Porters carry trekker’s all personal belongings. Everyone walks at his or her own pace and as the group spreads out along the trail. There is a plenty of time to enjoy the views, meet the local people, take photographs and enjoy the flora and fauna. Even though you are a group you can walk alone. The porters are slower and cook crews (Sherpas) rush ahead to prepare lunch, which should then be ready when the groups arrive at around 11 o’clock. Afternoon trek ends about 3 pm when you round ahead to discover your tents already set up by Sherpas in a field near the village. The kitchen crew again prepares tea coffee; biscuits will be available in the camp. As we often camp near villages a trip to the local inn can provide some light entertainment. Later on, you have free choice to read a book or explore the surrounding area. The food provided is a combination of western and local cuisine by around 6 pm. The cooks and kitchen staff are fully trained to the highest standard so hygiene. In the evening all staffs make fun by singing and dancing in the groups. After that around 8 pm, most trekkers turn to their tents to enjoy a sound sleep.
Detail: Trekking around the giant Himalayan peak Dhaulagiri (6th highest Himalayan peak of the world) is one of the most challenging remote treks. Trekking off the main paths is not only possible but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected. Geographically, Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast. This is a trek into the wild which shows the world’s deepest river gorge, unparalleled scenery, as you might expect in such remote country, some very interesting indigenous people. The vast massif screens the hidden land of Dolpo to its north-west. Following the rivers upstream, ferns and forests of oak and other deciduous trees and juniper are interesting. Mountainsides of rhododendron blaze with colour in the spring and other flowers are abundant on the trail. Even on High Mountain passes above the tree line, tiny alpine flowers can be found dotting the windswept ground. This is an adventure that walks the fine line between trekking and mountaineering and is ideal for those that thrive on rugged and remote trails that see only a handful of trekkers each season.
Day 2. Sightseeing / Cultural Day In Kathmandu Valley Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu, Patan city where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local tradition are highlighted on my guided tour. There’s time to explore the city’s many charms on your own or take a rest while I finalize trekking area permits. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. Q/N in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara Today we drive to Pokhara (200km), approximately 7 hours away by tourist bus. We will see the good scenery of countryside while driving. We will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara around 2:00 o’clock. Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on bicycle/on foot or as your own like boating in Fewa Lake overlooking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges. In the evening prepare for the trek. Q/N.
Day 4. Pokhara – Maldhunga Start trek and arrive at Maldhunga for overnight camping. The first few days are pleasant trekking through thatched Hindhu villages and terraced fields.
Day 5: Maldhunga – Darbang
Day 6. Takum – Muri
Day 7: Muri – Bagar
Day 8. Bagar – Dovan Here we leave the villages behind and the trail becomes increasingly challenging.
Day 9: Dovan – Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) Passing through the beautiful forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around.
Day 10. UPPER BUNGINI – REST DA A rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little exploring to be had, this is a day to relax because tomorrow we will have a tough day.
Day 11. Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) – Glacier Camp After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. We may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. We camp on the glacier rubble.
Day 12. Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp I 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.
Day 13. Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col – Hidden Valley Hidden valley getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls, we are in safer and gentle country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures, at least -20ºC at night.
Day 14. Hidden Valley – Yak Kharka After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka.
Day 15. Yak Kharka – Marfa After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka.
Day 16. Marfa – Lete (2650 m.) We join the valley of Kaligandaki and Japanese friendship village with rich Thakali culture, which appears with the pay of Dhaulagiri (6hrs) Overnight at Lodge.
Day 17. Lete – Tatopani (1300 m.) Seen at the fall of ice of beautiful Dhaulagiri cross in forest one let us rejoin the hot sources with Tatopani. (7hrs). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 18. Tatopani – Rest Day Tatopani consists several clusters of building with excellent food, hot spring and the nice view of Nilgiri Mountain. Sipping your beer as you enjoy your soak, drinking in the lovely atmosphere and surroundings of the riverside.
Day 19. Tatopani – Ghorepani (2810 m.) We will wake up early morning to hike up to the famed vantage point of Poon Hill excursion at 5 am(2590m). Climb the Deorali (2855m) then a descent through the forest rhododendron until Tadapani (6hrs) Overnight in Lodge.
Day 20. Tadapani – Ghandruk We decent in the forest until Gandrung Visit a village of Gurung community and enjoy cross with the beautiful magnificent mountain. (6hrs) Overnight in hotel
Day 21. Ghandruk – Pokhara Easy increase until Birethati and crossing by Modi river and descent up to point to join the track by bus to Pokhara hotel.
Day 22. Pokhara – Sightseeing Day Spend the days relaxing/Sightseeing in this lovely town, with its wonderful lakeside setting. Overnight in your guest house/hotel.
Day 22. Pokhara – Kathmandu An early start to take the tourist bus back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Trekking duration: 18 – 25 Days.
Trekking grade : D (Challenging)
Mx. altitude : 5,300 m.
Starting from: Pokhara
Ending Point: Pokhara Via Ghandruk
Culture: Different Community with the 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