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Dhaulagiri Trek & Swiss Base Camp 23 days


Trip Overview

Duration: 23 days
Maximum altitude: 5’360 m
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Camping
Best season: March - July and September – December

Dhaulagiri – in Sanskrit means White Mountains - is one of the largest mountain ranges in the world.

In the year 1809 the Dhaulagiri was set with an altitude of 8'190 m. It was the first discovered eight thousand peaks and up to the year 1838, he was considered the highest mountain in the world.

The white mountains of the Dhaulagiri region, separated from Annapurna massif by the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, include a series of about fifteen peaks over 7'000 m altitude.

This Trekking Area is open since 1990. Our Trek starts in Darbang, we walk along the Myagdi River, and we will pass Babichor and Dharapani. After awhile we finally reach a high alpine region, bypassing the Chhanbardan Glaciers and climbing up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the French Pass and walking into the Hidden Valley, the trails starts to descent slowly until we reach Marpha from where we can decide if we fly back to Pokhara via Jomsom or we make the complete round which ends in Nayaphul.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Drive to Darbang

Day 04: Darbang - Sibang

Day 05: Sibang - Muri

Day 06: Muri - Boghara

Day 07: Boghara - Dobang

Day 08: Dobang - Choriban

Day 09: Choriban – Swiss Base Camp

Day 10: Swiss Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Acclimatization day

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col – Hidden Valley

Day 13: Hidden Valley Thapa Pass – Yak Kharka

Day 14: Yak Kharka – Tukuche

Day 15: Tukuche - Ghasa

Day 16: Ghasa - Tatopani

Day 17: Tatopani – Sikha

Day 18: Sikha - Ghorepani – Poonhill Sunset

Day 19: Ghorepani - Tikedhunga

Day 20: Tikedhunga – Nayapul – drive to Pokhara

Day 21: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 22: Kathmandu, Extra Day

Day 23: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayembhunath (Monkey temple) etc. In the evening we meet with our tour guide to prepare our trek.

Day 03: Drive to Darbang
A long bus drive brings us to Darbang

Day 04: Darbang – Sibang
After 2 hours climb we arrive in the valley of Darapani. It is the home of the Gurung and Thakali. High above the rice fields we can see for the first time Dhaulagiri I, II, and IV.

Day 05: Sibang – Muri
We climb down to the Dharang Khola and crossing the river on an impressive expansion bridge, afterwards it goes steeply up to the Magar and Kami Village Muri.

Day 06: Muri – Boghara
The trail brings us down to the Myagdi Khola and crossing the village Naura before we arrive in Boghara.

Day 07: Boghara – Dobang
We walk towards a jungle, after letting the rainforest behind us we arrive Dobang.

Day 08: Dobang – Choriban
After a few wooden bridges and a rhododendron and conifer forest we arrive in Choriban. Here you may see Langurs jumping around in the trees.

Day 09: Choriban – Swiss Base Camp
The valley is getting more narrow, it is the source of the Myagdi Khola. We are crossing moraines and down the Glacier. A fixes line helps to pass the difficult rock face. We are heading towards the Swiss Base Camp where we got spectacular scenery.

Day 10: Swiss Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp
The trail leads us above the Chhonbardan Glacier. In front of us, we can see the Tukche Peak 6’837 m but more impressive is the north rock face of Dhaulagiri I. In the west we can see Dhaulagiri II 7’751 m, Dhaulagiri III 7’715 m, and Dhaulagiri V 7’618 m.

Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Acclimatization day
Take your time and enjoy the fantastic view, maybe you can see an Expedition. In 1960 a Swiss expedition succeeded for the first time to climb the Dhaulagiri I.

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col – Hidden Valley
We climb up to the French Pass at 5’360 m. The trail is steep and leads above a moraine. On the pass we get welcomed from prayer flags and with a fantastic view.

Day 13: Hidden Valley Thapa Pass – Yak Kharka
The ascent to the Thapa Pass 5’250 m takes us around 1 ½ hours before it goes down to the Yak Kharka (Yak pasture Ground)

Day14: Yak Kharka – Tukuche
The trail leads us towards Marpha, which is famous for his Apple Peach Farm and Distillery. From here we can go either to Jomsom and flying back to Pokhara or we hike to Tukuche. In case we didn’t have the chance to visit a distillery, here we get one more.

Day 15: Tukuche – Ghasa
One of the first village is Khobang. Some houses are build above the path, this construction protects against the wind and snow. The trails goes just slightly down. We pass Larjung from where we have again a fantastic view to Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak, between lies in a saddle of Dhaulagiri icefall. From Lete the path descends more steeper. After awhile we arrive in Ghasa.

Day 16: Ghasa – Tatopani
We climb more and more down, besides us every now and then the Kali Gandaki River.

Day 17: Tatopani – Sikha
It is a steep walk up to Sikha

Day 18: Sikha - Ghorepani – Poonhill Sunset
The way is still going up steeply. When we arrive in Ghorepani we enjoy the Poonhill sunset.

Day 19: Ghorepani - Tikedhunga
The trail leads through wonderful oak and rhododendron forests.

Day 20: Tikedhunga – Nayapul – drive to Pokhara

Day 21: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 22: Kathmandu, Extra Day

Day 23: Departure

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.