Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a long trek that passes through high alpine pastures, abandoned valleys, high barren passes, forests, and cultivated terraced hills. Crossing two passes – the French Pass at 5,360m and Dhampus Pass at 5,200m, Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit route provides stunning views of the whole Dhaulagiri range.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a 21-day trip offering a taste of the beauty of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). This off-beaten journey explores the remote Magar villages and their lifestyle.
Along the trek, the mountains in the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Gurja ranges grant many beautiful sceneries. Find yourself awestruck at the sights of the great Himalayan ranges!
Although it a challenging trip, the trek rewards with many beautiful sceneries. April-May or September-October are the best time to embark on this trek. It includes the elements of thrill and expedition-style trekking which is unique on its own. Hence, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a must-try trip in Nepal.
At Eternal Himalaya, we put your safety and comfort above anything else. We have expert guides and porters to help you with every issue on the trips. Likewise, we also have many other trips in Nepal that you can choose from.
- Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
- 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- 1 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara with a bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight fare.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
- All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
Arrival at Kathmandu international airport and transfer to hotel
You will arrive in Kathmandu and our correspondent will greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. You can spend the day resting or exploring the city. Meanwhile, you can also prepare for the trek.
Prepare for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking
The second day for the trek and we make sure all our preparations are on point before we depart for the trek. Gathering all the required permits for our journey, we also make an entrance to the local markets gathering all the necessary equipment. You can rent or buy any equipment as per your need before we depart. If time permits, we also journey to the UNESCO world heritage sites around the valley.
Drive to Beni (850m) Duration: 8-9 hrs
An early day as we begin the journey making our way towards Beni. Exiting the capital city we make our way away through the winding bends of Prithvi Highway to find the Trishuli River to reach Pokhara. Past Pokhara, the journey sets off through pleasant forests and hillsides to reach Beni. Located at the bank of Kali Gandaki River, Beni offers stunning views of the Annapurna Ranges.
Beni to Babiyachaur (950m) Duration: 05 hrs
The first day of our trek and we follow the northern banks of the Myagdi River. Heading west, the journey approaches Mangal Ghat and Singha in quick succession before breaking into Tatopani. Home to a relaxing hot water spring, we take some time off to soak in before setting off on the trail. Crossing Myagdi Khola, we reach Simalchaur and continue west to Babiyachaur.
Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1,470m)
Trekking through the Myagdi valley, we make our way out of Babiyachaur once again following the Myagdi Khola. We trek through picturesque landscapes of terraced farmlands on either side. Past Ranbang, we head over the Dhuku River to reach Rato Dhunga. The trail once again turns narrow ascending through ridgeline to reach Dharapani.
Dharapani to Muri (1,850m)
Crossing the Myagdi Khola to its western banks, the trail heads ascends through a high ridge line towards Sibang and Mattim. Climbing on the ridgeline once again, the journey heads to the summit of the hill before descending all the way to Gatti Khola. Eventually, we arrive at Phalai Gaon and cross the Dhara River. The trail once again brings us to Myagdi Khola before climbing one final ridgeline to reach Muri.
Muri to Boghara (2,080m)
Exiting Muri, we begin our trek with a lovely descent to meet a stream. Beyond the stream, the trail steadily climbs through terraced farmlands all while boasting views of the Ghustung range. Descending back to Myagdi Khola, we trek to reach Naura which marks the beginning of our final stretch of trekking for the day. Heading through lush green forests, we head north towards Boghara.
Boghara to Dobhan (2,500m)
The day kicks off with a lovely descend heading first through the terraced farmlands onto a small ridge and then through the lush green forests to reach Jeltung Past Jeltung, we climb through the rugged Himalayan trail only to descend to reach Lipse. Past the lush green forests, the trail brings us to Pilangkos Kharka and then to Dobhan.
Dobhan to Sallaghari (2,820m)
Making our way out of Dobhan, we cross a wooden bridge above the Myagdi River. We reach the lush green forests from where the trail ascends steeply to the hill summit. Hereon, we will have the majestic west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) as our constant companion. We descend back to Myagdi Khola following the river east to reach Choriban Khola and then onto Sallaghari.
Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)
One of the longer days of the journey today we make our way o towards Italian Base Camp. Crossing the terminal moraine of Tsaurabong Glacier, we enter the trails filled with moraines. Enjoying the Himalayan views including the Tukuche Peak (6920m) and the northern face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m). Ascending through the rugged Himalayan landscapes, the journey takes us to Italian Base Camp.
Rest and acclimatization day
Today, we take a day off at the Italian Base Camp. The day begins with lovely views of the sunrise as the majestic summits of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), and its entire range is colored golden by the early morning sun. We take some leisure time off to enjoy the Himalayan landscapes alongside the gorgeous surrounding landscapes. We can also hike to nearby vantage points for better views. Overnight at Italian Base Camp.
Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (3890m)
A high altitude journey in complete solitude, today, we make our way from the Italian Base Camp and over to the Japanese Base Camp. Ascending through the rocky slope, we make our way past glacier moraines. The glorious views of the Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range provide some consolation on our arduous journey. The entire area is prone to stone fall and vigilant trekking is always recommended.
Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m)
One of the challenging section of the trek, today, we make our way over to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. For the majority of the journey, the Himalayan trail guides us on the glacier switching between lateral moraines and rugged pathways. However, the toiling trek is rewarded with the views from Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Surrounded by the majestic Dhaulagiri Range on all sides and an impressive icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Tukuche Peak (6,920m) the trek is certainly worth it.
Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
At the very edge of the Himalayas, we take a day off at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp to let our bodies rest from the grueling climb. Making a late start to the day we journey around the base camp exploring the Himalayan landscapes. If you are up for it, we can make our way to the nearby viewpoints for an acclimatization hike. Overnight at Base Camp.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley.
Crossing the first of our two major Himalayan passes, today, the trail heads over the French Pass (5,360m). Exiting the base camp, we make our way past the glacier to join the slope leading towards the French Pass (5360m). Enjoying the stunning views of the Dhaulagiri Range alongside Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m), and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Referred to as Hidden Valley this Himalayas is bordered by the Himalayas on all sides marked by Tukuche Peak (6,920m) and Dhaulagiri I (8,167m).
Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka
The second of our major Himalayan pass today we make our way towards the summer settlement of Yak Kharka. We continue our ascending journey to reach Thapa Pass (5,244m) marked by Tukuche (6,920m) and Thapa Peak (6,012m) on either side. Enjoying the Himalayan landscapes, we cross the Himalayan pass descending towards the summer settlement of Yak Kharka.
Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m)
Wrapping up things at Yak Kharka, we begin our steep descent towards Marpha following the Kali Gandaki River. One of the more popular stops in Mustang region, Marpha hosts an impressive number of apple orchards and apple products. We continue our journey north reaching Jomsom for the night. High within the Mustang valley, Jomsom is a perfect example of the arid Himalayan landscapes which forms the majority of Mustang.
Flight to Pokhara (30 mins); Relaxation in Pokhara and overnight in hotel
Exiting Jomsom, we make our way towards the Pokhara Valley flying over the Himalayas. Touching down at Pokhara, we first head to our hotel freshening up from the days of travel. With all our trekking activities coming to a close, you are free to enjoy the rest of the day on your own. In the evening, you can make your way down to the Lakeside and enjoy a pleasant boat ride on the Phewa Lake.
Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
Making our way out of Pokhara early, we set off for the capital city of Kathmandu. Finding the familiar bends of Prithvi Highway, the journey takes us away from the Himalayas and over to the pleasant hilly landscapes. Accompanying the Trishuli River, we break into Kathmandu headed straight for our hotels for a well-deserved rest.
Relaxing/shopping with own activities |Farewell Dinner
The final day of the journey today and you are free to make your own way down to the capital city either touring the local heritages or shopping. Either way, a day in Kathmandu is rarely not enjoyable; even more so when a lovely farewell dinner is waiting for you back at the hotel.
Transfer to international airport for your final departure
We will bid you farewell with the best of wishes. A representative will come and pick you from your hotel and make sure you reach the airport on time. Your journey ends today as you fly to your next destination.
Highlights of the Trek
The Dhaulagiri (8167m) is certainly the main highlight of the trek. Moreover, the Magar villages and their culture are great for shortstops on the trek. There are a series of base camps along the trail, namely: Italian, Japanese, and French base camps. All the camps are above 4000 meters. Further, the Hidden Valley to the north of the Dhaulagiri massif is also a highlight of the trek.
Trek at a glance
Firstly, the trek starts with a 9-hour drive to Beni. Then, the trail to Darbang runs along a river and passes many small villages on the way. Passing Dharapani, Muri, and Dobhan along the Myagdi River, the trek reaches Sallaghari. The trail then leads to the Italian Base camp at an altitude of 3660 m. The Italian Base Camp opens the way to the Japanese Base Camp (4100m). The Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m) gives ample opportunity to admire Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Gurja Himal ranges among others. Likewise, the Hidden Valley showcases the pristine lifestyle and nature of the area. Similarly, Yak Kharka opens up the trail to Jomsom. A flight brings the trekkers to Pokhara where they can enjoy the modern luxuries.
- Journey to the foothills of the majestic Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range
- Cross two stunning mountain passes, namely: French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5244m)
- One of the best off-the-beaten tracks in the Nepalese travel scene
- Unique and unspoiled Thakali culture alongside the authentic way of life
Geography : Hills/Mountains
Location : Mustang/Myagdi
Level of Difficulty : Moderate
Duration of Trek : 18 days
Max Altitude : 5360m m
Religions : Buddhist/Hindu
Ethnic People : Magar/Thakali
Accommodation : Camping/Guest House/Teahouse
Transportation : Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle/Flight
Minimum Pax : 2
There are a series of base camps along the trail, namely: Italian, Japanese, and French base camps. All the camps are above 4000 meters. Further, the Hidden Valley to the north of the Dhaulagiri massif is also a highlight of the trek.
It’s 8167 m.