Dhaulagiri Trek

Duration 19 Days Difficulty5,010m

Trip Highlights

Trekking in Dhaulagiri provides massive mountains range of Dhaulagiri consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks is magnificent. Trekking of the main paths is not only possible but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected. Geographically, it is a land of dramatic contrast.

Dhaulagiri Trek takes you on an exciting journey to the off-beaten paths near the Dhaulagiri massif. It encompasses some challenging trails with stunning views of the mountains and glaciers. Due to the rough terrain with lack of proper accommodation, the trek is one of the most difficult treks of Nepal.

The Glory of Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri Trek involves trekking around the Dhaulagiri Mountain Range traversing through some of the most remote parts of Nepal. Mt. Dhaulagiri, with a height of 8167 meters, is the sixth highest mountain in the world. We will also pass through and stay in the remote Magar and Sherpa villages. Reaching up to a height of 5360 meters at French Pass and 5234 meters at Dhampus Pass, it provides some stunning views of 23 snow-capped mountains. Along with Dhaulagiri, these are Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhampus, among others.

We begin our trek by driving to Beni. From there, we will pass through the villages of Dharapani, Muri, and Dobang before reaching the Italian Base Camp. We will then pass through the Glacier Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp which provide an amazing view of the Dhaulagiri Mountains. After proper acclimatization at the camps, we will cross the French Pass and Dhampus Pass. Then, after reaching Jomsom, we will take a flight back to Pokhara.

For the Adventure Seekers

You can do Dhaulagiri trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. Any other time, it is either too hot, too cold or too humid. We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout the trek.

Dhaulagiri Trek is certainly not for beginners and should not be tried if you’re not fit. As it mostly incorporates narrow off- beaten path and steep inclines, we only recommend this to adventurers who have trekked a few times.

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  • Duration 19 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Pokhara
  • Best time to visit Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Max-Altitude 5,010m
  • Difficulty Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges


You will meet our office representative at the airport who will pick you up in a cab and take you to your hotel. After freshening up, we will have a meeting where we will brief you about the tour. We will have dinner at a Nepali restaurant before going back to our hotel.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

After breakfast, we will head towards Beni as we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and further to the west. It is almost a 10-hour drive after which we will get to our hotel and have dinner.

We walk along the banks of Myagdi Khola and pass through the settlements at Beni Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani. After 7 hours of hike, we arrive at Babiyachaur.

We travel along a winding path on the mountainside as we come across the villages of Shahashradhara and Ratorunga. Hiking further through a twisted trail, we take a steep ascent to Dharapani.

After descending to Myagdi Khola, we will cross the river and climb uphill. We walk for a total of 5 hours before reaching the Magar village of Muri.

Crossing Dhora Khola, we start ascending and reach Ghorban Dhara. We continue along a steep slope before finally descending to the village of Bhaghar.

We walk across the terraced fields and pass the villages of Jyardan and Lipse. We hike further through a forest and pasture land to reach Dobang.

We cross the river and hike uphill through a fairly steep forest path. Walking further, we can notice that Mt. Dhaulagiri comes into sight. We reach the pine forest of Sallaghari, where we set up our camp.

We walk near the Chhonbarban Glacier as we cross bridges and traverse through forests. We then ascend along a steep trail to reach the Italian Base Camp.

We spend the acclimatizing and exploring the base camp.


We ascend through more challenging terrain as we traverse a rocky trail. We also cross two glaciers that originated from Dhaulagiri. After 5 hours of hike, we arrive at the Japanese Base Camp.

The altitude gradually increases, and we walk along a more difficult trail. After 4 hours of strenuous walk, we will be greeted with a stunning view at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

After carefully crossing some glaciers, we will climb further to reach the French Pass. We can see the Hidden valley from here where we descend to and spend the night.

We walk mostly downhill as we descend steeply to Yak Kharka.

From Yak Kharka, we will climb down to the famous village of Marpha. From there, we will continue north along the bank of Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom.

We take a 35-minute flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

It is a 7-hour bus journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.


  • Airport and hotel transfer by tourist car/jeep/van as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare inclusive airport taxes.
  • Both way Pokhara-Beni-Pokhara by bus drivers.
  • All the essential trekking permits and local taxes.
  • All the camping equipment such as a mattress, member tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and kitchen utensils etc.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
  • Highly experienced English speaking trekking guide.
  • Kitchen helpers and mules to carry your foods, luggage and camping gears.
  • Expert trekking cook who prepared continental, Indian and Chinese foods during the trek.
  • All trekking staffs insurance, wages, foods, accommodations, and equipment.
  • Full board meals while on the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Twin sharing or single tented camp accommodation while on the trek.
  • A first aid medical kit.
  • Company kit bag.
  • Farewell dinner party at typical Nepali restaurant after trip completion.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, and snack foods.
  • Travel insurance which included rescue Personal medical or evacuation expenses incurs and strongly recommend international.
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack.
  • Riding horse along the trek.
  • Extra night hotel due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu.
  • Tips to staffs.


  • Superb views of the majestic Dhaulagiri peak which is the seventh highest peak in the world.
  • French Pass (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,250m).
  • Scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Beni which goes along the bank of the river.
  • Cultural heritage sites tour in Kathmandu.

April to June & September to November.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveler’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants


  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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