Dhaulagiri Trek: White Mountain, separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, includes some fifteen peaks above 7000m. This region, considered to be one of the most remote places of the Federal Democratic Republic Nepal, has abundance of Himalayan peaks, hidden valleys, high passes and sweeping vistas. The Trans-Himalayan journey is quite, peaceful and full of adventure and excitement. Trekking in this area is relatively strenuous but trekkers willing to spend their holidays amid nature and natural surroundings full of peace and tranquility choose this “Off the beaten track” trekking destination.Unforgettable journey through the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas with the Clear Sky Treks, Nestled in the serene landscapes of the Annapurna region, this trek offers adventurers a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the raw beauty of nature while conquering challenging terrain. Standing proudly at 8,167 meters above sea level, Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Its name, which translates to “White Mountain,” is a fitting tribute to the snow-capped peaks that dominate the horizon. As you trek through this region, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and its neighboring peaks, including Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Dhaulagiri Trek promises an unparalleled adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Whether you’re marveling at the majestic peaks of the Himalayas or immersing yourself in the rich culture of the local communities, this trek offers a truly transformative experience. So lace up your boots, packs your sense of adventure, and embark on a journey you’ll never forget.
For the ultimate adventure, consider tackling the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. This epic journey takes trekkers on a circumnavigation of the entire Dhaulagiri massif, offering unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment like no other. Along the way, you’ll traverse high mountain passes, including the renowned French Pass and Dhampus Pass, before descending into the serene valley of the Kali Gandaki River. Wildlife Encounters: A Glimpse into Nepal’s Biodiversity, The Dhaulagiri region is not only renowned for its towering peaks but also its rich biodiversity. Keep an eye out for elusive Himalayan wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, musk deer, and Himalayan thar. Bird enthusiasts will also be delighted by the diverse array of avian species that call this region home, including the colorful impeyan pheasant and Himalayan griffon vulture. Best Time to Visit: The optimal time to embark on the Dhaulagiri Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, trekkers can enjoy clear skies, mild temperatures, and blooming rhododendron forests. However, it’s essential to be prepared for sudden weather changes and altitude-related challenges, so be sure to pack accordingly and acclimatize properly. Dhaulagiri Trek beckons adventurers with its stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and cultural heritage. By adequately preparing, packing the right gear, acclimatizing responsibly, obtaining permits, and considering local support options, you can embark on a memorable journey through the heart of the Himalayas. So seize the opportunity to explore this hidden gem of Nepal and create memories that will last a lifetime on the Dhaulagiri Trek.
Duration: 25 Days
Max Altitude: 5300m
Cost: USD $2150.00 to USD $2550.00
Activity: Trekking in Nepal
Starting Point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Kathmandu to Baglung drive by private bus will take about 7 hours. you will passing through beautiful city Pokhara while driving. Also can enjoy the view of rivers,hills,city,local villages,forest & many more things in this day. Overnight at Hotel.
Trek from Baglung to Maldhunga (1300m.) which takes about 5 hours. Start Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth trail . You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular view of Dhaulagiri range.
Trek from Maldhunga to Darbang and it takes about 6 hours. This day you trek gently ascend for early one hour passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and so on. You can hear the chirping of the local birds Then your trails follow quite flat land passing through stream at one place. The way you trek is muddy road crossing villages at some of the places. Darbang is a small village mainly inhabited by Magar and Limbus. There is a beautiful camping site. You can find small local shops with minimal supply.
Trek from Darbang to Takum which takes about 6 hours. This day also you trek ascend through narrow path for early one hour. Now you goes along the flat land passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trails suddenly begin to follow ascend path until you reach Takum. There is a government school before you enter Takum, a small village. Here you camp behind the school located in central Takum. You find a Hindu temple where the villagers go to submit their offerings.
Trek from Takum to Muri and it takes about 6 hours. You start trekking to descend trails for early one hour passing through jungle. Then you follow steeply ascent path and before you approach Muri you pass along the flat land until you reach Muri. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and Rai, one of the ethnic community of Nepal. There are situated beautiful hotel offering attractive services to tourists guests who visit this particular area. You are here quite captivated by a Buddhist monastery
Trek from Muri to Bagar which takes about 5 hours. Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora khola. 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 south (6465m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. The steep slope will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzag 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 from Bagar to Dovan and it takes about 5 hours. Here you leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging. The whole trails is quite steeply ascent through thick jungles providing you the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the area. If you are lucky, you can encounter different species of monkeys
Trek from Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) which takes about 6 hours. Passing through the beautiful forest you rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around.
Trek from Italian Camp to Glacier Camp and it takes about 5 hours. After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. we may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. you camp on the glacier rubble.
Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp which takes about 5 hours. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col – Hidden Valley and it takes about 5 hours. 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 (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night).
A rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and perhaps does some exploring
After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. Trek from Hidden Valley (5200 m) to Yak Kharka and it takes about 7 hours. You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance.
Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha which takes about 6 hours. More steep descent leads to Marpha. The way is not much covered with trees. En route you can see some yak herds and sheep herds as well. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by the mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus as well. You can a visit a monastery. In and around the monastery, you can see the many walls and prayer flags hanging.
Trek from Marpha to Ghasa and it takes about 6 hours. Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), Nilgiri South (6839m.),Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.)
Vegetation will change and walking narrow valley passing huge Rupse water fall along the Kaligandaki. Warm and orange country with cultivation. Tatopani has hot spring where people can heel their tired body having bath at the hot pool and orange fresh juice
ulagiri range to Ganesh Himal range. During the Sun rise panoramic views with colorful mountains. Again walk down to ghorepani and after breakfast walk up hill towards Tadapani. Climb with Mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge and Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. A short climb to Tadapani, than another 3 hrs walk to beautiful Gurung village at Ghandrung
Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani Wake up early morning and climb up to Poon hill from where you can see Dhaulagiri range to Mustang range. During the Sun rise panoramic views with colorful mountains. Again walk down to hotel and after breakfast walk up hill towards Tadapani. Climb with Mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge and Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, and to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Trek from Tadapani to Ghandrung This is short trek. Trial descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung and explore the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung Settlement
Trek from Ghandruk – Birethanti – Pokhara Walk down after village via Kimche to Shauli Bazaar. Geantal walk rest of the day via Birethati to New bridge and drive back to Pokhara over night at hotel.
After breakfast in the morning we say goodbye to Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu by car or private bus (There is an option to fly). In the afternoon free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel.
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .Also can visit some world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley like Bhaktapur Durbar square, Patan Durbar Square
In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom
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The best time to undertake the Dhaulagiri Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally favorable, offering clear skies and mild temperatures.
While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is advisable to have a reasonable level of fitness and some experience with high-altitude trekking to fully enjoy and safely navigate the challenges of the Dhaulagiri Circuit.
The Dhaulagiri Trek is considered to be a challenging trek, primarily due to its high altitude, rugged terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. Trekking at altitudes above 5,000 meters requires a good level of physical fitness and mental resilience.