Round Dhaulagiri Trek Thapa Peak

17 Days

Trip Highlights:

  • Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp with glorious views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m).
  • View other famous mountains of Nepal like Nilgiri (6940m), Tukchhe peak (6920m), Sita Chuchura (6611m), Thorang Peak (6484m), Mukut Himal (6639m) and Annapurna South (7219m).
  • Trek to Thapa Peak Summit (6,012m) and enjoy the sceneries of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Explore the culture and traditions of Gurung and Tibetan people living in challenging conditions.


Thapa Peak is considered one of the highest trekking trails in Nepal that stretches along the foothills of the Dhaulagiri range. This is a longer trek compared to others because trekkers will be spending most of your time interacting with nature via camping. Likewise, trekkers can enjoy the views of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (6940m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Thorung Peak (6484m), Annapurna South (7219m), and the beautiful river of Kali Gandaki. But the most memorable will be the experience you will have gained by adapting to the challenging trails of the Dhaulagiri Round Trek.


We begin our trip in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Once you arrive, our staff will drive you to the hotel. You can visit the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, such as Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You leave for Pokhara the next morning and head to Takam for your first camp. After a couple of days of trekking through villages of Bagar and Dovan, we reach the Italian Base Camp. We take a one-day rest here to acclimatize with the environment. It is pretty much snowy everywhere as you make your way to Dhaulagiri Base camp and the Hidden valley via the French pass. From Hidden Valley, we make our way to Thapa Peak Base Camp, and the next morning, the hike to Thapa Peak Summit begins. Once you reach the summit, you can get a glorious view of the whole Annapurna region in front of you. Then, you will drive back to Pokhara via Marpha. You can spend your day in leisure in Pokhara, visiting Lakeside, paragliding, cycling, or visiting famous sites such as Begnas Lake, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, etc. The best season for trekking in Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Thapa Peak is during autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May).


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You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, where you will meet our staff who will greet you warmly and drop you to the hotel. You can get refreshed and take some rest in your hotel. In the evening, you can stroll around in the streets of Thamel, a famous place in Kathmandu for tourists. At dinner, our trekking guides will brief you on the trip, and you can ask any queries.

After breakfast, our guides will take you to visit some of the famous heritage sites of Kathmandu, such as Swayambhunath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. If you wish to visit any other places, you can inform us, and we will take you there. You can buy or rent trekking equipment in Thamel.

After an early breakfast, we will take a first-morning flight to Pokhara, which is just 30-45 minutes. After getting settled in the hotel you can explore Pokhara in your leisure time. Boating in the Lakeside is one of the main attractions as you get to view the vast and beautiful Fewa Taal. If you are into adventure sports, you can also try paragliding in Pame. You can stroll around the Lakeside in the evening.

We leave for Takam in the early hours after breakfast. It’s not a long ride from Pokhara. We set camp in Takam. Bonfires will also be set up in the evening as we soak up the culture and traditions of the Gurung and Magar people living in this area. Meanwhile, you can explore around the campsite and enjoy the views of the surrounding landscapes.

Your first trek begins here as you make your way to Bagar. As you make your way to Bagar, you will notice lesser settlements. Finally, you make your way through forests and meadows covered with thick vegetation and a great view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). The trail continues to head north as you cross several streams to settle at Bagar. Overnight camping at Bagar.

After breakfast, you will begin the trek to Dovan. The trail gets a bit steep as you again make your way through forests filled with rhododendrons and wild oaks. Passing a few ethnic Magar settlements, you will reach Dovan. Dovan is a small, dominantly Magar village located on the way to the Italian Base Camp.

We will leave Dovan early in the morning as we have to complete a more significant distance on this day. You can get a fantastic view of Myagdi Khola and impressive waterfalls along the way. On the way, you can view the west face of Mt. Dhaulagiri from here. As you will have reached an altitude of 3,600 meters, you start seeing glaciers once you reach the Italian Base Camp.

Since there is a sudden rise in altitude, we must take one day to rest to acclimatize ourselves with the environment. The air starts getting thinner, and temperatures also drop considerably. A generous view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) can be seen from here. Rest is also needed to avoid altitude sickness. You can explore around the base camp and relish the views of the Himalayas on this day.

After breakfast, you will make your way to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Because of the considerable distance, you need to cover, and you will start your trek early in the morning. On the trail to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you can see hills capped off with snow. You stop at Swiss Base Camp for rest and lunch. Once you make your way to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you will notice the snow starts covering most of the trail. You can also get a beautiful view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) along with its neighboring ranges from the base camp.

After breakfast, you begin your trek to Hidden Valley. You will pass by the French Pass, which is at a height and get a glorious view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) from here. This trail has its ups and downs as the French Pass is higher than the Hidden Valley. Once you reach Hidden Valley, you can get a glorious view of other mountains such as Sita Chuchura (6611m), Mukut Himal (6639m), and Tashi Kang (6386m). We camp overnight at the Hidden Valley.

As we make our way to Thapa Peak Base Camp, we may come across more challenging conditions such as heavy winds, low temperatures, and so on. So, we shall move slowly and steadily along the Thapa Pass, also known as Dhampus Pass. Once we reach the Base Camp, we can see the Thapa Peak or Dhampus Peak (6012m) very clearly. We set up camp there overnight.

This is the day you do your final climb to the summit of Thapa Peak. This is the highest point of the trek and is a challenging one at that. Once you manage to reach the summit, it feels like you're at the top of the world. The top offers a mesmerizing view of the Dhaulagiri, Muktinath, and Nilgiri Himal range. You can take photos as mementos spend some time marveling at the view then make your way back to the Base Camp. The climb may take up to 10 hours or even more.

