Seasoned trekkers speak extremely highly of this journey – and for those who possess a good degree of fitness there a few better experiences to be had in Nepal.
The 40-mile wide Dhaulagiri Himal lies just west of Annapurna, with Dhaulagiri I, the sixth highest peak in the world towering over the well-trekked Muktinath pilgrim trail up the Kali Gandaki Valley. This vast peak screens Dolpo to the north, while to the west are Nepal’s far hills.
Trekking here is not for the faint-hearted, because much of the route crosses difficult, remote country, but those who do succeed are amply rewarded with a wide spectrum of experiences and unforgettable views.
The first couple of days of this trek are deceptive – walking along the flat floor of the Myagdi Khola River, through lush green rice paddies and past thatched farmhouses.
Almost a week is then spent trekking through thick forest up the Myagdi Khola, before entering an alpine region adjoining the awe-inspiring sweep of the amphitheatre at the base of Dhaulagiri.
From here onwards awaits some serious high mountain trekking, requiring planning and a great level of commitment.
Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel – tour briefing
Day 02 : Drive or flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 03 : Pokhara / Beni – trek Babiyachaur
Day 04 : Babiyachaur / Darbang
Day 05 : Darbang / Mudi
Day 06 : Mudi / Jugepani
Day 07 : Jugepani / Bagar
Day 08 : Bagar / Dovan
Day 09 : Dovan / Sallaghari
Day 10 : Sallaghari / Italian camp
Day 11 : Rest at Italian camp
Day 12 : Italian camp / Advance base camp (Japanese base camp)
Day 13 : Advance base camp / Dhaulagiri base camp
Day 14 : Dhaulagiri base camp / Hidden valley (5000 m)
Day 15 : Rest at Hidden valley
Day 16 : Hidden valley / Yak Kharka
Day 17 : Yak Kharka / Tukche
Day 18 : Tukche / Jomsom
Day 19 : Flight Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 20 : Free time in Pokhara
Day 21 : Travel to Kathmandu – transported to hotel
Day 22 : Free time
Day 23 : Transported to airport – flight to onward destination