Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Trip Highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
- Tour of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Trek of small villages such as Muri, Boghara, Dharapani, Jomsom, Beni, and more.
- Walk across mesmerizing waterfalls, caves, green pastures, and deep gorges.
- Take a peek at various mountain ranges, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Dampus Peak.
- Walk across the amazing Apple Vineyard in Mustang and Jomsom.
- Take a blissful flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Overview of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the biggest and most exciting trekking circuits not only in Nepal but all around the world. If you are excited about breathtaking views, the vast reflection of culture and tradition, and small but notable towns and villages, this trek is a must for you.
You will come across Dhaulagiri peak, Tulche peak, Glacier Camp, Italian Camp, French Pass, and even Hidden valley, which will keep you intrigued and excited.
Remember, among other trekking routes, Daulaghiri is not for beginners, and to learn the trade instead, many experience climbers also need help with the circuit. Furthermore, the excitement continues as you will also come across Annapurna trekking circuit and visit Muktinath, Jomsom, and Pokhara.
Itinerary of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
The first day of Dhaulagiri circuit trekking begins with the arrival at Kathmandu airport. The representative will pick you up from the airport in a private vehicle, take you to your hotel, and help you check-in.
After a long flight, you might be exhausted, so you can rest the whole day or stroll around the local area. Later you will have your dinner organize by Kabru Adventure Holidays, and at that time, you can discuss the trip schedule and meet with your guide and other trekking crew.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation
The second day of the trekking begins with breakfast in the hotel. Today you will be sightseeing Kathmandu valley’s entire cultural and religious world heritage.
Furthermore, you will visit all the durbar square, mainly Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and various stupas such as Boudhanath and Changunarayan.
You can also visit the 1000-year-old monkey temple and Nepal national museum, which are popular places.
You will return to the hotel around the evening and start preparing for tomorrow’s trek. Your guide will inform you of the necessary things you can take and make preliminary plans if there is a change in the itinerary.
It is advisable to rest today for the long exhaustive travel tomorrow.
Day 03: Drive to Beni ( 296 Kilometers )
The next day you will have breakfast in the hotel and then head towards Beni on the private vehicle. It will take up to 10 hours to reach Beni; however, the route is quite scenic and beautiful so you won’t feel bored.
Along the way, the private vehicle will stop for snacks, tea, and lunch and click pictures. You will come across tons of beautiful views of waterfalls, hills, and pastures where you can click images and capture the beauty all around.
Once you reach Beni, your permit will be checked by the local authorities. However, your local guide will take care of all of them. Beni is the district headquarters, so checking is quite strict in the area.
You will stay overnight in Beni.
Day 04: Trek to Babiyachour
The fourth day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins with breakfast in Beni and then a trek towards Babiyachour. The road here could be smoother and filled with gravelly rubble, so the experts recommend a slow and steady walk.
It will take up to 5 hours to reach the small village of Babiiyachour, where you can relax and even start visiting local places.You will stay overnight at Babiyachour and take a rest for your trek the next day.
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani
Another day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins with breakfast at the Babiyachour campfire. As the destination is Dharapani, which will take 5-6 hours to walk, you must start immediately.
The path is wide, straight, and relatively easy to walk as you pass Dudh Khola and a lovely Shahashradhara village.
The path ahead is filled with green pastures and lovely views, so you will enjoy a bit of your journey till you reach the town of Ratorunga. After only an hour’s walk later, you will get to Dharapani, where you will camp and stay overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Muri
The next day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins with another sweet breakfast in Dharapani. The road ahead is quite up and down, so you must be fit and strong. You will pass through several small towns during today’s trip but will only rest somewhere once you arrive at the suspension bridge.
After taking a brief break, you will start climbing one more hill, and eventually, you will reach Muri on this hilly road. The village is relatively small, but they have an amicable Magar settlement.
You can either stay in teahouses or start your campfire and tent in the village to stay overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Boghara
The next day of the Dhauligiri trek is the trip to Boghara from Muri. It will take some time to reach Boghara, so you must start trekking early in the morning. While you move forward, you will come across a beautiful river in Dhora Khola.
You can take a short break here as the road is all hills and mountains. After a short walk, you can get the first glimpse of Ghustung mountain, which is over 6400m in height.
Now after descending, you will walk beside beautiful Myagdi Khola before reaching Naura, which is the small step before claiming another side of the hill.
You will come across steep hills, grassy pastures, and stony cliffs until you can see Boghara in the distance. After an hour’s walk, you will reach the quiet town of Boghara, where you will spend overnight.
Day 08 Trek to Dobang
After breakfast in Boghara, you will begin the eighth day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek. The destination is Dobang, meaning you are in for a tough trekking day. The roads are small and slippery, and you must ascend and descend, which can constantly make you exhausted.
It will take up to five hours to reach Dobang, but you must walk slowly and steadily not to twist your leg or fall on the slippery road. After some time, you will go to Dobang, where you will be greeted with the most beautiful mountain view.
You will then camp in Dobang and stay overnight.
