Trekking around Dhaulagiri, Himalaya

Mountain: Dhaulagiri (8 167 m / 26 795 ft)
Activity type: Hiking
Activity level: Challenging
Elevation: 5 360 m / 17 585 ft
Duration: 12 Day(s)
Expenses: from$ 1 500
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Route Name:
Trekking around Dhaulagiri, Dhaulagiri Circuit, Dhaulagiri trek, Around Dhaulagiri trek, Треккинг вокруг Дхаулагири
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Type of Climb:
Asia, Nepal: (Western Region)
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First Ascent:
12 Day(s)
Max. Elevation:
5 360m / 17 585 ft
Vertical Gain:
4 530m / 14 862 ft
105km / 65 miles
Climbing Season(s):
01 Mar-31 May;
01 Sep-30 Nov;
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Asia, Nepal: (Western Region)
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Location: Nepal

Price: $760
17 Day(s)

Activity type:Trekking

Difficulty: Moderate

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Location: Nepal

Price: $899
13 Day(s)

Activity type:Hiking

Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate

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Location: Nepal

Price: $1197
13 Day(s)

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Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate

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    This route is not as popular as other classic routes in Annapurna area, therefore you won't be walking surrounded by other hikers and you'll be able to feel yourself closer to the nature. From rice fields, dense forests and nice villages you'll get to rocks, glaciers, moraines and snow fields. You'll spend your nights in tents and will experience a real life of a mountaineer. You'll walk through two high passes and the Hidden valley above 5000 m. Charming views of high mountains and snow peaks (especially Dhaulagiri I, 8167) will make this trek unforgetable.
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    The distance of this route is about 105 km. It takes 11-12 days. The overnight stays along the most part of theroute are in tents. The 4-days food supply is a minimum. This route combines gentle walking along nice trails through fields anf forests with hiking in highlands by glaciers and smow fields. The altitude change is from 830 m (Beni) to 5360 m (the French Pass). It's possible that you spend 2-4 nights over 4500 m. During the high part strong wind can blow and the temperature can low till -25 °C There is also one passage on the route that can be quite tricky and dangerous (faint trail, falling stones).
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    To reach Beni you can take a local bus or a taxi from Pokhara. Local bus goes for 4-5 hours and departs every hour from Baglung staion.
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    It's necessary to have Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and TIMS Card. Entry Permit you can get in Kathmandu (Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, open hours 9 - 17), Pokhara (Nepal Tourism Board, Tourist Service Centre, Pardi Damside, open hours 10 - 17). You'll need 2 passport size photographs, a photo-copy of passport, form filled in, health insurance policy information. This Entry Permit is valid for single entry only and must be carried during the entire trip. Period of staying in the area is not defined. TIMS Card you can also get in NTB of Kathmandu and Pokhara. You'll need 2 passport size photographs and a photo-copy of passport. You have to pay fees for both Entry Permit and TIMS Card.
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    This route is more challenging than classic tea-house trekkings. It requires good fit and some previous trekking/mountaineering experience, including living in a tent and hiking in highland. In specific circumstances some special techniques (using crampons, ice-axe, rope) may be useful.
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    Cellular Network: Yes (Logistics)

    Mobile Internet: No (There is cell coverage in the beginning and in the end of this route.)

    The main trail on this route is marked, however sometimes there can be difficulties in finding the way, so it's recommended to have a map (be careful, because some maps have mistakes) and some skills of orientation (especially if you go by yourself, without a guide). There two ways between Darwang and Naura - on the opposite sides of the Myagdi river. The trail on the right bank via Muri is considered to be more spectacular, but there are some ups and downs on it. The trail on the left side via Khamla is flatter. After the Italian Base Camp there is a steep descent to the river and then a steep ascent on the opposite side and a passage of a trail, that can be quite tricky, crossing a steep slope. This part is marked as dangerous in the maps. There can be stones falling and snow clouds from avalanches can get there as well. It's better to pass this part early in the morning and be extra careful on it. Sometimes you even need a rope to go down fast and safe. In the Dhaulagiri Base Camp and in the Hidden valley can blow strong winds during the night and in the morning. It's important to put the tents right and securely. The night temperature there can low till - 25 °C The snow can also cause some difficulties while hiking around 5000 m. In the area of the Dhampus pass the sudden whiteouts are possible. And the final challenge of the route is the long and steep descent to te Kali Gandaki valley (toward Marpha).

