Duration of Trips21 Days
Location: Dhaulagiri Region
Type of Trip: Tea House Trek
Max. Altitude:Base camp (4650m)
Trip Grade:Strenuous Trek
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The Dhaulagiri Trek is an adventurous journey in the western part of Nepal's Himalayas, located northwest of Pokhara. It offers a unique and less-explored route for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. This trek is recommended for physically fit individuals due to its challenging nature. Dhaulagiri, standing at 8,167 meters, proudly holds the title of the seventh highest mountain in the world. Its name translates to "white mountain," which perfectly describes its grandeur with massive rock, snow, and ice formations. Throughout the trek, you will traverse the pristine Myagdi valley, surrounded by lush green hillsides, picturesque meadows, serene gorges, traditional villages, magnificent glaciers, and lofty snowy passes.
One of the highlights of the Dhaulagiri Trek is the breathtaking view of Dhaulagiri from a cliff overlooking the Kali Gandaki valley. Additionally, you will be treated to the sight of more than fifteen majestic peaks above 7,000 meters during your journey. The trek also includes traversing challenging high passes, such as French Pass (5,360 meters) and Thapa Pass (5,200 meters). As you progress, you will encounter high alpine pastures, untouched valleys, windswept passes, forests, and terraced hills cultivated by local communities.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is known for its immense challenges, but it rewards trekkers with the opportunity to explore an exceptionally beautiful hidden valley and come within touching distance of the majestic Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Along the way, you will also experience a rich tapestry of diverse cultures, pass through different types of forests, transition from lush vegetation to treeless landscapes, and have the privilege of being close to peaks like Dhaulagiri and Dhampus.
The Dhaulagiri Trek is a remarkable adventure that promises incredible natural beauty, cultural encounters, and a sense of accomplishment for those willing to take on its demanding terrain.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu/ Nepal/ transfer to hotel
Day 02Free day in Kathmandu for trekking prepration / Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Beni by bus or Private vehicle it takes around 8/9 Hours / Overnight at Hotel
Day 04Trek form Beni to Darbang (850m)
The ride is enjoyable with the green scenery. on the away you get opportunity pleasant walk through the fields along Myagdi Khola Valley.
Day 05Trek form Darbang to Muna (1850m)
Now when path goes steep up to Muna 1850m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and some of the other mountains, ranges, summits etc can visible clear.
Day 06Trek from Muna to Boghara (2050m)
From Muri you will find trail easy. It is simply goes down decent for few hours by crossing different condition of trails. But before to reach Boghara you have to face the trail climb a steep path for a few of hours.
Day 07Trek from Boghara to Dhoban (2630m)
The trail of the today is not so easy. Sometime you will need help of the rope in order to make your trip completed. But you will enjoy and get sufficient experience and feel kind of new activities.
Day 08Trek from Dhoban to Italien Base camp (3500m)
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.
Day 09Rest day: Day for acclimatization
Rest day: Day for acclimatization in order to make your further journey comfortable ie Italian Base camp. Our guide will be organizing some walking on certain place to keep your day sweetly and make your body balance fit.
Day 10Trek from Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m)
When you cross the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb into the main glacier. The surroundings are warmly spectacular, which makes up for the rough trail.
Day 11Trek from Glacier camp to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m)
the at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We establish our campsite opposite an ice-fall, set between Dhaulagiri II, II, IV and V on one side and Dhaulagiri I.
Day 12Rest day: Acclimatization day in Dhaulagiri Base camp
the next day you will be constantly at an altitude of 5400m French pass, so rest is essential. On the rest day our guide will arrange some activities in order to make your balance of your altitude.
Day 13Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5050m)
On above the glacier level of base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentler place. After a breathless climb to the top of French pass (5400m) Camp in the “Hidden Valley”
Day 14Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4400m)
After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka.
Day 15Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m)
More steep descent leads to Marpha and a well-deserved beer over lunch. : Yak Kharka to Marpha trail is really interesting and beautiful. You can feel and experience on the way Himalaya and life of Himalaya region people.