After breakfast, you make your way to Marpha. As you make your descent, the snow gets replaced with gravel, and the trail is more distinct. You make a stop at Yak Kharka for rest and recuperation. As you make your way to Marpha, you will also notice a lot of apple trees since Marpha is also known as the "apple capital of Nepal." You should try the famous apple brandy here.

You will make your way to Pokhara early in the morning by road. The drive is a bit long due to the rough terrain. On the drive, you will go past the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is the deepest river gorge in the world. We stop on our way for lunch and appropriate breaks along the way. Once you reach Pokhara, our staff will escort you to the hotel.

This day will be for your leisure. There are a lot of places to visit in Pokhara, such as sunrise in Sarangkot, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Begnas Lake, Phewa Lake, World Peace Stupa, and so on. You can even go for adventure sports like rafting, paragliding, zip-lining, and mountain biking. There are a lot of shops in Lakeside where you can buy souvenirs for your trip.

You will leave for Kathmandu on an early flight. After you reach Kathmandu, we will drop you to your hotel. Once you get refreshed, you can take rest or stroll around the streets of Thamel. In the evening we will have a final group dinner in Thamel. You can also buy souvenirs from here.

We will make sure that you reach the airport on time so that you won’t miss your flight. Namaste, and we hope to see you again!

Cost Includes

  • 01: All arrival and departure transportation on private vehicles airport to hotel and vice versa.
  • 02: On best Tourist Standard Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis, as well on twin sharing basis in hotel rooms.
  • 03: Sightseeing tour if included on the itinerary, with expert guide and all entrance fees around places of interest.
  • 04: Local transportation before and after the trek from Pokhara.
  • 05: Applicable trekking permits TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) with ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking permit .
  • 06: Full board on trekking includes breakfast, lunch and dinner with twin room accommodation on best lodge available on treks.
  • 07: Wages, insurance, transportation allowance for guide, porters including meals and accommodation.
  • 08: Comprehensive medical and First Aid kits in case of unfortunate illness.
  • 09: For Dhaulagiri Circuit on camping overnight in two men tents with all meals included, as per the itinerary and trip cost.
  • 10: For Dhaulagiri Circuit domestic air fare from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Cost Excludes

  • 01: Personal medical / travel insurance and Nepal entrance visa fees and International air fare.
  • 02: Meals while in Kathmandu and at Pokhara, expenses of personal nature drinks, laundry and hard or soft drinks. Showers hot / cold during trekking and fees for using electronic items for charging in lodges on treks.
  • 03: Emergency evacuation in case of unfortunate accidents, illness or personal problem using any means of fast transport including helicopter service.
  • 04: Personal trekking gear, sleeping bags and down jackets if not included in the trip package.
  • 05: Early return from the trek due to illness, medical or personal problem no refund will be entertained. Which has to be claim from your medical / travel insurance.
  • 06: Single supplement in hotel rooms either in Kathmandu or Pokhara as well on trekking. At extra cost on top of the trip cost.
  • 07: For single tent on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, at extra cost on top of the trip cost.
  • 08: Gratitude or tipping of trekking staff and guide, drivers.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

01: Is Dhaulagiri Round and Thapa Peak difficult trek and climb adventure?

Dhaulagiri Circuit or around is quite a challenging and difficult trek, in snow
conditions. However, the Dhaulagiri is getting popular among trekkers and

mountaineers as well as climbers. The tough part is walking on glaciers for a few
days till Hidden Valley. The climb of Thapa Peak is not difficult for basic and expert

02: Where is Thapa Peak and French pass?

Thapa Peak 6,012 m and French Pass at 5,360 m, located Far North West of Nepal
within the district of Mygdi and close to Mustang areas of Kaligandaki River

03: What types of accommodation and food to expect on this trek and climb?

As this trek and climb lead to the complete wilderness, where few trekkers and
adventurers seldom use this isolated route. Throughout the trek and climb of
Thapa Peak will be on tented camping after leaving the Darbang village.
All camping equipment will be carried, including food for the trek and climb,
Brown Bear Trail provides a separate kitchen unit for the cook, and kitchen staff along with
guide, camping/trekking staff and porters to carry all the camping gear.

04: What happens if someone gets very sick in between the trek and climb?

Depending upon the seriousness of the patient, for minor wounds and sickness,
having self-treatment with the medicines carried by the clients and from Brown
Bear Trail. For critical conditions, the victim should be brought and evacuated to
a safe lower place to the nearest medical post or hospital by the fastest means of
transportation. In some situation requires Helicopter service the fastest means to
bring the sick to Pokhara or Kathmandu for further treatment.

05: Is there any facilities to charge our electronic gadgets?

On leaving major big villages and towns, most of the area of trekking route
will be around remote areas. Far from human settlements or villages.
Walking beyond main villages with facilities of electricity where trekkers cannot
charge their electronic items. Where trekkers need to carry a portable Solar
Panel for charging their electronic gadgets till Marpha village or Jomsom town is
reached at the end of the trek and climb.

06: Which is the best time for this wonderful adventure?

The best time and season are spring and autumn / fall. Spring starts from March
to May. The spring will be lively and bright with clear fine days most of the time
with longer sunlight hours. Where hills will be alive with wildflowers in full bloom

especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. Could get snow-fall
sometimes and light rain around lower areas.
The next time is autumn/fall from September to November, most days are
crystal clear for views and walks. But days are short due to the sunlight hours of
autumn and pre-winter times. Can expect snowfall around a high altitude above
2,000 m high, extra cold with the wind-chill factor.

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