Dhaulagiri Region is in the western part of Nepal, probably one of the best areas for trekking in Nepal, because there are more than fifteen magnificent 7000m peaks in a land of dramatic contrast. Although trekking off the main paths is not possible, you do need a sense of adventure and an ability to deal with the unexpected. You will be immensely rewarded.
The trek offers you an ample chance to explore this wilderness. This thrilling region has its long kept secrets, since reopening places like the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world are accessible. Dhaulagiri means “White Mountain”. Though many mountains in the world have names which translate to White Mountain, this is without a doubt the most astonishing one.
The trek to Dhaulagiri offers unparalleled and impressive scenery. There are also some very interesting, indigenous people in this area. Following the rivers upstream, we see ferns, juniper, forests of oak and many other deciduous trees. Mountainsides of rhododendron blaze with colour in the spring, and other flowers are abundant on the trail. We find tiny alpine flowers even on high mountain passes. The popular high mountain passes include French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5250m/ 17,220ft). These pass offer a great experience for those trekkers who have an excellent physical condition.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of (Pashupati Nath), the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.
Overnight at Hotel B/B
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni which takes about eleven hours
As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. You follow the Marshyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The drive from here goes through uphill into zigzag road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends through zigzag road up to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of Mardi river. This is one of the picturesque road journeys.
Day 04: Trek from Beni to Darbang (950 m) 6 hours
This day you trek gently ascend for early one hour passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and so on. You can hear the chirping of the local birds then your trails follow quite flat land passing through stream at one place. The way you trek is muddy road crossing villages at some of the places. Darbang is a small village mainly inhabited by Magar and Limbus. There is a beautiful camping site. You can find small local shops with minimal supply.
Day 05: Trek from Darbang to Takum which takes about 5 hours
This day also you trek ascend through narrow path for early one hour. Now you go along the flat land passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trails suddenly begin to follow ascend path until you reach Takum. There is a government school before you enter Takum, a small village. Here you camp behind the school located in central Takum. You find a Hindu temple where the villagers go to submit their offerings.
Day 06: Trek from Takum to Muri and it takes about 6 hours
You start trekking to descend trails for early one hour passing through jungle. Then you follow steeply ascent path and before you approach Muri you pass along the flat land until you reach Muri. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and Rai, one of the ethnic communities of Nepal. There are situated beautiful hotel offering attractive services to tourists guests who visit this particular area. You are here quite captivated by a Buddhist monastery.
Day 07: Trek from Muri to Baghar (2080 m.)
Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora khola. Cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. The view from this pass is fine, for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465 m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. The steep slope will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzag stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you enter a traverse to the right-here you must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where bagara (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people’s yards or the terraced fields.
Day 08: Trek Baghar to Dobang (2520 m.)
Here you leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging.
Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp)
It Takes about 6 hours. Passing through the beautiful forest you rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day in Italy Base camp (Upper Vungini )
Day 11: Trek from Upper Vugini (Italian BC) to Glacier Camp and it takes about 4 hours
After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. we may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. You camp on the glacier rubble.
Day 12: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp which takes about 5 hours.
Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley 5180 m via French Pass 5360 m, it takes about 8 hours. After breakfast we continue our route on the north side of the Chhondarban Glacier, we walk along the valley before steadily climb the stepped hillside above the glacier, across scree and moraine leading to the easy-angled snow slopes which lead up to French Pass (5370 m). From this vantage point we have a stunning 360 degree panorama of the surrounding mountain ranges. Overnight at camp full board.
Day 14: Climb Thapa peak (6035 m) and back to Base Camp which takes about ten hours. At the summit you will be enclosed by the views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, and Annapurna and so on. Overnight at camp on full board.
Day 15: Climb Thapa peak and back to Base Camp
It takes about ten hours. At the summit you will be enclosed by the views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, and Annapurna and many more.
Day 16: Trek from Thapa Peak Base Camp to Yak Kharka
It takes about five hours.To reach your destination you trek leveled trail all the way. En route you pass Battase Danda. The views of Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Annapurna range mesmerize you.
Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2750 m.) 5 hours
This day the trail moves downhill till Jomsom. On the way you pass small forests of juniper and other local vegetation. You will be accompanied by the splendid views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and rocky hills.
Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft)
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m/26,538 ft) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,788 ft) and give us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara to enjoy with its natural side in Pokhara.
Overnight at Hotel B/B
Day 19: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu 20 min. transfer to Hotel
Day 20: Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your on wards destination.
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