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18 Days 17 Nights
Availability : Whole Year
Thamel Kathmandu
Dhaulagiri Region
Min Age : 16
Max People : 15

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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  • Wi-Fi: Some Place
  • Maximum Altitude: 5360m
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

Overview

Dhaulagiri region has a reputation for being one of the most remote places in Nepal. The plenty of Himalayan peaks, impressive hidden valleys, high passes, and incredible panoramas combine more to the beauty of this region. This Trans-Himalayan region is calm, friendly, and full of exciting ventures. With the mountain peaks sparkling in broad daylight, Dhaulagiri will never disappoint you with its excellence. 

Our agency will bring our beloved trekkers to check out the base of the 7th highest mountain, Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m). Among the various hiking program in Nepal, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek. It will take you to a remote place far from the city to explore the Annapurna Region. This hike will lead you through magnificent snow-covered hills, freezing glaciers, and lateral gorges.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a long, arduous trek that moves through high mountainous fields, isolated valleys. You will travel through a set of magnificent sceneries, experience-rich Himalayan culture, and be in peace in isolation far away from any civilization. On the way, we also could witness exciting mountain caps, lush jungles, and farmed terraced hills.

 We will be moving through two passes – The French Pass at 5,360m and Dhampus Pass at 5,200m. We will also visit the Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4,740m. It is a challenging trek demanding a high level of fitness and commitment. But, with good strength, primary mountaineering skills, and help from our staff, you will be able to complete this Trek. This Trek awards you with astonishing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking trail will provide you with as much excitement as one can handle:

  1. You will enjoy majestic scenery from the heights of Dhaulagiri mountain, look low into the valleys, ravines, and rivers.
  2. More into the snowy hills and base camp, you could witness Sherpas’ lives.
  3. You will be amazed to see how life carries on in such a distant place. 

Sublime mountains are not the only highlights of our Trek. You will get to see sumptuous valleys, engage with smiley local people who will welcome you with huge smiles. Also, you will witness dense alpine jungles and so much more. Our agency will take care of your every necessity and make your hike not only delightful but also safe.

Trek Overview

Trek Name: Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trek Grade: Difficult

Highest Altitude: 5360m

Accommodation: Lodge/teahouses/tented camp

Itinerary package: 18 days/17 nights

Trek Difficulty: 4-5

Season: September – November

Group size: 2-12 (max)

Per day walk: 4-5 hours and 10-12 hours to reach the summit

TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the landscape of high mountains, and believe you are at a great place.
  • Interact with hospitable local people who will treat you as their family
  • Encounter an adventure around the world’s 7th highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri, with the breathtaking panorama
  • Relish the majestic view from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna Range, and other beautiful peaks.
  • Tour the world’s deepest gorge at the profound Kali Gandaki River.
  • Observe and come over the two major passes, French Pass (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,240m).
  • Enjoy Dhaulagiri Trek, the legendary Trek embracing as many as 15 majestic peaks over 7,000m in height.
  • Witness charming scenes, authentic cultures, ethnic diversity, quiet off hidden trails, desolate settlements, flora, and fauna

OUTLINE ITINERARY:

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m).
  • Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and trek preparation day (1400m).
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni by local transport (899m).
  • Day 4: Drive from Beni to Takam (1500m) camping.
  • Day 5: Trek from Takam to Muri (1850) camping.
  • Day 6: Trek from Muri to Bagar (2080m) camping.
  • Day 7: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2520m) camping.
  • Day 8: Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp (3600m).
  • Day 9: Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (3600m).
  • Day 10: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) camping.
  • Day 11: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to hidden valley (5050m) via French Pass (5360M) camping.
  • Day 12: Trek from hidden valley to Yakkharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5240m) camping.
  • Day 13: Trek from Yakkharka to Jomson (2770m).
  • Day 14: Drive from Jomson to Tatopani (natural hot spring) by local bus.
  • Day 15: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (1400) by local bus.
  • Day 16: Sightseeing in Pokhara Valley.
  • Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m).
  • Day 18: Final Departure. 

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • UNESCO entrance fee
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Explore the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Scenic Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Experience one of the dangerous trekking route of Nepal.
  • Get connected with two different lovely valleys, providing an authentic wilderness experience.
  • ● Witness the prominent areas, including Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and the Khumbu district, with views of the Everest base camp.
  • Witness the various Sherpa villages and people living in the Namche Bazar.
  • Enjoy the speculator views of mountains throughout the journey.
  • Explore the Tengboche Monastery.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1,300 m/ 4265.09ft)

Welcome to the city of greats. Our agents will pick up our lovely clients from Tribhuvan International Airport and transport them to one of the standard hotels in Kathmandu. Dinner in the hotel. After that, you can stroll to the nearby distances yourself, like the Thamel area. Or you can experience the services in the hotel. 

Overnight stay in the standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and trek preparation day

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1300m/ 4265.09ft)

Meals: Breakfast

We hope you had a great sleep at your hotel. Now our agents will come to pick you and stroll you around the heritages of Kathmandu Valley. You will have a fabulous time witnessing the most impressive historical and cultures around the valley. Uphold yourself to be surprised by the wide variety of cultures and traditions of Nepal. We will have a half day tour in Kathmandu. We will be visiting the Pasupatinath & Bouddhanath stupa. 

