Walk through the pristine valley of Myagdi, lush terraced hillsides, traditional villages, rugged terrain of massif Dhaulagiri, tough but technically straightforward French and Thapa passes are simply sensational for the everlasting memories being in Nepal for strenuous camping trekking to Dhaulagiri.
Day 1: Kathmandu – Pokhara - Baglung by bus (9h) - Beni (817m). 3-hour walk.The trail the Kalihandaki River valley to Beni.
Day 2: Beni - Babichor (950m) in 5h. Pleasant walk through the fields along Myagdi Khola Valley.
Day 3: Babichor - Dharapani (1500m) in 6h. Wonderful panorama over vast terraced field areas.
Day 4: Dharapani - Muri (1840m) in 6h. We gradually climb up through fire tree forests.
Day 5: Muri - Boghara (2080m) in 7h. The valley narrows and villages become less numerous. Along the trail meadows give way to woods then terraced fields. Great vistas of Dhaulagiri I (8091m), Gurja Himal (7193m) and Ghustung Sud (6465m).
Day 6: Boghara – Dobang (2880m) in 6h.Up and down along the Myagdi Khola in an untamed setting: dense forest and impressive waterfalls.
Day 7: Dobang - Camp at 3200m in 5h.We continue up through a gradually-thinning forest.
Day 8: Camp at 3200m – Italians Camp (3700m) in 3h30.Our first meeting with the glaciers. A magical panorama: just opposite, the impressive west face of Dhaulagiri I stares at us, on our right side is Manapati, and behind, the fantastic great wall of the Tsaurabong Peak.
Day 9: Italians Camp. Acclimatization and rest day.
Day 10: Italians Camp – Camp at 4300m in 5h.By a steep trail, cluttered with moraines we approach the Myagdi Khola springs. We then start our progression along the Chhonbardan glacier.
Day 11: Camp at 4300m – Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) in 4h30.The climb is now easier. We establish our campsite opposite an ice-fall, set between Dhaulagiri II, II, IV and V on one side and Dhaulagiri I and the Tukuche Peak on the other.
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Acclimatization and rest day.
Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Pass (5400m) - Camp in the " Hidden Valley " (5050m) in 5h. splendid view from the pass of Dhaulagiri I and the peaks surrounding the Hidden valley: Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal et Tashi Kang.
Day 14: Camp in the " Hidden Valley " - Thapa Pass (5230m) - Yak Kharka (4400m) in 6h. A short climb takes us up to the pass. Magnificent panorama of the Annapurna massif and the Nilgiris.
Day 15: Yak Kharka - Tukuche (2591m) in 5h.The path descends zigzagging along mountainside.
Day 16: Tukuche - Ghasa (2012m) in 4h30.We follow the Annapurna circuit route, along the Kali Gandaki river.
Day 17: Ghasa - Tatopani (1189m) in 4h30.
The trail now high above the Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges–regarded as the deepest and steepest in the world– and takes us to Tatopani – literally "hot spring".
Day 18: Tatopani - Beni (817m) in 5h.
Day 19: Beni - Baglung in 3h, then bus to Pokhara – Kathmandu (9h). Corn, potatoes, barley and buckwheat fields alternate with meadows and forests.
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