AROUND DHAULAGIRI WITH THAPA PEAK

Daily Tour 20 days
Dhaulagiri, Mudi 33200, Nepal Nepal

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.

Daily Tour 20 días
Dhaulagiri, Mudi 33200, Nepal Nepal

La región de Dhaulagiri en la parte oeste de Nepal, probablemente es una de las mejores áreas de trekking en el país debido a que hay más de 15 picos sobre 7.000 metros en una tierra llena de dramáticos contrastes.
El trek ofrece además una amplia posibilidad de explorar la vida salvaje y descubrir secretos largamente guardados como el Gandaki Goge, la más profunda quebrada del mundo accesible. Asimismo se podrán observar poblaciones indígenas y bosques de diversas especies y en primavera coloridas flores adornan el camino.
También durante el trek se cruzan populares pasos de montaña que incluye el French Pass (5.360 mts) y Dhampus Pass (5.250 mts) los que ofreceran una gran experiencia para aquellos trekkers que posean una excelente condición física.

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 7/8 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: 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.Overnight at camp on full board.

Day 16: 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.Overnight at Lodge or Hotel  on full board.

Day 17: 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 18: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu 20 min. transfer to Hotel

Day 19: 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 20: Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your on wards destination.

Día 1: Arribo a Katmandú (1.300 mts)
Llegada al Aeropuerto Internacional Tribhuvan de Katmandú donde un representante de Matterhorn le llevará a su hotel. En este lugar se hará una breve descripción sobre su viaje. El resto del día es libre.

Día 2: Katmandú y sus atractivos
Visita a algunos de los principales atractivos que forman parte de los Sitios Patrimonio de la Humanidad de Katmandú como son: Dubar Square, el templo sagrado hinduista de Pashupati Nath, el famoso Monkey Temple (Swayambhu Nath) y el santuario budista de Bouddha Nath.

Día 3: Katmandú – Beni
La ruta por tierra toma unas 11 horas. Desde Katmandú se sigue el camino hasta Pokhara, un paraíso turístico que posee bellezas naturales como el lago Phewa, cuevas y hermosas vistas de los Himalayas. Además ofrece una gran cantidad de sitios patrimoniales y templos Budistas e Hinduistas.
El camino desde Pokhara serpentea cerro arriba en la ruta a Naudanda, para luego descender en dirección a Nayapul, la que cuenta con vistas del Annapurna Sur. Para llegar a Beni se debe conducir siguiendo la trayectoria del rio Mardi, un camino considerado muy pintoresco.

Día 4: Beni – Darbang (960 mts)
Este día el trek es suave, pasando a través de bosques de robles y rododendros y se pueden observar variedad de aves nativas. Darbang es una pequeña villa habitada principalmente por las comunidades Magar y Limbus. Existe un sitio de camping y pequeñas tiendas locales para suministros básicos.

Día 5: Darbang – Takum
Este día se inicia con un trek en ascenso a través de un estrecho sendero por cerca de una hora pasando a través de bosques de robles, rododendros y pinos. Después de cruzar un pequeño arroyo, el camino asciende hasta llegar a Takum. Existe una escuela del gobierno antes de entrar a la villa.
En Takum se acampa atrás de la escuela ubicada en el centro de la villa. En Takum se podrá encontrar también un templo Hinduista donde los locales realizan sus ofrendas.

Día 6: Takum – Muri
El trek se inicia por un camino de descenso por alrededor de una hora pasando a través de bosques. Luego sigue un inclinado ascenso y antes de aproximarse a Muri se toma un camino plano que lleva hasta la villa.
Muri es una pequeña villa habitada por comunidades Gurung y Rai. Existe un hermoso hotel que ofrece atractivos servicios a los turistas que visitan esta particular área de Nepal. Asimismo, la villa cuenta con un cautivante templo budista.

