‘adventure to the base of world 7th highest mountains and at scenic hidden valley’
“Enjoy the adventure on and off the beaten tracks around Mt. Dhaulagiri '
Fabulous scenery of high green hills and range of peaks of Dhaulagiri massif'
Walk from paddy areas to cooler hills and towards arctic zone of snow and ice Lovely coniferous and alpine forest to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers '
Adventure to world 7th high Mt. Dhaulagiri base camp and at scenic hidden valley'
From low Mygdi district to Mustang area at Kaligandaki via high French Pass”.
Brief Trip Profile
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara with camping on trekking.
Trekking Grade: Adventurous to Challenging (in snow condition).
Highest Spot: Crossing high French Pass at 5,360 m high.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 7 hrs sometimes
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trek with exciting flights from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Trekking duration: 07 Nights and 08 Days with drives and flights
Total Trip: 12 Nights and 13 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Seasons for Mt. Dhaulagiri and Hidden Valley Trekking
April and May and from September to mid November months of the year, April and May during spring season days are clear for views and pleasant walks with moderate temperatures, longer sunlight hours when wild flowers are in bloom, especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colors (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).
April and May months late afternoon can get cloudy with chances of rain and snow in higher altitude sometimes.
September to mid November around autumn / fall best times with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high.
Sunlight is short during autumn and winter seasons but most of the morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks with chances of snow around higher areas above 2,000 m.
People and Culture
Low warm farm areas of Nepal Far West are of mixed ethnic tribes of people with mostly Magar with some Gurung and Hindu Brahmin, Chettries and Dalits of various cultures and custom with same farm traditional life of both Hindu and Buddhism religion.
Higher mid hill around Dhaulagiri region where villages populated by Magar ethnic tribe of Western Nepal, follows Hindu religion along with their ancestral heritage rites, worshipping nature and mountain spirits.
Magar are farmers and cattle herders where most men folk are famous as courageous and brave Gorkha soldiers in British, Indian Army and as well in Singapore police infantry.
Other side of Dhaulagiri around Lower Mustang at Kaligandaki River valley populated by Thakali people interwoven with Buddhism religion which you will find nice Thakali village of Marpha and the main headquarter town of Mustang in Jomsom.
Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Hidden Valley trekking an exciting adventure around Nepal Far North West where massive range of Mt. Dhaulagiri and the last 8,000 meters mountains that shadows around Western Himalaya.
Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Hidden Valley trekking area where very few group of trekkers and adventurer often ventures besides mountaineers to summit Mt. Dhaulagiri top.
Due to remote and isolation country where walk leads you away from main trails and villages for week period in absolute wilderness within pristine surroundings of high mountain range of massive Dhaulagiri.
Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 m / 26,795 ft listed as world’s seventh highest peak which was conquered in May 13th, 1960 by Swiss Expeditions with support of Nepalese Sherpa climbing guides.
A scenic and adventurous walks to reach at Dhaulagiri base camp at the height of 4,750 m high and crossing the highest point at 5,360 m over French Pass to reach at scenic Hidden Valley enclosed within high peaks and rocky hills.
Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Hidden Valley trekking starts with drive to reach far areas of Western Nepal where journey leads past beautiful city of Pokhara and beyond.
On reach the far end of West Nepal around district of Mygdi where the main river known by the same name where drive follows the Mygdi River to the end of the road to start our wonderful adventure walks.
Walk leads to follow Mygdi River heading past rural farm villages and hamlets then leaving the last village of Bagar heading towards higher green hills covered with tall dense rhododendron, pines, oaks and fir trees.
After leaving the village within sheer wilderness the walks slowly reach at great ice fields and glaciers of southern flanks of Dhaulagiri peaks on leaving the green vegetation and tree lines for some days.
Adventure carries on criss-crossing over Dhaulagiri glacier to reach our main destination at Dhaulagiri base camp just beneath towering Mt. Dhaulagiri with Tukuche peaks at close distance.
From the base camp walk leads to cross high French Pass towards wide open Hidden Valley, with time here to explore around on least visited areas by other trekkers and adventurer.
Finally our walk slowly come to an end after crossing another high pass of Thapa / Dhampus pass to reach downhill trail back into green vegetation and pine trees all the way to Marpha village where our trek concludes in this nice charming village.
Marpha locate by the bank of Kaligandaki River within Mustang area a gem of a village and famous for apple orchard and its products, from Marpha next morning takes you large Jomsom town to board in a small aircraft to reach at beautiful Pokhara.
At Pokhara where our remarkable adventure completes after a great experience around High Mountain range of Western Nepal and on Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Hidden Valley Trekking.
Short Guide Line Itinerary
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (220 k.m)-06 hrs (30 mins by air).
Day 04: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,700 m - 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m - 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.
Day 12: At Hidden Valley (contingency or spare day).
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m - 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 - 05 hours.
Day 15: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m and fly to Pokhara 860 m (22 mins flight) transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by flights.
Day 17: International Departure to respective country.