Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 21 Days

About Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an extremely adventurous and wild trek that traverses the remotest part of the Western Himalayas. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek package is designed to take you to the base of the world's seventh-highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). Trekking through high alpine pastures, isolated valleys, dense forests, picturesque mountain villages, and terraced fields, you explore the region. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is for those who are looking for an ultimate challenge and off-the-beaten trekking experience.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 21 Days also crosses the challenging French Col (5,360 m) and Dhampus Pass (5,200 m). You get to witness breath-taking views of the Himalayan mountains like Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m), Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Gurja Himal (7,193 m), Putha Hiunchuli (7,246 m), etc. Similarly, the gorgeous landscape and rich culture of locals will make the journey more pleasant. As the trail passes through beautiful villages resided by people from different communities, you get to see vibrant cultural heritage and practices.

Highlights

  • Adventurous and trodden trekking experience
  • Beautiful villages and unique lifestyle of locals
  • Explore beautiful villages
  • Experience rich culture and tradition of the locals
  • Witness tempting landscape throughout the trail
  • Explore Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Cross French Col and Dhampus Pass
  • Explore the Hidden Valley
  • Get to see mesmerizing views of snow-capped Himalayan mountains

Itinerary

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After you land at the Airport, you complete the necessary documentation and meet our team delegate at the terminal gate. He will welcome you and move you to the hotel. He will leave you after assisting in check-in and quickly brief you about the day program. In the evening, you meet with other team members over a welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

Today, the day begins early with a delicious cup of coffee and breakfast. After that, you follow your tour guide and visit monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later, in the day, you will prepare for the journey and check all the gears & documents.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

After having breakfast, you begin to drive/fly to Pokhara. You get to see rivers, villages, dense forests, terraced fields, and lush green hills.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Today, you drive to Darbang. The route passes through Beni offering beautiful views of lush green hills and snow-capped mountains. From Beni, you will follow Myagdi Khola and reach Darbang for a night stay.

  • Camp
  • BLD

From Darbang, the trail ascends to a ridge and reaches Dharapani. From here, you get to see striking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Gurja Himal, and Putha Hiunchuli. Further, the trail continues along a ridge side and takes you to Sibang.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail continues towards Muri. Passing by Mattim, you ascend to the snout of a ridge and descend to Ghatti Khola. Further, you pass by Phalai Gaon and cross Shara Khola. From here, you slowly ascend and reach Muri, a big Magar village.

  • Camp
  • BLD

You descend and cross a stream. The trail then goes through terraced fields and climbs to a ridge. Enjoying excellent views if Ghustung South, you descend to Myagdi Khola. From here, you walking the west bank of the Khola and reach Naura. Further, you ascend on steep and descend through lush forest to reach Boghara.

  • Camp
  • BLD

From Boghara, the trail drops down through terraced fields to a small ridge. Trekking through lush forest, you reach Jyardan and continue walking on a winding path. Further, the trail descends and then ascends to Lipshe. You trek through lush forest and pass by Lapche Kharka before reaching Dobang.

  • Camp
  • BLD

You cross a wooden bridge and ascend along a forested path. Soon, the trail offers lovely views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. The trail descends to Myagdi Khola and again crosses a wooden bridge. Passing by Chartare, you trek through a forest and rocky area. Further, you cross a stream and reach Forest Camp.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail moves to the terminal moraine of Chhonbarban Glacier. You get to see Tukuche Peak and north flank of Mt. Dhaulagiri on the way. The trail will shortly lead you to the Italian Base Camp from where you get to see stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, you spend the day at the Italian Base Camp. You explore the base camp and nearby area. During strolling around, you get to witness stunning views of the Himalayan mountains.

  • Camp
  • BLD

You wake up early in the morning and move towards Glacier Camp. Be careful on the way because this area involves stone fall as you will pass by a narrow gorge.

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, the day begins early and you start ascending to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The trail offers impressive views of the Dhaulagiri range. It is going to be a short day, therefore you get enough time to dwell in the beauty of the region and relax. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

After having a warm breakfast, you continue trekking on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier. The trail then gradually ascends steeply above the glacier. Walking on zigzag moraines, you reach French Pass from where you get to see 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Further, a downhill walk through a snow slope will take you to Hidden Valley.

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, you will cross Dhampus Pass. The path to the top of the pass will be steep and rugged. From the top of the pass, you get to see striking views of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range. Further, the trail steeply descends to Yak Kharka, where you will be sending the night.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail further descends following a steep path to Marpha. You pass by lovely apple orchards, white-washed houses, and paved streets. Trekking along Kali Gandaki River, you reach Jomsom.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Today, you take a short and scenic flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. Upon landing, you move to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the exploring around on your own.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

It is an extra day in Pokhara. You will go on a guided sightseeing tour of places like David's Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, etc. If you want, you can also do paragliding, however, let us know beforehand so that we can arrange that for you on time.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Today, you return to Kathmandu. The flight will offer beautiful scenery. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you head to the hotel. Rest of the leisure, walk around the lively streets of Thamel and do shopping. In the late evening, you meet with team members over farewell dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can go on guided sightseeing or spend the day exploring on your own. Visit the local market and do shopping. You can also dine in one of the many restaurants available in Thamel and spend your last day in Kathmandu. In the evening, you meet with other team members over farewell dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

After your adventurous journey in the Himalayas, it is time to say goodbye to each other. One of our team members will drop you at the Airport and bid you our good wishes. 

