Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest mountain in the world which lies north – west of Pokhara. Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic as two eight thousanders, Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley.
The Dhaulagiri Round trek is a challenging, and a real adventure for experienced trekkers who are looking for an expedition-like experience. The trekking adventure, which encounter exceedingly beautiful Hidden Valley allows the trekkers to literally touch the majestic mountain Dhaulagiri at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The landscape from the high passes and the base camps beat your imagination, as you come to see more and more of this biggest white mountain of Nepal and its surroundings. Sometimes you may also see mountain sheep and the snow leopard on the way. The starting point of the trek is Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi District. Initially the trekking trail passes through villages of Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people, where you get to observe their unique culture and lifestyle. It gradually gets tougher as you move to higher elevations.
Diverse culture, treading through different types of forests to treeless zone and getting as close as possible to peaks like Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak are great highlights of Dhaulagiri Round trek.
Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara – Beni (850m) 8-9 hours
Day 04: Trek to Babiyachaur (990m) 6-7 hours
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1565m) 6-7 hours
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m) 6-7 hours
Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2080m) 7-8 hours
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2540m) 6-7 hours
Day 09: Trek to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) (3800m) 6-7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization (3800m)
Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,250m) 5-6 hours
Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp I (4750 m) 4-5 hours
Day 13: Trek to French Col (5100m) – Hidden Valley (5000m) 6-7 hours
Day 14: Hidden Valley camp (5000m)
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (4400m) 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom (2665m) 6 hours
Day 21: Fly to Pokhara 25 minute flight
Day 22: Pokhara to Kathmandu, take a 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive
Day 23: Final Departure
Day 1:Wel come to KAthmandu
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 flight.
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.
(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).