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Dhaulagiri circuit trek has its glory as one of the deserted zones in Nepal with the extravagance of the Himalayas, breathtaking views, high passes and hidden valleys. Dhaulagiri, meaning the White Mountain: soaring in solitary magnificent,is a white block of pure ice situated in the north-west of Pokhara which is also the 7th highest mountain in the world.The trek itself is left in solitude and natural state that makes it venturous and thrilling. Kali Gandaki the deepest gorge being the line of division separates Annapurna region from the gigantic white mountain, the Dhaulagiri which consists of more than 10 peaks each over 7000m. The trek starts from Beni, proceeds up to the base camp and reach the French pass (5360m) which is the highest point of the trek. Descending from the pass the trek enters the hidden valley, the unknown yet captivating wild area. The endangered species such as snow leopard is are reported to be spotted here. Following the Dhampuspass , the trail opens up into the Kali Gandaki valley to meet the main trail at Markha or at Tukuche.

 

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Trek Facts

Country: Nepal

Grade: Hard

Area: Dhaulagiri / Annapurna

Activities: Trekking

Total Duration: 20 days

Season: Mar - May, Sep - Dec

Altitudes: 5360m

 

Day 01:   Kathmandu - Hotel
After arrival in Kathmandu airport we will transfer to hotel.

Day 02:   Kathmandu
This day we have free day for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and prepare for trek, Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:   Kathmandu - Beni
Early morning we drive to Beni we will reach Beni after  8 hours by private vehicles and 10 hours by local bus. Overnight at hotel/guest house/lodge.

Day 04:   Darbang (1180m.) - Dharapani (1470 m)
This day we will drive to Darbang after 3 hours we reach Darbang. Then we start our trekking to Dharapni after 3 hours ascend we will reach Dharapani, from there we will see Mount Dhaulagiri and Manapathi. Overnight at tented camp/local lodge.

Day 05:   Dharapani - Muri(1905 m)
This day we will walk towards Muri along the side of Myagdi river, on the way we will see various village settlements mostly of Magar communities (one of the ethnic groups of Nepal), after 6/7 hours of ascending and descending walk we will reach Muri. Overnight at tented camp/local lodge.

Day 06:   Muri - Bagar (2080 m)
This day we will start our trek through ascending and descending trails towards Bagar crossing jungles and rivers . After 7/ 8 hours we reach Bagar. Overnight at tented camp/local lodge

Day 07:   Bagar - Doban (2545 m)
This day we will trek towards Doban which takes about 5 hours. Here we leave the villages behind and the trail becomes increasingly challenging. Overnight at tented camp/local lodge

Day 08:   Doban - Sallaghari (3585 m)
This day we will walk for about 6/7 hours to reach Sallaghari . The early part of the gentle ascending trail moves through forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons. After trekking for some hours gently where the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, we reach Sallaghari. Overnight at tented camp or local lodge.

Day 09:   Sallaghari - Italian Base Camp (3660 m)
This day we will walk towards Italian Camp for about  4 hours to reach Italian Base Camp. The trail is covered by bamboo forest all the way to Italian Base Camp. At some points we cross small bridges and little jungles. There is an open field at Italian Base Camp. From here we will see breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi peak, Dhaulagiri II among other unnamed peaks and mountains. Overnight at tented camp in Italian base camp/local lodge.

Day 10:   Rest day for acclimatization

Day 11:   Italian Base Camp - Japanese Base Camp
This day we will walk mostly on the glacier. We will walk through the trail between mountains on our both sides. After 5/6 hours we will reach Japanese base camp. Overnight at tented camp/local lodge.

