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Dhaulagiri Round Trek20 Days

Minimum Participants 2
Mode of Travel Adventures
Accommodation Camping
Meals Full board on Trek & B&B Plan in cities
Transportation Private vehicle / flight

trip Overview

Dhaulagiri Round Trek is one of the challenging and best treks in Nepal. Mt. Dhaulagiri is the 6th highest mountain in Nepal and 7th in the world situated in the Mustang and Myagdi district of Nepal. We recognize Mt. Dhaulagiri easily by its looks as it is totally different from other mountains. This trek offers stunning views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, and many more.

Dhaulagiri Round Trek with Nepal Dream Path Trek and Expedition starts from Kathmandu to Darbang via Pokhara. From Dorbang, we start our trek on foot by heading to the villages of Darapani. Then leads to Muri from where we head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi River. Until reaching French Pass and Dhaulagiri Base Camp with the spectacular views of various mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Muktinath Himal, Putali, Tukuche peak, etc. It follows Moraine, glaciers, and villages of different ethnic groups esp. Thakalis, Magars & Gurungs. Different flora and fauna can be viewed during this Dhaulagiri trekking. We could see wild animals like Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Leopards, Musk deer, and different species of birds.

After crossing the French pass, we reach the hidden snow valley which gives you the taste of the White world. After the hidden valley, the trail goes to Kaligandaki Valley via Dhampus pass and to Marpha. This trek allows trekkers to have a lifetime experience leading through the French pass to the World’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley. This trek has to walk through glaciers which gave you an extra feel competing with other treks.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive/Flight to Pokhara and sightseeing around Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Darbang.[1180m]
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani [1490m].
Day 06: Trek to Muri [1720m].
Day 07: Trek to Bagar [2080m].
Day 08: Trek to Dobhan [2520m].
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp [3660m].
Day 10: Rest day at Italian Base Camp[3660m].
Day 11: Trek to Japanese Base Camp [3890m].
Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp [4748m].
Day 13: Trek to Hidden Valley [5141m] via French Pass [5360m].
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka[3900m] via Dhampus pass[5244m].
Day 15: Trek to Marpha [2670m].
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom [2720m].
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara.
Day 18: Fly/drive back to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free for personal activities at Kathmandu or Sightseeing tour on request.
Day 20: Final Departure.

Detail Itinerary

35m drive BB plan Hotel/resort

Nepal Dream Path Treks & Expedition staff will be there at the airport to welcome you by holding the company name and transferring you to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have a meeting with the guide where he describes trekking in Nepal.

10am - 4pm BB plan Hotel/resort

Well informed regarding the time for half-day for sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Depart the hotel for guided sightseeing at places of interest. Click here for detailed information about where you visit in Kathmandu Valley

7 hrs drive/30m fly BB Plan Hotel/Resort

In the morning, we take a flight/drive to the Pokhara. If the weather will be good and fine then we would be able to see the descent view of mountains and terraced fields during the flight/drive. After lunch, we will do some sightseeing and prepare ourselves for the trek to Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel/resort.

5-6 hrs drive All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] Camping

After early morning breakfast, take a drive to Darbang with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas via Beni. Beni is the junction of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi River. From Beni,  the road is rough, passing green rice fields and small charming villages, we reach Darbang where we check all the things before we start our memorable trek.

5 hrs walk All meals during trek ( breakfast, lunch, dinner) Camping

After morning breakfast, the trail continues along the Myadgi Khola and crosses the suspension bridge. From here, the trail ascends to Dharapani. Dharapani is a large village mostly inhabited by Gurung communities. With the fabulous views of Dhaulagiri IV, V, and Gurja Himal, the trail gradually ascends up to Dharapani where we stay overnight.

5-6 hrs walk All meals during trek ( breakfast, lunch, dinner) Camping

Today the trail passes several villages including Sibang village, a village of Magars. We can see the stunning views of snow-capped mountains like Gurja Himal and Putha Hiunchuli and the beautiful greenery terrace fields. After crossing Dhara Khola with a suspension bridge, the path steeply goes to Muri. Muri is a village in the Magar community from where we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other snow-capped mountains. Overnight stay here.

8-9 hrs walk All meals during trek ( breakfast, lunch, dinner) Camping

From Muri, the trail is easy and steep down to the bridge over Muri Khola. After that, the path steep goes to Bagar with the passes of bamboo forest and the charming terrace fields and farmhouses.  We overnight stay there in camp.

5-6 hrs walk All meals during trek ( breakfast, lunch, dinner) Camping

The trail descends down to a small ridge and then follows the west bank of Myagdi Khola through the forest to Jyardan. You can see honeycombs during the trail and get the chance to look, at how they collect the honey and taste too. The trail passes the beautiful village called Jyardan and Lipshe where we take some rest. After a long, steep, and slippery stone staircase into bamboo and rhododendron forest finally, we reach Dobhan and Overnight camping.

