Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of the most fascinating treks in the remote area of Nepal. Dhaulagiri Circuit trek takes you through the rugged landscapes letting you experience the adventurous expedition. This amazing trek will offer you to witness the terraced fields, Rocky Mountains, and snowy glaciers and various ethnic settlement and their unique culture and traditions. Under the roof of the seventh highest mountain Dhaulagiri(8167m), of the world, lies in the north-west of Pokhara culminating to its highest point at the eastern end. This amazing trek is dream fulfilling for travel lovers by passing massive challenging mountain passes, moving over Thapa peak (5,200m) and French Peak (5,360m). Passing two highest Mountains namely Dhampus pass at an altitude of 5234m and French pass at an altitude of 5360m makes you feel as you achieve the biggest award. During your trek, you will be covering the off-the-beaten trails, with the view of the mountains with more than 7,000 m altitude, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) is really an awe-inspiring trek for every travelers. The highest point you will reach in this trek is of 5,200 m altitude, while crossing the French Pass; otherwise, you will start from as low as 850 m to trek as high as 4,740 m. 

Though this trek may be quite tough and challenging for navy trekkers. 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.  

Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Drive to Beni
Day 04: Trek to Babiya Chaur
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani
Day 06: Trek to Muri
Day 07: Trek to Boghara
Day 08: Trek to Doban
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp
Day 10: Trek to French Base Camp
Day 11: At French Base Camp
Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp via French Pass
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharkha/Aaru Bari
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom
Day 15: Flight to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: At Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
Day 01: Arrival in 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 next day trek. After the late afternoon short Debrief Session, we shall be enjoying Nepalese cuisines at a popular restaurant in the town. Spend your first night at Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
As morning rises, after early breakfast, we will manage you to visit major world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred site for Hindu and Buddhist. Syambhunath temple famous for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley, Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, and largest Boudhanath Stupa through the world. In the evening, you need to be well prepared for the next day trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Beni (850 m)
fter morning breakfast, we will begin our journey from Kathmandu. It takes about 8-9 hours to reach Beni from Kathmandu. Witnessing the scenic landscape, you shall see terraced fields on the other side of the Trishuli, and Marshyangdi River. The arrival of a junction of Kaligandaki River and Myagdi Khola marks the arrival of Beni. After a short rest, you might fancy a short stroll around the town. Stay overnight at Beni.

Day 04: Trek to Babiya Chaur (900 m)
Today we will trek alongside the Myagdi Khola, we will leave the Singa Market spot after having lunch at this place. Then, we will begin our easy trek, you shall march towards Baniya Chaur. The trail is fine, with a very little challenge. You will easily reach Babiya Chaur. Stay overnight at a tea house at Babiya Chaur.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,470 m)
Enjoying the beautiful views, you shall embark on 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. 

Day 06: Trek to 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 steep trail. Throughout your ascent you shall be able to witness Mt. Dhaulagiri and Gurja Himal. Stay overnight at a teahouse in Muri.

Day 07: Trek to 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. 

Day 08: Trek to 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.

Day 09: Trek to 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 slowly 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 it. Stay overnight at Italian Base Camp.

Day 10: Trek to 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. 

Day 11: At 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.

Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,748 m) via 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. 

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharkha/Aaru Bari (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. 

Day 14: Trek to 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. 

Day 15: Flight to Pokhara (827 m)
Via a 20-minute flight, you shall land on Pokhara. The rest is your day to visit several touristic places in the beautiful city, Pokhara. You shall have several popular spots, lakes, temples, and touristic areas to spend a few moments of time. Spend the night at Pokhara. 

Day 16: Drive to 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. 

Day 17: Rest Day at Kathmandu (1,345 m)
Kathmandu boasts several world heritage sites enlisted by UNESCO, such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath, 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. 

Day 18: 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. 

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • campping gares and kitchen crew
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek from our own kitchen
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Kathmandu to Beni and pokhara to kathmandu by tourist bus
  • jomsom to pokhara by flight
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle, professional english speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed treking guide
  • Necessary potors and sherpa
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Mountain king treks and expedition trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • salary for guide and porter and their guide and accomondation
  • Insurance for guide and proters

Not Included in the Cost

  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal traveling Insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Toiletries bag
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Trekking equipments
The main essentials to bring are:
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, flip-flops
  • Sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation) and -20 degree Celsius for colder regions
  • Daypack, trekking bag pack, dry sack and camera bag
  • Few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures
  • For cold weather, hiking pants, thermals, gloves, neck warmer/scarf, beanie, a warm inner jacket and a windproof / waterproof outer jacket and down jacket are essential.
  • Water purification supplies, a reusable water bottle and a camelback water bladder
  • Sunscreen, Hat, sunglasses, moisturizing skin cream and lip balm
  • Few snacks, granola bars
  • Hiking stick or two
  • Waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness and other medication
  • Camera and binoculars.
  • Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, band-aids, wet wipes
  • Extra batteries (solar chargers recommended)
On the popular trekking routes, everyday supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, chocolate bars, and even basic hiking supplies can be purchased along the way, though prices rise dramatically as you go higher in elevation. Try to stock up lower down and buy locally-produced products such as fruit, biscuits etc. Maps are easy to find in Nepal. For the more difficult treks involving mountaineering, crampons and ice axes may be required. Simpler types of crampons, which attach to the shoe using a rubber ring, are easily obtainable in the Thamel neighborhood. These are variously known as spikes, micro spikes and chains.

Trip Facts

Duration: 18 day
Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge/Guest House
Type of Transport : Flight/Drive

Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Traverses the head of the hidden valley, crossing French La Pass.

  • Extreme and tiny trekking trail through dense forests into the high country to base camp, snow and glacier walking for a week, 

  • Rewarding trekking trail for adventure lovers

  • Rivers, ferns, and forests of oak and others deciduous trees and rhododendron forest

  • Breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain Range

  • Challenging two mountain passes: French pass (5240m.) and Dhampus Pass(5240m)

  • Abundant alpine flowers on the trail

  • Warm hospitality and unique culture of ethnic people like Thakali

  • Visit Barahi Temple, Fewa Lake, Gupteswor Cave, David Fall, Seti River Gorge, Mountain Museum and others.

  • Magnificent mountain view; Mt. Machhapuchre(fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Annapurna and many more from Pokhara.

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