Dhaulagiri I is the seventh highest mountain (Eight-Thousander) in the world with the altitude 8,167 metres. In 19th century it was considered as the highest peak before that other higher peaks were discovered.
Dhaulagiri Trek (Around Dhaulagiri Trek) is one of the wild and less touristic trek in Nepal with interesting scenery, mountain remote villages and mountain panoramas. Trekking there is hard, because on the top, there are no accommodation, and you have to carry your own camping gear like tent, sleeping bag, and your own food. On the beginning of the trek, there are mountain villages, where you can find accommodation. These villages are quite remote, so be there is nice experience and show you the real life in Himalayas.
Dhaulagiri Trek is connected with Around Annapurna Trek. You can trek there in both way. First Italian base camp, passes, and down to Around Annapurna Trek. Or second variant: first Annapurna Trek and then Dhaulagiri. I did in the way: first Dhaulagiri Trek and then Around Annapurna Trek.
I was trekking there alone on my own in November and December 2016. The weather was excellent, no raining, no snow, just very cold. On the top (5000m), it was around -30 Celsius degree during the night, so warm clothes and warm sleeping bag is necessary.
How to go there (version – first Dhaulagiri, then Annapurna):
- Need to go to Pokhara city, which is very touristic town in Nepal. There are daily buses and even small planes operating between Pokhara and Kathmandu.
- In Pokhara city, go to Baglung Bus Park. It is a local bus station in north part of Pokhara on Baglung High-Way. Location of Baglung Bus Park – GPS: 28.232044, 83.983170. From there need to take a local bus to Beni town. There are more buses which are passing Beni and continuing further.
- Get off in Beni town, closed to the bridge over the river. Bridge and river is on the left side. Go through the bridge, go further to the another bus stop. Ask local people for direction. Here, need to take another local bus to Darbang village.
- From Darbang village (need to cross the river again), there is a possibility to take another bus to Phaliyagaon village. I stayed over night in Darbang village in local hotel near bus stop. Next day I continued to Phaliyagaon village by walking.
- From Phaliyagaon village, your trek begins. Need to walk to direction to Muri village.
- On the way, there are villages: Naura, Boghara, Dobhan Kharka, where you can stay over night in local guest-houses. The last place with only one simple guest-house, is Italian Base Camp. From there you have to camp and eat your own food. The next village after your camping trek on the top is Marpha which is on Around Annapurna Trek. Then, you can continue trekking on Around Annapurna Trek which is very touristic with many of guest-houses and hotels.
For trekking through these villages and on the top, you need to buy a pocket tourist map – Around Dhaulagiri. The map has also information if the village has the guest-house where you can stay over night. Buy this map in Thamel in Kathmandu. I did not see it in Pokhara when I was there (2016). Be careful, the route and some information on the map were not clear, so follow marking on the trek (sometimes also missing) and your instinct.
My photos from beginning in Pokhara, through villages, till Italy Base Camp:
Continuation of this article: Dhaulagiri Trek. Part 2.
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