Round Dhaulagiri Trekking
Mount Dhaulagiri (8137m), the seventh highest peak in the world rises above the Kali Gandaki River, which flows between the Annapurna Massif and this awesome peak.
Mount Dhaulagiri (8137m), the seventh highest peak in the world rises above the Kali Gandaki River, which flows between the Annapurna Massif and this awesome peak. The trail extends through one of Nepal’s wildest and most remote areas where the mountain scenery is simply breathtaking.
This journey is recommended for experienced high altitude trekkers in very good physical condition. The trek is possible only in autumn due to excessive snow and ice conditions in the winter and spring. The region is practically virgin territory for trekkers providing some extremely dramatic contrasts.
Day 01: Arrival /pick up transfer hotel / tour briefing
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu / Pokhara / drive to Baglung.
Day 04: Baglung / Maldhunga
Day 05: Maldhunga / Darbang
Day 06: Darbang / Takum
Day 07: Takum / Muri
Day 08: Muri / Bagar
Day 09: Bagar / Dovan
Day 10: Dovan / Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp)
Day 11: Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp)
Day 12: Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp
Day 13: Glacier Camp/Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750 m.)
Day 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp / French Col / Hidden ValleyGetting off the glacier above the base camp often requires the use of ropes. Once over the steep moraine walls we reach gentler, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5360m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night).
Day 15: Hidden Valley camp 5000 m.A rest day for side treks and exploring around the surrounding peaks.
Day 16: Hidden Valley / Yak Kharka After climbing over the 5250 m. Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka.
Day 17: Yak Kharka / Marpha
Day 18: Marpha / Ghasa
Day 19: Ghasa / Tatopani
Day 20: Tatopani / Ghorepani
Day 21: Ghorepani / Tadapani
Day 22: Tadapani / Ghandrung
Day 23: Ghandrung / Birethanti / Pokhara transfer hotel
Day 24: Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by flight or bus
Day 25: Transfer airport /Departure for onward destination
Moderate to Strenuous
A moderate to strenuous trek requires a medium level of fitness. During these treks you will be required to walk up to 6 hours in one day. The trails will not always be clear and may at times be narrow and steep. You will be at times quite high in altitude so should be prepared for colder conditions and occasional snow. Moderate to strenuous treks are normally in well facilitated areas but at times you should be prepared for minimal facilities and amenities, esp. if it is a camping trek. And you will be more isolated from major roads and towns.