dhaulagiri-icefall

Dhaulagiri Icefall Trek

  • duration 16 days
  • usd 1,880 All inclusive
  • difficulty Hard
  • best season Mar-Nov
  • max altitude From 4,600 feet at Kathmanduto 12,172 feet at Muktinath

trip overview

Go to above 12,000 feet in one of the remotest corners of the planet. You will be in Mustang, the legendary region which lies beyond the Himalayas, in one of most arduous journeys there is in the world.

The Muktinath Mandir is one of the highest shrines of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and liberation. And once you get there and see pilgrims reaching the temple from all over the world and taking a dip in freezing water as worship to the god, you will feel that this place really does have some power. The foot trails to this holy destination run through tiny villages resting along world’ deepest gorges and have the magnificent Himalayas as the background to give you a trip combined with both nature and culture.

Detail itinerary

  • day 01
    Arrival.

    A Mountain Kick representative will receive you as you land into Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • day 02
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Pre-trip meeting.

    We will drive you from one monument to another in Kathmandu so you get a sense why this ancient city is so popular among tourists. Kathmandu has been included in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites for its cultural, aesthetic, religious and historical importance so you won’t be disappointed. We have a pre-trip meeting scheduled for the day where we run you through the itinerary.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 03
    Drive to Pokhara (around 3,000ft in the city) by tourist bus.

    We will leave for Pokhara in the morning in a luxurious tourist bus. It’s a seven-hour ride through serpentine roads in the hills with stops for lunch and snacks. There are several small towns among green hills and it’s certain that you will not be bored. We reach Pokhara in the afternoon and the beautiful city on the bank of the Phewa Lake offers an amazing nightlife to relax you ahead of your trekking trip.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 04
    Drive to Nayapool (3,477ft). Trek to Tikhedhunga (5,060ft).

    A short drive to Nayapool village begins the day. This is where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. We will walk to Tikhedhunga to begin our own expedition. It is an easy six miles of walking alongside forests and streams.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 05
    Trek to Ghorepani (9,416ft).

    Steps have been laid all the way up to Ghorepani. Walking up the steps for five to six hours will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. The forests and hills provide a very good distraction from your fatigue.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
  • day 06
    Trek to Tatopani (3,900ft).

    Having used up your energy climbing up the earlier day, we will trek downhill to Tatopani. Poon Hill which lies on the way is one of the best destinations in the country to watch a sunrise so we will wake up early to make it. It takes slightly less than eight hours to Tatopani and we again pass through several villages and forests. Tatopani, translates into hot water in Nepali, and you will spend the evening in the natural hot water spring here that will heal your body of all the pain of walking so much.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 07
    Trek to Ghasa (6,801ft).

    This will be a long and tough day of trekking. It takes around eight hours to reach Ghasa but there are waterfalls all along the way which provide a scenic relief. Ghasa lies in the lower Mustang region and you will feel how remote the place starts to get from here.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
  • day 08
    Trek to Larjung (8,389ft).

    We will embark on a five-hour trek to Larjung. The Annapurna massif will be on the background throughout the trek as we pass through some more forests and villages. At Larjung, you will witness how the mountain people live in such harsh conditions in homes built by laying stones upon stones.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 09
    Trek to Marpha (8,759ft).

    Our trek starts in the morning and we will reach Marpha in time for lunch. Apple orchards will come into view as we move towards Marpha which is famous for its apple brandy. There are souvenir shops, a monastery and breweries around the village if you wish to go for a leisurely stroll.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 10
    Trek to Jomsom (8,999ft).

    It takes two to three hours to trek to Jomsom. The landscape to Jomsom is all waterfalls and steep mountain ridges. This tourist town lies on the either side of the Kali Gandaki River and you will find whatever you need here. Vegetation cease to appear further from here and it is all rocky and barren terrain.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 11
    Trek to Kagbeni (9,219ft).

    A three-hour hike takes you to Kagbeni, a village made up of mud houses. You will walk up the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest in the world, to get there. Winds are so violent this high that even stones get blown away. The beautiful Mustang Valley below and the Himalayan range above are clearly visible from Kagbeni.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 12
    Trek to Muktinath (12,172ft).

