The Annapurna region is separated from the Dhaulagiri massif, by the Kali Gandaki River. The Dhaulagiris includes more than 30 peaks over 6,000m, eight of these above 8,000m. The views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges are exceptional.This long and difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8,167m) starts from Beni on the Kali Gandaki River and follows the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang before turning north along a tiny trail that leads through forests and into the high country. Much of the trek is on snow and glaciers as it crosses the French Col (5,240m) and then traverses the head of Hidden Valley, crossing 5,155m Dhampus Pass. The trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha, Jomsom and then back into Pokhara.
Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02 Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 Guesthous should take 8-9 hours and you'll find most of the scenery very enjoyable. Overnight 3 to Beni (850m) Duration: 8-9 hrs
After your breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive at.
Day 04 Trek to Babiachor (950m) Duration: 05 hrs
Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babiachor. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05 Trek to Dharapani (1400m) Duration: 6 hrs
The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06 Trek to Muri (1800m) Duration: 5 hrs
After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. We Continue trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810meters). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07 Trek to Boghara (2080m) Duration: 6 hrs
Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 meters). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08 Trek to Dobang (2520m) Duration: 5 hrs
The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09 Trek to Choriban Khola (3110m) Duration: 5 hrs
After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10 Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) Duration: 7 hrs
Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11 Acclimatization and rest day
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be "tuned" for the even higher altitudes to come. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12 Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) Duration: 6 hrs
Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) Duration: 7 hrs
This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north east col. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14 Acclimatization and Rest Day
Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15 Cross French Pass (5360m) then trek to Hidden Valley (5200m) Duration: 6 hrs
After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360 meters). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 meters) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6012m). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make it to camp at 5200 meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16 Cross Dhampus Pass (5200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) Duration: 6 hrs
Descend from the hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17 Trek to Jomsom (2710m) Duration: 5 hrs
Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18 Fly to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 20-minutes
Today 20 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19 Pokhara to Kathmandu
Scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist vehicle, 6 hrs. Overnight at Hotel
Day 20 Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain hiking & Trekking will take you the airport.
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