Dhaulagiri Trek 20 Days

Trip Code : AHC/ER-03
Duration : 20 Days
Grading : Hard
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : kathmandu
Best Season : September-November, February-June


Trekking around the giant Himalayan peak Dhaulagiri (7th highest peak in the world) is one of the most challenging and remote treks. Trekking off the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with the unexpected.

Trekking in Dhaulagiri provides massive mountains range of Dhaulagiri consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks is magnificent. Trekking of the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected. Geographically, it is a land of dramatic contrast. Trekking around the giant Himalayan Peak Dhaulagiri is one of the most challenging treks. The trek goes through big challenging mountain passes, crossing over French pass (5360 meter) and Thapa Pass (5200 meter) It is a challenging walk on an icy track. The massive mountains range of Dhaulagiri consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks is magnificent. Trekking of the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected. Geographically, it is a land of dramatic contrast.

Trekking in this region means an exploration of the wild. Recently reopened this thrilling \region shows its long kept secrets, like the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest Gorge in the world II Dhaulagiri means "white mountain" though many mountains over the world have names which translate to white mountain, this is without doubt the most astonishing one.

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek explores a wild, remote and off-the-beaten-track area of the Nepal Himalaya. The trek starts at Beni and then follows the Myagdi Khola river passing through beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif.

After walking up the narrow Chonbarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp we then cross French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing Dhampus Pass we start the long descent to Jomsom and then at the end of the trek we fly out to Pokhara.


Trip Highlights

  • Vibrant and colorful centre hub in the Himalayan region Jomsom
  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp and magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri
  • Staying in mountain Camping, tea houses
  • Gurung, Bhote, Thakali villages and gompas
  • Views of Dhaulagiri, I,II,III, IV, V, Tukche peak
  • The vibrant, colorful, chaotic city of Kathmandu


Day 1 : fly in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu after the unforgettable experience of flying across the Himalayas you will be met at the airport by our staff. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Drive Kathmandu to Beni/ Tatopani(970m)

Drive to the trail head town of Baglung (74km) which takes about 3 hrs. On arrival there is a short walk from the road to our camp close to the village. Following the MyagdiKhola River, we pass through several small villages, a hot spring and cultivated lands to Tatopani, very famous for the hot spring and gets a thousands of national and international visitors every year. Drive for two and half hours.

Day 3 : Tatopani to Darbang (1120m)

Continue following the the MyagdiKhola and the NewaleKhola, walking through terraced fields to Babichor where we have lunch. In the afternoon, we ascend gradually through paddies to reach the DukKhola and the small settlements of Ratorunga, Bodeni and Chachare, before reaching the large village of Darbang with its rows of shops where we camp in the school grounds. 6 hrs.trekking.

Day 4 : Darbang to Mudi/Muri (1610m)

The trail crosses the MyagdiKhola River by suspension bridges quite a few times. After crossing the MarangKhola (1,270m), the trail descends for a while and soon takes a steep ascent but you will be rewarded with the great views of ChurenHimal (7,371m) and GurjaHimal (7,193m) at the ridge. We descend again to reach the camp among terraced fields, high above the valley, at Kamlo. (6 hrs).

Day 5 : Mudi to Bagar/Boghara (2080m)

We have a tough day today. The trail passes through terraced fields as we follow the river bank and walk along the ridge forested with bamboo and rhododendron. (7-8 hrs).

Day 6 : Boghara to Doban (2270m)

Today, we have a relatively short day. The trail goes through a village followed by a bamboo forest. Along the way we may have the opportunity to take advantage of the hot springs. The trail is scenic with beautiful waterfalls, towering cliffs and delightful rhododendron forests. (6 hrs).

Day 7 : Doban To Upper Bungini /Italian Base Camp(3660m)

Passing through beautiful forests we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around us.

Day 8 : Rest at Upper Bungini /Italian Base Camp(3660m)

Today is a rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little exploring to be done, this is a day to relax and accumulate energy to take on the following tough day.

Day 9 : Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri base Camp(4100m.)

After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb on to the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. We may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. We camp on the glacier rubble.

Day 10 : Glacier Camp To Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m)

Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 11 : Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (Hidden Valley)(5000m)

Getting to Hidden Valley in glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentle 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 12 : Hidden Valley camp (5080m)

Today is a rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and having some exploring

Day 13 : Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3680m).

After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka.

Day 14 : Yak Kharka to Marpha (2667m).

Marfa is famous place for Himalayan apple farm, It’s looks like hidden valley to grow good quality of apples, there are some apple brandy & Tukche brandy are produce as local brandy from apple, Which are famous to trekkers.

Day 15 : Marpha to Tatopani (1189m).

There are two options one is to catch local bus to drive 1 hrs to Jomsom airport and fly to pokhara 15 minutes(You may trek to Mukthinath explore more viewable part of Round Annapurna) The second catch local bus to Tatopani take hot spring bath bank of Kaligandaki (4hrs) Overnight at Lodge.

Day 16 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m)

We will wake up at 5 am to hike up to the famed vantage point of Poon Hill (3210 m) We then climb the Deorali (2855m) and then descent through the rhododendron forest until Tadapani (6hrs) Overnight in Lodge.

Day 17 : Ghorepani to Ghandruk(1982m)

The Ghandruk trail descends steeply from Tadapani, through forests of different vegetation, predominantly rhododendron. We will stop for lunch at Ghandruk Village, possibly the most beautiful of the Gurung Villages of Annapurna region. From here we can enjoy excellent close-up views of Annapurna South, Machhapurchhe and Himachuli. We can visit famous Gurung Museum. (5hrs) Overnight in hotel.

Day 18 : Ghandruk to Pokhara

Today is an easy ascent to Birethati and then we cross the Modi River. And finally an uphill climb to catch a vehicle to our hotel in Pokhara.

Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

Explore at city for extra day. International Mountarining Musium, Davidfall, Mahendra cave, Gupteshowera Cave & Gorge Seti River.

Day 20 : Departure


What's included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu/ Pokhara(hotel and lodge)
  • Accommodation in the route (Camp, tents, lodge, tea houses)
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • National Park Permit Fee
  • English speaking licensed guide
  • Porter
  • Airfare Kathmandu to Pokhara-Tatopani-Kathmandu or bus fare
  • TIMS
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • 15 kg luggage allowance

What's not included

  • Drinks, tip and expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events
  • International flights
  • Visa and permit fees
  • Travel Insurance
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