The Dhaulagiri, along with another eight thousander, the Annapurna, carves the world's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki. The trek also crosses two high passes - the French pass (5,240m/17,192ft) and the Thapa pass (5,155m/16,913ft). Moreover, we will also experience snow and glacier walking, especially around Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River with the world deepest gorge. On the trail, we may also encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this region. Besides the wild nature, we also enjoy the shops, teahouses, and lifestyle of Nepal's ethnic people such as Gurung, Chhetri, and Magars.
Departure from Nepal
The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft). Free day at Kathmandu
We catch a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The short flight takes us over the hills and mountains that glisten below. Once we reach Kathmandu, the rest of the day will be leisure and free for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.
Jomsom to Pokhara
Today we take a short flight in the morning to Pokhara. Pokhara is a lake city in Nepal and is a main tourist destination. Today we take a visit to the lake cities during the afternoon.
Marpha to Jomsom (2710m/2hrs)
Today we enjoy a long trek in the morning, and after a late breakfast we head toward Jomsom which is just two hours walk from Marpha. We follow the Kaligandaki river upstream until Jomsom. Jomsom is a large town in this region where we have all basic facilities like medical, communication and shopping. We explore the town all afternoon.
Trek Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m/5hrs)
We descend today to the river bed of Kaligandaki, and the view is spectacular during the descent. Marpha is very popular with its apple fields where we can have apple brandy, apple pie and other fruit products in this Thakalu Village.
Climb Thapa Peak trek to Yak Kharka
Today we start early around 4:30 am and we have a long strenuous climb at high altitude and will prove to be an exhausting day of trekking. Our Sherpa who has extensive knowledge about climbing and safety will put the ropes on the ice bar for the final 60 meters, the view from the top of Dhampus is wonderful, the 45 kilometer long mountain chain from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri are visible as well as the windy Valley of Kaligandki is spectacular to enjoy. After our successful attempt of the peak we return to the camp then have lunch and drink then we continue descending to Yak Kharka at a relatively low altitude.
Trek Hidden valley to Thapa Peak Base Camp (5000m)
On this day we cross another pass the Dhampus pass at 5244 meters, then we continue toward the base camp of Dhampus peak (6012m). We set up our final camp to attempt Dhampus peak for a superb view of the Annapurna chain.
Trek dhualgiri Base Camp to Hidden valley (4900m/6hrs)
Today we cross the French pass at 5360 meters. Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls we reach gentler, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5360m) the views of Hidden Valley open up. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night) during winter.
Trek Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp(4748m)
Today we trek for five hours until we reach the mountain view of Tukuche Peak (6848m). From the mountain we see the west side of the Dhaulagiri massif.
Italian Base camp to Glacier Camp (3890m)
After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. It is important to pay attention to the rough and dangerous trail although the surroundings are quite spectacular. We will use ropes at various stages to ensure our safety and success and will camp on the glacier rubble.
Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp
Today we spend the day acclimatizing before we continue to Dhaulagiri base camp and then on to the pass. It is essential for our success to complete the trek that everyone is fit and healthy and spending a day at the breathtaking camp will ensure the team's success.
Trek sallaghari to Italian Base camp (4000m/4hrs)
Today we reach 4000 meters; the trek is strenuous and ascends for most of the day. The Italian base camp is one of the most spectacular campsites we visit during our trek. It is a great place to enjoy the view of Dhaulagiri massif. The mountains we view from here are the Dhaulagiri VI(7268m), Dhaulagiri IV(7661m)Dhaulagiri V(7618) and Gurja Himal( 7193m)
Trek Dobang to Sallaghari (2820m)
Today we ascend to nearly 3000 meters; the view is spectacular although the trail ascends steeply. We camp at Sallaghari which means pine forest camp and we are close to the treeline though.
Trek Bagar to Dobang (2545m/5hrs)
Here you leave the villages behind and the trail becomes increasingly challenging, the view of Mygdi Khola is great on this walk, we continue ascending to the village and is terraced.
Trek Muri to Bagar (2080m/6hrs)
Today we descend a gentle slope and cross a rocky stream amid terraced fields to Dhora Khola. We cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban Dhara. The view from this pass is fine, for the first time you can see Ghustung to the south (6465m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After ascending for a short while, we take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi Khola follows a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbing a steep, grassy slope. The steep slope will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well constructed with a great number of switchbacked stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you enter a traverse to the right, here you must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi Khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Bagara (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields.
Trek Dharapani to Muri (2322m/7hrs)
Today is another long day we start trekking and descend trails for one hour passing through jungle. We follow a steeply ascending path, before approaching Muri we pass along the flat path. Muri is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and Rai, one of the ethnic communities of Nepal. We will also have the chance to visit a Buddhist monastery that is quite captivating
Trek Babiyachour to Dharapani (1470m/7hrs)
Today is quite a long walk; we start early, passing through jungles with varieties of oak and rhododendron forests. You can hear the chirping of the local birds then your trails follow flat lands passing through the stream at one place. The trek is a muddy road crossing villages at some of the places. From here we go along the flat land passing through a jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and hemlock trees at some distance. After we cross a small stream and the trail suddenly begins to ascend a path until you reach Dharapani.
Trek Beni to Babiyachour (1050m/5hrs)
We leave the town of Beni then walk along the Mygdi Khola bank, en route we encounter and visit a real village life of the mid-land people, the rice terrace and occasionally small settlement. Its great to start at the lower altitudes to have a different perspective on the landscape.
Drive from Kathmandu to Beni
As we climb out of the Kathmandu Valley, it is only a quick descent again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. With pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The drive from here goes uphill along zigzagging roads all the way to Naudanda. It then descends to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of Mardi River. This is one of the most picturesque road journeys anywhere in the world.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
We provide a city tour with a professional tour guide. Today we will be visiting some of the historical palaces of the Kathmandu Valley and the Buddhist monument of Swyambhunath.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport our representative will meet you then arrange the necessary transfer. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.
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