Dhaulagiri and Hidden Valley Trek

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Dhaulagiri is one of the most popular 8000m Peaks for climbing in the Himalayas. The seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri lies north – west of Pokhara culminating to its highest point at the eastern end. Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic as two eight thousand Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley.
Daulagiri was first discovered in 1808, and it was thought to be the highest mountain in the world for westerners. It was assumed the highest peak for 30 years before its place was taken by Kanchenjunga. Dhaulagiri literally means ‘white mountain’ which justifies a magnificent peak rising as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow.

  • Itinerary Overview
  • Detailed Travel Plan
  • Included / Excluded
  • Travel Notes
  • Departure Dates
  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing tour.
  • Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 4 : Drive to Beni (850m) and start trek
  • Day 5 : Trek to Singa Bazar (853m)
  • Day 6 : Trek to Takum
  • Day 7 : Trek to Muri (1,850m)
  • Day 8 : Trek to Boghara (2080 m)
  • Day 9 : Trek to Dobang (2250m)
  • Day 10 : Trek to Italian Base Camp (3800m)
  • Day 11 : Rest day
  • Day 12 : Trek to “Midway Camp” (4500m)
  • Day 13 : Rest day
  • Day 14 : Trek to Classic Base Camp (5000m)
  • Day 15 : Rest day
  • Day 16 : Trek across the French Col (5,100 m) to camp below Dhampus Pass (5200m)
  • Day 17 : Rest day but possibility to climb Dhampus Peak
  • Day 18 : Trek across Dhampus Pass (5200m) to Alubari
  • Day 19 : Trek to Marpha (2665m)
  • Day 20 : Trek to Lete (2470m)
  • Day 21 : Trek to Tatopani (1160m)
  • Day 22 : Trek to Ghorepani (2775m)
  • Day 23 : Trek to Birethanti (1050m) and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 24 : Fly or drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 25 : In Kathmandu
  • Day 26 : Depart Kathmandu
  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu

    It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Explorer Nepal will meet you at the airport and escort you to Hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
    Check In at the Hotel.

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing tour.

    After breakfast at the hotel, commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city.

    Kathmandu City: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, Seto Machhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilization.

    Swayambhunath Stupa: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

    Patan city: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

    Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Licchavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum. One remarkable monument here is 16th century temples dedicated to the Hindu go Krishna, built entirely of stone.

    Check In at the Hotel.

  • Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara

    From Kathmandu, we take a half an hour scenic flight to Pokhara or we drive for approx 6 hours to Pokhara. You can spend the later part of the day exploring Pokhara. Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre, the must visit sites of Pokhara include the Phewa Lake, Davis fall, Mahendra cave, the famous Seti Gorge, the beautiful temple of Bindabasini and Pokhara Mountain Museum.

  • Day 4 : Drive to Beni (850m) and start trek

    After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara to Beni, from where our trek commences. The drive should take around 4 hours and it offers good scenic views. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki Camp. Being the districts headquarter, Beni has a police check post where our trekking permits will be examined.

  • Day 5 : Trek to Singa Bazar (853m)

    From Beni, we leave the Kali Gandaki and head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa Bazar.

  • Day 6 : Trek to Takum

    Today, from Singa Bazar we trek along the trail to Takum.

  • Day 7 : Trek to Muri (1,850m)

    Today, after crossing a river, we head north to Phedi. As we leave, the trail starts climbing. We come across many switch-backs until we arrive at the ridge. The trail again climbs steeply up to Muri at 1850 m. Moving up along the trail, we trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here, continuing up an incline to the snout of a ridge, we descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). We then cross the Dhara Khola to again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. After climbing a ridge, we finally reach the large Magar village of Muri. From Muri, we get amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other surrounding mountains.

  • Day 8 : Trek to Boghara (2080 m)

    After a short descend, we cross a stream and continue through terraced fields. Climbing a ridge, we reach the pass from where we can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m). Descending to the Myagdi Khola and trekking along its West Bank to the village of Naura, we climb for a short while. Traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, we then descend through a forest and terraced fields to reach Boghara (2080m).

  • Day 9 : Trek to Dobang (2250m)

    Leaving Boghara, we continue along the trail. We descend through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to reach Jyardan. After the settlement, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing up again to Lipshe where there is a single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to Dobang. Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes we might need to use ropes.

