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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 17 Days

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft) is the 7th highest mountain in the world. Dhaulagiri gets its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhavala’ which means ‘White’ and ‘Giri’ which means ‘Mountain’. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is physically a demanding and off-the-beaten path trek. The Kali Gandaki River Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world separates Dhaulagiri and Annapurna regions. It is a classic adventure trek and demands a well-equipped and self-sufficient experienced crew in order to complete the circuit. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek starts at Beni, about 3-hour drive from Pokhara. Magar ethnic group heavily settle in this area. The Dhaulagiri trail follows the Myagdi Khola. While passing through the settlements of Darbang and Muri, the country is still quite heavily populated with scattered villages.

The trail passes through one of the wildest and remote areas of Nepal with the most outstanding dramatic scenery offering views of fifteen peaks which are above 7,000 meters and undoubtedly the best views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Because of the snow and ice conditions in winter and spring, the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is best possible in late spring and autumn only. The main highlight of this trek is the French Pass (5,360m/17,586ft). After crossing the French Pass, we arrive at the snow valley, the ‘Hidden Valley’ which is a good place to rest before continuing to the Dhampus Pass (5,250m/17,225ft). Dhampus Pass lies between Tukuche Peak and Thapa Peak. This is yet another experience of this thrilling region which has shown its long kept secrets since reopened the places like the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The trail then meets at Marpha of Annapurna Circuit route.

  • Enchanting Mt. Dhaulagiri view
  • The challenging French pass (5,360m/17,586ft)
  • Great view of the Dhaulagiri Ice-fall
  • Scenic Mountain views along the route
  • The green lush and alpine forest
  • Scenic landscapes and terrace farming en-route

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m/2,723ft) via Pokhara.

Day 2
Trek Beni to Babiyachaur (990m/3,248ft)).

Day 3
Trek Babiyachaur to Darbang (1,100m/3,609ft).

Day 4
Trek Darbang to Takum (1,670m/5,480ft).

Day 5
Trek Takum to Muri (1,840m/6,037ft).

Day 6
Trek Muri to Boghara (2,080m/6,824ft).

Day 7
Trek Boghara to Dobang (2,550m/8,366ft).

Day 8
Trek Dobang to Sallaghari (3,050m/10,007ft).

Day 9
Trek Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,008ft).

Day 10
Rest day at Italian Base Camp for acclimatization.

Day 11
Trek Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750m/15,585ft).

Day 12
Another acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri BC before crossing into the Hidden Valley.

Day 13
Trek Dhaulagiri BC to Hidden Valley (5,200m/17,061ft) crossing over French pass (5,360m/17,586ft).

Day 14
Trek Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4,000m/13,124ft) crossing over Dhampus pass (5,250m/17,225ft).

Day 15
Trek Yak Kharka to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft) on the Annapurna trail.

Day 16
Drive to Pokhara.

Day 17
Drive (200km)/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Cost Includes:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • A City Hotel in Pokhara for one night
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge and at our own kitchen
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge/tents in the mountains
  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Cook, kitchen helper and necessary porters
  • Necessary equipment including high mountain Tents, Ropes, Mattresses, etc.
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Marpha-Pokhara transfer by local vehicles (jeep/bus)
  • Kathmandu-Beni overland transfer by public bus and Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer by Tourist bus
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Personal equipment that may require for high passes such as Ice-axe, Crampons, etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Cultural Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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