Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

Duration: 25 Days

Overview

  • Duration 25 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging

Highlights

  • challenging adventure trails
  • Beautiful hidden valley
  • The seventh highest mountain in the world 8167m
  • Gorges Kali Gandaki River valley
  • Spectacular wilderness journey
  • Wilderness camping experience

“A beauty of the mountain, a nature at its best, explore with your own footsteps.”

Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a testing trek in the region of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m 26,795 ft), the seventh most astounding Himalayan Peak lying north-west of Pokhara in Western Nepal and south of the Tibet. The Dhaulagiri, in addition to an alternate eight thousand, the Annapurna, cuts the planet's deepest crevasse of Kaligandaki. The trek likewise crosses two high passes - the French pass (5,240m/17,192ft) and the Thapa pass (5,155m/16,913ft).

Additionally, we will encounter snow and ice sheet strolling, particularly around Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. Along the way, we delight in astounding perspectives of Dhaulagiri, Thorong top, Annapurna, and Kali Gandaki River with the planet's deepest chasm. On the trail, we might additionally experience semi-wild yak groups and mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this area. In addition, to the wild nature, we can even encounter the shops, teahouses, and lifestyles of Nepal's ethnic individuals, for example, Gurung, Chhetri, and Magars.

Himalayan Scenery’s Around Dhaulagiri Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni. A beginning couple of days of the trek passes through developed fields joined with a portion of the mountain towns. The ascension starts to get harder after Dobhan, as we rise to the Italian Base Camp. The trek proceeds to the Iced French and Thapa Passes which must be scaled before we plunge down a winding trail to Yak Kharka. After a long drop, we will be at Marpha, the prevalent city in the Mustang area. From this crossroads, we accompany the established Annapurna Trail to Jomsom and fly Jomsom to Pokhara the following day. The last and grand drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu finishes up the trek.

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NOTE:It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days prior to the actual day of trekking.

If you are able to arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding extra days beside actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without worrying about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

After going through Dhaulagiri Round trek detailed itinerary you will be well informed about various factors of your trek. During the trek, you will be camping at various stops, and you can know about those destinations here. You will also know about meals, day-to-day itinerary, altitude, and more info about the trek.

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In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off in our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we will be happy to guide you around the city.

On the second day of arrival, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at Company to review their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip, we will be taking our guests on a cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley.

The destination for sightseeing includes Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.

We will be heading towards Beni which is also the starting point for our trek. We need to drive on Prithivi Highway from Kathmandu. The drive will last for about 8 hours. The drive will be long but the views along the highway are beautiful and will pass through the famous lake city of Pokhara. If you are flying to Pokhara you can take a short tour around the Lake City of Pokhara. After reaching Beni we will check in Hotel rooms. We will be staying overnight at Beni.

[Note: If you don’t want to ride for long you can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which will take about 30 minutes and the Beni will be three hours drive from Pokhara.

After finishing up with breakfast, we will hike alongside Myagdi Khola. Our hike will let us explore various villages passing through our path. After walking for some time, we will reach the village of Simalchaur. Here we will be crossing two bridges. As we hike along our trail we will notice beautiful terrace landscape and lively village people passing by.

Our final stop for today is Babiyachaur. Before reaching Babiyachaur we need to cross suspension bridges and most of the hiking will be along the Myagdi Khola. We will be camping at Babiyachaur for an overnight stay.

Enjoying with hot breakfast cooked on fire on the camping ground we will start our trekking. The final stop will be Dharapani. We will hike towards Phedi crossing the Myagdi Khola. The path we hike will be plain and easy. We will pass through the village of Shahashradhara crossing Duk Khola we will hike in green grassy fields until we reach Ratorunga. We will then reach the village of Dharapani after a short Hike. We will camp for the overnight stay.

Today we will hike to a place called Muri. Six hours of ascending and descending hiking will take us to Muri. As we finish up with our breakfast at the campsite we will pack our stuff and will start descending passing through the various villages. After hiking downhill for some time, we will reach a suspension bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge the trail will ascend uphill. Walking along this uphill trail we will reach Muri. It’s a small village that is mostly inhabitant by the Magar people. Here as well we will build a camp for our overnight stay.

Starting from Muri it will take us about 6 hours to reach the Boghara. Today we will be crossing a river called Dhora Khola. Alongside Dhora Khola you can notice terrace farmlands. From here we will climb the mountain right to us until we reach Ghorban Dhara. Ghorban Dhara provides the perfect view of Ghustung south which is elevated at 6465m.

