Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek a daring adventure around the seventh highest peak in the world Dhaulagiri(8167m). The Trek starts from Beni and follows the route of Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang.  Most of the route is covered with snow and trekkers should pass through the glacier when it crosses French Col pass (5420m). During the trekking trekker’s follow the route head of a hidden valley, and cross Dhampus Pass (5155m) which is off beaten track.  It is an extremely challenging trek. The trail passes through diverse culture, alpine pastures, forest, barren land and uninhabited valley. Dhaulagiri was discovered in 1808. In order to accomplish this trekker’s require a excellent physical fitness and basic mountaineering skills. It is best trekking destination located in western part of Nepal. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is renowned for its remoteness and thrilling adventure. Therefore it is known as a land of dramatic contrast due to its climate variations. Normally trek end with descending through Marpha and return to Pokhara via flight. A Virgin Trail where the mountain scenery is simply breathtaking. During this trek, we need to organize full board camping trek. Our staff will carry all necessary goods which are required during the trek.

History about Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri was discovered in 1808 which was renowned as a seventh highest mountain in the world. The first expedition to Dhaulagiri was lead by Maurice Herzog a French expedition, but they couldn’t be made a successful attempt due to lack of a feasible route. The successful ascent to Dhaulagiri was made on May 13, 1960, which was lead by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali joint venture expedition.

Trekking around Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers a daring adventure where participants face numerous obstacles for successful completion of a trek. Hence it is a bit more challenging in comparison to other treks. Therefore our highly skilled guide and porters will assist you in every aspect during the trek to ensure that the trek goes far better than expected.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Package inclusions and exclusions

Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Transfer airport - hotel - airport including domestic airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Transportation Kathmandu - Beni by private vehicle
  • Beni – Darbang by local jeep/bus
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee + TIMS Card
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee during the trek at tented camp and lodge
  • Accommodation at lodge and tented camp
  • Sleeping tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and kitchen gears during the camping period
  • 1 Guide, 1 cook/kitchen boy, and necessary porters during the trek
  • Staff: food, accommodation, transportation, daily wages and Insurance
  • Camping staff: transportation from Marpha – Beni - Kathmandu
  • Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu by flight or tourist bus
  • All government and local taxes
Whats not included in this tour Items that are not covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Bar bills & beverage (like mineral water, coke, beer and etc.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Day 01
Kathmandu (1350 m)

After arrival in Kathmandu airport we will transfer to Hotel.

Day 02

This day we have free day for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and prepare for trekking, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03
Kathmandu - Beni

Early morning we drive to Beni we will reach Beni after 9/10 hours drive. Overnight at hotel/Guest House/Lodge.

Day 04
Beni - Darbang (1180m.) - Dharapani (1470 m)

This day we will drive to Darbang after 3 hours we reach Darbang. Then we startour trekking to Dharapni after 3 hours ascend we will reach Dharapani, from there we will see MountDhaulagiri and Manapathi. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 05
Dharapani - Muri(1905 m)

This day we will walk towards Muri along the side of Myagdi river, on the way we will see various village settlements mostly of Magar communities (one of the ethnic groups of Nepal), after 6/7 hours of ascending and descending walk we will reach Muri. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 06
Muri - Bagar (2080 m)

This day we will start our trek through ascending and descending trails towards Bagar crossing jungles and rivers . After 7/ 8 hours we reach Bagar. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 07
Bagar - Doban (2545 m)

This day we will trek towards Doban which takes about 5 hours. Here we leave the villages behind and the trail becomes increasingly challenging. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 08
Doban - Sallaghari (3585 m)

This day we will walk for about 6/7 hours to reach Sallaghari . The early part of the gentle ascending trail moves through forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons. After trekking for some hours gently where the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, we reach Sallaghari. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 09
Sallaghari - Italian Base Camp (3660 m)

This day we will walk towards Italian Camp for about  4 hours to reach Italian Base Camp. The trail is covered by bamboo forest all the way to Italian Base Camp. At some points we cross small bridges and little jungles. There is an open field at Italian Base Camp. From here we will see breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi peak, Dhaulagiri II among other unnamed peaks and mountains. Overnight at Tented Camp in Italian Base Camp

Day 10
Rest day for acclimatization

Day 11
Italian Base Camp - Japanese Base Camp

This day we will walk mostly on the glacier. We will walk through the trail between mountains on our both sides. After 5/6 hours we will reach Japanese Base Camp. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 12
Japanese Base Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750 m)

This day we will walk for about 6/7 hours through the glacier to reach Dhaulagiri base camp, from where we can see the same view as Japanese Base Camp. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 13
Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French pass (5360 m) - Hidden Valley (5166 m)

This day day we will walk towards HiddenValley through FrenchPass (5360m.). At the beginning we will follow ascending trail for about 4 hours, after that we will gently descend for some while and walk straight towards HiddenValley. From there we will see breathtaking views of  Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, VI, TukuchePeak, DhampusPeak, ThapaPeak, Upper mustan range, Dolpa range and many others. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 14
Hidden Valley - Thapa pass (5244 m) - Yak Kharka (3880 m)

This day we will walk gently uphill towards Thapa pass. It takes about 3 hours to reach Thapa pass. After thapa pass we will start our walk towards Yak Kharka through uphill and downhill trails. We will reach Yak Kharka after 4/5 hours. From there we will see good views of  Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, mostly of Annapurna range. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 15
Yak Kharka – Tukuche (2590 m)

This day we will walk downhill towards Marpha. Those who don’t have time to continue further journey head towards jomsom and Next day take a flight to Pokhara.

Those who have time, they will continue journey towards Tukuche through Marpha. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 16
Tukuche – Ghasa (2010m)

We start our journey towards Ghasa. We will reach Ghasa after 5/6 hours. We cross between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range, from where we can see panoramic views of TukuchePeak, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Pisang peak. We will slightly descend towards Ghasa. After walking 1 and half hour we will reach Ghasa.  Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 17
Ghasa - Tatopani (1190m)

We descend gently towards Tatopani it will take 6/ 7 hours walk to reach Tatopani. This day we will walk along the Kaligandaki river, we will see world’s deepest gorge which is known as Kaligandaki Gorge, This gorge is formed between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 18
Tatopani – Ghorepani (2750m)

This day we have to be prepared for long and little hard walk. We ascend towards Ghorepani from Tatopani it will take 8/ 9 hours walk to reach Ghorepani, on the way we will see scenic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna south, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal and many more mountains. Overnight at Lodge

Day 19
Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3200m) – Hille (1475m)

Early in the morningwe will walk one and half hour to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani, from where we will see beautiful panoramic views of whole Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri and also we will enjoy beautiful view of sunrise. After around one hour we will return to Ghorepani for breakfast and descend towards Tikhedhunga or Hile, we will walk 4 or 5 hours to reach Tikhedhunga or Hile. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 20
Hille – Nayapul – Pokhara

After breakfast we will descend gently towards Nayapul after walking 3 to 4 hours. After reaching Nayapul we will hire a taxi to Pokhara. It will take one and half hour by taxi to reach Pokhara. Overnight at Overnight at Hotel

Day 21
Pokhara – Kathmandu

There is flight to Kathmandu after every half and hour. We will have enough time to explore around Pokhara.  Afternoon fly to Kathmandu, It will take 25 minutes flight form Pokhara to reach Kathmandu. Otherwise we can drive by tourist bus which will take 7/ 8 hours to reach Kathmandu, Overnight at hotel

Day 22

This daywe will have a free day for shopping and other activities such as Kathmandu city sightseeing etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 23
Final departure

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  • Trip profile
    Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
  • Trip Level
  • Duration
    23 Days /22 Nights
  • Trip Type
  • Best Season
    March/May- Sep/Nov
  • Altitude
    5420 m
  • Group Size
    1-15pax above
  • Start/Enf of Trek

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