Dhaulagiri Trek


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dhaulagiri trek

Trip Summary

    1. Dhaulagiri Mountain Trek Duration: 20 Days
    2. Dhaulagiri Trek difficulty: Adventure Grade
    3. High Altitude: 5,240m / 17,135 feet
    4. Trek Hours: 6 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2-25 People
    6. Best Time: April – October
    7. Trip Mode: Tent Trekking
    8. Meals on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

The Dhaulagiri Trek is a challenging trekking route in Nepal. Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), located west of Annapurna, 6th tallest mountains, expend with forty miles wide Himalaya range.

Around Dhaulagiri trekking offers painting magical hills by different vegetation in the west and breathtaking mountains scenery around you, especially wonderful view of the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Along the Dhaulagiri circuit trek, tourists can pass over the cultivated field associated with mountain villages and oak, juniper, and rhododendron forests. Magar, Gurung, and Chhetri communities are major inhabitants of this territory.

As Dhaulagiri is a tough trek destination under the adventure trekking section, we need at least some basic mountaineering knowledge in order to cross some deep glaciers and high altitude passes. The hidden valley trail near at Dhaulagiri base camp trek is mystical that offers you several opportunities for an adventurous experience around enthralling high Himalayan beauty, during the sun glow appears.

Around Dhaulagiri trek trail goes further follows deep into the Dhaulagiri Himal to the Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri north base camp, offering a spectacular view of Dhaulagiri I north face. Cross two high passes, the French pass (5,240m) and Thapa pass (5,155m) providing more fabulous views of Throng peak, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kali Gandaki River; the world deepest gorge beneath you.

It is true that climate change is roasting the Himalayas region and Himalayan glaciers. The high mountains are feeling the impacts of climate change already, and more intensely, than many other parts of the world. Snowy mountains are melting quickly and drying glaciers are the prime factors of global warming. So the high passes hikes are a bit easier comparing the last couple of years.

Moreover, remote around the Dhaulagiri area, camping vacationers may see Mountain sheep and the mysterious snow leopard. Round Dhaulagiri hiking is possible with a full board camping trip renting very good hiking gears . Likewise, an excursion at Mount Dhaulagiri is possible at all times except the winter months during the year.


Dhaulagiri Trek itinerary details

Our trek to Dhaulagiri base camp (dbc) or around Dhaulagiri is a classical trek with 17 days itinerary compared to most walks in Dhaulagiri peaks. The Wilderness route on mount Dhaulagiri circuit is designed for world travelers who hike in a more relaxed manner, take a look at this itinerary. Although, for travelers who wish to hike Himalayan glaciers and base camp quickly but are walking with limited time-wise, ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

01 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you about Mount Dhaulagiri circuit trek plan details.

02 Day Kathmandu city – World Heritage sites sightseeing (1,348m), 6 hours.

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip. And we answer your last-minute questions. Later lunch, Nepal expert guide Ammar Raj Guni will take you to explore medieval Kathmandu city, the capital city of Nepal. Today, we visit Boudhanath stupa, visit Pashupatinath a holy shrine of Hindu where the cremation takes place. Midday lunch in Thamel, and again continue to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa.

03 Day Overland drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850m/2,780 feet), 9 hours bus ride.

Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at 6: 00 to pick you with private transport for Beni and will take us about 8 to 9 hours scenic journey. You will witness some stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains, green hills, rivers in rafting, and villages. The beautiful town Pokhara offers some of the great Himalayan views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. The road leads us the next three hours to reach Beni Bazaar (850m). Stay overnight in Hotel.

04 Day Beni to Babiachor hiking (950m/3,107 feet), 5 hours

As you are leaving Beni, the Himalayan trail heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Walk to the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the journey makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near Simalchour village, back to the north bank from where it continues to the Babichor village. Overnight in a tent camp.

05 Day Dharapani trek (1,400m/4,578 feet), 6 hours

After breakfast, we follow valley broadens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. Continue hike over the nature path goes to the narrow valley again and terraces disappear on the riverside. Furthermore, the nature trail leads us to continue to the Dharapani village for overnight at tents.

