Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

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14 days

“enjoy the adventure beneath towering world seventh highest Mt. Dhaulagiri massif”

Trip Highlights:

 “Impressive cultural sightseeing tour within historical places around Kathmandu
Exciting, scenic adventure around massive Dhaulagiri  Himalaya range around Far North West
Exceptional views on daily walks visiting traditional Magar and Thakali traditional villages
Pristine forest of tall rhododendron-pines-magnolia-oaks and fir trees in complete wilderness
Awesome panorama of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and as far towards Manaslu mountain range
From warm subtropical to alpine cool temperatures and beyond to arctic zone of ice and glaciers”

Brief Trip Outlook:

Mode of the Trip:       On Hotels-Lodge and Camping.
Trek Grade:                  Adventurous to Challenging (in snow condition).
Trekking duration:      11 Nights and 12 Days (With drive both ways).
Highest elevation:      At French Pass 5,360 m and Thapa / Dhampus Pass at 5,244m high.
Total Trip:                    16 Nights & 17 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
Best Season:                April to June and September to November.
(March to May flowering season)


Nepal Base Camp Treks introduce a powerful and challenging adventure Dhaulagiri Round & Hidden Valley, where you will be walking from low warm paddy fields towards alpine hills of cooler temperatures and beyond to arctic zone of remorseless snow-ice and glaciers at Dhaulagiri base camp.

Truly a fascinating adventure of great delights and excitement where you will be soaked with daily views of world seventh Mt. Dhaulagiri and its massive range of peaks with Annapurna mountain range.

Around Dhaulagiri & Hidden Valley an exclusive adventure of less than a week scenic journey where you will be in the midst of towering peaks, walking on glaciers and moraine for few days in complete isolation and wilderness of arctic temperatures between giant mountains of Dhaulagiri.

Starting with a drive from former kingdom Kathmandu city heading west towards famous and popular touristic Pokhara located beneath green hills and Annapurna Himalaya massive range of peaks where its reflects on its pristine lakes Phewa and Begnas.

Our adventure continues after Pokhara towards warmer River valley of Baglung and Beni from where we begin our adventure heading up hills through spread out farm villages of Magar people, the hill tribe of Nepal with interesting culture.

Adventure leads through alpine forest towards cooler areas on leaving the last village of Bagar heading due north past woodlands ending at arctic landscapes of ice and glaciers beneath towering peaks of Dhaulagiri. Enjoying overnight stop at base camp with stupendous views of ice falls and high peaks as the walk leads towards the high French pass to reach at beautiful large Hidden valley encircled by peaks.

From Hidden valley climbing on top last pass of Thapa / Dhampus to reach at Kaligandaki river valley at charming village in Marpha famous for apples and its products in the country of Thakali people.

After an enjoyable time in Marpha our walk ends with an exciting drive back to picturesque Pokhara and finally completing this awesome Around Dhaulagiri in Kathmandu.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m | 4,270ft and transfer o hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860m (220 km) – 06 hrs journeys.
Day 04: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban  (Japanese Camp) 3,750m -05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,748 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: At Dhaulagiri BC rest day for acclimatization.
Day 12: Trek to Hidden Valley 5,140m via French Pass 5,360m.
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 – 04 hours.
Day 15: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni (option flight from Jomsom to Pokhara).
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, Around Dhaulagiri & Hidden Valley Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program. 

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Around Dhaulagiri & Hidden Valley Trekking preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 820m - 06 hrs of 220 k.m. distances.
Morning an exciting drive on nice comfortable coach or in a private vehicle (depending upon the group size), the road to Pokhara lead on low hills of with views of Himalayan peaks and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at scenic and famed city Pokhara.

Pokhara located in the shadow of massive Annapurna range of mountains with pristine Lake Phewa, here in accommodation in nice hotels with time in the afternoon for walks on the lake side where you can browse around excellent shops-stores-restaurants.  
(Options by air from Kathmandu 30 mins of scenic flight to Pokhara)

Day 04: Drive to Darbang via Beni 900 m - 04 hrs.
From Pokhara, our journey continues on drive to Beni town and beyond to a farming town at Darbang, the starting point of Dhaulagiri-Dhorpatan and Dolpo trekking. At Darbang time permitting we might walk for few hours to another overnight stop by the river to make the next day walk more easy, or just stay at Darbang in a local lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Riverside 1,560 m - 05 hrs.
First day walk of this adventure starts with a climb over a steep ridge, walking past farm villages and then on pleasant trail along Mygdi River, we follow the river right to its glacier source at Dhaulagiri base camp.

After a good walk reaching our first overnight camp by the river, after noon at leisure with rest or get cooled in the river.

Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk follows the river for short while reaching a farm village at Jugepani for possible lunch stop, after a rest then leading to a steep climb above a ridge and then downhill through forest to camp at Bagar, a farm village. Bagar will be last village till walk joins at popular Kaligandaki route at Marpha.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.
On leaving the last of farm fields at Bagar village walk into forest for an hour and then a climb into forested area of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees.

After climb then descend to reach at Dovan for overnight camp, Dovan a small temporary settlement with small teahouse and shops.

Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
From Dovan morning walk leads to an unstable wooden bridge over a stream at a confluence of Mygdi River, after crossing walking into forest all the way to overnight stop at Chartare also called Bhainse Kharka.

Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
After overnight in the middle of dense forest, today walk leads to complete wilderness on leaving the vegetation and tree lines for few days.

Morning walk leads closer to Mt. Dhaulagiri South Face flank, with views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi and Dhaulagiri south flank, after good hours of walk reaching a glaciated area on a clearing named as Italian camp.

From here adventure begins as the walk leads on glacier, moraine with climb over rocky ridge to reach Pakhaban also called Japanese camp.

This camp offers super views of South West Face of Dhaulagiri and Manapathi, Puttha Hiunchuli with huge ice wall of Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,748 m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk follows moraine and iceberg in some section, this morning climb needs a good team work with guides, porters and fellow members to be on right side of the trail over glaciated sections. After a tough walk over glacial section reaching a rocky open area around Dhaulagiri where base camp is located.

Overnight camp at base camp with close view of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 m, includes view of tumbling icefalls, glacier and Tukuche peak with West peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.) and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 m.) with desolate Ice Fall tumbling down from the Col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Our overnight camp will be made on the clearing of rocky moraine with awesome close view of Dhaulagiri I and its massif glacier and icefall.

Day 11: At Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Today rest day at leisure or for optional short hike, marvel the beautiful views of Dhaulagiri North West Face with its tumbling Ice Falls. Base Camp located in complete isolation hidden within high snow capped peaks and glaciers.

Day 12: Trek to Hidden Valley 5,140m via French Pass 5,360m.
From this amazing and scenic campsite morning walk leads to the highest point of the adventure of trekking over French pass at 5,360 meters.

After the high pass a short descend to reach a wide grassy meadow a huge field at hidden valley for overnight camp.  Offering views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang 5,386 meters, Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I.

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Thapa / Dhampus pass 5,244 m - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant rest, morning starts on a gentle path for few hours to reach last pass of this adventure at Thapa also called Dhampus pass with 5,244 meters high.
On reaching the pass with grand rare views of Annapurna Himal, Nilgiris peaks, and then our walk descend to Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back into green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.

Day 14: Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 04 hrs.
Last day walk of this wonderful adventure leads to long descend back into villages, after being in complete wilderness for past few days. downhill walk into forest of firs, pines and rhododendron trees, after few hours of easy descend reaching at one of the charming village at Marpha where all houses are painted white with an interesting monastery.

Marpha located around Mustang district at Kaligandaki river valley, the area famous for delicious apples and its product like cider, brandy local brew, juices, dry apples and apricot fruits. Enjoy the afternoon in the comfort of nice lodges and explore this beautiful village.

Day 15: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni.
After an adventure of a lifetime experience around Dhaulagiri Base Camp trekking, morning board on a Jeep or Bus for long scenic drive of 6 to 7 hours to reach at Pokhara, as the drive leads into many nice Thakali villages with apple orchard and views of Nilgiris-Annapurna including East Face of Dhaulagiri, slowly drive enters warmer areas back into rice fields following the Kaligandaki River all the way to Beni, after Tatopani (hot spring).

Beni a large town of Mygdi district from here continue journey on the good road to picturesque Pokhara for overnight stop in a nice hotel by the Lake Phewa.

(Options by air, an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 20 mins)

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu - 06 hrs evening farewell dinner.
After a great adventure Around Dhaulagiri & Hidden Valley, morning journey as the drive leads back to Kathmandu with few rest stops for refreshment and lunch, after 6 hours of good drive reaching back at busy city life in Kathmandu.
(From Pokhara option by air to Kathmandu of 30 minutes flight)

Day 17: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome adventure around Dhaulagiri & Hidden Valley trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.

Cost Details

  • All Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van
  • Three night tourist standard Hotel in Katmandu 2night in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All meals during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea. coffee
  • All tented accommodations during the trek and overnight tea house wherever possible
  • All Trekking permit: 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. 
  • Toilet paper during the trek
  • All necessary paper works.
  • One Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Porters: Experience Trekking Porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And all Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • All ground transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Adventure Certificate: Our Company provides Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company. Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and service charge


Size of group: 4-10 people          

Highest-Point: 5,360 /17,580ft

 Destination: Nepal        

Fitness level: Moderate 

 Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal  

 Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal                      

 Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek                 

 Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Tented/ tea houses during the trek                  



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Manual Note

Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Jomsom to Pokhara may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.

Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.

As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

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