A trek around Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), the 7th highest peak in the world, sited in the western part of Nepal is considered as a challenging and most rewarding trek around the inspiring Dhaulagiri massif. This isolated trekking offers amazing natural scenery, evergreen forests blossoming with rhododendrons combined with native warm hearted people and their heady mixture of unique culture.The popular and challenging high mountain passes in this area include French Pass (5360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5182 meters). Trekking trail passes through forests full of ferns, oaks, junipers and into the high provinces, making over snow and glaciers. Further, this circuit around the Dhaulagiri massif, displaying the beauty and wilderness of Nepal’s remote areas, which truly is an adventure to any trekking enthusiast. This is a beautiful all round trek that incorporates the best of what Nepal has to offers while being off the beaten track.
>SEASON: october to november and march to may
>GRADE: Strenuous : a very strong physical fitness and a good experience of trekking are required for this adventure.
>MODE OF TREK : Camping trekking
-Kathmandu and Pokhara city Tour
-Scenic road drive to Beni.
-Mur Magar village.
-Dhaulagiri and Italian Base Camp
-French Pass Dhampus Pass and Hidden Valley
-Kaligandaki River Valley.
-Scenic fly to Pokhara from Jomsom.
D-1: arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel.
D-2: visit of Kathmandu: Durbar Square and its bazar, temples, Royal Palace, the goddess Kumari’s home.
Afternoon: visit of the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath, one of the oldest religious sites of Nepal, worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.
Visit of Pashupatinath, the “Benares of Nepal”, dedicated to the God Shiva on the Bagmati River and visit of Bouddhanath and its famous Stupa, one of the biggest in southern Asia.
D-3: KTM-Beni by bus: 10h
D-4: trek to Babiyachaur (950 m): 4h
The route follows the Myagdi Khola through cultivated areas and rice fields.
D-5: trek to Dharapani (1600 m):5h
We continue along the wide valley, the path is easy to walk through paddies. After Phedi (1110 m) an earnest climb begins to Dharapani, a heavily populated village.
D-6: trek to Muri (1900 m): 6h
The path descends to the Dhora Khola (1800 m), after we follow the mountainside until the village of Muri, inhabited by magar people.
D-7: trek to Bhogara (2120 m): 5h
The route descends to the Dhora Khola, crosses a small pass and descents again to the Myagdi Khola. We enter the steep-walled V-shaped Myagdi Khola valley. The path climbs the steep and grassy slope until the village of Bhogara.
D-8: trek to Dobang (2510 m): 6h
We continue in a dense forested area, the trail is an up and down path, many waterfalls. Dobang is the last remote settlement of the valley.
D-9: trek to a camp in the forest (3100 m): 5h
The route crosses the river several times, so we have to follow an up and down path in a dense forested area.
D-10: trek to Italian BC (3620 m): 5h
Further after the camp we leave the forested area, a gentle climb leads up to a small grassy area, Pucchar, then we have to descend to the glacier that originates from the west wall of Dhaulagiri, we go on the opposite bank to a wide grassy area in an ablation valley where we set up the camp.
D-11: acclimatization in Italian BC
D-12: trek to glacier camp (4200 m): 5h
A strenuous day: we descend in a valley buried in snow and fallen rock. The path is very steep and continue through the impressive gorge until we enter the glacial area of the Chonbardan glacier where we set up the camp.
The vista opens up with Tukuche peak (6837 m) appearing at the far end of the glacier.
D-13: trek to Dhaulagiri BC (4680 m): 3h
The path is now easier as we climb the gently sloping section of the glacier. At the BC, you have impressive views of the Dhaulagiri Himal.
D-14: acclimatization in Dhaulagiri BC.
D-15: trek to Hidden valley via the French pass (5360 m): 6h
While the ascent to French pass doesn’t require mountain climbing skills, you must beware of altitude sickness. We ascend moraines and a last gentle snowy incline to the pass where we have a fantastic panorama: Sita Chuchura, Dhaulagiri 1…
On the other side we are now in the Hidden valley, a cold and windy place where we set up the camp (5000 m).
D-16: trek to Yak Kharka via Thapa pass (5250 m): 7h
The route continues into the Hidden valley, then we climb gently to the Thapa pass (5250 m) and we descend on the mountain flank until Yak Kharka and its small huts (4200 m).
D-17: descent to Marpha (2800 m): 6h
The descent is steep through a forested area but the path is excellent. In Marpha we join the popular Kali Gandaki trek. Marpha is a big and charming village with many hotels.
D-18: trek to Jomson (2800 m): 3h
We follow the plain of Jomson, flat and dry.
D-19: flight back to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
The flight provides breathtaking views of Himalayan giants like Annapurna 1 and Dhaulagiri.
D-20: rest day in KTM
D-21: Transfert to airport and return.
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