    Muktinath is six hours of hiking away from Kagbeni. The Muktinath Mandir is one of the holiest shrines for both Hindus and Buddhists as is believed to be the home of the god of liberation, Lord Muktinath (Lord Shiva). A lot of devotees, including holy Sadhus, make the pilgrimage to this place. The Muktinath Mandir is the highest point in this trip.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 13
    Trek to Jomsom.

    We will walk back to Jomsom today. It is a downhill trip and you will be getting further away from the Himalayas as you reach Jomsom.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 14
    Fly to Pokhara. Sightseeing in Pokhara.

    A less-than-twenty-minutes flight takes you to Pokhara. There are plenty of places to visit in Pokhara like the Devi’s Falls, the Bat Cave, the World Peace Pagoda, the Phewa Lake, the Sarangkot Hill and many more. Pokhara is a great place to go shopping in the day and partying in the night.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 15
    Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Farewell dinner.

    We take the same road back through which we had arrived at the beginning of our journey. Look out the window from your bus to see what places you remember. The view of the Himalayas in the distance will surely remind you of your travel there. We will host a farewell dinner for you before you leave.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • day 16
    Final Departure.

    You will be on a plane back home and we will be there to see you off. Thank you and come again.

    • Meal: Breakfast

Included in cost

  • Receive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
  • Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfast is on us.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle with our guide. All entrance fees will be paid.
  • Stay at guesthouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will also be taken care of.
  • Local government-licensed guides.
  • Porters (one each for a pair of travellers) and local support staff to help you trek.
  • Fees for entering Annapurna Conservation Area and Trekkers’ Information Management System card
  • We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
  • Airfare for Jomsom-Pokhara flight.
  • Fully paid round-trip bus tickets for Kathmandu-Pokhara ride and back. Other rides in private vehicles included in the itinerary.
  • A duffel bag, a sun hat and a t-shirt as a souvenir from us.
  • A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner.
  • All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.

Not included in cost

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
  • Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
  • Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks.
  • Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance. (It is compulsory and covers emergency rescue and evacuation.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa fees for entering Nepal.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in “Included in cost” list.

Accomodation during the Trip

In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 250.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

faqs

  • How do I come to Nepal?

    You have to book your own international flight from your country to Nepal and back according to your trip departure dates.

  • What happens after I land into Nepal?

    A chauffeur from Mountain Kick will come receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Representatives of the company will visit you at the hotel itself and brief you on your trip.

  • What will a trekking trip with Mountain Kick involve?

    You will trek in the Himalayas in a group of international travellers fully assisted by our guides, porters and local support staff. We will take care of your entire trip as soon as you land in Kathmandu and safely take to your preferred destination and back as per the package you choose. Travel will involve plenty of sightseeing and mixing with local culture.

  • In what physical condition do I need to be for the trip?

    A regular person can complete the trip with help from our guides and porters. But it is important that you are healthy and have no physical injuries. Trekking for long hours in high altitude and difficult terrain will surely put a strain on your body and you might suffer severe physical and mental breakdown, especially if you are trekking in the Himalayas for the first time. It is, therefore, expected that you have taken light endurance training especially for longer trips.

  • How long do I have to trek each day?

    On most days of your trips, you will trek for a couple of hours only. But some trekking days require as much as six hours to eight of walking in high altitude. However, there will be plenty time each day for rest and acclimatization.

  • Where will I be staying during the trip?

    In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. At some destinations, especially in the Himalayas, you will have to stay in a tented camp. If you want to make separate living arrangements, talk to us beforehand and we can arrange single rooms for additional $250. Some guesthouses at very high altitudes and remote places may not have attached washrooms or single rooms.

  • And food?

    All your major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in your trekking package except in Kathmandu (where only breakfast is provided for). You will be served local food at all places we dine but you can order anything you like on the menu which you will have to pay for yourself. You will have a range of options so there won’t be a problem if you are a vegetarian or vegan. We make sure you get healthy and hygienic food throughout your travel.

  • How much help do I get during the trek?

    Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have one porter assigned each for two travellers and you will have to pay separately if you want to hire extra porters. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.

  • What happens in case of injuries and emergencies?

    The guides always carry a professional first aid kit with them to treat with minor injuries. We also have health professionals at villages and camps along the journey. The travel insurance you take (which is compulsory) covers any and all emergency rescue and evacuation.

  • What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?

