Dhaulagiri trekking is one of the most frequented treks in Nepal and famous for adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences. The trek covers a diverse terrain from low farmlands to arid valleys and dense forests to snow-capped mountains. The different wildlife and diverse residents add to the contrasting flavor of the trek.
The main destination of Dhaulagiri trekking is Dhaulagiri Base camp which blesses us with enthralling views of the mountains like Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V. The trek begins from Kathmandu where you get to enjoy the modern Nepali culture along with the monuments of the valley. You get a glimpse of different villages and the lifestyles of the diverse people with their warm hospitality.
Dhaulagiri peak at 8167 m. is the seventh highest peak in the world, situated in Annapurna region. The trek, isolated by Kali-Gandaki gorge, high passes, and glaciers, is a challenging one. The beast seasons for the 24 days long trek are March, April, September to November.
Dhaulagiri trekking is also famous for its biodiversity that includes Snow leopard, Tibetan sheep, yaks, and mountain sheep. The trails are adorned with rhododendrons, pines, oaks, ferns and different flowers.
The highlights of the trek range from diverse ethnic groups to the contrasting terrains that are explored within the 24 days. The world’s deepest gorge (Kali Gandaki), pristine Myagdi valley, high passes (French pass and Thapa pass), glaciers, hidden valleys and charming villages make a memorable and exciting trip. The panoramic views of the peaks, lush forests, and green fields along with the people you meet along the way will be cherished memories for the rest of your life.
Welcome to Kathmandu. Once you reach the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received by our airport representative who will help you with the transfer to the hotel on a private car or a bus. After Checking into your hotel (we usually book rooms of Hotel Access Nepal, Hotel Bouddha, Hotel Aryatara Boutique Kathmandu…), you can either rest or stroll around to explore your vibrant surrounding at your convenience.
Your sightseeing trip starts from the hotel after breakfast at around 8:30 am. We will be provided private vehicle and a professional tour guide for the tour. You will start your sightseeing tour from the largest Hindu temple Pashupatinath, then visit Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath (the Monkey temple). At the end of the day, you will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and then drive back to the hotel to prepare for the trip with a short briefing about the trek.
We will take an early morning bus to Beni. The ride is enjoyable with the green scenery. It is the district headquarters where permits will be checked. The town where we stay is located at the confluence of Myagdi Khola and Kali Gandaki. Overnight at Local Lodge.
After leaving Beni, we move along the north bank of Myagdi Khola to the west. We pass through Beni Mangalghat village, Singa, and Tatopani. After crossing two bridges, we reach Simalchaur village on the north bank. From here, we reach Babiya Chaur. Overnight at tented camp.
As we leave Babiya Chaur, we come across terraced hills on either side of the river. The trail is fairly leveled as we pass through villages, Duk Khola, and fields to reach Rotorunga. As we move ahead, the valley narrows and we finally reach Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.
From Dharapani, we cross the river to the west bank. After leaving Phedi, there is a steep climb until we reach a ridge from where the trail flattens for a while. After climbing again, we pass through Sibang, Mattim, Ghati Khola and Phalai Gaon. After crossing Dhara Khola, we reach the west bank of Myagdi Khola again. After that, we climb a ridge to finally reach the Magar Village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp.
From Muri, we descend for a short while, cross a stream and pass through terraced fields before climbing a ridge and reaching a pass. From the pass, we can see glorious Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m.). We descend to the west bank of Myagdi Khola and move to Naura village. Then we climb a little, traverse a hill, and climb another steep hill with zigzag trails. Then we cross a forest and terraced fields to finally reach Boghara. Overnight at tented camp.
First, we descent through terraced fields to a ridge and then through a forest to reach Jyardhan (the most remote settlement in the region). A high winding path crosses a rocky area, drops and ascends again to reach Lipshe. Then, we continue through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climb to Doban which is a fairly leveled area. Overnight at tented camp.
We cross a wooden bridge to exit Doban and then ascend a forest area. We slowly get a glimpse of Dhaulagiri I and then descend back to Myagdi Khola bank. Then we cross a wooden bridge to reach the east bank and Chartare. After that, we cross a forest, rocky area, and a stream to reach Choriban Khola.
From here we proceed towards Chhonbarban glacier which we enter from the right. As we soak in the splendor of Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri I from the trail, we reach Italian Base camp after some time. The base camp (at an elevation of 3660 m.) has splendid views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V. Overnight at tented camp.
