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Private ground transportation during trip.
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
,Lodges during trek
Camping during trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek
Around Mt. Dhawalagiri Trekking is one major trekking destination in Nepal .This trek goes through full circuit covering all cardinal four sides of the world's seventh highest peak. Mt. Dhawalagiri at 8, 167 m raises high above Myagdi and Kaligandaki River valleys. Mt. Dhawalagiri range extends towards Mustang and Dolpo areas of Nepal. The view of the massive peak remains constant through the trek till it ends at Pokhara city. The walk starts from low warm sub-tropical farm areas of Myagdi to reach higher cooler hills covered in a beautiful forest. The lush green vegetation disappears on reaching the fields of ice and glaciers at base camp. It is a trek of a cultural and natural diversity. Around Mt. Dhaulagiri, one of the great treks that takes you right beneath the mountain follows the Myagdi River right up to its glacial source at the base camp. Around Mt. Dhawalagiri starts from picturesque Pokhara city blessed with awesome natural beauty. From Pokhara, an exciting drive further west to reach the village of Darbang, where our adventure begins to Dhaulagiri. The walk takes you through several villages before reaching the last village of Bagar. The trek passes through complete wilderness of pristine surroundings for a week, where very few groups of trekkers or shepherds can be seen. An interesting trek into a serene dense forested area, lined with tall rhododendron, oaks, and pine trees to enjoy. The route leads further north-west where vegetation and tall trees fades into zone of ice and glaciers, reaching Italian and Japanese base camps. These names were given for the mountaineers who camped during their expedition. Then the route heads for climb uphill through moraine and glaciated faint path to reach Mt. Dhaulagiri base camp. Stay overnight right beneath Dhaulagiri and its huge Ice Fall enclosed within series of snow and rocky peaks. The adventure continues with a climb to cross over a high ridge known as French Pass at 5,357 m which on the highest point of the adventure festooned with prayer flags and cairns. These are a symbolic respect for the Holy Mountain and natural spirits. From the pass enjoy overlooking striking views of peaks that surround you, and then head down to wide and scenic Hidden Valley where we will be spending two more nights in this beautiful location, encircled by high towering peaks. From Hidden Valley there are couples of routes to several adventure destinations, like Upper Mustang and Dolpo .From here trek heads towards Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki valley, for a return journey with the last final climb over Dhampus pass, which is above 5,290 m high with exciting panorama of surrounding close peaks including excellent view of Annapurna and Nilgiri Himal in the east. Then the route descends through tall pine, fir, and rhododendron forest to reach Marpha, one of the most charming villages of Lower Mustang area and Kaligandaki River valley, with whitewashed houses with comfortable lodges and farms of delicious apples. From the lovely village of Marpha, our trek ends taking a short scenic flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Then our adventure of Around Mt. Dhaulagiri Trekking concludes with return drive to Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu International Airport a representative from Vertex Holiday will receive you and assist you to your hotel . After checking into your rooms you will meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing regarding the wonderful adventure Around Mt. Dhawalagiri trek. A representative from Vertex Holiday will lead you for welcome dinner programme with folk dance and music.
The morning after breakfast, enjoy a tour of Kathmandu where our city guide leads you with a short drive and walks to visit famous historical and religious monuments with old palaces. Most of them are listed in world heritage sites by UNESCO. After sightseeing head back to the hotel, for the final meeting and preparations for the Around Mt. Dhawalagiri trekking.
Drive to Pokhara either in private vehicles or in tourist coach which departs every morning . Drive follows Trisuli River for some time, then diverts west following Marshyangdi River of Nepal. As the ride continues view of Nepalese countryside with snow peaks of Manaslu, Lamjung, and Annapurna Himalaya can be seen. After reaching Pokhara transfer to hotel then is time for a short walk around the Phewa Lakeside. Pokhara is a renowned tourist destination blessed with beautiful natural surroundings of the high Annapurna Himalaya range with serene lakes. (Option for a scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu takes only 30 minutes but is not included in the cost of this itinerary)
Depart from the hotel in Pokhara, after breakfast for another exciting drive that takes you further west on a scenic highway to Beni a confluence of the Kaligandaki and the Myagdi rivers. The drive offers grand views of Annapurna range . From here the off road journey follows the Mygdi River to reach Darbang for our overnight stop.Check into the best available local lodge.
