In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off in our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we will be happy to guide you around the city.
On the second day of arrival we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast every guest need to arrive at Company to review about their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip, we will be taking our guest for cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. The destination for sightseeing include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
We will be heading towards Beni which is also the starting point for our trek. We need to drive on Prithivi Highway from Kathmandu. The drive will last for about 8 hours. The drive will be long but the views along the highway is beautiful and will pass through the famous lake city of Pokhara. If you are flying to Pokhara you can take a short tour around Lake City of Pokhara. After reaching Beni we will check in Hotel rooms. We will be staying overnight at Beni.
[Note: If you don’t want to ride for long you can fly to Pokhara form Kathmandu which will take about 30 minutes and the Beni will be three hours’ drive from Pokhara.
After finishing up with breakfast, we will hike alongside Myagdi Khola. Our hike will let us explore various village passing through our path. After walking for some time, we will reach near a village of Simalchaur. Here we will be crossing two bridges. As we hike along our trail we will notice beautiful terrace landscape, lively village people passing by. Our final stop for today is Babiyachaur. Before reaching Babiyachaur we need to cross suspension bridges and most of the hiking will be along the Myagdi Khola. We will be camping at Babiyachaur for the overnight stay.
Enjoying with hot breakfast cooked on fire on camping ground we will start our trekking. The final stop will be Dharapani. We will hike towards Phedi crossing the Myagdi Khola. The path we hike will be plain and easy. We will pass through village of Shahashradhara crossing Duk Khola we will hike in green grassy fields until we reach Ratorunga. We will then reach village of Dharapani after short Hike. We will camp for the overnight stay.
Today we will hike to a place called Muri. Six hours of ascending and descending hiking will take us to Muri. As we finish up with our breakfast at campsite we will pack our stuffs and will start descending passing through various village. After hiking downhill for some time, we will reach a suspension bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge the trail will ascend uphill. Walking along this uphill trail we will reach Muri. It’s a small village which is mostly inhabitant by Magar people. Here as well we will build camp for our overnight stay.
Starting from Muri it will take us about 6 hours to reach the Boghara. Today we will be crossing a river called Dhora Khola. Alongside Dhora Khola you can notice terrace farmlands. From here we will climb the mountain right to us until we reach Ghorban Dhara. Ghorban Dhara provides the perfect view of Ghustung south which is elevated at 6465m. We will then start following the path alongside Myagdi Khola until we reach Naura. We will climb right up the mountainside to Ghorban Dhara. From Ghorban Dhara, you will get to see Ghosting South (6465m). Before reaching the Naura we follow the river bank path of Myagdi Khola. From Naura, we ascend begins on the mountainside. Sometime of uphill climbing, and a path that traverses the steep grass covered hills. And trailing further away in a well-constructed zigzag stone steep paths while descending through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout Boghara becomes visible elevate at 2050m. We will camp for the overnight stay.
Starting the real challenges for the trek shows up. The path will be difficult with more ascending and descending to do. The hike will last five hours long before we reach Dobang. We will be able to see some mountains panoramas while ascending towards our destination. After reaching Dobang we will build our camp and stay here for the overnight.
After breakfast we continue our trek through the wooden bridge out of Doban. The way ascends through a forested area. Here you will get chance to face west of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m). After short descend to Myagdi khola passing via wooden bridge to east bank, we will reach reach chartare. Then, straightly head ahead choribankhola by crossing the rocky area and forested path with beautiful scenery. We will spend overnight in Choribankhola.
Early morning, we’ll walk through beautiful greenery forest. On time we will gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. The trail shortly falls down unsafe moraine to cross the incoming glacier. The track leads to Chhonbarban Glacier and from the right side of the glacier we ca see the view of beautiful Dhaulagiri. Ascending the moraine on the other side is steep and where a rope is required. Here, the greenery part is also knows as Italy Base Camp. Here we’ll set our camp for the overnight.
The trek is considered the difficult so rest is must if you want to complete your trek. We will be taking break from our hiking and will rest for today. We will explore around the base camp so that we can adjust to the air at high altitude. We will visit tea houses which has some of trekkers item you can pick up some item. After exploring the tea houses and enjoying the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri range and Manapathi peak we will return to our camping site for the overnight.
Our body today will fell much lighter which will be helpful for today’s trekking. We will continue our trek towards Glacier Camp. The trail is much rougher with rocks and traversing steep slope and slipper glaciers. After some time, we will cross moraine of glacier flowing down from the Dhaulagiri. We also need ropes to do some climbing on today’s trekking. After 5 hours of trekking we will reach our final stop Glacier Camp. Today as well we camp for the overnight.
