Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a demanding trek, a classic adventure for those with previous high altitude trekking experience. It includes a taste of all of the trekking environments that Nepal has to offer. The Mt. Dhaulagiri(8167m) is 7th highest peak in the world. Dhaulagiri Round Trek is the challenging adventures passing through high passes, unspoiled tracks and alpine vegetation with spectacular views of glorious Himalayas like never seen before.


Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventurous trekking route in between Dhaulagiri and Thapa peak. World’s 7th highest peak Mt. Dhaulagiri and Dhaulagiri circuit trek gives us remarkable massive mountain views of the Dhaulagiri. Which is lies above 7000m to 8000m peaks, we will do this trail along the French pass, Japanese pass and Italian pass towards the hidden valley to get an area of Mustang likewise yak Kharka, Jomsom including majestic scenery view of Mt Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri.


Key features of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley
  • Variation in the scenery as the trek starts in the Dhaulagiri region and ends in the Mustang region.
  • Experience a deep wilderness of the Dhaulagiri region in Nepal
  • Trekking route accompany with the scenic rivers, tumbling waterfalls, and picturesque villages
  • Trek along the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world
  • Crossing two high mountain passes, namely French Pass (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,244m)
  • Splendid views of the majestic Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna range
  • Scenic and a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 01: Welcome to Nepal

Welcome to the land of pure mystic and spirituality. Our representative will greet and warmly receive you and support you with the transportation to transfer you to your respective hotels.


Day 02: Sightseeing for a full day in Kathmandu Valley.

World heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu Nath, Boudha Nath, Pasupati Nath, etc. Preparation for the trekking.


Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (910m/2985ft) Duration: 6-7 Hours

Early tourist bus drive to Pokhara. Evening walk around Pokhara lakeside


Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1,110m) and Trek to Dharapani (1,560m)

You'll leave Pokhara and drive to Darbang via the famous Beni Bazaar. On the way, you'll traverse through scenic winding roads, discovering the charm of small towns, and listen to the relaxing sound of free-flowing rivers. Situated at the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi river, Beni is the district headquarters of the Myagdi district. From Beni, you continue your drive towards Darbang. Passing through small settlements of Tatopani (hot spring), Babiyachaur, you reach Darbang. You have to take a brief stop while your guide will show your permits at the police checkpoint. The actual Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins from Darbang. Walking along the bank of the Myagdi Khola, you come across small settlements of a Magari community. After a gradual climb, enjoying magnificent vistas of mountains and dotted landscapes, you reach Dharapani village.


Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,720m)

After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810meters). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp.


Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2080m)

From Muri, it will take us about 6 hours to get to Baghara. Today we cross a river called Dhora Khola. In addition to Dhora Khola, you can see terraces. From here, we climb the mountain until we reach Ghorban Dhara. Ghorban Dhara offers the perfect view of Ghustung south, which rises to 6465 m. Then we follow the path along Myagdi Khola until we reach Naura. We will go straight up the side of the mountain to Ghorban Dhara. From Ghorban Dhara you can see Ghustung South (6465 m). Before reaching the Naura, we follow the path to the banks of the Myagdi Khola River. From Naura we climb the side of the mountain. Sometimes uphill and a road that crosses steep grassy hills and if you continue to descend through a forested area on a steep, well-developed zigzag stone path and climb a ridge, Baghara becomes visible at 2050m. We will camp here at night.


Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Dobhan Kharka (2,520m)

The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camp.


Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (2,820m/9,250ft)

Passing from Dobang, you'll set off to Sallaghari along with the dense jungle along the riverside of Myagdi Khola. You'll spot a wooden bridge and cross it over the streams. Keep eyes and ears wide open in the forests; you might spot or hear the roaring of wild animals. Along the trail, you'll pass through the pastures where sheep, goats, and cows are grazing. Afterward, the path has a steep climb and passes through several tricky landslide areas. Enjoy the views of a spectacular waterfall just before you reach Sallaghari.


Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 meters)

Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). Overnight at tented camp.


Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day: 3730 m

The walk is considered ambiguous, so the rest is more important if you want to end your walk. We take a break from hiking and rest for today. We will explore the base camp so that we can adapt to the air at high altitudes. We will visit tea houses where some trekker items are offered. After exploring the tea houses and enjoying the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri Mountains and the Manapathi Summit, we return to our camp for the night.


