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Dhaulagiri Round Trekking

Duration: 15 Days
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,360m.
  • Accommodation: Lodge and Camping
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Trekkers
  • Trip Grade: Moderate/Adventure
  • Meals: Breakfast at City; Full Board of Meals on Trek
  • Activities: Cultural tour - scenic drive and trekking.
  • Best Time: April to June and September to mid December months.
  • Start / Ending: Pokhara to Pokhara

‘From warm paddy fields to cooler alpine zone and towards remorseless ice and glaciers’


  • Around unique and exclusive Nepal Far North West Himalaya in complete wilderness
  • On the least trekked trails in the heart of massive Dhaulagiri Himal range of peaks
  • Exploring remote villages of immense old culture and traditions in the harmony of nature
  • The crossing of high scenic passes with overloaded adventure towards Hidden Valley
  • Scenic walks with daily super views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya


Around Dhaulagiri an overwhelming trek with overloaded adventure where it takes you from low warm sub-tropical to cooler temperature on the high green hills filled with lovely forest of rhododendron-pines-oaks and firs tree lines, and soon as the walk progress reaching to a remote and isolated areas within arctic zone of remorseless ice fields and glaciers in the heart of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Beside incredible daily views of giant mountains and glaciers the green alpine forest is totally captivating as you will be walking through tall rhododendron-pines-magnolia-birch-oaks and fir tree lines and soon fades as you enter arctic zone enclosed within range of peaks at Dhaulagiri base camp and beyond towards hidden valley after crossing the highest pass of the adventure at French pass above 5,360 m high with tremendous panorama of surrounding peaks. Starting our adventure Around Dhaulagiri Trekking with an interesting drive to scenic Pokhara, a famous touristic spot in all Himalaya regions, blessed with natural beauty of mountains-green hills and serene lakes.

From Pokhara our journey leads beyond far west to reach Beni town and towards rural farm village of Darbhang by the raging glacial Myagdi River, walk begins heading towards isolated villages and farm entering deeply forested areas, and finally reaching our main highlight and destination at Dhaulagiri base camp. After an exciting and memorable time at base camp heading towards Kali Gandaki River valley at Marpha a charming village with whitewashed houses and lodges, famous for delicious apples and its products. From Mustang areas of Marpha – Kalopani – Ghasa journey leads back into warmer areas back at Beni town where this fascinating and wonderful Around Dhaulagiri Trekking completes with a drive back at picturesque Pokhara.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:Drive or fly to Pokhara 860 m

Day 03:Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.

Day 04:Trek to Riverside 1,700 m – 04 hrs.

Day 05:Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.

Day 06:Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.

Day 07:Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.

Day 08:Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.

Day 09:Cross Tsho-la 5,368m and descend to Dzongla 4,850m – 08 hrs.

Day 10:Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.

Day 11:At Hidden Valley (contingency and spare day).

Day 12:Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m – 05 hrs.

Day 13:Trek to Marpha 2, 670 – 04 hours.

Day 14:Trek to Lete 2,480m – 06 hrs.

Day 15:Trek to Tatopani 1,190m – 06 hrs.

Day 16:Drive to Pokhara via Beni town – 05 hrs.

Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels

Day 18:International departure for homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambiance and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.

(M Hotel or equivalent)

Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with the afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

From Pokhara, our journey continues with the morning drive to Beni town and beyond to a farm town at Darbang after driving past Kusma and Beni town and following Mygdi River all along to reach Darbang, a busy market village and a starting point of Dhaulagiri- Churen Himal, Dhorpatan and Dolpo trekking. Darbang a small farm village slowly turning into a town, after the motor road has been completed from Beni and Pokhara, at Darbang for overnight stop by the Mygdi River in a local simple lodge.

The first day of this adventure starts walking past farm villages and then on the pleasant trail along Myagdi River, following the Myagdi River right to its glacier source at Dhaulagiri base camp. After a good walk reaching our first overnight camp by the river, afternoon at leisure with rest or enjoy the cool river.

Morning walk follows the river reaching a farm village of Jugepani for lunch stop, afternoon climb above a ridge and then descend through forest to camp at Bagar, a farm village, Bagar the last village till our walk joins at Marpha village.

On leaving the last of farm fields at Bagar village walk into the forest for an hour and then a climb into forested area of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees. After climb then descends to reach at Dovan for overnight camp, Dovan a small temporary settlement with small teahouse and shops.

From Dovan morning walk leads to an unstable wooden bridge over a stream at a confluence of Mygdi river, after crossing walking into the forest all the way to overnight stop at Chartare also called Bhainse Kharka.

After overnight in the middle of dense forest, today walk leads to complete wilderness on leaving the vegetation and tree lines for few days. Morning walk leads closer to Mt. Dhaulagiri South Face flank, with views of Putha chuli, Manapathi and Dhaulagiri south flank, after good hours of walk reaching a glaciated area on a clearing named as Italian camp.

From here adventure begins as the walk leads on the glacier, moraine with a climb over the rocky ridge to reach Pakhaban also called Japanese camp. This camp offers super views of South West Face of Dhaulagiri and Manapathi, Puttha Hiunchuli with huge ice wall of Tsaurabong Peak.

