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Dhaulagiri Expedition 8,167m - 41 Days

Introduction: Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltdpresents an experience of a lifetime great adrenaline adventure to worlds’ 7th highest mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters 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 Expeditions  with Great Adventure Treks combines almost all of the climbing and 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 expeditions and trekking area where one can view the rare face of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massifs.

Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167m lies in the Dhaulagiri range of mountains in the mid – West North of Nepal situated at 28 41 46 Latitude and 83 29 43 Longitude.

The expedition is even more special; perhaps-culturally. The villages and the hidden valleys are particularly memorable, being picturesque examples of the less frequented settlements with its charming inhabitants that are still quite unused to the spectacle of the passing by trekking groups, certainly an overwhelming expeditions from the remote west of Dhaulagiri to the main popular Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route and through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley and thus ending this wonderful adventure at Pokhara via the scenic route of Annapurna area.

Trip highlights: “Climb of worlds 7th highest mountain,  remarkable adventure in the midst of high snow capped mountains, verdant rain-alpine forest, off-beaten paths, views of majestic snow peaks, traditional villages and buddhist culture, warm friendly locals with picturesque scenery of the great surrounding landscapes and high mountain range.”                     

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m. and transfer to Hotel. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu, preparations for the expedition. Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 860m. 200 km. 5 – 6 hr journey. Day 05: Drive to Marpha from Beni 830m via Baglung 970m. 6 hrs journey. Day 06: At Marpha 2,630 meters, preparations and packing for expeditions. Day 07: Trek to Yak – Kharka 4,915 meters 4 – 5 hrs. Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m. via Thapa pass 5,250m. 4 – 5 hrs Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 4 hrs via French pass 5,360m. Day 10: At Dhaulagiri BC rest day for acclimatization. Day 11: Rest day preparation for the climb. Day 12: Climb to ABC. Day 13: At ABC preparations for the climb. Day 1430: Expedition to the summit for 17 days. Day 31-32: Return to Base Camp. Day 33: At Base Camp clean-up day. Day 34: Trek to Hidden Valley. Day 35: Trek to Yak Kharka. Day 36: Trek to Marpha. Day 37: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni. Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Day 3940: In Kathmandu. Day 41: International Departure.      

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines On arrival GA staff will meet and transfer you to respective Hotels.

Day 02 – 03: Preparation for the expeditions. These days busy obtaining necessary paper works and documents interact with the Sherpa staff, making of the climbing permits, Visa and a visit to the Ministry of Tourism for Official briefings.

Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 860m. 5 – 6 hours journey. Morning drive to Pokhara, the bus ride takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route is Malekhu-Mugling-Dumre and Damuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone, after 5-6 hours of scenic drive reaching at Pokhara for the overnight in the Hotel by the Lake Phewa.

Day 05: Drive to Marpha via Beni and Tatopani. The drive on leaving the outskirt of Pokhara climbs towards Naudanda and Kande with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains soon following the Modi River to Kusma town and the road diverts towards the big town of Beni the headquarter town of Myagdi region, from here the drive leads on the dirt road following the Kali-Gandaki River upstream leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, journey continues further uphill for another few hours reaching at Lete with grand views of Dhaulagiri and its Ice fall, Tukuche peaks, Nilgiri mid and South and Annapurna North-West Face. From Lete entering the windswept country of Kali-Gandaki River Valley reaching at Marpha, one of the most beautiful and charming town village this is an apple country, one can try some of local apple product like brandy-juice-cider and local brew.

Day 06: At Marpha. Today a free day for an excursion around this beautiful village and to re-check all the camping and climbing gears for Dhaulagiri Expeditions.

Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m. 4 – 5 hrs. The walk to Yak Kharka from Marpha leads to a steep uphill path through the forest of firs and junipers and rhododendron trees and bushes most of the way till Yak Kharka is reached for the overnight camp on the vast grazing field, Kharka in Nepali means a pasture or a grazing ground and shade for animals.

Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m. 4 – 5 hrs. The walk continues on the uphill slope leaving the tree line behind in absolute wilderness in between the Tukuche and Thapa / Dhampus Peaks, few hours of climb reaching at Thapa / Dhampus pass at 5,250m. From here the walk is gradual on the narrow path (in snow conditions this trail can be quite tricky) Finally reaching at Hidden Valley a vast field which is a summer pasture overlooking  Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m.), all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. To the right is Tukuche Peak west and to the rear stands the huge Dhaulagiri I.  Hidden Valley remained behind Dhaulagiri massif undiscovered, until last few decades. It offers a very scenic charm with several small Peaks to climb.

Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 5 hrs. Today early move for the Base Camp situated at 4,750 metres.  Entering a gentle slope to end of the valley and further as the walk continue the climb up to French pass at 5,360 metres. On reaching the highest point of this trekking at French Pass festooned with Buddhist prayer flag or lung-ta offered by trekkers and climbers respecting the mountain spirit. From here descend for a short while to reach 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 metre high. Offering 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.) stands towering the sky, and the desolate Ice Fall descending from the col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Our overnight camp will be made on the clearing of rocky moraine with grand views of Dhaulagiri I and its massif glacier and icefall.

Day 10 – 11: At Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Free leisure days for local hike and preparation for the climb to the summit of Dhaulagiri.

Day 12: Climb to Advance Camp 5,600m. The walk leads to a descent to the Dhaulagiri glacier for a while on the rumble of moraine rocks and with a slow climb towards the Dhaulagiri’s icefall then scouting the area to establish Advance Camp on the safe sheltered spot free from the danger of avalanche and rock fall.

Day 13: At Advance Camp. Free day preparations for the climb of the summit of Mt.Dhaualagiri.

Day 14 – 30: Expedition to the summit of Dhaulagiri. We have reserved 17 days for the summit bid and preparations to ferry the camping and climbing load to specific camp. From Advance Camp at least 2-3 camps can be adequate, as this North West Route is the most accessible way to the summit than any other route of this world’s seventh highest Mountain.

Day 31 – 32: Return to Base Camp. On two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for the return trip and packing.

Day 33: At Base Camp clean-up day. A necessary day for the last hour packing and for the clean up of the Base Camp.

Day 34: Trek to Hidden Valley. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, journey continues leading 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, climbing the hill which runs along the glacier for a short while, then again make a climb to another higher hill across the mountain flank, From this vantage point which offers stunning view of the mountain ranges, all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. A gentle descent along the snow covered landscape finally leads to the overnight halt at the wide Hidden Valley.

Day 35: Trek to Yak Kharka. Retrace the journey back via Dhampus / Thapa pass.

Day 36: Trek to Marpha. Retrace the journey back, this time it will be a long walk downhill all the way to Marpha town village and for the great party with fellow members, staff and porters.

Day 37: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni. After packing all the stuff and equipment board on the Jeep or Bus for the long scenic drive of 6-7 hours to Pokhara on arrival check into respective Hotel by the Lake Phewa.

Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Morning drive back to Kathmandu on the same busy interesting highway concluding this memorable adventurous expedition in Kathmandu with The Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 39 – 40: In Kathmandu. Free day at leisure a free day in Kathmandu, for necessary paper works to submit to the concern government department and to recheck the gear and please inform GA staff if you would like a short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 41: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, GA staff transfer you to airport for your final departure from this interesting high Himalayan country, Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m. and transfer to Hotel. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu, preparations for the expedition. Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 860m. 200 km. 5 – 6 hr journey. Day 05: Drive to Marpha from Beni 830m via Baglung 970m. 6 hrs journey. Day 06: At Marpha 2,630 meters, preparations and packing for expeditions. Day 07: Trek to Yak – Kharka 4,915 meters 4 – 5 hrs. Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m. via Thapa pass 5,250m. 4 – 5 hrs Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 4 hrs via French pass 5,360m. Day 10: At Dhaulagiri BC rest day for acclimatization. Day 11: Rest day preparation for the climb. Day 12: Climb to ABC. Day 13: At ABC preparations for the climb. Day 1430: Expedition to the summit for 17 days. Day 31-32: Return to Base Camp. Day 33: At Base Camp clean-up day. Day 34: Trek to Hidden Valley. Day 35: Trek to Yak Kharka. Day 36: Trek to Marpha. Day 37: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni. Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Day 3940: In Kathmandu. Day 41: International Departure.      

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines On arrival GA staff will meet and transfer you to respective Hotels.

Day 02 – 03: Preparation for the expeditions. These days busy obtaining necessary paper works and documents interact with the Sherpa staff, making of the climbing permits, Visa and a visit to the Ministry of Tourism for Official briefings.

Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 860m. 5 – 6 hours journey. Morning drive to Pokhara, the bus ride takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route is Malekhu-Mugling-Dumre and Damuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone, after 5-6 hours of scenic drive reaching at Pokhara for the overnight in the Hotel by the Lake Phewa.

