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Around Dhaulagiri & French Pass Trek


This is an adventure of a life time of the route infrequently used by trekkers on the off beaten paths.This adventure offers an exceptional introduction to Nepal's culture and natural beauty. An amazing adventure to around Dhaulagiri & French pass trek in between world’s 7th & 10th highest massifs mountains Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m and Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m, Experience Treks journey leads in the heart of Dhaulagiri Base Camp surrounded by staggering peaks, glaciers and ice falls. The journey passes a diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures, from verdant vegetation of rain forests to alpine woods of rhododendron, magnolia and pine trees then in the arid arctic terrain of windswept landscape, the land and its people change daily, offering trekkers a unique diverse change in this fascinating route to Around Dhaulagiri & French pass trekking with the expert guidance of Experience Treks, after being in the remote isolate areas the walk leads to the Hidden Valley and back to civilization at Kaligandaki valleys and then passing through world’s deepest gorge between two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35 km apart, turning the plunge into the Kaligandaki Valley at Tatopani “ Hot Spring” visiting the charming villages of Marpha and Kalapani on route to Pokhara with superb views of chain of mountains till the adventure concludes in Pokhara ending this awesome memorable trip with Experience Treks a wonderful trip Around Dhaulagiri & French (Dhampus) Pass.

Trip Highlights:
1. Trekking & exploring the least visited region from the low sub-tropic to alpine and to arctic landscapes.
2. Crossing the high passes French 5,360 m & Dhampus pass 5,250 m
3. Dramatic variation in landscapes and vegetation in the heart of worlds 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and it massif mountain range walking in the glacier and remorseless icefields.
4. An awesome landscapes and mountain scenery in the midst of virgin alpine forest
5. Visiting the traditional villages with mid hills culture on the least accessible isolated region in the hidden valleys.



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Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
A day in Kathmandu with full day city sightseeing tour.

Day 03:
Drive to Beni 950 m via Pokhara 950 m/08-10 hrs journey

Day 04:
Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani 1,560 m/04 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Mure 1,700 m/06 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Bagar 2,375 m/06 hrs.

Day 07:
Trek to Dovan 2,600 m/06 hours.

Day 08:
Trek to Chartare/Bhainsi Kharka 3,000 m/05 hrs.

Day 09:
Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m/05 hrs.

Day 10:
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750 m/06 hrs.

Day 11:
Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900 m via French Pass 5,360 m/05 hrs.

Day 12:
Reserve the day at Hidden Valley in case of unfavorable weather.

Day 13:
Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915 m /05 hrs.

Day 14:
Trek to Marpha 2,630 m/04 hrs.

Day 15:
Trek to Lete, 2,480 m/06 hrs walk.

Day 16:
Trek to Tatopani 1,190 m/06 hrs.

Day 17:
Drive to Pokhara via Beni 1,000 m/05 hrs.

Day 18:
Drive to Kathmandu afternoon at leisure.

Day 19:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes

• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Darbang by public transportation
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/ 2 Nights Pokhara on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

 Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports, our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel, at the hotel our guide will brief you with orientation program of the hotel, Kathmandu city, trekking, do`s and do not and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu a full day private guided city sightseeing tour.
Kathmandu is full of World heritage sites; the temples, monasteries, ancient kings Palaces and courtyard; a full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour before setting for the mountains with Experience Treks.

Day 03:
Drive to Pokhara 950 m/07 hrs, journey distance 200 km
Morning after breakfast, travel by tourist coach or by private vehicle to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway an interesting drive on the Himalayan foothills, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective hotel/resort near by beautiful Phewa Lake.

Day 04:
Drive to Darbang 940 m/08 hrs via Beni 950 m
The scenic drive from Pokhara to Beni bazaar through zigzag road & valleys. The route from Beni to Darbang is by following west of Myagdi river upstream via verdant landscapes over paddies and sub- tropical forest on the mid hills slopes. The journey takes through numbers of scattered farm villages & settlements of a large interesting village of Darbang.

Day 05:
Trek to Dharapani 1,560 m/04 hrs.
Today, the trekking is to begins as the trails leads higher gradually for an hour of the bottom of the hill. On leaving the river a steep climb reaches to the cooler area, from here a short easy walk brings to Dharapani village overlooking Putali and Gurja Himalayan peaks part of the Mt. Dhaulagiri massif chain of mountains.

Day 06:
Trek to Mure 1,700 m/06 hrs walks.
After Dharapani, to walk follow through the farm fields and to the ridge where the view of Dhaulagiri mountain range is visible, from here trail leads to downhill towards Ghatte khola (water power mill stream) and then with two hours of good steady climb reaches today`s destination at a large village of Mure for the overnight stop.

Day 07:
Trek to Bagar 2,375 m/06 hrs.
From Mure village, the trail skirts around and then descend to warmer areas back to paddy fields by the tributary stream then crossing the Dhora Khola, the main trail leads uphill passing through rural farm houses and hamlet and continues to an up and down path around the ridge, walk winds to a steep uphill for few hours and then reaches on the top of the hill, from where trail descends to Bagar a small farm village after good walks of six hours for the overnight stop. This is the last permanent village for a week till Marpha village at the Kaligandaki valley.

Day 08:
Trek to Dovan 2,600 m/06 hours.
On leaving Bagar village and its farm fields, following the path through the forest which climbs on the west side of the river Myagdi, trek follow the narrow undulating trail above the river Myagdi, reaching the ridge top then the path descends steeply into some sections coming to a clearings where we find numbers of stone built Shepherd`s huts. Gradually ascending, encounter the grassy clearings and after a total of 5 to 6 hours of peaceful walk reaching at a level ground of grassy field 'Kharka' named as Dovan for the overnight camp.

