Mt Dhaulagiri with an altitude of 8,176m is the seventh highest peak in the world. It is located in the western region of Nepal. The region consists of more than fifteen seven thousand meter high peaks and hence, is considered to be one of the most ideal places for adventure and trekking. Dhaulagiri trek takes place around the Dhaulagiri massif. The trek is thought to be challenging and involves hiking through cultivated fields and villages of the Gurung, Chhetri and Magar people.
The twenty day trek begins from Beni on the Kali Gandaki. Beni is a small town inhabited by Gurungs. It takes approximately eight hours to reach Beni from Kathmandu. From Beni you head north west and pass through the villages of Babichour, Darbang,and Dharapani to Muri, the last major settlement on this trail. This is a village of Magar people, who bear close resemblance to Gurung people. From Muri, you continue heading north along the Myagdi Khola, crossing many more villages- Baghara, Dobang, Chartare and Pakoban.
From Dobang, the level of difficulty in the trek rises, especially on the ascent to the Italian Base Camp, the trek gets pretty strenuous. But, the view is absolutely gorgeous and you will get to see Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV and V. After a days rest at the Camp you will move forward to Dhaulagiri North Base Camp.
The trek then continues north-east from the Base Camp where you climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,350m). This is the maximum altitude of the trek. Both these high passes provide stunning views of Dhalagiri, Throng Peak and Annapurna. Much of the route is on snow and glacier as it crosses French and Thapa Pass. After a long descend, you will arrive at Marpha, a village known for brewing apple wines, located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. From here you can head north to Jomsom from where you can either take a flight to Pokhara or follow the classic Annapurna trek.
Although, it can get difficult in the middle, this trek is a rewarding trek. You are bound to come across wild animals like semi-wild yak, mountain sheep or the snow leopard in remote areas. As you move from the semi-tropical regions through hillsides into the alpine wilderness, you are sure to get a sense of gratification.
The best time to go on this trek is from March to June and from September to November.
Day 01 : Kathmandu to Beni 9hrs. By bus and over night at Guest house/Tentend camp. 831m.
Day 02 : Trek Beni to Babichaur 1000m: 6-7 hrs
Day 03 : Babichaur to Dharapani 1565m: 7 hrs
Day 04 : Dharapani to Muri 1850m 6.5 hrs
Day 05 : Muri to Boghara 2050m: 7.5 hrs
Day 06 : Boghara to Dhoban 2630m: 6 hrs
Day 07 : Dhoban to Italien Base camp 3500m: 6-7 hrs
Day 08 : Rest & Acclimatization day:
Day 09 : Italian Base camp to Glacier camp 4250m: 5 hrs
Day 10 : Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft): 5 hrs
Day 11 : Acclimatization day
Day 12 : Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col: 5180m. 5hrs
Day 13 : Hidden Valley Camp 6hrs. 5000m:
Day 14 : Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka 4200m: 6.5 hrs
Day 15 : Yak Kharka to Jomsom 2,715m: 7-8 hrs
Day 16 : Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Day 17 : Drive to Kathmandu:
Day 01Kathmandu to Beni 9hrs. By bus and over night at Guest house/Tentend camp. 831m.You can either fly to Pokhara or then drive to Beni, 82 kilometers from Pokharaand 282KM from Kathamndu Or, if you wish, you can drive to Beni from Kathmandu via Pokhara, which takes about 8-9 hours. The Drive passes through the mountains along the banks of Trisuli and Marsyandi River to Pokhara. Drive further from Pokhara deeper into the mountains with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Driving further along the banks of Mardi River, we continue to Beni. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 02Trek Beni to Babichaur 1000m: 6-7 hrsYour trek begins from today. We continue trekking along the Kali Gandaki River. Head toward Myagdi khola. Cross the suspension bridges. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani, finally reaching at Babichaur. Over night at camp.
Day 03Babichaur to Dharapani 1565m: 7 hrsWalking through the rough path to Dharapani 1565m, and the Dhaulagiri is too close to view. Today, our trail crosses the terraced hills, through the local village Shahashadhara, then reaches Dharapani and spend over night night there.
Day 04Dharapani to Muri 1850m 6.5 hrsThe path goes steep up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains viewed clearly. From Muri, enjoy the magnifiscent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others. Over night at camp.
Day 05Muri to Boghara 2050m: 7.5 hrs From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours but before to reach Boghara you have to climb a steep path for a few hours. The path descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Boghara. Over night at Guest house.
Day 06Boghara to Dhoban 2630m: 6 hrs Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes you may need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. As soon as you cross the rocky part over night at Dhoban camp.
Day 07Dhoban to Italien Base camp 3500m: 6-7 hrs This is the last small village where the local stay in seasonal time. Your camping is just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through beautiful forest we are gaining high altitude and bursting out all energy. Since you are trekking above the tree lines plaese make sure you are drinking enough water. Over night at camp.
Day 08Rest & Acclimatization day: A rest day for acclimatization. Optional day hiked and read book if you have. Prepare for tough day. Over night at camp.
Day 09Italian Base camp to Glacier camp 4250m: 5 hrs After crossing the first Swiss base camp and French base camp, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular,Be careful this is a dangerous glacier crossing would require the use of rope. Over night at Camp.
Day 10Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft): 5 hrs Today we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. All the time you are trekking in the glacier so every participents has to be careful and responsible each other.You are climbing steep up hill some times with spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. On the way, enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I. Over night at camp.
Day 11Acclimatization day You will be constantly at an altitude of 5000 - 6000 m in the next days, hence the another rest dar is necessary. Even when we're acclimatizing, health experts recommend you to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle.
Day 12Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col: 5180m. 5hrs Hidden Valley Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentler country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col.
Day 13Hidden Valley Camp 6hrs. 5000m: Make some rest. Acclimatize. Explore the surrounding peaks.
Day 14Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka 4200m: 6.5 hrs After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, you traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steeply to Yak Kharka. Then trail descends down until we reach at Yak kharka. Over night at Camp.
Day 15Yak Kharka to Jomsom 2,715m: 7-8 hrs More steep descent leads to Marpha and a well-deserved beer over lunch. Tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking in the snow, we pass the top of the Thapa Pass. From Marpha, we further head toward Jomsom to catch our next day's flight to Pokhara.
Day 16Jomsom to Pokhara by flight After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal enjoying the Fish Tail Mountain reflected in the lake. You can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside.
Day 17 Drive to Kathmandu: Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
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Max. Elevation: 5000m.
Specialty Categories: Challenging Trekking
Group size: 2+ pax.
Type of trekking: Tea house/Camping
Best Season: Spring & Autumn