Around Dhaulagiri Trek – 19 Days

‘adventure within world’s seventh highest Mt. Dhaulagiri with high & scenic Hidden Valley’

Highlights of your journey:

  • Adventure into Nepal Far West Himalaya around scenic Dhaulagiri range of mountains
  • Explore Nepal Wild West impressive farm villages within local traditional Magar old cultures
  • From low-warm paddy fields to cooler alpine hills & towards arctic zone of ice & glaciers
  • On least trekked region away from mainstream trails into pure wilderness & mountains
  • Walk beyond villages into tranquil environment to reach at Kaligandaki into Mustang areas
  • Enchanting forest of rhododendron-pines & oaks to remorseless fields of moraine & ice
  • Trek to world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri base camp & to scenic Hidden valley via high passes

A little about trip:

Around Dhaulagiri trekking, an adventure to world seventh highest mountains and around its massive range of peaks, where walk follows Mygdi River upstream right up to its glacial source at Dhaulagiri base camp at above (4748m) high enclosed within array of mountains. Around Dhaulagiri located Nepal Far North West, one of the remote areas of Himalaya which stretches towards Lower Dolpo and Mustang with Mygdi areas, an interesting and exciting walks that leads you to rural farm villages of Magar people, one of Nepal largest wide-spread hill tribes.


On this adventure where walks leads you from low warmer temperatures to cooler hills covered with dense tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks and pine trees which soon gives away for barren and icy landscapes with moraines and rocks at Dhaulagiri base camp, situated beneath world highest Mt. Dhaulagiri that rises above (8167m / 26,795ft) first conquest by Swiss Expeditions in May 13th 1960 with support of Nepalese guides Nyima and Nawang Dorji Sherpa. Beginning Around Dhaulagiri Trekking from scenic Pokhara city, where drive leads further west to starting point of the trek at last and big farm village at Bagar past Beni town, as walk leads past few farm areas and local tea shops and then entering into complete wilderness of mountains-green hills and glaciers.


Slowly walk leads you at Dhaulagiri base camp after following Mygdi River at its glacial source, then crossing highest pass of the adventure over French pass at (5360m) high to reach scenic Hidden Valley surrounded by high peaks of Dhaulagiri range. After pleasant and exciting time at Hidden Valley walking over Dhampus / Thapa pass to reach back into green woodland with downhill to Marpha, one of the most attractive villages situated within Mustang at Kaligandaki river valley. From here short drive leads to Jomsom town and its small airstrip where scenic flights take you to beautiful Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake to conclude this magnificent journey and adventure Around Dhaulagiri Trekking.

Suggest Itinerary:

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet) & transfer to hotel
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour & trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara & drive to Beni (671m/2200ft) 4 hours total journey
Day 04: Trek to Babi Chaur (900m / 2952ft) 5/6 hours
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1470m / 4822ft) 5/6 hours
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m / 6069ft) 6 hours
Day 07: Trek to Bagar (2080m / 6824ft) 6 hours
Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2520m / 8267ft) 6 hours
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m / 12,007ft) 7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization day (3660m / 12,005ft)
Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m/15,580ft) 7 hours
Day 12: Trek to French Col (5360m / 17,581ft) 5 hours
Day 13: Acclimatization at camp (5050m / 16,564ft)
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 7 hours
Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2670m / 8759ft) & drive to Jomsom (2720m / 8923ft) 5 hours
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara (825m / 2706ft) 20-minute air journey
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 7 hours road journey
Day 18: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing & farewell dinner
Day 19: Transfer to airport for onward destination
Trip concludes


Flight Delay in JOMSOM:


Please Note: Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, E.B.C. Treks & Expedition will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.


The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

  • Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet) and transfer to hotel

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour and trek preparation

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath’ and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion as well as provides opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Beni (671m / 2200ft) 4 hours total journey

    Today, we will transfer to airport for morning air journey to Pokhara takes 20 minutes fly and upon arrival guide will receive you and drive to Beni takes 4 hours drive
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trek to Babi Chaur (900m / 2952ft) 5/6 hours

    Today, we will start our adventure towards Babi Chaur. After walking for about 5/6 hours through steep upward trail and bank of the Myagdi River, we will reach at Babi Chaur a small village where one can find the mixed inhabitants. We’ll spend the night at Babi Chaur at our own camp.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1470m / 4822ft) 5/6 hours

    Today we walk for about 2/3 hours through steep upward trail to reach Darbang where we take the lunch and later after crossing the Myagdi River we walk again for 3/4 hours more to reach Dharapani, where we spend the night. One can witness the Dhaulagiri one, two, and three from here.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m / 6069ft) 6 hours

