Duration: 20 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 5,200 m
Trek Type: Tea House
Best Season: March to May; June to Aug
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Transportation: Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
Group Size: 12 pax maximum
Meaning “white mountain’ in local dialect, the Dhaulagiri massif, situated northwest of Pokhara, is one of the largest mountain ranges in the world – 40kms long and encompassing fifteen 7,000m peaks.
Trekking around Dhaulagiri is an exceptional trek that passes through staggering alpine terrain.
Starting outside Pokhara, we follow the Mayangdu Khola (river) westward to Dobang before turning north. Our route then cuts through thick forest providing glimpses of towering mountain peaks.
Crossing the French Col (5,240m), we enter remote Hidden Valley. From here, we cross Dhampus Pass (5,155m) into Marpha, where a few days’ on the Annapurna Circuit route take us via Ghorepani ridge, renowned for its spectacular panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri range, to Birethanti and back to Pokhara.
Conditions on the trek can be extremely tough and demanding and as such, we do not recommend this trek for inexperienced trekkers.
This trail is relatively unscathed by the earthquake and is safe for trekking.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Rest/preparation
Day 03: Drive Beni
Day 04: Trek Babiyachour (990m)
Day 05: Trek Dharapani (1550m)
Day 06: Trek Muri (1850m)
Day 07: Trek Boghara (2080m)
Day 08: Trek Dobang (2500m)
Day 09: Trek Sallaghari (2820m)
Day 10: Trek Italian Base Camp (3660m)
Day 11: Rest/acclimatization
Day 12: Trek Glacier Camp (4200m)
Day 13: Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m)
Day 14: Rest/explore
Day 15: Trek Hidden Valley (5050m) via French Col (5360m)
Day 16: Hike around
Day 17: Trek Yak Kharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5240m)
Day 18: Trek Jomsom (2760m)
Day 19: Fly Pokhara-Kathmandu
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.
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Multiple entry 90 days – US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu
The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
The visa extension fee for more than 15 days is USD 2 per day
Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January to December)