Dhaulagiri Round Trek
Trip Overview of Dhaulagiri Round Trek
Dhaulagiri Round trek is superb-but-difficult trek allows you to discover Dhaulagiri (8167 m), or White Mountain, one of the most the western beautiful Himalaya. There is a long, difficult trek around Dhaulagiri that starts form the sub-tropical forests of the Myagdi valley. Follow the Mayangdi khola west wards to Darbang and turn north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high remote passes and glaciers of Daulagiri before reaching the Kali Gandaki Valley.
Much of the route is on snow and glaciers as it crosses French Pass (5240 m), traverse the head if Hidden Valley, and crosses 5155 m Dhumpus Pass. The trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara, either via the Kali Gandaki or over the Ghorapani ridge for a panoramic view of the entire Daulagiri Missif. Two routes are suggested for the return: Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Birethanti (total 28 days) or Tatopani- Beni- Baglung (22days). A shorter optional (18 days) is possible with a return flight from the Jomsom to Pokhara or Kathmandu. Because of the high altitude, this trek is recommended for trekkers with some physical training.
Detail itinerary of Dhaulagiri Round Trek
ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu. (Welcome-Dinner)
KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
After breakfast, we'll visit Swoyambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then processed to Visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. O/N in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
KATHMANDU / POKHARA
You have breakfast being of the early morning before 7:00 AM. This morning you will be drive to Pokhara (200km), departure early in the morning, approximately 6 hrs away by tourist bus. You see along the drive good scenery. You will be arrive late afternoon at Pokhara. Pokhara lakeside villages sits, "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. In the evening you will prepare yourself for your trek to Dhaulagiril. O/N in Pokhara. (B/L/D)
POKHARA / MALDHUNGA
MALDHUNGA / DARBANG
DARBANG / TAKUM
TAKUM / MODI
MODI / BAGAR
BAGAR / DOVAN
DOVAN / UPPER VUGINI
UPPER VUGINI / DHAULARI BASE CAMP
DHAULARI BASE CAMP
DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP / MARPHA
MARPHA / KALOPANI (2530m)
We start trek from a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, and continue down the Kaligandaki reaching the former Thakali trading centre of Tukche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow blends into coniferous forest,and we reach the main river valley and Kalopani. From here there are spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. O/N in Kalopani at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
KALOPANI / TATOPANI (1190m)
A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall,before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good scrub. O/N in Tatopani at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
TATOPANI / GHOREPANI (2819m)
Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani, meaning (horse water). We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular,snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range. O/N in Ghorepani at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
GHOREPANI / TADAPANI
Being of the early morning 5:30 AM wake up and start to you journey climb to Poon Hill (3195m) around 1 hr. to provides better unobstructed views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see a lots of white mountain peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise, you'll return to our camp and time for breakfast. Ghorepani means "horse water" and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. Today the trail undulates through giant rhododendron forest and orchid colonies to the pretty Gurung town of Ghandrung,where the Annapurna range and Machapuchare (the Fishtail) dominate the mountain views, although glimpses of Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu range can also be seen further. O/N in Tadapani at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
TADAPANI / LANDRUNG
Served the breakfast in the morning and start your journey, 8:00 AM to Landrung, it takes approx.: 6 hours. From Tadapani, the trails descends through the forests then terraced fields, to the Khummu Khola. The Ghandrung trails descends steeply from Tadapani, through forests, a short steep descend among rocks lead to a stream crossing, then the descent continues gently past over streams, finally leading out on the ridge to Ghandrung. Our Lunch spot in Ghandrung. Ghandrung a huge Gurung village at 1940 metres, is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal and is a confusing cluster of closely-spaced, slate-roofed houses. There are neatly terraced fields situated both above and below the town. It is wonderfully easy to get lost in the network of narrow alleyways while trying to trek through the village. There is a larger handicraft factory at the top of Ghandrung. The views of Annapurna South from here are out standing. Machhapuchhare, seen from here in its fish tail aspect, peeps over a forested ridge. ACAP has visitor centre and an office in Ghandrung and provides offers information about it activities. From Ghandrung, all the way down hill to Sauli Bazaar. The down hill trails leads to the river and then climb to Landrung, a Gurung village at 1550 metres. O/N in Landrung at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
LANDRUNG / DHAMPUS
From Landrung, It's an easy walk past fields, a school and some unusual oval-shaped houses and descends to Tolka a small settlement at 1710 meters, with several lodges along the trails. The trail emerges into the main Modi Khola Valley. The trails climb through forests alive with birds, fern and orchids in to a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola. After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge at 1690 meters, the trails climbs Bichok (also known as Bheri Kharka). The trails climbs through forests to a clearing on the top of the hill at 2010 meters, where there are views of mountains can be see from Deurali and break 1 hour for lunch. From Deurali all way is downhill to Dhampus at 1580 metres. It takes approx. 2 and an hour. The trails down through Pothana pass a police cheek post. At Dhampus, you are rewards with great views of the mountains that continue to improve as you ascend along the ridge. O/N in Dhampus at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DHAMPUS / POKHARA
From Dhampus, all the way downhill through the village to Phedi. Starting at an elevation of 1580 metres, in a village and then forests that is so overgrazed that is look like a manicured municipal park, the trail down steeply to the ridge at Phedi at 1080mtres. It takes approx: 2 hours treks, catch our vehicles and drive to Pokhara. Our lunch spot in Pokhara Hotel. After Lunch you are free as your own in Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara. (B/L/D)
POKHARA CITY TOUR
After breakfast we've sightseeing around Pokhara valley. Pokhara lakeside villages sits, "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. 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. Evening you're free to explore the colorful town. O/N in Pokhara. (B/L/D)
POKHARA / KATHMANDU
After breakfast you're return to Kathmandu by road. After arrive in Kathmandu you're free to shope and pick up some last minute souvenirs, rest and visit the shop etc.. O/N in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
After breakfast free for you until time to leave the international airport for your final destination. (B)
Cost includes and excludes
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- Accommodation in different standard hotels as per our different category package with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).Sightseeing tour as per itinerary with English speaking guide.
- All necessary transportation from airport to airport as applicable
- All inclusive treks with food, sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, sleeping bag and mattress.
- Services of English speaking trekking guide, cook, sherpa and porters during the trek.
- All trekking permit and national park fees.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (for 30 days Multiple).
- Personal nature expenses.
- Soft and hard drinks such as alcohol, hot water, mineral water, cold drinks etc.
- Laundry, phone call, tips and internet.
- Meal other then breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike road blocked etc.
- Emergency flight by helicopter
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