Morning walk follows moraine and iceberg in some section, this morning climb needs a good teamwork with guides, porters and fellow members to be on right side of the trail over glaciated sections. After a tough walk over glacial section reaching a rocky open area around Dhaulagiri where base camp is located.

Overnight camp at base camp the highlight of this adventure  with closest view of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 m, includes view of tumbling icefalls, glacier and Tukuche peak with West peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.) and Dhaulagiri IV  (7,618 m.).

From this unique and wonderful campsite morning walk leads to the highest point of the adventure over French pass at 5,360 meters. After the high pass, a short descend to reach a wide grassy meadow a huge field at hidden valley for overnight camp. Offering views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang 5,386 meters, Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I.

Today a rest and spare or contingency day in case of bad weather condition including physical conditions of members, staff and porters. If all goes well we can carry on to next camp to a more safe and nice area to make the next day shorter towards Pokhara. On this day if are not moving just relax and enjoy the views and explore on this least trekked area around Hidden Valley.

After a pleasant rest, morning starts on a gentle path for few hours to reach the last pass of this adventure at Thapa also called Dhampus pass with 5,250 meters high.
On reaching the pass with grand rare views of Annapurna Himal, Nilgiris peaks, and then our walk descends to Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back into the green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.

Morning walk with long descends back into villages, after being in the complete wilderness for past few days. Downhill walk into the forest of firs, pines and rhododendron trees, after few hours of easy, descend reaching at one of the charming villages at Marpha where all houses are painted white, this gem of a village with an interesting monastery.

Marpha located in lower Mustang district around the Kaligandaki river valley, this area famous for delicious apples and the product like cider, brandy local brew, juices, dry apples, and apricot fruits. Enjoy the afternoon in the comfort of nice lodges and explore this beautiful village.

From Marpha an enjoyable walk following Kaligandaki river downstream, reaching Tukuche village, beneath Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with Mt. Nilgiris, from here back into tree line of pines, oaks, and rhododendron, and then to a nice Kalapani village, after a short stop walk to another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

From Lete onwards leads to the dramatic change in landscapes, walking between two high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna forming world deepest gorge.

From Ghasa village a southern end of Mustang area, dominated by Thakali people and then heading at Tatopani (Hot Spring) village with sub-tropic climate.  Tatopani another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

After a grand adventure Around Dhaulagiri and crossing high passes with an enjoyable stop at Tatopani with hot-spring, morning drive back to scenic Pokhara via Beni, where Around Dhaulagiri complete circuit ends in Beni and at Pokhara with last overnight stop by the serene lake Phewa.

Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting time Around Dhaulagiri trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back to Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.

(By Air options from Pokhara to Kathmandu taking 30 mins of scenic flight

Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories on Around Dhaulagiri Trekking around great North Mid-West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for an international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop service
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All food and lodging during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Either drive or domestic flight in (Ktm – Pkr- Ktm). With other driving fares such as drive from Pokhara to Beni and back from Naya Pul to Pokhara
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with the max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, food and insurance
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • First aid medical box
  • Trekking gears like the sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary
  •  Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses


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Client Reviews

Lorraine Morgan

Trip Name: Short Poon Hill Trek

Booked this trek from the comfort at home in the UK. Communication with Dil was brilliant, his response to all my emails were quick and courteous. He tailored the trek around us, as a small group of 4 adults ranging in age from 29 to 69 (who was still recovering from an ACL op last May). His pace was brilliant for our group.

Dil arranged to meet us in our hotel in Kathmandu and talked us through the trek, bringing maps, holdalls and T-Shirts.

The trek was for 3 nights, 4 days staying in good, clean lodges. All was included except our drinks.

We experienced trekking in glorious sunshine up to Poon Hill. There was still snow on the ground and Dil provided the group with crampons, which made walking easier and safer.

Our trek started and ended in Pokhara. Dil and his team collected us from our hotel in Pokhara promptly at the time agreed.

Dil and the porters were brilliant, the porters were more than porters and made our trek even more enjoyable. We felt totally safe and Dil was an excellent guide. The scenery was spectacular.

Would certainly use Awesome Nepal Treks again as Dil arranges trips to Tibet and Bhutan.

Ryan Schult

Subject: Thanks for a great trek
Message: We have just completed a 15 day Himalayan trek with Awesome Nepal Treks and it could not have been better! The trek was very well organized, had excellent food and accommodation, there was no problems whatsoever and our guide Dil was a very informative, well-spoken and absolutely entertaining guy. The whole experience was amazing and I would strongly recommend Awesome Nepal Treks to anyone who wants a great, enjoyable, hassle-free trip.

Derek Manhas

Subject: Humbling & Surreal Experience

My cousin and I traveled to Nepal in 2011 and completed the Everest Basecamp Trek with our guide Dil Thapa.
Dil absolutely made sure this trek would far exceed my expectations and I am grateful for the time we shared together in Nepal.
There are an endless amount of photos and videos online for us to see the natural beauty of Nepal before arriving there. The greatest compliment I can give Nepal (more specifically, Dil Thapa) is this, the beauty of Nepal is its people first and foremost.