Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek (21 days)

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  •  Duration: 21 days
  •  Trip Code: -
  •  Best Time: -February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
  •  Trek Start-End: - Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  •  Group Size: -
  •  Trip Grade: -
  •  Max Elevation: - 5,360 m /17580 ft
  •  Accommodation: -

Trip highlights:

  • Sightsee in Kathmandu and Pokhara with a guide.
  • Road trip to Beni.
  • Visit the Mur Magar Village.
  • Visit the Dhaulagiri and Italian Base Camp.
  • Go via the French pass, Dhampus pass, and hidden valley.
  • Visit the famous, Kali Gandaki River Valley.
  • Exquisite flight to Pokhara from Jomsom with a beautiful aerial.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Day 2: Tour around the valley
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850 m) in a Public Bus – 8 hours
  • Day 4: Beni to Babiachor (950 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 5: Babiachor to Dharapani (1,400 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 6: From Dharapani to Muri (1,850 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 7: Muri to Boghara (2,080 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 8: Boghara to Dobang (2,520 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 9: Dobang to Choriban Khola (3,110 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 10: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m) – 7 hours
  • Day 11: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 12: Italian base camp to Glacier Camp (4,210 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 13: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 m) – 7 hours
  • Day 14: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 15: From Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Cross French Pass (5,360 m) and Trek to Hidden Valley (5,200 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 16: From Hidden Valley - Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200 m) and Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 17: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,710 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 18: From Jomsom - Morning Flight to Pokhara – 30 minutes
  • Day 19: Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus
  • Day 21: Transfer to the Airport

Trip information:

Dhaulagiri Circuit is a difficult trek, through high alpine fields, higher passes, and serene and isolated valleys. The 7th highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri (8,167m); means the “white mountain” though many mountains over the world have names that translate to White Mountain. Everyone is accustomed to the name Dhaulagiri which is located in the western part of Nepal and is probably by far, the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal. The mere reason behind it is that it consists of more than fifteen 7,000 m magnificent peaks with the land of tense contrast.

Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking route will start after an 8-hour scenic tour from Kathmandu to Beni. After reaching Beni, we will head in a north-western direction through Babichour village, Dorbang, and then Darapani to Muri, from where we will head north yet keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri will be the last major village along this trail. It has been inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and evolved from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills. From Muri, we will head north forward to the Myagdi Khola via the villages of Baghara, Dobang, and Chartare to Pakoban. There are no permanent settlements, beyond Pakoban but if we head north we can go around the Chhanbardan Glacier, and then keep to the left side, to reach the destination of beauty and paradise i.e Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available. Head towards north-east from the Base Camp and ascend the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360 m), connecting Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m). You will be descending a little while heading to the east and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250 m), connecting Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m).  We will be stepping downwards from here, heading south-east to Alubari. The trail further lead us to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River from Alubari and then heads north to Jomsom from where you take a flight back to Pokhara.

For those who have got ample time for the Dhaulagiri circuit trek, there is an option of continuing to trek down to Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani then into Pokhara.

 

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Firstly, on arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport. He/She will be holding up the signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be escorted to your hotel. You can visit our office to get more information about the trek. In case you happen to arrive after 4 pm, you will be briefed about the trip by our authorized guide. Please make sure to carry along your passport, 3 copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Also, make sure to clear any due balance and then sign on the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer form. Afterthen, you can have some refreshment and xplorre around the city in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel. No meals are included.

Day 2Tour around the valley

We will start our day with a satisfying breakfast and leave around 8.30 am on a private vehicle and an authorized tour guide at your company. We will visit the world heritage sites around the valley, some including Bhaktapur – Bhaktapur is culturally and historically famous city. Pagoda style five-storied temple; Nyatapola, Batsala temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, 55 windows Palace, and Pujari Muth are some of the major attractions. Pashupatinath Temple is the sacred temple located on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Although one cannot enter the main temple unless they are Hindus, you can see the temple and observe the activities performed from the eastern Bagmati River. Boudhanath Stupa is the biggest and holiest stupa built in the 5th century. You will find Buddhists pilgrims from all over the world especially Tibet, taking rounds of the stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. Then we can go for further exploration around the Thamel and shop for the next day’s trekking gears Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850 m) in a Public Bus – 8 hours

After a warm breakfast, you will head to Beni by a local bus. You will find most of the spectacle is very welcoming in the countryside. Beni has a police check post where your trekking permits will be reviewed as it is the district headquarters. The town is at the convergence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 4Beni to Babiachor (950 m) – 5 hours

Restarting from Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek directs west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). After 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 extends to the village of Babichor. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5Babiachor to Dharapani (1,400 m) – 6 hours

The valley broadens and terraced hills appear on both sides of the river. The trail passes the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. You can experience beautiful wide scenario where the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6From Dharapani to Muri (1,850 m) – 5 hours

After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi, the trail starts ascending in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you reach the moraine and the angle of ascent eases. We will be ascending to the steep to the villages of Muri. We we will continue the trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you can continue up an inclination to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1,810 m). Cross the Dhara Khola to freshly emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then ascend a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 7Muri to Boghara (2,080 m) – 6 hours