The first-day of trek begins following the raging Mygdi River. The walk leads through several smaller farm areas and hamlets, and into the deep mixed forest to reach the bank of Myagdi River, a suitable spot to set our overnight camp. Then our guide and kitchen staff will provide afternoon tea followed by dinner in large dining tents, as per the size of a group.
From this isolated camping spot by the river, start the trek after breakfast. Route follows back into farm areas and smaller villages to reach Jugepani for a possible hot lunch stop . After lunch, a long afternoon walk starts with a steep climb for an hour to reach the high hill covered in thick forest, then on a gradual winding path with downhill to overnight camp at Bagar, village where the camp is set near a primary schoolyard. After setting up tents, exploring around the village to catch glimpse of local traditional simple farm life and culture of of western Nepal is optional.
After breakfast, walk further from this last village for a week till Marpha is reached . The climb passes through dense tree lines and vegetation leaving the Myagdi River down below. After an hour of the steep climb, head downhill on a small path to reach Dovan for overnight camp. An isolated spot surrounded by tall trees, a place with small tea-shops and shades that provides a shelter for some travelers, as well for our porters.
From here the journey heads on into complete wilderness with some temporary shades of cow herders, crossing an unstable small bridge over a tributary stream that joins with Mygdi River. After crossing, we head into a dense forest pines, oaks, hemlock, fir, and rhododendron trees. As walk progresses on a pleasant forest path to reach a small hut of cattle herders at Chartare or Bhainse Kharka also called Jungle Camp. Tents are pitched on a small clearing amidst dense forest surroundings and enjoy the night with the sound of the forest.
Resume the trek on a nice pleasant trail within dense vegetation and tall tree lines. The forest ends on reaching an open area of moraine, rocks, ice, and glaciers , called as Italian Camp. From here path leads crossing glaciated vague path with a short climb to reach the other end with grassland, Pakhaban or Japanese Camp for overnight camping. After setting up the camp it's time to enjoy view of Mt. Dhawalagiri South Face flank, Putha Hiunchuli, Manapathi, and a huge wall of Tsaurabong Peak. Way down below lies the glacier which forms the raging Myagdi River that we had been following for many days.
From here the trek passes through the fields of ice and glaciers to reach the base camp. The walk starts on an easy path for a while, and then follows moraine rocky route . After a strenuous day walk over the glacial section then finally reach Dhawalagiri base camp overnight, one of the highlights of the adventure. Tents are set to find good level ground on this rocky area and in the close shade of main Mt. Dhaulagiri-I (8,167 m) and Ice Fall, which includes Tukuche peak close to Dhaulagiri. From the base camp views of west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.), and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 m.).
In the morning after breakfast head north walking on moraine and glaciers with a climb to reach on top a ridge, which Is called the French Pass at the height of 5, 360m. It offers the view of grand panorama ofclose surrounding peaks with Dhaulagiri North Face and Tukuche peaks. After a scenic view and rest, we head down to wide Hidden Valley for overnight camp.It is a walk of few hours with easy descend. Hidden Valley is a large summer pasture field for Yaks.
A well-deserved rest day, after many days of challenging and adventurous trekking , enjoy the free day exploring the grand surrounding scenery of peaks. Take a hike around for few hours to catch more exciting views of surrounding landscapes as well as a great mountain range that encircles the Hidden Valley.
After a wonderful time and refreshing rest day at Hidden Valley, trek leads on a gradual path for few hours towards the last high pass , Dhampus pass at 5,250 m high. A short climb to reach the top offers grandeur views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche at a near distance with Annapurna range and Nilgiri peaks towards east on the far side of Kaligandaki River Valley. Enjoying beautiful view we head downhill to Yak Kharka also known as Alu bari, where Yak herders often stay around this area during grazing seasons growing potatoes (Alu) and other high-altitude vegetables. Overnight at tented camp.
