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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Duration:
    20 Days
  • Difficulty Level:
    High
  • Max-Altitude:
    17060 ft /5200m
  • Min Pax:
    Min 2 Pax Pax

Trip Introduction

Dhaulagiri 8,167m – the 7th highest mountain in the world – means the “white mountain”. This is a strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys.

Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal.

Dhaulagiri trekking routes start after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandi to Beni, from Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babichour, Dorbang and Darapani to Muri, from where you head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola.

Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills.

From Muri, you head north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north you skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available.

Head north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360m), between Tukche Peak (6,920m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Heading east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250m), between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m) from where you begin your descent, heading south-east to Alubari.

From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then heads north to Jomsom from where you fly back to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01
    • Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
    • Day 02
    • Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
    • Day 03
    • Drive to Beni (850m) by bus, 6-8 hours
    • Day 04
    • Drive to Dharbang (950m), 4-5 hours
    • Day 05
    • Trek to Dharapani (1,400m), 6-7 hours
    • Day 06
    • Trek to Gurung Gaon (1,850m), 5-6 hours
    • Day 07
    • Trek to Boghara (2,080m), 4-6 hours
    • Day 08
    • Boghara to Sallaghari (2,520m), 4-5 hours
    • Day 09
    • Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,660m), 6-7 hours
    • Day 10
    • Acclimatization and rest day
    • Day 11
    • Trek to the Japanese Camp (4,210m), 4-6 hours
    • Day 12
    • Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m), 6-7 hours
    • Day 13
    • Cross the French Pass (5,360m), then trek to the Hidden Valley (5,200m), 5-6 hours
    • Day 14
    • Cross Dhampus pass (5,200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 4-6 hours
    • Day 15
    • Yak Kharka to Marpha Village (2900m), 3-4 hours
    • Day 16
    • Trek to Jomsom (2,710m), 4-5 hours
    • Day 17
    • Morning ight to Pokhara - 30 min
    • Day 18
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-8 hours
    • Day 19
    • Free Day in Kathmandu
    • Day 20
    • Final Departure
    • Day 01
    • Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
    • Day 02
    • Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
    • Day 03
    • Drive to Beni (850m) by bus, 6-8 hours
    • Day 04
    • Drive to Dharbang (950m), 4-5 hours
    • Day 05
    • Trek to Dharapani (1,400m), 6-7 hours
    • Day 06
    • Trek to Gurung Gaon (1,850m), 5-6 hours
    • Day 07
    • Trek to Boghara (2,080m), 4-6 hours
    • Day 08
    • Boghara to Sallaghari (2,520m), 4-5 hours
    • Day 09
    • Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,660m), 6-7 hours
    • Day 10
    • Acclimatization and rest day
    • Day 11
    • Trek to the Japanese Camp (4,210m), 4-6 hours
    • Day 12
    • Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m), 6-7 hours
    • Day 13
    • Cross the French Pass (5,360m), then trek to the Hidden Valley (5,200m), 5-6 hours
    • Day 14
    • Cross Dhampus pass (5,200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 4-6 hours
    • Day 15
    • Yak Kharka to Marpha Village (2900m), 3-4 hours
    • Day 16
    • Trek to Jomsom (2,710m), 4-5 hours
    • Day 17
    • Morning ight to Pokhara - 30 min
    • Day 18
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-8 hours
    • Day 19
    • Free Day in Kathmandu
    • Day 20
    • Final Departure
Cost Include:
  • All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu including tour guide, entry fees and vehicle
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight including departure tax
  • Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T – Shirt (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag
  • All necessary permits for trek
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge
Cost Exclude:
  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa:
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews

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