  • Day 10 : Trek to Italian Base Camp (3800m)

    Crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang, the trail ascends a forested area. Passing through the beautiful forest, we rapidly gain altitude as mountains surround us. After crossing the Myagdi Khola, we later cross a stream to reach Choriban Khola. We continue along the 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 our right. After a short while we reach the Italian Base Camp (3660 m). To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).

  • Day 11 : Rest day

    Today is a rest day for acclimatization.

  • Day 12 : Trek to “Midway Camp” (4500m)

    Today, we trek along the trail to the Midway Camp. This trail is a little tough, so probably we might need to use a rope in a couple of tricky spots. The surroundings here are spectacular, with magnificent views of the beautiful snow-capped peaks.

  • Day 13 : Rest day

    Today is a rest day for acclimatization.

  • Day 14 : Trek to Classic Base Camp (5000m)

    After proper acclimatization, today we climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Classic Base Camp at 5000m. This is a vantage point from where we get amazing views of the Dhaulagiri Ranges.

  • Day 15 : Rest day

    Today is a rest day for acclimatization.

  • Day 16 : Trek across the French Col (5,100 m) to camp below Dhampus Pass (5200m)

    After proper acclimatization, we climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. We then climb to the French Col (5100 m) from where we 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 we continue along the trail towards Dhampus Pass at 5200m. We camp below Dhampus Pass.

  • Day 17 : Rest day but possibility to climb Dhampus Peak

    Today is a rest day but there is a possibility for us to climb the Dhampus Peak.

  • Day 18 : Trek across Dhampus Pass (5200m) to Alubari

    Today, after climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, we continue along the trail to reach Alubari.

  • Day 19 : Trek to Marpha (2665m)

    We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here we get fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, with a well-planned drainage system. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi.

  • Day 20 : Trek to Lete (2470m)

    We continue descending the Kali Gandaki Gorge to Tukuche, a Thakali village with a large gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung. Here, as in many of the villages in this area, narrow alleyways and tunnels connect houses with enclosed courtyards, providing protection against the wind blowing up the valley. We make our way through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, enjoying fine views of Annapurna I and Fang. We then reach Lete, which lies just twenty minutes beyond Kalopani.

  • Day 21 : Trek to Tatopani (1160m)

    Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa. At the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. Continuing on, we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the massive peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where we can have apple pie and bathe in the hot springs.

  • Day 22 : Trek to Ghorepani (2775m)

    A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Sikha and Chitre, we climb through the forest to Deorali, a 2834m pass from where we can get excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the packs of mules, which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom.

  • Day 23 : Trek to Birethanti (1050m) and drive to Pokhara

    Overlooking Ghorepani is Poon Hill [3193m]. An hour-long pre-dawn ascent gives us the opportunity to see the fascinating views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun. After breakfast, we begin the long descent to Birethanti through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. From the village of Ulleri, a long steep stone staircase seems to go on forever before eventually reaching Hille. A more gradual descent then brings us to Birethanti, from where it is a short distance to the road and our transport that takes us to Pokhara.

  • Day 24 : Fly or drive to Kathmandu

    Fly back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu airport meet, assist by our representative and transfer to hotel.

    PM: Free.

    Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 25 : In Kathmandu

    Today is a day for relaxing. In the later part of the day, you can go for shopping, sightseeing or do whatever you please.

  • Day 26 : Depart Kathmandu

    Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home.

  • Included

    • Meet, assisted upon arrival at Kathmandu by our office representative.
    • All arrival / Departure transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle.
    • 03 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
    • 02 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Pokhara.
    • Fully organize camping trek including all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee and hot water including guide and necessary support staffs with their insurance and salaries.
    • Necessary trek transfers as per the itinerary.
    • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary with our local English speaking guide including monumental entrance fees.
    • Airfare for the sector Pokhara / Kathmandu with domestic airport tax and necessary airport transfers.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System fee.
    • Surface transfers Kathmandu / Pokhara with necessary vehicle retention.
    • First Aid Medical Kit box.
    • Applicable hotel taxes presently 24.3%
  • Excluded

    • Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
    • Travel insurance.
    • International air fare to and from Nepal.
    • Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
    • Items and expenses of personal nature.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
    • Personal Trekking Equipments.
    • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
    • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, domestic flight delays due to weather, political disturbance and strikes etc.
    • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
    • Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
    • Tipping amount.
     
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  • Duration: 26 days Days
  • Grade :Extreme
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  • Region: Annapurna Region
  • Activity: Trekking And Sightseeing
  • Max Altitude: 17160ft/5200m

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