From Yak Kharka, start the trek with long descend of 1,200 m to reach Kaligandaki river valley, where our adventurous trek ends at Mustang . After a long downhill we reach Marpha, a charming village with white painted houses, neatly paved streets and well-maintained lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products including cider, brandy, and juice, as this region around Lower Mustang famous for delicious apples.
Next day take a short ride in local vehicles to reach Jomsom airport for a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom is the headquarter town of the Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. As per flight schedule for Pokhara, we board on a small aircraft for a scenic short flight of 20 minutes to beautiful Pokhara. During flight, enjoy view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. On landing at Pokhara airport, take short drive to your hotel near famous Phewa Lake. The rest of the day free for individual activities, or enjoy boating on the lake or hike to Peace Stupa located on a hilltop opposite side of the lake.
After breakfast, depart from Pokhara for an exciting and interesting drive to Kathmandu, as the journey heads on the main highway past many farm villages and towns. The drive follows the Trisuli River for some hour and then climbs to reach the suburb of Kathmandu valley. Finally, the ride heads down to enter the hustle, bustle city life of Kathmandu, and then transfer to your respective hotel. The rest of the afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or enjoy rest with grand memories of the adventure on the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya.(Flying options half-hour on-air to Kathmandu with a sweeping panorama of mountains)
Your last day in Nepal. A representative from Vertex Holiday will assist you to the airport for departure as per your scheduled flight.
Yes one of the tough and adventurous treks in the whole Himalayas region, but not difficult as it seems to be. The area around Dhaulagiri is getting more popular as the region offers absolute wilderness, and away from mainstream trekking trails. Where you can enjoy serene walks with only the sound of nature and bird calls in the backdrop of huge mountain scenery.
It is best to be physically fit and in sound health before and after booking this trekking adventure, good exercise is needed to keep you in shape as this trek involves many steep ups and downhill, as well a touch of high altitude.
From springtime of April and May, as well in autumn/fall season from September to November. The best season is April to May and September till November, where days are clear for excellent views of surrounding beautiful landscapes and high snow-capped peaks. With cold morning and late afternoon till night time cold and in the shade. Can expect snow sometimes around this good season also, especially on higher areas and on passes.
This trek takes you to remote corners of western Himalaya and can be dangerous for individual trekkers. Where you need an expert guide to accompany you and to show you the right and safe direction. Needs to join with trekking companies like Vertex Holiday, we provide all camping gear, guide and, porters plus needful trekking and conservation permits of the region. Solo Trekking can be done in the main popular trekking region, but Around Dhaulagiri need to join a well-organized trekking company for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
The nearest hospital and medical post are at Beni, Pokhara, and Jomsom town end of the trek. In case of a very sick person from any other medical reasons or accidents, as well as altitude sickness. Who cannot continue the journey, the sick person needs to be taken back to Pokhara or at Kathmandu. The fastest means of transport is taking a helicopter service. In this emergency case where victims have to bear all the expenses to be claimed from health and medical insurance.
Very limited only in some big villages and towns after Darbang the starting point of the trek, there are no villages with facilities to charge your electronic gadgets except at the end of the trek in Marpha village. Where you need to pay a certain amount for charging each item.
In the beginning up to tourist standard with comfortable, hygienic rooms and foods available. But after Pokhara and Darbang you will be camping where our expert cook will serve all types of dishes from Continental, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Indian and Nepalese meals with good breakfast. Sometimes our cook bake cakes and pie on camping as well, all food cooked in a healthy and safe hygienic environment. Overnights in spacious two men tents with toilet tents with dug-out holes at every camping spot. Sleeping on small thin mattresses. You can bring thermal mats for your comfort as well as small pillows. The only good accommodation and food available apart from camping is at Marpha village lodge and in Pokhara hotels.
Our itinerary is designed with care, with much shorter days and enough time to get acclimatized, that is why Vertex Holiday is different from other local companies as we care for our clients and staff safety. Following our trekking itinerary very low chances of getting altitude sickness, as the altitude gains gradually by the time you reach higher areas you will be fine and well acclimatized by then. But in rare situations, if someone gets very sick from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) needs the patient to evacuate to lower areas accompanied by our reliable staff. For server cases calling for helicopter services to be taken to Kathmandu for proper treatment.
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