Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

24 Days

The Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a challenging expedition around Nepal’s sixth-highest peak, promising a thrilling experience amidst breathtaking landscapes. Starting with a bus journey from Kathmandu to Beni, the trek encompasses diverse terrains, from cultivated fields to forests and villages inhabited by ethnic groups like Gurung and Magar. The Italian Base Camp offers stunning views of Dhaulagiri I to V, allowing trekkers to acclimatize before continuing to Dhaulagiri North Base Camp via the formidable French Pass and Thapa Pass. Encounters with wildlife and panoramic vistas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and the Kali Gandaki River enhance the adventure.

Descending through Marpha, a city in the Mustang district, and reaching Tatopani with its natural hot springs, the trek provides a refreshing interlude. The journey concludes in Pokhara, showcasing the beauty of Mustang and Tatopani. The Dhaulagiri Round Trek is not just a physical challenge; it’s a captivating exploration of diverse landscapes and cultural encounters, offering an unforgettable trekking experience in the heart of Nepal’s mountainous terrain.


Duration: 24 days Trip Garde: 4 (Challenging)
Country: Nepal Activity: Trekking
Arrival on: Departure From:

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu 1334m, transfer to hotel , Around Dhaulagiri trekking briefing with officially arrangements. overnight at kathmandu hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and prepare for Dhaulagiri Trekking.

Day 03: Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle to Beni(810m)

Day 04: Beni to Babichor (950m)

Day 05: Babichor to Darbang (1030m)

Day 06: Darbang to Sibang (1720m)

Day 07: Sibang to Muri (1840m)

Day 08: Muri to Boghara (1990m)

Day 09: Boghara to Dobang (2400m)

Day 10: Dobang to Chartare (2820m)

Day 11: Chartare to Pakabon (3585m)

Day 12: Pakabon to camp near glacier (3810m)

Day 13 : Dhaulagiri glacier camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m)

Day 14 : Acclimatization at Mt. Dhulagiri Base Camp

Day 15 : Dhaulagiri base camp to Hidden valley (4900m), French pass (5360m) cross

Day 16: Trek to Yak kharka (3990m), Thapa pass (5230m) cross

Day 17 : Trek to Kaligandaki valley – Marpha (2667m)

Day 18 : Marpha to Kagbeni (2807m)

Day 19: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3802m)

Day 20: Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)

Day 21 : Jomsom by flight back to Pokhara (915m)

Day 22: pokhara by bus or flight back to Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 23: Historical monuments sightseeing

Day 24: Kathmandu international

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1400 m ]

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport (KTM), our representative will greet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, you can choose to relax, explore the city, or visit our office based on your preferences and condition. In the evening, we have planned a Welcome Dinner at a delightful traditional Nepalese restaurant. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a Nepalese cultural program and savor a delicious meal.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After having breakfast today, we will commence a guided tour to explore several of Kathmandu’s most historical and spiritual landmarks. These include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the revered Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Buddha Nath), recognized as one of the largest Stupas globally. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion, providing an opportunity to meet our trek leader and fellow team members. During this session, you will receive a briefing about the upcoming trek and have the chance to ask any questions you may have about our upcoming adventure.

Day 03: Driving from Kathmandu to Beni(850m)

To kick off your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will commence the journey by driving to Pokhara in the initial part of the day. This scenic drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, featuring soaring rivers, waterfalls, green hills, and vibrant settlements along the banks as you head towards Pokhara. The journey is facilitated in a comfortable tourist bus, and if you prefer a private vehicle, arrangements can be made accordingly. After a brief stop in Pokhara, the drive continues to Beni, a beautiful town situated at the confluence of two major rivers in Nepal, the Kali Gandaki River and Myagdi Khola. Your overnight stay will be in Beni.

Day 04: Trekking from Beni to Babiachaur(950m)

The trekking adventure kicks off on the second day of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 17 Day Itinerary. Leaving the charming village behind, you will follow the north bank of the Myagdi Khola, heading westward. Along this day’s trek, you will cross several suspension bridges and pass through villages like Beni Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani. In the final stretch of the trek, you will reach Simalchaur on the north bank, crossing two bridges. From here, it will take about an hour to reach Babiuachaur.

Day 05: Babiacharu to Dharapani trek (1,400m)

It’s another scenic day in your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary as you traverse the terraced hills, leaving Babiachaur behind. The trail is relatively flat during this day’s adventure as you make your way to Shahashradhara in the first part of the trek. Along the beautiful trekking routes, passing through lush greenery, you will cross a bridge over the Duk River to reach the farming terrains of Ratorunga. Continuing to follow the climbing trail, the valley narrows, and you will ultimately reach Dharapani. Today’s trek takes approximately 6-7 hours.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri(1,800m)

Continuing the trekking momentum in the 17 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, on the fourth day of your adventure, you will navigate the uphill climbing route across terraced farms, reaching the traditional Magar village of Takam. From here, the path stretches toward Sibang Village, providing stunning views of Gurja Himal and Dhaulagiri along this scenic route.