Cost Details

  • Airport /Hotel/Airport pick up and drop by car/van/bus.
  • Four  nights Hotel in Kathmandu with B/B plane. Hotel will be three star categories.
  • Kathmandu city tours as per above program, inclusive of tour guide, car/van.
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
  • Air fare jomsom pokhara.
  • Air fare kathmandu-pokhara-kathmandu.
  • All permits.
  • TIMS Permits.
  • All Government taxes.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Per person one trekking map.
  • Three nights Hotel in Pokhara with B/B plane.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver.
  • Donation.
  • All sightseeing entry fee.
  • Cold drinks all beverage.
  • Helicopter rescue encase of emergency.

Useful Information

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you want to extend your trip, then you can add Annapurna Circuit Trek or Upper Mustang Trek. These two are very famous treks in the Annapurna and Mustang region. Moreover, the trail to both of the treks is also accessible during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Similarly, we also offer tailor-made Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek package to those who are not satisfied with our proposed itinerary or want to custom make their journey. For further information, feel free to contact us anytime.

 

Trip Information

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek route

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara from where you drive to Darbang. This is the starting point of the trek that gradually ascends through lush forests and several small villages like Sibang, Muri, Boghara, Dobang, and Forest Camp. Further, following the terminal moraine of Chhonbarban Glacier, you reach Italian Base Camp and head to Glacier Camp through a narrow gorge. The trail then takes you to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, and crossing challenging French Col, you reach Hidden Valley. Further, you cross Dhampus Pass and passing by Yak kharka and Marpha, you arrive at Jomsom. A scenic flight from here, and you fly back to Pokhara. 

 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek map

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek map will let you understand the route accurately. The map is designed following our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek itinerary. The map will show you all the villages marked where you will be stopping for night stay along with the type of the trail and major highlights.

 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 21 days is a difficult journey in the Himalayas. The trail is trodden and traverses a very remote region. There are many ascends and descends during the trek. Likewise, you will be crossing different high and tough passes. The trail also includes rugged, steep, and snow walking. Therefore, you have to be in sound health and strong physical fitness to go on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Moreover, determination, strong will power, and previous trekking experience are also needed to go on this trek.

Altitude sickness can be a major issue you have to lookout during the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. The trek leads to the high elevation, which might trigger altitude sickness if not given proper attention. Enough acclimatization days in between the trek with plenty of water and good food is needed to avoid altitude sickness. With us, you can trek without any worry as we have designed our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek itinerary with ample rest days.

 

Best time to go on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Spring and autumn are considered the best time to go on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. The region has mainly stable weather and moderate climate during this time of the year, which makes it ideal for trekking. Likewise, the views are also clear and stunning. Spring (March to April) welcomes hundreds of floras and diverse vegetation that makes the trail enchanting. While autumn (October to November) carries a divine essence in the air as it is the festive season.

 

Accommodation & Meals

You stay overnight in a lodge in the lower elevation, however, during most part of the trek camping is the main mode accommodation. We will be carrying all the tents and the necessary equipment with us. We offer high-quality single sleeping tents to all the members of the group along with a shared dining tent and washroom tents.

You stay overnight in a lodge in the lower elevation, however during most part of the trek camping is the main mode of accommodation. We will be carrying all the tents and the necessary equipment with us. We offer high-quality single sleeping tents to all the members of the group along with a shared dining tent and washroom tents. 

 

Communication & Electricity

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking takes you to a very remote part of the western Himalayas, where only a handful of travelers visit every year. During the trek, you might get cellular network at some places, however as the elevation and remoteness of the region increase, the communication facility will get limited. Likewise, electricity is available almost everywhere. Locals in the higher elevation mainly depend on solar power, therefore charging electric appliances and hot showers can cost you a few bucks.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is very important while trekking in the Himalayas. As the entire Himalayan region is far behind the modern advancement in communication, transportation, and basic health facilities, having travel insurance in hand while traveling will be a reliable option for you. In case of any emergency, travel insurance will keep you protected. Make sure your travel insurance includes airlift, medical bills, hospital bills, flight cancellation, and loss or theft of property.

 

Guide & Porter

During Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will be guided by experienced and government licensed guide. Our guides have several years of expertise in the field and have lead many groups in the Himalayas. Likewise, you will be accompanied by porters who are also well guided and cook delicious meals for you. 

 

Environmental Contribution

During the trek, we will be adopting different measures to make sure our excursion to this remote part of the Himalayas does not harm it in any way. We design and plan our trips in an eco-friendly & sustainable manner. As it is a camping trek, we carry all the necessary things for survival with us. We clean the area, where we will be camping before leaving it and carry all our waste with us. Likewise, we also run a small organization that funds education for children in the mountain village.