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Dhaulagiri Trekking Nepal

Mount Dhaulagiri trekking description

Mt. Dhulagiri (8,167m), located west of Annapurna, 6th tallest mountains on Earth, expend with 40 miles wide Himalaya range. The adventures explore activities around Dhaulagiri. It is an adventure trekking leads to the well-known Muktinath pilgrim trail up the Kali Gandaki valley and vast massif monitor of the hidden Valley of Dolpo to the north. Adventure Dhaulagiri trekking offers painting magical hills by different vegetation in the west and breathtaking mountains scenery around you, especially wonderful view of the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. For Dhaulagiri trekking, we need at least some basic mountaineering knowledge cross through the some deep glaciers and high altitude passes. Dhaulagiri trekking offers you several opportunities of adventurous experiences around enthralling high Himalaya beauties, during the sun glow appears on her face, seen as magical boul.

Dhaulagiri adventure or Adventure Dhaulagiri trek begins after a scenic drive to Beni, you will spend the first few days of your trek walking through cultivated Rice terraces including several beautiful villages enjoying lifestyle of the inhabitant of Magar, Gurung and Chhetri community and their culture. The trail leads you along the paved paths over suspension bridge and goes to through the dense oak, juniper, rhododendron, other deciduous forest and many species of flowers are abundantly found on the trail and panoramic view of some world's most beautiful mountains and hidden rivers. The trekking trail goes further follows deep into the Dhaulagiri Himal to the Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri north base camp, offering a spectacular view of massive north face of Dhaulagiri first. Then you will cross two high passes, the French pass (5,240m) and Thapa pass (5,155m) providing more fabulous views of Dhaulagiri, Throng peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River; the world deepest gorge beneath you. Around this area you may encounter semi - wild yak herds, mountain sheep and the mysterious snow leopard in the remote valley of Dhaulagiri region.


Mt. Dhaulagiri trek highlights:

Following the rivers upstream, ferns and forests of oak and others deciduous trees, Dhaulagiri Base Camp, French Pass, Dhampus Pass, Hidden Valley, World deepest Kaligandaki River Gorge, best views Annapurna Himalayan Range including Annapunra 1, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Various ethnic groups, Unique Thakali cultures to explore, Enjoy Natural hot spring at Tatopani, best view from aircraft while you are flying Pokhara


Trip grading:

Adventure Dhaulagiri Trekking is suitable for any walker looking for more challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.


Places it covers:

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Beni - Salghari - French Pass - Hidden Valley - yak Khrka - Marpha - Jomsom Bazzar


Best season to travel:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.


Dhaulagiri circuit trekking outline itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu:
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trekking preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Beni (850m) - 8 to 9 hours by bus
  • Day 04: Trek Beni to Babiachor (950 meters) -5 to 6 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Babiachor to Dharapani (1400m) -5:30 to 6:30 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Dharapani to Muri (1850m) -5 to 6 hour
  • Day 07: Trek Muri to Boghara (2080m) -5:30 to 6:30 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Boghara to Dobang (2520m) -5 to 6 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Dobang to Choriban Khola (3110m) -5 to 6 hours
  • Day 10: Trek Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3660m) -6 to 7 hours
  • Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day in Italian Base Camp (3660m)
  • Day 12: Trek Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4210m) -5 to 6 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) -6 to 7 hours
  • Day 14: Acclimatization and Rest Day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m), go to see Dhaulagiri Icefall
  • Day 15: Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp via French Pass (5240 m) then trek to Hidden Valley (5000m) -6 to 7 hrs
  • Day 16: Trek Hidden Valley via Dhampus Pass (5210 m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) -6 to 7 hours
  • Day 17: Trek Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2710m) 5 to 5:30 hours.
  • Day 18: Jomsom to Pokahra by fly
  • Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu drive or fly out to Kathmandu.
  • Day 20: Final departure for your onward destination

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.

short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Dhaulagiri trekking detail itinerary

Day 01
Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur in B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.

Day 02
Kathmandu valley sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast we will take you to explore to Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with professional tour guide world heritage monuments such as Pashupati Nath Temple, Boudhnath, Kapan Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Squire and Swayambhunath Stupa. Afterfinish the tour transfer to hotel

Day 03
Drive Kathmandu to Beni (850m) - 8 to 9 hours by bus

Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at 6: 00 to pick you with private transport for Beni and will take us about 8 to 9 hours scenic journey. Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rivers in rafting, and villages. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. The road leads us next three hours to the Beni Bazaar (850m). Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 04
Trek Beni to Babiachor (950 meters) -5 to 6 hours

This is first our day trekking, so you are exacting to leaving Beni, the trail heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Then the trail lead us to 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, then back to the north bank from where it continues to the Babichor village. Overnight at camp in tent.

Day 05
Trek Babiachor to Dharapani (1400m) -5:30 to 6:30 hours

After breakfast, the trail follow valley broadens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the path goes to the narrow valley again and terraces disappear on the river side. And then the trail leads us continue to the Dharapani village for overnight at tented.

