Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 19 Days

Dhaulagiri Circuit TrekkingDhaulagiri Circuit Trek 19 days
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 19 days
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  • Duration 19 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Very Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
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About Trip

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers you an audience to the majesty of the grey of millions of tons of granite softened only by the pristine snow. The serenity of the journey together with sheer rigorous walk inject a surge of calm and adventure which take you to euphoria second to none. With a miscellany of sites and scenes that stir your soul, this trek is the one which every nature loving and adventure seeking enthusiasts must undertake.  

The 19-days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek starts from Darbang (1110m) and through villages like Bagar (2080m), Lip Saba (1970m) and Dobhan Kharka (2530m). The trek offers captivating mountain peaks in their full might namely Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) and Tukuche Peak (6848m). Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek passes through challenging and tough two mountain passes; crossing over French Pass (5360m) and Thapa Pass (5244m). The trek requires walking on an icy track so it is suitable for mountaineers with some mountaineering experience. Dhaulagiri Base camp, French Pass, Myagdi Glacier are some of the highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The trek starts from Darbang, walking through several dense forests to dry landscapes, treeless zone, yak pastures, terraced fields, waterfalls, meadows with high passes, and steep trails. The trekking trail also takes through Italian base camp, Japanese Basecamp, and hidden valley which is a long and broad mountain enclave which remained hidden behind the giant Dhaulagiri which connects to Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang. The trail also takes through several villages inhabited by Gurung, Chhetri, Magar, Sherpa, and Limbu giving us a taste of unique local culture and lifestyle of their own ethnicity. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek also offers an extraordinary view of icefalls and glaciers from the base camp. The trekking route is off beaten trail and very challenging but it’s worth every penny for those who dream of having such an overwhelming adventure.

High camp Adventure has been at the forefront of the tourism industry in Nepal since 2018. We offer our clients experienced guides, all kind of legal permits required for the trek, decent accommodations based on location, a-one transportation, and other relevant services. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Exploring and Trip preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03Kathmandu to Beni (830m) by bus. Driving 9-10 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 04Beni to Darbang (1110m). Driving 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 05Darbang to Muri (1720m). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06Muri to Bagar (2080m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07Bagar to Dobhan Kharka (2530m). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 08Dobhan Kharka to Pina Sallaghari (3100m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09Pina Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m). Walking for 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (3890m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5170m). Walking for 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m) via Thapa Pass (5244m). Walking for 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 15Yak Kharka to Marpha (2667m). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at the local guesthouse.

Day 16Marpha to Jomsom (2750m). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 17Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 7-8 hours. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A company’s representative will pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Day 2 Exploring and Trip preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.Today, we spend the day exploring the capital city, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a home to seven World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath, durbar squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. Our team takes cares of all the legal documents and permits required for the trek. We also do some last minute shopping in the streets of Kathmandu before we leave for the trek.

Day 3Kathmandu to Beni (830m) by bus. Driving 9-10 hours. Overnight at tented camp.We drive to Beni from Kathmandu moving alongside the river and enjoying the view of countryside road, snow-capped peaks, green lush forests, and amazing landscapes. You can explore the city of Beni when we reach our destination for the day. Overnight in Beni.

Day 4Beni to Darbang (1110m). Driving 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.We take a 5-hour drive to Darbang from Beni moving alongside the Myagdi Khola relishing the view of amazing landscapes and stunning snow-capped peaks on the way. We pass along small settlements and villages like Tatopani, Babiyachaur and Rato Dhunga to finally reach Darbang.

Day 5Darbang to Muri (1720m). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.For our first day of trekking, we trek towards Muri crossing the Dang Khola. We also pass through several villages like, and Machhim and make our way up further to the village of Muri inhabited by Magar people by crossing over Dhara Khola. We get a beautiful view of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167m) as we ascend towards Muri.

Day 6Muri to Bagar (2080m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.Descending downhill, we cross a stream then continue walking through terraced fields. We make our way up further ascending through the ridge to reach a small pass. We descend on a downhill trail and move alongside the Myagdi Khola following a trail that passes through the dense forest and terraced fields. We will begin to see thickening settlements to finally arrive at Bagar.

