Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Guest House & Tented Camp
  • Group Size: 2+
  • Max Elevation: 5180m

As the name suggests, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking makes one complete hike around Mt Dhaulagiri (8,176m), the seventh highest peak in the world. Located in western Nepal, the trekking offers a rare view of fifteen seven thousand meter high peaks located in the region.

This trek is one of the most difficult treks however, our experienced guides will be there to assist you and lead the trek successfully. The hike to Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp immediately after is an adventurous one rewarding you with absolutely gorgeous views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and V. The highest altitude you will reach during this trek is French Pass (5,350m) and Thapa pass, both providing spectacular close up views of Dhaulagiri, Throng Peak and Annapurna. Since this is a snowline area, you will have to walk through snow and glaciers.

Walk pass beautiful cultivated fields and villages of the Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people and visit the town of Jomsom, Kagbeni and Marpha, to enjoy the culture and hospitality of Thakali people. This is a wild region full of animal and plant life, so don’t be surprised if you come across semi-wild yak, mountain sheep or the snow leopard.

Highlights

  • Make a complete trek around Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Spetacular views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges
  • Trek through snow and glaciers
  • Cross two high Himalayan passes: French Pass (5,350m) and Thapa pass
  • Enjoy the culture of Thakali, Gurung, Magar and Chhetri ethnic communities

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrivals and transfer to Hotel.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our staff will meet you at the airport and coordinate transfer to your hotel. 1300m/4290ft.

  • BLD
  • Hotel
  • 1300m

Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel following breakfast for a full day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. On the list of itinerary includes Pashupatinath Temple (Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine dedicated to lord shipa), Boudha Nath Stupa(largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet), Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight in hotel. 

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  • Hotel
  • 1300m

You can either fly to Pokhara and then drive to Beni, Or drive to Beni from Kathmandu via Pokhara, which takes about 8-9 hours. The Drive passes through the mountains along the banks of Trisuli and Marsyandi River to Pokhara. Driving further along the banks of Mardi River, we continue to Beni. Overnight at Tented Camp.

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  • Tent
  • 831m

Your trek begins from today. We continue trekking along the Kali Gandaki River. Head toward Myagdi khola. Cross the suspension bridges. Pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani, finally reaching at Babichaur. Over night at camp.

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  • Tent
  • 1000m

Walking through the rough path to Dharapani 1565m, and the Dhaulagiri is too close to view. Today, our trail crosses the terraced hills, through the local village Shahashadhara, then reaches Dharapani and spend over night night there.

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  • Tent
  • 1565m

hrs The path goes steep up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains viewed clearly. From Muri, enjoy the magnifiscent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others. Overnight at camp.

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  • Tent
  • 1850m

hrs From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours but before to reach Boghara you have to climb a steep path for a few hours. The path descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Boghara. Over night at Guest house.

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  • Guest house
  • 2050m

Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes you may need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. As soon as you cross the rocky part over night at Dhoban camp.

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  • Tent
  • 2630m

This is the last small village where the local stay in seasonal time. Your camping is just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through beautiful forest we are gaining high altitude and bursting out all energy. Since you are trekking above the tree lines plaese make sure you are drinking enough water. Over night at camp.

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  • Tent
  • 3500m

A rest day for acclimatization. Optional day hiked and read book if you have. Prepare for tough day. Over night at camp.

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  • Tent
  • 3500m

After crossing the first Swiss base camp and French base camp, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular,Be careful this is a dangerous glacier crossing would require the use of rope. Over night at Camp.

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  • Tent
  • 4250m

Today we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. All the time you are trekking in the glacier so every participants has to be careful and responsible each other. You are climbing steep uphill some time with spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. On the way, enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I. Overnight at camp.

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  • Tent
  • 4650m

You will be constantly at an altitude of 5000 - 6000 m in the next days, hence the another rest dar is necessary. Even when we're acclimatizing, health experts recommend you to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle.

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  • Tent
  • 4650m

Hidden Valley getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentler country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col.

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  • Tent
  • 5180m

Make some rest. Acclimatize. Explore the surrounding peaks.

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  • Tent
  • 5000m

Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka 4200m: 6.5 hrs After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, you traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steeply to Yak Kharka. Then trail descends down until we reach at Yak kharka. Over night at Camp.

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  • Tent
  • 4200m

More steep descent leads to Marpha and a well-deserved beer over lunch. Tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking in the snow, we pass the top of the Thapa Pass. From Marpha, we further head toward Jomsom to catch our next day's flight to Pokhara.

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  • Guest House
  • 2,715m

After morning breakfast we fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon by discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely and enjoy the Fish Tail Mountain reflected in the lake. You can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside.

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  • Hotel

Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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  • Hotel

    What's included

    • Airport pickup and drop off by private coach
    • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, including 3 nights lodging with breakfast
    • Two-night twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara, including breakfast
    • Kathmandu guided sightseeing tour by private vehicle
    • TIMS-card (Trekker Information Management System)
    • Dhauligiri Trekking permit
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees
    • All ground transportation by luxury tourist vehicle
    • 16-night accommodation at Tented camp accommodation during the trek (twin sharing)
    • Experienced English speaking trekking guide with government license
    • Company guarantee for Government Rescue Services
    • Insurance for Nepalese Staff.
    • All government taxes and VAT
    • Complementary duffel or sleeping bag (refundable after the trek)
    • Farewell dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant
    • All meals while in the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
    • Nature of personal expenses
    • All kind of Drinks (alcoholic non alcoholic and hot and cold drinks)
    • Shopping in the Mountain.
    • Clients Travel insurance and evacuation cost if needed.
    • Tips to Guide and supported crews.
    • Flight to Pokhara if taken. (company arrange a tickets for an additional cost)