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Dhaulagiri Trek in Nepal

  • Dhaulagiri Trek in Nepal
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Daily Tour
  • Min Age : N/A
  • Pickup at Kathmandu

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a long trek that passes through high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys, high windswept passes, forests, and cultivated terraced hills. Crossing two passes – the French Pass at 5,360m and Dhampus Pass at 5,200m, and including the Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4,740m.

This is a challenging trek that requires a high level of fitness. However, with good stamina and basic mountaineering skills, the rewards of this trek include stunning views of Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri ii (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).

Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit route provides stunning views of the whole Dhaulagiri range. Discovered in 1808, standing at 8,167m, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest mountain in the world until 30 years later when Kanchenjunga took that honor; later to be taken away by Mount Everest!   The Dhaulagiri Circuit route was discovered in the 1950s by a French team, hence the French Pass, which leads into a lonely area known as Hidden Valley.

The circuit trail makes its way through villages and terraced farmland, along rivers and gorges, and along glaciers and moraine. With time to acclimatize before tackling the high passes, there is plenty of opportunity to take in the magnificent mountain vistas.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Pick and drop at Kathmandu

Departure Time

4 hours prior to the flight and 3 hours for Train Journey.

Dhaulagiri Trek in Nepal-Tour Route


Hotel/Camp Sites

All Accommodation in 3-star Hotel/ Camping/Lodge/Tea House and Farm House stay.

Transportation for Tour

1 to 2 Pax SUV Car | 2 to 8 Pax: Toyota Hiace Bus | 8 to 16 pax: Toyota Coaster Bus.

Proffessional Tour/Trek Guide

Local English Speaking Trek Guide expert in Local tradition and Culture.


First-day L/D and last day only breakfast before Departure. All meals during Tour. Please reconfirm with us.

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All Hotels in 3 star/ Camping/Cooks/Tents
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size.
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International flight to and out of Nepal
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Domestic flight not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Tips for Guide/Driver
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks etc.
Why Dhaulagiri Trek in Nepal?
  • Dhaulagiri Circuit, also known as Dhaulagiri Round, is one of the best treks in the Nepal Himalaya.
  • Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit route provides stunning views of the whole Dhaulagiri range.
  • The circuit trail makes its way through villages and terraced farm land, along rivers and gorges, and along glaciers and moraine.
  • The Dhaulagiri Circuit route was discovered in the 1950s by a French team, hence the French Pass, which leads into a lonely area known as Hidden Valley.
Dhaulagiri Trek in Nepal

Day 1Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport:

Our team from Excursion to the Himalayas will receive you at the airport and drive you to the Hotel. During the journey, our Guide will brief you about the Trek, Things to buy, and all arrangements. Upon checking into Hotel you will enjoy your evening visiting the popular Thamel market.

Day 2Kathmandu to Beni- Drive time: 9 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara with our guide in a private vehicle towards Pokhara and to Beni where we ready ourselves to trek the next morning.

Day 3Beni to Babiachaur -Trek time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Setting off today we follow the Myagdi Khola (river) and pass through several small villages, across suspension bridges, and through terraced fields.  Explore the village along the way and before halting the night at the beautiful tea House.


Day 04Babiachaur to Dharapani-Trek time: 6 to 7 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

After early breakfast, we begin our trek towards Dharapani. Leaving the terraced fields behind the trail gets rougher until we come to more small villages with their cultivated fields.  Dharapani is another lovely village surrounded by fields.  Overnight at Tea House or lodge.

Day 05Dharapani to Muri -Trek time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

We begin our trek today. It takes 5 hours leisure walk and you will come across many villages and local people to interact with. You may find people selling goods, so it is better to carry some cash just in case you get interested to buy something.

You come across Muri, which is a village inhabited by Magar people.  On the way across the river again and ascend through forests to reach a ridge above.  There are many rivers to cross and a bit of a climb to the ridge where Muri village is situated.  

