Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

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Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

Dhaulagiri round trekking begins from pokhara. Morning we fly to Pokhara and stay overnight in a nice lodge. From here we drive to Darbang to start the trek (we'll fly back at the end from Jomsom). On the first three days of the trek we walk to the south of the Dhaulagiri Massif, first along the Kali Gandaki and after that through the Myagdi Khola valley. Temperatures can be reasonably warm walking through the terraces. From Muri we follow the trail north, to Dhorpatan, in the direction of the Dhaulagiri Massif. With its seven summits above 7,000m, the Dhaulagiri Massif is undoubtedly one of the most impressive mountain areas in the Himalayas. We follow increasingly difficult paths high above the Myagdi Khola River. As the terrain becomes steeper, the trekking days become necessarily shorter, so that we can slowly acclimatize to the high altitude. Higher still, we walk through a marvelous U-shaped glacier valley to reach the Chhonbardan Glacier, and eventually Dhaulagiri Base Camp at an altitude of 4,750 m.

We stay in base camp for one day to acclimatize and to breathe in the fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. The toughest day of the trek is the crossing of French Col (5,350 m) to reach our highest camp site is in the Hidden Valley, located at 5,000m. In clear weather conditions, this section of the trek is not too difficult, but the Hidden Valley and the Dhampus Pass should not be underestimated and are notorious for attracting bad weather. From Dhampus Pass we hope to enjoy breathtaking views on Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri and the Annapurna Massif. For those who have opted to try and climb Dhamphus Peak, the potential reward is a 6,000m snow summit. After the difficult descent down the north side of Dhampus Pass we finally reach Marpha, which is on the Annapurna trekking route. At Jomsom, we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Trip Facts:

Activities : Trekking
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination :
Dhaulagri Base Camp, French Pass, Dhampus peak, Yak Kharka.
Trip Duration
: 23 days
Max. Altitude:
5360 meters
Group Size:
Min. 1 / Max.20
Best Season:
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.
Trip Grade: Strenuous Plus
Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
Cost: Please contact us

Trek Map:

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Dhaulagiri round trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at comfortable hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing and Preparation day in Kathmandu

Day 3: Briefing in Kathmandu
As Dhamphus Peak is an 'expedition peak'; we need a full day to take care of permits associated with the trip and to have a briefing at the Ministry of Tourism.

Day 4-5: Fly/Drive to Darbang
This demanding adventure trip begins with a flight from Kathmandu Pokhara, where we overnight in a nice lodge. From here we drive to Darbang via Beni. We will fly back from Jomsom at the end of the trek. The road from Pokhara is a rough track and from Beni to Darbang is little more than a scar scratched through the valley, which barely permits the passage of motor vehicles. However, the driving it is less unpleasant than walking amongst the traffic and dust and saves a day and a half walking. We camp at Darbang at an altitude of 1,180m.

Day 6: Trek to Phallya Gaon (1,800m)
Morning we cross the suspension bridge over the Myagdi Khola (khola = river), the main valley that we will be following towards Dhaulagiri. We leave the world of motor vehicles for the next 12 days. The trail initially follows the West side of the river, before crossing a small bridge over the Dang Khola at Phedi, then climbing steeply up a zig zag path on a spur to reach the village of Dharapani. The trail contours through cultivated and populated hillsides, with a lunch break possibly in Sibang, before we choose our campsite at Phallya Gaon for the night at around 1,800m.

Day 7: Trek to Jugapani (2,000m)
We leave Phallya Gaon by crossing a small suspension bridge over the Dara Khola, climbing the other side of the Khola, then traversing round to the village of Muri. The path is the main route through this valley so has a lot of local traffic - folk going about their daily business, cattle and horses, and other trekking groups. The backdrop is the panorama of this part of the Himalaya . To the north west we can see Gurja Himal (7,193m), Konabon (6,570m) and Myagumath (6,273m). To the north east, Dhaulagiri 1 (8,167m) and Manapati (6,380m). Muri is in a large, terraced bowl in the hillside and from here we descend several hundred meters to cross the Muri Khola by a new metal bridge, then climb over a steep, forested ridge to descend the other side to find ourselves once again on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. With a lunch stop in the forest somewhere along the way, we camp for the night at Jugapani at around 2,000m. This is near where the trail is joined by the track from the east side of the Myagdi Khola from Darbang.

