Dhaulagiri Trekking takes you to the heart of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the seventh highest mountain in the world. This trekking starts from Beni, a small town near the touristic town of Pokhara, as we will make our way toward the famed Mustang region by follow the tracks of Kali Gandaki River.
Trekking in Dhaulaigiri is more like an expedition than a trekking, owing to its wild locations, snow trails and glacier moraines and cold climes. Also termed as ‘number one’ trek in the world, majority of trekkers regard it as a classic trek, having a full range of trekking experiences from low hill to high alpines.
The trekking involves tackling some adventurous stretches like glacier and snow walking and crossing one of the most challenging and highest Himalaya passes called French Col (5240m). The pass here provides the most adorable amd impressive visual feast of Dhaulagiri that you can get unlike anywhere on earth.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a full-on camping trek and one of the longest trekking trails in Nepal. However, there are few home stay and lodging facilities available. As it is longer and physically demanding trek, every member is required to have sound fitness and good health. The team members also need to acquire good boots to wear and bring along crampons and ice axes.
The trek starts from Beni and passes along Myagdi river leading through forests into the high country and onto snow and glaciers trails. The highest point of the trek is French Col (5240m.), which sits across the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri peak, offering a stunning display of Dhaulaigiri ranges. We will then drop to the Hidden Valley and continue our trek over Dhampus Pass (5155m). You can also grab the unique opportunity to climb Damphus (6,060 metres) peak when you are in the area. The trek ends with a steep descent to Jomsom and a quick flight return to Pokhara. The other option is to trek back to Pokhara via the Kali Gandaki valley or over the Ghorepani ridge.
The best seasons to trek Dhaulagiri Circuit is during September-November and March-May.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Beni by bus (9 hours driving) 830m
Day 04:Beni to Babiyachaour 970m
Day 05:Babiyachaour to Darbang 1110m
Day 06:Darbang to Takum 1670m
Day 07:Takum to Muri 1720m
Day 08:Muri to Boghara 2080m
Day 09:Boghara to Doban 2520m
Day 10:Doban to Sallaghari 3200m.
Day 11:Sallaghari to Itali Base Camp 3660m
Day 12:Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp.
Day 13:Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp 3890m
Day 14:Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4748m
Day 15:Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley 5000m. crossing French Pass 5360m.
Day 16:French Pass to Yak Kharka crossing the Thapa Pass 5200m.
Day 17:Thapa Pass to Marpha for Lunch and trek continue to Jomsom 2720m
Day 18:Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara in the morning and sightseeing around Pokhara valley.
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