Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 22 Days

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventurous trek because it includes high alpine pastures, as well as, high passes. It also includes beautiful valleys and magnificent scenery. The itinerary of Dhaulagiri Circuit also includes 15 mountains, which scale up to 7,000 m, and which look dramatic, splendid, and beautiful. The trekking trail traverses a wide terraced valley, a permanent snowline, the Italian Base Camp, the French Pass, the Hidden Valley, the Glacier Camp, and the Thapa Pass (5,155 m).

These are the highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The Italian Base Camp offers a spectacular view of Tukche Peak (6,837 m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m), while the French Pass offers a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri Ranges, Tukuche Peak, Putali Himal, Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Each of these peaks surrounds the Hidden Valley. To the south of this valley lies Tukche Peak (6,920 m). From the Hidden Valley, you descend to the Dhampus Pass and Yak Kharka, a perfect campsite, from where you enjoy watching the beautiful natural scenery. Then you trek to Marpha, abounding with apple orchards.

The itinerary of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek also takes you to the right edge of the Hidden valley, as well as, to the middle of Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak. The trekking trail also takes you to the terminal moraine and the Chhonbarban Glacier. After watching this glacier, you will climb beautiful Thapa Pass. Dhaulagiri Base Camp offers the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), which dominates the skyline. To the west of Dhaulagiri Base Camp are Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m). From the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you also see the impressive ice fall on the northeast col of Dhaulagiri, and natural beauty.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1, 345 m). Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 2

Rest and preparation day in Kathmandu. Stay Overnight at hotel.

Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850 m) - 8 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guest House.

Day 4

Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 5

Trek to Dharapani (1, 400 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 6

Trek to Muri (1, 850 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 7

Trek to Boghara (2 , 080 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 8

Trek to Dobang (2, 520 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 9

Trek to Choriban Khola (3, 110 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 10

Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3 ,660 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 11

Acclimatization Day, Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 12

Trek to the Glacier Camp (4, 210 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 13

Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4, 740 m) - 7 hrs, Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp

Day 14

Acclimatization Day, Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 15

Cross the French Pass (5, 360 m), and Trek to the Hidden Valley (5, 200 m) - 6 hrs, Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 16

Cross Dhampus Pass (5, 200 m) and Trek to Yak Kharka (3, 680 m) - 6 hrs, Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 17

Trek to Jomsom (2, 710 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 18

Morning Flight to Pokhara - 30 mins. Sightseeing in Pokhara. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 19

Leisure Day and Sightseeing Around Pokhara. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 20

Drive to Kathmandu (1, 345 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 21

Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 22

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Tatopani (Hot Spring)
  • Switch Backs and Ridge
  • Village of the Magar People
  • Dhaulagiri and Italian Base Camps.
  • Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), which is dominating the skyline. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).
  • Kaligandaki River Valley.
  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • The French Pass, The Dampus Pass
  • The Hidden Valley
  • Pokhara, the City of Lakes
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he/she will be displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle.

    Note: We will organize your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2Rest and preparation day in Kathmandu

    Ace Holidays rechecks the camping equipments and gets the trekking permit for you. On your part, if have you missed any equipments that you want to take, then please check them and be well prepared for your trek.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3Drive to Beni by bus (850 m) – 8 hrs

    After breakfast, you will drive to Beni by Local Bus, and on the way, you come across beautiful scenery. At Beni, a police will check your trek permit, and you will also see the confluence of the Myagdi Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki (river).

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Beni
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4Trek to Babiachor (950 m) – 5 hrs

    From Beni, the trail moves along the northern bank of the Myagdi Khola and passes through Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge, you come across a little half loop before you reach the bridge, Simalchour and Babichor villages.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Babiachor
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5Trek to Dharapani (1,400 m) – 6 hrs

    The valley widens, and you see the terraced hills on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and passes through the village of Shahashradhara. The trail also crosses the Dudh Khola and leads you to Ratorunga. From there, the valley narrows again and terraced field disappears. You continue to walk a trail that leads you to Dharapani village.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Dharapani
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6Trek to Muri (1,850 m) – 5 hrs

