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Around Dhaulagiri Trek

Duration :

22 Days

Description :

Between the procession of high peaks. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) is the seventh highest peak in the world. It's a long difficult trek around Dhaulagiri - following Marsyangdi Khola westwards to Durbang then turning north on a tiny trail leading through forests into the high country. Much of the route covers snow and glacier as it crosses French Col. (5,240m) and Dhampus pass (5,155m).

Starting from Beni to the Kali Gandaki valley, the trek crosses high passes and rivers of Kali Gandaki and Bheri stands Dhaulagiri Himal, a massive ridge with a continues to Marpha and by passing the best panaroma view of annapurna and other many more mountains to Birethanti.

Dhaulagiri (White Mountain), separated from the
Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki Gorge (deepest in the world) includes some fifteen peaks above 7000mt. The trekking in this area is relatively strenuous and needs some mountaineering knowledge. Magdi Glacier, Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750m), French Pass (5360m) (highest point of the trek)including the several peaks such as Putali Himal and Tukuche Peak gives you an excellent view of Dhaulagiri range. A hidden snow valley (after crossing French pass) gives you a heavenly test of white world. The Dhampus Pass between Tukuche peak and Thapa peak is another haven in the trip.
Day   Activity
  1   Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

  2   Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley .
    Sightseeing Programme: Boudhnath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square: Boudhanath: The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolizing earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolizing water): then comes the spire (symbolizing fire): the umbrella (symbolizing air); and the pinnacle (symbolizing ether). The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana. Pashupatinath: The most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It's one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India, including many colorful sadhus, those wandering ascetic Hindu holy men. Shiva is the destroyer and creator of the Hindu pantheon and appears in many forms. His 'temple' forms are probably best known, particularly his appearances in Nepal as the cruel and destructive Bhairabs, but he also has peaceful incarnation including those of Mahadev and Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. As the shepherd of both animals and humans, Shiva as Pashupati shows his most pleasant and creative side. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali 'palace' and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Kathmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer lives in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. At that time it was on the edge of the city, now it's close to the popular tourist area of Thamel. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood). It's easy to spend hours wandering around Durbar Square and the adjoining Basantapur Square. This is very much the center of old Kathmandu and watching they would go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval is a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although many of the buildings around the square are very old, a great deal of damage was caused by the great earthquake of 1934 and many were rebuilt, not always in their original form.

  3   Kathmandu Pokhara Beni (850m) A fascinating and at time spectacular 280 km drive from Kathmandu to Beni. On clear day views of Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, Manaslu, and Annapurna are seen on the drive to Beni.
  4   Beni Babichaur (1020m):
    From Beni follows the Mayandi River for 3 hrs to reach Singa. From here the trail goes beside the Mayangdi Khola for 4 hrs to reach Babichaur (7 hrs walk.)

  5   A straight trail of 2 and half hrs will lead you to Tathauna (1059m) then another 3 and half hrs straight walk will bring you to Darbang. This is a village inhabited by Thakalis. From here you get a view of the Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV and also Putha Hiunchuli (6 hrs walk).

  6   Darbang Sibang (1753m):
    2 hrs of climb from Darbang will lead you to Dharapani (1562m) from here you get a good view of Putha Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri. 2 hrs climb and 1½ hrs straight trail will take you to Sibang. You find plenty of Thakalis and Gurungs in this village. Even from here you get a view of the Dhaulagiri region and Putha Hiunchuli (5 and half hrs walk).

  7   Sibang Muri (2000m):
    From Sibang 3 hrs straight trail will bring you to Dar Khola. From Dar Khola a straight trail of 4 hrs will take you Muri. The people of this village are known as Kamis. From here you can get a good view of Dhaulagiri and Putha Hiunchuli (7 hrs half hrs walk.)

  8   Muri Jugapani:
    fter 2 hrs descent you cross Mayangdi bridge. For one hour descent and one hour straight trail will lead you to Jugapani (5 hrs walk).

  9   Jugapani Bogharo:
    From Jugapani 5 hrs climb and 2 hrs descent will bring you to Bogharo. Since there is no good lunch spot between Jugapani and Bogharo â?? packed lunch is provided. This village is inhabited by Magars. (7 hrs walk).

  10   Bogharo Lapche Kharka:
    3 hrs walk form Bagharo will take you to Lipse. From here the trail goes through dense jungle for approximately 3 hrs. All along, the trail follows the Mayangdi Khola to Lapche Kharka, which is also the campsite (6 hrs walk).

  11   Lapche Kharka Chartare:
    The trail continues through the jungle to reach Dobang. From here the trail descends to the Mayangdi Khola. The trail now makes a gradual ascent for 4 hrs to reach Chartare (7 hrs walk).

  12   Chartare Italy B.C.:
    The trail from Chartare follows through dense jungle. One hour straight trail will take you to Italy B.C. you can get a good view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, & VI, Tukuche Peak, a Mukut Himal (4 hrs walk).

  13   Italy B.C French Pass (5334m):
    One hour gradual ascent 3 hrs uphill walk and one hour descent through snow covered trail will take you to French B.C. from here you get a good view of Mukut Himal, Hongde (6550m), Tongu Peak (61187m), Tashi Kang (6386m), Dhampus Peak (6011m), Tukche Peak (6920m) Dhaulagiri II and IV (5 hrs walk).

  14   French Pass Yak Kharka:
    3 hrs gradual ascent, 4 hrs gradual descent through snow- covered trail which is very windy will bring you to Yak Kharka. A gradual climb for 3 hrs form French Pass will take you to Dhampus pass (5184m), Dhampus Pass offers magnificent view of Nilgiri (6940m), Dhaulagiri I, Tilicho Peak (7132m), Throng Peak (6440m), Tashi Kang (6386m), Mukut Himal, Kali Gandaki Gorge, Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South 97219m), Gurja Himal (7913m), Putha Hiunchuli (7246m) & Churen Himal (7371m). Packed lunch will be provided (6 hrs walk).

  15   Yak Kharka Marpha (2667m):
    2 hrs straight trail will take you to Batasi Dasa. A gradual descent of 4 hrs from Batasi Dada will bring you to Marpha (2667m). This village is inhabited by Thakalis. There are beautiful old Monasteries. Marpha has an experimental farm, which can be visited.

  16   Marpha Lete (2438m):
    A fairly easy morning walk from Marpha to Tukuche (2519m), once the meeting place where traders with salt and wool from Tibet bartered with traders carrying grain form the south. As we take the trail to Kalopani we begin to notice a dramatic change as the arid and desert like terrain gives way to pine, juniper and cypress forest. The view of Annapurna and Tukuche Peak are also outstanding as we pass through Kalopani (2530m) with continuing excellent mountain views, we descend to camp by the straggling village of Lete.

  17   Lete Tatopani (1189m):
    We are now in the deepest part of the Kali Gandaki gorge. Cross the river and up the other side before descending through lush forest to Ghasa, the last Thakali village in this trail. Re-cross the river and descend to Rukdara, a small village at the foot of a high and spectacular waterfall, which tumbles down in a series of cataracts. The trail continues on down to Dana then through a small man made tunnel hewn out of the rock face, then descend past the confluence of the Miritse khola with the Kali Gandaki to Tatopani, there are several good bathing spots.

  18   Tatopani Ghorepani 92855m):
    Cross the Kali Gandaki and Ghara Khola and ascend steeply up Gurung staircases to Sikha for lunch. In the afternoon it is steeply once more, through Phalata and Chitre to camp at Ghorepani.

  19   Ghorepani Lamdali:
    An early morning excursion up to Poon Hill for excellent panoramic views. The views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukche Peak, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna I, II, III, IV and Manaslu etc will be seen form top of Poon Hill. Today's walk is all downhill on wide trails through beautiful forests. There is ample opportunity to stop of at the many teahouses, often run by Thakali women. A shrewd race, the Thakali from the upper Kali Gandaki villages have long been servicing the mule caravans between Pokhara and Jomsom. Until the closure of the borders with for-grain trade in this part of Nepal. Lunch is taken at Ulleri (1700m)

  20   Lamdali Nayapul Pokhara:
    We continue to Biratnati (1040m). Cross the Madi Khola and form Nayapul drive back to Pokhara. Afternoon free in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

  21   Morning free in Pokhara. Late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.

  22   Transfer to airport for onward flight.

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