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20 Days
Kathmandu
Dhaulagiri - Dhampus Pass - Pokhara
Min Age : 18

Dhaulagiri Round Trek boasts mountain ranges consisting of fifteen 7000 metre peaks of magnificent views. The hikes are rewarding for the adventurous travellers out there. Whilst you do not need to be an expert, some level of fitness and understanding of the dealing with the unexpected would be beneficial.

Trekking around the Dhaulagiri Peak is a challenging trek which goes through mountain passes including an icy path. Whilst trekking here it means you get to explore the wilderness and the region has been recently reopened to show its long-preserved secrets such as the Gandaki Gorge. 

Tour Details

Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are the adjoining Himalayan ranges in western Nepal. Dhaulagiri’s name comes from Sanskrit, which means white mountain. Interestingly, Mount Dhaulagiri was considered as the world’s highest mountain until 1852. It is one of the most challenging treks of Nepal and lies in the restricted areas of Nepal. Thus, it is less explored, and very few trekkers opt for Dhaulagiri trekking. The route follows an icy path along the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki. There are two high passes, the French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5240 m), which requires a lot of energy, dedication, and stamina. The experienced Mountain Guides from Himalayan Circuit are always there to assist you further. 

Along with the high passes, Dhaulagiri has three more base camps. The first base camp is the Italian Base camp at 3660m. This is the first acclimatization camp from where you trek heads further to Glacier camp ( 4200m) and to Dhaulagiri Base camp ( 4700 m ) where you are supposed to acclimatize yourself before crossing the high passes. After crossing Dhampus camp, you will be able to meet fellow trekkers who have completed the Annapurna Round in Jomsom. Share the beautiful moments from these two most beautiful and challenging treks in the Himalayas.

The trekking is equally beautiful while passing through the different villages from the different ethnic groups, such as Magars, Gurung, and Thakalis. All of the local people share their own customs and traditions. The path through the Rhododendron, Pine, and Bamboo forests are the specialities of the trekking trails in Nepal. You may encounter wildlife like the Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, and Leopards. Various species of birds sing beautiful melodies throughout the trip.

Every adventure in the Himalayas is worth experiencing and has its own specialty. Get ready for the biggest adventure of your life and explore the hidden Himalayas.

Departure & Return Location

Himalayan Circuit, Kathmandu, Nepal (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast
  • Accommodation with standard meals in trekking
  • Personal Trekking Guide with Porter
  • All Entrance Fees, Dhaulagiri trek permit, TIMS etc
  • All ground Transportation as per Itinerary
  • All government taxes

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare & Nepal Visa Fee
  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • All Client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses
  • Anything that is not mentioned in Included Section

Complementaries

  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jackets
  • Local Community Tours
  • T-Shirt
What to Expect

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most demanding we have to offer with some parts requiring  a pick axe and crampons. In parts, it will be advisable to wear a helmet to avoid any falling rocks along some of the paths. 

Previous trakkers have noted this is the best remote trek in Nepal which requires you to push your limits in both hiking and camping. For those wanting to push themselves further, there is an additional climb around the Dhampus peak which is a non technical climb. Since it is less used, snow often covers the path therefore a guide is highly recommended. 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek follows a less used hike taking you to the wild vicinity of Mount Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain on Earth. This trek is entirely camping and no lodges of settlements are within the area. Food will be prepared in a camp kitchen, whilst guides and porters ensure that necessary precautions are taken to provide high-energy nutritious meals. 

  • Trek the loop of Dhaulagiri at 8167m
  • Trek to 7th Highest World Mountain
  • Discover Magar, Gurung, Thakali culture along the trail
  • Unspoiled and rugged province Exploration
  • Cross legendary French pass 5360m and Dhampus pass 5200m
  • Walking right beside the world deepest gorge at Kaligandaki valley
  • Visiting Dhaulagiri & Italian Base Camp
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

You will arrive at Kathmandu airport and be greeted by one of our representatives who will take you to the hotel and enjoy your first Nepali meals in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Day 02Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check

Today is a day for you to sightseeing in Kathmandu and pick up any essentials you may have forgotten. We recommend you visit the Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace is located. There will be plenty of shopping available in a variety of shops and stalls.
Today there will be a full briefing and gear check so that you are prepared for the trek and locate essential items should you need them.

Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (Trekking starting Point)

It is a 285 kilometer long drive from Kathmandu to Beni. The drive in the middle hills through Pritivi Highway is spectacular and offers the views of rivers, villages, Himalayas, small cities and so on. This evening you will overnight at 830 m above the sea levels.

Day 04Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur ((1,065m)

After breakfast we will hike alongside Myagdi Khola. The hike will allow us to explore various villages finally reaching the village of Simalchaur. Continuing to walk we will head towards Babiyachaur which will be our final stop for the night.

Day 05Babiyachaur to Dharapani ( 1565m ) 7 hrs

After having mountain breakfast we will trek from Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1,565m) which takes about 6-7hrs. Today, we will trek through terraced hillsides and villages.

Day 06Trek to Muri (1,850 meters) 5 hours

After crossing the river we will leave Phedi and start climbing, eventually hitting the villages of Muri. The trek will continue to Sibang and Mattim before descending to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon. We will camp at the larger village of Muri, Magar.

Day 07Trek from Muri to Baghara (2050m)

Today will be a long walk of around 6-7 hours to reach Baghara. Be sure to have your camera ready for when we reach Ghorban Dhara which provides the perfect view of Ghustung south which is elevated at 6465 metres above sea level. We will continue to hike uphill, zigzagging steep stone paths to Baghara where we will camp overnight.

Day 08Boghara to Dhoban ( 2630m) - 6 hrs

The hike today is difficult and at times will require the help of the ropes. We will hike through forests to Jyardan and our final destination will be Dhoban.

Day 09Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110 meters) - 5 hours

After crossing the bridge out of Dobang we will descend to Myagdi Khola continuing to Chartare and finally Choriban Khola for an overnight camp.

Day 10Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 meters) 7 hours

After waking up in the fresh air we will have breakfast before our 4 hour trek to the Italian Base Camp. We will have views of the Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi Peak, and Dhaulagiri-II which is magnificent. We will camp overnight.

Day 11 Acclimatization and rest day

Today is a day to acclimatise to the thinning of the air so we can proceed with the hike the following day.

Day 12Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210m) – 4 hrs

From the base camp we trek to the Glacier camp which is stunningly beautiful. Today is a real challenge as we will need to use ropes. It is a very thrilling and rewarding day but it is also the hardest.

Day 13Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, 4,740 m

Similar to yesterday, today will be tough and slippery. The climb will be uphill for 6 hours but the Dhaulagiri Base Camp is worth the hard work. We will camp overnight.

Day 14Another Acclimatization Day

Today is another day for acclimatising due to the further thinning of the air. This day is essential to rest from strenuous hikes but medical experts suggest gentle exercise to aid this change.

Day 15Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5360m)

As the trek nears the end the hiking continues to get tougher. We will require ropes and have to climb over steep moraine walls to reach a less strenuous area. The climb will be difficult but giving up a full view of the Hidden Valley. This area is very cold (-20 at night).

Day 16Trek from Hidden valley crossing Dhampus pass (5240m) to Yak Kharka (3680m) - 7 Hours

To reach Yak Kharka we cross the Dhampus Pass and the hike will last for around 7 hours. The hike is both up and downhill and challenging. We will reach an open space where Yak grazes and camp for the night.

Day 17Trekking from Yak Kharka to Jomsom ( 2,715m) 7-8 hrs

The steep descent leads to Marpha and a well deserved beer over lunch. We will be walking in the snow until we pass the top of Thapa Pass. From Marpha we head toward Jomsom to catch the flight the following morning.

Day 18Fly or Drive to Pokhara (850 meters)

We have a short flight of around 25 minutes from Jomsom to Pokhara or 10 hours of drive from Jomsom to Pokhara, and have a free and relaxing day at the hotel.

Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu on a bus enjoying the scenery along the way. We will check into the hotel for the evening. We will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day 20Transfer to Airport. Departure, farewell!

Today is the end of the tour and a representative will transfer you to the airport for your departing flight. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope to welcome you back to Nepal very soon from Himalayan Circuit Team.

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