    After crossing the west Bank of the river, you leave Phedi. From there, the trail starts climbing and includes switchbacks, ridge and easy ascent. Again, the trail climbs to the villages of Muri, Sibang, and Mattim. From there, you will climb the snout of the ridge, you will descend to the Gatti Khola, you will reach Phalai Gaon (1,810m), you will cross the Dhara Khola (river), you will reach the Myagdi Khola (river), you will climb a ridge, and you will reach Muri, a village of the Magar people.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Muri
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7Trek to Boghara (2,080 m) – 6 hrs

    From Muri, you will descend a little bit, cross a stream, pass through terraced fields, climb a ridge, reach the pass, and see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465 m). Again, you descend to reach the Myagdi Khola and trek along the west bank to Naura, from where you will climb a little before you reach a grassy hill and a steep slope. You will also descend through a forest and terraced fields and reach Boghara (2,080 m).

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Boghara
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8 Trek to Dobang (2,520 m) – 5 hrs

    The trail descends through terraced fields, small ridge, forest, and Jyardan, a remote village. Above the village is a high winding path, which crosses a rocky area, which descends to the valley, and which ascends to Lipshe. The further trail passes through a forest, Lapche Kharka and then reaches Dobang.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Dobang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9Trek to Choriban Khola (3, 110 m) – 5 hrs

    After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang, you ascend a forested area, as a result, you see the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) through the trees. You will descend to the Myagdi Khola, you will cross it by a wooden bridge, you will walk to Chartare, you will pass through forest, you will walk in a rocky area, and you will cross a stream to reach Choriban Khola.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Choriban
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10 Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,660 m) – 6 hrs

    You will walk a trail that leads you to the terminal moraine and the Chhonbarban Glacier. Tukche Peak (6,837 m) becomes visible and lies straight ahead of you, while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominates the skyline. After a short walk, you will reach the Italian Base Camp, a camping site. To the west of the base camp are Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Italian Base Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11Acclimatization Day

    You will spend a day by acclimatizing at Italian Base Camp.

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Italian Base Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12Trek to the Glacier Camp (4,210 m) – 6 hrs

    Start your trek early in the morning. The further trail is prone to stone fall and passes through a narrow gorge and leads you to glacier.

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Glacier Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13 Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 m) – 7 hrs

    You will trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From there, you see the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), which is dominating the skyline. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the northeast col of Dhaulagiri.

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14Acclimatization Day

    Today, you will take a rest and acclimatize to the lower air pressure. Views from this place are superb.

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15Cross the French Pass (5,360m), then trek up to the Hidden Valley (5,200 m) – 6 hrs

    After crossing the glacier, you will climb two terraced hills. The first runs along the glacier, cuts the mountain flank and the moraine, and inclines gently on the left of an ablation valley. Climb a gentle slope that leads you to the French Pass (5,360 m), from where, you can see Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and beyond it is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. You trek along the right edge of the Hidden valley, as well as between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m). Descending from the Thapa Pass, you head off to the camp at 5,200 m.

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Hidden Valley
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16 Cross the Dhampus Pass (5,200 m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680 m) – 6 hrs

    Descend from the Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass and Yak Kharka. This is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.

    Accommodation: Tented camp in Yak Kharka
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, you will trek to Marpha, a village situated on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It abounds with apple orchards, as well as it is well- known for local Apple Brandy.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Jomsom
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18Morning flight to Pokhara – 30 mins

    Fly to Pokhara. From the airport, you will be picked up and transferred to a hotel. Stay overnight in a Hotel in Pokhara.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 19Leisure Day and Sightseeing in Pokhara

    Sightseeing in Pokhara includes Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devis Water Fall (the history of the fall is interesting), museums, Tibetan refugee settlement, and Gupteshower Mahadev Cave, the longest cave of South Asia.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 20Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m) by Tourist bus – 7 hrs

    Drive to Kathmandu. Take a walk in the streets of Thamel or stroll in Basantapur area, and if you are interested in a Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start today through Ace Holidays.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 21Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner

    You have leisure time in the morning, as well as, in the afternoon, so you can stroll in Basantapur and Thamel. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant and see cultural program. (Your guide will accompany you).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 22Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is the departure day; therefore, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays’ control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be changed substantailly. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it is not to be held responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

  • Flight Delays in Jomsom airport

    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, Ace Holidays 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.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays. The guide accompanies you to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, the guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. BUT PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. There will be many local boys wanting to help with your luggage for a fee in the airport. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. If you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport then Ace Holidays will not pay you.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast. During the camping, we provide the best possible service with comfortable two person tents and good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. The accommodation at Beni and Jomsom, we will provide the trekking guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included from the guesthouse.

