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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventurous and challenging trek that takes you through some stunning glaciers and high snow clad passes to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp which might possibly be a dream of any travel lover. The biggest achievement of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the trophy of crossing two high mountains passes namely French pass at an elevation of 5,360 metres and Dhampus pass at an elevation of 5,234 metres. The trek is not just about mountain passes and snow clad peaks but the richness in flora and faunas is a treasure that it holds within its jungle, hills, and unspoiled agricultural lands. Our journey starts with a scenic drive to villages of Darbang. From Darbang we start our trekking to Muri,  Sibang to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like French pass and Dhampus pass from where you descend down to the Marpha and join the Annapurna Circuit route.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you there and drive to hotel. 

Day 02: Kathmandu singhtseeing + permit perparation

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple and we make permit. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Darbang (1100m)

We fly to Pokhara, then drive down into the Kali Gandaki Valley and up the tributary Myagdi Khola valley as far as Darbang situted at an altitude of approximately 1100 metres. We set up the first camp of the trip at Darbang.

Day 04: Trek to Sibang (1770m, 6/7 hours) Trekking

We set off trekking, passing through several villages en route to the ridge-top settlement of Dharapani. We have lunch here, then continue our trek via Takam to Sibang (1770m).

Day 05: Trek to Naura Bhir (1450m,7/8 hours)

Today, we trek to the large village of Muri where we stop for lunch , before continuing our ascent of the Myagdi Khola valley to Naura Bhir (1450m).

Day 06: Trek to Lapche Kharka (2000m, 7/8 hours)

We trek northwards, still following the Myagdi Khola, to the village of Baghara. We descend to the river before climbing again to the herders camp at Lapche Kharka (2000m).

Day 07: Trek to Sallaghari (2500m, 6/7 hours)

The trail continues climbing through forest to the open grazing area of Dobang. After lunch, continue to Sallaghari (2500m) where we make camp.

Day 08: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m, 4/5 hours)

Today, we trek through a forested area and across moraine to reach the area known as the ‘Italian Basecamp’ (3660m) where we make our camp below the stupendous west face of Dhaulagiri.

Day 09: Trek to Japanese Camp (4200m, 3/4 hours, 4km)

Continuing our ascent of the Myangdi Khola, we make the short but steep climb to our next camp known as ‘Japanese Camp’ or Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4200m). There are great views of the Dhaulagiri peaks.

Day 10: At Japanese Camp.

We are now above 4,000 metres and our next camp will be at 4700 metres so it is important that we include an acclimatisation day prior to going higher. A good day for resting and catching up with the laundry.

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m, 7/8 hours, 8km)

Today, we trek across moraine of the Dhaulagiri West Icefall to reach Dhaulagiri Basecamp (4748m) which we should reach in time for lunch. We set up camp here in a fantastic location completely surrounded by Himalayan peaks.

Day 12: Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

After our significant recent height gain, we take a rest day here to help with our acclimatisation.

Day 13: Trek to Hidden Valley (5120m, 6/7 hours, 9km) via French Pass(5360m)

An early start, crossing moraine to eventually reach a ridge that takes us up to the easy-angled snow slopes leading to the French Pass (5360m). We cross the pass to reach the ‘Hidden Valley’ behind Dhaulagiri where we make camp at 5120 metres.

Day 14: At Hidden Valley.

The Hidden Valley is a great place for a spot of exploration. This day also serves as a spare or contingency day in the case of delays up to this point.

Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharaka (3837m, 8/9 hours,14km) via Dhampus Pass.

We climb back up to the level of the French Pass at the other end of the valley and then make the high traverse across to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass (5280m). Once over the pass, we descend steeply to our camp at Yak Kharka (3827m).

Day 16: Trek to Jomsom (2736m, 9km, 4/5 hours)

Today we descend 1000 metres to the floor of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the pretty village of Marpha (2667m) on the Annapurna Circuit. A short trek north then takes us to Jomsom (2736m), where we stay in a lodge.

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara.

We take the exciting flight to Pokhara, where we check in at a hotel and have the rest of the day to explore this picturesque lakeside town, with its spectacular Annapurna views.

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We have a morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 19: Kathmandu Airport

Final complimentary airport transfers to airport to get your flight back to home.

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