Dhaulagiri Round Trek

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Dhaulagiri Round Trek - Days

Trip Route

Beni - Dharapani - Italian BC - Dhaulagiri BC - French Col - Hidden Valley - Marpha - Pokhara

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Tea House/Tented Camp
Max. Elevation
5,360 M /17,580 FT
Full Boards Meal On The Trek
Tourist/Local Bus/Private Vehicles
Best Season
Sep - Nov & Mar - Jun

Dhaulagiri Round Trek Highlights

  • Dhaulagiri round trek route enlarging wide-ranging landscapes from subtropical to trans-Himalayan climate zone in west Nepal
  • Varied unspoiled Nepalese culture of Magar, Thakali Gurung in remote villages and wilderness area
  • Close-up mountain view of two above 8000 m, Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna I with several other snow peaks
  • Challenge the best open bold adventure in Nepal with crossing 2 high altitude passes French Pass and Dhampus Pass

Hire Guide and Porter for Dhaulagiri Round Trek and organize in camping cum tea house in competitive cost with full details information of the route. Dhaulagiri round trek often pronoun Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, a challenging adventure hike around foot of the world seventh highest mount Dhaulagiri (8167 m). The physical demanding trek route believed to be found in 1950 by the French expedition team and then given name French Pass. Dhaulagiri Trek route mark through the remote Nepalese villages, diverse farmland in different altitude range, silence canyon, icy glacier, and windy high altitude passes. It is a stunning hike in multiple altitude range that offers lavish green landscapes and close view of the snowcapped peaks including Dhaulagiri range including two 8000 m peak Dhaulagiri I (8,167 and Annapurna I (8,091 m) then the excellent view of Tukche Peak, Thapa Peak, Dhampus Peak, Manapathi, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Thorong Peak, Khatung Kang, Yakawa Kang, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare, etc.

Daily itinerary

Our airport support team receiving you from the arrival gate of the Tribhuvan international airport and then a short drive to your hotel heart of Kathmandu. After room checked-in take your own time and explore the colorful alley of Thamel. We booked your accommodation a 3-star category hotel with inclusive breakfast.

A day reserve for the trekking preparation also arranges the necessary trekking documents and paper works. We officially introduced with your trek guide and collect your travel insurance details. You may use your spare time exploring heritage and culture Kathmandu valley that requires about 6-8 hours. The Kathmandu valley day tour cover four main cultural monuments like Bouddhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, and Kathmandu durbar square or Patan Durbar square

After breakfast at your hotel, your trek guide come to receive you and transfer to the local bus station where we catch the standard deluxe bus to Beni. Beni one of the comfortable towns in the Dhaulagiri zone also drives throughout the end of the trek. It about 9-10 hours smooth drive on the Prithivi highway and Baglung Rajmarg via Pokhara. It is a scenic journey that offers a stunning view of the mountains, diverse landscapes, stream, lush and green valley, meandering river, and dotted villages on the hilly terrain. The bus stopping a few places along the drive for the toilet, meals, and stretching the tired legs.

Local bus/ jeep and private drive are in the option to Darbang, after delightful breakfast leaving from your hotel Beni Bazar. The drive continuous a side of the Myagdi Khola that off-road drive takes about 2 hours to reach Darbang village, a small commercial town with river confluence. From Darbang village trekking to Dharapani village, we follow a trail in the steamy temperature on the bank of the Myagdi River also passes a few small hamlets of a different clan of the Magar community. We also gradually climb on the rice, millet, and maize field to Dharapani village, that uphill path on the cultivated mountain offers a lush view of the valley and dotted landscapes.

After breakfast follows uphill trail throughout the rice terrace and traditional Magar settlement at Takam and Sibang and gets an excellent view of the snow-clad Gurja Himal and Dhaulagiri. On the way to Muri village get meandering sights of the Myagdi Khola and wider view of the lower valley. We descend to Gatti Khola where spot the traditional water mill for grinding the grain then stop for lunch at Phalai Gaon. Now we steeply climb to the large Magar village 'Muri' and provides a grand view of Gurja Himal and Dhaulagiri.

