Experience Dhaulagiri Trek, a one of the most existing Himalayan adventure. Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,788 ft) ranks seventh among the fourteen highest peaks in the world. This tremendous Himalayan massif is located in the north central region of Nepal. The Dhaulagiri range extends 120 km from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri River. This trek offers one of the most adventurous and challenging circuits for trekking enthusiasts. Beginning in Beni and crossing the magnificent Kaligandaki Valley, this trek follows the Myagdi Khola River through valleys and over snowy passes. The path leads through several pleasant villages and incredible scenery to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we ascend to French Pass at an elevation of 5,460 m (17,585 ft). The pass lies at the base of the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri, buried under an imposing glacier. The ‘Hidden Valley’ is surrounded by the splendid beauty of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks and turns the tough expedition into an indelible adventure. From this isolated valley, we cross the Dhampus Pass (5,5155 m/16,912 ft) and follow the route to Jomsom via Kali Gandaki Valley to fly back to Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu.
Dhaulagiri Trek: Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara and Beni (671 m/2,200 ft)
Day 04: Beni to Babi Chaur (853 m/2,798 ft)
Day 05: Babi Chaur to Dharapani (1,400 m/4,592 ft)
Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1,850 m/ 6,068 ft)
Day 07: Muri to Bagar (2,080 m/6,822 ft)
Day 08: Bagar to Dobang (2500 m/8,200 ft)
Day 09: Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m/ 12,005 ft)
Day 10: Acclimatisation day (3,600 m/12,005 ft)
Day 11: Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750 m/15,580 ft)
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Pass (5,360 m/17,581 ft)
Day 13: Acclimatisation at Camp (5,050 m/16564 ft)
Day 14: Camp to Dhampus Pass (5,230 m/17,155 ft) to Yak Kharka (3,680 m/12,070 ft)
Day 15: Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2550 m/8,364 ft)
Day 16: Tukuche to Ghasa (2,120 m/6,955 ft)
Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1,200 m/3937 ft)
Day 18: Relaxing day at hot springs
Day 19: Tatopani to Ghorepani Trek
Day 20: Poon Hill Hike and trek to Tadapani
Day 21: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,990m/6,529ft)
Day 22: Ghandruk to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft)
Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 24: Day off in Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu
Dhaulagiri Trek: Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will welcome and assist you with your hotel arrangement. At the end of the day, we will meet for dinner and discuss the route and plans for the next day.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and trek preparation
We will set up a breakfast meeting to briefly discuss the sightseeing day in Kathmandu. First, we will visit the world heritage sites. The highlights of the city are the pilgrimage sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We begin the day at Pashupatinath temple, an important Shiva temple for Hindus. It is a religious space where you can experience holy Hindu rituals. After exploration of the Hindu site, we will visit the Buddhist pilgrimage centre, Boudhanath Stupa. You can stroll around the site and soak in the Buddhist hymns and burning incense around the shrine. The area is full of good restaurants and cafés within for lunch or brunch. After lunch, we will visit Swayambhunath Stupa. Also known as the “Monkey Temple”, it is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also famous for its vistas of Kathmandu Valley. After a full day visiting the pilgrimage sites, we will then travel to the surrounding area of Kathmandu Durbar Square to see the temples and old palaces. We will visit the residence of Kumari, the Living Goddess. At the end of the day, we will discuss the preparations for the trek the following day and meet fellow trekkers. The trekking staff will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding Dhaulagiri trek.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara and Beni (671 m/2,200 ft)
We will have an early start to catch our 20-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will take a bus to Beni, which is about a 4-5 hour drive.
Day 4: Beni to Babi Chaur (853 m/2,798 ft)
The first trekking day! We set out towards Babi Chaur, which is around 5-6 hours of from Beni. We then follow the trail of the Myagdi River until we reach the Babi Chaur village. We will spend our night at our own camp in Babi Chaur.
Day 5: Babi Chaur to Dharapani (1,400 m/4,592 ft)
Today we will start with a steep ascent to Darbang, about 2 to 3 hours of walking. After stopping for lunch in Darbang, we will head towards our destination where we will spend the night. There we will have spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri range.
Day 6: Dharapani to Muri (1,850 m/6,068 ft)
After enjoying the views over breakfast at Dharapani, we will walk for about 5-6 hours through small villages to reach Muri. Muri is a beautiful village that offers magnificent views of the mountains. We will stay in Muri that night and prepare for our next day walk.
