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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trip code
Package name Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Duration 17
Max. elevation 5360 m
Level Difficult
Transportation <p>Private Car/Van/Bus, Flight<br></p>

Hotel, Teahouse Lodge, and Tenting Camp.

Starts at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dhaulagiri pass-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Cost USD 2,660 per person



Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventure around the massif Nepal Himalaya range of peaks. Dhaulagiri Trekking is known as High Passes Trek and it is the most difficult and Popular Trekking route in Nepal. The walk leads from a low warm farm sub-tropical climate to cooler hills and ends at an arctic cold zone. Where route leads on off the beaten tracks, seldom ventured by few groups of trekkers and adventurers. 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek includes exciting walks to Mount Dhaulagiri base camp and crossing the high French Pass to Hidden Valley. Dhaulagiri Range trekking Starts from Darbang and heads up to terraced fields and up to a high mountain base. There will be many trekkers interested in doing the trek but it will be enjoyable for young and energetic people. 

The adventure continues over Thapa / Dhampus pass reaching beautiful areas of Kaligandaki River valley in Mustang District. Mount Dhaulagiri towers high as the world's 7th highest peak at 8,167 m with its adjoining towering peaks Dhaulagiri-II (7,751 m). Includes Dhaulagiri-III (7,715 m), and IV (7,618 m) with Mana Pathi and Putha Hiunchuli towards the far southwest.  

Dhaulagiri Himalayas is one of the massif range of peaks that extends from Mygdi, Mustang to Dolpo districts. The Nepal Himalayas are very popular in the world as Mahalangur. Adventure of fewer than two weeks where trekkers can enjoy walking in the sheer mountain wilderness. Walking amidst high staggering snow-capped peaks, remorseless fields of ice, and glaciers in the harmony of pristine surroundings. Trek begins on leaving the low sub-tropical farm areas, heading uphill to cooler hills. Covered in a dense green forest of tall rhododendrons, pines, and fir trees with nice summer grazing pastures.

The adventure leads further north, within a river gorge entering a glaciated valley around the southwest flank of the Dhaulagiri massif. 

A steep haul over the moraine of ice and snow on a faint path to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Spending an overnight right beneath staggering Mount  Dhaulagiri and its massive Ice Fall, as the walk continues crossing French Pass. The highest point of the adventure leads to a wide scenic Hidden valley enclosed behind an array of snow peaks. 

Slowly walk takes you over the last Dhampus/ Thapa pass, facing incredible views of Annapurna-I, Nilgiris, and the Dhaulagiri Himalaya range.  

The trail follows downhill into dense tree lines reaching Kaligandaki River valley in Marpha around Lower Mustang. A gem of a village with white-washed houses offers lovely guest houses and lodges. Famous for delicious apples and its products, a short drive takes you to Jomsom (Lower Mustang), from Jomsom, one Path leads to Upper Mustang and Muktinath Another path leads back to Tatopani, Beni, and Pokhara. Jomsom is the headquarters town of the Mustang district. At Jomsom our adventurous walk completes taking a scenic flight to beautiful Pokhara, concluding a wonderful adventure on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Accommodation in Dhaulagiri 

Accommodation will be provided with tourist-friendly hotels and lodges in the trial of the Dhaulagiri Trekking. They also provide you with Luxury hotels and tea houses that suit your budget. In the tourism Sector, the Facilities in the Hotel and lodge can find normal basic to Luxury and deluxe hotels. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is possible to do Teahouse Trek until the Itali Camp, then Accommodation is impossible while you are heading Up to the base Camp of Dhaulagiri. But whereas we find a teahouse lodge, Most of the teahouses are built and well managed by the Local people.  Dhaulagiri circuit package trek provided accommodation and basic facilities for the trekkers. Some Trekkers like to take a rest and plan for a further walk below the tiredness and laziness offer a golden opportunity to explore the picturesque green village and its unique tradition and culture.

Camping Accommodation 

Camping Accommodation at Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is followed by the Trekking group and climbing group. Generally, the people who plan to Trek to Dhaulagiri Circuit or climb some other peaks need camping. There is no availability of Tea houses on the base camp of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhampus Peak. If every spot had a tea house, Lodge, it would be an easy and more comfortable stay but sadly there is not. so the trek will be physically difficult and more expensive.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Cost

Dhaulagiri Trekking Cost depends on your stay in the City and Himalayas range. Normally, trekking costs begin from $2300/- up to your choice.  If you are willing to get a cheaper price for Trekking to Dhaulagiri we can create a different Itinerary for you.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu( 1,350 m / 4,430 ft.) and transfer to Hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport was well received by our guide and staff with traditional welcome greetings. Then the a short drive to your hotel, located in the heart of the city. Accommodation in one of the best 5-star deluxe hotels. Check into your lovely rooms, after rest and getting refreshed from the Jet-Lag. Walk down to the hotel lobby to join other trekking members for a group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, with useful information regarding the trek, hotels, and local lodges on route walk. 

