Imagine yourself hiking between two of the highest massifs in the world -Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Mt. Annapurna 8,091m. That is how one gets to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Trekkers frequently use this route for a few days on the off beaten path. Passing through lush vegetation, rice fields and the barren Tibetan landscape, this trek offers an exceptional introduction to Nepal's culture and natural beauty. Marpha and Ghasa villages are inhabited by Thakali tribes (known for their smart business trade with Tibet from time immemorial) as well as Gurung and Pun people. You'll see Buddhist prayer flags, stupas, monasteries and Tibetan Buddhism. Along the way, one can see apple orchards and get a taste of apple brandy or cider as well! Our route diverts from the main busy Annapurna Circuit trails at Larjung and heads towards the Base Camp, east face of Dhaulagiri. the 7th highest peak in the world. Alongside the ice fall is a summer pasture camp. Rejoining the main trail and proceeding northward towards the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki River, pursue a side trip to Muktinath where you can "liberate yourself" like the holy Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims in the 108 water spouts to wash away one’s sins. Tibetan cowboys gallop by while you look up at the menacing west slope of Thorang-La pass that connects the Marshyangdi Valley. This trek passes through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures than most small countries can boast in their entire country range. From lush vegetation of rain and temperate forests to arid rain shadow of Tibetan windswept landscape, Hindu rice farmers to the highland Buddhist dwellers, one can experience the change in the land and its people on a daily basis, or even hourly. This gives the trekkers a tantalizing introduction to Nepal's cultural and natural beauty. The trail also follows through beautiful enchanting forests of rhododendron, oaks and pines with a constant view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range. Once you reach Tatopani, you will be walking towards the deepest gorge in the world between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35 km apart, turning the plunge into the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their high peaks into a staggering 6,660m gorge. From the village of Larjung, our trek leaves the main trail heading towards our destination in the tranquility of pine forests and mountains, bringing us to the foot of Mt. Dhaulagiri. At the base camp, one will find time to explore and admire the beauty of the mountains and the country side in perfect bliss and harmony. After the wonderful stay at the base camp, the trek passes through the charming villages of Tukuche and Marpha before reaching Jomsom town. The official headquarter town of the Mustang area, Jomsom is situated in the windswept Tibetan terrain where the Kaligandaki River flows. From Jomsom, an early flight brings you back to the busy, bustling colorful city of Kathmandu.
Arrive at Kathmandu. 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Fly to Pokhara 860m and drive to Darbang via Beni, 7- 8 hrs journey
Early breakfast, then transfer to domestic airport for the short scenic flight to Pokhara on arrival meets the trekking crew and travel by coach for 7 hours drive to Darbang, a good scenic drive brings you at Beni. Recently road has been extended up to Darbang so we will continue our ride, Beni a large town, headquarter of the Myagdi district. There is quite a lot of traffic of many porters' mules and donkey trains carrying load of merchandise on the Kali Gandaki route. The journey continues on the dirt road passing several town and farm village till Darbang is reached. Darbang is located near the raging Myagdi River, which flows all the way from Dhaulagiri Base Camp and its glaciers. Our overnight camp just a little away from the main village.
Trek to Dharapani 1,560m. 3-4 hrs walks.
We have a fairly moderate day to start our first day walk. From here cross the Myagdi river over the suspension bridge, the trails winds up gradually for an hour to Phedi meaning bottom of the hills, after leaving the river behind a steep climb of one hour reaches to the cooler region at the ridge, then a short easy walk will brings to the village at Dharapani, a stunning views of Putali and Ghurja the western peaks adjoining Dhaulagiri massif can be seen from the campsite at Dharapani.
From Dharapani trek to Mure 1,700m. 5-6 hrs walks.
From Dharapani, the path follows along the farm fields and to the snout of the ridge where Dhaulagiri Himal is visible. Then the trail leads to a descend towards the Gatti Khola, from here two hours of steady climb leads to large village of Mure for the overnight camp, at the confluence of the Myagdi and Dhara rivers.
From Mure trek to Bagar 2,375m. 5-6 hrs.
The route skirts around and descends to the warm areas of paddy fields penetrated by the tributary Dhora Khola. After crossing Dhora Khola, the main path ascends the hill side, passing the rural farm houses, and through a hamlet and then leading to an up and down path then skirting around the ridge. The path continues winding steep uphill for two hours and coming at the top of the ridge, the path descends gradually to a small farm village at Bagar after six hours of good walk for the overnight camp. Bagar is the last village on route to Marpha village at the Kali-Gandaki valley.
Trek to Dovan 2,600m. 5-6 hours.
