A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest.
The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.
Today is the most challenging day of our journey. Walking on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacier itself, we carefully and responsibly make our way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Upon reaching, we can see the stunning view of all the peaks of the Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline. Overnight at tented camp.
The best time is from March to May in the spring season, when most days are clear for views and pleasant walks. Days are longer with enough sunlight and warm however morning and night time as well in shade gets colder.
The next best season is autumn/fall from September to November months, days are fine and crystal clear with sunny days, but much colder night and morning time. Days are shorter due to sun-light hours during the autumn season and chances of snow sometimes.
Most part of the trek will be in a tented camp, as this walk takes you away from villages for many days into the absolute wilderness. There are no facilities of good lodge, only at Darbang village at the start of the trek and in the end at Marpha village with facilities of best and nice lodges.
Depending upon the itinerary days set by the local companies, the shortest duration is 11 nights and 12 days, which includes a flight or drive from Jomsom to Pokhara, Jomsom the headquarter town of the Mustang district.
Mt. Dhaulagiri is at 8,167 m high, listed as the world's 7th highest peak, and located Far West Nepal Himalaya, close to Mustang and Dolpo area and at Baglung / Mygdi district.
Starts with moderate walks from the last village of Bagar, steep up and downhill to reach Dovan and Italian Camp. From here onward a gradual climb but facing a few difficulties walking through glacier and moraine of ice, rocks, and snow all the way to Dhaulagiri base camp and near the bottom of high French Pass 5,360m. The rest of the walk from Hidden Valley is on the gradual path but with a short steep climb to Thapa/Dhampus Pass5,244 m high then reaching Marpha village to end the trek.
All camping gear and equipment need to be ferried throughout the trek till the end of the trek at Marpha village around Mustang district. Includes two men's tents, dining tent as per group size, toilet tents as well kitchen tents supported by the cook, kitchen staff, guides, and porters. All food is carried where meals are cooked by our expert chef, providing excellent meals throughout the trekking days.
Depends upon booking season-wise, normally for this adventurous trek with a minimum of 2-3 people, and a maximum of 5 to 12 people.
The last village is at Bagar with facilities of electricity to charge electronic items, from Bagar village, there are no facilities to charge till Marpha village at the end of the trek. For this situation trekkers needs to carry portable solar panel for charging their electronic gadgets.
At the beginning of the trek walking through the Magar people, the hill tribes of Western Nepal. Magar practice Hindu religion as well Buddhism and follows more Hindu culture with their own age-old traditional custom. But on reaching Marpha village around Kaligandaki River valley within Mustang district, the villagers are interwoven to strong Buddhism religion and culture.
Best to carry crampons, which is necessary walking on glaciers of ice and snow from Italian camp all the way to French Pass. Normally our guide will be carrying an ice-ax, where members need not carry only as optional. But walking with a ski-pole will be much better and supports on walks through river, glaciers, and moraine as well on the long steep descent.