Day 8: Trek to Dobang (2,260m)
Fairly soon after starting out this morning, the trail climbs steeply before contouring a steep slope high above the river. After a while there is a fork in the path - the original path which climbs even higher to avoid a barrier of cliffs - or the lower route which most parties seem to opt for (it is a good 2 hours shorter but it involves a couple of hundred meters of very steep, narrow and exposed path which is safeguarded by "in situ" rope hand rails). Porters with baskets need additional safety ropes, and it may be prudent to back up the existing ropes with additional ones for the safety of the whole party. This section of path was started about 6 years ago, but funds ran out, and there is a section of only 10 meters or so that still need a path carved into the cliff face, hence the exposed detour. After this however there is a straightforward final steep climb to gain the huge, cultivated bowl that is Boghara at around 2,080m. From Boghara the path goes up and down, wet at times, staying on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola, taking us through fantastic Himalayan forest, with the possibility of seeing monkeys playing in the trees. A beautiful walk, with one more short, steep section which has been constructed across another cliff. We have lunch somewhere along the way, ending today at Dobang (2,260m). Dobang is a clearing in the forest with a tea house and space to camp near the base of the Konabain Khola, under the east face of Dhaulagiri 4.

Day 9: Trek to Soligari (3,100m)
Today's walk continues through the forest, a bit like a gigantic natural Botanical Gardens Walk! First we cross the Konabain Khola, and then cross the Myagdi Khola, both on seasonal wooden bridges (interesting!).The path then stays on the east bank of the main valley, reaching Soligari at 3,100m after a few hours.

Day 10: Rest day
It is useful to have a rest day after the first few days of trekking, though if everyone is acclimatising well and feeling good, we may opt to save this day for use later on in the trip, in the event of bad weather.

Day 11: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,600m)
From Soligari we cross the Choriban Khola flowing down from the east. The valley suddenly opens up and we begin to see the huge west face of Dhaulagiri 1 and the peaks towering above the west side of the Myagdi Khola. The forest becomes less dense, with more bamboo and eventually after climbing a steep ridge, we come out of the forest altogether and onto the open hillside under the west face of Dhaulagiri 1. This has become known as the Italian Base Camp and will be home for two nights at an altitude of 3,600m.

Day 12: Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (3,600m)
A rest and acclimatization day to give us a chance to catch up with domestic chores and writing up log books. It's not a bad idea to do a little 'active pottering', exploring the area and living in awe of something like 4,500 meters of mountain overhead!

Day 13: Trek to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m)
To gain access to the upper valley, that will in turn take us to the Chhonbardan Glacier, we have to cross a huge breach in the moraine and the frozen debris of a massive avalanche fan that forms at the bottom of the west face. The initial descent down the moraine slope is very step, so the Sherpas will run a rope out as a hand rail, as much for the benefit of the porters as for the group. Climbing the slopes on the other side is straightforward (if steep); this section could present problems if icy, or if covered in fresh snow. Once in the upper valley, we pass the site of a large bivouac cave, and the sites of the American and French Base Camps. The path is now back on the west side of the river, and soon leads us onto the Chhonbardan Glacier, which is completely moraine-covered in its lower reaches. At around 4,220m there are platforms levelled on the glacier's surface, which can accommodate our camp for the night. This is quite a short day, but it is important not to ascend at this altitude too quickly.

Day 14: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)
Another fairly short day, taking perhaps 4 or 5 hours to walk up the moraine-covered Chhonbardan Glacier to "Dhaulagiri Base Camp" at 4,600m. Base Camp is really a huge area of the glacier where expeditions have based themselves over the years. Terraces have been leveled on the stony ground and there is a choice of sites depending on who else is around. As at Italian Base Camp, we will spend 2 nights here to become well acclimatized before going over 5,000m.

Day 15: Acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)
Another day for domestics, exploring, and taking in the magnificent setting. To the east is Tukuche Peak (6,920m) and to the south, we can look onto the north side of Dhaulagiri 1.

Day 16: Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley
The path from Base Camp goes along the north side of the glacier. It is flat for a while, then it climbs a steep bank to eventually follow the crest of a massive moraine ridge to wide, open slopes that lead to the crest of French Col/Pass at 5,400m. It should take 4 or 5 hours to get there. Cairns, prayer flags and wonderful views provide distraction for a rest before descending easy slopes into "Hidden Valley", where we find a campsite for the night at around 5,050m.

