DHAULAGIRI TREK

Trek through the Dhaulagiri

Annapurna Base Camp

The Dhaulagiri massif is one of the tallest and biggest mountain systems in the world, forty kilometres long and encompasses no fewer than fifteen 7,000 m. plus peaks. The trek is an extended and strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene, and uninhabited valleys. The area was originally closed to visitors, for a variety of reasons - including its remoteness, the region west and /north of Dhaulagiri was opened to trekkers in 1990, travelling in organized groups. This made it possible for trekkers to enter the region north of the Dhaulagiri massif.


DHAULAGIRI TREK OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Fly to Pokhara.

Day-4: Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.

Day-5: Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.

Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.

Day-7: Trek to Muri (1,850m) - 5 hrs.

Day-8: Trek to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.

Day-9: Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.

Day-10: Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.

Day-11: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) - 7 hrs.

Day-12: Rest Day.

Day-13: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) - 6 hrs.

Day-14: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) Tukche Peak (6837 m.)

Day-15: Rest Day.

Day-16: Trek to the French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.

Day-17: Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.

Day-18 Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.

Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).

Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day-21: Final Departure

 

DHAULAGIRI TREK ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Fly to Pokhara. Overnight hotel.

Free to explore Pokhara

Day-4: Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.

After breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive should take 4 hours and you'll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki.

Day-5:Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.

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 by the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back via the north bank from where it continues to Babichor.

Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.

We start 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 Dharapani.

Day-7:Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5 hrs.

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 Muri village. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up the incline of the snout of a ridge, descend to Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on Myagdi Khola west bank of the and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri.

Day-8:Trek to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.

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 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).

Day-9:Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.

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.

Day-10:Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.

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 the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge on the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

Day-11:Trek to Italian Base (3,660m) - 7 hrs.

Follow a trail (which is not very well defined) to the terminal moraine of 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 (3660 m), which is also the site of your tents for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).

Day-12: Acclimitisation .

Rest for acclimatisation.

Day-13:Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) 6 hrs.

Set off early in the morning when the weather is clearer. We stay overnight near the glacier.

Day-14:Trek to 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 (3660 m)

Day-15:Acclimitisation .

Acclimitisation

Day-16:Trek to French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.

After the glacier you climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. Climb to French Pass (5100 m) from where you can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). 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 Hidden valley to Thapa Pass (5250 m) Descending from Thapa Pass we set up tents at about 5360m.

Day-17:Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.

Descend from the high camp, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect site to enjoy the surrounding.

Day-18:Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.

Descend to Marpha village , on the west bank of Kali Gandaki river. Continue to north, up the river valley to Jomsom.

Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).

Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara. Overnight Hotel

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu.

Arrive Kathmandu and free to explore at your leisure. Celebrate your successful trek of the Dhaulagiri massif.

Day-21:

Departure.

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Variations

 
Dhaulagiri and Annapurna 16 days Dhaulagiri Circuit 18 days

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu sightseeing

Day-3: Fly to Pokhara, commence trek to Dhampus (1990m) - walk approx. 3 hrs

Day-4: Trek to Landruk (1640m). Walk approx. 5 hrs

Day-5: To Ghandruk (2050m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.

Day-6: To Tadapani (2650m). Walk approx. 4 hrs.

Day-7: To Bhaisi Kharka (3420m), walk approx. 6/7hrs.

Day-8: To Kopra (3660m), walk approx. 7/8hrs.

Day-9: In Kopra and optional day hike to Khayer Lake (4600m) 9-10 hours

Day-10: To Swantha (2400m). Walk approx. 6/7 hours.

Day-11: To Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3200m), walk approx 5/6 hrs.

Day-12: To Les Par via Jaljala Dil (2600m), walk approx. 6/7hrs.

Day-13: To Ghibrang (2000m), walk approx. 4/5 hrs.

Day-14: To Nayapul (1340m), walk approx 3/4 hrs and transfer to Pokhara

Day-15: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day-16: Depart

Day Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day-02: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Beni and trek to Tatopani (875m)- 3 hours walking

Day-03: Trek to Dharapani (1,470m)- 6 to 7 hours walking

Day-04: Trek to Muri (1,856m)- 5 6 hours walking

Day-05: Trek to Boghara (2,070m)- 6 - 7 hours walking

Day-06: Trek to Dobang (2,350m)- 6 - 7 hours walking

Day-07: Trek to Sallaghari (3,040m)- 5 - 6 hours walking

Day-08: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)- 3 - 4 hours walking

Day-09: Acclimatization day in Italian Base Camp

Day-10: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m)- 4 to 5 hours walking

Day-11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m)- 4 hours walking

Day-12: Acclimatization day in Dhaulagiri Base camp

Day-13: Trek to Hidden Valley (5,050m) via French Pass (5,360m)- 6 - 7 hours walking

Day-14: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) via Dhampus Pass (5,240m)- 7 8 hour walking

Day-15: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m) via Marpha- 4 to 5 hours walking

Day-16: Fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu

Day-17: Kathmandu

Day-18: Departure

Your Questions Answered

This is a camping trek so each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain altitude tent. We supply a foam mattresses.
No though crampons are sometimes needed to cross the pass. The optional ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,060m) requires basic ice axe and crampon skills.
It is a far more remote and less used region. The area was originally closed to visitors, for a variety of reasons - including its remoteness, the region west and /north of Dhaulagiri was opened to trekkers in 1990, traveling in organized groups. This made it possible for trekkers to enter the region north of Dhaulagiri. The day to day hiking is tougher than most other areas
The average is around 6 hours a day though days when you cross passes will be longer and extended
Yes. It is very seldom that we get open groups for this trek given its remoteness. We can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The circuit can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite
No, in fact it is a far more remote and less used region. The area was originally closed to visitors, for a variety of reasons - including its remoteness, the region west and /north of Dhaulagiri was opened to trekkers in 1990, traveling in organized groups. This made it possible for trekkers to enter the region north of Dhaulagiri.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.
4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options


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