Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an extremely exciting trek that takes the trekkers through one of the best trekking trails in Nepal. The trekking trail around mount Dhaulagiri; the 7th highest mountain in the world, was first discovered in 1950 by a French expedition team. The trek is challenging and requires the trekkers to have excellent physical condition and basic mountaineering skills.

The challenging Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek enables the trekkers to get out of their comfort zones and experience the real wilderness. The trek drives you along the varied landscapes, hidden valleys; high mountain passes with the spectacular views of the mountains namely Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna and several other neighboring peaks.

The exciting trek that initiates from a small town near the Myagdi River and Kali Gandaki gorge will take the trekkers to the unspoiled regions with their intact beauty. The stunning glaciers are the dream of every travel lover which is fulfilled by the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Trekkers will cross the French pass at 5,360 meters and Dhampus pass at 5,234 meters which will be their greatest achievement of the trek. Apart from these passes and snow capped mountains, the trek is equally rich in floral and faunal diversity. The local people sustaining their life with their unique culture are adorable and beautiful.

The journey starts with a scenic drive to Beni from where the actual trekking starts. Despite of being difficult and having a limited accommodation option, the trek to Dhaulagiri paradise is worth accomplishing.


DAY 1: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
You will be met at the airport and be taken to the hotel. You may relax or explore until the group meets at dinner.

DAY 2: TOUR AROUND KATHMANDU
After breakfast, you venture out for the full day sightseeing (6-7 hours) in a fascinating medieval city, its streets, bazaars, temples, shrines and Buddhist stupas are crowded with peoples of every creed, color and race. Rickshaws, taxis and hooting motorists add to the din and create that special atmosphere that Kathmandu is so famous for. You visit the Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple) and the Durbar Square in the heart of the city. This is where the Kumari is. Many of Kathmandu’s most historic and important temples are located here. Next you will drive to Patan, once a beautiful city in its own right which rivaled Kathmandu in terms of the splendor of its temples and squares. You cross a bridge over the Bagmati River that links Kathmandu with the city of Patan, its neighbor to the south. Patan has more excellent architecture and has long been a centre of Newari craftsmanship. There will also be time to purchase any last minute supplies for the mountains.

DAY 3: KATHMANDU TO BENI (850 m) 8 – 9 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast, we will start our journey. Our first destination is Beni. However, we will be reaching Beni in a private vehicle. The drive is about 8 to 9 hours long and takes you through the Nepali villages and lifestyle.

DAY 4: TREK TO BABIYACHOUR (1,000 m) 5 HOURS TREK
From Beni, we will now start our trek. Today we will be heading to Babiyachour for our night stay. Our trek starts with a west turn along the Myagdi Khola. After a continuous trek for about 4 hours, we will arrive at Babiyachour. We will find a suitable camping site for overnight.
Overnight in Camp in Babiyachour, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5: BABIYACHOUR TO DHARAPANI (1470 m) 6-7 HOURS TREK
After an early breakfast in Babiyachour, we start to walk along the Myagdi Khola. We will cross several villages before we reach Darbang. We will cross the suspension bridge and the trail will offer the trekkers with the first glimpse of the Mount Dhaulagiri South. As we continue to climb up the hills, we will now reach the Dharapani. Dharapani is a small village where the Gurung, Magars and the Chhetries inhabit.
Overnight in Camp in Dharapani, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 6: DHARAPANI TO MURI (1850 m) 5 - 6 HOURS TREK
Since we have a long walk ahead, we start early morning towards Muri. Along the rail, we will cross some prosperous villages like Takum and Sibang with the rice and wheat farmed terraced fields.
The trail continues to pass through the beautiful scenic surroundings and traditional villages. You will also get the view of the Mount Gurja and Puta Hiunchuli in the west. Leaving the Sibang village, trekkers will stand at the junction of the uphill trail towards the Jaljala Paaa and the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.
We take a right turn along the trail and cross a suspension bridge that comes along the way. We continue to walk unless we reach Muri, our destination for today. The Muri village is a village of Magar settlement with almost 600 houses.
Overnight in Camp in Muri village, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 7: MURI TO BOGHARA (2080 m) 6 HOURS TREK
We start our trek after breakfast. We will cross the Muri Khola through a bridge and then enter into a bamboo forest. The trail will lead us to the rejoin with the Darbang trail. Further half an hour walk and then we start to climb up the hill. About 4 hours of the uphill climb will take us to Boghara village. The Boghara village is a small Magar village where we will find a suitable place to camp and spend the night.
Overnight in Camp in Boghara village, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 8: BOGHARA TO DOBANG (2350 m) 6 HPURS TREK
We start our trek initially with an uphill climb after breakfast in Boghara. We will follow the gorge where the beautiful waterfalls and bee hives occur in the right side of the valley. Along the trail, the trekkers will encounter the group of buffalos and may be the Langur monkeys. Before reaching Dobang, we will walk through the forest of oak, and bamboo trees. Dobang lies near the Dhaulagiri V which is also the beast grassy site for camping.
Overnight in Camp in Dobang, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9: DOBANG TO CHORIBAN KHOLA (3130 m) 5 HOURS TREK
After breakfast, we leave Dobang. The trail crosses a wooden bridge and then ascends through a forest. The trail offers the trekkers with a view of the Dhaulagiri. We descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross a wooden bridge that continues to Charatare.
Overnight in Camp in Choriban Khola, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10: SALLAGHARI TO ITALIAN BASE CAMP (3660 m) 3 – 4 HOURS TREK
Today’s trek is relatively shorter. We start to walk through the glacier where a huge avalanche occurred in 2012 from the Dhaulagiri west face. We come across a small stream and then start to climb the ridge. After an upward climb in the ridge, we enter the bamboo forest, juniper trees and climb up the grassy land where Italian Base Camp lies. From the base camp, trekkers will see the views of the Mount Dhaulagiri and Tsaurabong peak.
Overnight in Camp in Italian Base Camp, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11: A DAY IN ITALIAN BASE CAMP
We will spend a day around the base camp. We will go for a sidewalk for a couple of hours in order to acclimatize with the altitude. We will take a walk around the camp and enjoy the view of the Dhaulagiri and Tsaurabong peak. The remaining part of the day is for rest.