    We are always happy to accommodate your wishes during the travel so far as they do not conflict with schedules and other travellers. If you have special plans, you can talk to us beforehand so that we can arrange a customized trip for you.

  • What equipment do I bring?

    You have to bring all travel equipment yourself. Please see the equipment section for a standard list of required equipment prepared by our guides. Most of the items are easily available in Kathmandu in case if you miss any and we also lend you some of the gears for the duration of the trip for a small fee.

  • Will I get to communicate with the outer world?

    There is internet and telephone connection in all of our stops for the day throughout the journey. You will be able to call back home or post your pictures on Facebook every day.

  • What travel documents do I need?

    As soon as you land into Kathmandu, we take care of all your travel documents required during your trip. You just need to bring your passport and a copy of your travel insurance. Tourist fees and permits to enter certain areas will be arranged for by Mountain Kick.

  • Which is best time of the year to travel?

    Most of the trekking routes are open throughout the year but September through to December and March to May are the best months to travel.

  • What are the modes of transportation for travel mentioned in the itinerary?

    Rides for sightseeing and reaching destinations within city limits are done in a private vehicle like a car, a jeep or a microbus. Most of the long distance travel is done in luxurious tourist buses hired exclusively by the company. In some journeys, you may also need to take a public bus but as you will travel in a group with our guides and support staff, you need not worry about your safety or comfort.

  • How much money do I need to carry during the trip?

    Around $50 will be enough to buy you lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During your travel, you can get by with around $25 a day. But it depends on how much you want to spend. Due to the exchange rate and predominantly rural economy of Nepal, things are pretty cheap in Nepal.

  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Almost all international credit cards are accepted in Nepal. However, not all places, especially during your travel, accept them. There may be a fee involved in processing your card.

  • Are tips for my guides and porters expected? How much?

    Our staff do not expect you to tip them. Generally, travellers tip them if they are satisfied with the service as a means of gratitude. Even when travellers tip the guides and porters, there is no fixed rate. However, if you like to tip them, follow customs of your own country for tipping (which, as we have learned, is 10 to 15 percent of total cost for most western countries).

  • Where will I get a visa to come to Nepal?

    You can obtain a visa at your home country through Nepal’s embassy or consular office. But you can easily get a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just need two passport-size photographs. A tourist visa with multiple entry for 30 days costs $40 while the same for 90 days costs $100.

  • How do I book a tour?

    Click Book Now to enter your details and we shall contact you. You can contact us directly for any further information or to prepare a customized itinerary for you. For payment information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Trip notes

  • The trekking route goes around very deep gorges and runs through rivulets and waterfalls. There are steep uphill climbs throughout the journey so it will be a strain to your legs and also your resolve. But we make plenty of rest stops for you to reenergize and the circuit is not entirely impossible for a novice to complete.
  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered. Due to strong winds and constantly changing weather at Jomsom, your flight to Pokhara may be delayed.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.

Equipment List

General

  • 2 season sleeping bag – one. 
  • Spring down jacket – one. 
  • Duffel – one. (We will provide you one complementary duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • 35-45 liter daypack – one.
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TRIP STARTSTRIP ENDSSTATUSCOST
August 14, 2020August 29, 2020available$1,880
August 23, 2020September 07, 2020available$1,880
August 29, 2020September 13, 2020available$1,880
September 3, 2020September 18, 2020available$1,880
September 12, 2020September 27, 2020available$1,880
September 17, 2020October 02, 2020available$1,880
September 23, 2020October 08, 2020available$1,880
September 29, 2020October 14, 2020available$1,880
October 1, 2020October 16, 2020available$1,880
October 8, 2020October 23, 2020available$1,880
October 17, 2020November 01, 2020available$1,880
October 24, 2020November 08, 2020available$1,880
October 31, 2020November 15, 2020available$1,880
November 2, 2020November 17, 2020available$1,880
November 8, 2020November 23, 2020available$1,880
November 14, 2020November 29, 2020available$1,880
November 23, 2020December 08, 2020available$1,880
November 28, 2020December 13, 2020available$1,880
December 3, 2020December 18, 2020available$1,880
December 12, 2020December 27, 2020available$1,880
December 18, 2020January 02, 2021available$1,880
December 26, 2020January 10, 2021available$1,880
December 31, 2020January 15, 2021available$1,880
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