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    Base Camp Elevation: 830 m / 2 723 ft
    Summit Camp Elevation: Please update
    Accommodation in Base Camp: Both - huts and tents
    Accommodation above Base Camp: Huts only
    Number of Camps: 10
    Avg. Cost: 1 500 USD
    Age Restrictions: 0
    Soloing: Yes
    Descent Route: Same
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    Name (Elevation) Description
    830 m / 2 723 tf
    Beni (the atarting point of this trek) is situated at hte junction of the rivers Kali Gandaki and Myagdi Kola. Along the last will pass most of the trek. There are a lot of shops and tea-houses in Beni, as well as hospital, bank and police station.
    925 m / 3 035 tf
    In this village you can stay for a night or have a lunch. There are temple, hot springs (its name is translated as "hot water"). post office and checkpoint.
    1 180 m / 3 871 tf
    This is rather big village with post office, medicine center, ACAP checkpoint, shops and a small temple. Here you can stay in a guesthouse or have a lunch.
    1 470 m / 4 823 tf
    This a small village where you can spend a night or have a lunch.
    1 850 m / 6 070 tf
    In this small village you can spend a night in a guesthouse or put a tent not far from the village.
    2 080 m / 6 824 tf
    This is the last village on this side. There are guesthouses and a camp site with two huts, sheds and places for tents.
    2 520 m / 8 268 tf
    This is not a village but a haven in the middle of a meadow. You can sleep under a roof or put a tent. You can order a meal.
    Italian Base Camp
    3 660 m / 12 008 tf
    There is a refuge and places for tents are large and well maintained.
    Glacier Camp
    4 175 m / 13 698 tf
    It is made up of locations surrounded by small stone walls. There are also baskets that serve as trash.
    Dhaulagiri Base Camp
    4 770 m / 15 650 tf
    The base camp is located on the glacier. There can be several areas with places for tents between 4600 m and 4700 m. It's better to stay in the higher one.
    The French Pass
    5 360 m / 17 585 tf
    This pass is covered with snow. The southwest slope is quite steep, and the northeast one is gentle. The seddle is big and flat with a cairn and some prayer flags. This pass is the way between the valley of Myagdi Kola river and the Hidden Valley.
    The Hidden Valley
    5 100 m / 16 732 tf
    This is an uninhabited valley almost bare with winds blowing most of the time and very cold night temperatures.
    The Dhampus Pass
    5 255 m / 17 241 tf
    This pass is covered with snow. From the northwest the trail goes through snowfields with gentle ascent. And from the southeast side the trail crosses a steep snow slope. On the seddle there are cairn and prayer flags.
    Yak Kharka
    3 680 m / 12 074 tf
    There are plaves for tents near few huts and fields of summer pastures.
    2 700 m / 8 858 tf
    Marpha is one of the places should not miss and you could have some very nice hours exploring it. Here you can find internet, safe drinking water station and money changer.
    2 720 m / 8 924 tf
    There is new and old parts of the village. There are a lot of lodges, ACAP office, Police check post, safe drinking water station, internet and the airport).
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    The highest point of the trek around Dhaulagiri is the French Pass (5360 m). It is called so in honor of a french mountaineer Maurice Herzog. His expedition in 1950 was first to see the Hidden Valley from this pass. They were exploring this area looking for a possible route to the Dhaulagiri I (8167 m).   ... Read more
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Day 1

Beni – Tatopani / Babiyachaur. On your way from Beni to Tatopani you cross a lot of villages and rice fields. The trail goes along the road first, but then joins it. You can continue till Babiyachaur, if you have enough time.

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Day 2

Tatopani – Dharapani. The dirty road continues till Darbang. You can reach it with a local bus, if you'd like. It will save 1,5-2 days of trekking. In Darbang there is an ACAP checkpoint. After Darbang the valley turns to the North. The trail on the right bank of the river goes with ups and downs. There is an alternative flatter trail on the left bank of the river. These trails meet in Naura.

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Day 3

Dharapani – Muri. The trail is very good. In the end there is a descent (about 400 m) to cross the river Dara Khola, and then rather steep ascent (the same 400 m) to the level of Muri.

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Day 4

Muri – Boghara. First an uncomfortable descent through the rice fields to cross Muri Khola. Then a steep ascent. These trails can be very slippery in rainy weather. Then till Naura the trail goes along the Myagdi Khola through the forest. And after Naura there is a gentle ascent till Boghara.

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Day 5

Boghara – Dobang. The trail is passing through the forest. It can be muddy in rainy weather. There is a path carved into the rock. It's quite wide and is not a problem. However it can be very slippery if wet. Dobang is a haven, not a village. You can get here a meal during the season.

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Day 6

Dobang – Italian base camp. The trails goes gently up through the forest. It can be muddy. After Choriban (a refuge where you can order some meal) the trail goes up from the river Myagdi Khola and then crosses the steep slope with bamboo forest to the Italian base camp.

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Day 7

Acclimation day at Italian base camp.

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Day 8

Italian base camp – Glacier base camp. There is a tricky passage after the Italian BC: steep descent, then steep ascent on the opposite side and crossing the steep slope by a narrow path. This part can be dangerous of falling stones, not stable path and snow clouds from near avalanches. It's better to walk through it early in the morning. Then the trail goes on the bottom of the gorge and then goes to the glacier which is covered with stones and rubble, and leads ti tje Glacier BC. It is on the left of the path and it is made up of locations surrounded by small stone walls. There are also baskets that serve as trash.

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Day 9

Glacier base camp – Dhaulagiri base camp. The clearly visible path goes exclusively on the glacier that is still covered with rubble and stones and leads to the Dhaulagiri BC at 4700 m. It is clearly identifiable through the baskets and stone places arranged.

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Day 10

Dhaulagiri base camp - the French Pass – Hidden valley. First the trail continues by the glacier, then does up to the ledge, croses the snow field and leads to a short but steep ascent to the seddle of the French pass. It can be really difficult because of the snow. Decent from the pass by the glacier is not a problem. The night temperature in the Hidden valley can low to -25 °С.

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Day 11

Hidden valley - the Dhampus Pass – Yak Kharka. The path to the Dhampus Pass is markes with cairns, but still iy can be tricky to find it and the best way to the pass. The ascent is gentle and can be snowy. The descent is rather steep, first along snowy slopes. The the trail leads to rubble slopes, and then goes down and can be lost in the maze of yak trails.

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Day 12

Yak Kharka – Marpha - Jomsom. A very steep and long descent to Kali Gandaki valley. The main trail is well marked. From Marpha to Jomsom you can get trekkong or by a jeep.

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