Around Dhaulagiri trek is a challenging trek around the Dhaulagiri massif (8167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world, which involves snow and glacier walking. This is the perfect trip for those who want a more intense experience of the mountains. Dhaulagiri lies northwest of Pokhara culminating at its highest point at the eastern end, Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the southeast in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic as two eight thou-senders, Annapurna I, and Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley. From 1808 to 1848, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the tallest mountain.
The words "Dhaula" and "Giri" in Sanskrit, an old Hindu dialect, respectively, signify "White" and "Mountain." Although climbs have been made from many directions, the northeast ridge was followed for the most of the ascent to this "White Mountain." There were 358 successful summits in 2007 and 58 fatalities, for a fatality rate of 16.2%.
Around Dhaulagiri trekking begins from Beni, trail passes through cultivated land connected with mountain villages and explores the lifestyle of Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people. Following the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang and turn north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high country. You will cross two high passes, the French Pass (5360) and Hidden Valley (5200m) providing more spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong, Annapurna peaks and Kali Gandaki River (the world's deepest gorge). The Dhaulagiri circuit trek offers breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range and many other mountains. Geographically, the Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast. Dhaulagiri is separated from the Annapurna region by the world's deepest Kali Gandaki.
To go to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we hike through Darbang, Takum, Muri, Bhogara, Doan, and Italian Base Camp. We proceed farther, walking through a steep trail with many high passes (including the French Pass and Thapa Pass), via the Hidden Valley, Yak Kharka, Muktinath, Jomsom, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.
Dhaulagiri Trek is regarded as one of the most difficult high-altitude treks in Nepal. Trekkers must traverse passes that are more than 5,000 meters high and spend days traveling along the secluded high altitude trail. A significant issue on the Dhaulagiri Circuit path is altitude. Above Italian Base Camp, the infrastructure for tourism is practically nonexistent. It is quite difficult to identify the correct trail due to the confusing one that is frequently covered in snow.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek includes both tented camp and teahouse accommodations. The villages have not been affected by major tourism, therefore there are simple teahouses with few amenities. However, the lodging is spotless and provides a comfortable bed for the night. For added comfort, it is best to bring a sleeping bag liner.
Typical Nepali food is served at rest stops along the path. There isn't a wide variety of food available; it is best to get your preferred munchies in Pokhara or Kathmandu. During this path, a local tea shop offers stable nourishment in the form of daal bhaat.
You need to drink plenty of water, and Daal Bhaat and Tarkari are packed with healthy calories that will keep you satisfied for hours.
All of the meals are prepared before the camping expedition begins. You can ask a skilled cook to prepare your preferred dish.
Every trekker in Nepal must use TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System). (Each hike cost USD $20 per person.)
-Entry Permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (The trek cost USD $30 per person.)
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
The day after breakfast we will start sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple (Swayambunath) and the Buddhist shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After coming back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping for needed equipment and other necessaries, (Overnight at a deluxe hotel on a BB basis)
After breakfast, drive to Beni around 8 hrs. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. Beni is at the flowing together of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
When we pass from Beni and Kali Gandaki the trail heads 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. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
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 walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga after the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi, the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Descend a little and cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465m). 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 climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080m). (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part after a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is a single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continuing to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
A trail follows to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enters the glacier from the right. After a short while, you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west magnificent seen are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m). (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
We will spend a day for acclimatize and adjustinging to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be "tuned" for the even higher altitudes to come. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
The Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near a glacier Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear (Overnight at tented camp on a full board basis)
Today is our adventurous to Dhaulagiri base camp. You can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) (Overnight at tented camp on a full board basis)
The day is an exploring day, views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
After crossing the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cut across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360m). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328m), Tashi Kang (6386m) and Sita Chuchura (6611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
Descend from the hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)
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 on full board basis)
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8091m and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m and give us an opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara to enjoy with its natures.
Our guide will take you for sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Bindabashini, which one most important popular Hindu temple in Pokhara. Two hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which one in island in Phewa Lake and others popular place David fall (Water fall), Ghupteshower cave etc. (Over night at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
You could choose afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange ticket in tourist coach at river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left site seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows by Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. Around 2:00 pm you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel.
Today is your leisure day, if interested you could buy some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, you will visit some nearby shops or venture at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If enthralled to explore some other areas of Kathmandu you could take some more time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.
Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.
One of the hardest treks in Nepal, the Dhaulagiri Circuit is suitable for hikers who have previous experience walking at altitudes above 5,000 m. Basic mountaineering abilities, such as familiarity with the use of ice axes and crampons, are necessary for the optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060 m).
April, May, November and September is the best time to do the trek.
Its 5360 m form sea level.
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