4-5 hrs walk All meals during trek ( breakfast, lunch, dinner) Camping

The trail continues through the dense bamboo and rhododendron forest crosses the Myagdi Khola through a bridge and reaches Sallaghari. From here, the trail passes through the forest of Pine trees, rhododendron, and birch and climbs to grassy greenery areas i.e. Italian Base Camp. You can see the impressive West face of Dhaulagiri with other snow-capped peaks from here. Overnight enjoy at Camp.

Today is the rest day for the further climb to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This is given to you for relaxation, exploration, and acclimatization.  You can explore the area around the Italian Base Camp. You need to be healthy, fit, and fine for a further climb and to adjust to a higher altitude.

5-6 hrs walk All meals, breakfast, dinner Camping

Today, the trail descends steeply down the lateral moraine to the glacier. With the help of the ropes, we cross the gorge and the glacier which is the most chilling part of the trek. The trail continues with the spectacular as well as the magnificent face of Dhaulagiri I and reaches at Japanese Base Camp at the height of 4650m.

4-5 hrs walk All meals, breakfast, dinner Camping

Today the trail is rough along the moraine, covered by the glacier. So, we use a rope to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From here, the views are impressive with Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and Little Eiger in front of us. Dhaulagiri II and IV can see to the west. You will get outstanding nature views from here that are out of your imagination.

6-7 hrs walk All meals, breakfast, dinner Camping

Today after having breakfast, the trail ascends to the top of French Pass. During this trial, we often use rope till the steep moraine walls from where you can see the mouthwatering view of the hidden valley down with the fabulous view of Dhaulagiri I & Tukuche Peak. After some climbing from moraine ridge, we summit the French Pass from where we can see the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of Tukuche Peak, Tashi Kang, Mukut Himal, and Dhaulagiri massif. From here, the trail descends on moderate snow slopes to Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley resembles Laddakh and Tibet and the temperature too. You can see the sparse vegetation, and isolated patches of moss and grass as this valley is under the rain shadow effect of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

7-8 hrs walk All meals, breakfast, dinner Camping

The trail ascends on the moderate snow slope to get to Dhampus Pass. You can enjoy the beauty of two peaks, one is Dhampus peak to the left and another is Tukuche Peak to the right. Then the trail descends steeply to Yak Kharka where crampons may be needed depending upon snow and ice condition. During the trail, you can see the breathtaking views of Nilgiri and Annapurna Massif.

4-5 hrs walk All meals, breakfast, dinner Camping

The trail descends along the flank of the mountains to reach Marpha, inhabitant by the ethnic group Thakali. Marpha is a well-civilized village that boasts of a Buddhist Monastery, Tibetan whitewashed houses, and flagstone paved streets.

2-3 hrs walk All meals, breakfast, dinner Tea house

The trail is flat along the Kali Gandaki River passing through the beautiful apple garden. You can enjoy a glass of apple juice during the trail with the fabulous views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.  Once reach Jomsom, you can explore it overnight at camp.

20m fly BB Plan Hotel/Resort

On the morning flight, we come back to the Pokhara and you will get free time there. You can spend your free time at Pokhara by doing your personal activities and overnight stay there.

45m fly/30m drive BB Plan Hotel

Depending upon your interest, you can fly or drive to Kathmandu. The flight takes 30 mins with the view of changing natural vegetation in the Himalayan region whereas the Dive takes 6-7 hours with the great opportunity to experience the highway of Nepal. You will be transferred to the respective hotel in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu, inform Nepal Dream Path Treks staff if you would like to book a short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley. In the evening join with Nepali cultural dinner program [Farewell Dinner] with the Nepal Dream Path Treks team.

Today, as per your international flight time, Nepal Dream Path Treks staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this wonderful high Himalayan country, Nepal with the wonderful memory of Annapurna Round Trek with us.

Equipment List

  • Sun Hat
  • Worm hat (it means worm one to protect your head from cold)
  • Headlight
  • Sun Cream/lip guard
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothpaste/Brush/soap
  • Gloves
  • Down Jacket
  • Crampons
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Jumper/fleece jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Long underwear
  • Windbreaker trouser
  • Towel
  • Wool socks
  • Cotton socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Sewing kits
  • Water bottle
  • Swiss knife
  • Extra batteries
  • Flip flops
  • Raincoat/ Umbrella
  • Rucksacks(For a Day)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Medical & first aid kit.

What's included?

  • All transportation and Arrival, Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses on the trek.
  • Full-day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • 3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters, and other support staff as per your requirement.
  • ACAP fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipment during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees are required for the program.

What's not included?

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears are not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staff.