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Home » Nepal » Trekking » Dhaulagiri Trekking

Dhaulagiri Trekking

Trip Facts

Country:

Nepal

Area:

Dhaulagiri

Activities:

Trekking

Grade:

Strenuous

Season:

Mar-May, Sep-Dec

Altitude:

5,360 m

Duration:

16 days

Accommodation:

Tea house

Transportation:

Drive In - Fly Out

Group Size:

2 - 15 pax

This reason is basically virgin territory for trekkers. Trekking on the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected happenings. Geographically Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast. From the near tropical Pokhara valley, steep slopes climb to snowcapped heights of over 8100 meters at the northern border with Tibet. Dhaulagiri I, the sixth tallest peak in the world, towers high above the well- trekked Muktinath pilgrim trail up the Kaligandaki valley. This is one of the adventurous treks in Nepal for magnificent views of Himalayas . The treks begin from Beni crossing French col. (5240 meters) pass or flying out from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Kathmandu - Beni (850m):
Drive out from Kathmandu to Beni. After driving 7 /8 hrs arrive at Beni and overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 02 Beni - Babiachor (950 m):
From Beni you leave the Kali Gandaki and head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor. 5 hours.

Day 03 Babiachor - Dharapani (1400m):
Strike out along a high, winding path out of Babichor. The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara , cross the Duk Khola and walking through fields arrive at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and the terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. 6 hours

Day 04 Dharapani - Muri (1850m):
Cross the river and head north to Phedi. As you leave, the trail starts climbing and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of a ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. 5 hours

Day 05 Muri - Boghara (2080m):
After a short descend, we cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climb a steep slope with switch-backs and then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m). Camp Overnight.6 hours.

Day 06 Boghara - Dobang (2520m):
The trail beyond Boghara descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there a single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to Dobang. 5 hours.

Day 07 Dobang - Choriban Khola (3110m):
Crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. 6 hours

Day 08 Choriban Khola - Italian Base Camp (3660m):
Follow a trail (which is not very well defined) to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 m) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). Camp Overnight. 7 hours

Day 09 Rest Day in Italian Base Camp:
Rest day for acclimatization.

Day 10 Italian Base Camp - Glacier Camp (4210m):
Set off early in the morning when the weather is clearer. Today we stay overnight near at glacier. 6 hours

Day 11 Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m):
Tukche Peak (6837 m.) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).

Day 12 Rest Day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp:

Day 13 Dhaulagiri Base Camp - the French Pass (5100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp (5360m):
After the glacier you climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. Climb to the French Pass (5100 m) from where you can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley to Thapa Pass (5250 m) Descending from Thapa Pass you will make a high camp at about 5360m. 6 hours.

Day 14 Hidden Valley High Camp - Cross Dhampus Pass - Yak Kharka (3680m):
Descend from the high camp, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surrounding.

Day 15 Yak Kharka - Jomsom (2710m):
Trek to Marpha and continue to Jomsom (2710m). 3 hours. Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki river. Continue to north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at lodge or Camp. 6 hours.

Day 16 Jomsom – Pokhara:
Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, overnight or back to Kathmandu.

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