06 Day Dharapani to Muri trek (1,850m/6,050 feet), 6 hour

Cross the river to west Bank as you leaves Phedi starts to climb many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge viewpoint of ascent eases. Again climbs steeply to the Muri village and continues to Sibang and Mattie. Continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m. After cross Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi river & climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri.

07 Day Muri to Boghara trek (2,080m/6,802 feet), 7 hours

Today, at begging we descend to the stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m) and view of astonishing landscape. Descend to the Myagdi river and trek along with the West Bank to the Naura village, from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switchbacks, descend through the forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m) for the overnight.

08 DayDobang Trekking (2,520m/8,240 feet), 6 hours

At first, the track descends through terraced fields to the small ridge, through forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this territory. The nature path leads us to a high winding path that crosses a rocky area and descends before climbing again to Lipshe. Continue through a forest to Lapche Kharka and climbs to the Dobang to set up a campsite to stay overnight.

09 DayDobang to Choriban Khola trek (3,110m/10,170 feet), 6 hours

Cross a wooden bridge and gradual ascend forest with chirping melody of birds and some wildlife, which full joy of our life. And soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. We descend to the Myagdi river and cross the wooden bridge to continue to the east bank for Charter. Hikes go through the woods, rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

10 DayItalian Base Camp Trek (3,660m/11,968 feet), 7 hours

We have to walk slowly in our own speed to get better acclimatization. Mountain Glacier trail follows to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enters the glacier from the right side. Travelers can see an excellent view of Mount Tukuche Peak (6,837 m); at the far end while the impressive Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) north flank dominates the skyline to the right. Sooner, you reach Italian Base Camp (3,660 m), a tough hike to reach for a campsite. Italian base camp offers breathtaking scenery of mountains; Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).

11 DayAcclimatization day. Hikes around the Base Camp.

This is our first rest day after multiple days of walking. There are several things to do on your hikes at the Italian base camp. Tourists can stay and walk a little to reserve their energy. Otherwise, spend a day here in order to acclimatize to adjust to thinning of the air is a must. We advise that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “tuned” for the even higher altitudes. You can hike around with mighty peaks, Himalayan glaciers, and charming rocky landscapes.

12 DayItalian Base Camp to Glacier Camp Trek (4,210m/13,768 feet), 6 hours

After breakfast we set up all gears early in the morning, the weather is expected to be clear for our adventures journey. Camping travelers go through the prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Glacier camp trek is the hardest hikes in the world. Himalayan journey at glacier camp is the best glacier hikes in the world, tenders a tremendous mountain view. The trail is magical like a Highline trail glacier, so we hike the glacier further to set up our campsite to stay overnight.

13 DayDhaulagiri Base Camp Trek (4,740m/15,500 feet), 7 hours.

Today is one of the most adventure days to Dhaulagiri base camp. Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) north faces dominating the skyline to your right and Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m) to the west offers you true nature beauties. The impressive ice fall that descends from the northeast col in front of us is another magnet for us.

14 DayAcclimatization day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Visit Dhaulagiri Ice fall.

Today is another rest day for acclimatization and recover energy for next days adventures. The mountains skyline view from this place is superb and Dhaulagiri ice fall is plenty to explore. Rest of the day, you can enjoy the towering peaks and other natural beauty.

15 DayTrek DBC via French Pass (5,240 m/17,135 feet) trek to Hidden Valley (5000m/16,350 ft), 7 hours

After along the glacier walk, rocky moraine trail climb two terraced hills; the first of which runs along the glacier, cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gently bring round on the left from an ablation valley often requires a rope, but once over the soak moraine walls we are in the safer and more gentle country.

climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360 m); a great vista opens up from the French Pass and offers you Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 meters), and Sita Chuchura (6,611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south are Tukche Peak (6920 m) and the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I beyond. continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukuche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m); offering great mountain scenery. We descending from Thapa Pass and make camp at 5,200 meters.

