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Dhaulagiri Round (drive in Beni / fly out Jomsom)

The trek is really adventurous and thus requires some common climbing equipment. To do this trek, one should be physically fit with hiking experience and well equipped before starting the journey. Elevation in this trek varies from 920 meters to 5360 meters. The trek goes through beautiful villages, picturesque farmlands, pristine lakes, shrines and sacred places, valleys and ravines, deep forests offering residence for many species of flora and fauna, the deepest gorge in the world, awesome Himalayas, high passes and a brilliant ecological loveliness.

The trek can be done through third week of September to first week of December and last week of March to first week of June.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Nepal, drive to Dhulikhel. If weather is favourable, the flight to Nepal will be highly rewarding and delightful. You get to see an amazing view of snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful landscape through the windows of your airliner. Soon after you complete immigration process, we welcome you at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport and escort you to Dhulikhel, a serene valley to the east of Kathmandu. Upon arrival we check in the Dhulikhel Lodge Resort (a royal hotel, situated out of crowd and noise). The resort covers a widespread forest area and has a mesmerizing garden offering brilliant views of Himalayan range; you can see Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lhakpa, Gaurishanker, Sisapangma, Cheki Go Peak, and panoramic landscape from the resort. Our valued guests are sincerely suggested to take rest to adapt the local environment; however it is possible to walk in the garden and jungle of the Resort. In the evening we will enjoy buffet dinner.   

Day 02: Drive back to Kathmandu - sightseeing tours of UNESCO's sites. We can see sunrise over high Himalayas from our room and thereafter we will have buffet breakfast. After breakfast, we board in a car for sightseeing tour of UNESCO's heritage sites; Bhaktapur and Patan.

Bhaktapur lies on our way back to Kathmandu, some 13 kilo meters away from the main town. It was an independent Malla Kingdom until 240 years back. The tour of Bhaktapur awards an impressive Nepalese architecture and provides a deep knowledge of Nepal's history, religion, tradition and socio-culture. The tour comprises the sites of Malla ruler's Durbar Square, Lion Gate, Fifty-five windowed Palace, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Nyatapola, temple of Dattatreya, Traditional Village, Ceramic Industry and other historical monuments. As soon as we complete the tours of Bhaktapur, we head for Patan that lies 5 kilo meter far to the South-East of Kathmandu city.

Patan was also an independent country. It was conquered by Shah Ruler 240 year ago. The tour of Patan (UNESCO's another site) comprises Durbar Square, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbheshwor Temple and Handicraft Centers. After the visit of Patan, we head to Thamel, the main town of Kathmandu and check in Manang Hotel 3*.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Beni Bazaar Drive. We leave Kathmandu by 06:30 in the morning for Beni via Pokhara, a popular tourist town situated in a tranquil valley to the central west of Nepal. Pokhara offers breathtaking views of Pristine Lake and Himalayas; Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri Massif, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal and so on. The overland drive from Kathmandu to Beni will be very worthy and humorous for journeyers as one can capture the lively scenario of fertile land, terrace, paddy field, villages, gorge and rivers during the journey. The road is concrete but twisted on hillside for the first one hour, and later on it levels along the side of Trishuli River and then Marshyangdi River. A restful drive of 5 hours brings us at Pokhara where we will have our lunch in a restaurant located in lakeside.

After lunch, we will continue our overland tour to Beni Bazaar. It takes roughly 3 hours drive from Pokhara to Beni. Upon arrival in Beni, we check in our hotel (Yeti Hotel). We enjoy this night in the hotel.   

Day 04: Trek from Beni Bazaar to Babio Chaur. Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district where our permits and passports are examined by security forces, is situated at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki River. We leave Kali and head to west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola to Babio Chaur. We will walk on a level pathway for some 6 hours. Upon arrival in the campsite of Babio Chaur, we will have thirsty-quench; juice, snacks, tea, etc. and then will construct camp. We take rest for some 2 hours and then enjoy our meals in dinning tents. We go to our tent for sound sleep by 8 P.M. From this day, we will have our meals and accommodation in tented camps up to Marpha.  

