Dhaulagiri Trek


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Dhaulagiri Trek Summary

    1. Dhaulagiri Mountain Trek Duration: 17 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Adventure Grade
    3. Highest Altitude: 5,240m /17,135 feet
    4. Walk Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Camping Group-Size: 2 – 12 People
    6. Best Time: April, May, June, September, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Full Board Camping
    8. Foods on hiking trail: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Jeep/Bus


The Dhaulagiri Trek situated in the west of Annapurna is a challenging trekking route best suited for professional trekkers in Nepal. Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) is the 6th tallest mountain, expend with forty miles wide Himalaya range.

Around Dhaulagiri trekking offers painting magical hills with different vegetation in the west and breathtaking mountains scenery around you, especially wonderful views of the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. En route to Dhaulagiri circuit, 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 which the sun glow appears.

Furthermore, follows deep into the Dhaulagiri Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North base camp, offering a spectacular view of the Dhaulagiri I north face. Cross two high passes, the French Pass (5,240m) and Thapa Pass (5,155m) that provide more fabulous views of Throng Peak, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kali Gandaki River; the world’s 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 pass hikes are a bit easier comparing the last couple of years.

Moreover, Mountain sheep and the mysterious snow leopard are possible to see around the Dhaulagiri area and possible with a full board camping trip renting very good hiking gears .

How much does for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (a local trek operator agency in Nepal) ranges between US$ 1898 to 2498. Typically, the Dhaulagiri circuit trek cost will change as per the group size you are coming with. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time, and riding buses reduces trip expenses.

However, we basically arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private hiking tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs is the best option.

It’s a standard trip package price for 17 days trek around Dhaulagiri. If you are 2 hikers for Dhaulagiri trek costs US$ 2090 for 17 days trek. We can modify the trek route and the price as per your demand. Here is the price list for the Dhaulagiri circuit hike.

Price Per Person for 17 days Dhaulagiri trek package

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 2498
2 PersonUS$ 2090
3 PersonUS$ 2075
4 to 6 personUS$ 1990
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1925
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1898

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.


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 DayArrival at Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu city – World Heritage sites sightseeing (1,348m), 3 hours.

Arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. 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.

After 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 Hindus where the cremation takes place. Ammar Guni will brief you about the Mount Dhaulagiri circuit trek plan details.

02 Day Overland drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850m/2,788 feet), 8/9 hours bus ride.

Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at 6: 00 to pick you up with private transport for Beni and will take us about 8 to 9 hours of scenic journey. You will witness some stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains, green hills, rivers in rafting, and villages.

The beautiful town of Pokhara offers some of the great Himalayan views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (the shape of a fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. The road leads us for the next three hours to reach Beni Bazaar at 850 meters. Stay overnight in Hotel.

03 Day Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani (1,400m/4,593 feet), 3/4 hours

After breakfast, Beginning day of Dhaulagiri circuit trek thus as you leave Beni Bazaar, the Himalayan trail heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat. Together with our hiking crew, we drive to Darbang village which takes roughly two hours then we start our nature trek further.

Follow the valley broadens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river and you pass the tiny villages and cross the river and fields. Continue hiking 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 where we stay overnight in tents.

04 Day Dharapani to Muri trek (1,850m/6,069 feet), 6 hours

Cross the river to west Bank as you leave Phedi and start 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. 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.

05 Day Muri to Boghara trek (2,080m/6,824 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 the 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.

06 DayBoghara to Dobang Trekking (2,520m/8,268 feet), 6 hours

At first, the track descends through terraced fields to the small ridge, through the 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.

07 DayDobang to Choriban Khola trek (3,110m/10,204 feet), 6 hours

Cross a wooden bridge and gradually ascend forest with a 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, and rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

08 DayItalian Base Camp Trek (3,660m/12,008 feet), 7 hours

We have to walk slowly in our own speed to get better acclimatization. The Mountain Glacier trail follows 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 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).

09 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 preserve their energy. Otherwise, spending 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 mighty peaks, Himalayan glaciers, and charming rocky landscapes.

10 DayItalian Base Camp to Glacier Camp Trek (4,210m/13,813 feet), 5/6 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 prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. The glacier camp trek is the hardest hike in the world.

