Day 1: Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Beni (850m). Ovenight at Beni
Transfer to airport and fly to Pokhara. Drive to Beni (850m). The drive to Beni is about 4 hours. It offers good scenery along the route. Beni is the district headquarters located at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki river. There is a police check post.
Day 2: Drive to Babichor (950m) and onward to Darbang (1180m)
We continue to drive along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Mangalghat, Singa and Babichor. There are many houses as we approach Singa. We cross the bridge and follow south bank of the river. The trekking trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simarchour. The road follows Myagdi Khola on the left bank that drives past the small villages of Shiman and Talkot and climb to Babichor (950m). Cross the suspension bridge to the right bank and pass by Ritham Khola that flows from your left side. Follow the trail to the right through Darbang village.
Day 3: Trek to Dharapani (1400m)
We cross the river to the west bank of Myagdi Khola and head north to Phedi. After Phedi the trail climb to the village of Dharapani. It is a large village.
Day 4: Trek to Muri (1850m)
We continue our trek to the village of Sibang and Mattim. The trail climbs up and then descends to Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). We cross Dhara Khola through a suspension bridge and descend to the opposite bank of the river and climb the steep hill. We follow the trail along the Myagdi Khola. The winding trail continues uphill. After a short while you can see great view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Gurja Himal (7193m). The trail climbs steep to the villages of Muri, a large and dense Magar village.
Day 5: Trek to Boghara (2080m)
We make a short descend, cross a stream and continue through terraced rice fields, then climb a ridge to the pass. The view of Ghustung South (6465 m) appears. We descend further to Myagdi Khola and follow the trail along the west bank of the river to Naura. At this point we climb again and walk through gentle green hill and then climb again a steep slope. The trail then descends through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m).
Day 6: Trek to Dobang (2520m)
We descend the trail through terraced fields to a small ridge and a forest to Jyardan; it is the most remote settlement. The winding trail cross through rocky area and green hill then descend through a steep stone step to the river bed. We follow the river trail for a while and then again climb to cross a stream to a Kharka. We gradually descend to Lipshe and walk through the forest to Lapche Kharka. The trail climbs to Dobang located on a flat land.
Day 7: Trek to Sallagari (2,820m)
We cross Konban and Myagdi khoa (river) then follow Myagdi river on the eastern bank towards north. On this day we travel through marvelous forest of giant trees to Sallagari.
Day 8: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)
Cross Choriban khola (river) and follow Myagdi river to its source. We reach Italian Base Camp. It is surrounded by dazzling peaks.
Day 9: Rest Day at Italian Base Camp (3,660m)
Acclimatization day at the base camp. You may explore around.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Today Tukche Peak (6837m) is visible. The north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) dominates the skyline to your right. We stop at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660m). To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m). You are in the midst of the high Himalayan Mountain.
Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Rest and acclimatization day. Explore around the area. This is also an important day to allow for weather.
Day 12. Trek to the French Pass (5100m) and to Hidden Valley High Camp (5360m)
We leave our camp early in the morning. After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier and then pass across a mountain flank and a moraine to enter a gentle incline on the left of the valley. Climb the gentle slope gradually to the French Pass at 5100 meter. It would take us about 4 hour to the pass. From the French pass you get a great view of the mountain range. The view of Mukut Himal (6328m), Tashi Kang (6386m) and Sita Chuchura (6611m) are clearly visible from this point. These mountain peaks and its ridges define the Hidden Valley. On your right is Tukche Peak (6920m) and beyond it in the south you would see the massive Dhaulagiri I (8167m) peak. From French Pass we continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley descending to Thapa Pass (5250m) that lies between Tukche Peak (6920m) and Thapa Peak (6,012m). We continue our descent from Thapa Pass and gradually climb higher to reach a high camp at the elevation of 5360 meter located in the southern terminal of Hidden valley. Our experience shows it is best not to spend much time in the Hidden valley as practicable as possible.
Day 13: Extra day for weather
The weather in the Hidden valley is unpredictable. Often it is covered with thick cloud that makes the traverse difficult. So, an additional day to allow for such contingencies would be good for logistic reason.
Day 14: Trek to Dhampus Pass (5,244m) and Yak Kharka (3,880m)
We make a gradual ascent to Dhampus Pass and descend the steep slope to summer pasture land at Yak Kharka.
Day 15: Descend to Marpha (22640m) and trek to Muktinath
The descent to Marpha (2640m) is straight and steep. After short rest we continue our journey through the main trail in Kaligandaki river valley. We cross the airport at Jomsom and walk further to Muktinath. From Marpha rest of the camp staff except your trek guide and sherpa leave for Pokhara. We plan to stay overnight at the lodge in Muktinath.
Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhist alike. It is mentioned in the classic Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, and one may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu Temple in a grove of sacred poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans. Inside the temple the fire miraculously burns in a stream of water.
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom (2700m)
In Jomsom we descend gradually through fields and popular groves and then make steep descent into the Kali Gandaki valley. We stop for lunch at Eklebhatti (2774 m) and follow the river valley to Jomsom; it is the headquarters of Mustang District. It is a large settlement with a STOL airstrip, police station and bank. The Kali Gandaki valley at this point is known as Thak Khola. The name is derived from Thakali, local inhabitant of the ethnic group. Thakalis are enterprising and ambitious. They used to dominate the salt trade with Tibet in this region. When the trade pattern changed they diversified their business into tea house and lodges catering for tourist and travelers all along the trek route. More fortunate clans are in big business in Kathmandu and abroad. We stay overnight in the lodge at Jomsom.
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara. In Pokhara (BB)
After breakfast we take early morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara our guide would provide transfer to your hotel. Spend leisure day in Pokhara.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast transfer to airport. Fly to Kathmandu.
Note: This trek involves several days in the high elevation above 4000 to 5000 meter. So, it is important to bring appropriate clothing and shoes. All participants must be physically fit. This trek is physically demanding though mountaineering skill is not necessary. It is important to remember not to endanger the lives of other trek members, Sherpas, and porters by climbing a peak or continuing the trek in unsafe conditions. The schedule stops as shown above are a guideline only. It may change due to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc. that are beyond our control. Flight to remote mountain airstrip is subject to weather and technical condition. All flights are in early morning. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay subsequent flights to and from other destinations. It is important to allow 2 night before and 3 night after the trek in Kathmandu to allow possible flight delay in the mountain. There is no refund for unused service whatsoever be the reason after the trip has begun.