Today trail contains downhill, level, and steeply up last section of the trek. The trek starts after breakfast in the lodge, following the downhill trail to the small stream then walking in the middle of the huge boulder where the path builds with carving that offers a gorgeous view of the meandering river, waterfall and the valley. Before entering the valley have a glimpse of the Dhaulagiri range and Ghustung south (6,465 m) from Ghorban Danda. A trek continues to Boghara, walking along the west side of the Myagdi Khola with passing small Naura village, the path is fully covered by grass on the sloppy mountains. Bagara (Bhagara) laying above the valley and offer a grand mountain view of Manapathi peak. It is a small beautiful village with a cluster house and stone slate rooftop also amazing handicrafts on the windows and doors.

From today leaving the human settlement behind us and most of the time walking on the dense forest and gorge along the Myagdi river. We pass seasonal tea shop a few places before reaching to Doban. Dobhan has a few seasonal tea shops with one house cum lodge where accommodation available for few travelers. We following en route to Dhaulagiri base camp a trail often goes up and down to Dovan. It will be pleasant waking into the nature area without human and engine sound often get a view of waterfall and ravine.

After breakfast trek set-off to Sallaghari, the path leading into the deep forest also often crossing wooden bridges over the streams. We often hear the roaring of wild animals and chirping melody of the birds that put-on extra energy on our trek rhythm. Also often pass the seasonal animals graze like sheep, goat, and cow. The trail keeps climbing onwards also passes several landslides area and get a stunning view of the waterfall. Very basic accommodation is available here.

From Sallaghari steady climb inside the dense forest of the pine and Oak then a route following on the shrubs of mountain herbs and dwarf vegetation. Further path to Italian Base Camp lingers on the terminal of the glacier. As soon as towards nearby the Italian base camp the temperature dropped and felt colder. Because of the terrain is surrounded by huge mountains and several snow-clad peaks. On the main trekking season, the local operate tea shop where they sell alcohol, energy bar, and some other drinks also possible to sleep on a hard wooden bed.

We spend one extra night at Italian base camp in-term of the altitude acclimatization, you have the option either short trip across the glacier or off-day with rest and relax at base camp. We recommend you do some activities that mean hike a few hundred meters more than a sleeping place. That gives you enough time to enjoy with mountainous and into the thin air also highly chance spot musk deer around.

After breakfast we start the trek from Italian base camp the trail contains up and down on the moraine and glacier. Upon we leave the grasses meadow behind us the trail come cross black-ice and crevasse where extra take care is required. Then a trail continues along the glacier which is filled with stone and rubble. A complete journey undergoes on the glacier gorge of the Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak, Manathapi peak, and Tsaurabong peak. We set our camp on the glacier and enjoy the mountain vista with millions of stars.

The beautiful day on trans-Himalayas with walking on the glaciers and crevasse, the adventure and physical demanding Dhaulagiri trek route is surrounded by walled mountains. After breakfast, we start the trek on the hidden glacier valley where only hear mountain roaring like an avalanche and strong winds also echo. It is a steady climb on the slack stony and rubble trail with viewing massive snow mountains. The path takes near to the large and massive Dhaulagiri Icefall and passes the several cairns and buddhist praying flags, that might be made by previous trekkers.

