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Dhaulagiri circuit trek

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Mt. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking was first discovered by French expedition team that climbed Annapurna I in 1950. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the Adventurous in between Dhaulagiri trekking route of Western Nepal and this is separate from Annapurna region though it falls in same region. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek provides magnificent views of the whole Dhaulagiri range. Trekking of the main paths is not only promising, but can be enormously worthwhile, where you feel sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with astonishing Geography since it is a land of dramatic contrast. The trek route is mostly loved by the altitude and wilderness lovers. The root requires excellent physical condition and basic mountaineering skill.

Dhaulagiri trekking starts from Beni Bazar however the road reach to Dharapani. Trekking into Italian Base Camp, there is basic tea house with striking Mountain View and terrace. After Italian Base Camp, trekking through the glacier and snow clips. The final trial over French pass (5,355m), also the highest point of the trek, it is not too long an ascent but can be challenging. Downhill from French pass, we enter the lonely but mesmerizing area known as Hidden Valley, this place is one of the few true wilderness areas accessible in Nepal, and the Hidden Valley stretches away to the north finally narrowing to a harsh gorge which links to Upper Dolpa.

Day 01: We drive early in the morning to Pokhara (900m) by tourist bus. We drive 200 Km to reach Pokhara in about six hours. We can also fly to Pokhara which takes about 25 min. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 02: We drive to Beni (830m) from Pokhara which takes about 4 hours. Enjoy the natural beauty on the route and Sightseeing around Beni. Overnight at Hotel in Beni.

Day 03: Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur (950m) through rough rubble and steady slopes for about 5 hours. Overnight at Camp in Babiyachaur.

Day 04: Passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and so on and watching birds we trek from Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1500m). Overnight at camp in Dharapani.

Day 05: Passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas trees at some distance, we teak the narrow path to reach Muri (1815m) in five hours. Overnight at camp in Muri.

Day 06: Today we go down trail few hours and climb steep path to Boghara (2050m). The journey takes about five hours.  Overnight at camp in Boghara.

Day 07: Today, the path is pretty difficult and sometimes we will need the aid of the ropes. The trail inclines down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. As a final point, we cross the rocky part to arrive at Dhoban (2630m). Overnight at camp in Dhoban.

Day 08: Today we will reach the Italian Base Camp (3660m) where we will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through stunning forest, we swiftly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. Stay overnight at camp in Italian Base Camp.

Day 09: Today is the first acclimatization day. You can explore around the valley. Make preparation for high passes. Stay overnight at camp in Italian Base Camp.

Day 10: After crossing the first glacier using a rope in tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are outstanding which makes up for the jagged and dangerous trail and Reach Glacier Camp. This will be a tough day. Stay overnight at the camp in glacier rubble.

Day 11: Soon the rough debris gives way to the smooth ice of the white chunk of the glacier. You hike progressively to the rough and alarming but immense Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp in Dhaulagiri base Camp.

Day 12: Today is second day of your acclimatization in Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking; sightsee around Dhaulagiri Base Camp and save energy for next days. Overnight at camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 13: Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine barriers we reach calmer, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col. (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out.  Overnight at camp in French Col.

Day 14: After ascending the Dhampus Pass (5200m), you navigate avalanche-prone hills and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka and continue to Alubari (3680m). Overnight at camp in Alubari.

Day 15: More steep down leads to Marpha (2640m). The way is not much covered with trees. On the route you can see yak herds and sheep herds as well. Overnight at Lodge in Marpha.

Day 16: Drive by Jeep or bus following the Kaligandaki valley, crossing Kalapani, the trail descends steeply up to Rukse Waterfall which is astonishing to look at. There lies the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m) facing each other near Rukse Waterfall. The trail again descends to Tatopani through different villages. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani. It is believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Along this, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well. Stay overnight at lodge in Tatopani

Day 17: Drive by Jeep or bus to Beni Bazaar and continue drive to Pokhara. Explore Pokhara city. Stay overnight at lodge in Pokhara,

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. It takes about 7 hours or by flight it takes 25 minutes.  Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Trip Facts

Destination: Dhaulagiri Circuit trek  

Duration: 18days

Grade: Moderate

Activities: sightseeing and cultural trek

Max elevation: 5300m

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