Dhaulagiri Trek

Dhaulagiri Trek is a challenging trek that is specially designed for the real adventure lovers and thrill seekers. Embark your way to the seventh highest mountain in the world – Mt. Dhaulagiri and unleash the raw appeal that lies in the towering peak of Dhaulagiri. Also, known as the White Mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri is a neighboring peak in the Annapurna range. The trekking journey starts from the foothills of Annapurna and goes through a forested area and ethnic settlements to the isolated valley. Mt. Dhaulagiri is a beautiful mountain that rises just above the cliff of the Kaligandaki valley. Dhaulagiri Trek is an off the beaten trek that lets you taste the wild and remote splendor of nature with a blend of Himalayan beauty. The trek to Dhaulagiri is a real challenge in terms of the altitude gain and rugged path. It is an opportunity to cross two high passes namely French pass and Thapa pass. The walk through the passes is technically difficult owing to the icy path and rocky terrain it possesses.

Dhaulagiri Trek initiates with a scenic drive to Pokhara. A few hours drive from Pokhara takes you to Beni which is the starting point of the trekking journey to Dhaulagiri. The trail to Dhaulagiri is a least traveled and off the beaten trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Owing to its remoteness, the path to Dhaulagiri is quite rugged and less crowded. In the first few days of the trek, you will find yourself following the Myadi river in the backdrop of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Then you can observe a change in atmosphere that goes barren from lush. You pass the farmlands and ethnic villages to a secluded valley with wild and Rocky Mountains all around. As you reach the base camp, you can get ready for a challenging day to cross the French pass and Thapa pass. The picturesque views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains in the Annapurna region look fabulous. Your trek to Dhaulagiri ends with a walk down to the beautiful and charming village of Jomsom. So, are you ready to endeavor the adventure and thrill of walking up to Dhaulagiri base camp? Join Nepal Intrepid Treks to make your journey super awesome.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive to Beni
  • Day 04: Drive to Babiachor
  • Day 05: Trek to Dharapani
  • Day 06: Trek to Muri
  • Day 07: Trek to Boghara
  • Day 08: Trek to Dobang
  • Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola
  • Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp
  • Day 11: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp
  • Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Day 14: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 15: Cross French Pass and trek to Hidden valley
  • Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass and trek to Yak Kharka
  • Day 17: Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 18: Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 20: Farewell

Detail ItineraryExpand all

As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Intrepid Treks will welcome you and transfer you to a pre booked three star hotel at Kathmandu. A luxurious cab drive will drop you at the hotel. Check in and rest for a while. If there is enough time, you can roam around the Kathmandu city in the evening. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu! (Breakfast included)

Today after breakfast we visit to the monkey temple – Swayambhunath. We walk up the stairs to the stupa. From the height, we can get an excellent view of Kathmandu city. Then we head towards the largest stupa in the world – Boudhanath stupa. In the evening, we return back to our hotel for overnight stay. This day is reserved in case you are stuck in airport due to flight delays.(Breakfast included)