One of the longest trekking and demanding day in your Dhaulagiri round trek, the trail marked on foot of the Mount Dhaulagiri to French Pass (5,360 m). It is daring climbing on the glacier, ice, and crevasse to French Pass. French pass offers dramatic mountain vista in 360° degree from here entering to Hidden valley then Kali Gandaki valley. The summit has full of cairns and five-color Buddhist praying flags also carved on the rock 'French Pass' You will be mesmerized with Mount Dhaulagiri range, Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Dhampus peak, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang peak, Sita Chuchure, etc. We then descend on the large ground that often covers by snow to Hidden valley camp

Our Dhaulagiri circuit trek getting into the Kaligandaki valley, a most beautiful valley in Nepal, it rich in the diverse nature and charming culture also get awesome Mountain View against the blue sky. From the Hidden valley, the trail ascends to the Dhampus pass (5,245 m) and get breathtaking views of the Himalayas namely Sarebung Peak, Thorong Peak and Thorong la Pass, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri peaks, Mesokanto La Pass, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, and numerous other snow peaks. We keep descend downhill and get back to the lush green forest then reach Alubari/Yak Kharka. It is popular for potatoes and apple farming also has season Yak farm.

Our trek proceeds descending into the dwarf forest of the alpine trees also passes apple orchid, potatoes farmland, and peach farm. The hike offers a gorgeous view of the Kaligandaki valley and diverse landscapes. Near to Marpha village encounter traditional Buddhist grave-cemetery and upon arriving Marpha joint with Annapurna trekking region. Marpha village is popular for organic apple products like brandy, cider, apple pie custard, and dry-apple. Marpha is a beautiful mountain style village with piles of woods in the roof also has amazing carved in the windows and doors. We arrange inside English toilet accommodation with a comfortable bed.

Today we are reaching to Pokhara, the city of mountains and lakes, there is two way to get Pokhara either overland drive or take a short mountain flight from Jomsom. Jomsom to Pokhara flight operates from 06:00 am to 12:00 pm as soon as good weather. And each flight takes only 20 minutes for one way.
Marpha to Jomsom overland trip begins about 06: am and about 10 hours' drive, we follow the dusty and bumpy off-road drive to Beni Bazar where we begin our trek. Marpha to Beni drive provides an excellent view of the waterfall, mountains, gorge, and diverse landscapes. After Beni Bazar drives continuous on tar road that takes around 4 hours to Pokhara. We arrange your accommodation at Lakeside Pokhara, comfortable for shopping, exclusive restaurant, and Pokhara tour.

There is an option to get back Kathmandu from Pokhara, like a 20-minute flight and overland drive. The 20-minute flight is the best way to get back Kathmandu although cost U$D124. The standard and deluxe tourist bus depart daily from near to Lake Side Pokhara. It roughly takes 6-8 hours to reach Kathmandu, possibly to traffic along the drive but it is an absolutely scenic drive. On your drive journey bus stop along the way for the toilet, breakfast, and lunch.

The fascinating adventure and cultural exploration Dhaulagiri Around Trek end here by today. We hope you had a memorial and fantastic adventure with us in the Himalayas. As per your international flight scheduled transfer to Kathmandu airport 4 hours before the flight time.
Note: If you willing to do scenic mountain flight to see Mt. Everest or willing to do one-day thrilling white water rafting. We can help to organize you.

What's included?

  • Airport transfer services
  • 3-Nights Tourist standard accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 1-Night tourist standard accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Inside toilet accommodation in Beni Bazar and Marpha village
  • All the requires transportation accordingly Dhaulagiri round trek itinerary
  • Dhaulagiri round/Dhaulagiri circuit trek permit
  • Dhaulagiri round/Dhaulagiri circuit trek map
  • Three meals a day during the mountain trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner & Hot Drinks)
  • English Speaking licensed Guide and with food, accommodation, salary, personal equipment and Insurance
  • Experienced high altitude porter with food, accommodation, salary, personal equipment and Insurance
  • Tea house and tented camp accommodation during the mountain trek
  • Requires trekking equipment's sleeping bag, tent, mattress, down jacket etc
  • Farewell dinner organize at authentic Nepalese restaurant with live cultural show
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude

What's not included?

