The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is challenging, and a real adventure for experienced trekkers who are looking for an expedition-like experience. From farming villages in the Himalayan foothills to high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys and close-up views of several peaks over 8,000 m, this circuit trek is breathtaking and exciting at every stage. Starting in Beni (a 2-3 hour drive from Pokhara), the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a rugged, high-altitude camping trek in one of the lesser-visited areas of the Annapurna Himalayas. The first few days follow the Myagdi Khola River to the Chhonbardan Glacier, at the foot of Dhaulagiri. The landscape changes from tended farmland to barren, often snow-covered rocky mountains, all with views of Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan giants ahead. As you get higher, the predominantly Magar villages thin out, until the last few days are spent trekking in areas with no permanent settlements.
Day 01: Transfer to hotel and relax
After you have cleared immigration and customs you will be met by our team and transferred to your hotel. You will have free time to relax and enjoy yourself.
Day 02: Tour of Pashpatinath, Bhouda Stupa, Swyamboudh Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square
After breakfast we begin a guided tour of Pashpatinath, Bhouda Stupa, Swyamboudh Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After lunch we have a pre trip briefing. After this there is time for last minute shopping items etc. This day is used by our representatives to finalize official procedures etc.
Day 03: Drive to Beni
Drive to Beni. This is a pleasant journey through some beautiful scenery. It will take approximately 8-9hrs.
Day 04: Trek Beni to Babichaur (1,565m/5,135ft) (6-7hrs)
We trek along the Kali Gandaki River toward the Myagadi Khola. We cross suspension bridges, walk through the villages of Mangalghat, Singa and Tatopani before reaching our final destination of Babichour.
Day 05: Babichaur to Dharapani (1,565m/5,135ft) (6-7hrs)
We trek through terraced hillsides and villages.
Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1,850m/6,070ft) (6-7hrs)
Today the path is steep uphill to Muri. The views of Dhaulagiri and other peaks is spectacular.
Day 07: Muri to Boghara (2,630m/8,629ft) (7-8hrs)
Today the trek is fairly easy downhill much of the way until we reach Phedi and then there is a steep incline to Boghara.
Day 08: Boghara to Dhoban (2,630m/8,629ft) (6-7hrs)
The trail today is quite difficult and we will need the help of ropes. The path descends to a small ridge and crosses through a forest to Jyarden. We then cross a rocky trail before reaching Dhoban.
Day 09: Dhoban to Italian Base Camp (3,500m/11,483ft) (6-7hrs)
We walk through beautiful forest and enjoy spectacular mountain views. We rapidly gain altitude today and it is important to take our time and make sure we are well hydrated. We camp just in front of the west wall of Dhaulagiri.
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day
Rest and acclimatization day. It is essential to acclimatize before continuing onward. We can take some light exercise and walking, before taking some rest.
Day 11: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,250m/13,944ft) (5hrs)
After crossing the first glacier where it is necessary to use ropes in a couple of difficult places, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular and make up for the dangerous and rough trail where again it is necessary to use ropes.
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,650m/15,256ft) (4hrs)
The rough rubble of late gives way to smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp enjoying magnificent views of the north face of Dhaulagiri I on the way.
Day 13: Acclimatization day
Acclimatization day. Again light exercise and walking is good today. Over the next few days we will be at altitudes between 5,000m and 6,000m (16,404 ft and 19,685ft), therefore this day is essential for our acclimatization.
Day 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (4hrs)
This is a tough day. Again it is highly likely that ropes will be necessary. Once off the glacier and over the steep moraine the going gets easier and we are in safer gentler territory after a breathless climb to French Col.
Day 15: French Col to Hidden Valley Camp (5,000m/16,404ft)
We take the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding peaks and acclimatize.
Day 16: Hidden Valley Camp to Yak Kharka (4,200m/13,780ft) (6hrs)
After crossing the Thapa pass (5,200m/17,060ft) We traverse avalanche prone slopes and descend steeply to Yak Kharka.
Day 17: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,715m/8,907ft) (7-8hrs)
Today we again have a steep descent into Marpha, famous for apple and apricot brandies, where we enjoy lunch. After lunch we continue to walk on to Jomsom.
Day 18: Jomsom to Tatopani by jeep
Here it is possible to enjoy the famous hot springs. It is possible to fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (however, flights are not included).
Day 19: Tatopani to Pokhara by road
If you choose to fly from Jomsom, then you would have free time in Pokhara. Celebratory meal with your team in Pokhara.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu by road
Free time in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Transfer to Tribhuvan airport for onward journey
Transfer to Tribhuvan airport for onward journey.
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