Evening a group welcome dinner in authentic Nepali Restaurants. Entertains you with a Nepalese folk cultural program, an introduction to Nepalese heritage and culture while you enjoy the meals. 

Day 2 : Tour of Kathmandu heritage sites of great interest.

Another day in Kathmandu for familiarization with local Nepalese cultures and historical background. The morning after breakfast, our city / cultural guide will take you for a short drive in the heart of Kathmandu city. 

Kathmandu's places are steeped with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like the old Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard. After an interesting tour of old Durbar Square, a short drive to Nepal’s famous landmark. The Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years of history.  A Buddhist monument stands on a hilltop west of Kathmandu city, from here visit Pashupatinath. The holy Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva, one of the most revered sacred sites, the tour continues to Bouddhanath Stupa, also called ‘Little Tibet’. A great place houses the world’s largest Stupa with the seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

After an exciting tour, back to the hotel rest of the afternoon preparing for the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek.

Day 3 : Drive or fly to Pokhara (30 min) - 6/7 hrs

An early morning overland journey of 6 hours to scenic Pokhara city, an abbot of serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes. Interesting drive to Nepal Mid-West past lovely farm villages and town then reaching Pokhara by the beautiful Phewa lakeside.

Where most good hotels are located, with time for a short walk in the afternoon around Phewa Lake that reflects the view of the high Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 4 : Drive to Darbang (1, 200 m) via Beni (900 m) - 5 /6hrs.

Morning from Pokhara, another exciting drive takes you to the western part of Nepal at Beni. The headquarters of Mygdi district, from here drive continues for another few hours on the dirt road. The drive leads through several towns and farm villages before arriving in Darbang for an overnight halt. 

Darbang is located near the raging Mygdi River, which flows from Dhaulagiri Base Camp and its glaciers. Today’s camp will be set near the main village or staying in a local simple lodge.

Day 5 : Trek to Riverside (1,560 m) - 05 hrs.

Today's adventure starts walking past farm villages following a pleasant trail along the Mygdi River. After a gradual walk, head towards overnight camp by the river. In the afternoon, enjoy a cool dip in the glacial river or relax and explore the rural farm areas populated by Magar. The main hill tribes of western Nepal follow the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

Day 6 : Trek to Bagar (2,375 m) - 06 hrs.

The morning after a first overnight in a tented camp, and having a good breakfast walk follows a river. Reaching the farm village of Jugepani, where we will stop for a hot lunch, the afternoon walk leads to climbing a ridge. Covered in dense tree lines a gradual walk for a short while, and then descend to Bagar for overnight camp. 

Bagar is a small rural farm village, the last settlement before reaching Marpha on the other side of Dhaulagiri Himalayas.

Day 7 : Trek to Dovan (2, 600 m) - 06 hrs.

Leaving Bagar hamlet, adventure continues heading higher on a narrow, undulating path above the Mygdi River. Reaching a ridge top, as the trail descends through thick vegetation and tree lines, then finally at Dovan for overnight camp.

Located on a small forest clearing the stone-made temporary huts for cattle, the camp is set on a grassy meadow. After 5 to 6 hours of good exciting walking, a place with few small shelters for travelers and porters.

Day 8 : Trek to Chartare / Bhaisi Kharka (3,000 m) - 05 hrs.

Today, the trek starts with a 30-minute walk to the bank of a fast-running stream. Carefully cross the bridge entering the forest. Passing through another log bridge over a stream once again leading to the deeply forested area.

While descending from the forest, you’ll notice the Dhaulagiri range, peeping through closely packed trees. Before straying too far from the Konaban River, head down to the Mygdi Riverside and take the left bank trail. Climb up toward another Khola called the Pakite Khola and cross it to reach the tableland of Chatare. Overnight camp in Chartare also called Bhainsi Kharka.

Day 9 : Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) (3,750 m) - 05 hrs.