Day 16Trek from Marpha to Lete (2438m)
We do trek from a lovely village of thousands of white washed houses and fertile fields with different colorful crops, and continue down the Kaligandaki reaching the former Thakali trading centre of Tukche where you can enjoy with traditional trade of the people living there.
Day 17Trek from Lete to Tatopani (1190m)
A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and, banyan trees and poinsettias, the trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge. After walking several hours we will be our own destination Tatopani.
Day 18Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m)
Steadily climbing entire day until reach to the Ghorepani, we leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset.
Day 19Trek fom Ghorepani to Hile and driveback to Pokhara
Early in the morning on fresh air we wake up then we take tea. After half hour we start to walk toward uphill and climb to Poon Hill (3210m) around 1 hour we will be on top on concern stated meters. Whenever you arrived over you will be visible ample of Nepal Himalayas, ranges, peaks with sunrise over the mountains. After breakfast we walk down to hile and drive back to pokhara.
Day 20Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus / Overnight at Hotel
Day 21Free day in Kathmandu for personal activities or departure.
- Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara (BB Basis)
- In trekking- B/F, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation at tea house lodge.
- Transportation- Kathmandu to Beni by Bus, Hile to Pokhara by Car/Jee
- Pokhara to Kathmanu by tourist Bus
- Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
- Trained trekking guide and porter, necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
- Comprehensive first aid box for the trekking.
- Extra day hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Foods self lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Personal expenses-laundry, Telephone, Tea/coffee, alcoholic beverages, tips for guide & porter.
- Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
- Extra cost for if in case trek effected by natural calamities
- Personal trekking equipments for the trek.
Where is Dhaulagiri located?
- Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, located in the Dhaulagiri Himal range of Nepal. It is situated in the north-central part of Nepal, northwest of Pokhara.
How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Trek?
- The Dhaulagiri Trek is considered a challenging and strenuous trek. It involves traversing high altitudes, rugged terrains, and requires good physical fitness and previous trekking experience. The trek reaches altitudes above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), and the weather conditions can be unpredictable. Proper acclimatization and preparation are crucial.
How long does the Dhaulagiri Trek take?
- The duration of the Dhaulagiri Trek can vary depending on the chosen route and individual preferences. On average, the trek takes around 18-21 days. This includes the time for acclimatization, hiking, resting, and exploring the surroundings.
What permits are required for Dhaulagiri Trekking?
- To trek in the Dhaulagiri region, you need two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Dhaulagiri Restricted Permit. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara through a registered trekking agency or the Nepal Tourism Board.
When is the best time to trek Dhaulagiri?
- The best time for Dhaulagiri Trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and better visibility. However, it's essential to check the weather forecasts and consult with local authorities before embarking on the trek.
What are the accommodation options during the trek?
- Accommodation during the Dhaulagiri Trek is primarily in tea houses or guesthouses along the trail. However, as you move to higher altitudes, the availability of these facilities becomes limited. In such cases, camping is the preferred option, and trekkers need to carry their tents and sleeping bags.
Are guides and porters necessary for the Dhaulagiri Trek?
- While it is possible to trek the Dhaulagiri region independently, hiring a professional guide and porter is highly recommended. A guide can provide valuable assistance with navigation, cultural insights, and emergency situations. Porters can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with more comfort and enjoyment.
What are the highlights of the Dhaulagiri Trek?
- The Dhaulagiri Trek offers breathtaking mountain vistas, pristine landscapes, and a remote and less-crowded trekking experience. Highlights include views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters), hidden valleys, glaciers, alpine forests, traditional villages, and encounters with the local ethnic groups, such as Gurungs and Magars.
These are some common questions about Dhaulagiri Trekking. Remember to thoroughly research and prepare before undertaking any trekking adventure, and consider consulting with local trekking agencies or experienced trekkers for the most up-to-date information.
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