Day 12:   Japanese Base Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750 m)
This day we will walk for about 6/7 hours through the glacier to reach Dhaulagiri base camp, from where we can see the same view as Japanese Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13:   Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French pass (5360 m) and Hidden Valley (5166 m)
This day day we will walk towards Hidden Valley through French Pass (5360m.). At the beginning we will follow ascending trail for about 4 hours, after that we will gently descend for some while and walk straight towards Hidden Valley. From there we will see breathtaking views of  Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Thapa Peak, Upper mustan range, Dolpa range and many others. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14:   Hidden Valley - Thapa pass (5244 m) - Yak Kharka (3880 m)
This day we will walk gently uphill towards Thapa pass. It takes about 3 hours to reach Thapa pass. After thapa pass we will start our walk towards Yak Kharka through uphill and downhill trails. We will reach Yak Kharka after 4/5 hours. From there we will see good views of  Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, mostly of Annapurna range. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 15:   Yak Kharka – Jomsom or Tukuche (2590 m)
This day we will walk downhill towards Marpha. Those who don’t have time to continue further journey head towards jomsom and Next day take a flight to Pokhara.

Those who have time, they will continue journey towards Tukuche through Marpha. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16:   Tukuche – Ghasa (2010m) 
We start our journey towards Ghasa. We will reach Ghasa after 5/6 hours. We cross between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range, from where we can see panoramic views of Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Pisang peak. We will slightly descend towards Ghasa. After walking 1 and half hour we will reach Ghasa.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17:   Ghasa - Tatopani (1190m) 
We descend gently towards Tatopani it will take 6/ 7 hours walk to reach Tatopani. This day we will walk along the Kaligandaki river, we will see world’s deepest gorge which is known as Kaligandaki Gorge, This gorge is formed between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Overnight at lodge.

Day 18:   Tatopani – Ghorepani (2750m) 
This day we have to be prepared for long and little hard walkWe ascend towards Ghorepani from Tatopani it will take 8/ 9 hours walk to reach Ghorepani, on the way we will see scenic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna south, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal and many more mountains. Overnight at lodge

Day 19:   Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3200m) – Hille (1475m)
Early in the morning we will walk one and half hour to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani, from where we will see beautiful panoramic views of whole Annapurna range including Dhaulagiri and also we will enjoy beautiful view of sunrise. After around one hour we will return to Ghorepani for breakfast and descend towards Tikhedhunga or Hille, we will walk 4 or 5 hours to reach Tikhedhunga or Hille. Overnight at lodge.

Day 20:   Hille – Nayapul – Pokhara 
After breakfast we will descend gently towards Nayapul after walking 3 to 4 hours. After reaching Nayapul we will hire a taxi to Pokhara. It will take one and half hour by taxi to reach Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21:   Pokhara – Kathmandu
There is flight to Kathmandu after every half and hour. We will have enough time to explore around Pokhara.  Afternoon fly to Kathmandu, It will take 25 minutes flight form Pokhara to reach Kathmandu. Otherwise we can drive by private vehicle 5 hours and tourist bus 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22:   Kathmandu
This day we will have a free day for shopping and other activities such as Kathmandu city sightseeing etc. O/N at hotel.

Day 23: Final departure Day
Transfer to international airport and fly to your destination.

Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depending on your requirement.

 

 

COST INCLUDES:

  • Transfer airport - hotel - airport
  • 5 Nights Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Beni - Darbang by private vehicle/local bus
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee + TIMS Card 
  • All meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee) at local lodge/tented camp during the trek
  • Accommodation at lodge and tented camp during the trek
  • 1 Guide and1 porter every two person basis during the trek
  • Cook and necessary porter-s during the camping period
  • Sleeping tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, dining tent,  kitchen gears table, chairs, fuel and etc. during the camping period
  • Camping equipment and porters transportation (Kathmandu – Beni - Darbang and Marpha – Beni – Kathmandu)
  • Guide and porters all meal, accommodation, daily wages, transportation and insurance
  • Nayapul – Pokhara by private vehicle/local bus
  • Transportation Pokhara - Kathmandu by flight/private vehicle/tourist bus
  • Farewell dinner
  • Company service charge
  • All necessary government taxes


COST EXCLUDES:

  • Personal equipment
  • Personal and medical insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
  • Bar bills and beverage (like mineral water, coke, beer and etc.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any other services, which is not mentioned above