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu day tour with guide, transportation and entrance fees
  • Personal expense hot shower, laundry, phone call, internet, battery charge, etc
  • All drinks soft and hard
  • Gratitude/Tips to guide and porter

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip

Essential Information

Best Trekkking Season For Dhaulagiri Round Trek

You already got the idea from details that it is a physically demanding trek and also know have to sleep 4 nights in the tented camp above 4000 m. Along the Dhaulagiri circuit trek walking over 2 high passes French Pass (5,360 m) and Dhampus Pass (5,245 m). Good weather/climate is most important to succeed in the challenging Dhaulagiri round trek. Since Nepal has four-season climate can do trek throughout the year in different climate zone and different area but spring (April & May) and autumn (September & October) are best trekking season for Dhaulagiri round trek. September and October are the best months of the year among these two seasons, it is past-monsoon and not cloud, fog, smoke yet all in high above and get a stunning view with combined of blue sky, white mountains, and yellow-green landscapes valley. We strongly recommend do not plan Dhaulagiri trek throughout the March because extremely cold and difficult to cross the ice and glaciers. We can do April and March but possibly have a harsh temperature/climate. So highly recommend snow and ice spikes and waterproof snow gaiters for the spring season.

Starting and exit of Dhaulagiri Round Trek

Starting point of Dhaulagiri trek, have to reach Darbang Myagdi and it connected by overland road from Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full day (10 hours) drive bring us, Beni Bazar, from Kathmandu follows the zig-zag windy road on the sloppy mountains. Before the drive road access to Muktinath temple and Upper Mustang, many trekkers walk out and in Beni Bazar.

A challenging Dhaulagiri circuit trek ends either Marpha or Jomsom village and then possible to extend the trek along the Annapurna circuit trek route. After arriving Marpha/Jomsom you probably fatigue and get back to Pokhara in this situation, there is two way to get back Pokhara either fly or drive. 20 minutes is the best option to get back town but often be delayed or canceled due to the poor weather. Then overland drive takes 10 hours to Pokhara the road comprises dust bumpy and tar.

Physical Requirement For Dhaulagiri Round Trek

Dhaulagiri round trek classified as a strenuous trekking route in Nepal, one of the toughest trekking routes in Nepal and recommend for the experienced trekker's. Trekking over the 5,000 m in the negative temperature is tough also sleeping in the tented camp. Along the Dhaulagiri trek have to spend 4 nights above the 4000 m in the glacier. A trek recommends for the physical fitness and previous high altitude adventure hikers. We have organized Dhaulagiri trek for the novice ramblers as well but have to teste your physical fitness segment before the board on the adventure.
First, a hiker needs to build a self-commitment and mental preparation on your target then next physical preparation. That includes aerobics, walking, jogging, and trekking with uphill climbing in the nature reserve. The cycling and climbing stairs help a lot to make your leg strength strong. While training back at home make sure to carry around 10 Kg bag-pack that make your shoulder and back site used to. Cardio workout is another important physical training have done at home and help a lot breathe in high altitude. We, Musical adventure team, are always ready to talk with you in regards to your adventure to Nepal, if you require any advice during your trek preparation period feel free to ask any time.

Meals and Accommodation in Dhaulagiri Round Trek/Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri round trek, one of the adventure trekking routes in Nepal and it begins and ends at Kathmandu. We operate Dhaulagiri trek in semi-camping and full camping. In the main cities Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel with complimentary continental breakfast. We arrange comfortable inside toilet accommodation at Beni and Marph/Jomsom. During the Peak trekking season we can operate Dhaulagiri tea house trek till Salllaghari then no other option than tented camp for Italian Base Camp, Glacier Base Camp, Dhaulagiri Base Camp, and Hidden Valley. Beyond the Pakoban does not have any permanent human settlement, the local entrepreneurs go further up for the business during the main trekking season.
Meals in Dhaulagiri trek, in the meantime of the tented camp, the kitchen crew prepare hygienic and delicious meals like soup, the main course also plenty of hot drinks. Along the Dhaulagiri tea house trek choose meals from menu carts where local Nepalese foods, potatoes items, noodles items, bread egg items are available.