Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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One of the popular remote treks in Nepal, Dhaulagiri Circuit trek takes you through the rugged landscapes letting your experience the thrill of expedition. In a single trek, you shall witness the terraced fields, rocky mountains, and snowy glaciers. Under the roof of the seventh highest mountain of the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri, you shall be covering the off-the-beaten trails, viewing the mountains with more than 7,000 m altitude, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). The highest point you shall make in this trek is of 5,200 m altitude, while crossing the French Pass; otherwise, you shall start from as low as 850 m to trek as high as 4,740 m. 

The trek isn’t easy, and it can be challenging. However, if you have previous experience of trekking in the high altitude areas, you might not feel too disturbed to adapt. For some days, you shall be trekking above 5,000 m altitude areas, and camping at the low altitude spots. Unfortunately, you might not have any teahouses to accommodate at, you have to camp under the open sky. If you are beginner level of trekker, this trek can be very miserable, however, if you are experienced, you shall make most out of this trek.  

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu
Drive to Beni
Trek to Babiya Chaur
Trek to Dharapani
Trek to Muri
Trek to Boghara
Trek to Doban
Trek to Italian Base Camp
Trek to French Base Camp
At French Base Camp
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp via French Pass
Trek to Yak Kharkha/Aaru Bari
Trek to Jomsom
Flight to Pokhara
Drive to Kathmandu
At Kathmandu
Departure

Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,345 m

Welcome to Nepal. Our representative shall receive you from the airport and take you to your hotel. After you rest for a while, you might love to do some shopping for the trek. After the late afternoon short Debrief Session, we shall be enjoying Nepalese cuisines at a popular restaurant of the town. Spend you first night at Kathmandu. 

Drive to Beni
Altitude: Beni: 850 m

It takes about 8-9 hours to reach Beni from Kathmandu. Witnessing the scenic landscape, you shall see terraced fields at the other side of the Trishuli, and Marshyangdi River. The arrival of junction of Kaligandaki River, and Myagdi Khola marks the arrival of Beni. After a short rest, you might fancy a short stroll along the town. Stay overnight at Beni.

Trek to Babiya Chaur
Altitude: Babiya Chaur: 900 m

Trekking alongside the Myagdi Khola, you shall leave the Singa Market spot. You will have lunch at this place. Then, with comfortable walking on the easy trail, you shall march towards Baniya Chaur. The trail is fine, with very little challenge. You shall make to Babiya Chaur very easily. Stay overnight at a tea house at Babiya Chaur.

Trek to Dharapani
Altitude: Dharapani: 1,470 m

Enjoying the beautiful views, you shall embark your journey to Dharapani. The trail is wide and the landscapes shall be exciting. You shall be making through Shasdhara Village and Ratorunga Village. Seeing people once in a while during the trek might rekindle enthusiasm in you. Before you make to the top hill for camping, you shall cross the Dudh Khola. Overnight at camp at Dharapani. 

Trek to Muri
Altitude: Muri: 1,850 m

Before making to the cultivable lands offering amazing views of Myagdi Khola, you shall ascend the ridge. From the top, you shall descend down to the Dhara Khola, and start ascending uphill to Muri via the steeply trail. Throughout your ascent you shall be able to witness Mt. Dhaulagiri and Gurja Himal. Stay overnight at a teahouse in Muri.

Trek to Boghara
Altitude: Boghara: 2,080 m

You shall descend down to Dhudh Khola to cross it, and make to the Gorban via the ascent uphill. As you keep ascending, you shall be treasured by the beauty of Ghustang. Via the narrow pathway, you shall be descending down to Myagdi. Trekking further takes you to Boghara. 

Trek to Doban
Altitude: Doban: 2,520 m

After you make through the gorges, you shall be welcomed by a forest. Making through the dense forest full with several types of vegetation and wildlife, including the colorful rhododendrons, you shall be welcomed by the sight of Doban. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Doban from Boghara. Stay overnight at Doban.

Trek to Italian Base Camp
Altitude: Italian Base Camp: 3,660 m

Again, you shall make through the dense forest full with rhododendrons (if you are trekking during Spring), and gain altitude. Walking slow is very important in trekking for giving sufficient time to the body for acclimatization. And hydration is the key. Throughout your journey, you shall gather lots of experience to lament at. Stay overnight at Italian Base Camp.

Trek to French Base Camp
Altitude: French Base Camp: 3,870 m

Initially, making through moraine, you shall pass the Chonbarban Glacier, and make through it. Enjoying the beauties of Mt. Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche, and other mountains, you shall arrive at the French Base Camp. It takes about 6-7 hours to arrive at French Base Camp from the Italian Base Camp. Stay overnight at the French Base Camp. 

At French Base Camp
Altitude: French Base Camp: 3,870 m

It is very important to be concerned about acclimatization. To avoid any kind of altitude sickness, you must go slow, resting quite often, and letting your body acclimatize with the growing altitude. You can explore the French Base Camp, and snap some stunning pictures. Spend your second day at the French Base Camp.

Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp via French Pass
Altitude: Dhaulagiri Base Camp: 4,748 m; French Pass: 5,360 m

You shall make through the rocky and rough trail before making to the top of the French Pass. Journey to the top of the pass is quite challenging; and the top offers you the best panoramic view of the rugged landscape and soaring mountains. Then, you shall descend down to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. 

Trek to Yak Kharkha/Aaru Bari
Altitude: Yak Kharka: 3,900 m

Before penetrating your way to the French Col, you shall make through some of the hills. During this journey, you shall get to see Sita Chuchura (6,611 m), Dhampus Pass (5,200 m), Tsahi Kang, and Tukuche Peak. You shall, then, make through the Dhampus Pass, and descend down to the Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka. 

Trek to Jomsom
Altitude: Jomsom: 2670 m

Making through the dense forest, you shall make to the Kali Gandaki Valley. The descent via the rocky and glacial trail is worth remembering. Then, you shall arrive at the beautiful village with apple orchards, the Marpha Village. Further trekking takes you to your today’s destination, Jomsom. Technically, this is the last day of your trek in the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. Stay overnight at Jomsom. 

Flight to Pokhara
Altitude: Pokhara: 827 m

Via a 20 minute flight, you shall land on Pokhara. The rest is your day to visit several touristic places at the beautiful city, Pokhara. You shall have several popular spots, lakes, temples, and touristic areas to spend few moments of time. Spend the night at Pokhara. 

Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,345 m

After breakfast in the morning, you shall ride to Kathmandu via the vehicle. It takes about 7-8 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. Witnessing the nearby settlements, hills, and fading mountains, you shall make to the capital city of the country. Our representative shall drop you at your hotel. You might hit with déjà vu in the hotel room. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. 

At Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,345 m

Kathmandu boasts several world heritage sites enlisted by UNESCO, such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhhanath, Swoyambhunath, etc. You might fancy a shopping for your return journey. We shall be sharing our trekking experience over Farewell Dinner at a popular restaurant. Stay overnight at Kathmandu. 

Departure
Our representative shall drop you at the airport within sufficient time before your departure flight and proceedings. After waving goodbyes, they shall return back from the airport. Have a safe journey to your home country. 

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 days

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