Dhaulagiri Round Trek is the challenging and strenuous adventurous Trek in Nepal with the beautiful view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV& V. Dhaulagiri I is the seventh highest peak in the world at 8167m above the sea level. This round Dhaulagiri trekking follows glaciers and crosses high snowcapped passes, a challenge suited only to fit individuals wishing to go on remote demanding trekking in Nepali done in the lap of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna giants. Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast. The main attraction of Dhaulagiri treks is the panoramic Himalayan view of snowcapped mountain like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhare etc. We will enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong Peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River with the world deepest gorge during the Dhaulagiri trekking. The trek goes through big challenging mountain passes. This isolated Dhaulagiri circuit trekking offers amazing natural scenery, evergreen forest blossoming with rhododendron combined with native warm hearted people and their heady mixture of unique culture.
Round Dhaulagiri trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni, we set out trekking on foot. In between, we will be crossing many cultivated fields, forests, and villages where various ethnic groups reside like Gurung, Chettri, and Magar. After few days of Trip, we will reach the Italian Base Camp, from where we can see the exciting views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV and V.We will also take rest for few days for acclimatizing with the altitude. Beautiful forests trail with the closer views of mountains panorama will lead to Upper vungini which is the Italian Basecamp. Passing through an ever-changing landscape, with numerous picturesque villages, we reach Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the way, we can encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep or the elusive snow leopard, Kali Gandaki River; the world deepest gorge and so forth. The hidden snow valley (after crossing French Pass) gives you a heavenly test of the white world. The villages and the hidden valleys are particularly memorable, with its charming inhabitants. Subsequently, we descend down to Marpha, a popular city of Mustang district, which is situated between majestic mountain of Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhare
Day 1:Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program and have short meeting with your trekking guide. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2:A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square takes you to the ancient Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle.
Day 3:Kathmandu drive to Pokhara – Beni (850m) 8-9 hours
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. During the short flight, you will have majestic views of glorious Manaslu Peaks and the snow capped Annapurna and Langtang Himalaya range. Or you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive via scenic Prithivi Highway. From Pokhara take a drive to Beni with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Beni is a bustling town on a plateau above the junction of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi rivers.
Day 4:Beni trek to Babiyachaur (990m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
We start our Dhaulagiri trekking along the Kali Gandaki River from Beni. Continue along the road past lush green rice fields, multicolored butterflies and huge nightmarish spider webs. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani. Crossing Tara khet, climb over a small ridge to Babiyachaur.
Day 5:Babiyachaur trek to Dharapani (1565m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
Today, our trail crosses the terraced hills; Shahashadhara village Dudh khola ratorunga village. Tha river bank at Phedi offers fine picnic spot. Cross the Danyga khola on a big suspension bridge and grind up a series of steep switchbacks. Dharapani offers good view of Dhaulagiri IV and V and Gurja Himal.
Day 6:Dharapani trek to Muri (1850m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
The path goes steep up to Muri. From here you have the spectacular views of Mt Dhaulagiri and other mountains very closely.
Day 7:Muri trek to Boghara (2080m): Walking distance: 7-8 hours
From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours. After that you’ll have some steep climb path to Boghara.
Day 8:Boghara trek to Dovan (2540m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. Descend a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into a deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan. Over night stay at the guest house.
Day 9:Dovan trek to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) (3800m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
You will reach the Italian Base Camp where you will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. You’ll pass through beautiful forests trail and with the closer views of mountains panorama to Upper vungini which is the Italian Base camp.
Day 10:Italian Base Camp Acclimatization (3800m)
The day is a rest day for the further climbs. You will have little bit of hiking around or some sorts of exercises. Since, we are rapidly gaining altitude, keep yourself hydrated and take it easy.
Day 11:Italian Base Camp trek to Glacier Camp (4,250m): Walking distance: 5-6 hours
Today you’ll make use of ropes for the crossing of glaciers in some tricky places. This part is a bit a dangerous trail so be careful and have patience. Set your camp beyond the glacier.
Day 12:Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp I (4750 m): Walking distance: 4-5 hours
We will have climb to the rough and chilling part of this trek with the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri all the way. Enjoy the magnificent face of Dhaulagiri I on the trail. We reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp at the height of 4650m or 15252ft.
Day 13:Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col (5100m) – Hidden Valley (5000m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentler country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures, at least -20ºC at night.
Day 14:Hidden Valley camp (5000m)
This is another rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and perhaps do some exploring in the hidden valley. A hidden snow valley gives you a heavenly test of white world.
Day 15:Hidden Valley trek to Yak Kharka (4400m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. The Dhampus Pass between Tukuche peak and Thapa peak is another heaven in the trip.
Day 16:Yak Kharka trek to Marpha (2665m): Walking distance: 6 hours
From Yak Kharka we descend along the flank of the mountain to once again reach civilization. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis favorite amongst the trekkers. It has kept its traditional narrow paved alleys and passageways and an extensive drainage system flows under the flagstone paved street.
Day 17:Marpha trek to Ghasa (2000m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. You can visit to the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a huge sacred tree. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We spend our night here in Ghasa.
Day 18:Ghasa trek to Tatopani (1180m): Walking distance: 4-5 hours
A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually ascending with transition into sub tropical vegetation. Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs – you can have time for a hot Scrub-up.
Day 19:Tatopani trek to Ghorepani (2775m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich bird life. We pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. It’s about 7-8 hours work all the way up to Ghorepani. Ghorepani provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas.
Day 20:Ghorepani trek to Hille (1495m): Walking distance: 4 hours
Early morning trek up to Poonhill, One of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal Poonhill provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. From Poonhill one can enjoy spectacular view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m), Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Mt Fishtail ( Machhapuchhare 6997m), Tent Peak and many more High Himalayas. Trek down to Ghorepani and after breakfast start downhill trekking to Hille.
Day 21:Hille to Pokhara: Walking distance: 3 hours and about 1 hour drive
We start our journey to pokhara from Hille (1510m) early morning. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, winding through the bamboo forests and past waterfalls with plunge pools appealing you for a refreshing swim. From Nayapul you’ll have car drive for about 1 and half hour through large village Lumle to Pokhara city.
Day 22:Pokhara to Kathmandu, take a 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
You can take a fight or take a drive to Kathmandu. You can have a very relaxing rest in hotel. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people.
Day 23:Final Departure
We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your onward destination.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Tented Camp During Trekking,Meals on full board (breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) with hot drinks tea and coffee.
- All necessary camping gears like two ment tent, dining tent, kitchet tent, toilet tent, all kitchen equipment, mattress
- An experience English speaking trekking guide,Cook and Porters.
- All necessary trekking permits
Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- All ground transportation by Bus/Private Car/Van depends on group size
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic drinks, hot shower
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet.
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can’t get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. “Pack light, but pack right”, is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty.
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
The above itinerary can be tailor made as per clients request, we can make the itinerary more shorter by cutting day 02 city tour, there is early morning 8 am flight to Pokhara which is only 25 minutes flight so we can start the trek in same day, can take a fly back also late afternoon, So people have short time wanted to do this trek also possible, people who have longer time can add the White Water Rafting, Jungle safari tour in Chitwan National park, can spend more time in Pokhara by doing Paragliding, Zeep Flyer and other extra activities so feel free to write us your interest and time and we will make the itinerary to suites your needs).
USD $4500 per person
Quick Fact of the Trip
- Trip Duration : 23
- Best Season : feb , mar , apr , aug , sept , oct , nov
- Grade : adventurous
- Max Altitude : 5100m.
- Trip Starts : Kathmandu
- Trip Ends : Dhaulagiri Base camp( french Col.