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Dhaulagiri and French Pass
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Around Dhaulagiri & French Pass
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* Along the remote elusive trail running through rural villages, breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and high snowcapped peaks
* Camping at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, rugged terrain, walking on the moraine and glacier
* Unspoiled forest and country life, crossing of two great passes French & Thapa-la
* Exploring hidden valleys, world’s deepest gorge, charming villages

* Along the remote elusive trail running through rural villages, breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and high snowcapped peaks
* Camping at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, rugged terrain, walking on the moraine and glacier
* Unspoiled forest and country life, crossing of two great passes French & Thapa-la
* Exploring hidden valleys, world’s deepest gorge, charming villages

 

Introduction:

This overwhelming adventure starts from the remote west of Dhaulagiri, makes it to the main popular Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route, and through the world's deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley. Then it wonderfully concludes in the tourism capital of Pokhara via the scenic route of Annapurna region.

The journey is enthralling and includes a gist of almost all the trekking environments Nepal has to offer. It takes you from the fertile and relatively low farmlands to the barren parts of the valleys, towards the dense forests down the valley and then towards high snow crested ridge and callous ice field. This trip also gives you access to excellent and rare views of both the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massifs.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day tour.
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. 3-4 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Lete 2,480m. 5 hrs walk.
Day 17: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m. Approx. 6-7 hrs.
Day 18: Drive to Pokhara via Beni. Approx. 6 hrs.
Day 19: In Pokhara at leisure.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Departure Dates Availability
24 Apr-15 May Available
23 Oct-13 Nov Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860m 210 km 6 hrs journeys.
A Bus drives from Kathmandu to Pokhara on this busy highway, Pokhara a popular tourist destination of natural beauty vista of a wonderful mountain in its natural structure. Afternoon is free to walk around the Phewa Lake side.
   
Day04: Drive to Darbang via Beni, 5-6 hrs journey
From Pokhara another 3-4 hours of good scenic drive brings you at Beni. Recently road has been extended up to Darbang so we will continue our ride, otherwise we use to start our trekking right from Beni. Beni a large town, headquarter of the Myagdi district. There is quite a lot of traffic of many porters' mules and donkey trains carrying load of merchandise on the Kali Gandaki route. The journey continues on the dirt road passing several town and farm village till Darbang is reached. Darbang is located near the raging Myagdi River, which flows all the way from Dhaulagiri Base Camp and its glaciers. Our overnight camp just a little away from the main village.
   
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani 1,560m. 3-4 hrs walks.
We have a fairly moderate day to start our first day walk. From here cross the Myagdi river over the suspension bridge, the trails winds 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 brings 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:   From Dharapani trek to Mure 1,700m. 5-6 hrs walks.
 

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 large  village of Mure for the overnight camp, at the confluence of the Myagdi and Dhara rivers.

   
Day 07: From Mure 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 good walk for the overnight camp. Bagar is the last village on route to Marpha village at 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 at 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.
  Contingency or reserve day, in case if there's problem or difficulty on route. If it goes well with the program, can have rest day here to explore around this Hidden Valley, depending upon the weather as well or move to lower camp.
   
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m.5 hrs.
  After a wonderful time at Hidden Valley, 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 Marpha 2,630m 4-5 hrs.
  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. Today follow the path in the left banks along the Kali Gandaki River up to Marpha Village, following the winding mountain trail that goes downwards to the right side and crossing a stream to reach a little settlement of Alubari with some numbers of small stone huts. Winding around further and keeping still to the right, descend a steep zig-zagging along the narrow mountain side. The final descent, eventually reaches to the center of the village of Marpha for the overnight stop, one of the most charming villages on this route, famous for its apple and its product.
   
Day 16: Trek to Lete 2,480m. 5 hrs walk.
  From Marpha an hour walk leads to Tukuche village, the walk is very enjoyable following the Kaligandaki River down stream, from Tukuche coming to Larjung village, and further through the cultivated areas and then the rocky area up to the settlement of Larjung at 2,560 meters. Then crossing the broad river bed, either by way of a series of temporary plank bridges over numerous channel if the river level is low, or via the a high suspension bridge, the usual route follows the east side of the valley. After an hour walk, getting back to the tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the path meanders away from the river for a while for an hour then coming near Kalalpani from here the trail leads to a suspension bridge over the gorge of raging Kaligandaki River with awesome view of Dhaulagiri peak and its icefall, from the bridge a short walk brings to Kalapani village. Kalapani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding.  A short walk leads to camp at Lete, once again, an excellent view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna I and Nilgiri's can be observed.
   
Day 17: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m. Approx. 6-7 hrs.
  Walk from Lete leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, passing between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. The first two hours of trek passes through the village of Ghasa, the Kali Gandaki Valley is renowned as being Nepal's most prosperous regions that's because of the Trans Himalayan & Salt Trade Route passes through this region to Tibet; this section of the area is surprisingly wild and scenically varied.
Below Ghasa, which is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakalis people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi Cahhare. Tatopani is a nice village with hot spring just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.
   
Day 18: From Tatopani drive to Pokhara via Beni 5-6 hrs journeys.
  From the Tatopani village board on the local Bus or a Jeep for the drive towards Pokhara, the drive leads to Beni, on this spot Beni where it will be a full circuit of the Dhaulagiri round, the drive continues for another 3 hours and then reaching at Pokhara for the overnight stop by the lake Phewa.
   
Day 19: At Pokhara.
  A leisure day in Pokhara 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 20: From Pokhara fly to Kathmandu.
  A morning flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, depending upon the flight time, this scenic flight takes half hour to Kathmandu; a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.
   
Day 21: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 22:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights and Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Transportation Kathmandu / Pokhara / Beni / Darbang & Tatopani / Beni / Pokhara by private Non AC Vehicle.
 5.  Internal flight Pokhara / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.
 8.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Nagarkot:

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India:
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Bhutan:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Around Dhaulagiri & French Pass
  • Trip Duration : 21 Days
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous/Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : at French pass 5,360 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov

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