Dhaulagiri round trek

Dhaulagiri round trek is one of the popular camping trek in Nepal. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), itself the seventh highest mountain on the planet which rises over the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. It lies in mid western part of Nepal. It is one of the most popular but challenging trekking destination of Nepal. Mt. Dhaulagiri is not only popular among trekkers but it’ also popular among mountaineers. Dhaulagiri Mountain is separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki River. The Dhaulagiri trekking region is still remote and hence retains its natural and ancient cultural beauty. This region is rich in bio-diversity ranging from subtropical to alpine. Dhaulagiri round trek is home to multi-cultural heritage and home of Magars, Thakalis and Gurungs.

Day 1
Kathmandu to Beni (820m.) A scenic drive about 9 hours by public bus. Private drive takes about 7 hours, paying on extra charge.
Day 2
Beni to Babichaur (950m.) Dhaulagiri round trek starts here and we trek about 5 to 6 hours through local villages. Overnight camping.
Day 3
Babichaur to Darbang (1780m.) Trek about 6 to 7 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 4
Darbang to Khamla (2390m.) Trek about 6 to 7 hours along the Myagdi river. Overnight camping.
Day 5
Khamla to Bagora (2080m.) Trek about 6 to 7 hours, camp at top of hill for good view.
Day 6
Bagora to Dobang (2545m.) Trek about 6 to 7 hours in between the Dhaulagiri 1st and Dhaulagiri 2nd with spectacular views. Overnight camping.
Day 7
Dobang to Sallaghari(2890m.) Trek about 5 to 6 hours enjoying the beauty of the landscape. Overnight camping.
Day 8
Sallaghari to Italian Base camp (3660m.) Trek about 5 to 6 hours, away from human habitation. Overnight camping.
Day 9
Italian base camp to Japanese base camp (4225m.) Trek about 4 hours, with sightseeing excursion for acclimatization, crossing over the Swiss base camp.
Day 10
A day rest here and explore the area as a preparation for heading up the strenuous days to come.
Day 11
Japanese base camp to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750m.) Trek about 5 to 6 hours through the creaky ice of the glacier.
Day 12
Dhaulagiri B.C. to Hidden valley (4345m.) Trek about 5 to 6 hours crossing over French Pass (5360m.)
Day 13
Hidden valley to Elevation camp (4915m.) Trek about 7 to 9 hour. This is the hardest day of this trip crossing over Thapa pass or Dhampus pass (5244m.).
Day 14
Elevation camp to Yak Kharka (3880m.) Trek about 6 to 7 hours descending with views of Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges.
Day 15
Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2560m.) Trek about 5 hours through a more populated and touristy area.
Day 16
Tukuche to Ghansa.(2080m.) Trekking about 5 to 6 hours along the Kali Ganki ridge on the lap of Dhaulagi and Nilgiri.
Day 17
Ghansa to Tatopani (1189m.) Trek about 5 to 6 hours walking through the deepest gorge in the world.
Day 18
Tatopani to Shikha (1990m.) In the morning explore the hot spring and trek about 4 to 5 hours.
Day 19
Shikha to Ghorepani (2855m.) Trek about 4 to 5 hours ascending to the famous viewpoint at Ghorepani.
Day 20
Ghorepani to Hile (1480m.) Early morning visit to Poon hill’s top for the sunrise view and a last look at the long range of mountains. Trek continue about 5 hours all the way descending to Hile.
Day 21
Hile to Pokhara (900m.) Trek about 3 hours to Birethanti, and drive about an hour by private vehicle.
Day 22
Pokhara to Kathmandu: A pleasant scenic drive about 7 hours by tourist coach. Or you may take 30 minutes flight by paying extra cost.
Starting Point Beni
Ending Point Pokhara
Longitude 83° 15′ – 83° 48′
Latitude 28° 12′ – 28° 51′
Altitude Range 900m to 5244m
Difficulty Very Strenuous
Trek Types Camping / Tea house
Size of group Minimum 2 people


Dhaulagiri round trek is rewarded with the view of spectacular Himalayan peaks like Dhaulagiri first, Dhaulagiri second, butter fly peak, Tukuche peak, all Nilgiri Himalayan range, Annapurna Himalayan range and Fishtail mountain along with the panorama view of more than 12 mountains from the Poon Hill top on your way back to Pokhara. Flora-fauna, waterfalls, many species of birds, animals, dense forest etc. are the common sceneries during the trek. The round Dhaulagiri trek is known as high passes trekking trail in Nepal.

Dhaulagiri is a challenging trekking destination, which will reward you with the opportunity to camp on a glacier, Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750m), French Pass (5360m) the highest point of the trek. A hidden snow valley (after crossing French pass) gives you a heavenly paradise of the Himalaya that very few people manage to see and reach. The Dhampus Pass between Tukuche peak and Thapa peak is another heaven on this trip. Dhampus peak climbing is also popular activity in Dhaulagiri region.

Basically dhaulagiri trek required a minimum of 22 days. Some other options apart from the stated itinerary includes the end of this trek in Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. Normally, the Dhaulagiri trek starts from Beni and end at Pokhara.


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Dhaulagiri round trek

Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m)