Dhaulagiri Round (drive in Beni / drive out Nayapool)

The trek around Dhaulagiri massif with extension to Ghorepani/Poon Hill in Annapurna region offers journeyers an extreme Himalayan adventure. It is a challenging trek and requires some common climbing equipment and hiking experience. To do this trek, one should be physically fit and well equipped. Elevation in this trek varies from 920 meters to 5360 meters. The trek rewards journeyers with beautiful villages, picturesque farmlands, pristine land, shrines and sacred places, valleys and ravines, deep forests offering home for many species of flora and fauna, the deepest gorge in the world, awesome Himalayas, high passes and a brilliant ecological loveliness.

The trek can be done through third week of September to first week of December and last week of March to first week of June.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Nepal.

Day 02: Kathmandu - sightseeing tour in UNESCO's heritage-sites.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Beni Bazaar Drive.

Day 04: Trek from Beni Bazaar to Babio Chaur.

Day 05: Trek from Babio Chaur to Darbang.

Day 06: Trek from Darbang to Sivang via the village of Dharapani, Myagdi

Day 07: Trek from Sivang to Jugepani via Muri

Day 08: Trek from Jugepani to Bagar (2080m)/Boghara

Day 09: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2520m)

Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Sallaghari 3180m.

Day 11: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3750m).

Day 12: Italian Base Camp - rest for high altitude adaptation.

Day 13: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp 4300m also popular as Midway Camp.

Day 14: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4780m).

Day 15: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley 5000m via French Pass (5360m).

Day 16: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka 3682 meter via Dhampus Pass 5258m.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha Village 2670m.

Day 18: Marpha village - rest.

Day 19: Trek from Marpha to Lete 2470m.

Day 20: Trek from Lete to Tatopani 1160m.

Day 21: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani 2775m.

Day 22: Ghorepani - climb Poon Hill 3210m - descend to Birethanti.

Day 23: Trek from Birethanti to Nayapul, then drive to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Day 24: Kathmandu - reserved day.

Day 25: Drive to the airport to depart Nepal for home country.

Trekking Cost

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Service included

The cost tendered above includes all services mentioned below.

1. Hotel Accommodation - in Kathmandu: a 3* hotel with buffet breakfast for 4 nights - twin sharing room, and, in Beni: Yeti Hotel (the best in Beni) with full board meals for 1 night - twin sharing room with private attached bath 

2.  Permits: To do this trek, these permits are required to obtain  (1) Annapurna Conservation Area entry permits (2)TIMS cards (Trekking Information Management System Cards)

 3. Staffs and Porters (Nepalese Supporting Crew-members): We grant these professionals to operate this trek; (1) A professional trekking guide (well experienced and authorized by Nepal government) throughout the trek as per itinerary (2) A professional Trekking Cook (well experienced and authorized by Nepal government) (3) Kitchen and Camping Staff: well experienced, trained and physically sound Sherpas and kitchen boys (4) Porters (professional tourist porters physically fit, helpful and friendly) throughout the trek as per itinerary

4. Overland Private Transport:

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers by private transport in Kathmandu as per itinerary before and after trek
  • A private bus or car for sightseeing tours in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Private buses or cars for Kathmandu - Pokhara - Beni Bazaar drives
  • Marpha - Beni - Kathmandu drives for staff and luggage after trek as per itinerary
  • Nayapul - Pokhara - Kathmandu drives by private bus or car aftter trek as per itinerary

5. Guided Tours in Kathmandu for 2 days: The tours include a professional city guide, private car or bus and entrance permits as per itinerary before and after trek

6. Meals (Food): Hygienic buffet meals - breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner up to Marpha (the place where camping trek ends) as per itinerary 

7. Kitchen and camping equipment: sleeping tents - twin sharing, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent with seat and toiletries, foam mattresses and the complete set of kitchen utensils including chairs and tables

Service excluded

The services mentioned below are to provide only on request.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any kind of insurance favoring foreign trekking members and leaders; travel insurance, rescue insurance, loss and other coverage
  • Tips and Donation to any staff, porters, organization, union, person or party
  • Other expenses of unavoidable circumstance; sickness, political unrest, road blockade, landslide, snowfall or other ca
  • Visa for Nepal and International flights and airport departure tax
  • Personal travel/trekking equipment
  • Expenses of laundry, postage, telephone, internet, etc.
  • Meals and accommodation in lodges: After the village of Marpha, we will have meals and accommodate in lodges. As per itinerary, after Marpha village, we will pay for meals and accommodation on our own way. This costs approximately USD 25 per day.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Nepal.
A flight to Nepal offers wonderful panoramic views of snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks and stunning landscapes. As soon as immigration process completes, you will receive a warm Nepalese hospitality extended by your local agent at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport and then you will be escorted to the hotel in downtown. It is better to put your feet up on the first day of your arrival in order to adapt the local environment.

