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Round Dhaulagiri Trekking

Trip Info:

The Round Dhaulagiri Trek is a rugged trek to the west of the Annapurnas, starting from Pokhara and following the Myagdi Khola to its source at the Chhonbardan Glacier below the world's seventh highest mountain. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp at the foot of the north face, you trek up the side of the glacier and over the French Pass to enter "Hidden Valley". This is an extremely remote hanging valley. Beginning at Darbang on the Kali Gandaki River, this superb trekking route ascends the lovely and unspoiled valley of the Myagdi Khola which flows southwards from the heart of the Dhaulagiri Himal. After 7 days of walking, through an ever-changing landscape, with numerous picturesque villages, we reach Dhaulagiri Basecamp and prepare ourselves for the crux of our route - the crossing of the ‘French Pass' (5400m). This tough, but technically straightforward pass lies close beneath the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri (8167me) then make a steep descent to Marpha Village on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River where our adventure ends.

Trip Facts
Country: Nepal
Trip Code: BHT-DT-01
Duration: 18 days
Area: Dhaulagiri Region
Activities: Nepal Trekking
Max. Altitude: 5,400  M.
Min/max Group Size: 2/16
Seasons: March-May, Sep-Nov
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Day 01.

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, Evening Trek briefing.

Day 02.

Fly/Drive to Darbang (1,180m)

Early morning fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Darbang via Beni, arriving in the afternoon. Overnight camp.

Day 03.

Trek to Sibang (1,750m)

Cross a suspension bridge over the Myagdi Khola (khola = river), the main valley that you follow towards Dhaulagiri. The trail follows the west side of the river, before crossing back over and climbing steeply to reach Dharapani. The trail contours through cultivated and populated hillsides to reach Sibang. Overnight camp

Day 04.

Trek to Jugapani (2,010m)

We have stunning views of the Dhaulagiri's in the morning on the trek to Muri. After lunch you descend to cross the Muri Khola, then climb over a steep, forested ridge to arrive on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola once again. Overnight camp

Day 05.

Trek to Dobang (2,255m)

The trail above Jugapani is visible climbing steeply across the hillside high above the river. You trek to Boghara (2,080m) for lunch then follow an undulating trail through Himalayan forest to Dobang (2,255m). This is a long day. Overnight camp

Day 06.

Trek to Sallagari (3,100m)

We countinue our trek  through the forest to Sallagari at 3,100m. Overnight camp

Day 07.

Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,600m)

From Sallagari you quickly leave the trees behind, cross the Choriban Khola and ascend steadily up grassy slopes to reach Italian Base Camp by lunch time. Overnight camp

Day 08.

Japanese Camp (4200m).

As we hike above 4000 meters another short day. Leaving our camp, the trail now crosses a rocky area, traversing a steep slope and climbing abruptly to cross the moraine of a glacier which flows down from Dhaulagiri itself. Beyond the glacier, we reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley. This is the campsite known as ‘Japanese Base Camp’ and is a spectacular place, dominated by the impressive west face of Mount Dhaulagiri I on one side and by the huge rock walls of Tsaurabong Peak on the other. Altitude at camp - approximately 4200 metres.

Day 09.

Acclimatization day

After breakfast we will hike above our camp, ascent several hundred meters and back to the camp for lunch and rest in the afternoon

Day 10.

Trek to Dhaualgiri Basecamp (4600m)

We have an early start for the long and tough day’s trek to Dhaulagiri Basecamp.following the north side of the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and sometimes on the undulating surface of the glacier itself which lies below the west face. Finally, we reach Dhaulagiri Basecamp after a tough walk. From our camp, we can look up at the towering north face of Dhaulagiri I, whilst to the west lie the awesome peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), III (7715m) and IV (7618m). Directly opposite our camp is the impressive icefall which descends from the col between Dhaulagiri.

Day 11.

Cross the French Pass (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley (5,000m)

The path goes along the north side of the glacier and climbs onto the crest of a massive moraine ridge that leads to the French Pass. You then descend and cross the easy slopes of "Hidden Valley" to camp at just over 5,000m. Overnight camp

Day 12.

Trek to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass (5280m)

We climb back up to the level of 5280 meters and then make a high traverse across to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass which overlooks the deep cleft of the Kali Gandaki Valley with the peaks of the Annapurna range beyond. At this point Dhaulagiri I is hidden by the bulk of Tuckuche Peak. We follow a high-level alpine style travers path before making the steep, challenging and at times rocky track to Yak Kharka (4000m) Overnight Camp.

Day 13.

Trek to Marpha (2,600m)

Continue to Marpha Village and we enjoy our first beer or Apple brandy almost after 12 days( Marpha has the best Organic apple brandy ) today will be your last night with your all trekking staff so little  celebration time. overnight camp.

Day 14.

A contingency day

A spare day in case of any problems affecting our schedule on trek.

Day 15.

Marpha to Pokhara by Jeep

Today we will drive by Jeep to Pokhara via crossing beautiful villages and waterfalls.Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara
Note: There is flight from Jomsom to Pokhara but it is not reliable as the weather changes often in this valley and they cancel flights, so we do not recommend the flight. 

Day 16.

Fly or drive to KTM

Transfer to your hotel

Day 17.

Easy day in KTM or Optional city sightseeing

Kathamandu valley has so many entresting things to see or do. Optional world hertiage site sightseeing will be arranged by Bespoken Himalayan Treks on request. Evening farewell dinner party by BHT.

Day 18.

Transfer international flight

Price Includes

    * Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
    * Standard twin sharing accommodation in Katmandu hotel breakfast included. As per itinerary
    * Guided city tour in Katmandu by private car / van / bus.
    * All Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, lunches, Dinners tea coffee
    * Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek,
    * English speaking Guide& Sherpa
    * Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
    * Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
    * Annapurna National Park permits.
    * land transportation+ Airfare Jomsom-Pokhara-KTM
    * All our government taxes.
    * Official expense like telephone internet fax etc,
    * Hotel in Pokhara as per itinerary breakfast included


Price Excludes

    * Lunch and dinner whilst in Katmandu.
    * Personal travel insurance (compulsory).
    * International airfare and airport departure tax.
    * Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Katmandu for 60 days from date of    issue. You will require 2 passport size photos.
    * Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
    * Personal trekking Equipment.
    * Tips for trekking staff and driver

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