• Country Nepal
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Region Dhaulagiri Region
  • Max Altitude 5,240 meters / 17,192 feets
  • Group Size 4 to 6 People
  • Arrival On Kathmandu
  • Departure From Kathmandu
  • Grade Moderate
  • Meals Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodations 4* Boutique Hotel, Lodges in the Trek
  • Prime Activity Trekking
  • Minor Activity Cultural and Traditional Sightseeing
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Date & Price
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  • Logistics
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Trip Overview

The White Mountain Trek

The Dhaulagiri Trek, also known as “white mountain trek in the valley of the Yetis”, is one of the most exotic and challenging trekking routes in Nepal, with stunning views of several of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, among others: Mount Dhaulagiri (8,617m/26,795ft). Mount Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest summit in the World and is situated north of Pokhara in western Nepal, south of Tibet. Its name literally means “dazzling white Mountain”.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers a Dhaulagiri trek in a remote area in the wilderness of Nepal. The Dhaulagiri trek includes crossing two passes in the high Himalayan altitude: the French pass at 5,240 meters (17,192ft) and the Dhampus pass at 5,155 meters (16,913ft). Besides such adventure, this Trek offers you the chance to discover the rich biodiversity of the different vegetations and the colourful monastic artistic treasures of the various ethnical local groups of the Gurung, Magars, Chettri and Thakali populations.

Dhaulagiri trek starts by driving from Kathmandu to Beni through the lush forest and vegetation of the Himalayan hills. Our Trek follows the Kali Gandaki river and passes through the cultivated fields of the Gurung and Magars people. As our route takes us gradually in to higher altitude, our trek becomes more challenging by crossing glaciers and the two aforementioned passes before discovering the Italian base camp of Mount Dhaulagiri. On our descent towards Marpha, situated in the Mustang district, we can see the famous Himalayan yak herds, the traditional mountain blue sheep, and last but not least, with some luck the elusive snow leopard. Once we arrive in the main Annapurna region, we carry on until Jomson. The following day we take a 25-minute flight to Pokhara. During the flight you will enjoy the splendid views of the whole Annapurna range and the massif of the Dhaulagiri and Tukcha peak.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers this Dhaulagiri trekking wilderness with experienced staff, excellent camping gear and delicious food, the appropriate medical and emergency aid, regular weather updates, means of communication and the necessary safety gear.

Come and discover the magic of Himalayas with comfort and quality that you deserve with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS style.


Highlights of Trip

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking domestic flights from Jomson and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Trekking through the remote area of the Dhaulagiri region discovering the diversity of landscapes, cultures and traditions
  • Crossing of two passes above 5000 meters with stunning panoramic views on the Himalayan ranges
  • Real camping experience at high altitude
  • Discovery of the ancient Himalayan settlements
  • Extraordinary views on some giants of the Himalaya: the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges
  • Sightseeing of the beautiful small city of Pokhara
  • Importance placed on high quality organisation, staff, equipment and services to a small team of trekkers.

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing day
  • Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m/2,731ft), 8 hrs / Lodge
  • Day 4 : Trek from Beni to Babichaur (1000m/3,280ft), 6 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 5 : Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m/5,134ft), 7 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 6 : Dharapani to Muri (1850m/6,068ft), 7 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 7 : Muri to Boghara (2050m/6,726ft), 6 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 8 : Boghara to Dhoban (2520m/8,266ft), 6 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 9 : Dhoban to the Italian base camp (3500m/11,480ft), 6-7 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 10 : Rest and acclimatization day
  • Day 11 : Italian base camp to the Glacier camp (4250m/13,940ft), 5 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 12 : Glacier camp to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650m/15,252), 4 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 13 : Dhaulagiri BC via the French Col (5,240m/17,192ft) to the Hidden Valley Camp (5000m/16,400ft), 4 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 14 : Hidden Valley Camp (5000m/16,400ft) to Yak Kharka (4200m/13,776ft) via the Dhampus Pass, 3 hrs / Campsite
  • Day 15 : Yak Kharka to Jomsom (3175m/8,910ft), 7-8 hrs
  • Day 16 : Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft), 25 minutes
  • Day 17 : Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 18 : International flight departure (we suggest at evening)

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Flights Jomson-Pokhara, Pokhara-Kathmandu (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • Accommodation in 4-Star Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners (4 nights). Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis
  • All major meals during trekking
  • All necessary trained and experienced staff, guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters, mule-men, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • The technical equipment to secure the passes, if necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication means in case of emergency
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • First aid kit
  • Camera solar battery charging device
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Lunches in Kathmandu an Pokhara
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, Internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge and showers in the lodges, extra porters, drinks and all other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips (Guide, assistant guide, porters, yak driver, driver, city guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

We stay at your disposal for the booking of your international flight.

Logistics

TREKKING PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on Dhaulagiri trekking for group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for this trek because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis.  Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you a individual mattress and  a thin isolation mattress for entire sleeping tent.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the team with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines except while crossing the passes. Packages lunch are given on some days.
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.

In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. 

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some days while crossing the passes.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

The Guide is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associated with the rescue and national helicopter rescue airlines.

In order to minimise risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, guide and assistant guide will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

OUR TEAM

The success of Dhaulagiri Trek depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in guiding and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and deep knowledge about the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes, while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our member's  needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the trail is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.

Assistant guide: Our assistant guide has also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members  to monitor the group.

Cook: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ cook is a government trained and licensed trekking cook who plays a vital role during the entire Trekking. He has the necessary experience to provide you with different cuisine and bakery. He is highly focusing on hygienic food, clean and best utensils, proper management of the camp and its surroundings. As the Guide, he makes sure that the garbage is properly managed and the camping site is clean after our use. Last but not least, he is providing you as often as possible with fresh vegetables and meat.

Kitchen Boy(s):  our kitchen boy(s), assist the cook in his main duties: in the kitchen, by serving and cleaning the dishes, managing the water and taking care of the maintenance of the campsite.

Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and insurances.

Grade

Pre-Training before Trek 

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before your embark for your Dhaulagiri trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4 hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatise and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADES

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you. 

DHAULAGIRI Trek: Moderate

A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors: 

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level 

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and 
boulders 

  • An average of 400 to 800 elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes) 

  • The capacity to walk easily on glacier moraines 

  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (on some parts you might be assisted by the guides) 

  • The aptitude to walk at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs.)

It requires the following skills from each participant: 

  • A good stamina, to be able to walk during several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes) 

  • You are able to carry a small personal backpack (about 35 liters)

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