Dhaulagiri Round Trek is the challenging and strenuous adventurous Trek in Nepal, offering 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 Nepal done in the lap of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna giants. Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast.
The main attraction of Dhaulagiri Round Trek is the panoramic Himalayan view of the snowcapped mountain like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhare, etc. A spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, Thorong Peak, Annapurna, and Kali Gandaki River with the world’s deepest gorge can view during the Dhaulagiri trekking. The trek goes through big, challenging mountain passes. This remote Dhaulagiri circuit trekking offers impressive natural scenery, evergreen forest blossoming with rhododendron combined with warm-hearted native people and their heady mixture of a unique culture.
Dhaulagiri Round 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 like Gurung, Chettri, and Magar reside. After few days of the trip, we will reach the Italian Base Camp, where we can see the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and V. We will also take rest for few days to acclimatize 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 valleys are particularly memorable, with its charming inhabitants. Subsequently, we descend to Marpha, a famous city of Mustang district, which is situated between a majestic mountain of Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhare
Indeed it is an overwhelming adventure of the remote west of Dhaulagiri to the main popular Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route and through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley. Dhaulagiri Round Trek is an opportunity to explore the snow-capped Himalayas lying around, rocky hills, stunning landscapes, yak pastures, a thick forest full of birds and animals, and much more. In the Dhaulagiri trek trail, you can get the opportunity to explore the extravagant lifestyles of Gurung and Magar peoples and their culture. Besides that, you can see wild animals like Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Leopards, Musk deer, and different species of birds. Dhaulagiri is off the beaten track; this trek incorporates the best of what Nepal offers.
Duration: 19 Days
Max. Altitude: French Pass (5360m/17585ft)
Trek Grade: Difficult
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – November is the best season. Dec & January is Winter. July & August is a rainy time, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 19 days, 4 night’s hotels, 9 nights lodges/Camping ( tented), Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg including your sleeping bag, and down jacket, Other items not required on the trek you can keep in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara
Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van, Plane.
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at the 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 flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program and have a short meeting with your trekking guide. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion the next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - 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 the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath 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 the journey back to the hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies, and lifestyle.
Day 03: - Kathmandu drive to Pokhara - Beni (850m/2789ft) 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 trip, 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 Prithvi Highway. From Pokhara, take a ride 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 04: - Beni trek to Babiyachaur (990m/3248ft): 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 substantial nightmarish spider webs. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani. Crossing Tara khet, climb over a small ridge to Babiyachaur.
Day 05: - Babiyachaur trek to Dharapani (1565m/5134ft): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
Today, our trail crosses the terraced hills; Shahashadhara village Dudh Khola Ratorunga village. The river bank at Phedi offers a beautiful picnic spot. Cross the Danyga Khola on a big suspension bridge and grind up a series of steep switchbacks. Dharapani provides a good view of Dhaulagiri IV and V and Gurja Himal.
Day 06: - Dharapani trek to Muri (1850m/6069ft): 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 carefully.
Day 07: - Muri trek to Boghara (2080m/6824ft): Walking distance: 7-8 hours
From Muri, the trail is easy and goes down for a few hours. After that, you’ll have some steep climb path to Boghara.
Day 08: - Boghara trek to Dovan (2540m/8333ft): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
The trail descends 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. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 09: - Dovan trek to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) (3800m/12467ft): 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 Basecamp.
Day 10: - Italian Base Camp Acclimatization (3800m/12467ft)
The day is a rest day for the further climbs. You will have a 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/13600ft): 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/15584ft): 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/16732ft) - Hidden Valley (5000m/16404ft): 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 a 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/16404ft)
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 the white world.
Day 15: - Hidden Valley trek to Yak Kharka (4400m/14436ft): 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 the Tukuche peak and Thapa peak is another heaven on the trip.
Day 16: - Yak Kharka trek to Marpha (2665m/8743ft) - Jomsom : Walking distance: 7 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 Thakali’s 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. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.
Day 17 - Fly to Pokhara (810m) Duration: 20-minutes
We take the early morning flight to Pokhara; it is a short 20-minute flight, transfer to hotel. You will be free and resting for a day.
Day 18: - 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 at the hotel. In 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 19: - Final Departure
We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your onward destination.
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Hotel, lodge & Tent
French Pass (5360m/17585ft)