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Around Dhaulagiri Trek

Around Dhaulagiri Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

20 Nights 21 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5360 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Traverse on a less trodden Trail.
  • The stunning view of Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V, from its base camp.
  • Cross the high pass of French and Dhampus with its stunning views.
  • Explore the beautiful village of Marpha.
  • Traverse through the villages of Magar and Thakali and soak up the local culture.
  • Heavenly blessed mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Dhaulagiri is the mountain massif in Nepal that extends 120 km and lies towards the western side of Nepal. Among many other mountains that form the massif, Dhaulagiri I is the 7th tallest peak in the world that stands at an altitude of 8,167m/26,795ft. In this trek, you will be walking through the valleys surrounded by Dhaulagiri range. Around Dhaulagiri trek is one of the most extraordinary treks where you will get to explore the whole range of Himalayan peaks from close and also walk along glacial trails, few passes and spend nights at the base camp.

The trails you will be walking on this journey are less traveled and you will encounter only a few travelers on the way. So, this can be the best pick if you want to travel through the tranquil paths and enjoy the quiet time.  The trail passes through remote villages, pristine valleys, forests, streams, rivers, and fields that make you experience the beauty of Nepal and its richness.  Hike to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp and the spellbinding views of  Himalayan vista around is the major highlight of the trek. This trek is sure to provide you a number of unique experiences and would make you want to travel to Nepal many more times. 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing we head back to hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipment ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

Today we will get on a bus and head towards Beni from Kathmandu. We enjoy the view of green landscapes, hills and forests during the drive. After the long drive we finally reach Beni. It has large population and clustered houses nearby the river area. Two huge rivers, Myagdi Khola and Kaligandaki meet at this place. We will stay for the night at Beni.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus

Today we will formally start our trek on foot. We leave Beni and head ahead alongside the Myagdi river. The trail passes through few villages on our way ahead. We cross Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani and then pass two bridges to reach Simalchaur. Further ahead, the walk continues until finally coming to the stop at Babiachour. Night at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will continue our trek and head towards Dharapani as our destination for the day. The trail passes through valley where there is vast cultivation land around. We walk along the flat trail through villages. We cross a river on the way ahead and the walk continues through the field and reaches Ratorunga. From there in a short while we reach Dharapani. We will spend our night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The walk continues along the village of Phedi. We then carry on with our walk alongside the river bank. The trail then takes uphill turn and we pass through several villages on our climb up. The trail then takes us down to Ghatti khola and then crossing Dhara Khola we walk ahead alongside Myagdi river. Then we climb for a short while and finally reach Muri village. We will stay for the night at Muri.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek for the day by walking through the downhill that will eventually bring us across the bridge over a stream. Crossing the bridge the trail passes through fields and further ahead to the pass after a short climb. On the way the great beauty of mountains can be viewed. The walk down will bring us to Myagdi khola and we walk through the trail alongside the river. We then reach Naura village and continue with the uphill walk to the top of a hill and again down on the other side of the hill. We pass through farmland and finally reach Boghara. We will spend our night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek continues through the terraced field after we leave Boghara. Then we will walk through forest and reach a small village. Crossing the village we will have to walk through the rugged terrain and further walk ahead through few uphill and downhill trails. We will then pass the forest area and finally reach Dobhang and get prepared for the night’s stay there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Dobang and walk ahead where in a short while we come across the wooden bridge and crossing the bridge the walk continues uphill through the forest area. On the way ahead we can get the first glimpse of Mount Dhaulagiri. We then walk down to Myagdi Khola and crossing the bridge we come to Chartare. Again we will have to walk for some time through the forest and then along the rocky path until finally reaching Choriban Khola after crossing the stream. We will spend out night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will be walking through Chhonbarban glacier and further ahead continue through more glacial trails. We can have glimpse of Tukche peak during the walk. The background here is dominated by the grand beauty of Himalayan range. Mount Dhaulagiri stands towering to the right. We will continue our walk to the Italian Base camp. Once we reach the camp we get the closest view of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V. This is one of the rarest sights. We will spend our night at the camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will give a day for acclimatization as it is necessary to adjust our body to the changed environmental condition and gradually increasing altitude in order to prevent altitude sickness or any form of health conditions. We will just go for a leisure walk and spend the day thus.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From the Italian Base Camp we will head ahead through the rocky trail. We need to be extra careful as there are some loose rocks at some spots along the trail. The walk continues ahead and passes through a narrow gorge. We will walk until we reach the Glacier Camp. Overnight at the camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From the glacier camp we start walking towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This is the highlight of this trek. Today’s trek might be quite challenging as we will have to walk through glacial trail. But the walk is equally made enjoyable with spending surrounding beauty. We walk to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From the base camp the giant beauty of Dhaulagiri range is seen surrounded on all sides. We get the perfect view of Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V. The feeling you experience is beyond explanation. We will spend our night at the camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will set aside one more day for acclimatization because as we move ahead the altitude increases gradually. It is must to adjust our body to the rising altitude. So, today we will spend our time exploring around the base camp and enjoying our time together.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will leave Dhaulagiri Base Camp and move ahead through the glacial trail. We walk through the hill and then towards the valley. We will cross the French Pass on our way ahead and then continue our walk ahead. On the way we will get a pleasant view of Mukut Himal, Sita Chuchura and tashi Kang surrounding the valley. The walk further will bring us to Hidden Valley. Overnight at the camp there.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will leave Hidden Valley and walk ahead Dhampus Pass. We enjoy the great views on our walk ahead. Once we reach Dhampus Pass, we will take the trail to Yak Kharka. The surrounding view is pleasing to look at and we stop at few places to enjoy our time. We will stay for the night at Yak Kharka.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Yak Kharka we will walk ahead towards Jomsom today. On the way we will pass Marpha village and walk alongside the Kaligandaki river. We will continue our walk through the valley and finally to Jomsom. Our trek on foot comes to an end here. We will stay at a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will be taking an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We can have enigmatic view of Mount Annapurana and Dhaulagiri during the flight. Shortly we will land at Pokhara airport. We will take rest for some time and spend rest of the day exploring the beautiful city. We will be spending the night in Pokhara.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Flight

We keep an extra day for contingency in case we might not be able to fly to Pokhara on planned date due to weather condition. If we reach Pokhara as per our plan then we will spend a day enjoying at various tourist destinations around the city.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We will take a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu enjoying the scenic during the drive through the highway road. Upon reaching Kathmandu we might roam around the city for some souvenir shopping. We organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate successful completion of trek and exchange final greetings and wishes and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Tourist bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu-Beni and Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a tourist bus.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Extra porter charge.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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