Beginning in Pokhara, this trek encircles Dhaulagiri Himal, which comprises of Dhaulagiri I - IV all over 7000m and offers simple lifestyle and scenery of Nepal from cultivated fields to mountain villages scattered along Myagdi Khola. The trail starts from Beni after an hour long drive from Pokhara and heads along the banks of Myagdi river passing through interesting villages of Babichor (950m), Darbang (1180m) and Sibang (1750m). entering the Myagdi river that penetrates deep into Dhaulagiri Himal offers the grand view of west wall of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and moving further in, awesome view of its north wall and Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (1618m). a winding trail trekking on snow around the Chhonbarden glacier leads to French Pass (5360m) and the Thapa pass (5250m) with Hidden valley (4900m) in between offering panoramic views of Mukut Himal, Hongde (6550m), Tongu Peak (6187m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Thorong Peak (6440m) and the Annapurna I & II. The weather condition could play a definitive role in determining the successful completion through the arduous long saddle between French pass and Thapa pass. The descending trail passes through the village of Yak Kharka and Marpha, where vegetation changes from alpine to subtropical and finally to Jomsom for a flight to Pokhara.
Highlights of the Trekking
Exploring Nepalese lifestyles, trekking through glaciers, challenging high Himalayan passes, panoramic views of great Himalayan peaks.
Fact of The Trekking
Destination: Dhaulagiri base camp, French pass, Hidden valley
Group Size: Min - 2
Minimum altitude: 1100m.
Maximum altitude: 5360m.
Season: Spring & Autumn
Accommodation: Tented Camp & Mountain Lodge
Duration: 21 Days with Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Entry : Beni
Exit : Pokhara
DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu meet our airport representative and transfer to the hotel .Overnight at Kathmandu .
Day 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
In the morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu , the most popular Place in the kingdom was known as kantipur in earlier times. The tour highlights are the Living Goddess " Kumari" who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees; Kastamandap temple, the temple made out of single tree and name Kathmandu is derived from durbar square and drive to Soyambhunath which lies on top of hill is the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu . The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathamandu city
DAY 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
You will have breakfast in the early morning before 7:00 AM . This morning you will be drive to Pokhara (200km), depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 7hrs away by tourist bus. Lunch spot on the way to Pokhara. You will be arrived late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O'clock . Pokhara lakeside villages sits, "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. Overnight at Pokhara
Day 04 Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.
After your breakfast to your hotel, you drive to Beni this day. The drive should take 4 hours and you'll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki
Day 05 Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.
From Beni you leave the Kali Gandaki and head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani ( hot springs ). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour , back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor .
Day 06 Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.
Strike out along a high, winding path out of Babichor. The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara , cross the Duk Khola and walking through fields arrive at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and the terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani .
Day 07 Trek to Muri (1,850m) - 5 hrs.
Cross the river to its West Bank and head north to Phedi. As you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of a ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri .
Day 08 Trek to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.
Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a graasy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs and then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m).
Day 09 Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.
The trail beyond Boghara first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in these parts. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang.
Day 10 Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.
Crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.
Day 11 Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) - 7 hrs.
Follow a trail (which is not very well defined) to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche 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 your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).
Day 12 Rest Day.
Rest day for acclimatization. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be "tuned" for the even higher altitudes to come.
Day 13 Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) - 6 hrs.
Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. Trail is bit prone to stone fall, and pass through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier.
Day 14 Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) - hrs.
Tukche 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 your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). Camp Overnight .
Day 15 Rest Day.
Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place will be superb and there is plenty to explore
Day 16 Trek to the French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.
After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, and then cutting across a mountain flank and a moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5100 m.). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 m.), Tashi Kang (6386 m.) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m.), all of which surround the Hidden Valley . To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 m.) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altidude to Thapa Pass (5250 m.) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m.). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make a high camp at about 5360m. Camp Overnight .
Day 17 Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.
Descend from the high camp, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surrounding..
Day 18 Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.
Descend to the village of Marpha , on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki river. Continue to north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom .
Day 19 Flight to Jomsom - Pokhara.
We take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara .overnight at Pokhara..
DAY 20 Pokhara City Tour
After breakfast we've sightseeing around Pokhara valley. You're free in Pokhara Valley also called " Magic Land " or Dreamland" of Nepal , to explore the various interesting place like a boating in Fewa lake over looking the region of Annapurna Areas, David Falls , Mahendra Cave and some Temples . After lunch you're free to shop for souvenirs or rest overnight at Pokhara.
Day 21: pokhara - Kathmandu or Extend other activities.
Drive to Kathmandu and next day transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip from Pokhara like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park . The cost would be extra for rafting & safari. Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost inclusive field above.