Dhaulagiri 8,167m – the 7th highest mountain in the world – means the “white mountain”. This is a strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal.
Dhaulagiri trekking routes start after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandi to Beni, from Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babichour, Dorbang and Darapani to Muri, from where you head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills. From Muri, you head north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north you skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available. Head north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360m), between Tukche Peak (6,920m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Heading east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250m), between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m) from where you begin your descent, heading south-east to Alubari. From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then heads north to Jomsom from where you fly back to Pokhara.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your Guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
As you arrive to TIA Airport, Nepal you will be received by Sherpa Himalayan representative and you will be taken to three star hotel in Kathmandu. You will have facility of bed and breakfast.
Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek
Drive to Beni (850m) by bus, 6-8 hours
We will travel to Beni via a standard tourist coach. We will enjoy the road side scenes and landscapes. The drive is about 8 hours and the road is smooth and black topped. The trip is sure to provide us with nice views along the way. Lunch on the way. Beni is the district headquarters and business center of the district. The town is at the junction of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at tented camps.
Drive to Dharbang (950m), 4-5 hours
Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek will head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail will then make a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Dharbangr. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek to Dharapani (1,400m), 6-7 hours
We will start our trek towards Dharapani. We will follow trail that will lead us via glorious mountains and vegetation that we will not find at any other place. We will encounter ancient vilages and get to know village way of life, which is tough. Overnight stay at Dharapani.
Trek to Gurung Gaon (1,850m), 5-6 hours
On this day we will travel to Gurung Gaon from Dharapani. This trek will be along a standard trail which is preexisting. The trail will take us to Gurung Gaon while we pass via villages and majestic landscapes. Along the way we will cross few waterfalls and cross a suspension bridge on a river. This trail is perfect for trekking and there are tea houses and shops as well. Overnight at tent camp.
Trek to Boghara (2,080m), 4-6 hours
We will start by descending and crossing a stream. We will then continue further through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where we can see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465m). We will descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where we will climb uphill before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then we will descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2,080m). Overnight at tented camps.
Boghara to Sallaghari (2,520m), 4-5 hours
The trail will first descend through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path will crosse a rocky area. We will then descend before climbing again to Lipshe where there will be only one single hut. The trail will continue ahead through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climb to the level area at Sallaghari. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,660m), 6-7 hours
We will start our uphill trek from Sallaghari towards Italy Base Camp. The trail portrays pastures, juniper trees along will gradual elevation. Our route will cross few villages and will lead us to grazing meadows of horses and yaks. We will take every measure to ensure that every member is safe from altitude sickness. We will follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and then we will enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6,837m) will be visible straight ahead; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) will dominate the skyline to our right. After a short hike we will reach Italian Base Camp (3,660m), which is also the site of our camp for the night. To the west, there will be the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). Overnight at tented camps.
Acclimatization and rest day
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. Overnight at the base camp.
Trek to the Japanese Camp (4,210m), 4-6 hours
We will wake up early in the morning and start our trek when the weather is expected to be clear. The trail is prone to stone fall, which will passes through a narrow gorge so we must be very careful and follow guide’s command. We will stay overnight near at glacier at tented camps.
Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m), 6-7 hours
We will trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp while crossing the Dudh Koshi River. This trail will take us to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This trail is technical so we must follow the team guide’s command as he will be the experienced one. This is a relatively short trek to find some spare time to rest as well. We will spend the rest of the day for acclimatization. Overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Cross the French Pass (5,360m), then trek to the Hidden Valley (5,200m), 5-6 hours
After the glacier we will climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine we will enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. We will then climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360m). A great vista will be waiting us from the French Pass and we will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m), all of which will be surrounding the Hidden Valley. To the south there will be Tukche Peak (6,920m) and beyond will be the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From the French Pass we will continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley as we descend down losing some altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m). Overnight at tented camps.
Cross Dhampus pass (5,200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 4-6 hours
We will start our downhill trek from base camp towards Yak Kharka. The trail is rich for heavy vegetation and awesome scenic landscapes. All along the route we will come across with viewpoints perfect to view surrounding mountains and villages. We will take every measure to ensure that every member is safe from altitude sickness. We will stay overnight at Yar Kharka.
Yak Kharka to Marpha Village (2900m), 3-4 hours
After breakfast we will travel towards Marpha. Marpha is a beautiful village well famous for golden apples and alcohol made from apple. The trail will be along a sandy trail and we will encounter old deserted village. This trail is a classic trekking route. At evening, we will explore local Marpha valley and toast on some marpha drink. Overnight at Marpha.
Trek to Jomsom (2,710m), 4-5 hours
Jomsom will be our destination for this day. It will be a downhill trek which is fairly easy. Although this trip is easy we must maintain command of hierarchy devised by the guide to ensure safety. We will cross a river with suspension bridge and reach Jomsom. Jomsom is famous for fierce blowing wind after noon time. Jomsom’s air traffic is affected by such winds so there is no possibility of flight after 12 pm. We will stay overnight at Jomsom and explore local area on evening.
Morning flight to Pokhara - 30 mins
We will fly back to Pokhara via early flight. After reaching Pokhara, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Pokhara and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-8 hours
We will start our road trip early morning or we shall fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Flight will cost you supplement money. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Free Day in Kathmadnu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day.Today you will be invited by Sherpa Himalaya for Last Day Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost