Day 01: Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1350m) & Transfer to the Hotel.
The preparation to this strenuous trekking in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal begins right after you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. After you complete your immigration formalities, you will be greeted by our representative. You shall then be transferred to the hotel of your stay which shall be comfortable hotel with good hospitality and delicious cuisines. Get rest to your jet lagged body and prepare yourself mentally to experience this beautiful nation. You may explore the surrounding areas in case you are prepared for it. The initial couple of days shall help your body adjust to the environment and altitude of this land probably new to you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu City tour
Today shall be the guided city tour of medieval capital city of Kathmandu and the well preserved cultural city of Patan. We shall explore the heritages listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site List which are symbols of ancient and golden Nepalese architecture. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples in Asia and an excellent example of Hinduism based architecture. Besides this epitome of Hinduism, we shall also explore the Buddhist pilgrimages of Buddhanath Stupa (one of the largest Buddhist stupa of its kind in the world) as well as the Monkey Temple, better known in Nepal as the Swayambhunath Stupa, the 14th century stupa is also in the list of our city tour. Besides these, we shall also explore the intricate architecture and heritages in the Patan Durbar Square, consisting the royal palaces courtyard, temples and others built by the Malla Dynasty of Nepal, in which most of the structures are from the 1600s. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Beni (800m) by Bus. (6/7 hrs)
We start early for today’s destination of Beni. This inroad trip to the small hill side city along the banks of the holy Kali Gandaki River is a rich drive through rural landscapes, beautiful scenario of colorful villages, paddy fields and jungles as well as the gorges and lush hills. The winding path traverses along the hillsides accompanied by the perennial Trishuli River, Narayani River and Seti River. Past the Trishuli River is the gentle section of the road up to the stoppage of Pokhara. After the scenic Lake City of Pokhara, we move ahead in the journey bypassing the trail leading to Dhampus that arrives after about half and hour’s drive from Pokhara. Ahead in the trail we navigate through panoramic views of Himalayas, scenery with beautiful villages, whistling gorges and changing landscape besides the diverse inhabitation along the trail. We continue through the villages of Naudanda, Chandrakot and to Modi Khola . The next section of the trek through Kaligandaki River takes us to the destination for today, Beni. Overnight in Beni.
Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babiya Chaur. 970m (5/6 hrs)
The trek starts with leaving the overnight stay place of Beni as well as the torrential and holi Kaligandaki River and heading westwards in the trail. We trek on the gentle trail with gradual ascent to Baguwa through various settlements along the Myagdi River. Further along the trail we ascent to the place famous for hot water spring known as Tatopani through the settlements of Singa and Tallo Singa in a winding path. Switching the sides of river a couple of times, we trail through the trail crossing several bridges on the way. Beyond the Tatopani village, the trail makes a loop before crossing the bridge near Simalchaur village and being on the northern side of the river which continues till the destination for today, the settlement of Babiya Chaur. Overnight in Babiya Chaur.
Day 05: Trek from Babiya Chaur to Dharapani. 1565m (5/6 hrs)
The trail opens up to a bit wider valley after the settlement of Babiya Chaur with the terraced hills coming to the sight of the trekkers on the both sides of the trail. On a fairly gentle path trekkers cross the villages of Pipalbot, Kharpani, before arriving to the settlement of Ratodhunga after crossing the Dukhu River and past some temples and health posts. Past this point the trail narrows down a bit and terraces go out of the sight. Crossing a suspension bridge near Darbang we trek uphill through the dense forest dotted with rhododendron, oak and pine trees to reach onto a ridge back and through level path, winding trail and several smaller settlements we reach to the village of Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri. 1800m (6/7 hrs)
From this section onwards the strain of the trail increases gradually. We start the trek with the view of Gurja Himal little after settlement of Dharapani and along the ridge after trekking early and through many switchbacks. We reach the settlement of Takam after ascent on a trail surrounded by lush hills and ups and downs of the path. The ascent continues till the settlement of Sibang with the view of Dhaulagiri Mountain intermittently. The climb continues through to the villages of Sibang, Machhim and Phaliyagaon on a twisting and turning path along the gradually rising elevation. After the settlement of Phaliyagaon the trail goes north and trekkers may go for a dry season shortcut route if the season permits. Trekking after a couple of hours leads to the settlement of Muri after smaller settlements. Trekkers may further trek onto the Magar settlement for overnight stay. Overnight in Muri.
Day 07: Trek from Muri to Boghara. 2080m (5/6 hrs)
Starting with the short descent to the riverbank and crossing a stream and confluence of Myagdi River and Mudi River we continue onto the ridge after climbing past the terraced fields. This point has the view of mount Ghustung South (6465m). Trekkers then descent to the Myagdi River and traverse along the west bank of the river to trek till the settlement of Naura. Further on the trail we have a grassy hill and before reaching the destination of Boghara we have a steep elevation for a couple of hours. The entire trekking may extend from five to six hours depending on the trekkers. Boghara is also known as Bagar. Overnight in Boghara.
Day 08: Trek from Boghara to Dovan. 2430m (6/7 hrs)
This section of the trail is a relatively difficult trail as compared to the previous sections. Occasional use of rope may be required by the trekkers. The beginning section of the trail leads through to the terraced fields and to a small hill. We shall explore the forests and the settlement of Jyardan, the most remote settlement on this trail. In a increasingly challenging path, we trek through to the winding and rocky path before reaching the settlement of Lipshe. The trail continues through the forest to Lapche Kharka and then ascents to the area of Dovan where the trail seems to level as compared to the terrain prior to this spot. Overnight in Dovan.
Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp. 3500m (6 hrs)
The destination for today is the Italian Base Camp where we shall camp overnight facing the west wall of the Dhaulagiri massif. The route crosses a wooden bridge and navigates through the forested areas and witnessing the breathtaking view of Dhaulagiri through the forests breaks. Further ahead you shall reach to the spot, normally used by trekkers for camping, surrounded by forests and bordered by the perennial Myagdi River. Navigating through the forests rich in rare vegetation and trekking onto the terminal moraine of Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. We gain altitude bit rapidly during the trek in today’s section. From the ridge of glacier we have the view of impressive Dhaulagiri I (8167m) to the skyline on your right. After a short trekking along the rocky terrain further we reach to the Italian Base Camp keeping ourselves hydrated and climbing in an easy manner. Overnight in Italian Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Italian Base Camp to French Base Camp. 3870m (6/7 hrs)
In this section of the trek we trek to the French Base camp through the Swiss Base Camp with gentle pace that shall also serve as the preparation for the big day tomorrow where we shall conquer the much awaited Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Exploring the increasingly thinner air in this altitude supports the trekking on the higher and more challenging altitude. From the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri ranges, Manapathi Peak, Dhaulagiri II and other mountains to the view of larger glaciers, extremely different landscape view, we trek along a fairly challenging path while we trek to the French Base Camp. Overnight in French Base Camp.
Day 11: Trek from French Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m) via French pass 5360m. (7/8 hrs)
The initial trek during this section has a relatively easier trek on the white part of the glacier. We pass through the trek slowly and gradually along the trial to reach the Deposit camp and further ahead to the Japanese Base Camp past the view of lofty mountain peaks overlooking the trail. Subjected to rock falls and avalanches, the trail traverses along the rocky terrain up the mountainside and trekking up and down from neighborhood of one glacier to the other. A climb on the west side of the glacier to a wide grassy area takes us to Japanese Base Camp with the breathtaking views of Tsaurabong Peak besides the majestic Dhaulagiri Mountain. Further ahead is a really challenging trail with hiking on the lateral moraine of the Chhongardan glacier to a rocky ridge and descent to a glacier is ahead in the trail. Right bend of the trail along the valley takes us to the much awaited Dhaulagiri Base Camp with the view of Dhaulagiri II, III and V, and impressive Icefall descending from north east col. Overnight in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Day 12: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka/Aaru Bari. 3900m (6/7 hrs)
Get off the glaciers above the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (may require the use of rope) and encounter a bit of easier trek after you are over the steep moraine walls after which the trekkers climb past the challenging French Col (5300m) where the valley opens out. Weather permitting trekkers have the view of Mukut Himal (6328m), Tashi Kang (6386m), Sita Chuchura (6611m) as well as Tukuche Peak (6920m) to the south beyond which is the massive Dhaulagiri I peak. Traversing through the Thapa Pass and through the Hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass via avalanche prone slope trekkers continue on to Yak Kharka, also known as Aaru Bari.
Day 13: Trek from Aaru Bari to Jomsom. 2670m (6/7 hrs)
Start the trek with the descent from Aaru Bari to the torrential Kali Gandaki River on a rather steep section of the trail and then continue on to the beautiful village of Marpha, famous for apple orchard and related food products. The local Apple Brandy is popular among the foreign and Nepalese trekkers passing through this place to savor the taste en route. Continue north up the river valley to reach to the beautiful town of Jomsom, famous for afternoon winds and enchanting landscape. Intermittently we trek past the sand dunes, wooden bridge and some gompas, prayer wheels and prayer flags. Explore the Mustang Eco Museum and other heritages reflecting the unique culture and tradition of the region. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara flight. (25 minute flight)
This marks the end of strenuous trekking activity in one of the most exquisite and challenging trekking regions in Nepal. We take on a early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara that takes around 30 minutes. Sight of glorious and glittering mountains, green hills and lush valleys and changing terrains are the chief attractions of this scenic flight to the Lake City of Nepal, Pokhara. In the afternoon trekkers may explore the Lakeside and the surrounding areas in sightseeing to attractions of this beautiful city such as Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, Mountaineering museum, Gupteshwor Mahadev cave and others. After exploring the beautiful surrounding and landscape of this city we shall have rest in the hotel of our stay. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. (6/7 hrs)
This day shall include the travelling to the medieval capital city of Kathmandu city by the inland trip. The trip shall be accompanied by torrential rives including the Seti River and Trishuli River among others, beautiful waterfalls and remote landscape, diverse landscape, glimpses of the mountains overlooking the road from far away besides the different lifestyles of the inhabitants en route. You may extend the trip by continuing to Chitwan in the southern plain of Nepal for Jungle Safari, rafting adventure and others. You shall be greeted by evening farewell dinner and cultural performances. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Kathmandu Rest Day
Today we shall have rest in this buzzing capital city of Kathmandu that has a variety of ancient heritages that exists in perfect harmony with the modern lifestyle and amenities of the locals. A cosmopolitan city in true sense, Kathmandu is home to unique Newari culture, unique and delicious cuisines and neighbors to the other well preserved cultural cities of Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur. Besides the famous Royal Palace in the Durbar Square in Kathmandu, the Royal Palaces, Courtyard and temples in the cities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur are equally marvelous and enchanting. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final Departure
The beautiful, exciting and adventurous trekking experience in this Himalayan nation comes to an official end today as you shall be leaving for your onward destination. You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport at least three hours prior to the flight for your respective destination. Go for some souvenir shopping for the near and dear ones back in your native place. We hope that the sort of adventure from this exciting trek and you have cherished every memory created out of this trek. We hope that you shall be visiting this small yet beautiful Himalayan nation for more adventurous and other activities. Happy trekking and See you soon!