Dhaulagiri Round Trek

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Trip Overview


The Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a challenging and breathtaking adventure that takes you around the majestic Dhaulagiri massif in the Annapurna region of Nepal . Standing at an impressive height of 8,167 meters, Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, and this trek also offers an incredible opportunity to experience its awe-inspiring beauty up close. The trek typically begins in Beni and follows a less-traveled route that takes you through remote valleys, pristine forests, and traditional villages. The trail offers a diverse range of landscapes, from lush green forests to rugged alpine terrain, providing a true wilderness experience. As you make your way around the Dhaulagiri circuit, you'll also get treatment from panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Dhaulagiri itself, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Tukuche. The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, such as the French Pass (5,360m) and the challenging Dhampus Pass (5,155m), which require a good level of fitness and mountaineering skills. These passes offer incredible vistas of surrounding peaks and glaciers, making the effort well worth it. Along the way, you'll encounter diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, wildflowers, and rare wildlife like snow leopards and Himalayan thars. The region also inhabited by various ethnic communities, such as Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis, allowing you to experience their unique culture and hospitality. The trek typically takes around 18-20 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and acclimatization needs. Camping is the primary accommodation option, as teahouses are limited in this remote region. It is advisable to undertake this trek with an experienced guide and a well-equipped team to ensure safety and navigation through challenging sections.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in the Himalayas. With its rugged landscapes, breathtaking views, and cultural immersion, this trek offers an unforgettable journey through one of Nepal's most spectacular mountain regions.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley
  • A scenic drive from Pokhara to Darbang
  • A fascinating adventure that circulates the seventh highest snow-clad peak in the world, Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters)
  • Exploration of the three major base camps in a single trip; Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Glacier Camp, and Italian Base Camp
  • Scenic trekking trail alongside the tumbling waterfalls, soaring rivers, and charming high Himalayan villages
  • Stunning views of the Himlayan peaks like Manapathi Peak, Gurja Himal, Dhaulagiri Tukuchen Tsaurabong Peak, and Dhampus Peak.
  • The trail above the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Valley and near the hidden lands of Dolpo.
  • Only for highly qualified high altitude and adventurous trekkers.
  • Trek through the Yak Pasture, Glacier Marine, isolated remote area, Monastery, and Caves.
  • Variation in the scenery as the trek starts in the Dhaulagiri region and ends in the Mustang region.
  • Experience a deep wilderness of the Dhaulagiri region in Nepal
  • Trekking route accompany with the scenic rivers, tumbling waterfalls, and picturesque villages
  • The isolated trail leads to the traditional villages such as Dharapani, Phaliyagaon, Muri, Lipsaba, Dobhan Kharka, etc
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, and V from Italian Base Camp and Glacier Camp
  • Captivating sight of Chhongardan Glacier on the way to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Relish an astonishing view of Dhaulagiri range from Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Crossing two high mountain passes, namely French Pass (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,244m)
  • Splendid views of the majestic Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range
  • Wander around the least explored and serene Hidden Valley
  • An optional ascent of Dhampus Peak
  • Get wind into the remote culture and lifestyle of charming inhabitants such as Magar, Gurung, Thakali, and Chettri people.
  • Vastly diversified endangered Himlayan flora and fauna of the Dhaulagiri region
  • Explore alluring Marpha Village, famous for apple orchards and locally made apple brandy
  • Jomsom, the capital of the Mustang district
  • Scenic and a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and Transfer to Hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives from Friendship World Trek will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. You’ll get some time for refreshment.

Day 02: Dhaulagiri Round Trek Trekking preparation and Permit Paper Work

Later you’ll visit our office and attend a small meet-up where your trek guide will brief you about the trek starting the next day. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you. Then you can explore nearby places and get familiar with the surroundings. After returning to the hotel, you can prepare for the trip.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) - 25 minutes flight OR Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Beni (850m) - 8 to 9 hours by bus

An early morning flight will take you to Pokhara, the magical lake city of Nepal. You will enjoy the superb vistas of the Annapurna range and other snowy peaks during the flight.