16 DayTrek Hidden Valley via Dhampus Pass (5,210m/17,037 feet). Descend to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 7 hours

The trek for Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and descends steep rocky small adventures trail. I personally did the Dhaulagiri circuit trek in 2018 leading the Swiss trekkers, my experience is avalanches, lakes, and glacier walks are the top unforgettable things to do on Glacier. But the view of mountains and natural beauty is still unbelievable to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.

17 DayTrek Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,710m/8,862 feet), 6 hours.

Today we descend all the way to the Marpha village; famous traditional salt traders Thakali inhabitant, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards and as well as all the various food and brandy products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that offers you to test some in the distillery and can buy. We continue north, up to the Kali Gandaki valley to the Jomsom town for the overnight stay.

18 DayFly from Jomsom to Pokhara with the view of Annapurna massive, 25 minute

The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.

19 DayDrive to Kathmandu

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas.

20 DayFinal departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does around Dhaulagiri trek cost?

Mystical and adventure Dhaulagiri circuit trek cost USD 2,550 per person is a standard trek price on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding buses reduces the trip expenses.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN), and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Dhaulagiri circuit trek cost include:

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer
  • 2 Nights in twin sharing basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley within breakfast plan
  • 1 Night Twin sharing basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara valley within Breakfast Plan.
  • Domestic flights: Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara airfares with required airport tax
  • Annapurna Conservation and TIMS permits and their entrance fees
  • Tent camp accommodation (require camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.) while on trekking days.
  • Full Board Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks while on dhaulagiri trekking route.
  • Fully escorted trek with an English speaking license holder local Guide.
  • Professional cook, Sherpa, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as required.
  • Oximeter to check pulse and heart rate, First aid medical kit, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Insurance, accommodation, food, and well paid salary for all Nepal trekking staffs.
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • Kathmandu to Beni and from Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by Bus.
  • Updated Round Dhaulagiri base camp trek map and Trekking T-Shirt, and trip completion certificate.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Dhaulagiri trekking cost exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, and phone calls during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments including warm clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, and bar bills.
  • Tourist’s travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

Circuit Dhaulagiri is a top 10 hikes in glacier routes in the Himalayas. Around Dhaulagiri is not an easy hike in a glacier safari. Professional trekkers can strive round Dhaulagiri hikes with special climbing gear. Most of the rocky points are often snowy, so family hikes in the glacier are not recommended. We can organize private around the Dhaulagiri circuit trek or around Dhaulagiri trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight detail and request us. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do the Dhaulagiri base camp trek?

Answer: Actually for this kind of trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. As the trek is technically difficult if you have about a little experience in climbing or mountaineering experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect around Dhaulagiri base camp trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented accommodation on trek. However, we advise you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in the Dhaulagiri circuit trek?

Answer: Circuit Dhaulagiri is a full camping base trekking in Nepal. Our professional cook will prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian foods such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups during the camping days in the mountain.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Dhaulagiri trekking?

Answer: As you are camping trekking, we provide you a hot water bucket, you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on the Dhaulagiri circuit trek?

Answer: As you are going on a tent base trek around Dhaulagiri, we provide you boiled water or AQUA tablets to purify the normal water. And the normal water is available at the campsite almost everywhere on the local taps.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: Very few chances to recharge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!.

Question: Are there any communication facilities around Dhaulagiri tent trekking?

Answer: You can get telephone services (except 3 days) as well as internet services. For those 3 days, you can use a satellite phone on-call basis.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute reservations.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Dhaulagiri short trekking?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?.

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 to 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.


Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking highlights

  • Uncover Dhaulagiri base camp trek including several excellent Himalayan views.
  • Visit Kaligandaki valley (deepest valley) and as well as hidden valley along the journey
  • Diverse in flora and fauna and rich in local cultural heritages.
  • Experience the mixed ethnic groups Gurung and Thakalis and their local lives.

Adventure around Dhaulagiri Trek Notes:

The Dhaulagiri mountain base camp trek itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. Above travel plan is a tentative camping trip guideline that displays tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itinerary accordingly.

What makes around Dhaulagiri Trek trip special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this world. You need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination better.

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