Dhaulagiri Trekking

Dhaulagiri Trekking

The Dhaulagiri is the7th highest mountain in the world positioned in the northwest of Pokhara Valley. Literally, Dhaulagiri means White Mountain; soaring in solitary magnificent, this outstanding summit ascends as a massive shoulder of pure ice. The trek round the virgin and untouched area of Dhaulagiri is challenging and adventurous. Dhaulagiri trekking zone, is considered as one of the most isolated places has profusion of Himalayan peaks, timberlands, streams, waterfalls, high icy mass camp, French Col, hidden valleys, high passes and sweeping vistas. White Mountain, separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, comprises more than 10 peaks over 7000m.

The trek is excellent commenced from Beni, forwards up to the base camp where the trekkers reach the French pass (5,360 m); the highest point of the trek, down the French pass enters the lost but attractive place; the accurate wilderness areas reachable to trekkers in Nepal known as Hidden Valley. There are reports of many endangered species residing in this area including the mysterious snow Leopard. Subsequent to crossing Dhampus pass, the track comes down into the valley of the Kali Gandaki meeting the main trail either at Marpha or at Tukuche.

Dhaulagiri Trekking Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Meet and greet at the international airport & Transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel & rest for Refreshment .Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and proceed to Kathmandu sightseeing tour especially world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley; the ancient and historical monuments Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Buddhist sacred sites: Swayambhunath & Boudhanath and Hindu divine place Pashupatinath. After the tour, back to the hotel and preparation for trekking. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and transfer to Beni by Tourist bus / Private vehicle through a scenic drive. This passes through riverbanks, forests, and villages in the hilly region of Nepal. Overnight at Guest House, Beni.

After breakfast, start the first day of the trek to Babichaur. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki River at first and  crosses a suspension bridges over Myagdi Khola then after through villages like  Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani, Simalchaur and finally reaches at Babichaur village. Overnight at Tea House Lodge, Babichaur.

After breakfast, start the trek to next camp Dharapani gaining some elevation. Overnight at Tea House Lodge,  Dharapani.

After breakfast, start the trek to Muri through a steep trail providing a clear view of Mt Dhaulagiri. Overnight at Tea House Lodge,  Muri.

After breakfast, start the trek to Boghara. Initially the trek is easy involving gentle descent but the final leg is a vertical climb for about two hours which reaches at Boghara. Overnight at Tea House Lodge, Boghara.

This part is challenging, sometimes even needing the assistance of ropes.

After reaching the west face of Mt Dhaulagiri, set up the camp for the day. The trail passes through alpine forests and from the Base Camp; it offers the panoramic view of mountain all around.

This day serves both as an acclimatization day and a day for sightseeing. Explore the nearby areas and soak up the captivating mountain panorama.

You need to walk through glacier moraine and snow, and in some places you will need to use ropes. You will have an eerie experience as you walk through Chonbarden gorge. The route involves risks, but the sceneries are extremely beautiful.

You can go up a walk towards the Base Camp. The views from a moraine ridge include that of Tukuche, little Eiger, and icefall from the north east face of the mountain.

Dhaulagiri is the tallest white mountain of Nepal. As the other peaks of the country have steeper slopes, ice does not accumulate as much as here in Dhaulagiri. As you reach the Base Camp, you will enjoy the unbeatable sceneries of Dhaulagiri II and IV as well as Tukuche. You will also see the trail that climbs towards the summit.

This day is necessary to adjust your body into the thin air of high altitude.

7 hrs passing through the French Col and reaching the Hidden valley requires the use of climbing gears like ice axe and crampons. This is one of the toughest and most adventurous parts of the trek. As usual breathtaking sceneries provide you relief from the strain.

A rest day to absorb the sceneries of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri mountains. It further facilitates in acclimatization that is necessary to traverse the Dhampus Pass (5240m) the next day.

After breakfast, start the trek making a gentle climb through snow to reach the Dhampus Pass. The pass offers the eye-catching sceneries of Dhampus peak on the left and Tukuche on the right. After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, the trail goes through risky slopes, where avalanches move down sometimes and makes a steep descent to Yak Kharka.

After breakfast, start the trek to Marpha; a village in the Kali Gandaki Valley. It is famous for a monastery and apple orchards. The apples produced here are of superior quality and called apple beer. Overnight at Tea House Lodge, Marpha.

After breakfast, transfer to Beni by shared jeep from Marpha and then to Pokhara by private vehicle. Upon reaching at Pokhara, check in to hotel. Get refreshed and have a rest. Explore the Lakeside for shopping or night life experience in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and transfer to Kathmandu by 06-07 scenic drive by Tourist bus/private vehicle. After reaching at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. In the evening, farewell dinner at the authentic Nepalese restaurant along with live cultural show. Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu.

Leisure time until departure. Enjoy the free time by shopping or hanging around Thamel. Transfer to International airport to board the flight.

Dhaulagiri Trekking Cost

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu and Tented Camp accommodation during the trek.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle and tour guide.
  • All Heritage monuments/ Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Kathmandu – Beni overland round transportation by tourist bus.
  • Medical supplies (First Aid Kit)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Sleeping bags, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking poles (To be returned after the trek).
  • All the necessary permits for the trek, government service charges, official expenses and government taxes.
  • Highly experienced, friendly, government license holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
  • Arrangement of helicopter service (Under the rescue of emergency situation), which will be paid by your travel insurance company.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Trekking, medical and travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
  • All personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guides, porters and drivers (tips is expected).

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Dhaulagiri Trekking

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