Dhaulagiri Trek Through Jomsom Muktinath

18 Days

The Dhaulagiri Trek is one of the most challenging and adventurous treks in Nepal, offering stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif and surrounding peaks. This trek takes you around the Dhaulagiri massif, the seventh highest mountain in the world, an elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet). This trek offers a remote and wild experience, traversing through rugged terrain, high passes, glaciers, and picturesque valleys. It’s suitable for experienced trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Himalayas.

  • 8th September, 18th September, 6th October 13th October and 20th October
  • English
  • 3 Star Hotel in KTM, Teahouse and Camping during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Bus/jeep or plane
  • Moderate
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5360m
  • 2-8
  • Well experienced trekking and Cultural guide

Dhaulagiri Trek Overview

The Dhaulagiri Trek provides a unique and wonderful opportunity for trekkers to immerse themselves in the pristine beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas while navigating through diverse landscapes. Beginning in the bustling town of Beni, the trail gradually ascends through lush forests, where trekkers may encounter an array of flora and fauna unique to the region. As the trek progresses, the vegetation gives way to alpine meadows adorned with colorful rhododendron blooms, providing a breathtaking contrast against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Crossing French Pass is one of the challenging point in Dhaulagiri trek, situated at an altitude of approximately 5,360 meters (17,585 feet). This formidable pass demands physical endurance and a sense of adventure as you negotiate steep inclines and rocky terrain. However, the reward is unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan giants, including Dhaulagiri itself, as well as Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, and Annapurna. The sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit of the French Pass is profound, marking a significant milestone in the journey.

As you continue your traverse around the Dhaulagiri massif, you will encounter remote villages inhabited by ethnic communities such as the Gurungs and Magars. These encounters offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region, characterized by traditional lifestyles, vibrant festivals, and warm hospitality. Engaging with local inhabitants provides a deeper understanding of life in the Himalayas and fosters meaningful connections that endure long after the trek is complete.

Dhaulagiri Trek Highlights:

  • Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and surrounding peaks,
  • Crossing high mountain passes like French Pass and Dhampus Pass,
  • Remote and pristine landscapes, including glaciers and valleys,
  • Unique cultural experiences in traditional villages along the trek,
  • Exploring the wild and untouched beauty of the Himalayas,
  • Encounters with ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and sacred pilgrimage sites nestled in the rugged terrain,
  • Close-up views of the dramatic Dhaulagiri Icefall, offering a glimpse into the raw power and beauty of nature,
  • Immersion in the rich biodiversity of the region, with opportunities to spot rare Himalayan flora and fauna such as the Himalayan thar and blue sheep,
  • Crossing the challenging Hidden Valley, a remote and awe-inspiring landscape surrounded by towering peaks.
  • Glimpses into the traditional way of life of the Gurung and Magar ethnic communities, known for their warm hospitality and unique cultural traditions.

Dhaulagiri Trek Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, you will be welcomed by our representative. He/she will assist you to your respective hotel. At the hotel, he/she will help you to check-in and make a pre-meeting for your trek. Take some time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your trekking guide for a detailed briefing about the trek itinerary, necessary equipment, and safety precautions. If needed, you can use this day to purchase or rent any trekking gear or supplies in Kathmandu. In the afternoon, transfer to Kathmandu's domestic airport for your flight to Pokhara. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the lakeside city. Overnight at hotel

Early in the morning, transfer to Pokhara's domestic airport for your flight to Jomsom. The flight offers spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Jomsom, meet your trekking crew and begin trekking towards Lubra. The trek to Lubra takes approximately 5-6 hours and follows the Kali Gandaki River, offering views of rugged landscapes and traditional villages. Arrive in Lubra, a small Tibetan village, and settle into your accommodation for the night.

After breakfast, resume your trek towards Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The trail ascends gradually, passing through picturesque landscapes and traditional villages. Upon reaching Muktinath, visit the Muktinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the nearby Buddhist monasteries. Take in the spiritual ambiance and stunning mountain views surrounding the temple complex. Overnight stay in Muktinath.

Today's trek takes you from Muktinath to Jhong and then to Kagbeni. Enjoy the scenic trail with views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains. Explore the ancient village of Jhong with its traditional architecture and cultural heritage. Continue trekking to Kagbeni, a medieval village situated at the entrance of the Upper Mustang region. Explore the narrow streets, ancient monasteries, and mud-brick houses adorned with prayer flags. Overnight stay in Kagbeni.

