Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The sceneries from the high passes and the base camps beat your imagination, as you come to see more and more of this biggest white mountain of Nepal and its surroundings. Sometimes you may also see mountain sheep and the snow leopard on the way. The starting point of the trek is Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi District. Initially the trekking trail passes through villages of Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people, where you get to observe their unique culture and lifestyle. It gradually gets tougher as you move to higher elevations. From Italian Base Camp, absorb extremely beautiful sceneries of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and V. After spending a day there for acclimatization and exploration of the nearby areas, proceed to Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. The trek then goes over the high passes and descends until Marpha, where it meets Annapurna Circuit Trek. Then you will meet the world’s deepest gorge in Kaligandaki and arrive at Tatopani, where you will relax in the natural hot springs. Eventually you will return to Pokhara and wind up our tour.


Day 1: Arrival; Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trip ahead

Day 3: Drive to Beni from Kathmandu

Day 4: Beni - Babichaur (1000m)

Day 5: Babichaur - Dharapani (1565m)

Day 6: Dharapani - Muri (1850m)

Day 7: Muri - Boghara (2050m)

Day 8: Boghara - Dobhan (2630m)

Day 9: Dobhan - Italian Base camp (3500m)

Day 10: Rest day

Day 11: Italian Base camp- Glacier Camp (4250m)

Day 12: Acclimatization day at Glacier camp

Day 13: Glacier Camp to Dhulagiri Base Camp (4740m) 4 hrs

Day 14: Rest day

Day 15: Through French Col (5360m) to Hidden Valley (5050m) 7 hrs

Day 16: Hidden Valley Acclimatization Day

Day 17: Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka (3680m) 9/10 hrs

Day 18: Yak Kharka - Marpha (2670m)

Day 19: Marha - Beni (by jeep) and Beni to Pokhara by private car

Day 20: Pokhara - Kathmandu (by tourist bus; flight can be arranged with additional charge)

Day 21: Kathmandu valley sightseeing; farewell dinner in the evening

Day 22: Farewell / International departure


Day 1: Arrival; Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu
Based on your flight schedule, a representative of Outdoor Himalayan Treks will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and transfer you to your hotel conveniently. Get refreshed and if you still have spare time, go on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with our guide.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu; Preparation for the trek
While our operation team handles all the documentation required for your trek (preparation of required permits), you will get to enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. We will provide a car for your tour.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Beni
The drive from Kathmandu to Beni takes place through riverbanks, forests, and villages in the hilly region of Nepal. Spend the night in Beni today.

Day 4: Beni - Babichaur (1000m)
Walk along the Kali Gandaki River at first, moving in the direction of Myagdi Khola. On the way you will walk over suspension bridges and move through villages like Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani, Simalchaur. The destination for this day is Babichaur village.

Day 5: Babichaur - Dharapani (1565m)
You continue to gain elevation as you reach Dharapani. You will be staying in a camp tonight.

Day 6: Dharapani - Muri (1850m)
A steep walk takes you to Muri, from where you have clear views of Mt Dhaulagiri

Day 7: Muri-Boghara (2050m)
Initially the trek is easy involving gentle descent but the final leg is a vertical climb for about two hours which reaches you to Boghara.

Day 8: Boghara-Dobhan (2630m)
This part is challenging, sometimes even needing the assistance of ropes.

Day 9: Dobhan-Italian Base camp (3500m)
After reaching the west face of Mt Dhaulagiri, we set up the camp for the day. The trail passes through alpine forests and from the Base Camp, you will have mountain panorama all around.

Day 10: Rest day
This day serves both as an acclimatization day and a day for sightseeing. Explore the nearby areas and soak up the captivating mountain panorama.

Day 11: Italian Base camp- Glacier Camp (4250m)
You need to walk through glacier moraine and snow, and in some places you will need to use ropes. You will have an eerie experience as you walk through Chonbarden gorge. The route involves risks, but the sceneries are extremely beautiful.

Day 12: Acclimatization day at Glacier camp
You can go up a walk towards the Base Camp. The views from a moraine ridge include that of Tukuche, little Eiger, and icefall from the north east face of the mountain.