Day 02: Kathmandu - sightseeing tour in UNESCO's heritage-sites.
Guided tours will be organized in the UNESCO's heritage sites - mainly in the following places.

  • Pashupatinath; a widespread garden of Shiva's temples, the most respected and sacred site of Hindu Pilgrims in Nepal where we get to observe an interesting Hindu rituals and funeral ceremony, meet many flocks of 'Holy-man' meditating in different postures and see many holy monkeys and deer.
  • Bouddhanath; soon after visits of Pashupatinath, we will head for Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, where we can see monasteries, stupas and Tibetan refugees praying to their god and goddess. We will have lunch there in the roof-top restaurant.
  • Swoyambhunath; the next destination will be Swoyambhunath popularly known as Monkey Temple, situated on atop hill. Swoyambhunath has pride of being the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal from where entire Kathmandu valley; including Kirtipur, Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur and different landmarks are visible if weather is favorable.
  • Basantapur Durbar; better known as 'Kathmandu Durbar Square' is the last destination for the day. Ancient imperial palace, temple of living goddess - Kumari, and many other architecturally important buildings and Hindu temples are observable here. Kathmandu Durbar Square has many mysterious sites to observe and learn. This was an old palace of Malla and then Shah Empires.

We will be back hotel thereafter.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Beni Bazaar Drive.
An early start is required. We will leave Kathmandu for Beni Bazaar by 6:30 A.M. The overland tour from Kathmandu to Beni Bazaar will be very humorous for journeyers as they get to capture colorful and beautiful scenario of rivers, paddy fields, villages, gorge, jungle of different vegetation, etc through the windows of your bus. The road is concrete twisted on hillside for the first one hour, and then along the bank of Trishuli River, Narayani River and Seti River. Past Trishuli River, the road is quite gentle up to Pokhara. After 5 hours of gentle drives, we will arrive in Pokhara and stop in Lakeside for Lunch. After lunch, we will continue for Beni Bazaar through some of beautiful villages, gorge and rivers with wonderful panoramic views of Himalayas and landscape. After half an hour drive from Pokhara, we bypass a trekking route going to Dhampus village and continue our way up over Naudanda, Chandrakot and then down to Modi Khola. From here we drive through Kaligandaki River Bank till Beni Bazaar. A gentle drive of 10 hours finally brings us at Beni Bazaar. Upon arrival in Beni, we check in our hotel (Yeti Hotel). We provide lunch in a restaurant in the lakeside of Pokhara and dinner and accommodation in Yeti Hotel of Beni.

Day 04: Trek from Beni Bazaar to Babio Chaur.
Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district where our permits and passports are examined by security forces, is situated at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki River. We leave Kali and head to west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola to Babio Chaur. We will walk on a level pathway for some 6 hours. Upon arrival in the campsite of Babio Chaur, we will have thirsty-quench; juice, snacks, tea, etc. and then will construct camp. We take rest for some 2 hours and then enjoy our meals in dinning tents. We go to our tent for sound sleep by 8 P.M. From this day, we will have our meals and accommodation in tented camps up to Marpha.

Day 05: Trek from Babio Chaur to Darbang.
Hot cups of tea are served in every tent along with your wake-up call by 6 A.M. At the same time buckets of warm water for wash up are served in each tent. We will have breakfast by 7 A.M. Sharply after breakfast; we start the day leaving Babio Chaur for Darbang. Depending on the pace of our walk, kitchen crewmembers serve us hot lunch in an appropriate place. Normally, we follow the same manner like the day before to enjoy the night.

This type of service goes throughout the trek. We gently walk for 6-8 hours each day.

Day 06: Trek from Darbang to Sivang via the village of Dharapani, Myagdi

Day 07: Trek from Sivang to Jugepani via Muri

Day 08: Trek from Jugepani to Bagar (2080m)/Boghara

Day 09: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2520m)

Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Sallaghari 3180m.
Our speed of walk should be gentler than previous days since we are going to enter higher altitude from this day. The manner of serving meals, management of wash-up, toiletries and arrangement of accommodation will be as same as previous days.

Day 11: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3750m).
We walk in a gentle manner. The trail has not well defined yet particularly to the moraine of the Chhonbarbang Glacier. From this day, we should be more careful to walk together. Co-ordination with guide is essential. We enter the glacier from the right. As we arrive in the glacier, we get to see Tukche Peak (6837m) and the north flank of Dhaulagiri. After a short while we reach at the Italian Base Camp (3660m), where we spend 2 nights for high altitude adaptation. From the campsite, we get to see many peaks of Dhaulagiri range; Dhaulagiri II (7750m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7620m).

Day 12: Italian Base Camp - rest for high altitude adaptation.
Interested trekkers can explore hills beyond and around the campsite for more acclimatization.