Day 7: Muri to Bagar (2,080 m/6,822 ft)
We begin by passing through the last village on this route. The distance from Muri to Bagar is about 5 to 6 hours of walking. We will climb hills and walk through forests to reach Bagar where we will stay the night.
Day 8: Bagar to Dobang (2500 m/8,200 ft)
The next destination is Dabang, about 5 to 6 hours walking through the forest of Jyardan and Lapche Kharka. We will set up camp there for the night.
Day 9: Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m/ 12,005 ft)
This morning we will start the day by trekking through the dense forest and along the riverbank to reach the Italian Base Camp. The base camp is named after the first trekkers of an Italian group who happened upon this site due to adverse weather.
Day 10: Acclimatisation day (3,600 m/12,005 ft)
On the 10th Day of Dhaulagiri Trek, you will rest and relax at the camp. It is a great opportunity to discuss precautions and recommendations for the adaptation in new temperatures, altitudes, and environments. You will have the chance to explore the surroundings.
Day 11: Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750 m/15,580 ft)
After breakfast, we will trek the long and snowy trail towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Tukche Peak (6,837 m) can be seen in the distance if the weather is clear. After 6 to 7 hours of trekking, we will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3,660 m) where we will be camping for the night. It is a great place to enjoy the view, dominated by the Dhaulagiri Peaks: Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) to the North, Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m) to the West.
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5,360 m/17,581 ft)
Today, we trek to French Col from Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Along the way, we will enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.
Day 13: Acclimatisation at camp (5,050 m/16,564 ft)
Again, we will rest and relax in our camp at French Pass. This is a great place to enjoy the magnificent mountains and take advantage of awesome photography opportunities.
Day 14: Trek to Dhampus Pass (5,230 m/17,155 ft) to Yak Kharka (3,680 m/12,070 ft)
We get back on the trail today, trekking towards Dhampus Pass after crossing French Pass. Through the snowy trail we will descend to Yak Kharka. It is 6-7 hours of walking in the extreme altitudes of the Himalayas with the stunning backdrop of the Tukuche and Dhaulagiri peaks.
Day 15: Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2,550 m/8,364 ft)
Today will reach the village of Tukuche where we will spend the night. The village is situated on the banks of the Kaligandaki River and is famous for Thakali homemade apple brandy.
Day 16: Tukuche to Ghasa (2,120 m/6,955 ft)
We start the day following the trail beneath the Tukuche and Dhaulagiri and will reach Kalopani village in 4-5 hours. After lunch in Kalopani, we will continue for about 2 hours to reach Thakali village where we will spend the night.
Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1,200 m/3,937 ft)
On this part of the trek from Ghasa to Tatopani, the change in vegetation is clear. The land gradually turns from arid land to coniferous forests. The route between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks leads to the village of Thakali. Past the village, we will continue walking towards the village of Tatopani, with time to admire the paddy fields and Rupse waterfall on the way. We then walk towards Dana village where we will sit for lunch. After lunch, we will walk for a few more hours to reach the hot springs in Tatopani.
Day 18: Relaxing day at hot springs
Sitting back in the hot springs at Tatopani is an unbeatable way to relax after the long trek. If you are itching to get the most out of your experience, the village has many other sights and Nepali experiences to offer.
Day 19: Tatopani to Ghorepani
After the full day of relaxation, we will cross the suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River. The river flows to Beni, where we started our journey. Now we begin an uphill trek through dense rhododendron forests to reach Ghorepani. Stunning views of the mountains and Kaligandaki Valley greet us on arrival. The trek today is about 6 to 7 hours.
Day 20: Poon Hill hike and trek to Tadapani
We will hike to Poon hill to catch the sunrise. The hill is named after the Poon ethnic group, the inhabitants of Ghorepani/Shikha village. Poon hill is an excellent spot to catch the magnificent panoramic views of the far western Himalayas of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail). After the morning hike we will return to Ghorepani village for breakfast and continue our trek to Tadapani, approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking through the rhododendron forest.
Day 21: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,990 m/6,529 ft)
From Tadapani we have a pleasant walk towards Bhaise-Kharka, which normally takes about one hour. Bhaise-Kharka is a small village that is a stopover before we reach our next destination. The trail follows the cool forest and flowing creek towards Ghandruk village, where we will stop for lunch and stay overnight. The village is inhabited by the Gurungs, an ethnic group of this region. It is a great place to observe and experience the traditional customs and culture of the Gurung people.
