Around Dhaulagiri Trek - 17 Days

Around Dhaulagiri Trek

‘The trek is an adventure around a massive range of Mt. Dhaulagiri listed as world 7th highest mountain’

Abound Dhaulagiri Trek leads you in the heart of world number seven mountains beneath towering Mt. Dhaulagiri – I, with its chain of satellite peaks the last of 8,000 meters ending at Far West Nepal Himalayas.

Around Dhaulagiri Trek is a great adventure with a constant scenic panorama of peaks on daily walks. The trek also offers interesting and fascinating views where our route leads from low warm sub-tropical temperatures to cooler alpine climate and ending at the arctic zone of ice and glaciers at Dhaulagiri base camp.

Trip Highlights

  • Exciting and interesting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites.
  • Walk from low sub-tropical area to cooler alpine hills unto arctic zone of ice and glaciers.
  • Fabulous views of peaks on daily walks in the harmony of local culture and custom.
  • Everlasting panorama of Himalayan chain of mountains with stunning landscape views.
  • Explore Magar farm villages of great interest with age-old traditions and culture.
  • Walking around the world 7th highest Dhaulagiri crossing high French pass to Mustang areas.
  • Adventure into the lovely forest of rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir tree lines.
  • Start and end at picturesque Pokhara renown touristic destination within Himalaya.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with a half-day tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive / Fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins on-air) with 6 hours overland journey.
Day 04: Drive to Darbang village 1,230 m via Beni town 900 – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Charter / Bhainsi Kharka 3,110 m -05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,745m -05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,890 m via French Pass 5,357 m.
Day 12: At Hidden Valley (contingency or spare day).
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,890 m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2, 675 – 05 hours.
Day 15: Drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m and fly to Pokhara 860 m – 20 mins.
Day 16: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 17: International departure for homeward bound.

Overview

Abound Dhaulagiri Trekking is where the adventure leads you in the heart of world number seven mountains beneath towering Mt. Dhaulagiri – I, with its chain of satellite peaks the last of 8,000 meters ending at Far West Nepal Himalaya.

Around Dhaulagiri Trek, a great adventure with a constant scenic panorama of peaks on daily walks, as well interesting and fascinating where our route leads from low warm sub-tropical temperatures to cooler alpine climate and ending at the arctic zone of ice and glaciers at Dhaulagiri base camp.

A marvellous walks quite daring and challenging as well where the journey leads to cross over glaciers and moraine including the high scenic French pass at above 5,357 m with grand views of surrounding mountains of Dhaulagiri range.

Around Dhaulagiri Trek begins from lovely and scenic Pokhara city, to reach Far Western corners around rural farm villages of Mygdi and Dhaulagiri zone, as walk leads through many farm villages of Magar people, then entering into nice cool forested areas within tall rhododendron-oaks-pines and fir tree lines, where climb follows the raging Mygdi River right up to its glacial source at base camp, after walking through dense woodland and into sheer fields of ice and glaciers on leaving the green vegetation and tree lines.

Enjoying time with views and crossing high pass to reach Hidden Valley enclosed within high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Western Himalaya range, after a great thrill and wonderful moment in a complete wilderness were to walk head backs to the human settlement at charming Marpha village within Mustang district.

Marpha within Mustang district and home to Thakali people the native of Kaligandaki River valley where our adventure completes taking a short drive to the main town of Mustang at Jomsom for a scenic short flight to scenic Pokhara, after concluding our magnificent adventure with great memories Around Dhaulagiri Trek.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu airport received by our guide and staff then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel, an exciting place after checking in your rooms join with the group for Around Dhaulagiri Trekking briefing provided by our guides or leaders.

Evening includes group welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese Restaurant with culture programs with your dinner.

Day 2
In Kathmandu with half-day tour at places of interest.

Reserve this day for optional sightseeing tour around best interesting places of Kathmandu visiting world heritage sites of great wonders, where Hindu and Buddhism religions blends in perfect harmony.

After an interesting tour with time for Around Dhaulagiri trekking and preparation for Nepal Mid-West next early morning journey to Pokhara.

Day 3
Drive / Fly to Pokhara 820m (220 k.m - 06 hrs rides (30 mins by air).

Morning starts with drive on tourist coach or smaller vehicle as group size for overland journey that takes you away from Kathmandu valley, heading into low warmer areas with views of snowcapped mountains. As drive continues on busy main highway past farm villages and town then heading Nepal Mid-West to reach at scenic Pokhara city. At Pokhara transfer to nice hotels by the serene lake Phewa with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range with towering peaks of Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’.

(Options by air 30 minutes of scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara)

Day 4
Drive to Darbang village 1,230 m via Beni town 900 - 05 hrs.

Enjoying time with overnight stops in beautiful Pokhara situated on the laps of Annapurna Himal and Machhapuchare peaks ‘Fish Tail’, after breakfast take a drive beyond Pokhara valley to start our trek, where drive leads with grand views of Annapurna heading past farm villages and towns to reach at Beni, headquarter town of Mygdi district within Dhaulagiri region. Journey continues further west to reach a farm village Darbang, located around low and warm areas, which lies on route to Dhaulagiri base camp and on the way to Dolpo areas, at

Darbang village with time for stroll around this nice villages populated by Magar people the tribe of mid hills within Nepal Himalaya.

Day 5
Trek to Riverside 1,700 m - 04 hrs.

Starting first day walk following river upstream past farm villages and terraces by the bank of a Mygdi River within cool shade of forest and into gorge, then reaching our camping site for overnight stop by the River side, within small farm village and its paddy field.

