Being a small land-locked country, strategically placed between two enormous countries; China and India, Nepal offers unbeatable adventure option for mountaineering and trekking, not only the tallest peak of the world- Mt. Everest but also other peaks like Dhaulagiri offering a myriad of adventure option to novice and hardcore adventures alike.
The seventh highest mountain in the world- Dhaulagiri (8,167m) lying on the north-west side of Annapurna and the Kali Gandaki Valley in the Western Nepal and South of the Tibet and Nepal border. Dhaulagiri is also known as “The White Mountain” because of its unique, mound shape when can be seen from treks that leave from Pokhara- City of Paradise. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is strenuous and needs planning for acclimatization, but for the adventure seekers, it offers a great challenge, superbly beautiful views, and a total wilderness experience. This trek involves high passes like French pass (5360m) and Thapa pass (5200m) and demands some mountaineer knowledge and also offers you snow and glacier walking around it.
It is more interesting to know that Dhaulagiri is the 13th Eight- Thousander to be climbed by 13 Swiss members expedited on the 13th May 1960. Swiss expedition led by Max Eiselin were successfully reached Summit by only Six climbers including Nawang Dorjee.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Drive to Beni (302km, 10hrs)
Day 3: Trek to Babiachaur (900m/2953ft) 5hrs
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1550m/5085ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Muri (1850m/6069ft) 5 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Boghara (2050m/6726ft) 6 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Dobang (2520m/8268ft) 6hrs
Day 8: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m/12007ft) 7hrs
Day 9: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Trek to Glacier Camp (4200m/13780ft) 6hrs
Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m/15551ft) 6hrs
Day 12: Cross French Col (5360m/17585ft) and Trek to Hidden Valley (5200m/17060) 6hrs
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m/12073ft) 6hrs
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,700m/8858ft) 6hrs
Day 15: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu (200km, 6hrs)
Day 17: Full day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu and later Cultural Farewell dinner.
Day 18: Departure
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the details information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Early morning we will drive from Kathmandu along the beautiful Prithvi Highway enjoying the beautiful landscape during the journey. First, we will reach the town of Pokhara and from there we will make our way to Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district. Beni is a beautiful little town of Myagdi district and it is a perfect place to start the trek. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
From Beni we will move for the trek to Babiachaur (900m/2953ft), which takes around 5 hours. Leaving Beni means leaving Kali Gandaki and going west following the north bank of Myagdi Khola all the way through the village of Beni. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over Myagdi Khola, we head towards the village of Simalchaur. From then on, we walk for a while before reaching Babiyachaur. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
From Babiachaur, the trail now ascends continually uphill along the widened valleys and hills. The trail gains further altitude as we pass the village named Shahashradhara. We then cross the village and continue along the trail which leads us to the village of Dharapani. Overnight stay at tented camp.
On this day we will trek to Muri crossing the river, head towards the north to Phedi. As you move on, the trail begins by climbing and there you will find many switch –backs until you appear at the edge. Again the trail climbs sharply to the village of Muri. Muri is a small Magar village in Myagdi district. Overnight stay at tented camp.
First, we will cross a watercourse and continue to trek through the terraced field. On the right Mt. Ghustung South (6465m) is clearly visible. Myagdi Khola is what awaits us next and we will hike down west to the village of Naura. The trail now takes a steep step with switchbacks and goes down along the forest to Baghara. Overnight stay at tented camp.
The trail from Baghara goes down all the way through terraced fields that lead to a small edge and afterward to a forest of Jyardan. We will cross the settlement area of Jyardan, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is a single hut. The trail keeps on through a forest to Lapshe Kharka and moves to Dobang (2520m). Overnight stay at tented camp.
Today's walk is relatively long one taking close to seven hours to reach the Italian Base Camp from Dobang. The trail is also physically strenuous as the altitude continually rises as we move along the trail. Tukche Peak (6837m/22431ft) can be seen during the trek, while the glimpses of Dhaulagiri-I (8167m/26794ft) is also visible while on the trekking trail. After a short walk we reach Italian Base Camp (3660m/12007ft) which is also the site for camping for the night. Overnight stay at tented camp.It’s a short hike to Italian Base Camp for which we will encounter with the forests, moraine and boulders. On this day we will trek close to the west side of Dhaulagiri. Overnight stay at tented camp.
The next day we will be spending at the Italian Base Camp, resting and acclimatizing to the conditions. Mountain views of the entire Dhaulagiri Mountain Range are also one of the features of staying at the Italian Base Camp. We spend the rest of the day and night at a tented camp.
Early morning after breakfast w will resume our trek from the Italian Base Camp. The reason for starting early is that the weather is relatively clear in the morning and it is easier to cover the distance in the morning. Overnight stay at the Glacier Camp.
Today we will trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp visible instantly at the far end while the striking north flank of Dhaulagiri dominates the skyline to the right. All your hard work will be awarded with the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri II and Dhaulagiri V are also clearly visible. Overnight stay at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
The way that leads to the Hidden Valley can be strenuous and tiring. As the altitude now is above 5000 meters, the trek is physically demanding and the trekkers are suggested to go about the trek in a slow manner. However, the trail can be adventurous at the same time as it goes upwards for some time and again descends after a while. Hidden Valley is particularly known for the wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri and other mountain peaks. Overnight stay at tented camp.
On this day we will begin our downhill trek towards the Yak Kharka. We will cross the Dhampus Pass where you will view entire Annapurna Range being touched by the sun with the valley resting below in the darkness is amazing. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Today we will trek to Jomsom which is relatively easier compared to the earlier ones. On your way you will come across many Tibetan traders and the hordes of Yak carrying goods to the Muktinath region. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
This day we will take our flight early in the morning from Jomsom to Pokhara and will spend rest of the day in Pokhara, exploring the natural beauty and the great natural ambiance. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. In the evening, you will attend a celebration dinner. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home, you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.