An adventurous walking onto glacier of high pass begins at Beni . Dhaulagiri soars 8167m and is the seventh highest peak in the world, standing alone above the great Kali Gandaki Valley in central west Nepal . This valley is the deepest on earth as it is flanked by two 8000m peaks - Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna I. This trek offers breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri massive south face as well as the chance to explore the remote valleys hidden away behind its bulk. You head out through exquisite forests of pine, rhododendron and fir to emerge on the Kaphe Glacier, from where you climb up and over French Pass (5240m). You descend into the wild and untravelled valleys beyond where bharal (blue sheep) can sometimes still be seen in summer. The route then takes you over the Thapa La Pass (5350m), with exceptional views of the great Kali Gandaki Gorge, before the steep descent into the valley and the return walk to Pokhara. This is a most challenging trek but your effort is well rewarded.
Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will be then offered tea / coffee with some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali.
Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.
A successful trek requirement: Dhaulagiri trek involves high mountain walking and glacial passes so it equires previous experience of trekking, sound health & fitness.. You should be prepared about 10 Kms of walking or jugging exercise everyday 3 months before involving the trek as you are walking on high altitude for long and short days. Likewise you must need a positive attitude and a strong determination; lots of willpower and of course reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition are the basic measure of your success. We suggest you to consult your doctor for medical requirements as medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility. To ensure for a safety and successful trek; we will provide one trek guide , one assistance guide on every group trek so that if in case one get sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as plan as in itinerary.
Things to know: Our first concern is your safety while traveling with Holiday Mountain Treks. Please be informed that your trek guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made for a safely completion of the planned itinerary, however as this is adventure travel into the remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Other factor like weather conditions, the health of member can be the reason to changes the itinerary. In such a case, please be prepared to be flexible. Your trek guide will accompany you on all scheduled activities and you will have free time to pursue your own interests too. Your trek guide will assist you with information about your options but please be informed that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary.
Trek staffs : Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.
Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty.
Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help.
Assistant Guide and Sherpa: We provide one assistant guide and one Sherpa for every 6 trekkers. Assitant guide will help group during day time walking close by to help trekkers at the difficulty situation. Sherpa will take care of the camp site by setting and saving from out sider. They are well experience and dedicated on their duty.
Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay.
They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.
Cook: Cook have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.
Washing and toilet facilities – We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.
Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian.
For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffe, choklate, soups, squash and juice in diffent flavor etc.
Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and reserved vehicle to trek starting point and tourist bus to kathmandu from Pokhara or flight will be arranged at an extra cost if required.
Equipments check list: For a comfortable, safe and successful trip you should consider following items. Make sure that you have most of them especially which you do not want to use locally made in Nepal. Please Click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.
Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible if needed so there is often scope on the trek to extend or lengthen the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes. He is there to maximize your enjoyment of the trek.
Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Evening, join the welcome dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant with the live cultural programs hosted by the company
DAY 02: Kathmandu
Begin excursion with tour guide by visiting world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Evening briefing about your trip and meet trek staffs.
DAY 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni 8 hrs
After breakfast, drive to Beni by private transport through the beautiful countryside.
DAY 04: Trek to Babichaur 980m 6 hrs
The trail first follows the Kaligandaki then enters the valley of Myagdi Khola through the forest.
DAY 05: Trek to Dharapani 1540m 6 hrs
The trail passes pine and rhododendron forest having great mountain views including Dhaulagiri along the way.
DAY 06: Trek to Muri 1840m 5 hrs
The trail ascends through the forest all the way to Muri having closer views of the mountains.
DAY 07: Trek to Boghara 2060m 6 hrs
The trail first descends then ascends through the forest all the way Boghara.
DAY 08: Trek to Dhoban 2630m 5 hrs
The trail ascends passing some of the difficult section with rock and high altitude forest along the way.
DAY 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp 3500m
The trail passes through the pine and other high altitude tree forest then immediately appears the west wall of the Dhaulagiri range.
DAY 10: A rest day for acclimatization
DAY 11: Trek to Glacier Camp 4135m 5 hrs
The trail passes some of the difficult section with glacier of the Dhaulagiri probably requiring some ropes, crampon, gaiters and walk skill in the snow.
DAY 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4650m 4 hrs
The trail begins with more excitement on the main Dhaulagiri glacier heading towards the Base Camp with spectacular surroundings.
DAY 13: Rest day for more acclimatization before high pass to French Col and glacier excursion around the BC
DAY 14: Trek to French Col/ Hidden Valley 5000m. 4 hrs
The trail require some snow walking skills and rope to pass steep moraine walls then it is easier and safer section all the way to Hidden Valley with its spectacular surroundings.
DAY 15: Trek to Yak Kharka 4030m. 6 hrs
The trail ascends to Dhampus Pass 5200m crossing some ice avalanche prone slopes the descends to Yak Kharka.
DAY 17: Trek to Marpha 2690m. 6 hrs
The trail cross the snow field and come to tree lince with cultivate region steeply downwards to village of Marpha the mail trail of Annapurna trek.
DAY 18: Trek to Lete 2440m. 5 hrs.
The trail passes the villages and farm land descending to Tukuche and further to Lete a tiny gurung village.
DAY 19: Trek to Tatopani 1190m. 6 hrs
The trail follows the narrow gorge of Kaligandki river crossing over immediately the village of Tatopai with natural hot spring comes.
DAY 20: Trek to Ghorepani 2800m. 7 hrs
The trail steeply ascends through the terracd field and thick rhododendron forest all the way to Ghorepani village with great views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range
DAY 22: Trek to Ulleri 2019m.
Early morning wake up and start to climb to Poon Hill 3200m. and get the magnificient panaromis mountain views and sunrise over the Himalaya. The trek down through the rhodedondron forest and few village to reach the Ulleri village.
Day 23: Trek to Birethnti and drive to Pokhara
The trail steeply descends to the bridge the walk on the flat region with villages and farming lads along the river to reach the Birethanthi then drive to Pokhara.
DAY 24: Drive to Kathmandu 6hrs
A scenic drive through the lower region countryside bring to kathmandu. Arrive and transfer to hotel.
DAY 25: Kathmandu
A full day at leisure for your own activities. Evening enjoy the fare farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with live cultural program hosted by Holiday Mountain Treks.
DAY 26: Departure
Transfer to airport and fly back to home with great experience of the trip.