Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days Trip Difficulty: Moderate

  • Trip Duration 20 Days

  • Destination Nepal

  • Group Size 1-12 People

Highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Challenging trekking route on the world.
  • Majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range including Mt fishtail.
  • Trekking through the glacier and snow clips
  • Walking on Nepali typical villages to high passes French pass and Dhampus Pass
  • World deepest kaligandaki George
  • Hidden valleys and magar culture
  • Apple garden and typical Marpha village.

Overview of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of the most challenging and popular trekking trial in the world which passes through high alpine, pastures, uninhabited valleys, and mountain deserts, Himalayan forest and cultivated terraced hills which required a high level of physical fitness. The Dhaulagiri circuit trial was discovered by French team on 1950. It has two high passes ie; French pass (5355m) and Dhampus Pass (5155m). The trial is very beautiful with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range including Mt. fishtail. You can explore the Natural beauty and culture, tradition, lifestyle of local ethnic groups like Gurung, Magar, thakali etc. The culture of local people and their hospitality provide pleasure to the trekkers.

Dhaulagiri circuit trek is less touristic trekking trial in Nepal. Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) is the 7th highest mountain in the world which was discovered on 1808 AD located at western part of Nepal, it lies in North West part of Pokhara valley. Mt Dhaulagiri was assumed the highest peak for 30 years before discovery of Mt. Kanchanganja and Mt Everest. During trial Kalagandaki George is world deepest George which separate Dhaulagiri range from Annapurna range. Two mountains above 8000 m Dhaulagiri and Annapurna facing each other capture the mind of every trekker. Dhaulagari range is almost unique which consist of 15 peaks above 7000 m from sea level.

Dhaulagiri circuit trek began scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Durbang . After trekking various magar villages, jungle with flora and fauna, cultivated land the trial reach to Italian base camp. In 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. After crossing the French pass trekkers also cross Dhampus pass (5155m) and thapa pass which lead to the marpha village known as apple city. After marpha we heading towards Pokhara all the way we crossing kalapani, Tatopani and Beni through drive. This trek gives you the experience of combined accommodation with local home stay and tent.

Day 01:Welcome to Nepal.

Our company representative pickup from airport and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. This evening meeting with you and guide and explanation about the trekking.

Day 02: Documentation and Kathmandu valley sightseeing.

After Breakfast Company vehicle is ready on your hotel for sightseeing around UNESCO heritage site in Kathmandu like Kathmandu durbar square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pasupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Our company representative makes a trekking permits document.

Day 03: Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Durbang.

After breakfast in hotel Kathmandu we are heading to airport take a 25 minutes to Pokhara and drive 5-6 hour to Durbang.

Day 04:Trek from Durbang to Babiyachaur(950m).

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

Day 05: Trek from Babiyachaur to Dharapani(1500m).

Today you start trek from Babiyachaur 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 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1815m).

Today you trek start from Dharapani, 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 07: Trek from Muri to Boghara(2050m).

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

Day 08: Trek from Boghara to Dhoban(2630m).

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 09: Trek from Dhoban to Italian Base camp(3660m).

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 10: Acclimatization day.

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 11: Trek Italian base camp to Glacier Camp (4210m).

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 12: Trek from Glacier camp to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4740m).

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 13: Acclimatization day.

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 14: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base camp to Hidden valley(5200m) via French pass(5360m).

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 15: Trek from Hidden valley to Alubari(3680m) via Dhampus pass (5200m).

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 16: Trek from Alubari to Marpha (2640m).

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 17: Drive from Marpha to Tatopani.

Today you can take fly to Pokhara from Jomsom or drive 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 18:Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara.

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

Day 19:Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

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.

Day 20:Final departure !!!

Our company representative drove to you international airport.

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