    After the breakfast we walk for about 5/6 hours, through steep upward and downward trails and crossing various small villages, reach to Muri, where we spend the night. Muri is a nice village from where one can see the beautiful view of mountains.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Trek to Bagar (2080m / 6824ft) 6 hours

    We start continues our walk through flat land and steep up and down hill and the forested path for about 5/6 hours and lastly we reach to a village called Bagar where we will stay tonight at our camp and this village is the last village on this trail before cross.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2520m / 8267ft) 6 hours

    This morning we’ll start our trek further to Dobang descend through the scenic landscapes and forested path but can not get any peaks view this day but during the walk on the trail we can have the view of beautiful landscape and after walking for about 5/6 hours through the forest to Jyardan and after here climb high winding path and rocky area, we descends and climb to Lapche Kharka then further climb we will reach at Dobang.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m / 12,007ft) 7 hours

    Today we’ll walk through the dense forest and the river banks for about 6/7 hours and we reach to Italian Base Camp where we spend the night. Once, when during an adverse weather, a group of Italian people, who were heading towards the base camp has to camp at this place and they were the first trekkers who pitched the camp at that place and since then, it is being known as Italian base camp.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Acclimatization day (3660m / 12,005ft)

    Today, we will have full day at rest and relax at the camp. You may have chances to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the view.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m / 15,580ft) 7 hours

    We trek through the snowy and long trail to get to Dhaulagiri base camp. This is most difficulty path but breath taking view and climbing up to the camp. It takes 6/7 hours journeys and can be feel short breath to reach at base camp. We can sighted Tukche Peak (6837m). becomes visible straight on, at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m).
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Trek to French Col (5360m / 17,581ft) 5 hours

    Today we will walk on the snowy trail takes 5/6 hrs to get to French Col from here we can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri including the massif ranges of Annapurna as well. You can enjoy the scenic view of Dhaulagiri and down to camp site (5050m).
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Acclimatization at camp (5050m / 16,564ft)

    You will have full day to relax and rest at French Col and enjoy the scenic view of high mountains.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 7 hours

    We will start our hard day to cross the pass through the snowy trails walk on your own pace and slowly get to the top. After the summit trek down to the Yak Kharka and it takes on total 6/7 hours walking time and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and landscape.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2670m / 8759ft) and drive to Jomsom (2720m / 8923ft) 5 hours

    Continue on to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from the fruit. Don’t forget to taste the local Apple Brandy a specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Fly to Pokhara (825m / 2706ft) 20-minute air journey

    A 30-minute morning air journey takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 7 hours road journey

    Morning we will drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast and lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 18: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing and farewell dinner

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. We can stroll around the streets in Thamel, a popular Tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. You may also visit popular tourist attractions nearby. Either way, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 19: Transfer to airport for onward destination

    It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
    Accommodation: None. Included Meals: Breakfast

    Trip concludes

Equipment List

Correct Clothing & Equipment are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel.

Running Shoes: 1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days. Sandals or flip flops for camp.

Light Hiking Boots:
 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.

Hiking Gaiters (Optional):
 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.

Wool Socks:
 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.

Liner Socks:
 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.


Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pair, tops and bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.

Light Trekking Pants:
 Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.

 Lightweight crew style T-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.

Woolen or thick cotton long arm shirt – can double as a light jacket when required and also protects arms and neck because of the collar…good to wear in the evenings.

Thin woolen jumper / sweater can be reassuring and comfortable at nights in the lodges.

 Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.

Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket:
 A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.

Insulted Down-Jacket:
 Down jacket need for this depends on the season and where you are going.

Hard Shell Jacket With Hood:
 We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.

Hard Shall Pants:
 Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.


Fleece/Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.

Shell Gloves With Insulation:
 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.


Headlamp With Spare Batteries: A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries and bulbs!

Sun Hat:
 The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.

Neck Gaiter Or Buff:
 Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.

Glacier Glasses:
 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.

Personal Equipment:

Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag and liner – a 3 or 4 season bag is recommended, depending on your trek.


Backpack: A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3, max


Adjustable 3 Section Trekking/Hiking Poles: Optional


Water Treatment Tablets: Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water.

Water Bottles:
 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.


Sunscreen: SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.


Hand/Foot Warmers (Optional): Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.


Lip Screen: SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.

Large Duffle Bag With Travel Locks & Tags: 1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing. (Suitcases are not suitable).


Plastic Bags (5): For lining stuff sacks and pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

Dry bags / waterproof rucksack covers to protect your belongings from rain and dust.


