Dhaulagiri Trek is a challenging trekking route of Nepal. Mt. Dhulagiri (8,167m), located west of Annapurna, 6th tallest mountains, expend with forty miles wide Himalaya range.
This 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.
The Dhaulagiri circuit trek goes through cultivated fields associated with mountain villages; enjoying the lifestyle of the inhabitant of Magar, Gurung and Chhetri community and their culture, tradition and as well as mixed forest oak, juniper and rhododendron.
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. Magical Dhaulagiri base camp trek offers you several opportunities of adventurous experiences 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 massive north face of Dhaulagiri I. You will cross two high passes, the French pass (5,240m) and Thapa pass (5,155m) providing more fabulous views of Dhaulagiri, Throng peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River; the world deepest gorge beneath you.
Around this area, you may see some Mountain sheep and the mysterious snow leopard in the remote valley of Dhaulagiri region. This trek can be done in any time (except winter) 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 this region. The route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner, take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do this route quickly but are walking with limited time-wise, ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.Day 1 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 give you information about further programs.
All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip, and any last-minute questions answered. After lunch, we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pashupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to hotel.
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. Along the journey, you will witness some stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains, green hills, rivers in rafting, and villages. 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 next three hours to reach Beni Bazaar (850m). Stay overnight in Hotel.
As you are leaving Beni, the trail heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Then the trail leads us to the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near Simalchour village, then back to the north bank from where it continues to the Babichor village. Overnight at camp in tent.
After breakfast, the trail 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. From here the path goes to the narrow valley again and terraces disappear on the river side. And then the trail leads us continue to the Dharapani village for overnight at tented.
After crossing river the trail goes to west Bank as you leaves Phedi then starts to climb many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge viewpoint of ascent eases. Then again the trail climbs steeply to the Muri village and continue to Sibang and Mattim. From here the trail leads you to 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.
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. Then descend to the Myagdi river and trek along 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, then descend through the forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m) for the overnight.
At first, the trail descends through terraced fields to the small ridge, then through forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this area. Then the trail leads us to high winding path crosses a rocky area and descends before climbing again to Lipshe. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the Dobang for today destination.
After crossing a wooden bridge the trail us 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. Then we descend to the Myagdi river and cross wooden bridge then continue to the east bank for Charter. The trail leads through forests again, rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.
We have to walk slowly in our won speed to get better acclimatize. The trail follows to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enters the glacier from the right side. Tukuche Peak (6,837 m) can be seen in a clear view from here; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominates the skyline to the right. Sooner, you reach at Italian Base Camp (3,660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. Italian base camp offers breathtaking scenery of mountains; Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).
This is our first rest day after many days walking, we will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “tuned” for the even higher altitudes. You can hike around with mighty mountains charming and landscape.
After breakfast we set up all gears early in the morning, the weather is expected to be clear for our adventures journey. The trail goes to through the prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. It is not that much easy trail but the great view of mountains charming give you enough increase for the rest of the trek. Here, we stay overnight near at glacier.
Today is one of the most adventure days to Dhaulagiri base camp. The view of impressive 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 offering you true nature beauties. The impressive ice fall that descends from the northeast col in front of us is another magnet for us.
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 enjoying to the true nature beauty seeping hot tea in the camp.
After along the glacier walk the trail climb two terraced hills; the first of which runs along the glacier, then 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 steep moraine walls we are in safer and more gentle country.
Then 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. Again the trail continues 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 mountains scenery. We descending from Thapa Pass and make camp at 5,200 meters.
The trek for Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steep rocky small adventures trail. But the view of mountains and natural beauty are still unbelievable to the Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.
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.
The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight 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.
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.
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 adventure Dhaulagiri trek is available now on USD 2,550 per person is 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 bus 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 discount 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
- All land transfer as per given itinerary
- Annapurna Conservation and TIMS permits and their entrance fees
- Tented accommodation / Lodge trekking with full board meals during the trek.
- Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks while on trek.
- Kitchen and cooking equipment for the trekking .
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local Guide.
- Professional cook, Sherpa, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as required.
- All program according to itineraries on full board.
- Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurances for all trekking crew
- Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
- Kathmandu to Beni and from Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by Bus.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- After trekking, you will get an attractive gift souvenir from company
- A special gift from our company.
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, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private around 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 if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do 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 the little experience about climbing or mountaineering experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Dhaulagiri base camp trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Dhaulagiri circuit trek?
Answer: During the tented camping days trekking, our professional cook prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Dhaulagiri trekking?
Answer: As you are in camping trekking, we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Dhaulagiri circuit trek?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places tea shops (except 3 days) where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking water but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the local lodges / local houses here will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on around Dhaulagiri tent trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services (except 3 days) as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, 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 is the payments 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 bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 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 polls ?
Walking pools are 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 Trekking highlights
- Discover 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.
Dhaulagiri Trek Note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes around Dhaulagiri Trek trip special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination better.
Trek Price : USD 2,550 Per Person
- Duration of Trek: 20 Days
- Max Altitude: 5,240m / 17,135 ft
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-25 People
- Best Time: Oct – May
- Trip Mode: Tent Trekking
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
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