Day 09:
Trek to Chartara/Bhainsi Kharka 3,000 m/05 hrs.
From Dovan, the walk follows to the river then reaching at a river bank to cross Konaban Khola, after a short walk over the bridge our route follows through the forest with a view of Dhaulagiri I West Wall, journey heads down to Myagdi Khola with a climb up towards another stream called Pakite Khola after crossing this little stream Pakite khola to the table land of Chautara or Bhainsi Kharka for the overnight camp.

Day 10:
Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m/05 hrs.
After this woodland camp, the trail leads to the clearing of forest area called Italian Base Camp. From here, the trial leads to a rocky spot of a climb on the mountain side of the narrow path to cross to a glacier which originates from Dhaulagiri West Wall after climbing to a wide grassy area in a narrow gorge valley of Pakhaban which is also called as Japanese Camp. Pakhaban is a nice camping spot of impressive view of Dhaulagiri I and Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 11:
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750 m/06 hrs.
Today’s trek leads to our destination at Dhaulagiri base camp, following a lateral moraine from Pakhaban and to a rocky ridge that descends to the right side of the valley covered in snows and fallen ice, rocks, walking along the undulating glacier surface as the valley bends to the right bank route with short up and down passage to Dhaulagiri base camp at 4,750 m high with awesome view of Dhaulagiri I North Face at close distance and to the west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), III (7,715 m) and IV (7,618 m) and the notorious Ice fall between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak.

Day 12:
Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900 m/07-08 hrs via French Pass 5,360 m
After wonderful time of absolute wildernesses at the base camp, the journey heads crossing moraine and glacier walk follows near Tukuche Peak. After the glacier climb on a rocky and ice terraced hill entering a gentle slope to the valley with a gentle climb up to French Col at 5,360 meters the highest point of this trip. On reaching French Pass festooned with Buddhist prayer flag / lungta by trekkers and climbers in respect to the holy mountain spirit from this top offers stunning view of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang surrounding the Hidden valley and to the right hand side Tukche Peak and the rear view of massif Dhaulagiri I. From here, gradual descends on the snow covered ground leads to a wide hidden valley.This is the Valley it remained undiscovered until last few decades walking for an hour to reach our campsite at the end of the valley overlooking stunning views of the landscapes and high peaks from the campsite.

Day 13:
Reserve or free day.
Contingency, reserve or a free day in case if there`s a problem or difficulty along the route. If all goes well with the itinerary days can enjoy rest day here to explore for hidden valleys.

Day 14:
Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915 m/05 hrs.
After a wonderful time of Hidden valley, adventure continue to cross Dhampus Pass at 5,250 m. The trek follows on the gradual path to an hour for short climbs then it narrow on the screed portion of an hour of high traverse across Dhampus / Thapa Pass at 5,250 m overlooking the deep gorge of Kaligandaki valley and the Annapurna mountain range beyond. At the top of the ridge of Dhampus Pass, view of Mukut Himal is visible from here a long steep descend covered mountain sides of to the campsite at Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka, a summer pasture & Dhaulagiri I is hidden by the bulk of Tuckche Peak, Nilgiri and the west end of Annapurna range are visible.

Day 15:
Trek to Marpha 2,630 m/04 hrs.
From Yak Kharka, it is the last day in the wilderness as the route to Marpha meets the popular Jomsom and Annapurna circuit trekking trail, the walk leads towards a steep down along the narrow mountain paths to a ridge from where Dhaulagiri I and the Tukche Peak become visible again, then on the path along the Kaligandaki river up to Marpha village on the winding mountain path that ends downwards to cross a stream to reach a little settlement of Alubari then journey continues to a descend on the zigzag trail with a final downhill to the center of the Marpha village for overnight stop. Marpha village is a charming village in Kaligandkai valley famous for its apple & Apricot orchids and its products.

Day 16:
Trek to Ghasa, 2,050 m/06 hrs walk.
After a wonderful time for Marpha, heading towards warmer areas avoiding the motor able roads, the walking are enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river reaching at Tukuche village, beneath the towering Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri's and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaulagiri's east face. After an hour walk from Tukuche coming to Larjung village then crossing the broad river bed via a high suspension bridge, an hour walk back to tree lines of pines, oaks and rhododendron with awesome view of Dhaulagiri peak and its icefall. From the bridge, a short walk brings to Kalopani village. Kalopani, another lovely village of more than 40 houses with excellent lodges with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. A short descends bring you at Lete village. Walk from Lete onwards leads to dramatic change in landscapes walking in the gorge, from dry land to pine and conifer forests passing between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. The first two hours of trek passes through the village of Ghasa with constant view of the snowcapped peaks at the cool forest surrounding. There are many settlements and isolated lodges and tea houses with open areas with enchanting forest and impressive views. Below Ghasa, which is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence.

Day 17:
Trek to Tatopani 1,190 m/06 hrs.
This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful Rupchhe waterfalls and Dana village. Tatopani (Hot Spring) villages, the valley is quite narrow and is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation.This is the nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

Day 18:
From Tatopani drive to Pokhara via Beni 950 m/07 hrs journey.
From the Tatopani village, an interesting drive towards Pokhara, the drive leads to Beni. On this town Beni where it will be a full circuit of the Dhaulagiri round, the drive continues for another 05 hours and then reaching at Pokhara for the overnight stop near pristine Phewa Lake afternoon free for local excursions into the lake side.

Day 19:
Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotel.
After an enjoyable time of Pokhara, morning drives leads on the scenic road to Kathmandu following Marshyangdi and Trishuli River for almost 03/04 hrs and then reaching Kathmandu after a great time in the high Annapurna Himalayan range with Experience Treks.

Day 20:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in this magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff will transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email : info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
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