On leaving Bagar village and its farm fields following the path through the forest which climbs on the west side of the river Myagdi, trek follows the narrow undulating trail above the river Myagdi, reaching the ridge top, then the path descends steeply in some section coming to a clearings where we find number of stone built Shepard's huts. Gradually ascending, encounter the grassy clearings and after a total of 5 to 6 hours of peaceful walk reaching at a level ground of grassy field 'Kharka' named as Dovan for the overnight camp.
Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka. 3,000m. 5 hrs.
From the camp at Dovan route follows the path to the river after less than
30 minutes of walk, then coming to bank to cross Konaban Khola, depending upon the level of the river, after crossing the bridge walk follows through the forest for a while then crossing another log over the tributary stream then once again entering the forested area until the ascent becomes a descent, and from here one can see the west wall of Dhaulagiri I, between the trees. Then heading down to Myagdi Khola side and take the left bank path, and climb up towards another khola called the Pakite Khola, without ever getting too far from the Konaban river, crossing this little stream -Pakite Khola to the table land of Chartare, or the Bhainsi Kharka and camp for the night.
Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m.5 hrs.
On leaving the campsite, following the trail ahead leading to the forest area known as Italian Base Camp. The trial heads into a rocky area then climbs the mountain side with a steep hill at the end, then crossing the steep hill the path narrows to cross and descend to the other glacier that originated from the West wall of the Dhaulagiri, climbing the opposite bank to a wide grassy area in a narrow gorge valley of Pakhaban, also known as Japanese Camp. Pakhaban a beautiful campsite with impressive West wall of Dhaulagiri I and to the rear the huge stone walls from Tsaurabong Peak.
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m.6 hrs.
Following a lateral moraine from Pakhaban to a rocky ridge which descends down to the right side of the valley buried in snows and fallen rocks, then entering the glaciated area from the rocky right side banks, walking along the undulating glacier surface as the valley bends to the right bank route with short up and down passage to Dhaulagiri Base Camp situated at 4,750 m high. Looking up at the impressive North face of Dhaulagiri I, while to the west the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), III (7,715 m.) and IV (7,618 m.) stand soaring to the sky, and the desolate Ice Fall descending form the col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Overnight camp will be made on the clearing of rocky moraine with close view of Dhaulagiri I and its massif glacier and icefall.
Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.
From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, journey continues heading to the moraine and glacier, the path follows close to Tukuche Peak, after the glacier climbing a rocky terraced hill on the right bank side, entering a gentle slope on right side of the valley and further, climb up to French Col at an elevation of 5,360 meters. On reaching the highest point of this journey at French Pass where the Buddhist prayer flag or lungta are hoisted by fellow trekkers and climbers respecting the mountain spirit, from this vantage point offering stunning view of Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m.), all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. To the right is Tukche Peak west and to the rear stands the huge Dhaulagiri I. A gentle descent along the snow covered landscape finally leads to the overnight halt at the wide Hidden Valley. This Valley remained behind Dhaulagiri massif undiscovered, until last few decades.
At Hidden Valley.
Contingency or reserve day, in case if there's problem or difficulty on route. If it goes well with the program, can have rest day here to explore around this Hidden Valley, depending upon the weather as well or move to lower camp.
Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m.5 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Hidden Valley, adventure continues to cross Dhampus Pass at 5,250m. The trek follows on the gradual path for an hour with short climb in between, and it gets narrow on the scree section for an hour, then towards the high traverse across Dhampus Pass at 5,250m overlooking the deep cleft of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the Annapurna peaks beyond. On reaching the top ridge at Dhampus Pass, view of Mukut Himal is visible from the pass as the Hidden Valley is being over looked behind the Col. Its a steep down hill along the rock covered mountain side until to the campsite at Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka, a summer pasture, Dhaulagiri I is hidden by the bulk of Tuckche Peak, but Nilgiri and the western end of the Annapurna massif are visible.
Trek to Marpha 2,630m and then drive to Jomsom 2,717m 5 hrs.
This morning walk leads towards a steep down along the narrow mountain path up to a ridge from where Dhaulagiri I and the Tukche Peak become visible again. Today follow the path in the left banks along the Kali Gandaki River up to Marpha Village, following the winding mountain trail that goes downwards to the right side and crossing a stream to reach a little settlement of Alubari with some numbers of small stone huts. Winding around further and keeping still to the right, descend a steep zig-zagging along the narrow mountain side. The final descent, eventually reaches to the center of the charming village at Marpha from here a short drive leads to Jomsom town for the next day flight to Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
The flight time to Pokhara, are schedule for morning normally because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Jomsom takes about 22 minutes to Pokhara, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from the plane. On reaching Pokhara transfer to respective Hotels after free to browse around the lake and shops.
Fly to Kathmandu.
Morning 30 minuets flight back to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu domestic airport meet our staff and transfer to Hotel with afternoon free at leisure.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights and Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.