Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

15 Days




Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, which is an ideal odyssey to look into the depths of this breathtaking region other than an outright expedition to its peak, goes by the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang, then circles north through lowland forests into the high wilderness country. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek goes through snow and gleaming glaciers till it culminates at the French Col pass at (5240m), before trekkers retire at Dhampus pass for an overnight in camps.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek favored among veteran trekkers and is one of the most thrilling trek zones in Nepal, you could get some masterful views of the Annapurna massif hereabouts & it’s a wonder to watch. In addition to these major attractions, backpackers stumble into hidden rivers, forests of ferns, oak and other interesting flora as well as splendid growth of juniper and rhododendron that would have even made King Solomon jealous. Dhaulagiri is not visited much and the trekkers are few, this can be a hidden blessing for those who want only the skies, the birds & me kind of journeys which would suit the characteristics of this wild region…

Includes and excludes :

  1. All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee).
  2. Arrival pick up & departure.
  3. All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  4. Internal flights
  5. All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, climbing permits, National Park entrance fees.
  6. Accommodation in twin sharing local lodges or best available places for accommodation,
  7. Trekking & Climbing leader & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
  8. Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
  9. All hard ware gears
  1. Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
  2. International flights to Kathmandu,
  3. Tips for Porter, guide & other
  4. Personal climbing gears and climbing boot, clothing & equipment
  5. Personal expenditure, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain region, mineral water, snacks, desserts.
  6. Medical examination (if required) & vaccination costs
  7. Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  8. Visa fees & Travel insurance. Airport taxes
  9. Meals or drinks except the 3 main meals specified in itinerary
  10. Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above

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Itinerary breakdown

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and overnight hotel

From Kathmandu, we take a half an hour scenic flight to Pokhara or we drive for approx 6 hours to Pokhara. You can spend the later part of the day exploring Pokhara. Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre, the must visit sites of Pokhara include the Phewa Lake, David’s fall, Mahendra cave, the famous Seti Gorge, the beautiful temple of Bindabasini and Pokhara Mountain Museum.- overnight in the city of lakes – Breakfast in Pokhara and Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Darbang {930m}

In the morning after b/fast, we drive down to Darbang – 62 kilometers from Pokhara, it’s a 5-6 hrs drive. The romantic drive passes through the mountains along the banks of Trisuli and Marsyangdi River from Pokhara. Our drive from Pokhara goes deep into the mountains with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Driving further along the banks of Mardi River, we reach Darbang. Overnight in Tented Camps – B. L. D

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani {1400m} 5 hrs

The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and we 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. We continue on to the village of Dharapani. Overnight in tented camps – B. L. D

Day 04: Trek to Muri {1850m} 5 hrs

Today, after crossing a river, we head north to Phedi. As we leave, the trail starts climbing. We come across many switch-backs until we arrive at the ridge. The trail again climbs steeply up to Muri at 1850m. Moving up along the trail, we trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here, continuing up an incline to the snout of a ridge, we descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). We then cross the Dhara Khola to again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. After climbing a ridge, we finally reach the large Magar village of Muri. From Muri, we get amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other surrounding mountains. We bunk out in tented camps. B. L. D

Day 05: Trek to Bagar {2080m} 6 hrs

From Muri the trail is pretty cool and enjoyable; it goes down for a few hours. But before we get to Bagar, we have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours. The trail descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Bagar. We crash out here in tented camps. B. L. D

Day 06: Trek to Dobhan {2520m} 5 hrs

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 one single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camps – B. L. D

Day 07: Trek to Khola Camp {3445m} 6-7 hrs

This day we hike through a highly scenic trail to reach Sallaghari. The early part of the gentle ascending trail moves through forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons. After trekking for some hours gently where the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, we reach Sallaghari for our Overnight in Tented Camps. B. L. D

Day 08: Trek to French Base camp {3870m} 6-7 hrs

We follow our trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6,837m) becomes visible straight ahead; at the far end while the impressive north flanks of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp at (3,660m), which is also the site of our camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). Overnight in tented camps after a tiring day B. L. D

Day 09: A day to rest, chill out and acclimatise

We will spend a day acclimatizing to the thinning of the air at this point. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adjusted for higher altitudes in the days to follow. Overnight in our tented camps – B. L. D

Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagir Base Camp {4748) 5 hrs

After proper acclimatization, we climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. We then climb to the French Col (5100m) from where we can see Mukut Himal (6328m), Tashi Kang (6386m) and Sita Chuchura (6611m). To the south is Tukche Peak (6920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass we continue along the trail towards Hidden Valley. We camp below Dhampus Pass just near hidden valley in tented camps. B. L. D

Day 11: Trek to Hidden valley {5200m} 6-7 hrs

Today will be tough examination for our mental strength. After the glacier we climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine we enter is a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. We Climb out of this gentle slope from the French Pass (5,360m). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and we will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From the French Pass we continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m). Descending from the Thapa Pass we will make it to the camp of Hidden valley at 5,200m. Overnight in our tented camps – B. L. D

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka {4930m} 6 hrs

Today day we trek through bare land for some distance. After climbing over the 5200m from Hidden valley, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings down this side of the mountain. Overnight in our tented camps – B. L. D

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom {2710m} 5 hrs

We Continue on to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from the fruit. Don’t forget to taste the local Apple Brandy; it’s a famous specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom for our much called for overnight in tented camps. B. L. D

Day 14: Fly out or drive out to Pokhara

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel and a most welcome soft and warm bed. In the afternoon we’ve refreshed, we have the option to do a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc. or we can simply go boating on the serene fewa lake. No matter what, it’s a time to truly chill out to the hilt. Overnight in the warmth of our hotel in the city of lakes – breakfast

Day 15: Drive or fly out to Kathmandu

If we decide to drive from Pokhara, which is a 6-7 hours drive through a real lovely scenic highway where we get to see Nepal’s true rural & colorful landscapes as we view the local folks about their farming chores with cows splattered with vermilion on the foreheads; you get to see all this right from the windows of your tourist bus & it will be wise to take out some great pictures as we cruise down the highway to kathmandu, our hotel & a much sought after warm & comfortable bed Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast

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