This is a physically challenging trek that gives you the spirit of true adventure. Trekkers will follow the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang and turn north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high country. Much of the route goes through a tricky trail on snow and glaciers as it crosses French Col (5240m.), traverses the head of Hidden Valley and crosses the 5155m Dhampus Pass. The trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara, either via the Kali Gandaki valley or over the Ghorepani ridge for bewildering views of the entire Dhaulagiri massif.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokahara by tourist bus for 6 hrs. Overnight at Hotel in Lakeside. Visit the waterfall, and lakeside in the evening.
Day 3: Pokhara to Beni to Babiachaur (950m) for 5 hrs walk: After breakfast drive to Beni via Nayapul for 3 hours. We can all the panoramic Annapurna ranges along the highway. Meet all the Nepali staffs and Trek from Beni to Babiachoaur (950m) which takes about five hours. From Beni you head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through several small villages. You then cross two bridges near the village of Simalchour, and head back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor. Stay overnight at camp in Babiachaur Overnight at tented camp.
Day 4: Babichaur to Dharapani for 6 hrs walk. Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani which takes about six hours. The trail is wide, smooth and graveled till you reach Darbang. After you pass a small town you cross a suspension bridge. You then hike a flat narrow path passing through terraces, traditional villages and then again you cross another suspension bridge. The trail is a gentle ascent from this point through sparse forest of rhododendron, pine and oak. After a few hours you get to a green ridge surrounded by villages, green hills and jungles. To reach Dharapani you need to follow a straight leveled path. Dharapani is quite a big village with traditional but big houses made of thatched straw, wood, tin and other materials found on the mountain itself. The local folks are pretty hospitable down here. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani. Overnight at Camp.
Day 5: Dharapani to Muri for 6-7 hrs walk. Trek from Dharapani to Muri which takes about six and half hours. After descending and walking through villages, we cross a suspension bridge over the river when the trail turns uphill. The gentle ascending path continues through villages, sparse forest and terraces till you reach another ridge. You then trek gently along over a straight trail until you reach Muri. This is a small village. If the weather is clear, you can get a glimpse of Manapathi peak and the whole Dhaulagiri range etc. Overnight at camp.
Day 6: Muri to Baghar (2080m) for 6 hrs walk. Trek from Muri to Baghar (2080m). Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. Descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora khola. Cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. Follow the right bank past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope.
The steep slope will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzagging stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you traverse to the right-where you must also beware of mis-stepping and falling into the gorge of the Myagdi khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Baghar (2080m) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields. overnight at camp in Baghar.
Day 7: Baghar to Dobang (2520m) for 5 hrs walk. Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m) which takes about five hours. Here you leave the villages behind and the trail becomes increasingly challenging. Overnight at camp in Dobang.
Day 8: Dobang to Sallaghari (3110M) for 6 hrs walk. Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (3110m) which takes about six hours. The early part of the gentle ascending trail moves through forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons. After trekking for some hours gently where the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, you reach Sallaghari. This becomes our camping spot in between forest surrounded by pine trees at the bank of Myagdi River. Stay overnight at camp in Sallaghari.
Day 9: Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m) for 6-7 hrs walk. Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m) which takes about six and half hours. The trail is covered by bamboo forest all the way to Italian Base Camp. At some points you cross small bridges and jungles and this makes the trail quite strenuous and difficult. There is an open field at Italian Base Camp. There are two small tea houses available hereabouts that provide a minimal supply of trekkers items. At this base camp, you experience breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi peak, Dhaulagiri II among other unnamed peaks and mountains. Stay overnight at camp in Italian base camp.
Day 10: Rest day at Italian Base Camp to acclimatization the altitudes.
Day 11: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp or French Camp(4940m) for 4 hrs walk. Trek from Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp at (4940m) this takes about four hours. After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope at a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. You may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough and challenging day. Stay overnight at camp in Glacier camp.
Day 12: French Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) for 5 hrs walk.
Trek from the Glacier Camp or French Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) which takes about five hours. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (Hidden Valley) (5010m) for 4 hrs walk. Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5010m) or Hidden Valley which takes about four hours. Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls we reach gentler, rather less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night). Stay overnight at camp in Hidden Valley.
Day 14: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka for 7 hrs walk. Trek from Hidden Valley (5200m) to Yak Kharka which takes about seven hours. You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.
Day 15: Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m) for 5-6 hrs walk. Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m) which takes about five hours. More steep descents lead to Marpha. The trail is not much covered with trees. En route you can see some yak herds and sheep herds as well. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus as well. You can a visit a monastery. In and around the monastery you can see the many walls and prayer flags fluttering in the mountain winds. Stay overnight at camp in Marpha.
Day 16: Marpha to Ghasa for 6 hrs walk. Trek from Marpha to Ghasa which takes about six hours. The first part of the trek passes through a windy area covered with pine and rhododendron forests and birch trees are also seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching. At this point you would be amazed with the views of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m), Nilgiri Central (6940m), and Nilgiri South (6839m), Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche peak (6920m). Stay overnight at camp in Ghasa.
Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani for 5 hrs walk. This is the day you can have real natural hot bath. You can relax in the evening. Overnight at tea-house lodge.
Day 18: Tatopani to Beni by Jeep and by bus to Pokahra. Overnight at Hotel in Lakeside.
Day 19: Rest day at Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel in Lakeside.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Transfer to Hotel. Free evening.
Day 21: Whole day free for shopping. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 22: Departure after lunch to Korea.
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