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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek – 21 Days

Dhaulagiri 8,167 m – the 7th highest mountain in the world – means the “white mountain” though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain. This is a strenuous trek, through

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Max Altitude: 5,360 m /17580.8 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
March to May and October to November
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Beni - Italian Base Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French and Dhampus Pass - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Trip Information

Dhaulagiri 8,167 m – the 7th highest mountain in the world – means the “white mountain” though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain. This is a strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal. The simple reason behind it is that it consists of more than fifteen 7,000 m magnificent peaks with land of dramatic contrast.

Dhaulagiri trekking routes start after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni, from Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babichour, Dorbang and Darapani to Muri, from where you head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills. From Muri, you head north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north you skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available. Head north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360 m), between Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m). Heading east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250 m), between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m) from where you begin your descent, heading south-east to Alubari. From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then heads north to Jomsom from where you fly back to Pokhara.

For those who have got enough time there is an option of continuing to trek down to Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani then into Pokhara.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Drive to Beni (850 m) in a Public Bus – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 Trek to Babiachor (950 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 05 Trek to Dharapani (1,400 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 06 Trek to Muri (1,850 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 07 Trek to Boghara (2,080 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 08 Trek to Dobang (2,520 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 09 Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 10 Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 11 Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 12 Trek to Glacier Camp (4,210 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 13 Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 14 Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 15 Cross French Pass (5,360 m) and Trek to Hidden Valley (5,200 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 16 Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200 m) and Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 17 Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 18 Morning Flight to Pokhara – 30 minutes. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 19 Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 20 Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 21 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: Either on this day or the next day, there will be a pre-trip meeting. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath Temple:
    Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
    Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Drive to Beni (850 m) in a Public Bus – 8 hours

    After breakfast, you head to Beni by Local Bus. You’ll find most of the scenery is very enjoyable along the countryside. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. The town is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04 - Trek to Babiachor (950 m) – 5 hours

    Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05 - Trek to Dharapani (1,400 m) – 6 hours

    The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06 - Trek to Muri (1,850 m) – 5 hours

    After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi, the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1,810 m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri.

    Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 07 - Trek to Boghara (2,080 m) – 6 hours

    Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465 m). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naural from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2,080 m).

    Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 08 - Trek to Dobang (2,520 m) – 5 hours

    The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is one single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 09 - Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110 m) – 5 hours

    After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

    Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 - Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m) – 7 hours

    Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6,837 m) becomes visible straight ahead; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short walk, you will reach Italian Base Camp (3,660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).

    Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 11 - Acclimatization Day

    We will spend a day acclimatizing to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adjusted for higher altitudes in the days to follow.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 12 - Trek to Glacier Camp (4,210 m) – 6 hours

    Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Today we stay overnight near at glacier.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 - Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 m) – 7 hours

    This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north-east col.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 14 - Acclimatization Day

    Another day to take some rest and more importantly, acclimatize to the lower air pressure. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 15 - Cross French Pass (5,360 m) and Trek to Hidden Valley (5,200 m) – 6 hours

    After the glacier, you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360 m). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328 m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From the French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250 m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m). Descending from the Thapa Pass you will make it to the camp at 5,200 m.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 16 - Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200 m) and Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680 m) – 6 hours

    Descend from the Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 17 - Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m) – 5 hours

    Continue on to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from the fruit. Don’t forget to taste the local Apple Brandy a specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 18 - Morning Flight to Pokhara – 30 minutes

    A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc.

    Overnight at  a hotel.  Breakfast Included

  • Day 19 - Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

    It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom. If you are in Pokhara, you will do some sightseeing today.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 20 - Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus

    You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

  • Day 21 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure

    The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast Included


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals cooked by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) .

  • Tented camp accommodation and equipment during the trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc. and Climbing rope to cross the Passess.)

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English speaking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • All trekking permits & fees.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Flight cost from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Jomsom airport.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu(Local bus transfer from Ktm to Beni and Tourist Bus transfer form Pokhara to Ktm).

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. < a href="/before-booking-a-trip/travel-insurance/">See the travel insurance page

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. See the international flight page

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


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