Descend a little, pass a stream and proceed through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465 m). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek beside its West Bank to the village of Naural from where you will climb a little before crossing a grassy hill and ascending a steep slope, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2,080 m). Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8Boghara to Dobang (2,520 m) – 5 hours

The trail will first descend through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which will be the most remote permanent settlement in this section. A high winding path crosses a rocky area after the settlement which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is one single hut. The trail will continue through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climb to the level area at Dobang. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 9Dobang to Choriban Khola (3,110 m) – 5 hours

After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang, the trail mounts a forested area. Shortly the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) will become \ visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank to continue to Chartare. You wil cut across a rocky area while walking through the forest and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m) – 7 hours

Today we will start the trek via the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. At the far end, the most visible Tukche Peak (6,837 m) is straight ahead while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short walk, you will reach the Italian Base Camp (3,660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m) are the astounding scenic peaks in the west. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 11Acclimatization Day

We will spend a day acclimatizing to the weakening of the atmosphere. It is advised that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adapted for higher altitudes in the days to follow. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 12Italian base camp to Glacier Camp (4,210 m) – 6 hours

We will start our day early in the morning as the weather is expected to be clear. This trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a close gorge. Today we will stay overnight near a glacier. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 13Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 m) – 7 hours

This will be one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can gaze up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) overlooking the skyline to your right. To the west, we will have the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). In front of us will be the impressive icefall that descends from the north-east col. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 14Acclimatization Day

We will stay another day to take some rest and more importantly, acclimatize to the lower air pressure. The views from this place are grand and there is plenty to explore around. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 15From Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Cross French Pass (5,360 m) and Trek to Hidden Valley (5,200 m) – 6 hours

Ascend with the ascend to the two terraced hills, we will start our today’s trek, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine and then to the gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. We will climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360 m). From the French Pass, a breathtaking vista opens up and we will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328 m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m), all of which circle the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and ahead is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. We keep on going towards the right edge of the Hidden valley from the French Pass, losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250 m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m). We finally will make it to the camp at 5,200 m while continuing the trip downwards from the Thapa Pass Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 16From Hidden Valley - Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200 m) and Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680 m) – 6 hours

We will descend from the Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There will be an ideal campsite to enjoy the surroundings. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 17Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,710 m) – 5 hours

After consuming our breakfast, we will head on to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is dwelling to many apple orchards as well as all different food products made from the fruit. The local Apple Brandy is a specialty from the region and you may be lucky enough to taste on the route. Then we will continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Stay overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 18From Jomsom - Morning Flight to Pokhara – 30 minutes

We will catch a scenic 30-minute morning flight that will take us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Arriving at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. We will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley in afternoon, which will cover Fewa Lake, Davis falls, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement, and Gupteshower cave, etc. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 19Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

After a warm breakfast, we will begin our day-long tour around the city known for its beautiful lakes. You will be accompanied by our professional city guide on a private tourist vehicle and visit the following sites: Bindhyabasini Temple, lying in the center of the religious bazaar is said to have been built in the late 18th century by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati, the protector of Pokhara. Davis Fall, a tremendous waterfall in Pokhara is surrounded by flora. It is different from the other falls due to its natural phenomenon. The waterfall is locally known as Patale Chhango. It is widely popular among tourists as well as locals. Gupteshwor Cave, located 2 km from the Pokhara airport is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some enormous sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. Most of the Hindus have great faith and religiously give importance to this cave since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. Seti River Gorges, carved by the Seti Gandaki River is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. Mahendrapool, Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park, and K.I. A perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water can be witness from Singh bridge at Bagar. Camps for Tibetan Refugee - In the south, Tibetan village Tashiling and in the north, the Tashi Palkhel village in Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. In the ‘50s, the original Tibetan settlers were migrated to Nepal. A Buddhist pagoda-style monument renowned as World Peace Pagoda is other beauty of attraction in Pokhara. It is also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa, is. It is the shrine built as a symbol of peace. It is located at the height of 2,100 meters on the Ananda Hill. Out of eighty peace pagoda in the world, Nepal has two of them named as Shanti Stupa i.e. one in Lumbini; the birthplace of Buddha, and in Pokhara. We can overlook the panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city, and Fewa Lake. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast will be included.

Day 20Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus

After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu, via a tourist bus which will take around 7 hours. In the evening, farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant will be organized with cultural performances. Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included. If you wish to extend the trip and have some more time to spare, there are several options like adventure sports and other activities.

Day 21Transfer to the Airport

We will provide you with the morning breakfast. Lastly, our representative will escort you to the International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Price Includes

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-1 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Annapurna trekking permits and Tims permits
-Bus transportation to Beni and return from Pokhara by standard Tourist Bus ( Car or air transport is possible with extra charges)
-All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jackets and sleeping bags
-Trekking route Map
-Official T-shirt

Tour Excluded

-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

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