Dhaulagiri High Trekking – 16 Days

Trip Overview

Trekking in this region means an exploration of the wild.

Dhaulaghiri was climbed first in 1960 by an international team under the leadership of Max Eiselin, Lucerne.

Dhavali giri is a Sanskrit word  which means white mountain. It is located in the west central part of Nepal. On the altitude scale it is number 7 and is almost the last 8000 m mountain to be conquered. The way of the first ascent is the normal route of today. There are however two main possibilities to reach the base camp. Both ways start from south at the small town of Beni (860 m) which can by reached by bus from Pokhara and Kathmandu.

The eastern valley is called Kali Gandaki and was chosen by the French expedition in 1950. Today there is even an airport at Jomsom (2700 m) in this valley. On the west side of this valley is Dhaulagiri, on the east side is Annapurna. The alternative route is the Mayanghdi valley, which was discovered by a Swiss expedition one year later. Today there are commercial trekking tours that climb on one side, reach the base camp and come back through the opposite valley. But there also organized tours that try to reach the summit.

The terrain can be hard and the days long so the hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Still it does not require any technical experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1345 m) & Transfer to Hotel
You will be transferred to hotel after arrival. You will be briefed on the trip.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara [5-6 hrs drive]
Today we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara following the winding roads, scenic views of green hills, serene Trishuli River along the Nepal’s biggest Prithivi Highway.  Pokhara is a tourist’s paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus surrounded by mountains. The city is situated on the base of Annapurna and Fishtail mountain ranges.

Day 03: Drive to Beni and trek to Tatopani 
After taking breakfast, we take a drive towards Beni, following the Pokhara Baglung Highway. Beni is the starting point of our Dhaulagiri high Trekking. We start our journey along the floor of Myagdi River, following the trail through charming cultural and traditional villages before our stop at Tatopani.

Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Dharapani (1,470 m)
Leaving Tatopani, we follow the comfortable trail that leads along the Myagdi River, passing through several villages terraces and farmlands. Along the route we can explore the cultural lifestyle of local inhabitants- Gurung and Chhetris tribes. Our journey continues to a small suspension bridge and the trail suddenly starts to climb up towards Dharapani.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,850 m)
After Dharapani, we follow a trail towards Muri. We pass through rice terraces, fields of paddy and wheat often crossing charming villages. While continuing the way to Muri, we can see views of Himalayas from some places. After we cross a suspension bridge right above from Dhara Khola, our journey starts to climb until we finally reach the Magar community Village – Muri. In the evening, we explore the village and experience their traditional and cultural lifestyle.

Day 06: Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080 m)
After breakfast, we start our trip to Boghara. We follow descending steep slopes until we reach the suspension bridge of Muri stream. Then, we go through beautiful bamboo forests and farmhouses that leads to a northern route towards an open valley before reaching at Boghara campsite.

Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2,500 m)
Leaving Boghara, we start the journey towards Dobang, walking through the west bank of Myagdi River, passing the lush sub-tropical forests. After reaching Lipshe, we again continue passing through villages, forests and several farm terraces. We finally reach Dorbang where there are numerous tea houses and good camping sites.

Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (2,820 m)
We walk a trail passing through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests. After crossing a suspension bridge, we head towards the east bank of Myagdi River. We can enjoy a walk through lush green forests finally reaching  Sallaghari campsite.

Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m)
After breakfast, we start our journey on a  steep climbing trail through dense rhododendron forests, pine forest, and birch trees. On this day, we go pass the glaciers and moraine. There are views of world’s sixth highest mountain – Mt. Dhaulagiri to be seen from Italian Base Camp.

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp
Since the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a difficult trekking experience, we need to be more focused. Acclimatization is crucial in high altitudes to be fit. We take a much needed rest and explore the surrounding area.

Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200 m)
After breakfast, we start our journey on narrow descending slopes down towards the glacier. Glacier Camp is sandwiched between Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We need to cross glaciers, gorges, moraine and several narrow slopes. After crossing the Glacier on the left of Chinbarden gorge, we gradually head towards Glacier Camp.

Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Glacier Camp
We take our second acclimatization day at Glacier camp. Since, we are already at high altitudes and still need to gain more altitude to complete trek, it is very important to have this rest day. We need to be healthy and physically fit to gain more altitudes from Glacier Camp 4200 meters to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4700 meters.

Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700 m)
After leaving Glacier Camp, we head towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp. As we gradually move up, the trail becomes challenging.

Day 14: Rest and acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
We take another acclimatization day at Base Camp. We view a great scenery of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Dhaulagiri II 7751m, Dhaulagiri IV 7618m, Tukuche Peak 6920m and other surrounding high peaks.

Day 15: Trek to Hidden Valley (5050 m) via French pass (5,360 m)
Early morning  journey follows the left side of upper Chhonbarden glacier. We move through steep ascends of lateral moraine ridge. Main attraction of the day is to cross adventurous French pass 5360m with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167 m, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak 6920 m, Mukut Himal 5970 m, Sita Chuchura 6611 m, Tashi Kang 6386  m and many other snow-capped peaks. After crossing the pass, the trail dramatically starts descending with moderate slopes and finally ending at the beautiful Hidden Valley.

Day 16: Exploration of the Hidden Valley
We take a rest day in Hidden Valley to explore it. We can walk up to the western ridge from where great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt Nilgiri and many other snow-covered Himalayan ranges can be seen. Furthermore, Hidden valley is the starting point for Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure.

Day 17: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3680 m) via Dhampus Pass (5,240 m)
After having an early morning breakfast, we leave Hidden valley by an ascending trail until reach to Dhampus Pass 5240 m. After crossing the Dhampus Pass, our trekking journey starts descending into the Kali Gandaki Valley. Again, we go further downhill until we reach Yak Kharka.

Day 18: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670 m)
From Yak Kharka, we start our day with a gradual downhill path until we reach Marpha Village. Marpha village is well known for beautiful apple garden where one can try local whiskey made with the local apple. Then we again follow a smooth trail to reach Jomsom.

Day 19: Morning flight to Pokhara. Free day for Sightseeing.
It is essential to have an early morning flight to be safe from unusual winds in the mountains. A day in Pokhara can be spent doing several fun activities. Beautiful lake city of Pokhara offers many fascinating sites such as mysterious caves, temples, monuments, boating at Fewa Lake as well as paragliding, bungee jumping and many other adventurous activities.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
Finally, we take a day drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which takes approximately four to five hours. We drive along Prithivi Highway which offers scenic hilly roads through the banks of Trishuli River.

Day 21: International departure
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport.

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