We take the day off to rest and acclimatize to the thinning air of the high altitude. We roam around the camp with other trekkers and enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped mountains. The rest is supposed to help ease the trekking days to come. Overnight at tented camp.
The trek starts early in the morning with good weather to avoid the stone falls that the area is prone to. We pass through a narrow gorge and then reach the Glacier camp. Overnight at tented camp.
This is an exciting day to witness the north face of Dhaulagiri I along with other peaks like Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V. The sight of the ice-fall descending from the north-east is impressive. Overnight at tented camp.
After we leave the glacier, we climb across two hills. The first hill runs along the glacier, cuts across a mountain side and moraine. As we climb a gentle slope, we reach French Pass at an elevation of 5360 m. A great view welcomes us at the pass that includes Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, and Sita Chuchura whichsurround Hidden Valley. From French pass, we continue along the right edge to reach Thapa pass at 5250m. We descend from the pass to reach the base camp where we sleep in a tent.
To relieve the exhaustion and stress of crossing all the passes and glaciers, we take a day off. We stay at Hidden valley enjoying the views of the beautiful mountains.Overnight at tented camp.
We descend from Hidden valley to Dhampus pass at an elevation of 5200m. We continue from there to Yak Kharka which is perfect to set up camp and enjoy the surroundings at 3680m. Overnight at tented camp.
From Yak Kharka, we descend steeply through forests and moraines for a few hours to reach Tukuche. Overnight local lodge.
From Tukuche, we take a rocky trail (on the bank of Kali Gandaki River) to reach Larjung. There are many apple orchards here. Then we trek through a leveled path, cross a suspension bridge and a forest to reach Kokkethanti. We pass through villages and cross a suspension bridge to reach our destination, Kalopani. Overnight local lodge.
From Kalopani, we take an easy beautiful walk as we move towards subtropical vegetation. The trail follows a river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge and reach a waterfall. We then move across the valley to reach Tatopani. Overnight local lodge.
We take another day off in Tatopani after all the excitement of the trek. The hot springs in Tatopani are the best ways to relieve our exhaustion while taking a dip. We also get a chance to share our stories with other travelers in the hot spring. Overnight local lodge.
We leave the hot springs behind us and climb for an entire day to Ghorepani. We leave the Kali Gandaki valley, follow the Ghar River and cross an old swaying bridge. We ascend through Ghara (1780m) and Shika (1935m). For the last part of the trail, we pass forests of rhododendron and magnolia to reach Ghorepani. Overnight local lodge.
You wake up before the sunrise, leave your backpack and march towards Poonhill racing against the sunrise. On reaching the top of Poonhill, the crowds of trekkers before dawn may surprise you.
Poonhill is a very popular viewpoint from where you can see the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South and other mountains peaks at the vicinity.Many people opt for Poonhill trek which takes as less as 5 days to complete. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
After spending your time in Pokhara. You will then travel to Kathmandu by bus. It takes about 7-8 hours to arrive at Kathmandu. Spend a night at Hotel.
It is finally time to bid farewell to this amazing country. Our representative will transfer you to the airport from where you will catch your flight. Bid goodbye to this beautiful nation as you fly to your next destination.
What is Included
- Airport pickup and drop by private car or micro bus depending on group size.
- Three nights standard hotel with breakfast.
- One night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
- Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. We provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc. and Climbing Rope to cross the Passes.
- Full board meal (veg./non veg.) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with tea & coffee
- A Government Licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, cook, kitchen helper, required number of porters and Climbing Sherpa their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine.
- All permits and paper documents for around Dhaulagiri trekking.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
- Land Transport (Local bus from Kathmandu-Beni and Tourist Bus from Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
- Sleeping Bags/Jackets and Walking Pole during the trek. (If you don’t have you own).
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Kathmandu guided city tour with private vehicle.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
What is Excluded
- Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara Lunch and Dinner.
- Nepal entry visa fees (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
- Your Travel and rescue insurance (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation from the Mountain).
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses and you personal trekking equipment.
- Drinks and beverages.
- Tips for the all trekking crews (Tipping is expected).
- Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
- Others expenses which are not mentioned (cost includes section).
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for travelling in to Nepal. we suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with worldnomad.com they have good policy for Nepal.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What doI need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
How safe Women traveling alone with your company?
we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.
what currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 25% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.