There are lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can find any food of your choice. During the camping, our expert cook can easily prepare meals of your choice. For some special case, you will be charged with similar fare to that of teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Please note that lunch and dinner are not included in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

A Typical Day on the Trail

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you start your trek. At the right moment, you pack your bags. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you eat lunch somewhere on the trail. You typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more before you reach your next stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You would also like to take plenty of pictures, such as of mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. After you arrive at the camping spot, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, tea, or coffee. If you are inclined to seeing natural beauty then you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After eating a warm dinner, your trek leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Our Sherpas love to teach you various Nepali card games. Finally, you head off to your camp for a good night sleep.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people to maximum 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides you 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), we assign required porters and kitchen staffs for each group.

Acclimitazation

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. We advise all our trekkers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page”. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than others are.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, biking and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following trainings:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to June) are the best seasons for this trekking because the weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (July to Aug) will be affected by rain, but Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of your itinerary if your safety concern arises. Since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. It also support to the remote villages of Gorkha and to other parts of Nepal through donation. It has sponsorship programs for the underprivileged, as well as it has various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis and also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and the community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in Arupokhari village of Gorkha district of western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to keep warm from the cold weather of the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters, mules or yaks and personal belongings like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc are carried by you. You are also briefed to pack items in two different bags before you start the trek.

Ace Holidays will give you a waterproof duffel bag as a gift, which you can use on the trek, and which is carried by your porter. After the trek, the duffel bag is to be kept by yourself. In Kathmandu, you can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel, and you can later collect them after the trek.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket from Ace Holidays

    Ace Holidays provides Sleeping Bag and Down Jackets to its clients during the trek to keep you warm. It should be returned to office after trek. Or you can bring your own if you would like.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    If you have any questions and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs page or contact us.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable then please wear them as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of them.

Ace Holidays states the price per person below when booking minimum of 2 participants. For booking of the single person, there will be supplement charge of USD XXX. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 6 or more than 6 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited to you, your family and friends.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trek as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. Please fill in our tailor - made form to discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays.

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Price Includes
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two to three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (breakfast included).
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • Accommodation in a tented camp during the trek (On twin sharing basis).
  • Trekking guesthouse accommodation in Beni and Jomsom.
  • License holder English speaking trek guide and tour guide.
  • Required numbers of Porter or mules to carry your luggage in the trek (Ace Holidays assigns one porter for two trekkers).
  • Camping cook and kitchen staffs
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter, and driver.
  • Trek permits and other expenses related to trekking.
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, including airport tax (for guide and clients)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket from ACE Holidays (which need to be returned after the trek)
  • Free Ace Holidays' duffel bag and cap (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner cost you roughly US $ 10 to US $ 15 per day in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Travel Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See International Nepal Flights Page).
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Nepal Entry Visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 and US $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Tips for trek guides, tour guides, and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Tatopani (Hot Spring)
  • Switch Backs and Ridge
  • Village of the Magar People
  • Dhaulagiri and Italian Base Camps.
  • Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m), which is dominating the skyline. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).
  • Kaligandaki River Valley.
  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • The French Pass, The Dampus Pass
  • The Hidden Valley
  • Pokhara, the City of Lakes

How far have you done this Trek successfully?

We have 98% successful rate and 100% safety records.

How do I book the trip?

This trip demands you to be physically fit, but does not demand previous trekking experience. Also, you should participate in running, swimming, and hiking, in addition to one hour of aerobic exercise before you finally make up your mind for the trek. Further, you should develop the habit of walking on the steep valley, rugged terrain, and scree landscapes in your country, as these will pay you off immensely in the trek.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up to the Himalaya presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that live forever in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of this region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help you ensure that you come to the Himalayas, well equipped and with preparation to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime in this region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach as high as 25 degrees Celsius, only to dip down as low as -15 degrees Celsius in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months and seasons.