Day 06Muri to Boghara -Trek time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast at the Tea House, we start our trek. Our journey crosses over a low pass and offers views of Mt Ghustung South.  The trail zigzags a bit, goes through pine and oak forests, and eventually takes you to Boghara.  From here, lying above the terraced fields, are Dhaulagiri I and Gurja Himal. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 07Boghara to Dobang -Trek time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

The altitude is beginning to rise today but we are still below the tree line and there are still farming communities and terraced fields on the route.  One of the interesting settlements we reach is Jyardhan – which is considered remote in this region.  Overnight in Dobang.

Day 08Dobang to Choriban Khola -Trek time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Today again we hike through forests and along the Myagdi Khola until we reach the banks of the Choriban Khola where we camp for the night. 

Day 09Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp  Trek time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Today is a special day for those who love glacier formation. We hike along the glacial deposits of Chhonbarban Glacier and really feel that we are now in the Himalayas.  From the Italian Camp, there are wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri Massif and Tukuchen – amazing sights to wake up to in the morning. 

Day 10Acclimatization Day at Italian Base Camp

Accommodation: Tea House

As the altitude increases it’s always better to take a good rest before we begin the climb. Explore the surrounding areas, catch up on some rest, get to know your companions better or simply stare in awe and enjoy the mountains.

Day 11Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp-Trek time: 6 to 7 hours

Accommodation: Camping

It’s a more challenging day today with steep ups and downs and a rocky trail. There are glaciers to cover and narrow canyons to pass but we reach Glacier Camp satisfied and happy.   

Day 12Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp -Trek time: 7 hours

Accommodation: Camping

A spectacular day filled with many peaks such as Dhaulagiri I and II.  The campsite may be an open rocky area but just look up! We fix our camp here under the magnificent peaks. 

Day 13Acclimatization Day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Accommodation: Tea House

At this high altitude, we need to let our bodies acclimatize further.   The Dhaulagiri range is on view in all its glory.  It’s a fantastic place to take some rest and stunning photographs. We move around the are and enjoy the fantastic view of the Mountains.

Day 14Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass-Drive time: 7 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Today we reach the highest peak and we will hike on this trek.  The French Pass is 5,200m high and puts the challenge in the day. But the rewards are an astounding panorama of mountains such as Tukuche Peak, Tashi Kang, and Dhaulagiri I, to name just a few.  Coming down over the pass we reach a grassy meadow where we camp for the night in the Hidden Valley. 

Day 15Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass -Drive time: 7 hours

Accommodation: Camping.

Coming down from the Hidden Valley (situated at 5,200m) we head towards Dhampus Pass. The views from this pass are equally as impressive – lakes and glaciers are spread before us, while mountains surround us.   We trek on to Yak Kharka and our tented camp.

Day 16Yak Kharka to Marpha Drive time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

After early breakfast, we start to descend down the valley. Enjoy the forests of pines and rhododendrons as we hike towards the town of Marpha, famous for both its lovely monastery and apple orchards. 

Located on the banks of the Kaligandaki River this town is stunning in its whitewashed traditional appearance and you will certainly enjoy exploring and photographing it.  Not to mention the fact those apples are turned into Marpha Brandy – another famous product which you might enjoy with dinner!  

Day 17Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass  -Drive time: 7 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Our trek has ended and we drive back to Pokhara today to enjoy the lakeside restaurants and bars and perhaps be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of a busy town after the wilds of the mountains.  

Day 18Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) Drive time: 8 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

We can either take flights from Pokhara to Kathamndu or take private cars. We leave behind the view of Fish Tail Mountains and have been home for our team during our trek. Enjoy your time at Kathmandu in time to head off to a lively restaurant for dinner and perhaps some music. 

Dhaulagiri Trek MAP

Is Dhaulagiri hard to climb?

Although there are multiple routes up it, Dhaulagiri is a difficult mountain and a technical climb regardless of the route requiring a high level of skill. The standard route for climbing Dhaulagiri is via the North East Ridge and is climbed with 3 camps above basecamp.


How much Dhaulagiri Expedition Cost?

Dhaulagiri Expedition costs USD 9,900 per person for Full Board Service and USD 6,900 for Base Camp Service [Makalu Adventure’s Silver Jubilee Offer]. The White Mountain is a popular destination among mountaineers and mountain climbers in the world and Mt.

What is the length of Dhaulagiri Trek?

50 km. Dhaulagiri (mountain range)

Can we see Dhaulagiri from Pokhara?


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