Once you land at Pokhara airport, you’ll drive to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free and relax. If you are interested, you can even take a sightseeing tour around the Pokhara Valley. Later enjoy your evening in the famous lakeside area.

Overnight stay in Pokhara.


Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at around 6: 00 to pick you up. With private transport we will drive to Beni which takes us about 8 to 9 hours on a scenic journey. Along the journey you will witness stunning scenery of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rivers, and villages. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. The road leads us next three hours to the Beni Bazaar (850m).

  • Hotel/Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 850m
  • Drive

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1,110m/3,640ft) and Trek to Dharapani (1,560m/5,120ft)- 5 to 6 hours drive and 3 to 4 hours trek OR Day 04: Drive Beni to Darbang (1180 m) -1 ½ to 2 hours, Trek Drabang village to Dharapani (1560m) -3 to 4 hours

You’ll leave Pokhara and drive to Darbang via the famous Beni Bazaar. On the way, you’ll traverse through scenic winding roads, discovering the charm of small towns, and listen to the relaxing sound of free-flowing rivers. Situated at the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi river, Beni is the district headquarters of the Myagdi district.

From Beni, you continue your drive towards Darbang. Passing through small settlements of Tatopani (hot spring), Babiyachaur, you reach Darbang. You have to take a brief stop while your guide will show your permits at the police checkpoint. The actual Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins from Darbang. Walking along the bank of the Myagdi Khola, you come across small settlements of a Magari community. After a gradual climb, enjoying magnificent vistas of mountains and dotted landscapes, you reach Dharapani village.

Overnight stay in Dharapani.


After having breakfast, we drive about 1 ½ to 2 hours jeep or bus drive to Darbang village, mostly the Magar community are inhabited in this village. The road follows the Magdi river bank through the villages of Baguwa, Tatopani, Babiyachaur. From the Darbang village, the trail goes in the valley which broadens into terraced hills on both sides. You pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola, and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the path goes to the narrow valley again and the terraces disappear on the river side. And then the trail leads us onwards to the Dharapani village for our overnight tea house /tent.

  • Tented Camp/Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 1,560m
  • Drive & Trek

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,720m/5,650ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Discover the countless scenic vistas on the way to Muri Village. Begin your uphill walk beside terraced fields and the traditional Magar settlement of Takam. Here onwards, the path continues towards Sibang village, offering an incredible panorama of the snow-clad Dhaulagiri range and Gurja Himal (7,193m/23,600ft).

En route, enjoying the incredible sight of Myagdi Khola, you descend to Gatti Khola. Here you can spot the traditional water mill for grinding the grain. After few hours of walk, you reach Phaliyagaon (1,850m/6,070ft). The trail follows the steep path showcasing majestic mountain views and tree-lined forests. Finally, you’ll make a steep climb to the large Magar settlement of Muri. You can stroll around the village, interact with the locals, and get familiar with their culture and lifestyle.

Overnight stay in Muri.

Day 06: Trek from Muri to Boghara (Bagar) (2,080m/6,830ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Begin your trek with a downhill walk on a steep trail. The trail continues, and after crossing some small streams, you’ll climb to a ridge and reach a pass (1,607m/5,272ft), another famous viewpoint. From the top of the pass, you’ll witness the utterly beautiful scenery of Mt. Ghustung South.

Further, the pathway will continue through the thickened jungles and greeneries. After passing through the small villages of Mahatala and Naura, you reach Boghara (Bagar). You can enjoy the grand view of Manapathi peak from the village. Also, there is a cluster house with stone slate rooftops and unique handcrafted windows and doors in this village.

Overnight stay in Boghara.

Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Dobhan Kharka (2,520m/8,270ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Kick-off your day with a filling breakfast and follow the forested trail along the Myagdi river. On the way, you encounter some seasonal tea shop where you can take a brief stopover. With the grand vistas, you can enjoy the local tea. The trail offers various picturesque curves and exciting changes in the terrain as you walk towards the higher elevation.