As you traverse the trail, you will also pass through Mattim Village and Phalai Gaon before descending to Gatti Khola, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Myagdi Khola. Gatti Khola is renowned for its traditional water mill that grinds grain. After admiring this ancient craft, you will proceed along the route to reach Phalai Gaun. With majestic views of the mountains and lush green landscapes, you’ll make your way toward Dhara Khola, reaching the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. After a steep climb in the last leg, you will finally arrive at the large Magar village of Muri.

Day 07: Muri to Boghara trekking(2,080)

On Day 07 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary, your trekking adventure begins with a descent on steep trails, crossing some small streams. Following this, you will traverse a low pass that provides incredible views of Gustung South. Continuing through dense greenery and forest, you will descend to the west bank of the Myagdi Khola, heading towards Naura Village.

From Naura Village, the route ascends on zigzag trails, ultimately leading you to Boghara (Bagar). This day’s trek, lasting about 5 hours, will reward you with breathtaking views of Manapathi Peak, Gurja Himal, and Dhaulagiri I.

Day 08: Boghara to Dobang (2,520m)

After a hearty breakfast, your trek for the day begins by following a charming forested trail alongside the Myagdi Khola. Upon reaching Jyardan, a remote settlement, you will continue along a scenic trail, crossing a high-winding path across rocky segments to reach Lipshe. The journey progresses along an ascending trail as you head towards Lapche Kharka. Another ascending trail from here will take you all the way to Dobang. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach Dobang from Boghara as you follow an isolated route without any human settlements.

Day 09: Trekking from Dobang to Chroiban Khola(3,110m)

On Day 09 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will continue trekking alongside the densely forested area, following the course of the Myagdi Khola. Progressing along the trekking route, you will cross a wooden bridge over the Myagdi Khola and traverse pasture grazing lands. During the last leg of this day’s adventure, a steep climb awaits, and you will trek on a steep segment passing through several landslide areas until you finally reach Choriban Khola.

This day’s trek will last approximately 5 hours, and as you will be gaining significant altitude above 2,500 meters, it is recommended to take it slow and stay hydrated throughout the expedition.

Day 10: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) trek

Continuing this day’s adventure, you will ascend on a trail that passes through lush forests and scenic green landscapes. The trail then shifts toward the Chhonbarban Glacier, indicating that you have now entered the alpine environment of the Himalayan region. While the high-altitude trekking route may present some challenges, the breathtaking views of Tukuche and Dhaulagiri I along the trail will make you forget any weariness during your 17 days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Moving across the glacier from the right side, after a short trek, you will finally arrive at the Italian Base Camp. From this base camp, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Dhaulagiri IV, and Tukuche.

Day 11: Acclimation and side exploration day at Italian Base Camp trek

Having ascended well above the altitude of 2,500 meters (above which there is a risk of altitude sickness), Day 11 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is designated as an acclimatization and exploration day. Engaging in physical activities is recommended for a more effective acclimatization process. You can embark on short hikes around the base camp, savoring the immense beauty of the Himalayan region from its base.

A popular activity among trekkers during the acclimatization day is the short hiking trail extending from the Italian Base Camp on lateral moraines to the grassy area leading to an ice cave. From here, you will enjoy close-up, spectacular views of the west face of Dhaulagiri, as well as the incredible sight of blue sheep grazing on the rocky cliffs. The overnight stay will be in tents at the base camp.

Day 12: Trekking from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp(4,210m)

It is another day of alpine trekking in the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 17 Days Itinerary. Traversing across steep segments and rocky trails, you will switch to routes of the glacial moraines. Continuously ascending through tricky trails with narrow and rocky segments, you will arrive at the Swiss Base Camp. The path becomes relatively easier from here. Making your way across the steep section and the lateral glacial moraine, you will finally reach the flat land covered with large rocks that stretches all the way to the Glacier Camp.

During this day’s trekking adventure, which is approximately 6-7 hours, you will witness incredible views of the Chhongardan Glacier as well as Himalayan massifs like Dhaulagiri, Manapathi Peak, Tsaurabong Peak, and Dhampus Peak.

Day 13: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp(4,740m) trek

Finally, the main event is here! On Day 11 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will head toward the main objective of the trek: exploring the base camp and foothills of the seventh-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). Following the inclining route, you leave the Glacier Camp behind and ascend the central moraine of the glacier, traversing the natural curves of the glacier. It is a slightly long day’s adventure, approximately 7 hours, and after trekking alongside the moraine for a few hours, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Tukuche Peak.

