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Dhaulagiri Trek

Duration
21 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Dhaulagiri Trek is the package that you must go after if you are looking for challenging 3 week trek in Nepal. The remote trekking trail continues through the route stretching to the west of Annapurna. It continues through the foothill of the world’s seventh highest mountain at Dhaulagiri Base Camp and passes through the glacier to the famous French Col Pass to the Hidden Valley.

Since this is extremely difficult trek, trekking in Dhaulagiri is not for beginners. It is recommended only for seasoned trekkers. Although the trek drains you of energy, the exploration in Dhaulagiri is certainly the once in a lifetime opportunity.

Ace Holiday Treks has been operating 21days trek Dhaulagiri since many years. All of our staffs are trained in emergency rescue and the team leader has successfully climbed Dhaulagiri for several times. He is eloquent speaker and well versed in English language. Follow the instructions of your team leader carefully. Your safety is our prime concern. We use only the best trekking gears.

Enjoy the Dhaulagiri treks that continues through as diverse terrains as highland villages, meadows, glaciers, forest, passes and rivers and eye feast in the views of as many as fifteen 7000m+ peaks including Putali Himal ,Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri Mountain. Travel through the Gandaki Gorge to Myagdi glacier.

We will drive from Kathmandu to Beni via Pokhara. Dhaulagiri Treks begin at Beni. Dhaulagiri Trek route progresses through Babichaur, Dharapani, Muri, Boghara, Dovan, Italian Base Camp and Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Return trail continues through French Col, Hidden Valley Camp and Yak Kharka to Jomsom. We will take Jomsom Pokhara flight and take bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Dhaulagiri treks itinerary is given below, Dhaulagiri trek cost and Dhaulagiri route map can be provides by ace holiday treks on your demand.

Itinerary outline
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1350m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Beni (830m) via Pokhara
Day 04: Trek to Babichaur (1000m) 6-7hrs
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1565m) 7hrs
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m) 6-7hrs
Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2050m) 7-8hrs
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2630m) 6hrs
Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola (3110m) 6hrs
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) 6-7hrs
Day11: Rest Day at Italian Base Camp
Day 12: Trek to Glacier camp (4250m) 5hrs
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650m) 4hrs
Day 14: Rest Day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Day 15: Trek to French Pass (5100m)
Day 16: Trek to Hidden Valley Camp (5360m) 6hrs
Day 17: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m) 6hrs via Dhampus Pass
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom
Day 19: Flight: Jomsom- Pokhara (35min)
Day20: Drive to Kathmandu
Day21: Departure
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1350m)
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Everest Expedition is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Breakfast will be served early in the morning. Later, we will take the half day guided city tour and explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu which starts from Pashupatinath. We will also explore Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath and reach Kathmandu Durbar Square. Evening is best period for exploring Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Day 03: Drive to Beni (830m) via Pokhara
Buses leave from Tourist Bus Park at Kantipath at 7am. We will follow the scenic Prithvi highway and get the views of cable car in Kurintar, Trishuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and mountains. Driving continues to Beni that locates 82km far from Pokhara. We will drive along the bank of Mardi River to reach Beni which exists in the confluence of Myagdi River and Kali Gandaki River.

Day 04: Trek to Babichaur (1000m) 6-7hrs
Dhaulagiri Trek begins on 4th day. Leaving Kali Gandaki, we will reach to the northern edge of Myagdi River. Journey continues through Mangalghat and Singa to Tatopani. We will enjoy taking bath in natural hot spring at Tatopani and then traverse the bridge to make it to Simalchaur from where we will head to Babichaur.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1565m) 7hrs
Journey on 5th day is uphill for most of the day. We will pass through forest of pine and oaks and take the ascending trail to Sahasradhara village. Crossing Dudh Khola, we will head to Rato Runga village from where we will move further to Dharapani village. Dharapani is a small yet beautiful village from where we can observe close up views of various mountains.

Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m) 6-7hrs
We will cross the river and arrive at the vast open land of green pasture from where we will head north towards Phedi. Sibang can be reached from Phedi after taking about 2 hrs of climb. We will pass through Mattim village and lower down to Gattikhola. After taking brief rest at Phalai Gaon, we will cross Dharakhola and reach Myagdi River. We will take the sharp climb to Muri which is a village of Magar community.

Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2050m) 7-8hrs
Lowering down from Muri, we will cross the river and arrive at the foot of small pass. We will climb the pass and enjoy the spectacular view of Ghustung South (6465m) Mountain from the top. Lowering down, we will walk along Myagdi River and move in and out of Naura village before arriving at Boghara.

Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2630m) 6hrs
From Baghara, we will take brief descend to ridge. nThe journey continues through the crop field. We will walk through the dense forest of blooming rhododendrons and reach Jyardan which is a pretty small village. Journey continues through Lipshe and Lapche Kharka to Dovan.

Day09: Trek to Choriban Khola (3110m) 6hrs
We will cross the wooden bridge and take the trail through the forest to reach the ridge which offers scenic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). After brief rest, we will lower down to Myagdi River. Crossing the river, we will arrive at Chartare from where we will make it to Choriban Khola.

Day10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) 6-7hrs
The trek continues through Chhonbaran glacier. We will get the opportunity to get close up views of Tukuche and Dhaulagiri I mountains. The journey continues through the slippery route to to Italian Base Camp that is located in 3660m altitude. Italian Base Camp offers views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V mountains.

Day11: Rest Day at Italian Base Camp
We will take the day off from the trek. Pass the time as you please. Either you can photo shoot or play cards or explore nearby glacier.

Day 12: Trek to Glacier camp (4250m) 5hrs
We will pass through glaciers and reach at the place nearby lake where we will set our camp on the glacier which is named as Glacier Camp. Walking through glaciers can be tricky. It will be slippery due to melting snow.


Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650m) 4hrs
We will follow the trail which offers scenic view of Dhaulagiri I Mountain. Dhaulagiri Base Camp can be reached after taking 4hrs of difficult trek. Once we reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we can enjoy the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V mountains.

Day 14: Rest Day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Taking rest in Dhaulagiri Base Camp is strictly recommended. It helps in proper acclimatization and also helps you to regain the energy that is drained by the strenuous trekking. If you wish, side trekking can be arranged to nearby glacier valley.

Day 15: Trek to French Pass 4hrs
We will leave the glacier valley and take the steep climb to arrive at the meadow where we can see cattle grazing gaily in the lush green vegetation. We will head to French Pass (5100m) from where we can get the spectacular views of Mukut Mountain, Tashi Kang, Tukuche Peak, Sita Peak and Dhaulagiri I mountain.

Day 16: Trek to Hidden Valley Camp (5000m)
Leaving French Pass early in the morning, we will descend through the forested ridge for about 3hrs. We will arrive at the hill top that offers first view of Hidden Valley. We will descend further to Hidden Valley where we will set our camp and stay overnight.

Day 17: Trek to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass (4200m) 6hrs
We will wake up early in the morning and take brief tour in the remote Hidden Valley. We will climb to the foothill of Dhampus pass (5200m). Difficult climb will take us to the top of Dhampus Pass. We will enjoy views of mountains and valleys from the top of Dhampus Pass and lower down to Yak Kharka.

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom
Lowering from Yak Kharka, we will reach Marpha village which is famous for its apple orchard. We will enjoy the taste of brew made from local apple and then continue the journey through the western bank of Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom where we will stay overnight.

Day 19: Flight: Jomsom- Pokhara
Since weather remains bad during day period due to heavily blowing wind, we will take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We wil fly high above clouds in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and reach Pokhara in 35 minutes.

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu
We will take 5 hours of drive through Prithvi Highway to reach Kathmandu.

Day 21: Departure
You will be assisted in last moment preparation and then taken to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you will make your next visit in Nepal soon.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 21 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Type: Hard
Activities : Trekking and Hiking
No. of Pax : 2+
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Dhaulagiri Trek is the package that you must go after if you are looking for challenging 3 week trek in Nepal.
  • Ace Holiday Treks has been operating 21days trek Dhaulagiri since many years.
  • since this is extremely difficult trek, trekking in Dhaulagiri is not for beginners.
  • Dhaulagiri circuit trek continues through the foothill of the world’s seventh highest mountain at Dhaulagiri Base Camp and passes through the glacier to the famous French Col Pass to the Hidden Valley.
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