Day 05: Drive to Marpha via Beni and Tatopani. The drive on leaving the outskirt of Pokhara climbs towards Naudanda and Kande with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains soon following the Modi River to Kusma town and the road diverts towards the big town of Beni the headquarter town of Myagdi region, from here the drive leads on the dirt road following the Kali-Gandaki River upstream leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, journey continues further uphill for another few hours reaching at Lete with grand views of Dhaulagiri and its Ice fall, Tukuche peaks, Nilgiri mid and South and Annapurna North-West Face. From Lete entering the windswept country of Kali-Gandaki River Valley reaching at Marpha, one of the most beautiful and charming town village this is an apple country, one can try some of local apple product like brandy-juice-cider and local brew.

Day 06: At Marpha. Today a free day for an excursion around this beautiful village and to re-check all the camping and climbing gears for Dhaulagiri Expeditions.

Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m. 4 – 5 hrs. The walk to Yak Kharka from Marpha leads to a steep uphill path through the forest of firs and junipers and rhododendron trees and bushes most of the way till Yak Kharka is reached for the overnight camp on the vast grazing field, Kharka in Nepali means a pasture or a grazing ground and shade for animals.

Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m. 4 – 5 hrs. The walk continues on the uphill slope leaving the tree line behind in absolute wilderness in between the Tukuche and Thapa / Dhampus Peaks, few hours of climb reaching at Thapa / Dhampus pass at 5,250m. From here the walk is gradual on the narrow path (in snow conditions this trail can be quite tricky) Finally reaching at Hidden Valley a vast field which is a summer pasture overlooking  Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m.), all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. To the right is Tukuche Peak west and to the rear stands the huge Dhaulagiri I.  Hidden Valley remained behind Dhaulagiri massif undiscovered, until last few decades. It offers a very scenic charm with several small Peaks to climb.

Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 5 hrs. Today early move for the Base Camp situated at 4,750 metres.  Entering a gentle slope to end of the valley and further as the walk continue the climb up to French pass at 5,360 metres. On reaching the highest point of this trekking at French Pass festooned with Buddhist prayer flag or lung-ta offered by trekkers and climbers respecting the mountain spirit. From here descend for a short while to reach 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 metre high. Offering 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.) stands towering the sky, and the desolate Ice Fall descending from the col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Our overnight camp will be made on the clearing of rocky moraine with grand views of Dhaulagiri I and its massif glacier and icefall.

Day 10 – 11: At Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Free leisure days for local hike and preparation for the climb to the summit of Dhaulagiri.

Day 12: Climb to Advance Camp 5,600m. The walk leads to a descent to the Dhaulagiri glacier for a while on the rumble of moraine rocks and with a slow climb towards the Dhaulagiri’s icefall then scouting the area to establish Advance Camp on the safe sheltered spot free from the danger of avalanche and rock fall.

Day 13: At Advance Camp. Free day preparations for the climb of the summit of Mt.Dhaualagiri.

Day 14 – 30: Expedition to the summit of Dhaulagiri. We have reserved 17 days for the summit bid and preparations to ferry the camping and climbing load to specific camp. From Advance Camp at least 2-3 camps can be adequate, as this North West Route is the most accessible way to the summit than any other route of this world’s seventh highest Mountain.

Day 31 – 32: Return to Base Camp. On two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for the return trip and packing.

Day 33: At Base Camp clean-up day. A necessary day for the last hour packing and for the clean up of the Base Camp.

Day 34: Trek to Hidden Valley. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, journey continues leading 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, climbing the hill which runs along the glacier for a short while, then again make a climb to another higher hill across the mountain flank, From this vantage point which offers stunning view of the mountain ranges, all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. A gentle descent along the snow covered landscape finally leads to the overnight halt at the wide Hidden Valley.

Day 35: Trek to Yak Kharka. Retrace the journey back via Dhampus / Thapa pass.

Day 36: Trek to Marpha. Retrace the journey back, this time it will be a long walk downhill all the way to Marpha town village and for the great party with fellow members, staff and porters.

Day 37: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni. After packing all the stuff and equipment board on the Jeep or Bus for the long scenic drive of 6-7 hours to Pokhara on arrival check into respective Hotel by the Lake Phewa.

Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Morning drive back to Kathmandu on the same busy interesting highway concluding this memorable adventurous expedition in Kathmandu with The Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 39 – 40: In Kathmandu. Free day at leisure a free day in Kathmandu, for necessary paper works to submit to the concern government department and to recheck the gear and please inform GA staff if you would like a short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 41: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, GA staff transfer you to airport for your final departure from this interesting high Himalayan country, Nepal.

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