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Dhaulagiri Circuit


Dhaulagiri Circuit

Trip Facts

Duration: 21 Days

Grade: Strenuous

Best Season: Sep- May

Group size:

Max Attitude: 5350m.

Accommodation: Camp/Lodge

Transportation: Bus/Jeep/Tourist Bus

Starts in/Ends in: Beni/Jomsom

Around Dhaulagiri is a challenging trek around the Dhaulagiri massif (8,167m/26,745ft), the sixth highest mountain in the world, involves snow and glacier walking. This is the perfect trip those who want a more intense experience of the mountains. You will be trekking deep into the Dhaulagiri Himal to the Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri north base camp, offering a wonderful view of gigantic north face of Dhaulagiri I. You will cross two high passes, the French pass (5,240m/17,192ft) and Thapa pass (5,155m/16,913ft) providing more spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Throng peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River; the world deepest gorge. You may encounter semi -wild yak herds, mountain sheep or the elusive snow leopard in the remote valleys of this region.

Around Dhaulagiri trek begins from Kathmandu; from where you will board a bus to Beni, you will spend the first few days of your trek walking through cultivated fields connected to some of the mountain villages while enjoying the shops, teahouses, and lifestyle of the Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people. During these days you will walk along cobblestone paths, over suspension bridges and through dense forests, enjoying the vistas of some of the world’s most beautiful mountains. The climb begins to get tougher after Dobang, as you ascend to the Italian Base Camp with impressive views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV& V; taking a day to rest, acclimatize, explore and fully absorb the beauty of surrounding peaks. You will then make your way to Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. The trek then continues on to the Iced French and Thapa Passes which have to be scaled before you descend down a winding trail to Yak Kharka. Once again you will find yourself among mountain people and their villages. After long descend you will arrive in Marpha, popular city of Mustang district. You follow the Annapurna classical trek and pass the world’s deepest gorge. The hot springs at Tatopani offer an excellent retreat after a strenuous trek surrounded by the majestic peak of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare. From Tatopani you make your way back to Pokhara, visiting, on the way, several monasteries and sites of religious importance. Once in Pokhara you can enjoy a few bottles of cold beverages while looking back at this unforgettable experience.


Day -01: Arrive to Kathmandu & transfer to the HotelArrive to Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel leisure time can be used for walking around Thamel.

Day-02: Kathmandu sightseeing,

We will be visiting three of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will visit first the Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambhu Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come. It is situated to the west of the city on a hill some 77 meters above the valley.

It is a 30 minutes drive to Boudhanath Stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrim’s site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices. The sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath is considered the holiest cremation ground, and people bathe in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it is sometimes very crowded. Evening on your own, Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Day-03 : DRIVE TO BENI . (671m) 8/9 Hours

After hot breakfast is over, you drive to Beni , the central hub of the district with many buildings including government offices. It will probably be hot and humid as the trek begins west up the left bank of the Myagdi Khola, past a cable car over the river. You pass many small villages before reaching Singa and camp overnight at the school field.

Day-04 : TREK TO- BABIACHAUR -DARBANG. (1110m). -6½ hrs.

Beyond the village, the Mayagdi Khola meanders, passing through many cultivated areas and villages like Tatopani Shiman and Tal Kot; lunch after about 4 hrs is by a stream. It is a short climb to Babiyachaur and then a high, winding path on a mountainside. Here there are terraced hillsides and paddy fields and the path is an easy walk, being either flat or gently ascending. After Ratorunga the path follows the river. After quite a bit of up and down, you finally reach Darbang (3,650ft/1,113m). and on to Darbang. Camp overnight.

Day-05 : TREK TO- DHARAPANI – SIBANG (1,800m), -7 hrs.

From Darbang, after crossing the Myagdi river over the suspension bridge, the trail winds up gradually for one hour. After leaving the river behind, a steep climb of 1½ hrs leads to the ridge, then a short pleasant walk will bring you to the village of Dharapani , 1½ hrs, where lunch is taken with stunning views of Putali and Ghurja, the western peaks adjoining Dhaulagiri massif. The path follows along the farm fields to the south of the ridge from where Dhaulagiri Himal is visible before reaching Sibang, 3 hrs, where you camp overnight.

Day-06: TREK TO MURI (1720m.)- 4½ hrs.

The track descends towards the Gatti Khola for two hours before a steady climb for a further two hours until the large village of Muri is reached for the overnight campsite. The inhabitants of this village are mostly of the Magar tribe. You will have time here after the camp is organised for a short visit around the village of Muri and to wash clothes. Camp overnight.

Day-07: TREK TO BOGHAR(2080m.)- 6 hrs.

Your trek path skirts around and descends to the warm areas of paddy fields partially penetrated by the tributary Dhora Khola. After crossing it, the main path ascends the cultivated valleys, passing rural farmhouses, and goes through a hamlet to a mountain path then skirts around the ridge. The path continues winding steeply uphill for two hours and coming out at the top of the ridge, the path descends gradually to a small farm village at Bagar, and the last village en-route before Marpha village is reached at the Kali Gandaki valley. You camp overnight at the primary school playground.

Day-08 : TREK TO DOBANG. (2,520m) 6 hrs.

The day begins with a very steep hill (30 mins) after an hour from camp, then a descent with stone steps cut from the rock. There are cliffs above with massive bees’ nests and ropes for collecting honey. Lunch is within the trees after about 4 hrs. The high winding trekking path follows the village through the grassy area, there is damp and slippery ground, requiring concentration, before finally descending as a steep stone path to the river’s edge. You may see monkeys here. Following the river for a while, the path follows a gently sloping mountain and continues through a forested area with many ups and downs grassy area you make the ascent through the forest to emerge to camp overnight at the level area of Dobang.

