Trek through the Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri Trek

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, and 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, travelling in organized groups. This made it possible for trekkers to enter the region north of the Dhaulagiri massif.



Dhaulagiri Trekking Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Fly to Pokhara.

Day-4: Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.

Day-5: Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.

Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.

Day-7: Trek to Muri (1,850m) - 5 hrs.

Day-8: Trek to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.

Day-9: Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.

Day-10: Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.

Day-11: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) - 7 hrs.

Day-12: Rest Day.

Day-13: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) - 6 hrs.

Day-14: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) Tukche Peak (6837 m.)

Day-15: Rest Day.

Day-16: Trek to the French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.

Day-17: Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.

Day-18 Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.

Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).

Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day-21: Final Departure

Trek to Dhaulagiri



Dhaulagiri Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu
Kathmandu overnight at the Hotel

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and some preparations for the climb.
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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. The drive should take 4 hours and You'll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Camp Overnight.

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. Camp.

Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.
We head out 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. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Camp

Day-7: Trek to Muri (1,850m) - 5 hrs.
Cross the river to its West Bank and head north to Phedi. 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. 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.Camp.

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). Camp.

Day-9: Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.
The trail beyond Boghara first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in these parts. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Camp

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. Camp Overnight.

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). Camp Overnight.

Day-12: Rest Day.
Rest day for acclimatization. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be "tuned" for the even higher altitudes to come. Camp Overnight.

Day-13: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) - 6 hrs.
Set out early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. Trail is bit prone to stone fall, and pass through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier. Camp Overnight.

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). Camp Overnight.

Day-15: Rest Day.
Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place will be superb and there is plenty to explore. Camp Overnight.

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, the first of which runs along the glacier, and then cutting across a mountain flank and a moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5100 m.). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 m.), Tashi Kang (6386 m.) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m.), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. 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 losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250 m.) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m.). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make a high camp at about 5360m. Camp Overnight

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. Camp Overnight.

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. Camp Overnight.

Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).
Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and free to explore at your leisure. Celebrate your successful trek of the Dhaulagiri massif.

Day-21: Final Departure

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp



Nepal Visa Information

Tourist entry visas can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following entry points in Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport,
Kathmandu Kakarvitta,
Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj,
Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari,
Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya,
Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamuna,
Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana,
Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki,
Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal

Tourist Visa Fees Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Dhaulagiri
Duration 20 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Tents
Altitude 6160m

Nepal Visa Information

Trek Grade: 3CFP
Very long days with steep paths, boulders, rock and ice. Glaciers and snow will be encountered at high altitude. Increased presence of rocky glacial moraines and ice ridges. Climb entails some technical sections where ropes, crampons and ice picks may be needed. No prior Technical experience is helpful but not required. Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes up to 6000m. High risk of altitude sickness.

Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill cycling. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Cycle weight loss in the region of 4kg.

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Dhaulagiri Trekking Profile

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Dates and Costs

All of these treks are arranged on a private basis. Costs vary based on the number of people.

For current prices

Trek to Dhaulagiri

Price includes
Local English speaking guide
Private transfers
Entrance fees
Flight: Kathmandu - Pokhara. Jomson - Pokhara - Kathmandu
TIMS
Park fees and climbing permits Trekking arrangement, including all camping equipment and tents
Tent, Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses, Hot Water Bags etc.
All meals while trekking
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)


Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)


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