Day 13: Glacier Camp to Dhulagiri Base Camp (4740m) 4 hrs
Dhaulagiri is the tallest white mountain of Nepal. As the other peaks of the country have steeper slopes, ice does not accumulate as much as here in Dhauagiri. As you reach the Base Camp, you will enjoy the unbeatable sceneries of Dhauagiri II and IV as well as Tukuche. You will also see the trail that climbs towards the summit.

Day 14: Rest day
This day is necessary to adjust your body into the thin air of high altitude.

Day 15: Through French Col (5360m) to Hidden Valley (5050m) 7 hrs
Passing through the French Col and reaching the Hidden valley requires the use of climbing gears like ice axe and crampons. This is one of the toughest and most adventurous parts of the trek. As usual breathtaking sceneries provide you relief from the strain.

Day 16: Hidden Valley Acclimatization Day
A rest day to absorb the sceneries of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri Himal. It further facilitates in acclimatization that is necessary to traverse the Dhampus Pass (5240m) the next day.

Day 17: Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka (3680m) 9/10 hrs
You need to make a gentle climb through snow to reach the Dhampus Pass. The pass offers the eye-catching sceneries of Dhampus peak on the left and Tukuche on the right. After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we walk through risky slopes, where avalanches move down sometimes, and make a steep descent to Yak Kharka.

Day 18: Yak Kharka - Marpha (2670m)
Marpha is a village in the Kali Gandaki Valley. It is famous for a monastery and apple orchards. The apples produced here are of superior quality. In the evening, taste apple juice.

Day 19: Marpha - Beni (by shared jeep); Beni - Pokhara (by private car/van)
We will ride a shared jeep from Marpha and get to Beni, from where our private vehicle will take us to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will transfer you to your hotel, where you can get refreshed and get some rest. You can explore the Lakeside area in the evening. Your guide will be happy to show you some places worth shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 20: Pokhara - Kathmandu
At about 7:15am, we will transfer you to the Tourist Bus Park where you will take a bus to Kathmandu. On arrival, we will transfer you to Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home near Thamel.

Day 21: Sightseeing in Kathmandu; Farewell dinner in the evening
After breakfast, we will take you on a guided sightseeing tour to some of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Later in the evening, you will get to enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner at one of the renowned authentic Nepalese restaurant along with live cultural show.

Day 22: Farewell
After breakfast, you can spend your free time exploring the streets and shops in Thamel. Based on your flight schedule, we will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.


Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
You require good trekking skills and high altitude trekking experience to go on this trip.

Travel Insurance

  • You should be insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • We will arrange for a helicopter rescue in case of an emergency, followed by medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Camping tent
  • Cooking equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • Crampons
  • Ropes
  • Ice-axe
  • Ice-claw
  • Carabiners, harness
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring above-mentioned equipment yourself, except cooking equipment. But, if you want to travel light, we can help you rent/purchase those things after you arrive in Nepal.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • travel insurance

  • Accommodation: Tented  accommodation during the trek; Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home);  2 nights hotel in Pokhara (Hotel View Point or Family Home)
  • Meals: 3 meals per day during the trek;(including tea/coffee and boiled drinking water) prepared by our cook during the camping days; breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers and sightseeing by car; Kathmandu - Beni by bus; Marpha-Tatopani by jeep. Beni to Pokhara by private car/van; Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus (or flight, if you agree to pay the relevant additional cost)
  • Documentation: Necessary trekking permits and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card; Please check the {tablink=Guidelines}'Guidelines'{/tablink} for a complete list of required documents
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based), kitchen and camping equipment (tents, stove, utensils, etc.)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); two porters per trekker (for carrying the tents and other equipment, and food); a cook to prepare and serve meals during the tented camps. All the expenses for these personnel are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.


  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver and donations
  • Your travel insurance

Country: Nepal
Duration: 22 days
Grade: Strenuous
Highest Alt: 5360m
Trek Style: Difficult
Best Season: April-November
Group Size: 6
Start/End: Beni/Pokhara
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