Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the remotest western Nepal trek which takes us to the base camp of Dhaulagiri Mountain (8176m), the seventh highest mountain of the world. The region includes more than dozen peaks and mountains that are above seven thousand height. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is for you if you are looking for an alternative to crowded Annapurna Region trekking.
This is the challenging trek that begins from the Gurung village of Beni and progresses along villages, rivers and forest to Muri which is the last permanent settlement. Pursuing the trail further through glaciers, we will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp which enthralls us with views of Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V Mountains. We can also get view of impressive icefall that lowers down to northeast Col from the base camp. From the base camp, the trail descends via French Col (the highest point of Round Dhaulagiri Trek) to reach hidden valley that is safeguarded by Mukut Mountain, Sita Peak, Tukche Peak and Tashi Kang Peak. The trail descends from Hidden Valley to the village of Marpha via Yak Kharka. Marpha is the major apple producing area of Nepal. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking concludes at Jomsom from where we will board Jomsom to Pokhara flight and explore Pokhara before driving back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Saribung Adventure offers Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking itinerary as 17-days package. This trek can be custom tailored to suit your needs. Experience the wilderness of Nepal. March to June and September to November are considered best months to join this trek.

Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu to Beni by bus (831m) 9hrs.
Day 02: Beni to Babichaur (1000m) 7hrs
Day 03: Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m) 7hrs
Day 04: Dharapani to Muri (1850m) 6hrs
Day 05: Muri to Boghara (2050m) 7hrs
Day 06: Boghara to Dobang (2630m) 6hrs
Day 07: Dobang to Italian Base camp (3500m) 6hrs
Day 08: Acclimatization day
Day 09: Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m) 5hrs
Day 10: Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft) 5hrs
Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5180m) 5hrs
Day 13: Hidden Valley Camp (5000m) 6hrs
Day 14: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m) 6hrs
Day 15: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2715m) 7hrs
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara flight
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 01: Kathmandu to Beni by bus (831m) 9hrs.
There are two ways to reach Beni. We can either take Kathmandu to Pokhara flight and then drive from Pokhara to Beni by covering 82km distance or we can take buss from Kathmandu to Beni. Beni is located 282km far from Kathmandu. The journey is pleasant with views of green hills, mountains and rivers at the backdrop. From Pokhara, we will drive along Mardi River to Bni. Stay overnight in Beni.

Day 02: Beni to Babichaur (1000m) 7hrs
Beni is the starting point for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Leaving Beni, we will follow the trail along Kali Gandaki River. The path stretches towards Myagdi River. Crossing the suspension bridge over river, we will reach Mangalghat village. Passing yet another small village of Singa, we will reach Tatopani- a hot spring. After taking brief rest, we will head towards Babichaur where we will stay overnight. 

Day 03: Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m) 7hrs
From Babichaur, we need to follow the escalating rock strewn path to arrive at Dharapani (1565m). Spectacular view of Dhaulagiri Mountain greets us in Dharapani. We need to walk through the culturally rich village of Shahashadhara before arriving at Dharapani where we will stay overnight.

Day 04: Dharapani to Muri (1850m) 6hrs
From Dharapani, we will arrive at Phedi and then we will cross river before following the uphill path to Sibang village. We will move further through Mattim village to the peak of ridge from where we will lower down to Gatti River. From Gatti River, we will arrive at Phali Gaon. We need to cross Dhara River before following an ascending trail to Muri. This is a big village inhabited by Magar ethnics.   

Day 05: Muri to Boghara (2050m) 7hrs
We will leave Muri and follow the descending trail to reach river. Crossing the river, we will walk through crop field to the base of small pass. Climbing the pass, we will enjoy spectacular view of Ghustung Mountain before lowering down to Myagdi River. We will reach Naura village from where the trail climbs up to meadow. We will pass through forest to Boghara where we will stay overnight.    

Day 06: Boghara to Dobang (2630m) 6hrs
Leaving Boghara, we will walk through the crop fields to the ridge from where we need to enter the forest area. Later, we will reach Jyardin. This is the last permanent settlement in the area. We will follow the rock strewn path to Lipshe and cross forest to reach Lapche Kharka from where the trail continues to Dobang.

Day 07: Dobang to Italian Base camp (3500cham) 6hrs
From Dobang, we will cross the bridge. We can get view of Dhaulagiri I mountain. We will lower down to Myagdi River. Crossing the river, we will reach Chartare from where we will move further to Choriban River. We will reach Chhonbarban glacier from where we can get closeup view of Tukche Peak. Continuing further, we will reach Italian Base Camp from where we can get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V Mountains. 

Day 08: Acclimatization day
Since there will be significant increase in altitude from Italian Base Camp, we will devote this day on acclimatizing our body to the increasing altitude. Explore nearby glacier. Stay overnight in Italian Base Camp.

Day 09: Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m) 5hrs
This is going to be a difficult day. Leaving Italian Base Camp, we will cross Swiss base camp and reach French base camp. We will move further to main glacier where we will pitch a camp and stay overnight.

Day 10: Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft) 5hrs
Finally, the most awaited day arrives. We will proceed through rocks and glaciers to Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where we can get scenic view of Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V Mountains. We can also get view of impressive icefall that lowers down to northeast Col. Stay overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Dhaulagiri Base Camp
This is going to be the second day of acclimatization. More difficult path lies ahead from Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Taking a day of rest will fill us with energy to move further. 

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5180m) 5hrs
Move through glaciers and moraines to the valley. Climb the slope to reach the top of French Pass from where we can get close-up views of Mukut Mountain, Sita Peak, Tukche Peak and Tashi Kang Peak. These peaks secure the boundary of Hidden Valley. 

Day 13: Hidden Valley Camp (5000m) 6hrs
Leaving French Col, we will move cautiously towards Thapa Pass (5250m) from where we will walk through the Hidden Valley safeguarded by mountains and peaks to our Hidden Valley Camp where we will stay overnight. 

Day 14: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m) 6hrs
Following the lowering trail from Hidden Valley, we will reach Dhampus Pass (5200m). We will cross Dhampus Pass and descend to the lush green vegetation area known as Yak Kharka where we will stay overnight.    

Day 15: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2715m) 7hrs
Descend from Yak Kharka and reach Marpha Village. Apple from Marpha is famous all over Nepal. We will taste apple pie and apple wine and head north to reach the windy town of Jomsom where we will stay overnight.

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara flight
We will take early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight continues amid Mountain giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We will be transferred in a hotel in Lakeside Pokhara. You can spend the rest of afternoon on your own. In the evening, a guide will take you for boating in Phewa Lake.  

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu
We will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It will be  pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. 
Cost Include
  • Airport to Hotel pick up and drop
  • Accommodation in Camp during trek
  • Three board meals during trek
  • Jomsom- Pokhara- Jomsom flights and airport departure tax
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking leader
  • Salary, Accommodation, Meal and Insurance of trekking leader and porters
  • Paper works
  • Special trekking permit
  • All government and local taxes
Cost Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Departure Airport tax
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Expenses
  • Beverage and drinks
  • Tips

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Seasons : Spring & Autumn
No. of Pax : 2+pax

Client Review


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