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  • Trip Name : Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Trip Duration : 21 Days
  • Activity : Trekking

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri 8,167m - the 7th highest mountain in the world - means the "white mountain" though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain.

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Dhaulagiri 8,167m - the 7th highest mountain in the world - means the "white mountain" though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain. This is a strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal. The simple reason behind it is that it consists of more than fifteen 7,000m magnificent peaks with land of dramatic contrast.

Dhaulagiri trekking routes start after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni, from Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babiachour, Dorbang and Darapani to Muri, from where you head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills. From Muri, you head north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north you skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available. Head north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360m), between Tukche Peak (6,920m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Heading east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250m), between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m) from where you begin your descent, heading south-east to Alubari. From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then heads north to Jomsom from where you fly back to Pokhara.

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Day 2 - Visit old town of Kathmandu

Day 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m / 2,723ft), via Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

Day 4 - Trek from Beni to Babiachor  (950m / 3,117ft)

Day 5 - Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani (1,400m / 4,593ft)

Day 6 - Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,850m / 6,070ft)

Day 7 - Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080m / 6,824ft)

Day 8 - Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2,520m / 8,268ft)

Day 9 - Trek from Dobang to Choriban Khola (3,110m / 10,203ft)

Day 10 - Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660m / 12,008ft)

Day 11 - Italian Base Camp acclimatization day

Day 12 - Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210m / 13,812ft)

Day 13 - Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m / 15,551ft)

Day 14 - Dhaulagiri Base Camp acclimatization day

Day 15 - Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,200m / 17,060ft), via French Pass (5,360m / 17,585ft)

Day 16 - Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3,680m / 12,073ft), via Dhampus Pass (5,200m / 17,060ft)

Day 17 - Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft)

Day 18 - Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

Day 19 - Free day at Pokhara

Day 20 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft). Free day at Kathmandu

Day 21 - Departure from Nepal

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Upon arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.

 

Day 2 - Visit old town of Kathmandu

A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.

 

Day 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m / 2,723ft), via Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. We proceeds onwards from Pokhara to Beni, which is the starting point of our trek.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Beni to Babiachor  (950m / 3,117ft)

Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor.

 

Day 5 - Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani (1,400m / 4,593ft)

The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani.

 

Day 6 - Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,850m / 6,070ft)

After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi, the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1,810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri.

 

Day 7 - Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080m / 6,824ft)

Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465m). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2,080m).

 

Day 8 - Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2,520m / 8,268ft)

The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is one single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang.

 

Day 9 - Trek from Dobang to Choriban Khola (3,110m / 10,203ft)

After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

 

Day 10 - Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660m / 12,008ft)

Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6,837m) becomes visible straight ahead; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3,660m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).

 

Day 11 - Italian Base Camp acclimatization day

We will spend a day acclimatizing to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adjusted for higher altitudes in the days to follow.

 

Day 12 - Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210m / 13,812ft)

Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier.

 

Day 13 - Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m / 15,551ft)

This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north-east col.

 

Day 14 - Dhaulagiri Base Camp acclimatization day

Another day to take some rest and more importantly, acclimatize to the lower air pressure. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore.

 

Day 15 - Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,200m / 17,060ft), via French Pass (5,360m / 17,585ft)

After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360m). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From the French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m). Descending from the Thapa Pass you will make it to the camp at 5,200m.

 

Day 16 - Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3,680m / 12,073ft), via Dhampus Pass (5,200m / 17,060ft)

Descend from the Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings.

 

Day 17 - Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft)

Continue on to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from the fruit. Don't forget to taste the local Apple Brandy a specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.

 

Day 18 - Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. We then head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a scenic 4-hour drive.

 

Day 19 - Free day at Pokhara

Today is a free day at Pokhara for relaxation and looking back at our fantastic trip. This is also a reserve day in case of flight cancellations and/or delays in Jomsom. There are several activities you may way to try out at Pokhara, including paragliding, microlight and zipliner among others. You may also go sightseeing at various places of interests like Gupteshwar Caves, museums, Davis Falls, etc.

 

Day 20 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft). Free day at Kathmandu

We catch a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The short flight takes us over the hills and mountains that glisten below. Once we reach Kathmandu, the rest of the day will be leisure and free for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.

 

Day 21 - Departure from Nepal

The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Details

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Price Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle for airport and hotel pick up/drop off, sightseeing and transfers
  • All domestic flights (if any)
  • Accommodation in teahouses and hotels
  • All meals during trek
  • Entry permit to parks, monuments and cultural landmarks
  • Trekking guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) their daily wages, food, accommodation and other expenses
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • In case of emergency, we can send helicopters for evacuation, manage all paperwork, and deal with related insurance companies (provided the client has valid insurance)


Price Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance covering medical treatment and evacuation by ground and air
  • Nepal entry visa, obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Rescue and evacuation
  • Extra road transport/flight cost in case member returns earlier
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and if applicable, in Pokhara
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, communication and bar bill
  • Tips for trip staff and driver. (Tipping is appreciated)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section