Dhaulagiri circuit trek provides the stunning views of the whole Dhaulagiri range wich is sixth highest mountain in the world. The Dhaulagiri Circuit could equally be described as an expedition, with the crossing of French Col (5,360m) withi ts disreputable climate. Magars are the dwellers of this area.
Our trail passes through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, deciduous trees and juniper. The Dhaulagiri Trekking is particularly attractive to people drawn to high mountains and wilderness, and requires an excellent physical condition and basic mountaineering skills.
The Dhaulagiri trek starts at Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi, follows the Myagdi Khola. A great significance of this Dhaulagiri Trek is the French pass (5360m), where trekkers must be aware of the health of their group members, especially on the section between French pass and Dhampus pass (5250m).
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sihgtseeing tour.
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Beni (850meters) by bus 8 hours.
After your breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive should take 9 hours and you'll find most of the scenery very enjoyable. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 04: Trek to Babiachor (950 meters) 5 hours.
Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,400meters) 6 hours.
The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1,850meters) 5 hours.
After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810meters). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2080meters) 6 hours.
Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 meters). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 meters). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2,520meters) 5 hours.
The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110meters) 5 hours.
After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660meters) 7 hours.
Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be "tuned" for the even higher altitudes to come. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210meters) 6 hours.
Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740meters) 7 hours.
This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north east col. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: acclimatization and Rest Day.
Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Cross French Pass (5360 meters) then trek to Hidden Valley (5200meters) 6 hours.
After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cutts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360 meters). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 meters) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250meters) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 meters). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make it to camp at 5200 meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass (5200 meters), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680meters) 6 hours.
Descend from the hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2,710meters) 5 hours.
Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara (900 meters) and sightseeing same day.
Today 20 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu by bus 7 hours.
Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21: Transfer to the International Airport for your home departure. “Farewell”
1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car / Van / Bus.
2. 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley as per above program.
4. An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
5. All surface transfer to and from Kathmandu by bus/Plane as per above itinerary.
6. Full board meal (veg. / non veg.) prepared by our expert cook.
7. Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils, Down sleeping bag / Jackets, walking sticks, ice axe, and other necessary equipments during the trek).
8. Annapurna Conservation fee and all necessary documents.
9. Tourist service charge, Vat.
10. Office Service charge.
1. Meals whilst in Kathmandu allow US$ 10 - US$ 12 per meal.
2. Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
3. International air fare to and from Nepal.
4. Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.) US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
5. International Airport Tax in Nepal - approx. US$ 24.
6. Items of a personal nature
7. Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call and internet.
8. Tips for guide, porters, driver...
NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
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