We will then start following the path alongside Myagdi Khola until we reach Naura. We will climb right up the mountainside to Ghorban Dhara. From Ghorban Dhara, you will get to see Ghosting South (6465m). Before reaching the Naura we follow the river bank path of Myagdi Khola.

From Naura, we ascend begins on the mountainside. Sometimes of uphill climbing, and a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hills. And trailing further away in well-constructed zigzag stone steep paths while descending through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout Boghara becomes visible elevate at 2050m. We will camp for the overnight stay.

Starting the real challenges for the trek show up. The path will be difficult with more ascending and descending to do. The hike will last five hours long before we reach Dobang. We will be able to see some mountain panoramas while ascending toward our destination. After reaching Dobang we will build our camp and stay here for an overnight stay.

After breakfast, we continue our trek through the wooden bridge out of Doban. The way ascends through a forested area. Here you will get a chance to face west of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m). After a short descent to Myagdi Khola passing via a wooden bridge to the east bank, we will reach Chartare. Then, straightly head ahead Choriban Khola by crossing the rocky area and forested path with beautiful scenery. We will spend the overnight in Choribankhola.

Early morning, we’ll walk through the beautiful greenery forest. On-time we will gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. The trail shortly falls down the unsafe moraine to cross the incoming glacier. The track leads to Chhonbarban Glacier and from the right side of the glacier we can see the view of beautiful Dhaulagiri. Ascending the moraine on the other side is steep and where a rope is required. Here, the greenery part is also known as Italy Base Camp. Here we’ll set our camp for the overnight.

The trek is considered difficult so rest is a must if you want to complete your trek. We will be taking a break from our hiking and will rest for today. We will explore around the base camp so that we can adjust to the air at high altitudes. We will visit tea houses which has some of trekkers item you can pick up some item. After exploring the tea houses and enjoying the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range and Manapathi peak we will return to our camping site for the overnight.

Our body today will feel much lighter which will be helpful for today’s trekking. We will continue our trek toward Glacier Camp. The trail is much rougher with rocks and traversing steep slopes and slippery glaciers. After some time, we will cross a moraine of glaciers flowing down from the Dhaulagiri. We also need ropes to do some climbing on today’s trekking. After 5 hours of trekking, we will reach our final stop Glacier Camp. Today as well we camp the overnight.

Today as well will be one rough day for trekking. You should trek through the slippery glaciers' path. The climb uphill will be much tougher and more challenging. Climbing uphill for six hours is one hell of a task. But once you are at Dhaulagiri Base Camp you will forget the suffering you have gone through. You will be stunned as you see Dhaulagiri-I standing before you. Other than Dhaulagiri you will see various peaks like Dhaulagiri II, (7751m), III (7715m), and IV (7618m). We will camp overnight. Opposite our camping site lies a spectacular ice fall flowing Between Tukuche and Dhaulagiri.

Our legs are hurting from yesterday’s uphill climb so this rest day will help us to recover. We will explore Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You will also adjust to altitude if you are to explore around the Camp. If you climb a bit above Camp you will get a spectacular view of the Dhaulagiri Range. After exploring around for while we will return to base camp for the rest. We will be camping for an overnight stay.

Finishing up our hot breakfast on a cold morning we will start our trekking towards the French col from where the view of the hidden valley will stun you. But before getting that inspired feeling, you should get off the glacier for which you should do some rope climbing. After doing some hard work on rope climbing you will get to trek on less strenuous terrain. After climbing for some time to French Col, the hidden valley is also reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh. The temperature here is at least -20 degrees Celsius. We will then trek towards the hidden valley where we will camp overnight.

To reach Yak Kharka we first need to cross the Dhampus Pass and the trek will last for about seven hours. Trek to Dhampus is tough as you should climb steep uphill. Not only uphill is challenging but downhill is as tough as uphill.

While descending we will pass through avalanche-prone slopes and rocky slopes. After descending through a challenging trail, we will reach an open space where yak grazes. This open grazing space is known as Yak Kharka. We will camp at Yak Kharka for the overnight stay.

After breakfast, we descend down the hill to the village of Marpha which is located on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from fruit. Don’t forget to taste the local Apple Brandy a specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight stay in Marpha village.

We follow the track on the west side of the river and then on the new road through beautiful Thakali Villages with decorated houses and wide paved streets. We cross the river for lunch in Koketanti, then back again to follow the stone path through pine woods and fields to Kalopani. Kalopani is a very smart town nestling below the Dhaulagiri Icefall.