Todays as well will be one rough day for trekking. You should trek through slippery glaciers path. The climb uphill will be much tougher and challenging. Climbing uphill for six hours is one hell of task. But once you are at Dhaulagiri Base Camp you will forget the suffering you have gone through. You will be stunned as you see Dhaulagiri-I standing before you. Other than Dhaulagiri you will see various peaks like Dhaulagiri II, (7751m), III (7715m) and IV (7618m). We will camp for overnight. Opposite of our camping site lies spectacular ice fall flowing Between Tukuche and Dhaulagiri.
Our legs are hurting from the yesterday’s uphill climb so this rest day will help us to recover. We will explore around Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You will also adjust to altitude if you are to explore around the Camp. If you climb bit above Camp you will get the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri Range. After exploring around for while we will return to base camp for the rest. We will be camping for the overnight stay.
Finishing up our hot breakfast on cold morning we will start our trekking towards the French col from where the view of hidden valley will stun you. But before getting that inspired felling, you should get off the glacier for which you should do some rope climbing. After doing some hard work on rope climbing you will get to trek on less strenuous terrain. After climbing for some time to French Col, the hidden valley which is also the reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh. Temperature here is at least at -20 degrees Celsius. We will then trek towards hidden valley where we will camp for the overnight.
To reach Yak Kharka we firstly need to cross the Dhampus Pass and the trek will last for about seven hours. Trek to Dhampus is tough as you should climb steep uphill. Not only uphill is challenging but downhill is as tough as uphill. While descending we will pass through avalanche-prone slopes and rocky slopes. After descending through challenging trail, we will reach an open space where yak grazes. This open grazing space is known as Yak Kharka. We will camp at Yak Kharka for the overnight stay.
After breakfast, we descend down the hill to the village of Marpha which is located on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from the fruit. Don’t forget to taste the local Apple Brandy a specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste enroute. Overnight stay in Marpha village.
We follow the track on the west side of the river then on the new road through beautiful Thakali Villages with decorated houses and wide paved streets. We cross the river for lunch in Koketanti, then back again to follow the stone path through pine woods and fields to Kalopani. Kalopani is a very smart town nestling below the Dhaulagiri Icefall.
Today, we head ahead mostly on paths through fields and orchards, but sometimes on the road being built by hand up to Muktinath. It is nearly all downhill today. We stop for lunch at RukseChhahara, close to a big waterfall with delicious Nepali food. Just imagine, in one hand Nepal’s most delicious food and in other side beautiful views of waterfall. Then We continue on down into the deepest valley in the world to the town of Tatopani, where we can soak in the hot springs. Overnight stay in Tatopani.
We cross the long suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki and again Do Khola where the path goes rapidly up via Ghara and Shikha villages. About 1500m high you will gain today with the stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagir infront of your eyes. We continue our trial to uphill through thick and rich taste of Rhododendron forest. In spring season, the place looks like a heaven, when the Rhododendron is in fresh. Ghorepani is one of the glorious villages in the area. A good place to see owe inspiring view of huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Early in the morning, we will climb Poon Hill for one hour to the top, the most popular vantage points of this trek. It is placed at an elevation of 3210m. From here, we can see the attractive views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. Finally, we comes out on a grassy hill which provides us beautiful mountain views, including Machhapuchhre. We climb along the edge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top at 3030m. Then descend to cross a second pass, at 2960m. Descending steeply from Tadapani along the route of attractive décor and finally down towards Ghandruk. The trail reaches the edge of Ghandruk then descends on stone steps into the maze of the village itself. Overnight stay in ghanddruk.
The trek from Ghandruk to Landruk is the steepest part of the entire trek. The descent from Ghandruk to Kyumi at the bank of Modi Khola is almost 70 degrees vertical. Then have to climb up to Landruk which is almost equally steep but shorter though a straight line distance between the two villages would not be more than 500 meters. From Landruk the trek is pretty easy for the first hour, somewhat steep for the next two or three (till Deurali) and a gentle downhill to Pothana through the forests. Pothana is a small town with 10 or 12 lodges and offer the best-so-far view of the Machhapuchhre.
The leftovers trek is gradual downhill through the village of Dhampus to Phedi. It takes around two hours to Phedi. Dhampus is the exit point of the ACAP region and visitors need to check out here. Phedi is directly touched to the highway by an off-road. With some vehicle offering a ride to Pokhara which is in the BhupiSherchan Highway. From here we drive back to Pokhara. If time remains you can explore pokhara town. Overnight stay in pokhara.
We drive back to the place from where your trip has started. You will take awesome memories for your lifetime from this trek back to your home. Driving along the Prithivi highway which has beautiful scenery with beautiful time. After we reach Kathmandu, you will be shifted to your respective hotels where you will have some rest or you can explore the Kathmandu valley.
On the las day of our trip, representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will drive you to the airport according to you flight schedule back to home or onward destination. Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.
We hope that you enjoyed the camping trekking in Dhaulagiri and hope to see you for other adventure soon. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts of Nepal.