Dhaulagiri Trek -16 Days

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Dhaulagiri Trekking 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.

Trip Duration 16 Days
Max Altitude Upto 5360m
Group Size 2 - 15
ARRIVAL ON Kathmandu Nepal
DEPARTURE FROM Kathmandu Nepal

Trip Overview

Dhaulagiri Trekking 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. Trekking around the giant Himalayan Peak Dhaulagiri (8th highest Himalayan Peaks of the world) is one of the most challenging treks.

Similarly, the trek goes through big challenging mountain passes, crossing over French pass (5360 meter) and Thapa Pass (5200 meter); It is a challenging walk on an icy track. The 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.

Trekking in this region means an exploration of the wild. Recently reopened this thrilling region shows its long kept secrets, like the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest Gorge in the world !! Dhaulagiri means “white mountain” though many mountains over the world have names which translate to white mountain, this is without doubt the most astonishing one.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Our Airport Representative transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle.
Max Altitude: 1345m/4412ft
Accommodation: 3 stars level hotel

Our Airport Representative transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle.

Day 02 After breakfast transfer domestic airport and flight to Pokhara then drive to Beni by car. Flight 30 minutes then drive by car 4 hours.
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 1020m/3345ft
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

After a leisurely breakfast, you will drive to the airport, where you will then fly to Pokhara
before driving to Beni (approx. 3 hours). We will be staying overnight at Beni.

Day 03 Beni to Dharapani. Walking 6 hours.
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 1470m/4822ft
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

You will traverse several Gurung and Chhetri villages as you stroll along the Myagdi Khola today, as well as a few suspension bridges. Additionally, the first vista of Mt. Dhaulagiri will be visible to the north.

Day 04 Dharapani to Muri. Walking 6 hours.
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 1850m/6068ft
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

From here, you can take a stroll through Takum and Sibang, two lovely traditional villages. To the west, you will have a good view of snow-capped mountains including Puta Hiunchuli and Gurja Himal. At Muri, there is a lovely Magar community settlement, where you will stay the night.

Day 05 Muri to Bagara. Walking 6 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 2085m/6838ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

You will go to the Muri Khola bridge from your lodge. You will gradually ascend to the north valley after crossing the bridge across the river by passing through several rice fields and farmhouses until you reach Boghara.

Day 06 Bagara to Doban. Walking 5:30 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 2520m/8265ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

You will travel a winding, narrow path today to reach the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. While walking through a nice woodland, you will pass various streams. Here you will be staying at a guesthouse or teahouse.

Day 07 Doban to Sallaghari. Walking 6 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 3010m/9872ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

After eating breakfast at Dobang, you will stroll through a forest filled with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, and rhododendrons before arriving at Sallaghari in the forest located on the east bank of the Myagdi Khola.

Day 08 Sallaghari to Italian BC. Walking 6:30 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 3660m/12005ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

After ascending to a grassy region on the moraine, you will reach your camp after passing through a delightful woodland of pine, rhododendron, and juniper. You may have a good view of Mt. Dhaulagiri from here. We will be saying at tented camps in the base camps.

Day 09 Italian BC to Japanese BC. Walking 6 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 4200m/13776ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

After breakfast at Italian BC, we will start our trek towards Japanese BC. Today you will walk following the glacier and impressive narrow gorges. We will be staying overnight at tented camp.

Day 10 Rest and Acclimatization
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 4200m/13776ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

You will travel on a day hike to a higher height and spend a few hours exploring the valley after breakfast. Remaining time you can relax and do some leisure activities you want.

Day 11 Japanese BC to Dhaulagiri BC. Walking 6 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 4740m/15547ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

You must navigate a lengthy glacier covered in moraines to get to Dhaulagiri Base camp; the terrain is rocky and treacherous. You may have a good view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himal from here. We will be staying overnight at tented camp.

Day 12 Dhaulagiri BC to Hidden valley via French col pass (5360m/ 17580ft). Walking 7 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 5140m/16860ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

After a pleasant breakfast, you will depart from your camp and climb to French Pass. You will rest for some time here to take pictures. The views of Tukuche Peak, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, and Mt. Dhaulagiri are breathtaking. Then you will begin to descend quickly while staring down into a valley that is hidden.

Day 13 Hidden valley to Yak kharka via Dhampus pass (5244m/ 17200ft). Walking 6 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 3680m/12070ft
Accommodation: Tented camp

You will gradually climb up to Dhampus Pass from Hidden Valley, where you can see a mesmerizing view of the Hidden Valley (really a hidden treasure!). You may also see breathtaking view of Mt Nilgiri and Mt Annapurna from the Pass. You will eventually arrive to Yak Kharka after descending left into the Kaligandaki river valley.