Day 13: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp 4300m also popular as Midway Camp.
The day's trail is a little tough and we'd better walk at a relaxing speed with deep observation of magnificent views of surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks. Probably we need to fix rope and go one by one to pass the steep descent and ascent.

Day 14: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4780m).
We gradually walk up to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, which is very spectacular one wherein we get to see amazing views of Dhaulagiri massif.

Day 15: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley 5000m via French Pass (5360m).
We start the day early morning as it is more safe to cross high passes in early morning. Enjoying with mesmerizing mountain views, we spend a night here in Hidden Valley. It is important to walk gently in group. Co-ordination with each other about your health condition is more important.

Day 16: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka 3682 meter via Dhampus Pass 5258m.
As we cross Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche flat slopes and make steep descent to Yak Kharka wherein we enjoy with majestic views of Himalayan peaks surrounding us, landscape and Kaligandaki gorge.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha Village 2670m.
We descend to Marpha village viewing over brilliant vistas of Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Annapurnas and Kali Gandaki Gorge. We observe villages of Jharkot with typical Tibetan architecture; we then follow the trail leading to Marpha, a lovely and well planned Thakali village. Marpha is very popular for its apples, apple cider, apricot and peach and local wine made of such fruits.

Day 18: Marpha village - rest.
It is more or less unsurpassed day to take rest after a tough trek/climb. Interested persons can make excursion to Jomsom Bazaar and return camp in the afternoon. From next day, we will have meals and sleep in the best possible lodges en route to Pokhara.

Day 19: Trek from Marpha to Lete 2470m.
We warmly keep away from our kitchen crew-members and camping staff. Kitchen and camping staff board jeeps for Kathmandu whereas we resume our adventure accompanied by porters and guide with gradual descent to Tukuche, a Thakali village where we get to visit a large Gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung. We continue our way through the forest of pine trees, juniper and cypress to Kalopani enjoying with excellent views of Annapurna I and other mountain peaks. We then reach at the village of Lete, which lies just twenty minutes beyond Kalopani, where we find lodges and guesthouses for meals and accommodation.

Day 20: Trek from Lete to Tatopani 1160m.
The trail descends steeply through the village of Ghasa, the last Thakali village from where we enter steepest and narrowest part of the gorge. Near the hamlet of Rupse Chhahara, a magnificent waterfall (Rupse), stumbles down nearby our trail. Keeping on down, we arrive at Dana, a Magar village from where Annapurna South is visible across the valley. Our trail then descends to the village of Tatopani (hot spring), where we can have bath in the hot springs. We enjoy meals and accommodation in lodges.

Day 21: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani 2775m.
Sharply after breakfast in Tatopani, we start the day making a short distance descent. We cross the river on a suspension bridge leaving Kaligandaki River behind us. We continue our journey through the villages of Sikha and Chitre from where our trail climb through the forest to Deuralee, a small pass at 2834m and from where we get to see excellent views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and other beautiful mountain peaks. In a while we will arrive in the village of Ghorepani. We enjoy our night and meals in lodges or guesthouses.

Day 22: Ghorepani - climb Poon Hill 3210m - descend to Birethanti.
An overlooking from Ghorepani is Poon Hill 3210m. Roughly an hour long ascent early morning offers us the opportunity to see sunrise and fascinating views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun. We spend about 1 hour here on the top of Ghorepani and descend to our lodge. We will have breakfast at the lodge by 8 A.M. and then we begin the long descent to Birethanti through the magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. On our way, after the village of Ulleri, a long steep stone staircase is used to descend reaching in a small village of Hile. From Hile we continue our way descending Birethanti where we spend a night in a lodge.

Day 23: Trek from Birethanti to Nayapul, then drive to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
After breakfast we resume the day. The trail is comparatively easier to Nayapul. In Nayapul we end our trek and board the bus. We arrive in Pokhara by a private bus and stop there for some 2 hours to explore the lake and have lunch. After lunch in Pokhara, we drive to Kathmandu and check in our hotel.

Day 24: Kathmandu - reserved day.
We will organize guided tours in Bhaktapur and Patan, two other UNESCO's heritage sites, which were independent kingdoms until 240 years back. At first, we will make tours of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 kilo meter away from our hotel to the East. Our visit of Bhaktapur; Malla ruler's Durbar Square, Lion Gate, Fifty-five windowed Palace, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Nyatapola, temple of Dattatreya, traditional village, Ceramic Industry Center and other historical monuments offer a deep knowledge of Nepal's history, religion, tradition, craftsmanship and socio-culture. After the tour of Bhaktapur, we head to another UNESCO's site of Patan that lies 5 kilo meter far to the South-East of the hotel we stay. As we make an excursion of Patan; Malla Dynasty's Durbar Square, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbheshwor temple and Local Industrial Areas, we get to captivate real Nepalese culture and architecture. After the visit of Patan, we will be back to the hotel.

Day 25: Drive to the airport to depart Nepal for home country.

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