Today, we leave the capital city and head towards Beni. After around 9 to 10 hours bus ride, we reach Beni. We will be riding enjoying the scenic landscape along Trishuli river most of the time. Beni is the head quarter of Myagdi district therefore the city is not so deserted. You will find people busy with their own task. But as compared to Kathmandu city, you will find Bani sparsely populated. In the evening, you can explore around this beautiful city. We will stay at a guesthouse in Beni for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We initiate our actual trekking journey from today. We take a trail that goes west along the north bank of Myagdi river through the villages like Beni, Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani. We cross a bridge over a river to the southern bank of the river and walk until we pass the village of Simalchor to reach the village of Babiachor. We spend our night at a tented camp in Babiachor. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we leave Babiachor and march forward towards our destination ahead. As we move forward, the valley widens on both sides. The terraced hill besides us traverses to the river on our both sides. We walk on a fairly easy track that takes us to village of Shahashradhara. We then cross a river called Duk khola and pass crop fields until we reach Ratorunga. From this point, the valley starts narrowing as we continue heading towards Dharapani. We stay at the tented camps in Dharapani for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we initiate our journey after a delicious breakfast. We cross a river that takes us to the west bank of the river. As we leave Phedi, our trail ascends up and we will encounter a lots of ups and downs as we arrive a ridge. We climb up the ridge from where our ascend gets a bit easy. Our trail climbs up step as we come near the villages of Muri. We pass Sibang and Mattim and continue ascending up a snot of the ridge. From here, we descend down to Gatti Khola and continue descending till Phalai Gaon. We cross Dhara Khola and then climb up a ridge to enter the large Magar village known as Muri. We stay at a tented camp in Muri for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Muri, we descend down to cross a stream and continue walking through terraced fields and lush landscape. We then climb up a ridge to a pass from where we will be rewarded with the views of Mt. Ghustung South. From the pass, we descend down to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its west Bank until we reach the village of Naura. We move ahead and climb up to traverse into a grassy hill. We further climb up a steep slope and descend down through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara. Upon arrival, we set our camps for overnight stay.(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Our trail descends as we walk along the terraced fields to a small ridge. We then pass a forest to reach a Jyardan. This is considered as the most remote settlement area of this place. As we move head, we pass the settlement and cross a rocky area from where we descend down and again climb up to Lipshe. We further traverse through a forest to Lapcha Kharka and climb up to Dobang. We set up our camps here for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We cross a wooden bridge over a river and ascend through a forested area. Today, we will be lucky enough to get a glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri through the gaps between the trees of the forest. Moving ahead, we descend down to the bank of Myagdi river and cross to river to get to the east side of the river. From here, we continue to Chartare. We pass forests and a rocky area to reach Choriban Khola. Upon arrival, we set up camps for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Choriban Khola, we follow a trail that leads us to the terminal moraine of Chhonbarban Glacier. We enter the glacier from right and as we enter the glacier, the Tukche Peak is visible right in front of us and we can see the north flank of Mt. Dhaulagiri to our right. The grandeur of Mt. Dhaulagiri is beyond any words of description. Moving a little ahead, we reach Italian Base Camp at 3660 metres which would be our camping site for the day. The view of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V from this point is spectacular. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We spend the day at Italian Base Camp to acclimatize ourselves with the gain in altitude. We explore the places around the base camp and enjoy the vistas of beautiful mountains. We spend our day and night at Italian Base Camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we start our journey early in the morning so as to avoid bad weather in afternoon. The trail to glacier camp is prone to stone falls therefore it is recommended to stay alert. We pass through a narrow gorge until we reach Glacier camp. We set up our tent in glacier camp for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today is the most exciting day of our trekking journey. We ascend up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp to endeavour the beauty that lies in grandeur of Dhaulagiri I Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V. As we open up in Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we will get the stunning views of icefall that descends from the north east col. We set up our tent at Dhaulagiri Base Camp for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We spend the day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp to acclimatize ourselves with the gain in altitude. We explore the places around the base camp and enjoy the vistas of beautiful mountains. We spend our day and night at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we leave the Dhaulagiri Base Camp and climb up the terraced hills. We climb up the slopes slowly and gently until we reach French Pass at an elevation of 5360 metres. The views of the entire region from this pass was fabulous. The mountains vistas that opens up right before us will let our eyes wander from one place to another. The Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, Sita Chuchura and all other that surrounds the hidden valley looks outstanding.We can see Tukuche peak to the south is Tukche Peak beyond which stands the peak of Dhaulagiri I. We leave the pass and descend down to the right edge of the valley. As we move down, we reach another pass called Thapa Pass at an elevation of 5250 metres. Further, we descend down to the elevation of 5200 metres where we will set our camps for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we descend down from the hidden valley to the popular Dhampus Pass and continue walking towards Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is a beautiful summer herd grazing pasture which is a perfect site for setting up our camps for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Further, we descend down to village of Marpha that lies on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is a popular village known for apple orchids and many food products made up of fruit. The speciality of the village is Apple Brandy so if you are interested you can taste one! Leaving Marpha, we continue north through the river valley to the buzzling town of Jomsom. We enjoy the special treatment of local people at a guesthouse in Jomsom. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Jomson, we take a flight back to Pokhara. Upon our arrival, we check in to the hotel and wander around the city for utilizing the remaining time. We visit the lakeside, opt for boating and pay our visit to Barahi temple, a temple in between the Fewa Lake. The view of the mountains from the lake is awesome and more fascinating is the reflection of mountains in the undisturbed water of the lake. After enjoying the boating in Fewa Lake, we visit other touristic destination in Pokhara like David’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Mahadev and International mountaineering museum. Spend your night at a hotel in Pokhara. (Breakfast included)

After exploring the glory of Pokhara and Annapurna region of Nepal, we drive back to Kathmandu with the scenery of country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself.

After eleven wonderful days of trekking, it’s finally time to bid you a goodbye. You will be escorted to the airport for your journey ahead! But we hope to serve you and your friends once again. We look forward to your suggestions if any! (Breakfast included)

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop option from and to the airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in a 3-star category hotel which is inclusive of breakfast
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Three time meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with the cup of tea during the trek
  • Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
  • First aid kit with basic medicines
  • Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Annapurna Sanctuary and trek
  • Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
  • Expenses related to our staffs (guide and porter)
  • A duffle bag, t – shirt and travel achievement certificate on the behalf of our company
  • Government taxes and office service charge during travel

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included in your trip price.
  • We provide such a service with extra charge.
    (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: – Clients they have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
    Tips for driver, guide, and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. Cost arising out of landslide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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Best value and Best Service 

We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
 
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
Best value and service trekking company
Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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