Dhaulagiri Round Trekking - Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Explore a remote, challenging and rugged trekking trail, fewer trekkers region, amazing views from Dhaulagiri Base Camp and French Pass

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23 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5360 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Camp

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Plus Level

This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes.

The Dhaulagiri Round Trekking is a rough and classic adventure journey in the Himalayan region of Annapurna and is quite the trek. A challenging and thrilling adventure trek perfect for those seeking an adventure and a rough holiday in the high mountain areas, Dhaulagiri round trekking is a teahouse and a camping trek. Still a remote and a rugged region that has comparatively fewer trekkers even in the high season, this trek will be a perfect choice for those brave ones who wish to take risks and trek in the remote and isolated region.

A morning flight to Pokhara is from where the Dhaulagiri Round Trek begins and we stay the night at a cozy hotel. A drive to Darbang starts the trek (we'll fly back at the end from Jomsom). We walk to the south of the Dhaulagiri Massif, first along the Kali Gandaki and later, through the Myagdi Khola valley, on the first three days of the trek. Through the trek, we go through various climates and temperatures can be reasonably warm walking through the terrace farming lands. From Muri, we follow the trail north, in the direction of the Dhaulagiri Massif, to Dhorpatan. With its seven summits above 7,000m, the Dhaulagiri Massif with its bouquet of mountains is undoubtedly one of the most impressive mountain peaks in the world. The trek takes us through increasingly difficult paths high above the Myagdi Khola River. As the terrain becomes steeper, the trekking days become necessarily shorter, in order to acclimatize to the high altitude. We also encounter a marvelous U-shaped glacier valley to reach the Chhonbardan Glacier, and eventually Dhaulagiri Base Camp at an altitude of 4,750 m.

During the Dhaulagiri Round Trek, it is mandatory, we stay at the base camp for one day to acclimatize and to breathe in the fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Speaking of the toughest day of the trek, it is when we cross the French Col (5,350 m) to reach our highest camp site is in the Hidden Valley, located at 5,000m. If we are lucky enough to have clear weather conditions, this section of the trek is not too difficult, but the Hidden Valley and the Dhampus Pass should definitely not be underestimated and are notorious for attracting bad weather. At the Dhampus pass, we hope to enjoy breathtaking and marvelous views of Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri and the Annapurna Massif. For those daredevils who have opted to try and climb the Dhampus Peak, the potential reward is a 6,000m snow summit with a breathtaking view. After the difficult descent down the north side of Dhampus Pass, we finally reach Marpha, the apple wine town which is on the Muktinath trekking route.  When we get to Jomsom, we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Dhaulagiri round trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Preparation day in Kathmandu or Sightseeing.
Day 03: and Day 04: Fly or drive to Pokhara then to Darbang.
Day 05: Trek from Darbang to Phallya Gaon (1,800m).
Day 06: Trek from Phallya Goan to Jugapani (2,000m).
Day 07: Trek from Jugapani to Dobang (2,260m).
Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Soligari (3,100m).
Day 09: Rest day for acclimatize our body and mind.
Day 10: Trek from Soligari to Italian Base Camp (3,600m).
Day 11: Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (3,600m).
Day 12: Trek from Italian base camp to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m).
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m).
Day 14: Acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)
Day 15: Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley.
Day 16: Optional ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,060m)
Day 17: Another Rest Day.
Day 18: Descend to Yak Kharka (3,680m).
Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m).
Day 20: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 21: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 22: At Leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Final Departure.

Trip cost:Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Dhaulagiri round trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. In the evening join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, enjoy the local meal with a short brief about your trek. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Preparation day in Kathmandu or Sightseeing.
Breakfast will be at hotel, today is rest and trek preparation day. Upon your request, we can organize a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. In the evening, there will be trip briefing  and we will introduce you to guide and trekking crew. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 and Day 04: Fly or drive to Pokhara then to Darbang.
This demanding adventure trip begins with a flight from Kathmandu Pokhara, where we overnight in a nice lodge. From here we drive to Darbang via Beni. We will fly back from Jomsom at the end of the trek. The road from Pokhara is a rough track and from Beni to Darbang is little more than a scar scratched through the valley, which barely permits the passage of motor vehicles. However, the driving it is less unpleasant than walking amongst the traffic and dust and saves a day and a half walking. We camp at Darbang at an altitude of 1,180m.

