Round Dhaulagiri Trek – This remote and challenging trek for the more adventurous walker circles Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world. Its name means “white Mountain”: towering in solitary splendor, this magnificent peak rises as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow. Dhaulagiri is rarely visited and the valleys and villages surrounding it are unspoiled and unchanged. Our trek takes us across the kali Gandaki River and then north into the heart of the massif; from the base camp we come to the high point of our trek, the traverse of French Pass (5,360 m), the hidden Valley and Dhampus Pass (5182 m), a high level; route which brings us back to the upper Kali Gandaki Valley in Jomsom. From here we, either, fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara or we can continue from Jomsom till Birerthaqnti or to Pokhara.
Season: March – November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2200 US Dollar (USD)
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 meters). There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu city tour. Your sightseeing trip will start at 9AM in the morning after your breakfast. We will provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. Places we visit Pasupatinath temple, Buddhanath, Monkey temple, Bhaktpur durbar square and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Beni (850 meters) by bus 8 hours. After your breakfast to your hotel, you drive to Beni this day. The drive should take 8 hours and you’ll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 4: Trek to Babiachor (950 meters) 5 hours. Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the treks head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1,400 meters) 6 hours. The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walking through fields arrive at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and the terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Trek to Muri (1,850 meters) 5 hours. After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of a ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1,810 meters). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Trek to Boghara (2,080 meters) 6 hours. Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465 meters). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs and then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2,080 meters). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Trek to Dobang (2,520 meters) 5 hours. The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in these parts. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110 meters) 5 hours. After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10 Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 meters) 7 hours. Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3,660 meters), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 meters), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 meters). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day. We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “tuned” for the even higher altitudes to come. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,210 meters) 6 hours. Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. Trail is bit prone to stone fall, and pass through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 meters) 7 hours. This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 meters), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 meters). In front of you is the impressive ice fall that descends from the north east col. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Another acclimatization and Rest Day. Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place will be superb and there is plenty to explore. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Cross French Pass (5,360 meters) then trek to Hidden Valley (5200 meters) 6 hours. After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, and then cutting across a mountain flank and a moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360 meters). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328 meters), Tashi Kang (6,386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920 meters) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5,250 meters) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 meters). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make a camp at about 5,200 meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200 meters), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680meters) 6 hours. Descend from the hidden valley, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surrounding. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2,710 meters) 5 hours. Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue to north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Thirty five minutes morning fly to Pokhara (900 meters) and sightseeing same day. Today 35 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Leisure day in Pokhara. It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu by bus 7 hours. Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu by bus. If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.
NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
1. Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus.
2. Standard accommodation in four/five star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included. (3 nights)
3. Standard accommodation in two/three star hotel in Pokhara breakfast included. (3 nights)
4. Kathmandu and Pokhara City Tours inclusive tour guide, private car/van/bus.
5. Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
6. Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
7. A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek., a cook, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
8. Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
9. All trekking permits & fees.
10. Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
11. Flight cost from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Jomsom airport.
12. All our government taxes.
13. Tourist service charge, vat.
14. Official expanse.
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You will require 2 passport size photos.
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking Equipment.
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.)
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Price can be also customized. Prices remain valid till December 2008.
Group and Travel Agent discount available as per request.
Please Note: US$90 per person per night if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara including breakfast
-US$115 per person extra if you wish to take flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.