Nepal: 28d Dhaulagiri Trekking with Muskanta Pass

  • Sophisticated
  • 23 Days Tent
  • 5,330 M
  • 4 Days Hotel Days

Dhaulagiri Trekking is one of the adventurous trekking trails in the Annapurna Region of Nepal. There is a long difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8167m) that starts from Beni on the Kali Gandaki and follows the Marsyangdi Khola westwards to Darbang before turning north along a tiny trail that leads through the forest into the high country. Meanwhile, most of the route is over snow and glaciers, crossing the French Col at 5240 m. And going through the Hidden Valley and crossing the 5155 m. Dhampus Pass. Simultaneously, the trek passes Batase Danda (windy hill), where it is usually as windy as the name suggests. Then from here, we descend steeply to Marpha in the Kali Gandaki valley. From Jomsom, the trek continues to the village of Thini. Thini is the place from where a goat trail scrambles over the Mesokanto Pass at 5330 m.

However, the Dhaulagiri trekking trail passes through the world’s deepest river gorge. Similarly, this trek brings you the many varieties of Nepal’s natural beauty and cultural diversity. So, this trip is for those with mountaineering aspirations.

Route Highlights

  • Area: Annapurna region,
  • Difficulty: D+ (Challenging)
  • Starting point: Pokhara
  • Ending point: Pokhara
  • Best season: : Mar – Aug & Sep – Nov
  • Max. Group size: 30 pax
  • Min. Group size: 01 pax
  • Accommodation: In the hotel, lodge, and tent
  • Culture: Different communities with a majority of Gurung, Magar & Thakalis, and their unique culture and religion.
  • Mode of trekking: Fully Organized Trekking.
  • Himalayan Sights: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges, Thorong Peak, and Tibetan rugged mountains Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast. The sixth highest mountain in the world.

Day to day schedule to Nepal: 28d Dhaulagiri Trekking with Muskanta Pass

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel. (D)

    Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley o/n in a hotel (B)

    The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath might make you feel calm and peace.

  • Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, o/n in a hotel +B

    Today after having breakfast, we take 30 minutes flight over the Himalayas or we take the private vehicle to Pokhara. On route to Pokhara, we can see country and landscape of Nepal. In afternoon you are free to explore the Pokhara.

  • Day 04: Drive and Trek to Dharapani (1565m/ 6 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today, we drive to Darbang and further trek to Dharapani, our trail crosses the terraced hills, Shahashadhara village Dudh Khola Ratorunga village to Dharapani.

  • Day 05: Trek to Muri (1850m/7 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today the path goes steeply up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains appear clearly. From Muri, we enjoy the magnificent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others many more.

  • Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2050m/ 8 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    From Muri, the trail is easy and goes down for few hours but before to reach Boghara you have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours. The trail descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Boghara.

  • Day 07: Trek to Dhoban (2630m/6 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes we will need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to . Finally, cross the rocky part to arrive at Dhoban.

  • Day 08: Trek to Sallaghari (4700m, 6hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

  • Day 09: Trek to Italian Base camp (3700m/6 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today you will reach the Italian Base Camp where you will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through the beautiful forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. Since, we are rapidly gaining altitude, keep yourself hydrated and take it easy.

  • Day 10: Rest & Acclimatization, o/n in camp +O+L+D

    A rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little exploring, this is a day to relax because next day we will have a tough day. Exercise, move around, we do hiking and properly acclimatize with the altitude.

  • Day11: Trek to Japanese camp (4200m, 5hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today, we trek along the trail to the Japanese Camp. This trail is a little tough, so probably we might need to use a rope in a couple of tricky spots. The surroundings here are spectacular, with magnificent views of the beautiful snow-capped peaks.

  • Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/4 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. On the way, enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I.

  • Day 13: Rest day in Dhaulagiri base camp, o/n in a Camp +O+L+D

  • Day 14: Trek to Hidden Valley via French cool (5000m/5hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today we climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. We then climb to the French Col (5100 m) from where we can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass we continue along the trail towards Hidden Valley.

  • Day 15: Early morning summit Dhampus peak, 6200m and back to Hidden valley (9hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Start early morning to achieve our aim which takes about 8 hrs, At the summit we will be enclosed by the views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, and Annapurna range then down back to Hidden Valley.

  • Day 16: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m/6 hrs ) o/n in camp ++O+L+D

    After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we pass through avalanche prone slopes and then descends steeply to Yak Kharka. Then trail descends down until we reach at Yak kharka.

  • Day 17: Trek to Jomsom [2,715m/8hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today, more steep descent leads to Marpha, tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking in the snow, we pass the top of the Thapa Pass. From Marpha, we further head toward to Jomsom. )

  • Day 18: Trek to Yak kharka (3350/5hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    An early after breakfast, we start our trek with, through rocky path, landscape, green forest where we can have best views of Annapurna Himalayas.

  • Day 19: Trek to Namaphug (3775, 6hrs) o/nin camp +O+L+D

    From Yak,kharka the trail goes up for few hours and then flat but before to reach Namaphug we again climb a steep path for a couple of hours to Namaphug.

  • Day 20: Trek to Tilicho base camp via Musakanta pass 5240m (4700m, 8hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    After an early breakfast, trek all the way up over the 5240m Musakanta Pass, we pass through avalanche ,Glacier and then descends steeply to Tilicho base camp.

  • Day 21: Trek to Manang (3500m, 6hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today we start early in the morning, we trying to avoid the wind, From Base camp to Manang, follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge.

  • Day 22: Rest and hiking around in Manang, o/n in camp +O+L+D

    The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village.

  • Day 23: Trek to Chame (2740m, 7hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today we continue through the drier Lower part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m, than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river.

  • Day 24: Trek to Talmanang (1700m, 6hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    Today, we start all the way down, we will cross a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi river just right after we left Dharapani , after passing fields of Corn, Barley and potatoes and then through forests of bamboo and Rhododendrons then we will across the river and continue walking through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Talmanang.

  • Day 25: Trek to Syange (1190m, 5hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    An early breakfast, then we descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to Syange.

  • Day 26: Trek to Beshishar ( 7hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    After breakfast, we trek fallowing The Marsyandi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages as Bhulbhule, Khudi. Then we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi, a last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar

  • Day 27: Drive to Kathmandu (1350, 9hrs) o/n in a hotel +O+L

    After early breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu by public bus through the Marsayndi river.

  • Day 28: Departure +O

    Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu

What is included?

  • Arrival and transfer transport from to international and domestic airport in Kathmandu
  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
  • All the necessary kitchen equipment, member, dining, kitchen and toilet tent during trekking
  • Sightseeing with guide and private transport in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • National park and peak permit fee
  • Accommodation in hotel, guesthouse, and tent

What is excluded?

  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Domestic flight ticket POK-KTM USD 91 per person one way
  • Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • International flight ticket

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Best Season
Mar - Aug & Sep - Nov

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