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Around Dhaulagiri & French Pass Trekking - 18 Days

Around Dhaulagiri & French Pass Trekkin
Around Dhaulagiri & French Pass Trekking

Trip Highlight: “Traditional mid-hills and mountain villages, striking scenery of world’s 07th and 10th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri & Mt.Annapurna range unreliable   views of the varied, camping at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, trekking on moraines and glacier, untouched virgin forest of rhododendron, oaks, magnolia and pines tress unspoiled country life, traverse of two  passes French & Thapa-la, exploring hidden valleys, worlds deepest gorge, charming villages.”

Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd presents an experience of a lifetime great adrenaline adventure to Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4,750m camping in the moraines and glacier in the remote North West Dhaulagiri range mountains and then trekking towards the popular ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route ( an Old Caravan Route from Nepal to Tibet) and through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley and finally completing this great adventure at Jomsom with sweeping scenic flight to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trekking with Great Adventure Treks combines almost all of the trekking environments that Nepal Himalaya has to offer, from the temperate sub-tropic low farmlands to alpine zone in the deep woods the arid and windswept valleys and towards the dense forests of the lower warmer region to high snow crested ridge and remorseless ice field. This is the only trekking area where one can view the rare face of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massifs.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860m. 6 hrs journeys

Day 04: Drive to Darbang via Beni 940m 5 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani 1,560m.5 - 6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Mure 1,700m. 5 - 6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Bagar 2,375m. 5 - 6 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Dovan 2,600m. 5 - 6 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka. 3,000m. 5 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.)3,750m. 5 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.

Day 13: At Hidden Valley.

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m. 5 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Marpha 2,630m drive to Jomsom 4 hrs walk.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara afternoon free at leisure.

Day 17: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you breifing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with GA.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Early morning, after breakfast, you will be taken for a cultural tour of Kathmandu city. Some of the main highlights will be Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square,  Patan Durbar.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m. 5 - 6 hours journey 220 k.m.

The morning after breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway, an interesting drive through the towns and farm villages with views of snow-capped mountains. The road has been greatly improved in recent years, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to the Hotel by the lake Phewa for the overnight stop, afternoon free at leisure, Pokhara a popular tourist destination of natural beauty vista of a wonderful mountain in its natural structure.

Day 04: Drive to Darbang via Beni 830m. 5 - 6 hrs journeys.

Drive from Pokhara towards Beni town, headquarter of the Myagdi district after Beni another 2-3 hour of good scenic drive brings you at Darbang to begin this classic trekking. Darbang a farm village turn into town as the motorable dirt road was completed a few years back, There is quite a lot of traffic of many porters' mules and donkey trains carrying a load of merchandise on the Myagdi and Kali Gandaki route, overnight camp a little away from the town-village.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani 1,560m. 3 - 4 hrs walk.

Today first day trekking is a short one of 3 - 4 hrs, necessary to regroup and organize after the long drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara to Darbang, morning walk leads to cross the Myagdi river over the suspension bridge, the trails wind up gradually for an hour to Phedi meaning bottom of the hills, after leaving the river behind a steep climb of one hour reaches to the cooler region at the ridge, then a short easy walk will bring to the village at Dharapani, a stunning views of Putali and Ghurja the western peaks adjoining Dhaulagiri massif can be seen from the campsite at Dharapani.

Day 06:  Trek to Mure 1,700m. 5 - 6 hrs walk.

From Dharapani, the path follows along the farm fields and to the snout of the ridge where Dhaulagiri Himal is visible. Then the trail leads to a descend towards the Gatti Khola, from here two hours of steady climb leads to the large village of Mure for the overnight camp, at the confluence of the Myagdi and Dhara rivers.

Day 07: Trek to Bagar 2,375m. 5 - 6 hrs.

The route skirts around and descends to the warm areas of paddy fields penetrated by the tributary Dhora Khola. After crossing Dhora Khola, the main path ascends the hill side, passing the rural farm houses, and through a hamlet and then leading to an up and down path then skirting around the ridge. The path continues winding steep uphill for two hours and coming at the top of the ridge, the path descends gradually to a small farm village at Bagar after six hours of a good walk for the overnight camp. Bagar is the last village on route to Marpha village in the Kali-Gandaki valley.

Day 08: Trek to Dovan 2,600m. 5 - 6 hours.

On leaving Bagar village and its farm fields following the path through the forest which climbs on the west side of the river Myagdi, trek follows the narrow undulating trail above the river Myagdi, reaching the ridge top, then the path descends steeply in some section coming to a clearings where we find number of stone built Shepard's huts. Gradually ascending, encounter the grassy clearings and after a total of 5 to 6 hours of peaceful walk reaching a level ground of grassy field 'Kharka' named as Dovan for the overnight camp.

Day 09: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka. 3,000m. 5 hrs.

From the camp at Dovan route follows the path to the river after less than 30 minutes of walk, then coming to bank to cross Konaban Khola, depending upon the level of the river, after crossing the bridge walk follows through the forest for a while then crossing another log over the tributary stream then once again entering the forested area until the ascent becomes a descent, and from here one can see the west wall of Dhaulagiri I, between the trees. Then heading down to Myagdi Khola side and take the left bank path, and climb up towards another khola called the Pakite Khola, without ever getting too far from the Konaban river, crossing this little stream -Pakite khola to the table land of Chartare, or the Bhainsi Kharka and camp for the night.

