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Dhaulagiri Round

Dhaulagiri trek a pretty strenuous trek that takes you into high country through forests with dense foliage and culminates on a trail that continues on snow and shimmering glaciers. Separated from the Annapurna region by the Kali Gandaki, the Dhaulagiri massif includes more than 30 peaks over 6000 meters, eight of these surpassing 8000 meters.

Dhaulagiri Round Trekking is a long, difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8167m.) that starts from Beni on the Kali Gandaki. Follow the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang and turn north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high country. Much of the route is on snow and glaciers as it crosses the French Col (5240m.), traversing the head of Hidden Valley and also cuts across the 5155m Dhampus Pass. The trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara, either via the Kali Gandaki valley or over the Ghorepani ridge, culminating with views of the entire Dhaulagiri massif.

Trip Hightlights:


18 Days

Type of Trek :                         Camping

Max Altitude:                         5200 m.

Minimum Pax:                        1 +

Mode of travel:                       Land Transportation

Grade:                                         Strenous

Dhaulagiri trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu – Beni                [Eleven Hours Drive]

This is one of the most picturesque road journeys found in Nepal. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 2: Beni – Maldhunga [1300 m.]                        [6 hours]

You start hiking through the rough rubble which gives way to the smooth ice of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 3: Maldhunga – Darbang                                 [5 – 6 hours]  

Your trek begins by gently ascending for one hour passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and so on. You can hear the chirping of the local birds as your trail follows flat land passing through a stream at one place. The route is a muddy road crossing villages at some points where you can interact with the local folks. Darbang is a small village mainly inhabited by the Magar and Limbu communities. A beautiful camping site is available here. Stay overnight in camp.


Day 4: Darbang – Takum                            [5 hours]        

Today your trek also ascends through a narrow path in the early first hour, before going along the flat land passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas pine trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trail suddenly begins to follow an ascending path until you reach Takum. You will come across a government school before you enter Takum, a small village. Here, you camp behind the school located in central Takum. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 5: Takum – Muri                                               [6 hours]

You start trekking along a descending trail in the early first hour passing through a dense jungle. You then follow a steeply ascending path and before approaching Muri you travel along flat land until you reach Muri. This is a small village mainly inhabited by the ethnic Gurung and Rai communities of Nepal. You will be captivated by the calm presence of a serene Buddhist monastery found here. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 6: Muri – Baghar (2080m.)

You descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. After you cross the river you climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. Following the right bank past Naura you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Bagara (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in the yards of the local people’s houses or on the terraced fields. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 7: Baghar – Dobang (2520m.)                           [5 hours]

Here you leave the villages behind and the trial begins to get increasingly challenging. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 8: Dobang – Upper Vungini or the Italian Base Camp (3660m.)

Stay overnight in camp.

Day 9: Upper Vungini or the Italian Base Camp (3660m.)

Rest day for acclimatization. The day is free for you to move around as you like. You may want to do some reading or explore the area around. Stay overnight in camp.


Day 10: Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) – Glacier Camp [4 hours]

After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope at a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are beautiful which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. This is a particularly tough day. You camp on the glacier rubble.

Day 11: Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m.) [5 hours]

Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling, but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col (5010m.)     [4 hours]

Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls you reach gentler, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open up. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: Hidden valley (5200m.) – Yak Kharka (3680m.)              [7 hours]

You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14: Yak Kharka – Marpha (2670m.)               [5 hours]

A steep descent leads you to Marpha. En route you can see yak and sheep herds. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Marpha – Kalopani (2530m.)                     [6 hours]

Your trail stretches at an almost flat level through forests to Kalopani, a Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. En route, you find Larjung which is situated near Dhaulagiri Glacier. The first part of the trek passes through a high windy area covered with pine and rhododendron forests. At Kalopani, you will be amazed with the breathtaking views of Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1189m.)                  [6 – 7 Hours]

The trail descends steeply to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall). It is an amazing site to view this gushing, milky looking water. The deepest gorge in the world is seen here as well, between the two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.)which face each other near the Rukse Waterfall. The trail again descends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot springs at Tatopani as the word Tatopati is termed after the natural hot springs situated near the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking a bath in the Hot Spring helps you get rid of skin diseases. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Tatopani – Beni       [5 hours trek] – Pokhara                  [4-5 hours drive]

Trek from Tatopani to Beni which takes almost five hours and drive from Beni to Pokhara by bus which takes another four and half hours. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 18: Pokhara – Kathmandu                   [6 – 7 hours]

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach the famous Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily chores. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.

Price Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services
  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permit fee
  • Trekking guide
  • A cook
  • Necessary porters
  • Necessary kitchen helpers
  • Necessary sherpas
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc.
  • Camping charges
  • Necessary insurance for trekking stuff
  • First Aid and kits
  • Rescue assistance

Price Excludes:

  • Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Hotel accomodation & meals in Kathmandu
  • All the cost which are not included in the above price includes

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