Trip Grade Moderate Plus
Duration: 15 Nights/16 Days
Max. Altitude: 5360M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Dhaulagiri
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Tented Camps

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Round Dhaulagiri Trek

Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 meters) is seventh highest mountain in the world. Mount Dhaulagiri is rising above the deep cliff of Kali Gandaki Valley. Trekking Experts presents Round Dhaulagiri Trek which will bring you to the base camp of Mount Dhaulagiri. Trekking around Mount Dhaulagiri is one of the most beautiful trekking in the Himalaya. Dhaulagiri Round Trek is one of the challenging adventurous tented camp treks in Nepal which follows glaciers and crosses snowcapped passes such as the French pass (5380m) and the Thapa pass (5250m). The trip will take you through the pristine valley of Myagdi, lush terraced hillsides, traditional villages, rugged terrain of massif Dhaulagiri. You will also experience snow and glacier walking, enjoying spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River, the world deepest gorge; Kali Gandaki gorge. On the trail, you may also encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this region. Besides wild nature, you also enjoy the lifestyle of Nepal’s ethnic people such as Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar.

 

Dhaulagiri Round Trek begins from Beni Bazar, following Italian Base Camp, Japanese Base Camp, and French Pass during trekking. After descending from French pass, you’ll enter the lonely but fascinating Hidden Valley, this place is one of the few true wilderness areas accessible in Nepal, the Hidden Valley stretches away to the north eventually narrowing to a rugged gorge which connects to Upper Dolpa and Upper Mustang. On the way back to Marpha, you have energy left and weather is favorable, you can climb Dhampus Peak.

Trip Highlights

Cross adventurous passes- the French pass (5380m) and the Thapa pass (5250m)

Follow the pristine valley of Myagdi

Trekking in the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki gorge

Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River

Look up closely world’s seventh highest mountain; Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m)

Explore the real nature and glaciers

Trekking in fascinating Hidden Valley

Climb Dhampus peak as bonus

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After early morning breakfast at hotel, you’ll be picked up by our trekking guide and drive to Beni. You’ll ascend to the connection of Trishuli River with the Marsayangdi River and follow the Marsayangdi River upwards through terraced meadows and minor hill towns to the Seti River that leads you to Pokhara. The drive from Pokhara inclines through a twisting road up to Nayapool with views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m). After further driving along the bank of Modi River and then Kali Gandaki River will lead you to Beni. And from Beni, you’ll drive further following MyagdiKhola to Darbang. It will take about 8/9 hours’ drive from Kathmandu.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1110 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll start first day of the trekking by heading towards Sibang ascending to the ridge-top village of Dharapani from where you can get a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri massif, GurjaHimal (7193m), and PuthaHiunchuli (7246m). You’ll continue your trek further along the ridge on the path above the river to reach Sibang.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 1780 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll continue your trekking to Bagar today. You’ll descend to GattiKhola then climb up to the village of Muri where Myagdi and Dhara rivers meet. You’ll continue to trek crossing the bridge over DholaKhola and descend through the terraced farm fields and sparse settlements before arriving in Naura village. From Naura Village, you’ll trek further alongside the bank of MyagdiKhola through a grassy hill and a steep slope and you’ll arrive in Bagar.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2080 meter

After breakfast at camp, tody you’ll trek down to Dhoban. You’ll descend through a forest to Jyardan before climbing uphill to Lipshe. And then you’ll enters the forested area before ascending up to Dobhan.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2520 meter

After breakfast camp, you’ll trek to Italian Base Camp today. You’ll pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As you move further and gain altitude, mountains start to surround us from all around. You can get the best view of Tukuche Peak (6920m), Dhaulagiri Range, and other mountains from Italian Base Camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 3660 meter

Today is full free day at Italian base camp for rest and acclimatize. You can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of surrounding mountains.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3660 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll trek through the rocky area on a steep slope before crossing the glacial moraines. You then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese Base Camp”. From here you’ll have view of the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) on one side and Tsaurabong Peak (6395m) on the other.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3890 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek most challenging day out of your journey. You’ll walk on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacier itself, you carefully and responsibly make your way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, you can see the stunning view of all the peaks of Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north-east col.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 4750 meter

Keeping your health in mind, you’ll take another day off at Dhaulagiri Base Camp to acclimatize. You can spend the day exploring the areas nearby the base camp. There's also an option of hiking up a little for the better view of the mountains.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 4750 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll climb the glacier on the north side of Chhondarban glacier and gradually climb the steep hillside above the glacier. Following the zin-zag trail across moraines, you’ll climb French Pass (5360m). From the French Pass you will be able to see MukutHimal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m) and all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From the French Pass you’ll continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m). Descending from the Thapa Pass you will make it to the camp at 5140m.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 5140 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll head towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). Relishing the beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the background, you’ll descend steeply to Yak Kharka through avalanche prone slopes.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 4200 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll make your last day of trekking. You’ll continue to descend steeply from Yak Kharka towards Marpha which is also known as the apple capital of Nepal. Passing through the whitewashed houses, paved streets, and following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, you’ll move towards the windy town of Jomsom.Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang district. You’ll stay at lodge today and can celebrate your final day of trekking with trekking crew as from tomorrow you’ll leave them there.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2720 meter

After early breakfast, you’ll say good bye your trekking crew here and you’ll take flight to Pokhara. Once you reach Pokhara, you need to take connection flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Trekking Experts representative will receive you at the airport and drop to hotel. And then you’ll free time to relax at hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be met by your city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible,you’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora. And after your back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • N/A
  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 1 night in Jomsom at lodge on twin sharing basis 11 nights in tented camps during the trekking on twin sharing basis

3 meals a day during the trekking at tented camps served by our cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Beni- by private air-conditioned vehicles and Beni-Darbang by local jeep/bus with trekking crew Jomsom-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes 18 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

Annapurna Conservation Fee TIMS Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 experienced trekking cook Required kitchen team (kitchen helpers) 1 assistant guide for every 5 members Required porters to carry personal baggage, camping equipment, kitchen utensils and trekking food English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

One 2-men sleeping tent for every two members 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel light for lighting purpose only

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map 1 Satellite Phone for emergency use only 1 Certec Bag for emergency use

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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Very professional trekking team. We have enjoyed the trekking a lot. The team delivered very good services even in the very high mountains. Thanks all

Very supportive, very friendly team (guide and porters). Fulfilled our needs, excellent team work. Would definitely go again with them.

Well organized and well informed trek. Helpful in all aspects. We learnt lot about Nepal adn Nature. We found alway supported. Our wihses were respected in all aspects. Nothing negative.

We had a wonderful trek with a great team. We were very happy with Kaluman (guide) for his friendly guidance and proffesional organization. The equipment (Tent etc) was very good. The food was excellent prepared by Gyan (cook)!!! Finally we are very happy that the whole team under the guidance of Kaluman (guide) enabled us to realize this wonderful trek and everybody finished the trek in good health. Thank you very much.

We had a wonderful trek with great team. We were very happy with Kaluman’s friendly guidance and professional organization. The equipment (tent etc) was very good. The food excellent prepared by Gyan. The porters were very strong and friendly.

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