Day 06
Trek Dharapani to Muri (1850m) -5 to 6 hour

After crossing river the trail goes to west Bank as you leaves Phedi then starts to climb many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge viewpoint of ascent eases. Then again the trail climbs steeply to the Muri village and continue to Sibang and Mattim. From here the trail lead you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m. After cross Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp

Day 07
Trek Muri to Boghara (2080m) -5:30 to 6:30 hours

Today, at begging we descend to the stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 m) and view of astonishing landscape. Then descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along the west Bank to the Naura village, from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch -backs, then descend through the forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m) for the overnight.

Day 08
Trek Boghara to Dobang (2520m) -5 to 6 hours

At first, the trail descends through terraced fields to the small ridge, then through forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this area. Then the trail leads us to high winding path crosses a rocky area and descends before climbing again to Lipshe. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the Dobang for today destination.

Day 09
Trek Dobang to Choriban Khola (3110m) -5 to 6 hours

After crossing a wooden bridge the trail us gradual ascend forest with chirping melody of birds and some wildlife, which full joy of our life. And soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Then we descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross wooden bridge then continue to the east bank for Chartare. The trail lead us through forests again, rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. We will overnight at tented camp

Day 10
Trek Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3660m) -6 to 7 hours

We have to walk slowly in our won pest in order to acclimatize of body. The trail follows to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enters the glacier from the right side. From here, Tukche Peak (6837 m) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) dominates the skyline to the right. After for while you will get Italian Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. It offers you breathtaking scenery of mountains; Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).

Day 11
Acclimatization and rest day in Italian Base Camp (3660m)

This is our first rest day after many days walking, 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. You can hiking around with mighty mountains charming and landscape.

Day 12
Trek Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4210m) -5 to 6 hours

After breakfast we set up all gears early in the morning, the weather is expected to be clear for our adventures journey. The trail goes to through the prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. It is not that much easy trail but the great view of mountains charming give you enough increase for rest of the trekking. Here, we stay overnight near at glacier.

Day 13
Trek Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) -6 to 7 hours

Today is one of the most adventure days to Dhaulagiri base camp. The view of impressive Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) north faces dominating the skyline to your right and Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m) to the west offering you true nature beauties. The impressive icefall that descends from the north east col in front of us is another magnet for us. We are overnight at tented camp.

Day 14
Acclimatization and Rest Day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m), go to see Dhaulagiri Icefall

Today is another rest day for acclimatization and refill energy for next adventures trip. The mountains skyline view from this place is superb and Dhaulagiri icefall is plenty to explore. Rest of the day you can enjoying to the true nature beauty seeping hot tea in the camp.

Day 15
Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp via French Pass (5240 m) then trek to Hidden Valley (5000m) -6 to 7 hours

After along the glacier walk the trail climb two terraced hills; the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle bring round on the left from an ablation valley often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and more gentle country. Then climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360 m); a great vista opens up from the French Pass and offers you Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 m) and massive peak of Dhaulagiri I beyond. Again the trail continues along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m); offering slender Himalayan beauty and mountains scenery. We descending from Thapa Pass and make camp at 5200 meters.

Day 16
Trek Hidden Valley via Dhampus Pass (5210 m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) -6 to 7 hours

The trek for Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steep rocky small adventures trail. But the view of mountains and nature beauty are still unbelievable to the Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings.

Day 17
Trek Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2710m) 5 to 5:30 hours.

Today we descend all the way to the Marpha village; famous traditional salt traders Thakali inhabitant, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards and as well as all the various food and brandy products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is local specialty that offers you to test some in the distillery and can buy. We continue north, up to the Kali Gandaki valley to the Jomsom town for the overnight stay.

Day 18
Jomsom to Pokahra fly over Annapurna massiv:

The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.

Day 19
Pokhara – Kathmandu drive or fly out to Kathmandu.

If we start to go by bus to Kathmandu it start in the morning other wise we will take flight to Kathmandu late afternoon and transfer to hotel.

Day 20
Final Departure

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international and domestic airport transfer by private vehicle Car / Van / Jeep.
  • 3 night son twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur within B/B plan./li>
  • 2 Nights on twin sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara within B/B plan.
  • Full board meals: {Breakfast, lunch and dinner) serve with hot drinks tea/coffee during the trekking
  • Tented accommodation during trekking days .
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle Car / Jeep / Van.
  • License holder mountain trekking guide, Professional cook, Kitchen helper and required number of porters as upon the group size.
  • All camping equipments and cooking things during the trekking
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurances, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Annapurna Conservation entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • All grounded transportation during the programs.
  • A special gift from our company "Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.

Travel Insurance

To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.

Group Size

We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.

Responsible travel

Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing

Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.

Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.

Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!

After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Dhaulagiri Trekking Fact

  • Starts Beni
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Grade streneous
  • Highest point French Pass (5240 m)
  • Culture Encounter Local People, Gurung, Braman, chetri,Sherpa, Thakali and the Magar
  • Trek type Camping Trekking
  • Himalayan view Annapurna Himalayan Range, Dhaulagiri himalayan range
  • Attraction close Mountain View, Villages
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation Local bus or private transport and by air
  • Accommodation tea house accommodation
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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