Spring - March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit this region. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen, as well as different species of flowers in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and a minimum of -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and for areas above 4000 meters at night.

July / August to Mid-September (Monsoon Season)
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 28 degrees Celsius during sunny days with a minimum -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius.

Autumn - End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn is best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, including the incredible views from the trail.

Winter - December/January/February
The average temperature during the fall is 10 degrees Celsius with a maximum temp of 15 degrees Celsius during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees Celsius in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in this region, trekkers should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather is, and there is every possible scenario to be taken into account.

What is the altitude of the Italian Base Camp?

3, 660 m

What is the altitude of Dhaulagiri Base Camp?

4, 740 m

What is the altitude of the French Pass?

5, 360 m

What is the altitude of Dhampus Pass?

5, 200 m

Does the staff of Ace Holidays come to pick me up?

Yes, they will come to pick you up in a private transportation,

Does this trip run even if I am alone?

We need minimum 2 people to arrange this trip. Price for one person departure will be very high.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu Nepal?

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo

What kinds of food can I expect in trekking?

You can expect a range of delicious foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, 'daal bhat' (rice and lentils), bread, soup, apple pies, pancakes, custard, fresh vegetables, meat items, tea, and coffee. You find a lot of garlic on the recipes, as it helps you to overcome altitude mountain sickness.

Does the guide of Ace Holidays have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received the first aid training?

Yes, they have all received 45 days trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center of Kathmandu. They have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety equipment do your guides carry during the trek in order to deal with sickness and accidents?

The guides of Ace Holidays carry first aid kit bags and mobiles during the trek. Guides also carry satellites phones while trekking in remote areas, which are out of reach of telecommunication. They are well trained to deal with altitude mountain sickness, as well.

Is there any communication facility during trekking?

Yes. There is, for examples, there are telephones in some villages, from where, you can make international calls. We will provide a Satellite phone for this trek to use in case of emergency.

Is there toilet along the trail? Is it exactly like Kilimanjaro or can I do wherever there is a privacy?

You can use the toilets in bush/behind the rock and whenever there is some privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

Yes. You can. If you want to extend your trip, then please inform to the operation manager of Ace Holidays

Is water provided and available at higher altitude also? Is it filtered or boiled?

YES our kitchen team will provide you boiled and purified water to drink, during the trek.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a problem?

No problem at all. We always suggest our clients to eat vegetables in the mountain because the non-vegetarian meals are not really that hygienic to eat.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you have?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 Degree Celsius, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you use yaks/porters in the trek, or do I have to carry all of my gears by myself?

Yes, Ace Holidays uses yaks, mules or porters in the trek, and you have to carry all your personal belongings, such as camera, water bottle, sunscreen cream, etc in your daypack by yourself.

What type of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu and during the trek?

Accommodation includes shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast. During trek, accommodation includes tented camp on twin sharing basis. Ace Holidays provides you sleeping bag and down jacket which must be returned after the trip or you may bring your own.

For the nights at Beni and Jomsom the accommodation will be at trekking guesthouse.

What are the kinds of transportation that Ace Holidays use?

Ace Holidays uses different kinds of transportations, depending on the nature of the travel. It provides the transportation to and from the destination. And the transportation includes from domestic airlines to a local bus, from helicopter to yaks or mules, and from an air – conditioned private vehicle to a tourist bus and local bus. Ace Holidays provides you only those options, which enhance your local experience, and which allow you to travel comfortably and efficiently in Kathmandu and to other places of Nepal.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel we provide in Kathmandu includes the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Is Ace Holidays' staff insured?

Yes, the trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

How much should I tip to my guide and porters?

Ace Holidays recommends you to tip about 10% to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides and porters (60% to the guide and 40% to the porters). The tip should reflect the level of satisfaction.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations.

Yes, you have plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after trekking. For more information, please check our special trips in this website.

Do I need to book my international flight ticket to and from Nepal by myself?

Yes, you should book your International flight ticket by yourself because Ace Holidays is a local agent, and it would cost you significantly higher, if you book through us.

What vaccination will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

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