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Around Dhaulagiri Trek (18) Days

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Around Dhaulagiri Trek is a challenging trek in the region of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m 26,795 ft), the seventh highest Himalayan Peak lying north-west of Pokhara in the Western Nepal and south of the Tibet. The Dhaulagiri, along with another eight thousand, the Annapurna, carves the world's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki. The trek also crosses two high passes - the French pass (5,240m/17,192ft) and the Thapa pass (5,155m/16,913ft). Moreover, we will also experience snow and glacier walking, especially around Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River with the world deepest gorge. On the trail, we may also encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this region. Besides the wild nature, we also enjoy the shops, teahouses, and lifestyle of Nepal's ethnic people such as Gurung, Chhetri, and Magars.

Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.


Day 2: We fly to Pokhara, then drive down into the Kali Gandaki Valley and across to Darbang (1110m), where we set up the first camp of the trip.


Day 3: We set off trekking, passing through several villages en route to the ridge-top settlement of Dharapani. We have lunch here, then continue our trek to Takam (1555m). 6km.


Day 4: Today, we trek to the large village of Muri where we stop for lunch , before carrying on to Naura Bhir (1728m) on the Myagdi River. 8km.


Day 5: We trek northwards, still following the Myagdi Khola, to the village of Baghara. We descend to the river at 1443 metres before climbing again to the herders camp at Lipshe (2370m). 12km


Day 6: The trail continues climbing through forest to the open grazing area of Dobang (2600m). After lunch, continue to Sallaghari (3123m) where we make camp. 7km.


Day 7: Today, we trek through a forested area and across moraine to reach the area known as the 'Italian Base camp' (3660m) where we make our camp below the stupendous west face of Dhaulagiri.



Day 8: Continuing our ascent of the Myangdi Khola, we make the short but steep climb to our next camp known as 'Japanese Camp' or Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4100m). Thee are great views of the Dhaulagiri peaks. 4 km.


Day 9: We are now above 4,000 meters and our next camp will be at 4700 meters so it is important that we include an acclimatization day prior to going higher. A good day for resting and catching up with the laundry.


Day 10: Today, we trek across moraine of the Dhaulagiri West Icefall to reach Dhaulagiri Base camp (4740m) which we should reach in time for lunch. We set up camp here in a fantastic location completely surrounded by Himalayan peaks. 8km.


Day 11: After our significant recent height gain, we take a rest day here to help with our acclimatization.


Day 12: An early start, crossing moraine to eventually reach a ridge that takes us up to the easy-angled snow slopes leading to the French Pass (5360m). We cross to reach the 'Hidden Valley' behind Dhaulagiri. Altitude at camp is 5120 metres. 8km.


Day 13: The Hidden Valley is a great place for a spot of exploration. This day also serves as a spare or contingency day in the case of delays up to this point.


Day 14: We climb back up to the level of the French Pass at the other end of the valley and then make the high traverse across to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass (5280m). Once over the pass, we descend steeply to our camp at Yak Kharka (3680m). 14km.


Day 15: Today we descend 1000 metres to the floor of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the pretty village of Marpha (2670m) on the Annapurna Circuit. A short trek north then takes us to Jomsom (2720m), where we stay in a lodge. 9.5km.


Day 16: We take the exciting flight to Pokhara, where we check in at a hotel and have the rest of the day to explore this picturesque lakeside town, with its spectacular Annapurna views.


Day 17: We have a morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.


Day 18: We only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.


Cost includes:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in 4-star hotel  in Kathmandu & tented/home stay/guesthouse accommodation in mountain
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • All necessary staffs with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and - - Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Dhaulagiri)
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not include: 

  • 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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