Travel Clothes: You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.

Other things you need:


  • Minimum cosmetics
  • Toothpaste, tooth brush & biodegradable soap – one for every need
  • Towel – (preferable thin & light)
  • Scarf
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / wet tissues
  • Lighter / matches
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Deodorants


Pee bottle for men & pee funnel for women (Optional) but very useful.
Funnel For Women (Optional): Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)


Others Practical Items:

  • Batteries / chargers
  • Light weight point & shoot camera with extra cards & batteries
  • Waste bag
  • Small folding pocket knife / Swiss knife
  • Small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • Small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
  • Ear Plug


Extras Luxuries:

  • Reading, guide book, Trail map, Journal pen & Notebook
  • iPod / Mp3 player (Optional)
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses & /or camps)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
  • Alarm clock / watch
  • Compass or GPS (optional)
  • Modest swim suit for cities & hot spring
  • Bum bag / Rain Poncho (optional)


Eateries / Snacks:

  • Favorite snacks
  • Energy bars (chocolates)
  • Glucose tablets
  • Electrolytes or Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS)


Important Documents & Items:

  • Valid passport & extra passport photos.
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance.
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy & leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants & hotels, for gratuities, snacks & to purchase your own drinks & gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.


Personal First Aid Kit (small and simple): Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.

 These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Please ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!

What to take with you in your day pack:

Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:

  • 2 liters of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water)
  • sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat, lip balm, dust mask / scarf / ‘buff’ to help on dusty trails
  • warm fleece or thermal layer & gloves
  • water proof layer
  • head torch
  • hand cleaner
  • your camera
  • any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
  • Critical– take any personal medications you require during the day – you will not see your kit bag until evening.


The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you won’t see until camp in the evening. It’s a great idea to use dry bags (ie airtight/waterproof) in your kit bag to store your dry clothes in to keep them DRY in case it rains and one to put your dirty laundry in (to keep from making everything else in your bag smell bad!). These dry bags are readily available in Kathmandu.

What about gear I want to leave in Kathmandu?
Before departure for your trek you might pack your ‘town clothes’ and anything you don’t want on trek with you and ask your hotel (if you come back to the same hotel) or your guide to store it for you. If you want to do this, then consider bringing or buying a simple bag here for this purpose.

Your Price Includes:

  • All transfers & ground transportation as per the itinerary which includes airport pickups & drops in a private vehicle
  • Twin share tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu with entrance fees by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara & Jomsom – Pokhara domestic airfare with necessary luggage charge & tax
  • Full board meals with tea, coffee & boiled drinking water during the trek
  • All camping arrangements, such as 2-man tents, dinning, kitchen, shower & toilet tents as well as kitchen equipment, sleeping pad & camping charge etc.
  • Your trekking guide, cook & require supporting staffs
  • Strong supporting porters to carry your luggage & necessary camping gear & foods during the trek
  • Best available tea house accommodation if available while on trek (1 room for 2 trekkers)
  • Cost includes all Nepali staffs’s transport, equipment, insurance, meals, daily salary & accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits & entrance fees
  • All government taxes/vat, official service charges & expenses etc.
  • Travel & emergency rescue arrangements

Your Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu & Nepal entry visa fees
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation & rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral water, soft drinks, bar bills, can items & extra snacks etc).
  • Day & evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (also in the case of earlier return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Any personal gear or equipment that you may need to buy/rent
  • Any extra charge that tea house/local guest house owner may levy for internet, hot shower, laundry (if these facilities are available) & charging of batteries
  • Entrance & monument fees in the historical site including photography, postage & donation etc.
  • Additional nights, optional trips & sightseeing tours outside the mention itinerary
  • If any emergency rescue service or evacuation cost
  • Tips for your trekking crew, city guide, drivers & hotel restaurants etc. (Tipping is expected)
  • Cost incurred due to changes in program & reservation due to unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, strikes, roadblocks, landslides due to natural climates & politically etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section, but may be incurred due to unforeseen circumstances

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Trip Profile

  • Total Duration: 18 Nights & 19 Days
  • High Altitude Gain: At French Pass (5360m / 17,581ft)
  • Trip Grade: Adventurous to Challenging (in snow conditions)
  • Mode of Trip : Fully supported/camping trek
  • Journey Start-Ends: Kathmandu, capital of Nepal
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 people require
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara & all meals during the trek
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu/Pokhara & camping on treks
  • Transportation: Comfortable private vehicles & domestic flight
  • Suggested Best Seasons: April to May & September to November

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