Dinner and Overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni by local transport (899m)

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1300m/ 4265.09ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 295.7 km

Duration: 8-9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome your morning with a delicious breakfast. You will commence your day early in the dawn. After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a bus from Kathmandu to Beni. You will get to see scenic forests packed with autumn flowers, roaring Trishuli, and Kaligandaki rivers during this exhilarating hill ride. The entire ride will make you feel good. You will reach Beni in the afternoon or at early twilight.

Dinner and Overnight in the lodge at Beni

Day 04: Drive from Beni to Takam (1500m) camping

Maximum Altitude: Takam (1500m/ 4921 ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 25 km

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We hope you had a perfect sleep filled with freshening. The drive to Takam begins. Today we will be traveling towards Takam from Beni. This drive will soon drop the noise from the larger human settlement back. From the Myagdi district headquarter we follow a gravel road for 24km to Darbang and start walking. Takam is a three hour walk away with Gurja Himal towering overhead.

Dinner and Overnight at a lodge or teahouse at Takam.

 

Day 5: Trek from Takam to Muri (1850) camping

Maximum Altitude: Muri (1850m/ 6069.55ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 15.7 km

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will begin the Trek with a steep ascend from Takam today, descending trails in the early first hour passing through a dense jungle. Then we follow a steep and ascending path passing along a flat land until we reach Muri. After an hour of ascending, we will enter Muri village, the Magar village in the area. The panorama of Dhaulagiri is superb to behold from up here.

Dinner and Overnight Stay in Muri

Day 6: Trek from Muri to Bagar (2080m) camping

Maximum Altitude: Bagar (2080m/ 6824.147ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 16 km

Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your delicious meal. We will have a quick village tour of Muri early in the dawn and start our Trek again. First, we will be leaving the beautiful village and glancing at Magar culture. Then, we will hike terrace pastures for some time and cross a river. After that, we will ascend furthermore and see the picturesque panoramas of mountains.

Finally, we will cross the grassy hills after stopping at Gustanf South Mountain. After a while, we will reach Bagar.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Bagar.

Day 7: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2520m) camping

Maximum Altitude: Dovan (2520m/ 8267.71ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 11.4 km

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will begin our morning at Bagar with a marvelous sunrise. Then, we will proceed our route to a slight elevation to Jyardan after our breakfast. Jyardan is the last stable village because the only places will be lodges and teahouses for trekkers to stay from now on. After that, the trail starts to get rockier, and we have a high wind moving site next to Lipse. Finally, after an hour of hiking, we will enter Lapche Kharka. Dovan is uphill from Lapche Kharka. 

Dinner and Overnight Stay in a small tea-house at Dovan.

Day 8: Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp (3600m)

Maximum Altitude: Italian Base Camp (3660m/ 12007.87ft)  

Traveled Kilometer: 17.2 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will commence our hike with a delicious breakfast, crossing a wooden bridge near the village. After that, the trail slowly leads to a dense forest. The lovely scenery of the western face of Dhaulagiri on the other side of the forest will greet us. We will enter Chatare after we pass the roaring Myagdi Khola. We still have some extra jungles to pass through. Then, we will come across the high rocky route. Then, we will drive through some landslide-prone steep areas. After that, we will conclude our hike for the day by entering the Italian camp. In camp, we will enjoy some of the best scenarios you will ever see in your life.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Italian Base Camp.

Day 9:Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (3600m)

Maximum Altitude: Italian Base Camp (3660m/ 12007.87ft)  

Traveled Kilometer: No hike.

Trek Duration: No Trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have a necessary acclimatization day at the Italian Base Camp for a day. We still have some days of trekking in the higher elevations. So, this opportunity at the Italian camp is significant to equip you physically. It will give you the long-expected rest. You can have a heavenly view of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and other mountains of the Dhaulagiri range from the camp. 

We will have an overnight stay at the Italian headquarters.

Day 10: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) camping

Maximum Altitude: Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4900m/ 16076.12ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 11.3 km

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After the delicious breakfast, we will begin our Trek towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Some portions might need extra precaution with a harness, ropes to cross. Despite this, we will enter you safely, and we will reach the glacier during Mid-day. We will proceed to Dhaulagiri Base camp, stopping briefly in the middle. The last portions of the Trek are very long, arduous, and steep, with a very high chance of being covered with heavy snow. Following the guide’s instructions, eventually, we will enter our end target and seek shelter in Dhaulagiri Base Camp for tonight.

Overnight in the tent in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 11:Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to hidden valley (5050m) via French Pass (5360M) camping

Maximum Altitude: French Pass (5300M/ 17388.45ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 13.8 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will begin our Trek again at dawn to reach the French Pass in bright weather. The route may get windier throughout the pass. We will get the spectacular panoramas of the Hidden valley of Dhaulagiri from the other side. The sceneries of Dhaulagiri I-VI, Tukuche peak, Junction Peak, Thapa Peak, Dhampus Peak, and others are phenomenal from the valley. We will mark up a camp here and relax for the day.

