Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek around the Dhaulagiri massif (8167m) which is also the seventh highest mountain in the world. The trekking in this region is comparatively strenuous and you have to be physically fit and have some trekking experience. The trail goes through icy glaciers, snow-covered slopes, and lateral moraines, so only a true adventurer can complete this trek.
The trail of Dhaulagiri Round Trek goes through terraced fields connected to some of the mountain villages where you will see tea houses, shops, and also get to witness daily lifestyle and culture of the people of Magar, Gurung, and Thakali communities. You will also walk through rocky paths, dense forests, and suspension bridges. You will witness stunning views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m), Dhaulagiri IV (7661m), and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) during this trek. Many parts of the trail are capped with snow and glaciers as it crosses French Col (5300m), traverses the top of Hidden Valley, and crosses Thapa Pass (5200m). The amazing French Pass (5300m) is the highest point of this trek and also the connecting dot between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna regions.
The trek features some of the prominent places of the Annapurna region such as Marpha, Tatopani, Ghorepani, and Poon Hill, a famous vantage point to witness the glory of the high Himalayas along with a stunning sunrise. All in all, Dhaulagiri Round Trek is a beautiful blend of nature and adventure in an off-the-beaten trail that awaits keen explorers.
Trekking to Dhaulagiri is one of the most difficult yet adventurous journeys. The nature, local culture, view of mountains and the locale community is truly and indeed something to be explored. But, to trek to Dhaulagiri you must have good physical condition and should know more about mountains and the weather. Once you have all these, you are ready to be stunned by the beautiful nature and mountains panoramas. If you are truly seeking to explore and trek through rough trails, unexplored remote villages and want to get the mind-blowing views of nature and Mountain panoramas. Dhaulagiri Trekking is best fit for you.
Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-
In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.
For clothing, you will require the following-
Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.
Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.
Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.
Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.
Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.
First Aid Kit– Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.
Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.
Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.
Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.
Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.
Day Highlights Altitude
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 2 Explore Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive to Kathmandu to Beni; Overnight in hotel 850 m, approx. 8 hrs
Day 4 Trek to Babachur 900 m, 5 hrs
Day 5 Trek to Dharapani 1,470 m, 6 hrs
Day 6 Trek to Muri 1,850 m, 5 hrs
Day 7 Trek to Boghara 2,080 m, 6 hrs
Day 8 Trek to Dobang 2,520 m, 5 hrs
Day 9 Trek to Choriban Khola 3,110 m, 5 hrs
Day10 Trek to the Italian Base Camp 3,660 m, 7 hrs
Day11 Acclimatization and rest day
Day12 Trek to the Glacier Camp 4,210 m, 6 hrs
Day13 Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,740 m, 7 hrs
Day14 Acclimatization and rest day
Day15 Cross the French Pass (5,360 m); Trek to the Hidden Valley 5,200 m, 6 hrs
Day16 Option 1: Hike around the Hidden Valley (semi-rest day)
Option 2: Ascend Dhampus Peak (6,060 m) (for experienced climbers)
Day17 Cross Dhampus Pass (5,240 m), trek to Yak Kharka 3,680 m, 6 hrs
Day18 Trek to Jomsom 2,700 m, 5 hrs
Day19 Flight to Pokhara (30 mins); Relaxation in Pokhara and overnight in hotel
Day20 Either stay in Pokhara or return to Kathmandu via flight (30 mins)