Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek
Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is an exciting and adventurous trekking trail added in Annapurna Region that lies north of central Nepal and northwest of Pokhara. Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is enriched with all cultural, natural and geographical aspect. Dhaulagiri also called White mountain is the seventh highest mountain of the world.
Geographically Dhaulagiri Trekking is a land of dramatic contrast. It requires a sense of adventure to cope with challenges that everyone face on that trail. It's a quite trekking zone and a paradise for all nature lovers. Dhaulagiri Ice-fall route, which extends over 100 kilometers starts from Galeshwar in Myagdi district and passes through to Koban through Lete. The trail passes passes through the bank of the Myagdi Khola that leads to the forests. The route passes through a tricky trail on snow and glaciers when crosses French Col Pass at an elevation of 5240m through the head of Hidden Valley and crosses the Thapa Pass at an elevation of 5155m. Finally we descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara via the Ghorepani and Ghandurk ridge with astounding views of the entire Dhaulagiri massif. The route takes about 10-12 days to end.
Amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu range and many other grand mountains are the key feature of this adventurous trek in Annapurna region.
Trekking Group Size
Trekking Group is termed for the group of people with every individuals who go for a trip. A minimum of 2 people and maximum number of 12 is highly recommended as the size of the group. This planning ensures complete safety of the trekkers and convenience as well. However, with conditions applied, the group size can be customized as per the request of our clients.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews include one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]
Meals and Accommodation
During your stay in Kathmandu city, at the initial and the final stages of the trip, you will be residing at a 4 star hotel. The meal facilities in our Cost Includessection takes account of only breakfast facilities at this particular hotel. During the trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served including varieties of snacks, cold drinks, and hot chocolate especially during the mountain part.
As mentioned above, accommodation will be facilitated at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu. Whereas, during the trek, you will be staying at standard teahouses, lodges and camps, on twin sharing basis, that is determined by the viability of accommodation facilities at overnight stops.
As a general idea, health condition in a good state is highly recommended for any kind of tour. As, Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is categorized under Strenuous Level, one should have the ability to walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day, and 8 – 9 hours in some of the days. The highest altitude that we climb in this particular trek is 5,360m/17,585ft. Trekking in higher altitudes requires more physical effort. If you have any kind of medical condition, we urge you to receive a counsel from medical experts and formally inform us before applying for this trip.
Previous trekking experience is further admired. Even if you do not possess any, our crew members will always be there to guide for your safety concerns. We believe that you are strengthened with a positive attitude and a strong determination towards this trip.
Taking every aspects in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!
The Best Season to go for Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is between October and May. This particular timespan provides you an efficient trekking experience with provisions of remarkable views of the environment around.
This part is analytically the most important of all. It is a must to gain knowledge about equipment required for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only adds convenience to your trip but, also, is totally responsible for its completion. We have formulated a clean list of equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
We, personally, do not sell any kind of insurances to our clients. We are, however, concerned about your safety as much as you do. Therefore, we advise you to plan a travel insurance policy before going for any of our trips. Unfortunate events such as sickness, medical issues, injuries or any kinds of accidents are possible measures that can ruin your trip or can even add threats to your life.
We can suggest some of the reputed insurance companies that can come in handy to you. You better be careful while you choose a company and select insurance plans that includes emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses and compensation for trip cancellation, as we do not provide any kind of refunds. Please, formally, provide us a copy of your insurance plans before going for the trip
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]
Permits and Fees
No special fees or permits is required for trekking in this region as trekkers do not need to climb any of the peaks. Only an entrance fee is charged to gain access to Annapurna Conservational Area [US $ 28 per person]. These fees can be paid at the National Park desk in Thamel or directly at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu [Tel: 00977-1-4222453, 00977-1-4223590] or Pokhara [Tel: 00977-1-521167]
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu city. Visit and explore the heritage sites such as Pashupati Nath temple, Boudha Nath, Swoyambhu Nath (Monkey temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square etc. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly 35 minutes or drive to Pokhara takes about 6 hours, overnight at hotel in Pokhara
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Beni (850m) and start trek, overnight at camp or teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Singa Bazar, overnight at tent camp
Day 06: Trek from Singa Bazar to Takum, walk about 7 hours, overnight at tent camp
Day 07: Trek from Takum to Muri (1,850m), walk about 6 hours, overnight at tent camp
Day 08: Trek from to Boghara (2080 m), walk about 6 hours, overnight at tent camp
Day 09: Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2250m), walk about 7 hours, overnight at tent camp
Day 10: Trek from Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3800m), 6 hours walk, overnight at tent camp
Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 12: Trek from IBC to "Midway Camp" (4500m), overnight at tent camp
Day 13: Trek from Midway Camp to Classic Base Camp (5000m), overnight at tent camp
Day 14: Trek across the French Col (5,100 m) to camp below Dhampus Pass (5200m), overnight at tent camp
Day 15: Rest day but possibility to climb Dhampus peak, overnight at tent camp
Day 16: Trek across Dhampus pass (5200m) to Alubari, overnight at tent camp
Day 17: Trek from Alubari to Marpha (2665m), overnight at tent camp
Day 18: Trek from Marpha to Lete (2470m), overnight at tent camp
Day 19: Trek to Tatopani (1160m), overnight at teahouse or camp
Day 20: Trek to Ghorepani (2775m), overnight at teahouse or camp
Day 21: Trek to Birethanti (1050m) and drive to Pokhara, overnight hotel
Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara or you can fly to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel in Kathmandu, farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant
Day 23: Airport transfer for final departure
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
- An experienced English-speaking trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works
- National Park entry fee
- TIMS Card fee
- All government and local taxes
- English speaking tour guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Nepal Entry Visa fee
- Airport departure tax
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu or Pokhara (Main city)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters