Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

21 Days 20 Nights
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Situated in the North-West of Pokhara, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes among the 8000-meter Himalayas. The circuit was opened since 1950 and was discovered by the French expedition team. The trail mostly passes through lateral moraines, snow-clad passes, and icy glaciers. Throughout our trekking journey, we will enjoy the splendid views of the Dhaulagiri massifs wonderfully complemented by the Magar communities on the way.

Our journey to Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking starts from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Beni. The trek initially heads to Babiyachaur and Dharapani on the earlier stages. Then, gently ascending to Muri, we continue ahead to Boghara. The vegetation, Magar villages, and wildlife on the way offer a pleasant escape from what can be a difficult walk. The journey doesn’t get any easier, however; the trekking difficulty gradually increases in difficulty as we head to Lipase followed by Dobhan. The Himalayas near as we head towards the base camps and first we reach Puchhar Base Camp. Our journey proceeds towards Japanese Camp and finally culminates at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Then, traversing French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5258m), we finally head Pokhara and then to Pokhara. The trekking region is inhibited by the Magar community which gives us chance to learn about their lifestyle and their culture. The journey along these trails is highly challenging and is primly suitable for the trekkers having prior mountaineering experience. It is perfect for the adventure seekers ready to take challenges and desiring to create a lifetime memorable experience in these forbidden valleys.

Alpine Adventure Team is a group of professionally driven to provide the best services to the clients so that they can enjoy the naturally and culturally affluent Nepal. We have carefully planned itineraries and Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one such example with great transportation and accommodation services.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our staff members will pick you up and will drive you to the designated hotel. Once you will reach the hotel you can take rest and get freshen up. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Prepare for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking
This day will be for preparation and packing of stuff we will need for the trek. In the early morning, we will call you to our office to brief you about the trek and introduce you with the team members and the trek guide. He will describe you about the difficulty, equipment needed and our day to day plan during this trek. We will able to arrange some time we will take a short drive around the Kathmandu Valley during the evening. We will visit some of the most famous places in the valley like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Beni (850m)
After having our breakfast we will initially drive to Pokhara which will take almost 5 hours from Kathmandu. A scenic drive along the Trishuli River following the main highway we will reach Pokhara where we can view the jaw-dropping sights of the mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). From Pokhara, we will head towards Beni on a 4 hours’ drive. Overnight stay at Beni.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur (970m)
Leaving Beni in the early morning our trek will head towards the west along the northern bank of Myagdi Khola. We will cross many villages like Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani. Before heading towards the villages we will cross a bridge and head towards the southern bank of the river. The trail continues along the village of Simalchaur and then to Babiyachaur. Overnight stay at Babiyachaur.

Day 05: Trek from Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1,560m)
The trail continues along the wider and terraced fields having rivers on both sides providing us with the magnificent views of the lush green valleys. We will cross a village of Balaute and continue along the valley where we will cross Dudh Khola and then the fields which will take us to Rato Dhunga. The trail now passes through the narrow valleys and continues up to the village of Dharapani via Darbang. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,720m)
Our trail will head towards the western bank of the Kali Gandaki River, on crossing the river we will move towards the Takam, from where we will start to climb along the ridges and continues until we will reach the village of Muri. Enjoying the panoramic views of the mountains we will climb along the ridges to Sibang and Machhim. Muri is a short walk away from Machhim. Overnight stay at Muri.

Day 07: Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080m)
Our trail starts along the descending cliff where we will cross a river and then continue along the terraced field. Climbing a ridge we will reach a pass and enjoying the views we will descend to Myagdi Khola and walk along the western bank to the village of Naura. From here, we will climb steeply to the hill and then descend along the forests and terraced fields to reach Boghara. Overnight stay at Boghara.

Day 08: Trek from Boghara to Dobhan (2,500m)
Today, the trail is difficult and we will trek in full guidance of our trek guide. On leaving Boghara we will descend along the forests and the terraced fields to Jyardan. Crossing Jyardan, we will trek along the winding rocky valleys and then we will steeply descend before climbing to the Lipase. We continue to climb along the forests to Pilangkos Kharka and then finally climb to Dobhan. Overnight stay at Dobhan.

Day 09: Trek from Dobhan to Sallaghari (2,820m)
Leaving Dobhan, we will head towards the trail through the dense rhododendron and Bamboo forests from where we will cross a bridge over the Myagdi Khola and continues along the trail heading towards the eastern bank of Myagdi Khola. Following the trail crossing through the forests, we will reach Sallaghari. Overnight stay at Sallaghari.

Day 10: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)
Before climbing the wide open lateral moraine we will cross a dense rhododendron, birch and pine forests. Continuing along the lateral moraine we will reach the Italian Base Camp from where we can get the clear western views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). We also pass Chaur Bag Khola Camp and Puchhar Base Camp on the way. Overnight stay at Italian Base Camp.

Day 11: Rest and acclimatization day
Today we will take rest and use the day to acclimatize to the thinning of the air. Our body needs to acclimatize to the higher altitude and for further climbing too. We stroll around the area and the beautiful landscapes, Dhaulagiri Icefall, and mountains will greet us. Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 12: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (3890m)
Japanese Base Camp is in between the Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The trail will be challenging and difficult so, we need to be fully equipped. Descending along the glacier we will walk along the moraine which is situated on the left side of the Chhongardan gorge. Continuing along the narrow trail we will finally reach Japanese Base Camp. Overnight stay at Japanese Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek from Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m)
Leaving the Japanese Base Camp, we will head towards the rough trail which is slippery covered with snow. We will carefully and slowly cross the glacier to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We will be following the route along the Chhongardan Glacier and can get the views of Tukuche peak (6920m) on the way. Overnight stay at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 14: Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
It is an important day to acclimatize before heading towards French pass. Today we will acclimatize to the thinning of the air at this height which offers us with the magnificent views of the mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri IV (7618m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), and other surrounding high peaks. Overnight stay at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 15: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5140m)
Today, we will start our trek in the early morning and follow the trail which passes through the left side of the Chhongardan Glacier. We will climb along the steep lateral moraine ridges and continues to ascend to the French Pass (5360m) enjoying the panoramic views of the Tukuche peak (6920m) and Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m). We will head towards the top of the pass which has multi-colored flags. Enjoying the panoramic mountain views we will descend along the moraine lateral ridges to the hidden valley. Overnight stay at Hidden Valley.

Day 16: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m)
Today, we will follow the trail which climbs up to the snowy mountain which heads toward Dhampus Pass. Crossing the pass we will steeply descend along the trail entering the Kali Gandaki Valley. From where we will descend further to Yak Kharka relishing the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m)
We will follow the descending trail from Yak Kharka taking us to Marpha which is also known as the Apple Garden. From Marpha we will walk gently to Jomsom. It is a commercial hub for the trekkers of Muktinath, Upper Mustang with several tea houses and hotels. Also, the locally prepared apple brandy, Marpha, is a famous drink here. Overnight stay at Jomsom.

Day 18: Flight to Pokhara (820m)
We will take an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Thirty minutes of flight will take us to Pokhara we will check in a hotel and take some rest. We can also explore around the city and visit some of the famous tourist destinations like Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, and many more. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m)
This will be our last day we will return back to Kathmandu. A scenic drive for about 6 hours will take us to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel for rest and refreshment. We can also stroll around the hotel areas or enjoy he amenities in the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Relaxing/shopping with own activities
This will be a relaxing day we will do some last minute shopping from the streets of Thamel and walk around. We can also arrange for the sightseeing tour around the valley to several places you might have missed on the tour earlier. Durbar squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur are the prime destinations that you can visit. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Transfer to international airport for your final departure
In the early morning, we will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight bidding you the final goodbye.


Cost Details

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 4 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Round trip domestic flight ticket from Jomsom-Pokhara and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Tented accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All camping equipment (Tents, Mattresses and Kitchen Utensils).
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and entrance fees.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

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