Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek

Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek
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Facts About Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

5200 m

Transportation

Privet Jeep/ Car

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking and tour

Himalayan Sights

Dhaulagiri & Annapurna rage

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

23 Days

Trip Overview

The Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek that takes you through the rugged terrain of the Dhaulagiri region in western Nepal. The trek is named after the Dhaulagiri mountain, which is the seventh highest peak in the world and is located in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas.

The trek takes you through remote villages, lush forests, and high altitude passes, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and valleys. The trek starts from the city of Pokhara and takes around 18 to 21 days to complete.

During the trek, you will cross the challenging French Pass (5,360m) and the Dhampus Pass (5,200m), which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. The trek also takes you through the Dhaulagiri Icefall, which is a challenging section of the trek that requires mountaineering skills and equipment.

The trek is best done during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear and dry, offering stunning views of the mountains. It is a challenging trek and requires a good level of fitness and mountaineering experience.

Overall, the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is a challenging and rewarding adventure that offers a unique opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the Himalayas and the rich culture of the remote villages in the Dhaulagiri region.

Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu city.
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

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 3 : Drive or Fly to Pokhara
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

Fly 35 minutes or drive to Pokhara takes about 6 hours, overnight at hotel in Pokhara

Day 4 : Drive from Pokhara to Beni
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
850

Drive from Pokhara to Beni (850m) and start trek, overnight at camp or teahouse

Day 5 : Trek to Singa Bazar
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Trek to Singa Bazar, overnight at tent camp

Day 6 : Trek from Singa Bazar to Takum
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

Trek from Singa Bazar to Takum, walk about 7 hours, overnight at tent camp

Day 7 : Trek from Takum to Muri
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1850

Trek from Takum to Muri (1,850m), walk about 6 hours, overnight at tent camp

Day 8 : Trek from Muri to Boghara
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2080

Trek from Muri to Boghara (2080 m), walk about 6 hours, overnight at tent camp

Day 9 : Trek from Boghara to Dobang
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2250

Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2250m), walk about 7 hours, overnight at tent camp

Day 10 : Trek from Dobang to Italian Base Camp
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Trek from Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3800m), 6 hours walk, overnight at tent camp

Day 11 : Rest day for acclimatization.
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Rest day for acclimatization.

Day 12 : Trek from IBC to "Midway Camp"
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4500

Trek from IBC to "Midway Camp" (4500m), overnight at tent campom IBC to "Midway Camp" (4500m), overnight at tent camp

Day 13 : Trek from Midway Camp to Classic Base Camp
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5000

Trek from Midway Camp to Classic Base Camp (5000m), overnight at tent camp

Day 14 : Trek across the French Col to camp below Dhampus Pass
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5200

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
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5200

Rest day but possibility to climb Dhampus peak, overnight at tent camp

Day 16 : Trek across Dhampus pass to Alubari
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5200

Trek across Dhampus pass (5200m) to Alubari, overnight at tent camp

Day 17 : Trek from Alubari to Marpha
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2665

Trek from Alubari to Marpha (2665m), overnight at tent camp

Day 18 : Trek from Marpha to Lete
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2470

Trek from Marpha to Lete (2470m), overnight at tent camp

Day 19 : Trek to Tatopani
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1160

Trek to Tatopani (1160m), overnight at teahouse or camp

Day 20 : Trek to Ghorepani
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2775

Trek to Ghorepani (2775m), overnight at teahouse or camp

Day 21 : Trek to Birethanti and drive to Pokhara
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

Trek to Birethanti (1050m) and drive to Pokhara, overnight hotel

Day 22 : Back to Kathmandu
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara or you can fly to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel in Kathmandu, farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant

Day 23 : Final departure
Food
Breakfast

Airport transfer for final departure

Cost Includes

  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • 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

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is a challenging trek that takes you to the base camp of Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world. The trek takes you through the stunning Dhaulagiri region, and you'll encounter beautiful landscapes, high passes, glaciers, and unique culture.

What is the best time to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

The best time to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is from mid-March to May and from mid-September to November. During these times, the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular.

How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

The Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is a difficult trek, and it requires a good level of fitness and experience in high altitude trekking. The trek involves steep ascents, high passes, and rough terrain.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

The maximum altitude reached during the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is 5,360 meters at the Italian Base Camp.

What permits do I need for the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

You need two permits for the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit (DRAP).

What equipment do I need for the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

You need a good quality trekking gear such as a down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking boots, thermal layers, and other necessary equipment for a high altitude trek. It is recommended to hire a porter to carry your backpack.

Is it safe to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

Yes, it is safe to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek with a qualified guide and following proper safety precautions. However, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor before starting the trek.

What is the accommodation like during the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek?

Accommodation during the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is mainly in teahouses, and they provide basic facilities such as a bed, blankets, and a shared bathroom. However, you'll need to carry your own sleeping bag.

Can I do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek solo?

No, it is not recommended to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek solo. It is always advisable to do the trek with a qualified guide, and it is mandatory to have a minimum of two trekkers in a group.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek

The Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is a challenging and remote trekking adventure that takes you through the stunning scenery of the Dhaulagiri massif in the western region of Nepal. Here are some additional information about the trek:

Trekking route:

The trek starts from Beni, a small town in the Myagdi district, and follows the Myagdi Khola river valley to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, crossing the challenging Dhaulagiri Icefall along the way.

Duration:

The trek usually takes around 23 days, including acclimatization days and rest days.

Altitude:

The highest point of the trek is the French Pass at 5,360 meters, and the trek reaches an altitude of 5,200 meters at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Difficulty:

The Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is considered a difficult trek and requires a high level of physical fitness and trekking experience. The trek involves crossing glaciers, traversing steep moraines, and climbing high passes.

Permits:

You need a special trekking permit from the Nepal government to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek. You also need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card.

Best time to go:

The best time to do the Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek is during the post-monsoon season from September to November and the pre-monsoon season from March to May.

Accommodation:

You will be camping during the trek, and all the camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, and mattresses, will be provided by the trekking company. You will also have a team of experienced Sherpas who will prepare your meals and set up the camp.

Equipment:

You will need to bring warm clothes, a good-quality sleeping bag, a trekking pole, and sturdy trekking boots. It is also recommended to bring a good-quality down jacket, a waterproof jacket and pants, and a hat and gloves.

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