Overview

 

Trek Code: BATE NEP 19
Trek Name: Round Dhaulagiri Trek
Grade: Strenuous
Max Elevation: 5360m/17580ft
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Camp
Meal: All meals on trek and Bed & breakfast in cities
Transport: Flight or Private vehicle
Trek Days: 20
Total Days: 26

Trip Summary:

The lesser-known Dhaulagiri Trek is definitely one of the most exciting treks out there. The trekking trail takes you through low valleys, forests, across glaciers, over high passes and brings you face-to-face with 15 Himalayan mountains that measure over 7000 meters – including Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters) the 7th highest peak in the world.

Due to the strenuous nature of the trek (it is advisable that) you should have past trekking experience and a good level of physical fitness to complete the trek. 

19 Nights 20 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary

  • 4 night accommodation in Hotel in Kathmandu  (twin sharing)

  • 2 nights accommodation in Hotel in Pokhara

  • One professional English-speaking guide

  • Tourist bus for clients and one guide for Kathmandu to Pokhara and back  journey

  • Local bus for Nepalese staff for Kathmandu to Pokhara and back  journey

  • Domestic airport tax for Nepalese staff only

  • TIMS card

  • Dhaulagiri Area National Park Fee

  • Annapurna Area National Park Fee

  • Private transportation during sight-seeing

  • Full day guided sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

  • All necessary entry fees during sightseeing 

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in tented camp during trek as per the itinerary

  • Expenses of cargo for food supply and climbing equipment

  • All meals during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee)

  • Professional licensed Trekking guide 

  • Assistant-guides depending on number of clients

  • Porter (max weight 15kg per client)

  • All camping equipment and arrangement

  • Extra porters for carrying food supply

  • 1 cook and 1 assistant cook

  • Insurance for Nepali staff

  • National park fee

  • Nepali staff daily wages

  • Fully loaded medical kit box

  • Trekking Duffle Kit Bag

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)

  • Domestic airport tax

  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu

  • Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc. 

  • Personal gear (you can hire boots and sleeping bag at $2 per day each)

  • Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)

  • Gratuities for staff

  • Expenses caused due to unforeseen circumstances

  • Services not mentioned herein 

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Db. Square in Kathmandu

  • Thrilling drive to and from trek initiation point

  • Close view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other Annapurna Mountains

  • Walk through dense forest 

  • Encounter wildlife

  • Marpha Village

  • View of Sunrise/Sunset from Poon Hill

  • Camping in the most remote areas of this region

  • View of Himalayan Panorama during trek

  • Taste of various indigenous Nepali culture

Itinerary
Days Date Itinerary Overnight
01   Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m/4264ft Hotel (BB)
02   Sightseeing tour of Baudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square Hotel (BB)
03   Drive to Pokhara then drive to Beni: 850m/2788ft, 8 hours drive: Lunch at Munglin Hotel (BB)
04   Trek to Sinja Bazaar: 853m/2798ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Sinja Bazaar Lodge
05   Trek to Takum: 1123m/3683ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Takum Lodge
06   Trek to Muri: 1850m/6068ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Phalai Gaon Lodge
07   Trek to Boghara: 2080m/6822ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Naura Village Lodge
08   Trek to Doban: 2250m/7380ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Lapche Kharka Lodge
09   Trek to Italian Base Camp: 3800m/12464ft, 7 hours walk: Lunch at Myagdi Beach Lodge
10   Rest day. Explore local areas: Lodge
11   Trek to Midway Camp: 4500m/14760ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Midway Camp Lodge
12   Rest day at Midway Camp Lodge
13   Trek to Classic Base Camp: 5000m/16400ft, 4 hours walk: Lunch at Classic Base Camp Lodge
14    Rest day at Classic Base Camp Lodge
15   Trek across the French Col (5100 m/16728ft) to camp below Dhampus Pass: 5200m/17056ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at French Col. Lodge
16   Rest day but possibility to climb Dhampus Peak: Lodge
17   Trek across Dhampus Pass (5200m/17056ft) to Alubari: 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Yak Khakra Lodge
18   Trek to Marpha: 2665m/8741ft, 7hours walk: Lunch at Jomsom Lodge
19   Trek to Lete: 2470m/8102ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Larjung Gaon Lodge
20   Trek to Tatopani: 1160m/3805ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Rupse Lodge
21   Trek to Ghorepani: 2775m/9102ft, 7-8 hours walk: Lunch at Deorali Lodge
22   Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara: 7 hours trek and 2 hours drive Lunch at Ulleri Hotel (BB)
23   Free day
Optional  activities:
Sightseeing, visit to Gorkha Museum, International Mountain museum, Paragliding, Ultra light flight, Zip line :
Hotel (BB)
24   Drive to Kathmandu Hotel (BB)
25  