Continuing along the trail, the valley opens up to a wide T-junction point between Tukuche and Dhaulagiri. From here, it is a short distance hike to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. After arriving at base camp, you will enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters), Dhauligiri II (7,751 meters), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 meters), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 meters). You will also witness magnificent icefalls stretching from the northeast col at the base camp, adorned with bright colorful prayer flags.

Day 14: Second acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp

On Day 14 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, the second acclimatization day is allocated. After continuously pushing the trekking adventure for longer hours in the past two days amidst rising altitudes, this day is dedicated to replenishing lost energy and properly adapting to the high-altitude environment before proceeding to the upcoming parts of the trek.

Similar to the first acclimatization day, you will engage in light physical activities and short hikes to the surrounding areas of the base camp to enjoy the magnificent sunrise view. You can use the rest of the day to admire the pinnacle moment of this expedition, sitting beneath one of the massive and magnificent peaks of the Himalayas. Relish the environment, create memories, and capture stunning photographs. You will rest at the base camp, enjoying warm, nutritious meals prepared by our expedition crew.

Day 15: Trekking from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley(5,200m) via French Pass(5,360m)

Concluding the Dhaulagiri Base Camp expedition, on Day 13, you will embark on another major highlight of this journey: Hidden Valley. It is a demanding day’s trek as you cross one of the high Himalayan passes, French Pass (5,360 meters). Leaving the glacier behind, you will trek across two hills that cut across the moraine and the mountainside, extending along the gentle slopes toward the French Pass. As it is one of the high passes reaching above 5,300 meters, it is recommended to enjoy a slow-paced adventure, taking breathers every now and then.

Although ascending this Himalayan pass is no easy feat, from the top, you will be rewarded with a 360° panoramic view of Himalayan gems like Mukut Himal, Sita Chuchura, Tashi Kang, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak, Mukut Himal, and Dhampus Peak, including the Dhaulagiri Massifs. After enjoying the views, you will continue along the descending trail of snow, stone, loose dirt, and gravel until you reach Hidden Valley. Tonight, you will camp on the grassy meadow of the Hidden Valley.

Day 16: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka(3,680m) trek via Dhampus Pass(5,240m)

Moving along the trekking route on Day 14 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will bid farewell to the Hidden Valley as you head towards Yak Kharka. Another challenging day’s trek awaits as you cross another high Himalayan pass, Dhampus Pass, at an elevation of 5,240 meters (17,191 feet). Negotiating several uphill and downhill sections along the trail, you will strive for the Dhampus Pass. From the top of this pass, adorned with prayer flags, you will be treated to a spectacular view of Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, and the Annapurna Massifs.

After soaking in the natural allurements of the Himalayas from this high pass, you will descend to Yak Kharka. Tonight, you will camp on the expansive meadow of this pasture land.

Day 17: Trekking down from Yak Karka to Marpha(2,670m)

Having descended a significant altitude by this day, you will experience a lighter and easier trekking adventure. Following the popular route of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will hike toward the charming town of Marpha, leaving Yak Kharka behind. As you enter the tree line, the lush forest of rhododendrons and pine trees will once again cover your trekking trail. Enjoying the scenic beauty of the lush greenery, you will head toward Marpha, located at the bank of the Kaligandaki River.

It takes about 5 hours of trekking before you reach this beautiful town known for its religious monasteries and apple orchards. During dinner, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the delicious Marpha Brandy, a famous byproduct of the region. After a long camping adventure, you will rest tonight, enjoying the comfort of the teahouse.

Day 18: Driving from Marpha to Pokhara(830m)

The time to bid farewell to this Himalayan adventure has come on Day 16 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Leaving the apple town of Marpha behind, you will head toward the city of lakes, Pokhara. It is a long day’s drive today. After breakfast, you will embark on the descending trail, covering approximately 139.1 km in about 7 hours. Enjoying the scenic natural trails across the high hills, widespread terraced farming, and vibrant settlements along the route, you will finally arrive at Pokhara.

After taking some rest, you can explore the nightlife of this bustling tourist hub, famous for its religious significance, natural allurements, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas, especially Machapuchare and Annapurna II.

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara(1,400m)

On Day 19, the concluding day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, the journey shifts from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. A scenic 8-hour drive along the Prithivi Highway offers views of waterfalls, hills, forests, and vibrant settlements. Following the route alongside the Trisuli River, the journey ascends over hills to reach Kathmandu. Depending on the arrival time, the remaining day can be spent exploring the city’s highlights, cultural sites, and market hubs like Asan, Thamel, and Mangalbazar. It provides an opportunity to stroll around, absorb the vibrant atmosphere, and purchase souvenirs as a lasting memory of the remarkable Himalayan adventure.

Day 20: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
As your journey in Nepal comes to an end today, you bid farewell to the mountains. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the tour with us and are confident that you’ll be back for another adventure in the Himalayas. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, our representative will transfer you to the airport. During your journey home, you’ll have plenty of time to reflect on your experiences and plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Safe travels!



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