Depart from Kagbeni and trek to Marpha, known for its apple orchards and traditional whitewashed houses. The trail offers panoramic views of the Himalayas as you descend into the Kali Gandaki Valley. Explore the charming village of Marpha and sample local delicacies such as apple pie and apple brandy. Overnight stay in Marpha.

Today's trek takes you from Marpha to Aalubari. Enjoy the scenic trail through rhododendron forests and picturesque valleys. Pass through traditional villages and interact with the friendly locals. Arrive in Aalubari, a tranquil village surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. Overnight stay in Aalubari.

Today is a rest day in Yak Kharka, allowing you to acclimatize to the altitude and rejuvenate for the challenging days ahead. Take short walks around the village or simply relax and enjoy the serene mountain atmosphere. Optionally, you can explore nearby viewpoints for panoramic mountain views or engage in light exercises to stay active. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka.

Resume your trek from Yak Kharka towards Kalopani or Dhampus Base Camp. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges as you ascend to higher altitudes. Depending on the pace of the trek and weather conditions, you will either reach Kalopani or Dhampus Base Camp by the end of the day. Overnight stay in Kalopani or Dhampus Base Camp.

Begin your trek towards the Hidden Valley, a secluded basin surrounded by towering cliffs and glaciers. The trail traverses rugged terrain and high mountain passes, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Arrive in the Hidden Valley and set up camp for the night. Enjoy the serene and surreal atmosphere of this remote mountain sanctuary. Overnight camping in the Hidden Valley.

Trek from the Hidden Valley to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, situated at the foot of the Dhaulagiri massif. The trail crosses rocky terrain and glacier moraines, presenting a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience. Arrive at Dhaulagiri Base Camp and marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the towering peaks surrounding you. Set up camp and rest for the night in preparation for the next day's trek. Overnight camping at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Depart from Dhaulagiri Base Camp and trek towards Italian Camp. The trail ascends gradually, passing through alpine meadows and rocky terrain. Arrive at Italian Camp, a temporary campsite used by trekkers and mountaineers as a base for expeditions to Dhaulagiri and other peaks in the region. Set up camp and rest for the night, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. Overnight camping at Italian Camp.

Resume your trek from Italian Camp towards Dovan. The trail descends through rocky terrain and lush forests, offering occasional glimpses of the surrounding peaks. Arrive in Dovan, a small settlement nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Set up camp and relax for the night, enjoying the tranquility of the mountain surroundings. Overnight camping in Dovan.

Trek from Dovan to Muri, a journey that takes you through pristine forests and picturesque valleys. Enjoy the scenic trail with views of waterfalls, streams, and wildlife. Arrive in Muri, a charming village situated at the confluence of the Myagdi and Kali Gandaki rivers. Set up camp and rest for the night, rejuvenating for the final leg of your trek. Overnight camping in Muri.

Today's trek takes you from Muri back to Beni, where you began your journey. Descend through lush forests and terraced fields, passing through traditional villages along the way. Arrive in Beni, a bustling town located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Myagdi rivers. Celebrate the completion of your trek with your trekking crew and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Overnight stay in Beni.

After breakfast, depart from Beni and drive back to Kathmandu. The journey takes approximately 6-7 hours, offering scenic views of the countryside and terraced fields. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may choose to explore the vibrant streets of Thamel or relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Today is a rest day in Kathmandu, allowing you to unwind and reflect on your trekking adventure. Explore the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu at your own pace. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, or Pashupatinath Temple. Alternatively, you can indulge in some souvenir shopping or enjoy a leisurely meal at one of Kathmandu's many restaurants. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute shopping or additional sightseeing in Kathmandu. Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey, bidding farewell to the majestic Himalayas and the warm hospitality of Nepal. End of the trekking adventure.

The Cost Includes:

  • Supervision by a Nepalese trekking guide, Assistant guide, Cook and Kitchen staff, porters.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Teahouse and Camping during the trek.
  • All transportation by bus/jeep from Kathmandu- Pokhara-Jomsom-Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Full board during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) permit, Dhaulagiri Entry Permit
  • Guide and porters salaries, insurance and all other equipment facilities to the staffs.
  • All government and local taxes and official expenses.

The Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare.
  • The Nepalese visa.
  • Insurance (compulsory on all trips – ensure you are adequately covered for emergency evacuation).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Spending of a personal expenses, e.g. laundry, snacks and drinks, souvenirs, toiletries, tips, etc.
  • All bar bills and tips.

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