For a few days, you’ll not see any human settlements as the trek continues in an isolated path. You can enjoy the solitude and experience some pure nature along the route. Now keep walking until you cross the rocky terrain and ascend to Lipsaba (Lipse). Passing through jungle areas, you’ll finally climb to Dobhan.

Overnight stay in Dobhan.

Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (2,820m/9,250ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek OR Day 08: Trek Dobhan Kharka to Choriban Camp (3110m) -5 to 6 hours

Passing from Dobang, you’ll set off to Sallaghari along with the dense jungle along the riverside of Myagdi Khola. You’ll spot a wooden bridge and cross it over the streams. Keep eyes and ears wide open in the forests; you might spot or hear the roaring of wild animals. Along the trail, you’ll pass through the pastures where sheep, goats, and cows are grazing. Afterward, the path has a steep climb and passes through several tricky landslide areas. Enjoy the views of a spectacular waterfall just before you reach Sallaghari.

Overnight stay in Sallaghari


After crossing a wooden bridge the trail gradually ascends through forests with the chirping melody of birds and some wildlife which enlivens our spirits. And soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Then we descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross a wooden bridge then continue to the east bank towards Chartare. The trail leads us through forests again, some rocky areas, and the across a stream to Choriban Khola Camp. We stay overnight tea house /tent.

  • Tented Camp/Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,110m
  • Trekking

Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,007ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek OR Day 09: Trek Choriban Khola Camp to Italian Base Camp (3660m) -6 to 7 hours

Back on the trail, you’ll head towards Italian Base Camp (IBC) by climbing uphill and walking through the thick jungle. Further, the path continues through lush vegetation on an undulating route. You’ll cross the terminal of the glacier. As you get close to Italian Base Camp, you’ll feel the differences in the climate as the temperature drops, and you’ll feel cold.

Similarly, you’ll notice changes in the landscape too. The treelines are diminished, and you’ll walk on terrain covered with heather and juniper bushes. Finally, after crossing a river a few more times, you reach Italian Base Camp. The views are breathtaking as you’ll be surrounded by enchanting massif snow-clad mountains, including Dhaulagiri I (8,172m/26,810ft).

Overnight stay in Italian Base Camp.


We have to walk slowly in order to acclimate to the altitude. The trail follows to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enters the glacier from the right side. From here, Tukche Peak (6837 m) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) which dominates the skyline to the right. After a while you will get to the Italian Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. It offers you breathtaking scenery of mountains; Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). We stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3,660m
  • Trekking

Day 10: Rest and Acclimatization Day: Hike around Italian Base Camp

The day will be free for acclimatization purposes and exploration of Italian Base Camp. You can opt to go for a short hike along the extended lateral moraine grassy area that runs from IBC to a small ice cave. You’ll get a very close-up view of the west face of Mt. Dhaulagiri. On the way up, you can even spot a large herd of blue sheep running through a rocky cliff. After exploring the camp area, you can return to camp and take a rest.

Overnight stay in Italian Base Camp.

Day 11: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp/ Japanese Camp (4,200m/13,780ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Magnificent mountains views will greet you early in the morning. You’ll leave IBC and follow the path that heads up a grassy slope behind the camp and reach the lip of the glacial moraine. After walking for a while on the tricky sloppy, and slippery trail, you reach Swiss Base Camp. From here, the path is easy to follow, and passing a steeper section of the lateral moraine, and you reach a flat land covered in large rocks. On the way to Glacier camp, you’ll also witness the Chhongardan Glacier with the astonishing mountain vistas of Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Manapathi peak, and Tsaurabong peak.

Overnight stay in Glacier Camp.

