Around Dhaulagiri Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural City Sightseeing
  • Dramatic Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range and more
  • Isolated Dhaulagiri region trekking
  • Crossing of French pass, Dhampus pass and French col
  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Jomsom

Around Dhaulagiri Trekking spans the remote wilderness in the Dhaulagiri range of the Himalayas in Nepal. It is an effort demanding trail that has a status of being precarious and rough around the edges. Only few local people and some of the trekking groups have explored this technical section around the Dhaulagiri trail and its surrounding area. The magnificent white peak of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and its glacial traverse offer exciting sceneries on this trek.

Trekking in Dhaulagiri route commences from Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district. It goes above the Myagdi Khola crossing various suspension bridges. Encountering the waxy traverses and hanging into the rocky slopes, it leads you to the Dhaulagiri base camp; circumnavigates Mt. Dhaulagiri via French Col and Dhampus Pass till the trek comes to Jomsom to sum up the trekking part. The camping excursion with the crappy ropes projects the technical demands of the trek. Heading on through the hidden valleys along the trail, this trek brings spectacular landscapes and sceneries to enjoy despite the difficulties it involves.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of

Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Beni 900 m (9 hours Drive)

The journey to Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi district, via Pokhara today is an overland journey through a scenic rural setting. About 9 hours of road journey today passes through several small towns and villages on the highway that goes along the rivers for the most of its stretch. With enough breaks on the way, we keep driving on a two lane highway which will allow us to absorb the impressive beauty of rural Nepal as firsthand experience outside of Kathmandu valley.

When we reach Beni, we will be warmly welcomed by the small and beautiful town nestle on the confluence of Kali Gandaki River and Myagdi Khola.

Day 04: Beni - Babiya Chaur (970m). 5-6 hrs

We start our trek along the bank of Myagdi Khola after passing Kali Gandaki River. We cross Singa market place and have lunch on the way. After lunch, we trek forward to the Babiya Chaur through the smooth trail. We walk gradually on the first day of trekking. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 05: Babiya Chaur - Dharapani (1565m). 6-7 hrs

We begin our trek to Dharapani through the wide trail and with the exciting views. It is a bit more cultural touch as we cross various villages like Shasdhara and Ratorunga. Crossing the Dudh Khola, we ascend to our today’s campsite at Dharapani. It is surrounded by lush hills and terraced fields. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 06: Dharapani - Muri (1800m). 6-7 hrs

Climbing up to the ridge of Dharapani, we reach to broad hillsides of fertile lands with the eye-catching view of Myagdi Khola. Descending from here, we cross the Dhara Khola and ascend steeply to Muri. Muri is a good viewpoint for Gurja Himal and Dhaulagiri. It is an ethnic valley, populated by the Magar people. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 07: Muri - Boghara (2080m). 5-6 hrs

It is an excellent day trek today. From Muri, we climb down to Dudh Khola and cross the stream and climb up steadily to Gorban hillside. The dramatic view of Ghustang rises from the horizon. We descend to Myagdi following the narrow trail through the hilly gorge. We eventually reach our wonderful campsite at Boghara. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 08: Boghara - Dobhan (2430m). 6-7 hrs

We trek further crossing the hilly gorges with a rough trail. Walking through the temperate forest gradually leads us to the picturesque settlement of Dobhan village. If we are trekking in spring, we can enjoy the view of colorful forest ornamented in rhododendron bloom. Even the diverse flower species make the trail extremely beautiful. We stay at Dobhan. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 09: Doban - Italian Base Camp (3500m). 5-6 hrs

We walk through the stunning forest and enter the alpine altitude. We take our steps on gentle pace so that we become used to with the increasing elevation. We finally reach Italian Base Camp after the scenic day walk. Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 10: Italian Base Camp - French Base camp (3870m). 6-7 hrs

The first portion of the trek today goes through moraine trail. We get the astounding sights of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6837m) and several other shiny peaks in the vicinity. We reach to the stunning place at French Base camp after a good moraine and glacial terrain walk with amazing Himalayan view.Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 11: Rest and Acclimatization day.

As we are hiking through the alpine passes and technical trail, we need to take a rest and acclimatize to the high altitude climate. We have a charming day to walk around French base camp and Dhaulagiri base area. The day offers a unique hiking exploration through the hidden valleys and exciting panoramas. Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 12: French Base camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m) via French Pass (5360m). 7-8 hrs

The walk today involves rough and rocky trail. We are going to cross the most challenging section of the journey while crossing French Pass at the elevation of 5360 meters above sea level and continue to the hidden valley. We continue walking to Dhaulagiri base camp after crossing the pass with the breathtaking mountain vistas of the Dhaulagiri chain.Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Yak Kharka / Aaru Bari (3900m). 6-7 hrs

Another challenging day is just in front of us today. The walk involves climbing a couple of hill; crossing the technical French Col (5100m) and Dhampus pass (5,200m). Although the walk is pretty much challenging, it brings pleasant scenery of Mukut Himal (6328m), Sita Chuchura (6611m), Tukuche Peak and Tashi Kang. The giant Dhaulagiri lies beyond. Then, we steadily head towards Dhampus Pass (5200m) and establish our camp at Aaru Bari. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Aaru Bari - Jomsom (2670m) via Marpha (2667m). 5-6 hours

From Aaru Bari, we climb down towards the Kali Gandaki valley through densely wooded section. It is a pleasant hike down through such an exciting trail as we were trekking through the glacial trail and the rock dotted trail for many days. As we steadily trek down, we walk past picturesque place of Marpha with apple orchards. Then we continue our trip to Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara 900 m

We take another incredible morning mountain flight to Pokhara enjoying the mountain range. Once we check into the hotel in Pokhara we will have leisurely time to find some soothing massage, chilled beer or relaxing stroll around lake side. The relaxing and leisurely time in Pokhara today should give us some good recovery from the tiredness of pedaling for many days in the high mountains.

Day 16: Pokhara Exploration

A full day in Pokhara will give us an opportunity to explore a bit of this beautiful city. We can go to Lake Fewa for a peaceful boating experience. Later we can go to visit Davis falls and Gupteswor cave. We will have some free time on our own. There are lots of adventure activities like paragliding, zip lining, bungee jumping, ultra-light flight etc. should we choose to go for some adventure thrill. Or we can simply relax around.

Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu 1400m

We drive back to Kathmandu on the same highway we took to go to Pokhara earlier. Another six hours on the highway will give us time to observe the villages and towns on the way from a different angle. After reaching Kathmandu and checking into hotel, we will have some free time to wander around the streets of Thamel.

Day 18: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 19: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis
  • All major meals during the trek, breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Three cups of tea a day on the trek
  • A professional trekking guide and necessary number of supporting crew members
  • Camping and tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary overland transportation
  • Flight to Pokhara from Jomsom
  • All necessary permits for the trekking
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, tent

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any kind of drinks in Kathmandu, Pokhara and trekking area (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipment can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1.  Hand gloves (1 light pair and 1 warm pair)

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2.  Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light  shoes and sandle.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Imodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. Blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plasts band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. Bandanas.
  5. Favourite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weights
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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