On leaving the campsite, and the lush green forest behind proceed further along the trail to Italian Base Camp. Beyond the woodland area as walk enters a rocky and glaciated valley around the mountainside within a glacier originating from the West wall of the Dhaulagiri Himal. 

Prepare yourself for another ascend to a grassy narrow ridge and a plateau of Pakhaban, also known as Japanese Camp. Pakhaban is a lovely campsite with the spectacular Dhaulagiri-I, West Wall, and the massive rocky cliff walls of Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 10 : Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750 m) -05 hrs.

From Pakhaban, leaving the grassland walk heads down to the right side of the valley blanketed with snow and fallen rocks. Walking with care along the undulating glacier surface as the valley bends towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

As the walk finally ends for the day on reaching at high Dhaulagiri base camp, beneath the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri-I. Along with massif Ice-Fall facing views of Dhaulagiri-II (7,751 m), III (7,715 m), and IV (7,618 m). Includes close views of Tukuche Peak with the majestic North Face of Dhaulagiri-I. The rocky moraine clearing will be the site of the overnight camp

Day 11 : Trek to Hidden Valley (4, 900 m) via French Pass (5, 360 m) -05 hrs.

The morning trek is initiated along the moraine and glacier to a rocky terraced hill. Climb towards a rocky ridge, uphill to the top of French Col, the highest point of the adventure. The pass is not only summited for adventurous purposes but also for spiritual enhancement. The top is marked with a Buddhist prayer flag or Lungta, raised by fellow hikers and other climbers. 

Cherish the view of Sita Chuchura, the Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. Tukuche Peak West lies to the right, and in the distance is the enormous Dhaulagiri-I. A gentle descent along the snow-covered landscape finally leads to the overnight camp at a wide Hidden Valley.

Day 12 : Rest day at Hidden Valley for exploration.

A well-deserved rest day, after several days of tough and interesting walks. 

Enjoy the free day and explore the unexplored scenic Hidden Valley and empty your exhaustion amidst massive mountains. An ideal environment for blue sheep, you might get the opportunity to spot the rare wildlife.

Day 13 : Trek to Yak Kharka (4,915 m) via Dhampus Pass 5,240 m-06 hrs.

After a pleasant rest day at Hidden Valley, the walk follows on to cross the 

5,250 m-high Dhampus Pass. The walk begins on a wide path with a short ascent per hour continued by a narrow lane for the next hour. 

Then finally climb on top of Dhampus or Thapa Pass, which offers a grand vista of the Kali Gandaki Valley's deep gorge and the Annapurna Himalaya ranges beyond.

At Dhampus Pass' summit ridge, Mukut Himal is seen in the distance as the Hidden Valley is hidden behind the Col. Walk downhill to the campsite at Yak Kharka, the mountainside is steeply descending and covered in rocks. 

Setting camp at the summer pastureland of Yak Kharka, accompanied by Nilgiri and the western end of the Annapurna massif.

Day 14 : Trek to Marpha (2,630 m) short drive to Jomsom 2,715 m -06 hrs.

Last day walk of the adventure, enjoy the morning glorious views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range. After a good breakfast, head downhill along a winding mountain trail that ascends to a ridge. From which Dhaulagiri-I and the Tukuche Peak are once again discernible. Slowly the walk ends on reaching a charming Marpha Village, the loveliest settlement on this trip. From Marpha take a short drive to Jomsom. The headquarters of Mustang with a small airstrip above Kali Gandaki River. At Jomsom overnight in a lovely hotel or guest house with time to explore the exciting streets of Jomsom town.

Day 15 : From Jomsom to Pokhara (860 m)-22 mins and transfer to hotel.

From Jomsom, morning a short walk to the air terminal and then board a small aircraft for a scenic flight of less than 25 minutes to Pokhara, viewing the amazing Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. On arrival at Pokhara airport transfer to the hotel by the Phewa lake side. The rest of the day at leisure for individual activities and browsing the lively streets of Pokhara lake side.

Day 16 : Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu-06 hrs.

An early-morning trip from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes an overland journey of about six hours. An interesting drive on the Pokhara and Kathmandu highways, following the Trisuli River for some hours. As drive heads uphill and then down towards Kathmandu's bustling city. On arrival transfer to your hotel, rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 17 : International departure for homeward bound.

On your last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as per your international flight time, our staff transfer you to the airport. Then bid farewell to the guide and staff as you enter the airport terminal for a homeward-bound flight, after a memorable adventure on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking.


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