DHAULAGIRI TREK IN NEPAL
The Dhaulagiri massif is one of the tallest and biggest mountain systems in the world, forty kilometres long and encompasses no fewer than fifteen 7,000 m plus peaks. The trek is an extended and strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene uninhabited valleys. The area was originally closed to visitors, for a variety of reasons - including its remoteness, the region west and /north of Dhaulagiri was opened to trekkers in 1990, traveling in organized groups. This made it possible for trekkers to enter the region north of the Dhaulagiri.
The massif hides the hidden region of Dolpo to the North.
The route starts after a 4 hour drive from Beni near Pokhara It then heads west to the Kali Gandaki River which cuts between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal forming one of the World's deepest gorges. You will spend two days trekking through the Kali Gandaki before turning to the Myangdi Khola passing through several small, remote villages. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. After this, we head around the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available including Tukche Peak (6,920m). From Italian Base Camp, we head to Dhaulagiri Base Camp and then descend through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250 meters). From here, we begin our descent.
Tour: 23 Days
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Dhaulagiri Trek Itinerary
Day-1: Arrive KathmanduArrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2: Guided SightseeingFull day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.
Day-3: Fly to Pokhara. Overnight hotel.Free to explore Pokhara
Day-4: Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.After breakfast, you drive to Beni this day. The drive should take 4 hours and you'll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki.
Day-5:Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.From Beni you leave the Kali Gandaki and head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor.
Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.We start out along a high, winding path out of Babichor. The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walking through fields arrive at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and the terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani.
Day-7:Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5 hrs.Cross the river and head north to Phedi. As you leave, the trail starts climbing and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of a ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri.
Day-8:Trek to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.After a short descend, we cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m)Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climb a steep slope with switch-backs and then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m).
Day-9:Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.The trail beyond Boghara descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there a single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to Dobang.
Day-10:Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.Crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.
Day-11:Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) - 7 hrs.Follow a trail (which is not very well defined) to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 m) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).
Day-12: Rest Day.Rest day for acclimatisation.
Day-13:Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) 6 hrs.Set off early in the morning when the weather is clearer. Today we stay overnight near at glacier.
Day-14:Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)Tukche Peak (6837 m.) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).
Day-15:Rest Day.Another rest day.
Day-16:Trek to the French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.After the glacier you climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. climb to the French Pass (5100 m) from where you can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley to Thapa Pass (5250 m) Descending from Thapa Pass you will make a high camp at about 5360m.
Day-17:Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.Descend from the high camp, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surrounding.
Day-18:Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki river. Continue to north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.
Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara. Overnight Hotel
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu.Arrive Kathmandu and free to explore at your leisure. Celebrate your successful trek of the Dhaulagiri massif.
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