Today, we head ahead mostly on paths through fields and orchards, but sometimes on the road being built by hand up to Muktinath. It is nearly all downhill today. We stop for lunch at RukseChhahara, close to a big waterfall with delicious Nepali food. Just imagine, on one hand, Nepal’s most delicious food and on the other side beautiful views of the waterfall. Then We continue on down into the deepest valley in the world to the town of Tatopani, where we can soak in the hot springs. Overnight stay in Tatopani.

We cross the long suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki and again Do Khola where the path goes rapidly up via Ghara and Shikha villages. About 1500m high you will gain today the stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagiri in front of your eyes. We continue our trail uphill through the thick and rich taste of Rhododendron forest. In the spring season, the place looks like heaven, when the Rhododendron is fresh. Ghorepani is one of the glorious villages in the area. A good place to see owe inspiring view of huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Early in the morning, we will climb Poon Hill for one hour to the top, the most popular vantage point of this trek. It is placed at an elevation of 3210m. From here, we can see the attractive views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. Finally, we come out on a grassy hill that provides our beautiful mountain views, including Machhapuchhre. We climb along the edge of pine and rhododendron forests to a top at 3030m. Then descend to cross a second pass, at 2960m. Descending steeply from Tadapani along the route of attractive décor and finally down towards Ghandruk. The trail reaches the edge of Ghandruk and then descends on stone steps into the maze of the village itself. Overnight stay in Ghanddruk.

The trek from Ghandruk to Landruk is the steepest part of the entire trek. The descent from Ghandruk to Kyumi at the bank of Modi Khola is almost 70 degrees vertical. Then have to climb up to Landruk which is almost equally steep but shorter though a straight line distance between the two villages would not be more than 500 meters. From Landruk the trek is pretty easy for the first hour, somewhat steep for the next two or three (till Deurali), and a gentle downhill to Pothana through the forests. Pothana is a small town with 10 or 12 lodges and offers the best-so-far view of the Machhapuchhre.

The leftovers trek is gradual downhill through the village of Dhampus to Phedi. It takes around two hours to Phedi. Dhampus is the exit point of the ACAP region and visitors need to check out here. Phedi is directly touched by the highway by an off-road. Some vehicles offer a ride to Pokhara which is on the BhupiSherchan Highway. From here we drive back to Pokhara. If time remains you can explore Pokhara town. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

We drive back to the place where your trip has started. You will take awesome memories of your life from this trek back to your home. Driving along the Prithivi highway which has beautiful scenery with beautiful time. After we reach Kathmandu, you will be shifted to your respective hotels where you will have some rest or you can explore the Kathmandu valley.

    On the last day of our trip, a representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will drive you to the airport according to your flight schedule back to home or onward destination. Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.

    We hope that you enjoyed the camping trekking in Dhaulagiri and hope to see you for another adventure soon. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts of Nepal.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • One night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
    • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Himalayan Scenery trekking map, Trekking T-shirt, and duffel bag for trekking
    • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • ACAP Permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport-size photos for permit)
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails travelling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concern. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation:

    We provide you with the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Dhaulagiri Round Trek, we provide you with the tented camp accommodation. In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages:

    All the food and Beverages included on the package of Dhaulagiri Round Trek are provided by the company itself. The foods are professionally prepared and provided in the tented camp on the trail. We will have the breakfast and dinner at the camp. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for the lunch. We also provide the boiled drinking water at the camp. During the trek, there are options for buying the bottled water as well.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful trekking journey, we will provide farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines and live cultural music.

    Transportation:

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide tourist bus transportation for your trip. However, you have the other options as travelling through private vehicles such as cars or van.

    You need to pay additional for the transportation which is excluded from our package. You can send us an enquiry for the latest price details for the private transportation and flight tickets.

    Luggage and Backpack:

    The main luggage of your will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave the things which are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip to ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek:

    We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg form each trekker). We provide the one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide the additional guide for your trip.

    Personnel Expenses:

    Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Dhaulagiri Round Trek. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get the significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy the drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation:

    Nepal is the country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seeker all around the globe. In spite of the fact that, Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover, thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with the serious hazard. The most exciting, and the joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like the sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing off to your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive at the Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.  

    Join a fixed date group trek or private departure:

    The Dhaulagiri Round Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departures dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 20 to 30 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellation of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearranging the schedule.

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