The Himalayan journey at glacier camp is the best glacier hike in the world and tenders a tremendous mountain view. The alpine trail is magical like a Highline trail glacier, so we hike the glacier further to set up our campsite to stay overnight.

11 DayDhaulagiri Base Camp Trek (4,740m/15,552 feet), 6/7 hours.

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

12 DayAcclimatization day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Visit Dhaulagiri Icefall.

Today is another rest day for acclimatization and recovering energy for the next day’s 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.

13 DayTrek DBC via French Pass (5,240m/17,192 feet) & trek to Hidden Valley (5,000m/16,350 feet), 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) is a great vista that opens up from the French Pass. It 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) which offers great mountain scenery. We descend from Thapa Pass and make camp at 5,200 meters.

14 DayDhampus Pass Trek (5,210m/17,094 feet) in the Hidden Valley. And descend to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 7 hours

Hike for Dhampus Pass in the hidden valley is very tough as it appears difficult trek in Nepal. Because the Dhampus Pass altitude is 5,210m (17,094 feet) is often an icy trail. However the trek route from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and descend a 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. It’s an alpine ramble trail over the difficult terrain in high mountains. But the view of mountains and natural beauty is still unbelievable to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.

15 DayYak Kharka to Jomsom airport trekking (2,710m/8,891 feet), 6 hours.

Today we descend all the way to the Marpha village. The ancient Marpha is a famous traditional salt trader Thakali inhabitant, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River.

The unique garden of Marpha town is home to many apple orchards 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 them. We continue north, up to the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom town for the overnight stay.

16 DayFly from Jomsom to Pokhara with the view of Annapurna massive, 25 minutes

The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change in 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, thus, tourists can enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. In the afternoon, a half-day tour in Pokhara town with your trekking guide. The half-day private tour in Pokhara is the best unique and hassle-free private tour to explore the natural beauties of Pokhara Valley.

Pokhara’s half-day tour includes a lake, waterfall, cave, temples, and stupa. Boating on Phewa Lake to visit Tal Barahi temple is just awesome to get a majestic Himalayan panorama.

17 DayDrive to Kathmandu. Goodbye Kathmandu.

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

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How much does the Dhaulagiri circuit trek package cost?

Mystical and adventure Dhaulagiri circuit trek cost USD 2090 per person is a standard trek on double occupancy basis. 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 CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Dhaulagiri circuit trek package price includes:

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer on your arrival in Nepal.
  • 2 Nights in double bedroom basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley.
  • 1 Night double bedroom basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara valley.
  • From Jomsom to Pokhara airfare [Domestic flights] with required airport taxes.
  • 16 Breakfast, 15 Lunch, and 15 Dinner served with hot tea/coffee while on the Dhaulagiri trekking route.
  • Tent camp accommodation (require camping types of equipment such as Member tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, mattress, Sleeping Bag, and necessary Kitchen Equipment, etc.) while on trekking days.
  • Annapurna Conservation and TIMS permits.
  • Fully escorted trek with an English-speaking license local Guide.
  • Professional cook, Sherpa, Kitchen Staff, and necessary porter as required as per the group size.
  • First aid medical kit box including oximeter to check pulse rate and oxygen level every day to save from higher risk.
  • Worst case, help with all Helicopter rescue and evacuation arrangements [but not the heli bills].
  • Insurance, accommodation, food, and well-paid salary for all trekking staff.
  • Kathmandu to Beni and from Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by Bus.
  • Updated Round Dhaulagiri base camp trek map, Trekking T-Shirt, and trip completion certificate.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Around Dhaulagiri trekking package price excludes:

  • 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 equipment including warm clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, and bar bills.
  • Trekker’s Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide, cook, and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

Group join

Circuit Dhaulagiri is a top 10 hike in glacier routes in the Himalayas. Around Dhaulagiri is not an easy hike on a glacier safari. Professional trekkers can strive around 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 a private around the Dhaulagiri circuit trek or Dhaulagiri Trek Tent trek Itinerary starting on 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 with 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: Dhaulagiri circuit 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 a little experience in climbing or mountaineering experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect around the 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, and 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 or trekking, we provide you with a hot water bucket, and 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 for 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 20% 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 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 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 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 your trek.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking highlights

  • Uncover the 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. The 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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