Día 7: Muri -Baghar (2.080 mts)
Descendiendo y cruzando un arroyo rocoso entre campos de terrazas se llega a Dhora Khola. Cruzando el rio y ascendiendo por la ladera derecha de la montaña se llega al paso de Ghorban Dhara. Las vistas desde el paso son hermosas y por primera vez se puede ver el Ghustung South (6.465 mts). Siguiendo el camino de la orilla derecha del rio se llega a Naura donde se inicia el ascenso por la ladera de la montaña. Después de un corta escalada se toma un camino que atraviesa cerros escarpados cubiertos de vegetacion. Luego se desciende a través de una área boscosa emergiendo en un sector donde Baghar es ya visible. Descendiendo a través de campos de terrazas hasta llegar a esta villa de montaña donde se acampa en terrenos de los pobladores o en campos de terrazas.

Día 8: Baghar – Dobang (2.520 mts)
Desde aquí el camino se torna cada vez más desafiante.

Día 9: Dobang – Upper Vungini (Campo Base Italiano)
Toma alrededor de 6 horas. Pasando a través un hermoso bosque, rápidamente se gana en altitud apareciendo montañas por todo alrededor.

Día 10: Día de aclimatación en Upper Vungini (Campo Base Italiano)

Día 11: Upper Vungini – Campo Glaciar
Este trek toma unas 4 horas.
Después de cruzar el primer glaciar, probablemente usando cuerdas en un par de lugares complicados, se escala el glaciar principal. Las vistas en derredor son espectaculares lo cual compensa lo duro y peligroso del camino, donde nuevamente será necesario usar cuerdas. Este es particularmente un día duro el que finaliza acampando en los contornos del glaciar.

Día 12: Campo Glaciar – Campo Base Dhaulagir
Este trek toma alrededor de 5 horas. Pronto los difíciles contornos del glaciar dan paso a una suave capa de hielo en la parte blanca del glaciar. Se sigue ascendiendo hacia el escabroso y frio pero espectacular Campo Base Dhaulagiri .

Día 13: Campo Base Dhaulagiri – Hidden Valley (5.810 mts)
Este trek toma alrededor de 8 horas y se realiza por vía del Paso Francés (French Pass) a 5.360 mts.
Tras desayunar se retoma el camino sobre la cara norte del Glaciar Chhodarban. Se sigue a través del valle antes de un pronunciado ascenso por una ladera escalonada sobre el glaciar para alcanzar un camino pedregoso que lleva a pendientes de nieve hasta llegar al Paso Francés. Desde este punto se tienen vistas panorámicas sorprendentes en 360 grados del cordón montañoso.

Día 14 -15 : Escalada Thapa Peak (6.035 mts) y vuelta al Campamento Base Thapa Peak
La ascensión toma unas 10 horas. En la cima se pueden tener vistas maravillosas del Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri y Annapurna entre otras.

Día 16: Campamento Base Thapa Peak – Yak Kharka
Este trek toma alrededor de 5 horas por un camino nivelado durante todo el trayecto

Día 17: Yak Kharka – Jomson
Este trek toma unas 5 horas y el camino es cerro abajo hasta alcanzar Jomson. En el camino se pasan por pequeños bosques de enebro y abundante vegetación local. Asimismo, por el camino acompañan esplendidas vistas del Nilgiri y el Annapurna.

Día 18: Vuelo de Jomson a Pokhara
Por la mañana se toma el vuelo a Pokhara, teniendo la oportunidad de disfrutar las mejores vistas sobre la cadena Annapurna y Dhaulagiri en los Himalayas. El resto del día se destina a disfrutar el ambiente de Pokhara.

Día 19: Vuelo Pokhara a Katmandú
Vuelo con duración de 20 minutos y transporte hospedaje.

Día 20: Katmandú
Día de relajo para explorar Thamel y realizar las últimas actividades. Por la tarde Matterhorn Treks & Expeditions organiza una cena de despedida.

Día 21: Partida desde Katmandú
Matterhorn Treks & Expeditions transporta cada pasajero al Aeropuerto Internacional para la toma de los respectivos vuelos que lo llevarán a su destinación.

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