Free day:
Optional activities: 

Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga/meditation/Momo Cooking class & lunch/visit world heritage site

Hotel (BB)
26   Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure --

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)

Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N at Hotel  in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N at Hotel  in Kathmandu (BB)

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara then drive to Beni: 850m/2788ft, 8 hours drive: Lunch at Munglin (Full Board)

From Kathmandu, we take a half an hour scenic flight to Pokhara or we drive for approx 6 hours to Pokhara. After Lunch, we drive from Pokhara to Beni, from where our trek commences. The drive should take around 4 hours and it offers good scenic views. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki Camp. Being the districts headquarter, Beni has a police check post where our trekking permits will be examined. O/N Camping in Beni (AP)

Day 04: Trek to Sinja Bazaar: 853m/2798ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Sinja Bazaar (Full Board)

From Beni, we leave the Kali Gandaki and head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Sinja Bazaar. O/N Camping in Sinja Bazaar (AP)

Day 05: Trek to Takum: 1123m/3683ft, 5 hours walk: Lunch at Takum (Full Board)

This day also you trek ascend through narrow path for early one hour. Now you goes 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. O/N Camping in Takum (AP)

Day 06: Trek to Muri: 1850m/6068ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Phalai Gaon (Full Board)

Today, after crossing a river, we head north to Phedi. As we leave, the trail starts climbing. We come across many switch-backs until we arrive at the ridge. The trail again climbs steeply up to Muri. Moving up along the trail, we trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here, continuing up an incline to the snout of a ridge, we descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). We then cross the Dhara Khola to again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. After climbing a ridge, we finally reach the large Magar village of Muri. From Muri, we get amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other surrounding mountains. O/N Camping in Muri (AP)

Day 07: Trek to Boghara: 2080m/6822ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Naura Village (Full Board)

After a short descend, we cross a stream and continue through terraced fields. Climbing a ridge, we reach the pass from where we can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m). Descending to the Myagdi Khola and trekking along its West Bank to the village of Naura, we climb for a short while. Traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, we then descend through a forest and terraced fields to reach Boghara. O/N Camping in Boghara (AP)

Day 08: Trek to Doban: 2250m/7380ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Lapche Kharka (Full Board)

Leaving Boghara, we continue along the trail. We descend through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to reach Jyardan. After the settlement, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing up again to Lipshe where there is a single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to Doban. Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes we might need to use ropes. O/N Camping in Doban (AP)

Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp: 3800m/12464ft, 7 hours walk: Lunch at Myagdi Beach (Full Board)

Crossing a wooden bridge out of Doban, the trail ascends a forested area. Passing through the beautiful forest, we rapidly gain altitude as mountains surround us. After crossing the Myagdi Khola, we later cross a stream to reach Choriban Khola. We continue along the trail (which is not very well defined) to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukuche Peak (6837 m) becomes visible straight on at the far end, while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) dominates the skyline to our right. After a short while we reach the Italian Base Camp. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). O/N Camping in Italian Base Camp (AP)

Day 10: Rest day. Explore local areas: (Full Board)

Today is a rest day for acclimatization and to prevent your self from altitude sickness. O/N Camping in Italian Base Camp (AP)

Day 11: Trek to Midway Camp: 4500m/14760ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Midway Camp (Full Board)

Today, we trek along the trail to the Midway Camp. This trail is a little tough, so probably we might need to use a rope in a couple of tricky spots. The surroundings here are spectacular, with magnificent views of the beautiful snow-capped peaks. O/N Camping in Midway Camp (AP)

