Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Starts at: Beni Ends at: Marpha
Trek Region: Annapurna Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 18 Days Trip Grade: Strenuous
Max Altitude: 5200 m / 17060 ft (French Pass) Accomodation: Camping

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Nepal’s one of the toughest trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a long trek that passes through high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys, high windswept passes, forests and cultivated terraced hills. Crossing two passes – the French Pass at 5,360m and Dhampus Pass at 5,200m, and including the Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4,740m, this is a challenging trek which requires a high level of fitness. However, with good stamina and basic mountaineering skills, the rewards of this trek include stunning views of Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri ii (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).

Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit route provides stunning views of the whole Dhaulagiri range. Discovered in 1808, standing at 8,167m, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest mountain in the world until 30 years later when Kanchenjunga took that honour; later to be taken away by Mount Everest!   The Dhaulagiri Circuit route was discovered in the 1950s by a French team, hence the French Pass, which leads into a lonely area known as Hidden Valley.

The circuit trail makes its way through villages and terraced farm land, along rivers and gorges, and along glaciers and moraine. With time to acclimatize before tackling the high passes there is plenty of opportunity to take in the magnificent mountain vistas.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Beni (Drive)

Beni – 850 m / 2788 ft – 9 hrs

Day 2: Beni to Babiachaur

Babiachaur – 950 m / 3116 ft – 5 hrs

Day 3: Babiachaur to Dharapani

Dharapani – 1400 m / 4593 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Dharapani to Muri

Muri – 1800 m / 5905 ft – 5 hrs

Day 5: Muri to Boghara

Boghara – 2080 m / 6825 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Boghara to Dobang

Dobang – 2520 m / 8267 ft – 5 hrs

Day 7: Dobang to Choriban Khola

Choriban Khola – 3110 m / 10203 ft – 5 hrs

Day 8: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp

Italian Base Camp – 3660 m / 12007 ft – 7 hrs

Day 9: Acclimatization Day

Italian Base Camp – 3660 m / 12007 ft – 3 hrs

Day 10: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp

Glacier Camp – 4210 m / 13812 ft – 6 hrs

Day 11: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Dhaulagiri Base Camp – 4740 m / 15551 ft – 7 hrs

Day 12: Acclimatization Day

Dhaulagiri Base Camp – 4740 m / 15551 ft – 2 hrs

Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass

Hidden Valley – 5200 m / 17060 ft – 7 hrs

Day 14: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass

Yak Kharka – 3680 m / 12073 ft – 7 hrs

Day 15: Yak Kharka to Marpha

Marpha – 2670 m / 8759 ft – 5 hrs

Day 16: Marpha to Pokhara (Drive)

Pokhara – 830 m / 2723 ft – 7 hrs

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hrs

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Includes

  • 15 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses / tents
  • 1 nights accommodation in Pokhara (Kuti Resort or similar)
  • Guide for 17 days
  • Cook for 17 days
  • Required number of porters for 17 days
  • Kathmandu Beni local bus
  • Marpha Pokhara local bus
  • Pokhara Kathmandu tourist bus
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 15 x breakfast, 15 x lunch and 14 x dinner while on the trek
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  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara

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