Day 7Bagar to Dobhan Kharka (2530m). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.We continue our trek following the trail through terraced fields and forest which leads us to Jyardan. From there, the trail also passes through the steep stone path into a dense forest of rhododendron and bamboo. We continue ahead past Simalkharka and Hot Spring before reaching to the village of Dobhan Kharka.

Day 8Dobhan Kharka to Pina Sallaghari (3100m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.Today the trail takes through the densely forested area after crossing the Kunaban Khola. We then ascend to a crest where we have rewarded with the amazing view of west side of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). We continue our trek along the river and crossing Pakite Khola, we arrive at Pina Sallaghari.

Day 9Pina Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m). Walking for 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.Today we trek near the west side of Dhaulagiri, walking through rocky moraine into the forest. We may also come across many moraines and boulders on our way to Italian Base Camp which is the area is beneath the West Face of Dhaulagiri I. We can see Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) to the west of the camp.

Day 10Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight at tented camp.Today we take a day off from trekking to acclimatize. Acclimatization is necessary to adapt ourselves to the high altitude and thinning of air in the Himalayan atmosphere. We can take a short walk nearby the basecamp relishing the panoramic view of mountains to adjust to high altitudes. After exploring the nearby areas of the base camp, we return back for the night.

Day 11Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (3890m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.We ascend towards Japanese Basecamp through the rocky path and steep ridges. Then crossing the moraine of a glacier emerging down from Dhaulagiri peak (8167m), we arrive at the wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley where Japanese Base camp resides. We can get the stunning view of the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) on one side and Tsaurabong peak (6395m) on the other side.

Day 12Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.Today we trek towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp following the north side of the glacier through lateral moraine and rolling surface of the glacier. After a challenging walk, we finally arrive at Dhaulagiri Base Camp where we are rewarded with the extraordinary view of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m), and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) and icy winds area. We can also see the amazing icefall that descends from the col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak (6848m).

Day 13Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5170m). Walking for 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.We continue our trek on glacier moraine followed by the steep hills which leads us to French Pass (5360m) where we get the panoramic view of different mountain ranges like Thapa Peak (6012m), SechiLek (5981m), Tukuche Peak, and massive Dhaulagiri I (8167m). After spending some time we descend on the snow slope and finally reach Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is a long and broad mountain enclave which remained hidden behind the giant Dhaulagiri until it was recently discovered.

Day 14Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m) via Thapa Pass (5244m). Walking for 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.We continue our trek descending from the hidden valley and slowly making our way up further to Thapa Pass. We can get the captivating view of Thapa Peak (6012m) on the left and Tukuche (6920m) on the right. We then trek towards Yak Kharka through steep slopes and rocky trails. We must be careful while following the trail as it gets dangerously steep at some places.

Day 15Yak Kharka to Marpha (2667m). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at the local guesthouse.Today we trek towards the village of Marpha situated at the Kali Gandaki valley walking through steep zig-zag trail relishing the amazing landscape in the background. We pass through Alu Bari (3900m) to reach Marpha. Marpha is also known as the city of Apple where we can get various food products made from apple.

Day 16Marpha to Jomsom (2750m). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today we continue to trek northwards up the river valley before reaching the town of Jomsom. We can observe Thakali culture and traditions along the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful place with a diverse landscape and culture. Later in the evening, we can explore Jomsom Bazaar.

Day 17Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. Overnight at hotel.We take a 20-minute morning flight to Pokhara from Jomsom enjoying the scenic view throughout the flight. We check in at a hotel in Pokhara and explore the lakeside area admiring the view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). We can also take a short sightseeing tour around Pokhara visiting Mahendra cave, David’s fall, Gupteswor cave, etc.

Day 18Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 7-8 hours. Overnight at hotel.We drive back to the capital enjoying the countryside view, daily activities of locals, green hills, and mountain peaks. We can also visit around the local places or nearby World Heritage Sites. We transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu for an overnight stay.

Day 19Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.We drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hrs before the scheduled flight.

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