Day 22: Ghandruk to Pokhara (823 m/2,700 ft)
This is the final day of our trek. The trail from Ghandruk leads to the Syalui Bazaar on the banks of the Modi River. We will walk towards Birethanthi for lunch and then head towards Nayapul. The total trekking time is 5 to 6 hours. From Nayapul we will take drive to Pokhara and spend our night there. Pokhara greets us with the calming shores Phewa Lake and majestic silhouette of Fish-Tail mountain.
Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
We will leave early in the morning for the drive back to Kathmandu. It will take around 7 to 8 hours to reach the capital. The bus will stop for breakfast and lunch along the way. Our guide will meet you when you reach Kathmandu. You will have plenty of time to rest in your hotel.
Day 24: Day in Kathmandu
You have the full day to enjoy the city and plan your next adventure. Explore the delights of Kathmandu and pick up a few last minute souvenirs.
Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu
You will be transferred to the International Airport in time for your flight. We hope you have had the experience of a lifetime in the Himalayas.
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Dhaulagiri trek are managed by a team of professionally trained trek-leaders/guides. The information of our treks can be found in the detail itinerary. Any changes on plans due to weather or health conditions will be handled by our professionals. Likewise, any injuries or poor-health condition will be dealt by the trek-leaders who are professionally trained for these purposes. We ensure that the delays during the trek would not hamper your post-trek plans. Therefore, all the members of the trekking team are requested to be co-operative.
The number of trekking professionals in the group depends upon the size of the group. Normally the maximum size of the group is ten and minimum is two. We also organize trips for single travelers or group that outnumbers the maximum size. However, it would be easier for us to provide services to groups with limited size.
Trekkers planning to travel in the Himalayas are required to be mentally and physically prepared for their plans. They need to maintain their physical exercise routine so that they are able to tackle with the potential effects of the Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is required to be physically healthy as you will have to adapt with the different weather condition while trekking in high altitude and thin air. Any cardio exercises like running, cycling, hiking with weights that elevates your heart rate will be a good practice to sustain the level of intensity during the trek. Likewise, your medical fitness certificate will be required prior to your trek booking. Thus, we suggest you to consult with your Medical Doctor for his/her references before the trip booking process.
Simultaneously, we require you to be mentally prepared for the journey. The trek is usually long and therefore, unpleasant things may occur without prior notice. Many trekkers are likely to experience stress, insomnia, muscle cramps, and mild sickness during their trip. Thus, we require you to have general knowledge about the health issues before booking the trek.
Trek Leaders and Staff
Our trek leaders are professionally trained and have experience regarding the medical issues and weather conditions that may occur during the long treks. All of them are employed on the basis of their good communication skills in English; whereas, some of them are specialized in other foreign languages. They will share useful information and knowledge before and throughout the trek. If you have any concerns or questions during the tour, you are requested to share those with our trek leaders who are at your service.
Our crew members are experienced and have background knowledge required for this field. They are provided with efficient training for this purpose and are devoted to their work. Our guides have proper knowledge about the local tradition and culture which they will share throughout your journey in different places.
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Here is the list of some essential equipment for safe trek. These equipments are selected after the discussion among experienced trekkers.
Running Shoes: a pair of running shoes for casual and comfortable walks.
Light Hiking Boots: Hiking boots provides your feet better support for long hikes. It is better to choose water repellent boots for snowy trails.
Hiking Gaiters (optional): It is good to have a pair of gaiters to protect mud, snow, or rocks entering the boots.
Socks: Few pairs of both comfortable socks and heavyweight socks would be great to prevent blisters while trekking.
Lightweight Trekking Pants: Use lightweight nylon pants that can be dried easily. They are air permeable and sun protected. Zip-off lower leg sections are more convenient.
Trekking T-shirts: Lightweight t-shirts that wicks away moisture would be comfortable for long treks.
Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket: Soft synthetic jacket with full zipper that prevents the wind.
Insulated Down-Jacket: Heavy weight jacket with a hood will help you keep warm and safe from the wind and snow.
Hard Shell Jacket: A waterproof jacket with full zipper and no insulation is recommended as the outer layer prevents from wind and rain.
Hard Shall Pants: Any waterproof hard shall pants with full side zipper tat can get into your boots.
Fleece/Soft Shell Gloves: a pair of heavy fleece is recommended for keeping your hands warm.
Shell Gloves with Insulation: a pair of ski glove with insulation is convenient for cold areas.
