens up along with giant snow peaks surrounding the valley namely Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, Sita Chuchura, Tukche et cetera. From Thapa Pass (5250m) that lies between Tukche and Thapa peak, we descend to the extremely cold valley where we camp for the night.

It’s a downhill walk for most of the day although difficult sections come across at places. The trail moves on from the Hidden Valley to Dhampus Pass and takes a dangerous section of avalanche prone slopes which continues all the way down to Yak Kharka.

Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp.

Today 35 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to a hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave etc. Overnight at the hotel.

Returning from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you can explore around the city. We have a small farewell dinner, celebration for the successful completion of your journey. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with North Nepal Travels & Treks and elongate your stay.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport and hotel transfer by tourist car/jeep/van as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare inclusive airport taxes.
  • Both way Pokhara-Beni-Pokhara by bus drivers.
  • All the essential trekking permits and local taxes.
  • All the camping equipment such as a mattress, member tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and kitchen utensils etc.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
  • Highly experienced English speaking trekking guide.
  • Kitchen helpers and mules to carry your foods, luggage and camping gears.
  • Expert trekking cook who prepared continental, Indian and Chinese foods during the trek.
  • All trekking staffs insurance, wages, foods, accommodations, and equipment.
  • Full board meals while on the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Twin sharing or single tented camp accommodation while on the trek.
  • A first aid medical kit.
  • Company kit bag.
  • Farewell dinner party at typical Nepali restaurant after trip completion.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, and snack foods.
  • Travel insurance which included rescue Personal medical or evacuation expenses incurs and strongly recommend international.
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack.
  • Riding horse along the trek.
  • Extra night hotel due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu.
  • Tips to staffs.

FAQs

  • Superb views of the majestic Dhaulagiri peak which is the seventh highest peak in the world.
  • French Pass (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,250m).
  • Scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Beni which goes along the bank of the river.
  • Cultural heritage sites tour in Kathmandu.

April to June & September to November.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveler’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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