Day-09 :TREK TO SALLAGHARI (3300m.)- 7 hrs.

Crossing Konban Khola, once again you enter the forested area until the ascent becomes a descent, and you can see the west wall of Dhaulagiri I, between the breaks of the trees. You head down to Myagdi Khola side, take the left bank path and climb up towards another khola called the Pakite Khola, without ever getting too far from the Konaban river. You will cross this little stream to the tableland of Chartare(Saligare), lunch shortly before the hamlet 4½ hrs. There are some short steep sections on mud where you use roots for hand holds- care! Then 2½ hrs of climb to a misty, moss-hung clearing in the forest and camp for the night.

Day-10 : TREK TO PAKHABAN (3890m.). 5-6 hrs.

Leaving your campsite, you continue following the trail ahead leading to the forest are known as Italian Base Camp, 10,499ft/3,200m, 40 mins. The trail leads into a rocky area, and then climbs the mountainside with a steep hill at the end. After crossing the steep hill, the path narrows until you cross one glacier and descend to another glacier that originated from the west wall of the Dhaluagiri. You climb the opposite bank to a wide grassy area in a shallow valley of Pakhaban , also known as Japanese Camp. Pakhaban is a beautiful campsite with an impressive view of the West wall of Dhaulagiri I and to the rear the huge stonewalls from Tsaurabong Peak press closer. You get a feeling here that you are deep in the heart of the Himalaya . Camp overnight.


A rest day for acclimatisation, you explore the glaciers for the next day’s ascent to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Camp overnight.

Day-12 : TREK TO DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP. (4,750m), 8 hrs.

You follow a lateral moraine from Pakhaban to a rocky ridge, which finally descends to the glacier again. After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. This you follow as the valley bends to the right to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From here you are looking up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I, while to the west there are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II, 25,423ft/7,749m and Dhaulagiri III, 25,305ft/7,713m and Dhaulagiri V, 24,987ft/7,616m. In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north east col. Camp overnight.


It will be very cold here but further acclimatisation is necessary; it is important to prepare for the days to come.


You need to carry lots of water as you cannot fill up. Leaving the glacier you climb a terraced hill on the right bank, which runs along beside the glacier for a while. You have to cross the moraine entering from a gently sloping incline on the right. You follow this valley to the French Col, 17,585ft/5,360m, 4½ hrs, naturally from here there is an amazing view of Himalayan peaks in all directions, including Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal and Tahshikang. All these peaks surround the Hidden Valley . To the right you can see Tukche Peak West and to the rear stands Dhaulagiri I. A gentle descent along the snow-covered landscape finally ends at the wide Hidden Valley and grass for camp overnight. Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentler country.

Day 15: Rest Day at Hidden Valley Camp 5000m

A rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and perhaps do some exploring.

Day-16 : TREK TO ALUBARI(3000m.) via DHAMPUS PASS (5244m.)-7 hrs.

Alubari is much lower than Yak Kharka where we used to camp, so much warmer and safer if the weather breaks. It is a long day but worth it. It is an hour to the bottom of the pass, care needed on easy snow slopes. You then contour very high on north, (left) bank which is a potentially dangerous pass as the path stays above 15,420ft/4,700m for 5½ hrs before dropping very steeply. The ground is featureless with shale slopes. There are superb views of Tukche Peak , Nilgiri and perhaps the Annapurnas behind, Tilicho becomes visible later; there are also stunning views of Jomsom and towards the arid trans-Himalayan zones towards Mustang. The path then goes down to the right and crosses a stream to reach Alubari, comprising several stone huts. Camp overnight.

Day-17: TREK TO MARPHA VILLAGE . And to JOMSOM (2,667m).

You start with a sharp descent along a narrow mountain path to a ridge from where Dhaulagiri is visible again. You wind around to the right and descend down by a long climb along a steep mountainside, zigzag path. The final descent of the day brings us to Marpha Village walk for an hour to Jomsom and Camp overnight.

Day 18:   Jomsom – Pokhara(915m.)

Early in the morning, Fly to Pokhara and have a rest day there relaxing in the lake and surrounding.

Day 19: Pokhara

As soon as you are in Pokhara, You can enjoy with many more exciting activities such as Paragliding, Lake sightseeing, International Mountain museum tour and all the shopping arcades welcomes you to be timeless Pokhara. There are a lot souvenir shops and relaxing touristy destination at the very lake side of Pokhara.

Day 20: Drive Back to Kathmandu

Drive form Pokhara to Kathmandu is not worse however it is 5 to 6 hours drive passing many Nepal country side and scenery following couple of River sides. The flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu is just 35 minutes.

Day 21: Back to home 

Cost Included

-Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.

-3 Nights, Standard twin sharing accommodation in a 2 star hotel in Kathmandu BB.

-2 Nights, Standard twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara; Breakfast BB.

-Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

-All your standard Meals Cooked by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek BLD.

-Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. (We provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc. and Climbing rope to cross the Passes.)

-English speaking Nepal Trek Guide.

-The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.

-Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

-All necessary trekking permits & fees.

-Flight cost from Jomsom to Pokhara.

-Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu

(Ktm to Beni by Local Bus and Pokhara to Ktm by Tourist Bus).

-Nepal Trek Guide duffel bag,

-Free T shirts.

-Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

-Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 20th).

-All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

-Official expenses.

Cost Excluded

-Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

-Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.

-International airfare and airport departure tax

-Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

-Alcoholic and cold drinks.

-Personal trekking Equipment

-Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

-Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

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