Day 11: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,200m)

Magnificent mountains views will greet you early in the morning. You'll leave IBC and follow the path that heads up a grassy slope behind the camp and reach the lip of the glacial moraine. After walking for a while on the tricky sloppy, and slippery trail, you reach Swiss Base Camp. From here, the path is easy to follow, and passing a steeper section of the lateral moraine, and you reach a flat land covered in large rocks. On the way to Glacier camp, you'll also witness the Chhongardan Glacier with the astonishing mountain vistas of Dhaulagiri, Dhampus Peak, Manapathi peak, and Tsaurabong peak.


Day 12: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp: 4740 m

Today is also a stressful day for trekking. You should walk down the slippery glacier path. The climb will be much stricter and more demanding. Ascending six hours is a hard work, but once you reach at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you will forget all the suffering you have been through the trek. You will be surprised to see Dhaulagiri-I standing in front of you. In addition to Dhaulagiri, you can see various peaks such as Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), III (7,715 m), and IV (7,618 m). In front of our camp, there is a spectacular ice waterfall between Tukuche and Dhaulagiri. We will camp for overnight stay.


Day 13: Another acclimatization and Rest Day.

Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore. Overnight at tented camp.


Day 14: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,140m) via French Pass (5,360m)

This is another day you have been waiting for all while on the trek. Today is one of the longest and challenging days in your Dhaulagiri Round Trek as you'll cross one of the high mountain passes, i.e., French Pass. The top of the pass offers a dramatic 360-degree panoramic view of snow-clad mountain vistas. Some peaks you'll witness are Mt. Dhaulagiri range, Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Dhampus peak, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang peak, Sita Chuchure, etc. After a quick stop, rejoicing the moment at French pass, you continue to walk and enter Hidden valley. Heading down on the steep trail, it is slippery underfoot- gravel, stone, snow, and loose dirt you will get into Hidden Valley.


Day 15: Hidden Valley that crosses the Dhampus Pass to Yak Kharka: 3680 m.

To get to Yak Kharka, we first have to cross the Dhampus Pass. The walk lasts approximately seven hours. The trek to Dhampus is arduous because you have to climb steeply. Not only is uphill a challenge, but downhill is as tricky as uphill. On the descent, we pass avalanche and rocky slopes. After falling down a challenging path, we come to an open space where the yak grazes. This free grass space is known as Yak Kharka. We will camp in Yak Kharka to spend the night.


Day 16: Trek to Jomsom (2,710 meters)

Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at Lodge.


Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (810 meters)

At first, catch an early flight to Pokhara. Enjoying the aerial view of the snow-clad peaks, you land at Pokhara. Then after completing airport formalities you get back to the hotel. The rest of the time, either you can relax or stroll nearby places.


Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu (1400 meters).

We depart at approximately 7.30am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. We arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2-3.00 pm. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 19: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 20: Departure (Farewell)

Today is the end of your Trek. You will be dropped at the International airport 3 hours before your flight time by our representative. We hope you had a great time with us. Thank you, and have a safe journey.



Note: This itinerary is meant only as a guideline and is subject to change to suit the local conditions. Walking hours are based on an average walking pace and may change as per individual pace.

Free airport transfer on arrival and departures by private vehicles.

4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.

2 night hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast basis.

Tent camp during trekking with full board meals

All necessary camping equipment such as a two-person tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, bathroom tent, all kitchen equipment, mattress

All necessary trekking permits

Air ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara

An experienced English speaking trek guide, Cook, and Porters.

Group medical care (first aid kit will be available).

All ground transports by private vehicle depending on the group size

All necessary documents, office fees, and all government taxes

Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private Car/Van/Bus.

Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance.

International airfare.

Nepal entry visa and airport fees.

Personal equipment and clothing.

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, room service, extra hotel nights, extra meals, shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohols, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, etc.)

Personal porter.

Alcoholic and bottled beverages.

Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy.

All expenses associated with non-scheduled departure.

Guide Gratuity - Tip­ping is always a per­son­al choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides.

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Payment Schedule

$700 deposit at time of registration, which includes a $300 non-refundable registration fee.

Balance due 60 days prior to departure.

Payment must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the trek.


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Bank Address: Thamel, Saraswati Sadan - 29, Kathmandu Nepal.


We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.


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