 Day 05: Trek from Babio Chaur to Darbang. Hot cups of tea are served in every tent along with your wake-up call by 6 A.M. At the same time buckets of warm water for wash up are served in each tent. We will have breakfast by 7 A.M. Sharply after breakfast; we start the day leaving Babio Chaur for Darbang. Depending on the pace of our walk, kitchen crewmembers serve us hot lunch in an appropriate place. Normally, we follow the same manner like the day before to enjoy the night.

This type of service goes throughout the trek. We gently walk for 6-8 hours each day.

Day 06: Trek from Darbang to Sivang via the village of Dharapani, Myagdi

Day 07: Trek from Sivang to Jugepani via Muri

Day 08: Trek from Jugepani to Bagar (2080m)/Boghara

Day 09: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2520m)

Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Sallaghari 3180m. Our speed of walk should be gentler than previous days since we are going to enter higher altitude from this day. The manner of serving meals, management of wash-up, toiletries and arrangement of accommodation will be as same as previous days.

Day 11: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3750m). We walk in a gentle manner. The trail has not well defined yet particularly to the moraine of the Chhonbarbang Glacier. From this day, we should be more careful to walk together. Co-ordination with guide is essential. We enter the glacier from the right. As we arrive in the glacier, we get to see Tukche Peak (6837m) and the north flank of Dhaulagiri. After a short while we reach at the Italian Base Camp (3660m), where we spend 2 nights for high altitude adaptation. From the campsite, we get to see many peaks of Dhaulagiri range; Dhaulagiri II (7750m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7620m).

Day 12: Italian Base Camp - rest for high altitude adaptation. Interested trekkers can explore hills beyond and around the campsite for more acclimatization.

Day 13: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp 4300m also popular as Midway Camp. The day's trail is a little tough and we'd better walk at a relaxing speed with deep observation of magnificent views of surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks. Probably we need to fix rope and go one by one to pass the steep descent and ascent.

Day 14: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4780m). We gradually walk up to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, which is very spectacular one wherein we get to see amazing views of Dhaulagiri massif.

Day 15: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley 5000m via French Pass (5360m). We start the day early morning as it is more safe to cross high passes in early morning. Enjoying with mesmerizing mountain views, we spend a night here in Hidden Valley. It is important to walk gently in group. Co-ordination with each other about your health condition is more important.

Day 16: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka 3682 meter via Dhampus Pass 5258m. As we cross Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche flat slopes and make steep descent to Yak Kharka wherein we enjoy with majestic views of Himalayan peaks surrounding us, landscape and Kaligandaki gorge.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha Village 2670m. We descend to Marpha village viewing over brilliant vistas of Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Annapurnas and Kali Gandaki Gorge. We observe villages of Jharkot with typical Tibetan architecture; we then follow the trail leading to Marpha, a lovely and well planned Thakali village. Marpha is very popular for its apples, apple cider, apricot and peach and local wine made of such fruits.

Day 18: Trek from Marpha to Jomsom 2713. A short trek to Jomsom from Marpha is quite relaxing that offers an amazing view of Nilgiri however; Dhaulagiri and other mountain peaks are also visible. Today is our last day with kitchen and camping staff and thus we enjoy the last day with porters, kitchen crewmembers and other staff. 

Day 19: Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight. We take morning flight to Pokhara and then catch connecting flight to Kathmandu, then transfer to hotel - rest.

Day 20: Kathmandu - guided tours will be organized in other heritage sites of UNESCO; temples, monasteries, stupas, ancient palaces and shrines - mainly the following places.