Day 14 Yak kharka to Jomsom . Walking 5:30 hours
Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Max Altitude: 2720m/8920ft
Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house

Today, you will make a steep descent to Marpha, a pleasant Thakali community with an attractive monastery and apple orchids, which is located on the bank of the Kaligandaki River.
You may go to Jomsom from here by following the Kaligandaki riverbank, which is in a short distance.

Day 15 Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
Max Altitude: 1345m/4412ft
Accommodation: 3 stars level hotel

From Jomsom you will take a scenic flight to Pokhara. And from there you will take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel where you can rest or roam around Thamel to toast yourself a successful trip.

Day 16 The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Driving 15 km – 10 minutes
Meal: Breakfast

The trip ends in this day as our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. We suggest you reach airport at least 2.30hrs ahead of your departure time.

What to expect?

Price Includes

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive breakfast at 3 stars level (1 night before trekking and 1 night after trekking).
  • Meals 3 times a day ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot drinks tea and coffee in trekking for you.
  • Accommodation tented camp & twin sharing private comfortable room in trekking.
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Toilet tent, kitchen equipment, mattress.
  • Dhaulagiri trekking Map.
  • Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu/ Pokhara/ Jomsom /Kathmandu via Pokhara, inclusive taxes.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable English Speaking Government license holder trekking guide and strong porter (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, and local tax for Guide and porter.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Trip achievement certificate.
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • All necessary paper works & Annapurna Conservation entry permit.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Price Excludes

  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner)
  • Drinks (cold, alcoholic & Mineral water) in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Trip Info

The trip to Dhaulagiri Trek starts from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni, the trek continues to Babiyachaour, Darbang, Takum, Muri, Boghara, Doban, Italian Base Camp, Dhaulagiri Base Camp. And, from Dhaulagiri Base Camp the trip continues to Hidden Valley crossing the French Pass. Then rest in Hidden Valley again, trek to Yak Kharka, cross the Thapa Pass and down to Tukuche.

Similarly, after Tukuche the trip continues toward Ghasa, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tikedhunga. Again trek to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara and to Kathmandu for the final departure.

TREKKING EQUIPMENTS, GEARS & SOME MEDICINES

We do recommend following equipment's for trekking and Hiking in Nepal.

  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Light balaclava
  • Warm wool hat
  • UV protection one Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries.

  • Tshirts
  • Shirts
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Thermal Vest
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Pullover
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Waterproof outer jacket
  • Rain Coat
  • Hand wear
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens or gloves.

  • Long Under Wear
  • Short Under Wear
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
  • Warm Trousers
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Lightweight thermal trouser
  • Fleece pants
  • Cotton paints

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Walking boots with ankle support
  • Trainers or trail shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Micro spikes

  • Camera and Accessories
  • Phone
  • Power Bank
  • Solar Panel
  • Travel Adapter

  • Book
  • Playing Cards/Games
  • Journal and Pen
  • Snacks and Specialist Food

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Pocket Hand Warmers
  • Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid

  • Passport and Copy
  • Travel Insurance Details
  • Trekking Permit(s)
  • Waterproof Document Wallet
  • Cash

  • Guide will take a group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as
  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Blister treatment
  • Rehydration powder
  • Analgesics (Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diamox

  • Duffel Bag or Suitcase
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel

Valuable information

Q. Do you provide any gears for trekking?

A. Yes, we do provide roughly 65 liters one duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use for trekking without extra charge, if you do not have.

Q. Can I rent or buy gears in Kathmandu?

A. You can buy or rent trekking boots and rest of the gears, you need to need to buy.

Q. How much weight does porter carries?

A. We do provide one porter between 2 trekkers. One porter carries 25 to 30 kg respectively.

Q. How much weight does airplane allow to Lukla?

A. Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. It allows 15kg per passenger, including had bag.

Q. Can I take some more gears for paying extra charge?

A. It is hard but some time, they do allow 2 to 3 kg with paying extra charge US$ 2 per kg

Q. When Should I pack my gears?

A. You will have pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu that night you pack trekking gears.

Q. What equipment should I carry at Daypack?

A. Most of our day packs have a capacity of roughly 20 to 24 liters. You need to carry only day use things like water bottle, light jackets, some extra shocks, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, light glove, scarf, toilet paper, and small towel, camera, some personal medical, Sunscreen, Passport, money, camera, trekking poles and some snacks. Rest of the gears will be carried by porter.

Q. Can I store suitcase and other unnecessary gears in hotel in Kathmandu or at your office?

A. Yes, you can store either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office without extra charge.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please inquire with them.

  •  USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
  • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
  • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
  • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
  • India: ICICI Lombard

 ALTITUDE AND TEMPERATURE IN NEPAL

Altitude (in meter) & Temperature (in degree Celsius) in Nepal over 2000m/6056ft. Trekking areas are only situated over 2000meter in Nepal.