Day 10: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m. 5 hrs.

On leaving the campsite, following the trail ahead leading to the forest area known as Italian Base Camp. The trial heads into a rocky area then climbs the mountain side with a steep hill at the end, then crossing the steep hill the path narrows to cross and descend to the other glacier that originated from the West wall of the Dhaulagiri,  climbing the opposite bank to a wide grassy area in a narrow gorge valley of Pakhaban, also known as Japanese Camp. Pakhaban a beautiful campsite with impressive West wall of Dhaulagiri I and to the rear the huge stone walls from Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 6 hrs.

Following a lateral moraine from Pakhaban to a rocky ridge which descends down to the right side of the valley buried in snows and fallen rocks, then entering the glaciated area from the rocky right side banks, walking along the undulating glacier surface as the valley bends to the right bank route with short up and down passage to Dhaulagiri Base Camp situated at 4,750 m high. Looking up at the impressive North face of Dhaulagiri I, while to the west the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), III (7,715 m.) and IV (7,618 m.) stand soaring to the sky, and the desolate Ice Fall descending form the col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Overnight camp will be made on the clearing of rocky moraine with close view of Dhaulagiri I and its massif glacier and icefall.

Day 12: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m. via French Pass 5,360m.

From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, journey continues heading to the moraine and glacier, the path follows close to Tukuche Peak, after the glacier climbing a rocky terraced hill on the right bank side, entering a gentle slope on right side of the valley and further, climb up to French Col at an elevation of 5,360 meters. On reaching the highest point of this journey at French Pass where the Buddhist prayer flag or lungta are hoisted by fellow trekkers and climbers respecting the mountain spirit, from this vantage point offering stunning view of Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m.), all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. To the right is Tukche Peak west and to the rear stands the huge Dhaulagiri I. A gentle descent along the snow covered landscape finally leads to the overnight halt at the wide Hidden Valley. This Valley remained behind Dhaulagiri massif undiscovered, until last few decades.

Day 13: At Hidden Valley.

Reserve or spare day, in case if there's problem or difficulty on the route.
If it goes well with the program, can have a rest day here to explore around this Hidden Valley, depending upon the weather as well or move to the lower camp.

Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m. 5 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Hidden Valley, the adventure continues to cross Dhampus Pass at 5,250m. The trek follows on the gradual path for an hour with short climb in between, and it gets narrow on the scree section for an hour, then towards the high traverse across Dhampus Pass at 5,250m overlooking the deep cleft of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the Annapurna peaks beyond. On reaching the top ridge at Dhampus Pass, view of Mukut Himal is visible from the pass as the Hidden Valley is being over looked behind the Col. Its a steep down hill along the rock covered mountain side until to the campsite at Yak Kharka.  Yak Kharka, a summer pasture, Dhaulagiri I is hidden by the bulk of Tuckche Peak, but Nilgiri and the western end of the Annapurna massif are visible.

Day 15: Trek to Marpha2,630m. 3 hrs with a short drive to Jomsom 2,716m.

This morning walk leads towards a steep down along the narrow mountain path up to a ridge from where Dhaulagiri I and the Tukche Peak become visible again. Walk descends on the left banks along the Kali Gandaki River up to Marpha Village one of the most charming villages on this route, famous for its apple and its product situated at Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade (Caravan) Route. From here a short drive reaches you at Jomsom; headquarter of Mustang area, Marpha, and Jomsom located in the windswept Kali-Gandaki valley of lower Mustang region an extension of Tibetan plateau.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara 22 minutes scenic flight.

All flights to Pokhara are morning scheduled due to the heavy winds, as per the flight time a sweeping scenic flight brings you at Pokhara, from Pokhara transfer to respective Hotels by the Lake Phewa, a perfect spot to relax in this warm tropical spot with the backdrop of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range including the majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchare (The Fishtail)

Day 17: From Pokhara drive or fly to Kathmandu.

A morning drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, an interesting winding highway reaches you at Kathmandu, on arrival transfer back to Hotel.

Day 18: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, Great Adventure Trek staff will transfer you to the International airport for your final departure from Nepal, the land of high Himalayas.

Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guideline; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions.


Pokhara is one of the unique sub-tropical valleys in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchare on its beautiful lakes. Pokhara is situated in mid-western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic view of the midwestern Himalaya.

Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with the outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa.

The most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Among these high peaks, it is the towering majestic Mt. Machapuchere (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range Pokhara with its natural beauty is also  a starting point of Nepal's most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begins from this remarkable place and it's a also an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.

    • Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel.
    • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
    • A professional Sherpa Guide with Government License.
    • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter).
    • Food during Trekking(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
    • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House/ Camping).
    • Necessary Trekking permits.
    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system card).
    • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket).
    • All programme as per Itinerary

Necessary flight Ticket/ Land Transport(Domestic onFood,

  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • Emergency Rescue  Help (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost

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