Dhaulagiri Round Trek

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  • Total Duration:20 Days
  • Best Time:March to May in spring and September to mid-December
  • Max Elevation: 5,240 m
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Group Size:2-12
  • Difficulty:moderate
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Meals:Full board included


Dhaulagiri 8167 meters 7th highest mountain in the world means “white mountain” though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain; this is without doubt the most astonishing one. This is a strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal. The simple reason behind it is that it consists of more than fifteen 7000-meter magnificent peaks with land of dramatic contrast.

Dhaulagiri trekking routes starts after an 8 hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni, from Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babiyachaur, Dorbang and Dharapani to Muri, from where you head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills. From Muri, you head north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dovang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north you skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available. Head north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360 meters), between Tukuche Peak (6,920 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6,611meters). Heading east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250 meters), between Tukuche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 meters) from where you begin your descent, heading south-east to Alubari. From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then heads north to Jomsom from where you fly back to Pokhara.

For those who have got enough time there is an option of continuing to trek down to Kalopani, Tatopani and Ghorepani then to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m /4600 ft)
  • Day 2Fly or drive to Pokhara
  • Day 3Drive from Pokhara to Beni ,Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur (990 m/ 3247 ft)
  • Day 4Trek to Darbang (1110 m/ 3641 ft)
  • Day 5Trek to Muri
  • Day 6Trek from Muri – Boghara (2080 m/ 6824 ft)
  • Day 7Trek to Dobang(2250 m/ 7381 ft)
  • Day 8Trek from Dovang to Upper Vungini ( Italian Base Camp) (3800 m/ 12467 ft)
  • Day 9Acclimatization Day ( Altitude 3,660 m/ 12007 ft)
  • Day 10Trek to Japanese/ Advance Base Camp (Altitude 4,440 m/ 14566 ft/ 5 hrs approx.)
  • Day 11Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748 m/ 15577 ft)
  • Day 12Trek to Hidden Valley camp (5000 m/ 16404 ft)
  • Day 13Trek to Yak Kharka ( Altitude 3,680 m/ 12073 ft)
  • Day 14Trek to Marpha (2665 m/ 8743 ft)
  • Day 15Trek to Tatopani (1180 m/ 3871 ft)
  • Day 16Trek to Ghorepani: (Altitude 2,750 m/ 9022 ft/ 4 hrs approx.)
  • Day 17Trek to Birethanti ( Altitude 1,020 m/ 3346 ft/ 6 hrs approx.)
  • Day 18Trek To Nayapul (1.5 hrs) and Drive to Pokhara (1.5 hrs)
  • Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 20Departure !!!!

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m /4600 ft)

    We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to Hotel. You will be given trek briefing , preparation day for the trekking.

  • Day 2

    Fly or drive to Pokhara

    After breakfast, we drive from Pokhara to Beni, from where our trek commences. The drive takes around 4 hours and it offers good scenic views.

  • Day 3

    Drive from Pokhara to Beni ,Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur (990 m/ 3247 ft)

    We start our Dhaulagiri trekking along the Kali Gandaki River from Beni. Continue along the road with green rice fields, multicolored butterflies and huge spider webs. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani. Crossing Tara khet, climb over a small ridge to Babiyachaur.7 hrs approx.)

  • Day 4

    Trek to Darbang (1110 m/ 3641 ft)

    Today, from Babiyachaur we trek along the trail to Darbang.

  • Day 5

    Trek to Muri

    ( Altitude 1,850m/5 hrs approx.) An initial ascent leads to a ridge where the land flattens out. Towards lunchtime, there is another suspension bridge crossing. The trail turns uphill again and our climbing begins anew; we’re surrounded by cliffs on both sides. The day’s destination is the village of Muri, which is inhabited by GurungMagar people.

  • Day 6

    Trek from Muri – Boghara (2080 m/ 6824 ft)

    From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours. After that you’ll have some steep climb path to Boghara.

  • Day 7

    Trek to Dobang(2250 m/ 7381 ft)

    Leaving Boghara, we continue along the trail. We descend through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to reach Jyardan. After the settlement, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing up again to Lipshe where there is a single hut.

  • Day 8

    Trek from Dovang to Upper Vungini ( Italian Base Camp) (3800 m/ 12467 ft)

    we will reach the Italian Base Camp where we 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 9

    Acclimatization Day ( Altitude 3,660 m/ 12007 ft)

    A second night is spent at this altitude; a key to acclimatisation is the body’s night time adjustment to the same altitude. It’s also very much a rest day for the ‘big-and-challenging’ days ahead.

  • Day 10

    Trek to Japanese/ Advance Base Camp (Altitude 4,440 m/ 14566 ft/ 5 hrs approx.)

    This is a particularly tough and challenging day and conditions may again dictate that ropes be used. The area is also subject to rock falls and avalanches so an early start is the norm in order to minimise risks. The trail leads into a rocky area and then climbs up the mountainside, narrowing considerably until crossing one glacier and then descending onto another, originating from the west wall of Dhaluagiri.

  • Day 11

    Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748 m/ 15577 ft)

    Today we climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Hidden Valley Camp (5140m) via French Pass (5360m). This is a vantage point from where we get amazing views of the Dhaulagiri Ranges.

  • Day 12

    Trek to Hidden Valley camp (5000 m/ 16404 ft)

    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 13

    Trek to Yak Kharka ( Altitude 3,680 m/ 12073 ft)

    crossing Thapa Pass (5,200m) (8 hrs approx.) Descend from Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass via avalanche-prone slopes and continue to Yak Kharka.

  • Day 14

    Trek to Marpha (2665 m/ 8743 ft)

    We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kaligandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kaligandaki and from here we get fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village.

  • Day 15

    Trek to Tatopani (1180 m/ 3871 ft)

    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 16

    Trek to Ghorepani: (Altitude 2,750 m/ 9022 ft/ 4 hrs approx.)

    The trail today is again up through a splendid rhododendron forest.

  • Day 17

    Trek to Birethanti ( Altitude 1,020 m/ 3346 ft/ 6 hrs approx.)

    Woken early by guides, it’s a 2 hour hike to Poon Hill for the sunrise of a lifetime. Over 30 Himalayan peaks are visible from here, clear weather permitting. Return to Ghorepani for breakfast, then set out on the trek to Birethanti.

  • Day 18

    Trek To Nayapul (1.5 hrs) and Drive to Pokhara (1.5 hrs)

    The final descent from the mountains to the road-head and then the drive to Pokhara, where a well-deserved ‘end-of-trek’ dinner awaits. End of Expedition.

  • Day 19

    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    on this day we will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu with the beautiful greenery surrounding us to the old capital.

  • Day 20

    Departure !!!!

    Our representative will transfer you to Airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. We hope you had a memorable time in Nepal and we wish to serve you again.


Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Bed/ Breakfast)
  • Tea houses accommodation during trek
  • Three Board Meal (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner) during trek
  • All land transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • One experienced French/ English speaking guide and necessary
  • necessary number of porters 
  • Salary, food and accommodation of guide and porters
  • Alaya Holidays Duffel bags, T- shirt and Trekking Maps
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  •  Annapurna National Park Fee
  • TIMS Fees
  • Farewell Dinner by Alaya Holidays

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Expenses (Beverages, Phone Bills, Laundry, etc. )
  • Extra night accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Things not include in Cost Include section


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