Headlamp: A quality climber headlamp can be used at night. Extra spare batteries are recommended for long distant tours.
Sun Hat: Since the sun is intense at high altitude, a good hat with a visor is beneficial to protect sunburn.
Neck Gaiter or Buff: Neck gaiter or buff covers the face and prevents from sunburn and other allergies.
Glacier Glasses: A 100% UV, IR, optical lenses designed for the mountains is recommended to prevent from snow reflections at the high altitude. Since regular sunglasses are not dark enough for high altitudes, we recommend glacier glasses. It is better to have side cover, leashes, nose guard, and glasses with no more than 8% of light transmission. If you wear spectacles or contact lens, you should have a pair of glasses with photo-gray or equivalent light-sensitive material that works as emergency sunglasses. It is always better to contact the eye care for the recommendation of glacier glasses.
Backpack: A backpack that is 3,000 cu. In max will be convenient to keep water bottles, camera, lunch, and clothing.
Sleeping Bag and Trekking Poles: Sleeping bags and trekking poles will be provided by the company. However, you can bring your own if you want to use your personal stuff.
Water treatment tablets: Water purifying tablets such as iodine or chlorine dioxide tablets for hygienic drinking water during the trek.
Pee bottle or funnel: Pee bottle for men and funnel for women trekkers are optional, but useful.
Sunscreen: Make sure you have enough sunscreen for the trek.
Hand/Foot Warmers: They are essential if you are not use to cold hands and feet.
Travel Rucksack: Large or medium, depending upon your comfort and equipment.
Toiletry: Bring toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes according to your needs.
First Aid: Here are few suggestions for necessary medication and treatment for common problems while trekking. Trekkers should have Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, an antibiotic for cuts and wounds. Cirprofloxin (Cipro, 500mg) will prevent from diarrhea and urinary tract inections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium tablets is also medications for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox, 125/250 mg) is good for altitude sickness while Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin 200mg) can be taken for altitude headaches, and sprains. Acetaminophen (Tylenol 325 mg) prevents stomach sensitivity.
We hope this list provides you the information about essential equipments for your trek in the Himalayas.
What documents are required for this trek?
- Valid Passport with Nepal Visa. Be sure about the validity of your passport. Make sure to have a separate photocopy of the passport with visa.
- Travel insurance
- Return flight tickets
- Insurance coverage policy
- Traveler’s Check or Cash
- Emergency contact numbers
Am I fit for this Dhaulagiri trek?
Trekking in Himalaya requires lots of physical exercise. If you think you are healthy and fit enough for the intensive walking in the altitude, you are able to join this trek.
Can I use credit cards during the trek?
In the cities, banking facilities are available and you can use credit cards in some specific places. However, during the trek, you will be travelling in the remote villages, where you have to deal with Nepalese Rupees.
Where can I get my money exchanged?
Once you are in Kathmandu, our staffs will recommend you to the money exchange. You can also get your money exchange at the airport or your hotel.
What payment do they take for a Nepalese Visa?
For the Nepalese Visa, Nepal Immigration only accepts US dollars. Also, you may need two passport sized photographs.
What facilities do tea houses offer?
Tea houses are basically small motels in the rural areas. They will provide private rooms with shared bathrooms and running water. Unfortunately, you may not get to wash your clothes during the long treks. The tea houses have electricity during the period of trekking where you can charge your electronic devices. They also offer breakfast and meals. Usually they provide local or traditional foods that include rice and lentils (daal-bhat) with vegetables. However, you can also buy canned or packaged food in some of these places.
Can I purchase any gear or supplies for the trek?
Yes, if you need to purchase any gear or supplies for the trek, there are many shops in Kathmandu that provide you with international or local brands.
What kind of weather do we expect during the trekking?
It is hard to predict the weather in the high altitudes. It is generally cold at nights and warm during the day. Winter (January-February) will be colder and you can expect snow during the month of December, January, and February. Here are the details about the average temperature in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)
Can I add any extra days for my trekking?
We can add days at your request if you manage to inform us before the trekking starts. You will then get information about the additional costs for guides, porters, accommodation and food during your extra days.
What is the weight limit for luggage that I can take?
The weight limit for any trek in Nepal, including Dhaulagiri trek, is 15 kilograms (33 pounds), i.e., the maximum weight that the porters can carry. Since it is hard to carry the hard luggage, soft (duffel-bags) are recommended.
Please contact us for cost information.
The price includes the following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- All trekking Permit fees for Dhaulagiri Trek
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
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