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Dhaulagiri Round Trek

 

Dhaulagiri is an exceptional area to trek in western Nepal. It has 8 summits surpassing 8000m each. Separated from the Annapurna region by the Kali Gandaki river the range of 6 Dhaulagiris(7268 to 8167m), massif includes more than 30 peaks between 6000 and 8000m. It was closed to trekkers for sometime but now the region was reopened. We can approach the Dhaulagiri range by Tansen, capital of Magar people, a most ehnic of Nepal before the unification in 1742.

Dhorepatan is located in the midst of wilderness. Close to it some Tibetan refugees go around in search of mineral stones and medicinal plants near a small monastery. The panorama to the ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are indeed exceptional as a balcony which we follow during this trip. High grassland and the descents to forested rhododendron follows the trail to MyagdiKhola. Throughout the trek, you are surrounded by the colossal peaks of the north face of the DhauladiriI . Much of the route is on snow and glaciers as it crosses French Pass(5240m), traverses the head of hidden valley and crosses Thapa pass( 5250m).In this region, trek can be done 14 days to 22days.

 


Price: start from 1990.00 USD Perpersoon

Activities: Trekking and Hiking 

Trip Duration:18 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous 

Accommodation: Hotte. 

Group Size: minimum 2 pax

17Night/18Days

Day-1: Arrive to Kathmandu:We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to Hotel. You will be given trek briefing , preparation day for the trekking. 

Day-2: Fly or drive to Pokhara.After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara to Beni, from where our trek commences. The drive takes around 4 hours and it offers good scenic views. 

Day-3:Beni trek to Babiyachaur (990m)We start our Dhaulagiri trekking along the Kali Gandaki River from Beni. Continue along the road with green rice fields, multicolored butterflies and huge spider webs. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani. Crossing Tara khet, climb over a small ridge to Babiyachaur.7 hrs approx.) 

Day-4:  Trek to Darbang (1110m)Today, from Babiyachaur we trek along the trail to Darbang. 

Day-5:Trek to Muri:  ( Altitude 1,850m/5 hrs approx.)  An initial ascent leads to a ridge where the land flattens out.  Towards lunchtime, there is another suspension bridge crossing.  The trail turns uphill again and our climbing begins anew;  we’re surrounded by cliffs on both sides.  The day’s destination is the village of Muri, which is inhabited by GurungMagar people.  

Day-6:Muri – Boghara (2080m)
From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours. After that you'll have some steep climb path to Boghara. 

Day-7:Trek to Dobang(2250m)LeavingBoghara, we continue along the trail. We descend through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to reach Jyardan. After the settlement, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing up again to Lipshe where there is a single hut. 

Day-8:Dovang-UpperVungini(ItalianBaseCamp)(3800m)
we will reach the Italian Base Camp where we will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri.  You'll pass through beautiful forests trail and with the closer views of mountains panorama to Upper vungini which is the Italian Base camp. 

Day-9:  Acclimatisation Day  ( Altitude 3,660m)  A second night is spent at this altitude;  a key to acclimatisation is the body’s night time adjustment to the same altitude.  It’s also very much a rest day for the ‘big-and-challenging’ days ahead. 

Day-10:To Japanese/Advance Base Camp  (Altitude 4,440m/5 hrs approx.)  This is a particularly tough and challenging day and conditions may again dictate that ropes be used.  The area is also subject to rock falls and avalanches so an early start is the norm in order to minimise risks.  The trail leads into a rocky area and then climbs up the mountainside, narrowing considerably until crossing one glacier and then descending onto another, originating from the west wall of Dhaluagiri.

Day-11:Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m)Today we climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Hidden Valley Camp (5140m) via French Pass (5360m). This is a vantage point from where we get amazing views of the Dhaulagiri Ranges.

Day-12:Hidden Valley camp (5000m)This is another rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and perhaps do some exploring in the hidden valley. A hidden snow valley gives you a heavenly test of white world.

Day-13:To Yak Kharka  ( Altitude 3,680m), crossing Thapa Pass (5,200m) (8 hrs approx.)  Descend from Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass via avalanche-prone slopes and continue to Yak Kharka.

Day-14:Trek to Marpha (2665m)We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kaligandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kaligandaki and from here we get fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village.

Day-15:ToTatopani (1180m)A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually ascending with transition into sub tropical vegetation. Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs – you can have time for a hot Scrub-up.

Day-16:To gorepani: (Altitude 2,750m/4 hrs approx.)  The trail today is again up through a splendid rhododendron forest. 

Day-17: To Birethanti  ( Altitude 1,020m/6 hrs approx.)  Woken early by guides, it’s a 2 hour hike to Poon Hill for the sunrise of a lifetime.  Over 30 Himalayan peaks are visible from here, clear weather permitting.  Return to Ghorepani for breakfast, then set out on the trek to Birethanti.

Day-18:To Nayapul(1.5 hrs) then Drive to Pokhara (1.5 hrs)  The final descent from the mountains to the road-head and then the drive to Pokhara, where a well-deserved ‘end-of-trek’ dinner awaits. End of Expedition.

 Included:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation 
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary 
  • All necessary staffs with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Dhaulagiri)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Excluded:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs) 
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight except Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

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