Round Dhaulagiri Trek

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

Max Altitude: 5360 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Transport: Private and Comfortable Drive

Trip Grade



20 Days

Trip Overview

The Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a demanding and exciting trek that takes you around the Dhaulagiri massif (8167m), the world's seventh highest mountain. This region's trekking is relatively tough, so you'll need to be physically fit and have some prior trekking expertise. Only a true explorer can complete the trail, which passes through freezing glaciers, snow-covered hills and lateral moraines.

The Dhaulagiri Round Trek trail passes through terraced fields connected to mountain villages where you can view shops, tea houses and learn about the everyday lives and cultures of the Magar, Gurung and Thakali people. You'll also pass-through rugged pathways, lush forests and suspension bridges on your way there. During this journey, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m), Dhaulagiri IV (7661m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m). As it reaches French Pass (5300m), the top of Hidden Valley and crosses Thapa Pass (5200), the trail is capped by snow and glaciers on many sections. The spectacular French Pass (5300m) is the trek's highest point as well as a connecting point between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Dhaulagiri Round Trekking begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni and after Beni the route is through farmed area connecting to mountain villages, allowing visitors to learn about the lives of Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people. We will then follow the Myagdi Khola west to Darbang, then turn north on a little trail that winds through the woods to the high hills. We will cross The French Pass (5360m) and Hidden Valley (5200m) on our trail from where we can see the stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Thorong and Annapurna summits, as well as the Kali Gandaki River (the world deepest gorge).

The trek passes through some of the Annapurna region's most famous locations, including Marpha, Tatopani, Ghorepani, and Poon Hill, a popular vantage point for viewing the high Himalayas and witnessing a spectacular sunrise. Overall, the Dhaulagiri Round Trek offers a stunning blend of nature and adventure in an off-the-beaten-path setting that eager adventurer will enjoy. The best seasons to visit the Dhaulagiri pass are autumn and spring. This trek is not recommended during the monsoon or winter. Remember that the weather is made by the mountain, no matter what season you walk in Dhaulagiri.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be greeted warmly by Firante Team and Expedition team upon your arrival in Kathmandu and then escorted to your hotel. Feel free to relax and enjoy your time in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu

You will have a short meeting with the crew about the trip today after breakfast. Then you'll go on a guided tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO world historic sites. Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square are all historical and culturally significant sites that you will explore.

Day 3: Drive to Beni

As we leave the Kathmandu valley, we will ascend to the Trishuli River's junction with the Marsyangdi River. We will follow the Marsyangdi River upstream, passing through terraced meadows and little hill settlements on our way to the Seti River, which will take us to Pokhara. The journey from Pokhara to Nayapul takes you along a winding road with views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m).

Day 4: Trek to Babiyachaur via Tatopani

We will begin our trek from Beni, on the banks of the Myagdi River, past various little communities, after breakfast. Then, near the settlement of Simalchaur, we'll cross two bridges and continue north along the paths to Babiyachaur. We will arrive at Babiyachaur via Tatopani after passing through lush forests, meadows, magnificent villages and suspension bridges.

Day 5: Trek from Babiyachaur to Darbang

Today we will ascend gradually through woodlands with a variety of oaks, rhododendrons and other plants. As we walk along the river's pathways, we can hear the chirping of the local birds. The trail runs alongside little communities on a muddy road. To go to Darbang, we have to cross many bridges across the Myagdi Khola. 

Day 6: Trek from Darbang to Sibang

We will make our way north, crossing the river and hiking difficult slopes to Sibang. To go to the Magar settlement of Dharapani, we will cross a bridge over Dang Khola and ascend through the verdant hillside. Then we will continue up the ridge till we reach Sibang. From Sibang, we will take in the first glimpse of Dhaulagiri (8167m).

Day 7: Trek from Sibang to Muri

Today we will descend and stroll through communities before crossing a river suspension bridge and turning uphill. To reach another ridge, the moderately ascending trail continues through communities, heavy forests and lovely terraces. We will trek slowly down a traditional path until we reach Muri, a small Magar village. If the weather is clear, we can see Manapathi Himal (6380m) and the entire Dhaulagiri range.

Day 8: Trek from Muri to Bagar

We must descend down from Muri, cross a river and then walk past terraced farms. We will then descend to the Myagdi Khola and walk along its west bank until we reach Naura village. After reaching Naura, we will ascend down to cross a lush hill and ascend a steep, zigzagging slope before descending through the forest and meadows to Bagar.