  • Pashupatinath; a widespread garden of Shiva's temples, the most respected and sacred site of Hindu Pilgrims where we get to observe an interesting Hindu rituals and funeral ceremony, meet flocks of 'Holy-man' meditating in different postures and see many holy monkeys and deer.
  • Bouddhanath; soon after visits of Pashupatinath, we will head for Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, where we can see monasteries, stupas and Tibetan refugees praying to their god and goddess. We will have lunch there in the roof-top restaurant.
  • Swoyambhunath; the last destination for today is Swoyambhunath, popularly known as Monkey Temple. Swoyambhunath has pride of being the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal from where entire Kathmandu valley; including Kirtipur, Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur and different landmarks are visible. We meet many friendly monkeys. If weather is favorable, we can see sunset from there. 
  • Basantapur Durbar; better known as 'Kathmandu Durbar Square' is really worthwhile to visit. It comprises imperial palace, temple of living goddess - Kumari, and many other architecturally important buildings and Hindu temples and shrines. Kathmandu Durbar Square has many mysterious sites to observe and learn. This was an old palace of Malla and then Shah Empires.

Thereafter we will be free for independent activities; shopping, strolling in the town and entertaiment in restaurant, etc.

Day 21: Drive to the airport to depart Nepal for home country

Trekking Cost

16 + Pax: USD 1775 per person (One Trek Leader is honored by 100% complementary service)

14 - 15 Pax: USD 1875 per person (One Trek Leader is honored by 50% complementary service)

12 - 13 Pax: USD 2025 per person

10 - 11 Pax: USD 2175 per person

08 - 09 Pax: USD 2320 per person

06 - 07 Pax: USD 2450 per person

04 - 05 Pax: USD 2600 per person

Service included

The cost tendered above includes all services mentioned below.

  • Hotel Accommodation - in Dhulikhel: A Royal Hotel with buffet breakfast for 1 night - twin sharing room, in Kathmandu: a 3* hotel with buffet breakfast for 4 nights - twin sharing room, in Beni: Yeti Hotel (the best in Beni) with full board meals for 1 night - twin sharing room with private attached bath, and in Jomsom: Hotel Majesty (the best one in Jomsom) with full board meals for 1 night - twin sharing room.
  • Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu flights
  • Permits: To do this trek, 2 types of permits are required; (1) Annapurna Conservation Area entry permits (2) TIMS cards (Trekking Information Management System Cards)
  • Staffs and Porters (Nepalese Supporting Crew-members): We grant these professionals to operate this trek; (1) A professional trekking guide (well experienced and authorized by Nepal government) (2) A professional Trekking Cook (well experienced and authorized by Nepal government) (3) Kitchen and Camping Staff: well experienced, trained and physically sound Sherpas and kitchen boys (4) Porters (professional tourist porters physically fit, helpful and friendly) 
  • Overland Private Transport: (1) Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers by private transport in Kathmandu as per itinerary before and after trek (2) Private buses or cars for Kathmandu - Pokhara - Beni Bazaar drives (3) A private bus or car for sightseeing tour as per itinerary (4) Jomsom-Marpha-Beni-Kathmandu drives for Nepalese staff and luggage after trek
  • Guided Tours in Kathmandu for 2 days: The tours include a professional city guide, private car or bus and entrance permits as per itinerary before and after trek
  • Meals (Food): Hygienic buffet meals - breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner in camps as well as in hotels throughout the trek as per itinerary
  • Kitchen and camping equipment: sleeping tents - twin sharing, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent with seat and toiletries, foam mattresses and the complete set of kitchen utensils including chairs and tables

Service excluded

The services mentioned below are to provide only on request.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any kind of insurance favoring foreign trekking members and leaders; travel insurance, rescue insurance, loss and other coverage
  • Tips and Donation to any staff, porters, organization, union, person or party
  • Other expenses of unavoidable circumstance; sickness, political unrest, road blockade, landslide, snowfall or other ca
  • Visa for Nepal and International flights and airport departure tax
  • Personal travel/trekking equipment
  • Expenses of laundry, postage, telephone, internet, etc.

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