Dinner and Overnight Stay in French Pass.

Day 12: Trek from hidden valley to Yakkharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5240m) camping

Maximum Altitude: Yakkharka (3680m/ 12073ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 13.8 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will hike for an hour today to access the Dhampus Pass. We retreat for a few hours on the barren terrains beyond the pass, little by little entering the forested region. Then, while enjoying the stunning frontal view of the Nilgiri Range, we move down towards Yak Kharka, and as we approach the valley floor, we see the wonderful Kali Gandaki Valley prosper. We arrive in Yak Kharka and pitch our camp.

Overnight in Yakkharka.

Day 13: Trek from Yakkharka to Jomson (2770m)

Maximum Altitude: Jomson (2770m/ 9087ft ).

Traveled Kilometer: 13.8 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You can take a quick tour of Yakkharka before beginning the hike to Jomsom. We begin by ascending steeply downhill on a desert-like trail. We arrive at the bottom section holding a Christmas tree. Marpha village has a spectacular view. We will then descend Marpha village, which has an apple garden as well as a Thakali monastery. It is one of the grand villages of the region. It is a fantastic place to adore the local tradition and distinct cultures. The scenery, streets, and houses here are beautiful and authentic. So, take as many pictures as you desire. You will love the fantastic views during the hike on the trekking trail. 

 

Overnight in Jomson.

Day 14: Drive from Jomson to Tatopani (natural hot spring) by local bus

Maximum Altitude:Tatopani (1189m/ 3900 ft)

Traveled Kilometer: 284 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a quick tour of Jomsom early in the morning, we will begin our drive to Tatopani, a natural hot water spring located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. During this local drive, we will be greeted with spectacular views of nature herself and people residing sideways. We will descend through the forests with excellent mountain views to reach Tatopani, the natural hot spring. We shall then dive into the wilderness and an excellent wonder of nature followed by the view to the world-famous Himalaya panorama of Poon Hill.

 

Overnight in Tatopani.

Day 15: Drive from Tatopani to Pokhara (1400) by local bus

Maximum Altitude: Pokhara (1400m/ 4593ft) 

Traveled Kilometer: 158 km

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have an early drive from Tatopani to Pokhara right after the breakfast. In this short drive, the glowing Himalayas will greet you back again. On the way to the tourist hub of the country, Pokhara, you will be blessed with the panoramic views and roadways along the hill.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16:Sightseeing in Pokhara Valley.

Maximum Altitude: Pokhara (1400m/ 4593ft)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your awake time in the comfy hotels of Pokhara. It has loads of exciting places to visit. Pokhara is one of the significant tourist hubs of Nepal also known as the city of lakes. There are a lot of aesthetic cafes and restaurants where you could enjoy a good cup of coffee. Our agents will help you travel around this valley. We will take you to Lakesides, Gupteshowr Mahadev, Davis Fall, Rupa Lake, Begnas Lake, Bat Cave, etc. You could enjoy some services at your hotel or explore the nightlife of Pokhara.

Overnight Stay in Pokhara.

Day 17:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m)

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1300m/426.509ft )

Traveled Kilometer: 200.5 km

Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

Meals: Dinner

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the stunning lake city of Pokhara and towards our drive for Kathmandu. Experience the scenic trip with hills while traveling to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To mark the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Enjoy a delicious farewell dinner in Kathmandu on behalf of our agency. 

Dinner and Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.

Day 18:Final Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy your last day in Nepal. We hope you had good memories with us. At the time of the flight, our people will drop you at the airport. Have a great flight, and choose us if you want to revisit Nepal.

Map

DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP TREK NMA Nepal

Dhaulagiri Trek Regional Map (Day Will Different)

FAQ

What is the backpack we need to have during the Trek?

Travelers must be mindful of what they bring on their travels. Your packaging list should include a variety of goods. Trekking equipment, clothing, medicines, a visa, relevant papers, debit cards, and so on must all be packed.

Is the trekking route challenging?

Trek is some modest trekking level. The walk includes undulating flats and steep ascents, although it is generally achievable for trekkers of any age with a minimal trekking experience. However, the trekker must be physically fit. However, it is recommended that some training be completed before embarking on this EBC trip to acclimate to high altitude sickness.

Can We travel to this region alone?

Trekking alone, however, is never a good idea. Therefore we recommend you hirethe best trekking agencies that will provide you the best trekking experiences.

Can I ask for any extra service beyond the itinerary package?

Yes,  you can ask. You can convey the requirements you want to add to your itinerary package; we will try our best to provide you with the best possible service. However, you have to pay an extra charge for the additionalbenefit you receive.

Does your company provide any trekking gear?

You will bring what you need (sunscreen, water, heat, a light jacket, and a camera), but the majority of your belongings, such as extra clothing and nighttime supplies, will be transported. Porters have been coming for long walks because you will be pretty helpful with other stuff. You can rent a guide only if you have a little time on foot (2-3 days), but it is a great way to help local economies and reasonably inexpensive to use a porter.

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