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.