Day 12: Rest and Acclimatization Day: Hike around Glacier Camp

Today is another rest day for acclimatization purposes and to explore nature’s beauty around Glacier camp. In the early morning, you can hike around the glacier as you’ll witness an attractive waterfall coming down on the left side of the valley wall. As you approach further, you’ll see some small lakes covered by ice and snow. Later after exploring the surroundings, you can relax your body, conserve your energy, and adjust to the high altitude. This rest day will prepare you for your next day’s walk to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Overnight stay in Glacier Camp.

Day 13: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750m/15,590ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

This particular day is the major highlight of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek as you’ll hike to the base camp of the mighty Dhaulagiri massif. Once you leave the glacier camp, you’ll head steeply up the central moraine. As you continue, you’ll follow the natural direction of the curves of the glacier. An after few hours of walk, you’ll get a breathtaking panorama of Tukuche peak.

Afterward, the valley opens to a wide T-junction located between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche. From here, after a short distance hike, you reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp over the rocky terrain.

Once you reach the base camp, feel the surroundings and colorful prayers flags swayed in the light breeze. Relish an impressive view of the icefall that descends from the northeast col and massif Dhaulagiri range surrounding the base camp.

Overnight stay in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 14: Rest and Acclimatization Day: Hike around Dhaulagiri Base Camp

As you have already climbed more than 4,500m altitudes, it’s wise to spend a rest day around the base camp area. To avoid altitude mountain sickness, you can explore around the base camp. You can opt for a short climb just above the camp you’ll get a mesmerizing view of the Dhaulagiri Range. Also, you can just relax at your campsite and admire the mountain beauty. 

Overnight stay in Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 15: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,140m/16,870ft) via French Pass (5,360m/17,590ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

This is another day you have been waiting for all while on the trek. Today is one of the longest and challenging days in your Dhaulagiri Round Trek as you’ll cross one of the high mountain passes, i.e., French Pass. The top of the pass offers a dramatic 360-degree panoramic view of snow-clad mountain vistas. Some peaks you’ll witness are Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Dhampus peak, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang peak, Sita Chuchure, etc. After a quick stop, rejoicing the moment at French pass, you continue to walk and enter Hidden valley. Heading down on the steep trail, it is slippery underfoot- gravel, stone, snow, and loose dirt you will get into Hidden Valley.

Overnight stay in Hidden Valley.

Day 16: Exploration walk around Hidden Valley (5,140m/16,870ft)

After crossing challenging passes, you might get exhausted, so this day will help you to recover. Also, you can have several options to explore around the Hidden valley and adjust yourself to the high altitude. You can explore Hidden Valley with a short hike to a ridge on the north-western side of the valley. From this viewpoint, you’ll catch the dramatic sight of Hidden valley and mighty mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna. Likewise, you can also try to ascent Dhampus peak. For this climb, mountaineering experience is mandatory. However, the view from the top stretches from Dhaulagiri to the Annapurna range and into Mustang.

Note: If you would like to climb Dhampus Peak (6,012m/19730ft), you need to pay extra to cover the climbing permit cost and necessary climbing arrangements.

Overnight stay in Hidden Valley

Day 17: Trek from Hidden Valley to Alu Bari (3,900m/12,780ft) via Dhampus Pass (5,244m/17,200ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Leaving the dramatic Hidden Valley behind today, you head towards Alu Bari via Dhampus Pass. It is another exciting pass to cross during this circuit trek. After challenging uphill and downhill, climb on the steep trail you’ll make to Dhampus Pass. You can see the colorful prayer flags on the top of the pass. With the sensational view of Tukuche and Dhampus peak, you will also see the Annapurna range. After embracing the beauty of top white mountains, you’ll hike down to Alu Bari. In a final couple of hours, you’ll walk through a forested area and reach Alu Bari.

Overnight stay in Alu Bari.

Day 18: Trek from Alu Bari to Jomsom (2,670m/8,760ft - 4 to 5 hours trek

The very last day of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek goes through the forest of oak and pine. For bird lovers, these trail sections will be paradise. Right after you come out of the woods halfway through the trek, you witness small hamlets where the villager is involved in their farms.