Day 05: Trek from Darbang to Phallya Gaon (1,800m).
Morning we cross the suspension bridge over the Myagdi Khola (khola = river), the main valley that we will be following towards Dhaulagiri. We leave the world of motor vehicles for the next about 2 weeks. The trail initially follows the West side of the river, before crossing a small bridge over the Dang Khola at Phedi, then climbing steeply up a zig zag path on a spur to reach the village of Dharapani. The trail contours through cultivated and populated hillsides, with a lunch break possibly in Sibang, before we choose our campsite at Phallya Gaon for the night at around 1,800m.

Day 06: Trek from Phallya Goan to Jugapani (2,000m).
We leave Phallya Gaon by crossing a small suspension bridge over the Dara Khola, climbing the other side of the Khola, then traversing round to the village of Muri. The path is the main route through this valley so has a lot of local traffic - folk going about their daily business, cattle and horses, and other trekking groups. The backdrop is the panorama of this part of the Himalaya. To the North West we can see Gurja Himal (7,193m), Konabon (6,570m) and Myagumath (6,273m). To the north east, Dhaulagiri 1 (8,167m) and Manapati (6,380m). Muri is in a large, terraced bowl in the hillside and from here we descend several hundred meters to cross the Muri Khola by a new metal bridge, then climb over a steep, forested ridge to descend the other side to find ourselves once again on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. With a lunch stop in the forest somewhere along the way, we camp for the night at Jugapani at around 2,000m. This is near where the trail is joined by the track from the east side of the Myagdi Khola from Darbang. Overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek from Jugapani to Dobang (2,260m).
Fairly soon after starting out this morning, the trail climbs steeply before contouring a steep slope high above the river. After a while there is a fork in the path - the original path which climbs even higher to avoid a barrier of cliffs - or the lower route which most parties seem to opt for (it is a good 2 hours shorter but it involves a couple of hundred meters of very steep, narrow and exposed path which is safeguarded by "in situ" rope hand rails). Porters with baskets need additional safety ropes, and it may be prudent to back up the existing ropes with additional ones for the safety of the whole party. This section of path was started about 6 years ago, but funds ran out, and there is a section of only 10 meters or so that still need a path carved into the cliff face, hence the exposed detour. After this however there is a straightforward final steep climb to gain the huge, cultivated bowl that is Boghara at around 2,080m. From Boghara the path goes up and down, wet at times, staying on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola, taking us through fantastic Himalayan forest, with the possibility of seeing monkeys playing in the trees. A beautiful walk, with one more short, steep section which has been constructed across another cliff. We have lunch somewhere along the way, ending today at Dobang (2,260m). Dobang is a clearing in the forest with a tea house and space to camp near the base of the Konabain Khola, under the east face of Dhaulagiri 4.

Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Soligari (3,100m).
Today's walk continues through the forest, a bit like a gigantic natural Botanical Gardens Walk! First we cross the Konabain Khola, and then cross the Myagdi Khola, both on seasonal wooden bridges (interesting!).The path then stays on the east bank of the main valley, reaching Soligari at 3,100m after a few hours. Overnight at camp.

Day 09: Rest day for acclimatize our body and mind.
It is useful to have a rest day after the first few days of trekking, though if everyone is acclimatizing well and feeling good, we may opt to save this day for use later on in the trip, in the event of bad weather.

Day 10: Trek from Soligari to Italian Base Camp (3,600m).
From Soligari we cross the Choriban Khola flowing down from the east. The valley suddenly opens up and we begin to see the huge west face of Dhaulagiri 1 and the peaks towering above the west side of the Myagdi Khola. The forest becomes less dense, with more bamboo and eventually after climbing a steep ridge, we come out of the forest altogether and onto the open hillside under the west face of Dhaulagiri 1. This has become known as the Italian Base Camp and will be home for two nights at an altitude of 3,600m.

Day 11: Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (3,600m).
A rest and acclimatization day to give us a chance to catch up with domestic chores and writing up log books. It's not a bad idea to do a little 'active pottering', exploring the area and living in awe of something like 4,500 meters of mountain overhead!

Day 12: Trek from Italian base camp to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m).
To gain access to the upper valley, that will in turn take us to the Chhonbardan Glacier, we have to cross a huge breach in the moraine and the frozen debris of a massive avalanche fan that forms at the bottom of the west face. The initial descent down the moraine slope is very step, so the Sherpas will run a rope out as a hand rail, as much for the benefit of the porters as for the group. Climbing the slopes on the other side is straightforward (if steep); this section could present problems if icy, or if covered in fresh snow. Once in the upper valley, we pass the site of a large bivouac cave, and the sites of the American and French Base Camps. The path is now back on the west side of the river, and soon leads us onto the Chhonbardan Glacier, which is completely moraine-covered in its lower reaches. At around 4,220m there are platforms leveled on the glacier's surface, which can accommodate our camp for the night. This is quite a short day, but it is important not to ascend at this altitude too quickly.

Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m).
Another fairly short day, taking perhaps 4 or 5 hours to walk up the moraine-covered Chhonbardan Glacier to "Dhaulagiri Base Camp" at 4,600m. Base Camp is really a huge area of the glacier where expeditions have based themselves over the years. Terraces have been leveled on the stony ground and there is a choice of sites depending on who else is around. As at Italian Base Camp, we will spend 2 nights here to become well acclimatized before going over 5,000m.

Day 14: Acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)
Another day for domestics, exploring, and taking in the magnificent setting. To the east is Tukuche Peak (6,920m) and to the south, we can look onto the north side of Dhaulagiri 1.

Day 15: Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley.
The path from Base Camp goes along the north side of the glacier. It is flat for a while, and then it climbs a steep bank to eventually follow the crest of a massive moraine ridge to wide, open slopes that lead to the crest of French Col/Pass at 5,400m. It should take 4 or 5 hours to get there. Cairns, prayer flags and wonderful views provide distraction for a rest before descending easy slopes into "Hidden Valley", where we find a campsite for the night at around 5,050m.

Day 16: Optional ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,060m)
A pre-dawn start is the order for our ascent of Dhampus Peak. A straightforward climb technically, the terrain is likely to be a mixture of frozen snow fields, and patches of slatey scree. At approximately 1,000m of ascent from high camp to the summit, you can expect this to be a very tough day physically. Breaking trail after fresh snowfall would make it an even more arduous climb. There is a long ridge of a mixture of very shattered slatey rock and snow, with occasional steps to negotiate. Axes, crampons, harnesses and ropes need to be carried, but may not be needed depending on the circumstances of the day. Cold is more likely to be a bigger issue, and it is essential that everyone is prepared for potentially very low temperatures, and a high wind-chill factor. The summit, at 6,060m is a fine rocky peak with extensive views of the Annapurnas to the south east, the Dhaulagiris to the south west, and Mustang to the north. The descent involves going back along the ridge a short way before descending slopes heading south for about 1,000m to join the path that crosses Dhampus Pass from Hidden Valley. We will be met here by those choosing not to climb and the cook team, who will be waiting with refreshments.

Day 17: Another Rest Day.
We include a spare day in the itinerary to allow for the flexibility that is mandatory on a trek such as this. All the factors that contribute to the outcome of such an itinerary need to come together, and any of weather, conditions underfoot, health, acclimatization, logistics can easily disrupt the best laid plans.

Day 18: Descend to Yak Kharka (3,680m).
From our camp somewhere below Dhampus Pass, we continue along to the west edge of the Kali Gandaki Valley, where we descend to Yak Kharka for the night, at 3,680m. It would be a huge descends all the way from Dhampus Peak into the bottom of the valley, so we need to split this in order to save our knees!

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m).
From Yak Kharka it is still over 1,000 meters to the floor of the valley, but once there, it is only about an hour's walk north east to Jomsom. We will stay here for the rest of the day and overnight in anticipation of our flight to Pokhara tomorrow. In the event of bad weather and there being no flights out of Jomsom, the alternative is to walk, jeep and bus south to Beni. This valley is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit, but a road has been extended to Jomsom, so it is now possible (if uncomfortable) to travel by motor vehicle.

Day 20: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
After breakfast, we fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, this is about 25 minutes flight over the Annapurna massifs. Upon arrival at Pokhara, we check in to a comfortable hotel. In the evening, stroll around Lakeside and enjoy the evening meal at bank of the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast at hotel, we will take a tourist bus ride to Kathmandu or enjoy Pokhara till midday and take a 25 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: At Leisure in Kathmandu.
For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel. Evening we provide you farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant to celebrate your great trip.  

Day 23: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight back home. Hope to see you again in the future.  

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara return trips and Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Dhaulagiri round trekking permit with Dhampus peak climbing permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (tented camp) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential FAQs for Dhaulagiri round trekking:

How can I book Dhaulagiri round trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Dhaulagiri round trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Dhaulagiri round trekking?
From mid Feb to June and mid September to early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and climbing/trekking can be done.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join a group and we try our best to find some other people to do this trip as a group trek. And you can also tell your friends, families and relatives that you are going to do this trek in Nepal so maybe some of your friends would like to join the trip! We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Dhaulagiri round trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5360m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info 

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Freshly cooked food will be provided on Dhaulagiri round trekking. Our very expert cook will cook the food during the trekking. Normally we will provide dinner and breakfast on the same camp where we will camp for overnight and lunch will be provided while walking on trail which will be packed lunch cooked by our cook. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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