Day 9: Trek from Bagar to Dobhan

Today we will descend through adjacent meadows, passing a short crest on our way down. To reach Jyardan, we will travel through a woodland region. Following that, a steep, meandering trail leads to a stony area before arriving at Lipshe, where there is no solitary cabin. The trail passes through a forest on its way to Lapche Kharka before ascending to Dobhan via difficult trails.

Day 10: Trek from Dobhan to Sallaghari

The initial half of the trek involves a modest ascent through a bamboo, pine, and rhododendron forest. After that, the route climbs and descends until we reach Sallaghari. On the bank of the Myagdi River, our camping place is nestled in the woods, surrounded by pine trees. Sallaghari is a good place to spend the night.

Day 11: Trek from Sallaghari to Upper Vungini

All the way to Italian Base Camp, the trail is bordered by bamboo forest (3660m). We will cross small bridges and rainforests in certain spots, making the trail highly busy, perilous and challenging. At Italian Base Camp, there is some open space. The Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi Peak (6380m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m) and other snow-covered mountains can all be seen from this base camp.

Day 12: Rest Day at Italian Base Camp

Today is our acclimatization day, so we'll go exploring and get used to the altitude. We visit other camps like as Puchhar Base Camp, American Base Camp, Swiss Base Camp, French Base Camp and Japanese Base Camp, which all provide spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri range and Tsaurabong (6395m).

Day 13: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp

After breakfast, we will begin our trek and use ropes to traverse the first glacier. We will make our way to the main glacier, where the scenery is spectacular despite the rough and shaky track. This is a rough day, with the trail becoming more difficult as we progress, as it is covered with icy moraines of the Dhaulagiri Glacier.

Day 14: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Today we will start our journey across the uneven pathways of the snow-white glacier's flat ice. We'll make our way up to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, which is both calming and amazing. The views from here are breathtaking, and they will practically take your breath away for a few moments. Prepare your cameras for the best views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), II (7751m), III (7715m) and IV (7715m). 

Day 15: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden valley

The right usage of the rope is frequently required when moving off the glacier above base camp. We will find a slightly easy trail after climbing the sheer moraine walls. The views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges are breathtaking as we reach the summit of French Col (5300m). The views of Hidden Valley open up after a strenuous climb to the summit of French Col (5300m).

Day 16: Trek from Hidden valley to Yak Kharka

On this day, we'll climb to the top of Thapa Pass (5200m), then drop rapidly to Yak Kharka over flooded slopes. Between Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Thapa Peak (6012m), the Thapa Pass (5200m), also known as Dhampus Pass, offers stunning views of the Annapurna range.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha

Today, we will descend into the breathtaking Kali Gandaki Valley, the world's deepest valley. We will p ass via Alu Bari to the gorge floor and continue on to Marpha. Marpha is known for its apple orchards and apple cider, as well as dried apple, apricot, and peach alcohol. In Marpha, we will enjoy a fantastic Thakali dinner too.

Day 18: Trek from Marpha – Jomsom then flight to Pokhara

Following an early morning walk to Jomsom, we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. You may spend your time in Pokhara doing things like taking a boat ride on Phewa Lake and seeing Tal Barahi Mandir, which is located on an island in the middle of the lake or renting a mountain bike and exploring the city at your leisure. In the evening, we will dine at one of the Lakeside's lively restaurants and pubs.

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu

We will pass through Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar on our way back to Kathmandu. We will take in the lush scenery, little communities, and views of the locals. We will then ascend from Naubise to Thankot, Kathmandu's main entrance. You will be taken to your hotel for the night when you will arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure

Today will be the last flight out of Nepal. Our staff will pick you up and drop you off at the Airport. It is necessary to arrive at the airport within 3 hours of your scheduled departure time in Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop service by private car.
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transportation by tourists bus/flight
  • Jomsom-Pokhara by flight
  • Other ground transportation to and from trekking destination
  • Necessary documents and permits including ACAP Permit and TIMS card
  • Experienced and English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters and the expenses for their food, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment and so on.
  • All government and local taxes, official charges and VAT
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek(with tea and coffee)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu (except entrance fees)
  • Medical first aid kit
  • Transportation on private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Visa Fees and International airfare, excess baggage charge and airport tax
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • All entrance fees uring KTM sightseeing
  • Extended stay due to any reason other than programmed itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, beverages, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (expected and not mandatory)


Firante Treks and Expedition Manages for best and comfortable accommodation and also provides you hygienic food. Standard (3 Star) are booked in the cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, whereas a tyical trek lodge will be booked on remote areas. 

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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