About this trip

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the challenging and most rewarding treks around Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m) – the seventh highest mountain in the world. This trek is considered one of the best trekking routes because it consists of more than 15 magnificent peaks of above 7000 meters accompanied by spectacular landscapes. The Dhaulagiri region includes two popular challenging high passes – the French Pass (5360 m) and the Dhampus Pass (5200 m).

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek provides an excellent opportunity to experience the geographical diversities of Nepal: from walking in snow-clad paths and glaciers, to beautiful scenic forests and its wildlife, trekkers can enjoy every aspect of the nature. The route also offers stunning views of landscapes, hills, rivers, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, etc.

In addition, the trek provides an opportunity for the to observe and enjoy culture, customs and traditions, rituals, and lifestyles of ethnic communities such as the Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar communities.

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Itinerary Outline
Day 01
 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02
 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03
 Drive to Beni
Day 04
Trek to Babichaur
Day 05
Trek to Dharapani
Day 06
Trek to Muri
Day 07
Trek to Boghara
Day 08
Trek to Dhobang
Day 09
Trek to Italian Base camp
Day 10
 Rest & Acclimatization day
Day 11
Trek to Glacier camp
Day 12
 Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp
Day 13
 Acclimatization day
Day 14
 Trek to Hidden Valley Camp
Day 15
Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 16
 Trek to Jomsom
Day 17
 Fly to Pokhara
Day 18
 Drive to Kathmandu
Day 19
 Depart Kathmandu
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19 Days and 18 Nights tour Package

 Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Travel Devisers’ representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designed hotel. The representative will help you check into your hotel.

At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

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 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors.

The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences.

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be guided to visit 3 renowned Buddhist and Hindu temples: Pashupatinath, Bouddha Stupa, and Swayambhunath.

After lunch, you will be visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

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 Drive to Beni

The final destination for this day will be Beni, the capital of Myagdi district.

You will be driven to Beni, which is 82 km, northwest from Pokhara which takes about 8 to 9 hours.

Throughout the drive, you will be able to witness splendid views of mountains, villages and cities and forests along the banks of Trishuli and Marsyangi River.

Further along the road you will be able to see the magnificent sights of the Annapurna Himalayan range.

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Trek to Babichaur

This day marks the beginning of your actual trek.

After breakfast, you will start trekking sideways of the Kali Gandaki River and then head towards the Myagdi river by crossing suspension bridges.

The trail goes through the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani before reaching Babichaur.

Trek to Dharapani

Today, the trekking route would be quite wide, smooth and graveled until you reach Darbang.

On the way you will pass a small town, forests of rhododendrons, and several villages.

Finally you will reach Dharapani, which is comparatively a big village with traditional but large houses constructed of thatched straws, woods, tins, and other materials found in the mountain itself.

The locals here are renowned for their hospitality and warm behavior.

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Trek to Muri

After leaving Dharapani, you will be descending and walking through villages and cross a suspension bridge over the river from where the trail turns uphill.

You will then follow the gentle ascending path to Muri, a small village.

Putting in the chances that the weather is clear, you can get a glimpse of Manapathi peak and the whole Dhaulagiri range.

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Trek to Boghara

Today your destination would be Boghara (2,080m).

You will be descending through a rocky stream towards the terraced fields to Dhora Khola from where you will climb up the mountainside to Ghoban Dhara.

On the way you can see Ghutsung South (6,465 m).

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Trek to Dhobang

The trail first descends through the terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan, which is the most remote permanent settlement in these parts.

After the settlement, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is only a single hut.

The trail then continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then ascends to the leveled area at Dhobang (2,520 m).

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Trek to Italian Base camp

From today, begins the real adventure!

You will have to walk for 6 to 7 hours per day and the trail goes through the raging Myagdi River.

Soon you will be crossing the bridge and then climb steeply through bamboo and old growth forests. You will also have to cross two sections where part of the trail has been washed away by landslides.

Here you may witness Langurs jumping here and there in the trees. Finally the trek for the day will end upon reaching Italian Base Camp.

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 Rest & Acclimatization day

Today will be the rest day for acclimatizing at the Italian Base Camp. However, you also have the option to climb a small ridge heading to the American Base Camp.

Though the main summit of Dhaulagiri isn't visible, you will still get up-close views of the big massif.

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Trek to Glacier camp

Moving ahead from the Italian Base Camp you will trek up to Glacier Camp.

The trail passes through a narrow gorge and is also a bit prone to stone fall.

 Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp

This day of the trek would be one of the most adventurous days.

The destination for the day would be Dhaulagiri Base Camp which is the best spot to take perfect views of the northern face of Dhaulagiri-I (8167 m) dominating the skyline to your right; Dhaulagiri-II (7751 m), Dhaulagiri-III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri-V (7618 m) visible on the Western side.

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 Acclimatization day

Today would be a rest day at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp in order to acclimatize.

You can hike around the base camp for superb views of great Himalayas and hills.

 Trek to Hidden Valley Camp

Leaving the Dhaulagiri base Camp you will trek up to Hidden Valley Camp for today.

You will reach the Hidden Valley Camp by crossing the French Pass (5360 m), from where you will get the panoramic views of Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m), SitaChuchura (6611 m), Tukche Peak (6920 m), and the massive peak of Dhaulagiri-I as well.

Photo by M. Ahmad Jawed

Trek to Yak Kharka

From the Hidden Camp, you will descend to Yak Kharka by crossing the Dhampus Pass (5200 m).

Yak Kharka houses a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.

 Trek to Jomsom

Today you will leave Yak Kharka and descend towards Jomsom – the Marpha village that is located on the West bank of the Kali Gandaki River.

Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as various food products made out from the fruit.

Marpha is also famous for its apple brandy, which you can taste en route.

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 Fly to Pokhara

This day you will be leaving for Pokhara city via flight from Jomsom.

Pokhara is a very popular tourist destination and is renowned for its natural beauty.

Firstly, you will visit Fewa Lake where you can enjoy boating. If the weather is clear, you can see the reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhre in the lake.

The lake also houses the Barahi Temple located in the middle of the lake.

Other interesting destinations would be David's Fall, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement, the Gupteshwor Cave, the International Mountain Museum, and the Bindabasini Temple.

In the afternoon you will either take another flight to Kathmandu, or be driven to Kathmandu via tourist vehicle.

 Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will be either driven to the Pokhara airport to take a flight to Kathmandu or will be driven to Kathmandu via tourist vehicle.

The entire day in the capital is free for some shopping and relaxation.

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 Depart Kathmandu

After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight home.

You also have the option to to extend your stay in Nepal for shorter trips, such as visits to national parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and more. We are always ready to help you plan for these if you would require them.

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