Altitude Spring Summer Autumn Winter
March, April, May June, July, Aug Sept., Oct,  Nov Dec, Jan, Feb
Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min.
2000m -2500m 27 5 29  9 25 2 20 -2
3000m – 3500m 12 -5 20 -1 17 -2 14 -7
4000m – 4500m 10  -7 14 -3 12 -7 7 -10
4500m- 5500m 9 -10 12 -5 10 -15 5  -20

Map & Elevation

Frequently Asked Questions

The best time to do the Dhaulagiri Trek is during the spring and autumn season. During this time of the year the weather is stable and you can travel in the clear sky. You will get a wonderful view of the surroundings. In addition, if you travel here during the autumn season you will experience the biggest festival of the country

The Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the easiest treks in Nepal however, you should consider some of the challenges during the Dhaulagiri Trek. Some of them are listed below.

  • Weather Condition and Temperature
  • The route you have chosen for climbing
  • Physical Fitness
  • Sometimes, High Altitude Sickness
  • The distance you covered in the whole trip.
  • Clothing and Equipment

The essentials that you should carry on the Dhaulagiri Trek are listed below

  • Jackets (Fiber or down).
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood or poncho.
  • Tracksuit.
  • Track shoes
  •  Pair of Trousers
  • Thermal Underwear and Thermal coat
  • 2 pairs of loose-fitting long shorts/ skirts
  • Pair of sandals
  • Pair of GLoves
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Trekking Sticks.
  • Long-sleeved shirt.
  • Towel and Hankies.
  • Lightweight walking boots
  • 2 pairs of thin socks and 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • Woolen hat.
  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
  • 2-4 plastic bags 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose of garbage.
  • Daypack bag to carry your personal requirements.
  • Water Bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Quick Dry Towels
  • Headlamp, Torch, Candles
  • Matches / Lighters
  • Binocular, Camera, trekking map and compass, Knife, reading materials, pencil, rubber, pen and notebook, lip guard

The Dhaulagiri Trek is 21 days long.

Dhaulagiri Trek has easy, moderate, and rewarding trekking routes that you can enjoy on your journey. The level of fitness also depends on the route you choose. A simple trek explores hill trails that are smooth and do not require long trekking times. These can be done by anyone. Moderate treks include even crossing difficult trails and high-altitude paths. These require a person to be in good physical condition. It also includes a long walking time of about 5-6 hours on average. Finally, the fierce ones require trekking expertise and mental toughness. The trail crosses 5000 meters, so it needs to be in good shape.

During your trek, electricity is available to recharge your laptops, iPads, and phones from micro-hydropower and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail.At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases as you go higher up the altitude.

One can find the perfect climate for this trek during the autumn and spring season. However, you will find perfect weather during the monsoon seasons as well. If you decide to do trekking here during this time of the year then you will be able to travel with clear visibility and you can enjoy your time there. Similarly, you are going to travel very high altitudes during the trek. Additionally, making sure you do it at a perfect time can double your experience and have fun. Likewise, if you travel here during this season then you will be able to travel in a clear sky. In addition, during this time of the year, the weather is very pleasant and warm. But, it gets cold at night. Also, it can probably show above 5000m altitudes. However, the climate of the Himalayas is unstable. It is usually warm during the day and cold during the night.

The safety and security of our visitors are the utmost priority to us. So, you don’t have to worry about anything. In addition, we continuously check our trekking routes before we embark on our journey.

The trip to Dhaulagiri Trek starts from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni, the trek continues to Babiyachaour, Darbang, Takum, Muri, Boghara, Doban, Italian Base Camp, Dhaulagiri Base Camp. And, from Dhaulagiri Base Camp the trip continues to Hidden Valley crossing the French Pass. Then rest in Hidden Valley again trek to Yak Kharka cross the Thapa Pass and down to Tukuche.Similarly, after Tukuche the trip continues toward Ghasa, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tikedhunga. Again trek to Nayapul, then drive to Pokhara and to Kathmandu for the final departure.

Reviews

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 26 reviews
Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
Sandeep Dasgupta
Sandeep Dasgupta
2023-09-30
I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
Andrey Oktyabrev
Andrey Oktyabrev
2023-05-29
I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
Sylvia Schillings
Sylvia Schillings
2023-05-29
Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
DaveBessie Parsnick
DaveBessie Parsnick
2023-05-22
I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
Rachel Glaysher
Rachel Glaysher
2023-05-19
Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
Marc Ferrari
Marc Ferrari
2023-05-18
As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
Josiah Ng
Josiah Ng
2023-05-16
We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel
2023-05-16
Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
Guru Motgi
Guru Motgi
2023-05-06
I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
Janice Cheng
Janice Cheng
2023-05-06