Eventually, you’ll reach the Marpha village at 2,667m/8,750ft. The village is famous for its picturesque landscape and, most importantly, for its apple products. At the far end, you’ll witness the Dhaulagiri peak wishing you farewell before it vanishes on the horizon. After gaining some elevation, you arrive at the final stop for the day Jomsom. Later you can spend some time enjoying Thakali food and culture. You can reflect on the immensely challenging, long journey you have had for the past 17 days.

Overnight stay in Jomsom.

Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu- both 50 minutes flight OR Day 19: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) -25 minutes, relaxing Day

At first, catch an early flight to Pokhara. Enjoying the aerial view of the snow-clad peaks, you land at Pokhara. Then after completing airport formalities, you’ll again take a flight back to the capital, Kathmandu. After landing, you get back to the hotel. The rest of the time, either you can relax or stroll nearby places.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu


Early in the morning we fly to Pokhara by small aircraft while enjoying the majestic mountain views above the world’s deepest gorge. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing in the Pokhara hotel. If you are up for it, feel free to wander around the Lake Side city with its fascinating mountains panorama views and charming nature. Stay at Hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 950m
  • Flight

Day 20: Free Day in Kathmandu OR Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours

As the free day in Kathmandu, you can revive and rejuvenate yourself. Make the most of the day. Relax and rest your body after such a long weary trek. You can also opt for cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. There are many landmarks, such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath, that are worth visiting.

Boudhanath is the largest stupa, while Sywambhunath is famous as a monkey temple. Both places carry significant religious importance for both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. Moreover, Pashupatinath is a holy Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later, you can spend your evening on your own by doing some souvenir shopping for your loved ones back home.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.


We should be ready by 6:00 in morning in hotel lobby in order to have breakfast or seek advice from your trekking guide. We will drive back to Kathmandu through on the main road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, and high hills. It takes about 7 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested to fly from Pokhara to Katmandu (bear in mind the extra cost of the plane tickets) please request Friendship World Trek to book your flight ticket in advance. It takes about 30 minutes flying time with spectacular views of the Himalayas, high hills, terraces, local settlements, and forests. This can indeed make it worth flying.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • 1,350m
  • Drive

Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Time to say goodbye to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Depending upon your flight schedule, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport.

After completion of the trek, you may want to extend a couple of days extra in Nepal. You can explore and have a cultural tour of Kathmandu valley, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc. You can even extend the vacation and opt for traveling across our neighboring Himalayan countries such as Bhutan, India, and Tibet.


In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with you the memory of a life time.

  • Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport).
  • 3 night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during trek with Tea, coffee each meal.
  • High quality camping equipments quality North Face or Mountain Hardware or similar kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipments.
  • All meals and accommodation (tented camp and Tea House) entire trip.
  • All ground transportation during trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu and from Pokhara to Beni and trek ending point Jomsom to Pokhara by plane (Weight limit: 10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight).
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), TIMS (Trekkers Information System) Cards.
  • Warm down Jacket and Sleeping Bag for the trek.
  • Government license holder English Speaking experienced Local Guide with their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
  • A Porter (between 2 people) Each Porter carry Max.20 to 25 kg. Plus their food, accommodation, salary, insurance and equipments.
  • 1 Sherpa (assistance guide) if group size more than 10 people. Plus their food, accommodation, salary, insurance and equipments.
  • Duffle Bag during trek and first Aid medical kid.
  • Souvenir as Company’s T-shirt and Cap
  • Tourist service charge, vat, Governments Tax and official expanse if necessary.
  • Welcome and Fare well program after the end of trek

Price Excludes

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, dessert, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek.
  • Travel Insurance and evacuation (compulsory).
  • Tipping for crew and personal expenses like Shopping, souvenirs or gift.
  • Personal mountaineering gears and optional trips and sightseeing if extend.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Things which don’t mention above, in our services (Trip Cost Includes).
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
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