Day 12: Rest day at Midway Camp: (Full Board)

Today is a rest day for acclimatization. Or you can explore around the Midway Camp and take good pictures. O/N Camping in Midway Camp (AP)

Day 13: Trek to Classic Base Camp: 5000m/16400ft, 4 hours walk: Lunch at Classic Base Camp (Full Board)

After proper acclimatization, today we climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Classic Base Camp. This is a vantage point from where we get amazing views of the Dhaulagiri Ranges. O/N Camping in Classic Base Camp (AP)

Day 14: Rest day at Classic Base Camp: (Full Board)

Today is a rest day for acclimatization. O/N Camping in Classic Base Camp (AP)

Day 15: Trek across the French Col (5100 m/16728ft) to camp below Dhampus Pass: 5200m/17056ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at French Col. (Full Board)

After proper acclimatization, we climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. We then climb to the French Col from where we can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). To the south is Tukuche Peak (6920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass we continue along the trail towards Dhampus Pass at 5200m. We camp below Dhampus Pass.  O/N Camping in Dhampus Pass (AP)

Day 16: Rest day but possibility to climb Dhampus Peak: (Full Board)

Today is a rest day but there is a possibility for us to climb the Dhampus Peak. O/N Camping in Dhampus Pass (AP)

Day 17: Trek across Dhampus Pass (5200m/17056ft) to Alubari: 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Yak Khakra (Full Board)

Today, after climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, we continue along the trail to reach Alubari. O/N Camping in Alubari (AP)

 

Day 18: Trek to Marpha: 2665m/8741ft, 7hours walk: Lunch at Jomsom (Full Board)

We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here we get fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, with a well-planned drainage system. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach Rakshi. O/N Camping in Marpha (AP)

 

Day 19: Trek to Lete: 2470m/8102ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Larjung Gaon (Full Board)

We continue descending the Kali Gandaki Gorge to Tukuche, a Thakali village with a large Gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung. Here, as in many of the villages in this area, narrow alleyways and tunnels connect houses with enclosed courtyards, providing protection against the wind blowing up the valley. We make our way through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, enjoying fine views of Annapurna I and Fang. We then reach Lete, which lies just twenty minutes beyond Kalopani. O/N Camping in Lete (AP)

 

Day 20: Trek to Tatopani: 1160m/3805ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Rupse (Full Board)

Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa. At the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. Continuing on, we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the massive peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where we can have apple pie and bathe in the hot springs. O/N at Trekkers’ Guest house OR similar in Tatopani (AP)

 

Day 21: Trek to Ghorepani: 2775m/9102ft, 7-8 hours walk: Lunch at Deorali (Full Board)

A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Sikha and Chitre, we climb through the forest to Deorali, a 2834m pass from where we can get excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the packs of mules, which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N at Nice View Lodge OR similar in Ghorepani (AP)

 

Day 22: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara: 7 hours trek and 2 hours drive: Lunch at Ulleri (BB)

Overlooking Ghorepani is Poon Hill [3193m]. An hour-long pre-dawn ascent gives us the opportunity to see the fascinating views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun. After breakfast, we begin the long descent to Nayapul through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. From the village of Ulleri, a long steep stone staircase seems to go on forever before eventually reaching Hille. A more gradual descent then brings us to Nayapul, from where it is a short distance to the road and our transport that takes us to Pokhara. O/N at Hotel in Pokhara (BB)

 

Day 23: Sightseeing of Pokhara: (BB)

Free day
Optional activities:
Sightseeing, visit to Gorkha Museum, International Mountain museum, Paragliding, Ultra light flight, Zip line :

 

Day 24: Drive to Kathmandu: (BB)

Today we'll have an early morning drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a clean & comfortable Tourist Coach. It will take 6-7 hrs to drive. We'll reach Kathmandu late afternoon then enjoy our night at Thamel. Upon arrival, any hired gears will be collected and your international flight tickets will be distributed. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 25: Day at leisure: (BB)

Free day:
Optional activities: 

Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga/meditation/Momo Cooking class & lunch/visit world heritage site

Day 26: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. Tour concludes