Day 17: Optional ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,060m)
A pre-dawn start is the order for our ascent of Dhampus Peak. A straightforward climb technically, the terrain is likely to be a mixture of frozen snow fields, and patches of slatey scree. At approximatly 1,000m of ascent from high camp to the summit, you can expect this to be a very tough day physically. Breaking trail after fresh snowfall would make it an even more arduous climb. There is a long ridge of a mixture of very shattered slatey rock and snow, with occasional steps to negotiate. Axes, crampons, harnesses and ropes need to be carried, but may not be needed depending on the circumstances of the day. Cold is more likely to be a bigger issue, and it is essential that everyone is prepared for potentially very low temperatures, and a high wind-chill factor. The summit, at 6,060m is a fine rocky peak with extensive views of the Annapurnas to the south east, the Dhaulagiris to the south west, and Mustang to the north. The descent involves going back along the ridge a short way before descending slopes heading south for about 1,000m to join the path that crosses Dhampus Pass from Hidden Valley. We will be met here by those choosing not to climb and the cook team, who will be waiting with refreshments.

Day 18: Rest Day
We include a spare day in the itinerary to allow for the flexibility that is mandatory on a trek such as this. All the factors that contribute to the outcome of such an itinerary need to come together, and any of weather, conditions underfoot, health, acclimatisation, logistics can easily disrupt the best laid plans.

Day 19: Descend to Yak Kharka (3,680m).
From our camp somewhere below Dhampus Pass, we continue along to the west edge of the Kali Gandaki Valley, where we descend to Yak Kharka for the night, at 3,680m. It would be a huge descend all the way from Dhampus Peak into the bottom of the valley, so we need to split this in order to save our knees!

Day 20: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m)
From Yak Kharka it is still over 1,000 metres to the floor of the valley, but once there, it is only about an hour's walk north east to Jomsom. We will stay here for the rest of the day and overnight in anticipation of our flight to Pokhara tomorrow. In the event of bad weather and there being no flights out of Jomsom, the alternative is to walk, jeep and bus south to Beni. This valley is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit, but a road has been extended to Jomsom, so it is now possible (if uncomfortable) to travel by motor vehicle.

Day 21: Fly via Pokhara to Kathmandu
in morning flight to Pokhara, then a flight on to Kathmandu. Free day on your own. Evening we provide you farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant to celebrate your great trip.   

Day 22: At Leisure in Kathmandu
For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Lodge) during the trekking period
  • Necessary permits
  • Domestic airfare (if necessary)
  • Domestic airport tax (if necessary)
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipments:-

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse trekking in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Luggage:

1) 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trekking. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
2) 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat
2. A Bandana
3. Sunglasses
4.Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
3. Underwear
4. 2 Long shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. Down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-aids
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4. Deodorant
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trekking holidays in Nepal is a exiting and adventure trip. We trek up to 6000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

How can you trek in Dhaulagiri area?
Around Dhaulagiri trekking can be organized only camping (Tented Camp).On a camping trek you will sleep in tents. The staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won't enjoy the experience. The tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable and international style food of a high standard is freshly prepared and served. On all of our treks a bathroom tent is provided as well as a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.

How Camping Trek is operated?
In a typical Camping Trek, day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea or coffee followed by a bucked of warm water for their washing and cleaning. After packing up their stuff and daypack, the trekkers are requested to leave their camp and meet at the dining table for breakfast. The trek started around 7.30 - 8 a.m. and the kitchen staffs go ahead of the group.
Our well trained staff packs all camping equipment and gears and the porters carry them to the next camping site. The trekkers should carry only personal belongings that they may need for the day like water bottle, rain gear, camera, etc.

The Trekkers can decide on their own on time for viewing the beautiful landscape, taking photographs and resting or making a short pause. The walk to the lunch spot normally takes 3 hours. Our cook and assistant serve hot lunch upon arrival. The afternoon walk takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach at the night camp around 4/5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our sherpa pitch the camp. The dinner is served around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent lit with a pressurized lantern and furnished with table and camping tools. We provide high quality tents, foam and mattress, and a simple toilet tent in every camp for once comfort.

Our well - trained and experienced cook and assistant prepare a variety of healthy, hygienic and clean food which is carried for the entire trek. Fresh Fruit and vegetable may taste on the way to trek.

If you like to extend the holidays in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan then please kindly let us know, we have some nice tour packages to Chitwan National Park, Everest base camp Tibet and Bhutan tour

Acclimatization

Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

Further Information

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Travel Insurance

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