Dhaulagiri circuit trek is redefines the experience of adventure and thrill at the utmost level. Standing tall at an altitude of 8167m Dhaulagiri is ranked 7th among the highest mountains in the world. It is an arduous trek through alpine grasslands, towering passes and in the unsettlement areas. Dhaulagiri is located at the western part of Nepal and is considered as the perfect site for isolated and adventurous tented camp trekking in Nepal. Well, it is also the place where many dynamic snow-capped mountain peaks resides.
We embark in our Dhaulagiri adventure trekking after driving 8 hours from Kathmandu to Beni, after arrival at Beni we ascend towards a north-western direction following the villages of Babichour, Darapani and Muri. Mainly Thakali, Magar and Gurung are the locals in Muri and it is the last major settlement in this trail. Leaving the Muri behind, we ascend upwards along the Myagdi Khola following the villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. The permanent settlements are hard to find beyond the Pakoban. Further moving upwards we pass the edge of the Chhanbardan Glacier reaching the Dhaulagiri base camp which offers the spectacular view of snow-capped mountains in front of our very eyes. We take a day rest for acclimatization. Then we climb through steep upwards way to reach the French pass from where the Himalayas like Tukche peak, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V can be seen. Now we head east and trek towards the Hidden Valley and from this place we descend steep downwards passing Dhampus village to reach Yak Kharka. Following the trails on the bank of kali Gandaki River, we head towards Marpha. This place is famous for its apple products out of which taking the sip of apple brandy would fantasize you. We trek downwards further to reach Jomsom and after reaching here we take a 20 minute mountain flight to reach Pokhara. Finally we end our adventurous Dhaulagiri trek by driving back to Kathmandu and take a rest next day at your hotel.
Dhaulagiri circuit trek is the most challenging and comparatively long trek so previous trekking experience is required along with good level of physical fitness. Regular exercising, jogging, skipping is recommended before going for this trek to increase your stamina that will certainly help you during trekking in these challenging conditions.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an icicles adventure treks and tour signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Trek preparation & city tour in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast Included)
Day 03: Drive to Beni (850meters) by bus 8 hours.
After your breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive should take 9 hours and you’ll find most of the scenery very enjoyable. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 04: Trek to Babiachor (950 meters) 5 hours.
Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). 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 continues to the village of Babichor. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,400meters) 6 hours.
The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1,850meters) 5 hours.
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.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2080meters) 6 hours.
Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 meters). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 meters). Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2,520meters) 5 hours.
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 .(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110meters) 5 hours.
After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660meters) 7 hours
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.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “tuned” for the even higher altitudes to come. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210meters) 6 hours.
Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740meters) 7 hours.
This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north east col. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 14: 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.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 15: Cross French Pass (5360 meters) then trek to Hidden Valley (5200meters) 6 hours.
After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cutts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360 meters). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 meters) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250meters) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 meters). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make it to camp at 5200 meters. Overnight at tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass (5200 meters), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680meters) 6 hours.
Descend from the hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2,710meters) 5 hours.
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 tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara (900 meters) and sightseeing same day.
Today 20 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley. Overnight at hotel. .(Breakfast, Included)
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu by bus 7 hours. .(Breakfast, Included)
Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast, Included)
Day 21: Transfer to the International Airport for your home departure. “Farewell”
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