DAY 12: ITALIAN BASE CAMP TO GLACIER CAMP (4200 m) 4 – 5 HOURS TREK
After breakfast, we walk for half an hour and then steeply climb down the glacier. Afterwards, we climb up the gorge and walk through the Swiss Camp. Then, we will cross the glacier and then continue transverse along the left side of the Chonbarden gorge. The narrow Chonbarden gorge continues for another hour to the Glacier camp.
Overnight in Camp in Glacier camp, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 13: GLACIER CAMP TO DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP (4740 m) 4 – 5 HOURS TREK
Early in the morning, we will follow the rough trail and begin the uphill climb. The trail is composed of the moraine covered glacier up to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. As the trekkers stand on the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, they will be rewarded with the impressive views of the Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak and Little Eiger. In the west, you can see the Dhaulagiri II and IV.
Overnight in Dhaulagiri Base Camp, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 14: REST DAY AT DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP
Today is another day for acclimatization. A spare day in the Dhaulagiri Base Camp will help the trekkers to adjust in the climate and the other environmental factors before moving further higher. We will spend a day in the base camp on the bottom of the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche.

DAY 15: DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP TO HIDDEN VALLEY (5050 m) VIA FRENCH PASS (5360 m)
After breakfast in the camp, we begin our trek along the moraine strip and then cross the Upper Chonbarden glacier. As we continue, a high lateral moraine ridge can be seen. Then, we begin descending steeply to the lateral moraine ridge which provides us with the beautiful views of he Dhaulagiri I, and Tukuche Peak. From here, we continue to pass through our final pass: French Pass. The view from the top of the pass is stunning. From the French Pass, we will descend down to the valley where we will be camping tonight.
Overnight in camp in Hidden valley, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 16: HIDDEN VALLEY TO YAK KHARKA (3680 m) VIA DHAMPUS PASS 9 – 10 HOURS TREK
Today’s trek will be the longest in our whole trip. The trail is also more challenging that starts with a snow slope climb to reach the Dhampus Pass at 5240 meters. The Dhampus Pass offers the trekkers with the view of the Dhampus Peak in the left and the Tukuche Peak in the right. From the pass, the t trail descends and takes a left turn towards the Kali Gandaki Valley. There is also a long transverse on snow that usually takes four hours pass through the Batase Danda. And then we start to descend towards the Yak Kharka. The trail provides the views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri.
Overnight in Hidden valley, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 17: YAK KHARKA TO JOMSOM (2670 m) 5 HOURS TREK
Today we will trek downhill to Marpha. Marpha is a beautiful Thakali village with whitewashed houses, Buddhist monasteries and paved streets. Marpha is famous for the apple orchards, apple cider and apple juice. From Marpha, we will trek to Jomsom. You will be happy to reach Jomsom for your stay in Jomsom will be more relaxing. Your hotel will serve you with good meal and also provide with a hot water shower to relax yourself after the real tiring trek.
Overnight in hotel in Jomsom, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 18: FLY FROM JOMSOM TO POKHARA
After breakfast, we will catch a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The scenic flight duration is 25 minutes. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have a day to relax yourself.
Overnight in Pokhara

DAY 19: FLY FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
From Pokhara, we will catch a morning flight for Kathmandu. The flight offers with the beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountain. As soon as we reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.

DAY 20: DEPARTURE
This takes your trip to an end. Our representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

  • Government Trained License Holder English-speaking guide/leader
  • All domestic and International airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/cities with twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All domestic airfares
  • All meals and accommodation on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • A free high-quality Dolma Treks duffel bag/relative trekking map and Tee-shirt
  • Trek staff and full porteragem
  • All camping gears in our camping treks
  • High altitude Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • National Park fees + Permits

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips
  • Laundry and personal expenses
  • Whatever is not mentioned in the included section

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