Day 09: Trek to ChoribanKhola
After breakfast in Dobang, you will start your trek to Choribankhola. Another challenging claiming day awaits as you climb up to 1000m.
You will have lunch in the place called Chartare and then move ahead. Many people suffer from Altitude sickness during this part of the trek, so you and your camp have to be careful.
You can see Dhaulagiri mountain straight from the place, which can be encouraging. After a short walk, you will reach Choribankhola camp, where you will stay overnight.
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp
On the tenth day of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek, you will head toward the Italian base camp, where the climbing preparations start. The fascinating journey begins with the beautiful view of the Himalayan trail and the Glacial moraine far away.
You will even view mountain peaks like Tukuche and Dhaulagiri. After some more hours of trek, you will finally reach the Italian base camp from where the view of the Dhaulagiri is even more magnificent.
You can search for a place to camp and stay overnight underneath beautiful stars and chilly winds.
Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day
Today is the day to rest and get used to the climate of the Dhaulagiri mountain range. Trekking hard and fast can result in sickness and injury that can ruin the fun and adventure.
Moreover, you will have breakfast, lunch, and even dinner in your camp while preparing for another big trek day tomorrow.
You can take unique clicks of the beautiful view around you and take plenty of rest.
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp
Today will be the day of significant progress in your camping as you will head towards over 4000m towards Glacier camp.
The road ahead is a narrow snowy path across the glacier mountain, so you must take small steps and look for rocks or stones falling.
Some may consider today the most challenging trek part, so always walk together and listen to your guide.
You will reach the glacier camp within six hours, where you can set up your campsite and stay overnight in the glacier camp.
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Today is the big day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, as you will finally head towards the Dhaulagiri base camp and then the summit.
However, the path is equally stressful and challenging as you have to make way from many glacial moraines. You have to walk six-seven hours; this terrain is significantly tricky.
You will be well above 7000m and can even see the tall Dhaulagiri I, II, and III above 8000m tall.
After a long seven hours trek, you will reach Dhaulagiri base camp, where you will stay overnight and take a break.
Day 14 Acclimatization and Rest Day
Today is another day of resting and taking a break on the cusp of Dhaulagiri mountain. You will embrace all the beautiful scenery around you and relax on your sore leg.
You can click some awesome pictures and even entertain yourselves with fun and games around the campfire.
Day 15: Cross French Pass ( 5360m. ), then trek to Hidden Valley ( 5200m. ).
Another breathtaking day of hiking is upon us on the fifteenth day of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek. Today, you will walk toward Cross French Pass and the beautiful Hidden valley.
You are above 5000 ft high in the air, and you will be trekking towards the second highest peak in the world, but the vista will still be incredible. You will reach Hidden valley after a couple of hours of the walk, where you will stay overnight.
Day 16 Cross Dhampus Pass ( 5200m. ) and trek to Yak Kharka ( 3680m. ).
Another exciting day of the trek today, you will head towards Dhampus Pass or Thapa Peak. The climb is slightly more accessible than before, but you must be cautious as you make your way toward Thapa Pass. You can take a little breather at the top of Dhampus Pass and walk towards Yak Kharka.
After a while, you can see the change in surroundings and landscapes and will even join the Annapurna Circuit trek. You can visit local sightseeing places in Yak Kharka, where you will stay overnight.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom
You will start your seventeenth day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with a lovely breakfast in Yak Kharka. You will continue to the Annapurna Circuit trek till you reach the beautiful Mustang valley.
After a brief stoppage, you will descend towards Marpha, an excellent place for shopping or clicking pictures. You will trek for another couple of hours to reach the beautiful campsite of Jomsom, where you will stay overnight.
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara
As you complete your memorable Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, it’s time to leave Jomsom. You will have an excellent breakfast in Jomsom; you will be taken to the airport and fly to Pokhara airport. You will see another magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges from the sky.
As soon as you land in Pokhara, you will check into the hotel, rest, and be fresh. In the evening, you will take a stroll around the lakeside and even do a boat ride on Lake Fewa. You will stay overnight in the Pokhara hotel and then drive to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by drive
On the second last day of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You will board a private vehicle towards Kathmandu, where you can relax and sleep the entire trip or enjoy the scenery and views until you reach Kathmandu, where you will check in at your hotel and Kabru Adventure Holidays arrange a culture dinner.
Day 20: Departure
On the final day of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, you will have breakfast in the hotel. After that, you will pack your bags and prepare your documents to check out the hotel.
You will leave for the airport to board your flight. We hope you enjoyed the fantastic Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking and will return on your next trekking journey.
- All ground transportation with private vehicle.
- Welcome dinner and farewell Nepali culture dinner.
- Hotel accommodation 3-Star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Best available Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) their food and accommodation.
- Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Permit and TIMS
- All entrance fee.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All applicable government and local taxes.
- Airfare (Domestic and International) and Nepalese visa fee.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal expenses (like telephone calls, internet, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any alcoholic beverages.)
- Extra hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (tipping is expected).
- Emergency rescue.
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