Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 20 Days
Dhaulagiri is one of the most popular 8000m Peaks for climbing in the Himalayas. The seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri lies north – west of Pokhara culminating to its highest point at the eastern end. Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic as two eight thousenders, Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an extremely challenging trek in Nepal, that winds across two passes of 5000m plus. The trekking adventure, which encounter exceedingly beautiful Hidden Valley allows the trekkers to literally touch the majestic mountain Dhaulagiri at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Diverse culture, treading through different types of forests to treeless zone and getting as close as possible to peaks like Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak are great highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.
Trip duration : 20 Days
Grade : Strenuous
Srarts in : Kathmandu
Ends in : Kathmandu
Accommodation : Tea House / Tented Camp
Trek typle : Camping
Transportation : Flight and private vehicle
Max Altitude : 5360m
Activity : Trekking, Sightseeing
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousands of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and doesn’t in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and remaining time explore the surrounding areas or simply relax at the hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Beni (671m/2,200ft), 20 minutes flight and 4-5 hrs drive
Today, we’ll transfer to airport for morning flight to Pokhara takes 20 minutes fly and upon arrival guide will receive you and take a bus drive to Beni takes 4-5 hrs drive and overnight at camp.
Beni to Babi Chaur (853m/2,798ft), 5-6 hr walk
Today, we will start our adventure towards Babi Chaur. After walking for about 5 – 6 hours through steep upward trail and bank of the Myagdi River, we’ll reach at Babi Chaur a small village where one can find the mixed inhabitants. We’ll spend the night at Babi Chaur at our own camp.
Babi Chaur to Dharapani (1,400m/4,592ft), 5-6 hr walk
Today we walk for about 2 – 3 hours through steep upward trail to reach Darbang where we take the lunch and later after crossing the Myagdi River we walk again for 3 – 4 hours more to reach Dharapani, where we spend the night. One can witness the Dhaulagiri 1, 2, and 3 from here. Enjoy your evening on tented camp.
Dharapani to Muri (1,850m/6,068ft), 5-6 hr walk
After the breakfast we walk for about 5 – 6 hours, through steep upward and downward trails and crossing various small villages, reach to Muri, where we spend the night. Muri is a nice village from where one can see the beautiful view of mountains and overnight at camp.
Muri to Bagar (2,080m/6,822ft), 5-6 hr walk
We start continues our walk through flat land and steep up and down hill and the forested path for about 5 – 6 hours and lastly we reach to a village called Bagar where we will stay tonight at our camp and this village is the last village on this trail before cross.
Bagar to Dobang (2500m/8,200ft), 5-6 hrs walk
This morning we’ll start our trek further to Dobang descend through the scenic landscapes and forested path but can not get any peaks view this day but during the walk on the trail we can have the view of beautiful landscape and after walking for about 5 – 6 hours through the forest to Jyardan and after here climb high winding path & rocky area, we descends and climb to Lapche Kharka then further climb we’ll reach at Dobang, where we stay overnight at camp.
Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,005ft), 6-7 hr walk
Today we’ll walk through the dense forest and the river banks for about 6-7 hours and we reach to Italian Base Camp where we spend the night. Once, when during an adverse weather, a group of Italian people, who were heading towards the base camp has to camp at this place and they were the first trekkers who pitched the camp at that place and since then, it is being known as Italian base camp and overnight at tent.
Acclimatization day (3,660m/12,005ft)
Today, we’ll have full day at rest and relax at the camp. You may have chances to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the view and overnight at tented camp.
Italian base camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4,750m/15,580ft), 6-7 hr walk
We trek through the snowy and long trail to get to Dhaulagiri base camp. This is most difficulty path but breath taking view and climbing up to the camp. It takes 6-7 hrs journeys and can be feel short breath to reach at base camp. We can sight Tukche Peak (6837 m.) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). We will enjoy the night at tented camp.
Dhaulagiri base camp to French Col (5,360m/17,581ft), 5-6 hr walk
Today we’ll walk on the snowy trail takes 5-6 hrs to get to French Col from here we can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri including the massif ranges of Annapurna as well. You can enjoy the scenic view of Dhaulagiri and down to camp site 5,050 meters for the overnight.
Acclimatization at camp (5,050m/16564ft)
You will have full day to relax and rest at French Col and enjoy the scenic view of high mountains and overnight at camp.
Camp to Dhampus Pass (5,230m/17,155ft) to Yak Kharka (3,680m12, 070ft), 6-7 hr walk
We’ll start our hard day to cross the pass through the snowy trails walk on your own pace and slowly get to the top. After the summit trek down to the Yak Kharka and it takes on total 6-7 hrs walking time and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and landscape.
Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2550m/8,364ft), 5 hrs walk
Today we walk for about 2 hours through the plane trail and after crossing plain trail we walk for about 3-4 hours more through steep downwards to reach at Tukuche village where we spend the night. This place is settled on bank of Kaligandaki River and village of Thakali inhabitant. Also famous for home made apple brandy and garden of apple where we’ll stay overnight at our campsite.
Tukuche to Ghasa (2,120m/6,955ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Today we start our trek with scenery of Mountain and follow the down stream to Kaligandaki River. This is close beneath the Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri’s and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri’s east face, continuing trek down to Kalolpani village for lunch, and this is another lovely village of more than 30 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful pine forest. After 2 hrs easy downhill brings you long settled Thakali village for overnight at camp.
Ghasa to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft), 4-5 hrs walk
The route dramatically changes the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s. From Ghasa the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupse waterfall. We come down through Dana village (the deepest gorge of the world) and after lunch onwards couple of hour to get to Tatopani for natural hot spring bath. Explore the local place and overnight at camp.
Tatopani to Pokhara
Trek from Tatopani to Beni which takes almost five hours and drive from Beni to Pokhara by bus which takes another four and half hours. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Departure from Kathmandu
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Royal Nepal Adventure representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.