Day 6
Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.

From here walk follows along path heading upstream to reach a quaint and isolated small farm village at Juge pani, with refreshing stop for lunch where afternoon walk leads with steep climb to reach a ridge top, and then on downhill within cool shade of forest to reach a farm village at Bagar, this will be the last village on route Dhaulagiri before ending our walk at Marpha village around Mustang district, afternoon free to explore around this small farm areas.

Day 7
Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.

Morning leaving the last village of Bagar, where walk leads you into forest for an hour and then climb within forest of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees, after steep climb then on down-hill to reach at Dovan for overnight camp, located in the midst of lovely forest a small temporary settlement with small teahouse and shops.

Day 8
Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,110 m -05 hrs.

From Dovan morning walk takes you to cross over a small bridge at the confluence of Mygdi River, then walk leads into forested path all the way towards our overnight stop at Chartare also called Bhainse Kharka, situated in the midst of thick forest surrounding which is also a grazing area for local cattle herders.

Day 9
Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,745m -05 hrs.

After an overnight in dense tree lines, where morning walk leads to complete wilderness on leaving green vegetation and tree lines behind for some days, as walks takes you to south west of massive and towering Dhaulagiri within fields of ice and glaciers, this spot also refereed as Italian Camp.

From here views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi and Dhaulagiri south flank, after good hours of walking within glacier, moraine and then climb over rocky ridge to reach at Pakhaban also called Japanese camp.

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

Day 10
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk follows over moraine, glaciers and boulders of iceberg at some sections on the faint trail, where route follows over glaciated area, after a tough walk over glacier then reaching a rocky open area at Dhaulagiri base camp.Overnight camp at Dhaulagiri base camp main highlight of the adventure facing close views of Mt. Dhaulagiri-I towers high at above 8,167 m, includes views of icefalls, glacier with Tukuche peak and 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 4,890 m via French Pass 5,357 m.

From this wild and scenic camp morning walk leads to the highest spot of the adventure crossing over French pass at above 5,357 meters. On reaching at the top short descend to reach a wide grassy field at hidden valley for overnight camp, offers 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 day).

Today a spare and res day as contingency in case of bad weather condition on walks, 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 4,890 m - 06 hrs.

After a relaxing and scenic time at Hidden Valley, morning walk starts on gradual path for few hours to reach the last high pass of the adventure to cross over Thapa or Dhampus pass at above 5,250 meters high, crossing over with great views of Annapurna Himal, Nilgiri’s peaks, and then descend to Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back into green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.

Day 14
Trek to Marpha 2, 675 - 05 hours.

Today our last of walk where our route leads to a long descend back into village, after being in complete wilderness for some days in high mountains, as walk leads through forest of firs, pines and rhododendron trees, then reaching a charming village at Marpha where all houses painted white, a 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
Drive to Jomsom 2, 715 m and fly to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins.

Morning short drive to Jomsom air-terminal where scenic and sweeping short flight reaches at Pokhara, during air-borne excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range on both side of the plane window. On landing at Pokhara airport an interesting short drive takes you at scenic and beautiful lake side for overnight stops by its famous and serene Lake Phewa.

Day 16
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.

Morning taking an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route witness Nepalese country farm life as drive leads past farm villages and towns and then reaching at Kathmandu around afternoon, time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 17
International departure homeward bound.

Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of excellent adventure on Around Dhaulagiri trekking, as per your time for international flight, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Cost Includes

Meals and Accommodations:

In major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will get multiple options to choose from, from cheap lodges to extravagant 5 stars hotels. Likewise, you will also get to choose from a wide range of cuisines while in the major cities. However, once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the treks, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.

Banking, ATM’s, and Money in Nepal:

Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency at major cities.

You can also exchange foreign currencies into Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.

Sightseeing Tour:

We will brief you about your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and trekking and we will be giving you information file, and importantly introduced with your tour/trekking guide.

Trekking Crews:

You will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who has to acknowledge about responsible tourism flew of areas and eco-friendly tourism
We also provide an assistant guide (call is Sherpa) if you’re on the group 4-5 people, who are ready to help you with every your situation. Also provide one porter is every two members of the group, and he will be carrying bag pack not more than 25kg. We get our crews’ life get insured.

Documentation:

After your trip is over, we will provide you (HNA) adventure certificate =region.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of minimum 2-10 people. In case you want to travel alone, please do not hesitate to write back to us. We will plan consequently. In the case in your group more than ten people, please let us know so that we can make advance require and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking on the Everest Region much difficult as it is even more technical. We give you special priority to its technical sides for as well. For this, we have planned an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know a particular location where you need to stay for rest to acclimatize, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly pace study and so on. In case you get AMS, we have to crews who know how to deal with, it effectively and smartly.

Altitude Sickness:

While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel. As such, altitude sickness is an illness that a human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height 2,400 meters from the sea level.

You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk with a slow and steady pace, avoid smoking, and stop at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.

Travel Insurance:

Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all the tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing the accidents, but each individual can by themselves an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.

Internet and Communication:

It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are few other forms of communication in Nepal.

Pre-respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please consult your physician Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
• Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other
• Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Popular Destinations to Visit:

There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destinations, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.

As of adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as the prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.

Things to do in Nepal

The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.

For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up to the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.

Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

The country lies on the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is during March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled blooming flora, and the temperature is just the right.

Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.

Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.

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Trip Facts

  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Adventurous to Challenging in snow conditions
  • 5357m
  • 2+
  • April/May - September/November
  • 16 Nights/17 Days
  • Tea House(On Hotel and lodge with camping )

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