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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking

‘in the heart of world’s 7th highest peak”

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Dhaulagiri
Trip Basis
On Camping with Lodge from Marpha onwards
Trip Grade
Moderate to Adventurous & Demanding
Highest Elevation
5,360 m French pass & 5,250 m Dhampus / Thapa pass
Total Trip
20 / 21 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking around world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 m leading both side of Dhaulagiri mountainous region from North & South travel from Himalayan sub-tropic – mediterranean-alpine to arctic climate awesome scenery of world’s 3 highest peaks Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu visiting the high mid hills traditional villages of Gurung, Manang, Magar & Thakali tribes and in the world’s deepest gorge Kali –Gandaki.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination in Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its awesome landscapes from both side of massive Dhaulagiri range from North to South area.
 
On this trek Dhaulagiri Circuit you can view from Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) Tukuche Peak (6,920 m) Nilgiri Peaks (7,061m) Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) Base Camp with 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, range of mountains with Lamjung Himal.
 
Dhaulagiri Circuit at present getting popular due to its remoteness and back on the Kaligandaki trail joining the Annapurna circuit route from Marpha onwards and due to its easy accessibility from Marpha or Beni area and then concluding at picturesque touristic city at Pokhara the trek is moderate to adventurous and as well demanding where all experience trekkers and hikers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more 2 weeks in the comfort of warm cozy camping tents and lodge known as tea houses along the route. 
 
Dhaulagiri Circuit is rated as one of the tough among other trekking destination, and one of the most unique journeys leading from warm subtropical; mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in Dhaulagiri Circuit, this makes a drastic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
 
This trek leads through many traditional Magar and Gurung villages famous as Gorkha soldiers in foreign legion of British, Indian, Singapore and Brunei as gallantry soldiers.
 
This remarkable trek starts from Darbang near Beni west of Pokhara and then over to lower Mustang region via the high pass of French and Thapa pass at 5, 360 and 5,250 meters the highest point of this trek and slowly with a scenic walk ending this beautiful and awesome trekking at scenic valley around Pokhara city where the high snow capped peaks reflects in its serene lake Phewa.
 
After a great moment at Dhaulagiri Circuit journey onto Mustang passing charming villages of Marpha, Tukuche, Tatopani (hot spring) walking in the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River valley following the Kali Gandaki River and then to the scenic view point at Pun Hill for awesome panorama and then with a gradual scenic walk back to Pokhara and then return back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking around magnificent Dhaulagiri Circuit.
Day 01:       Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02:       In Kathmandu half day sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
Day 03:       Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 860m 275 km - 07 hrs.
Day 04:       Drive to Darbang and trek to Riverside1,560 m - 05 hrs.
Day 05:       Trek on route Jugepani1,700m - 06 hrs.
Day 06:       Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.

Day 07:       Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.
Day 08:       Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 09:       Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
Day 10:       Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m  - 06 hrs.
Day 11:       Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m with French Pass 5,360m.

Day 12:       At Hidden Valley (Contingency or spare days).
Day 13:       Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Thapa pass 5,250 m - 05 hrs.
Day 14:       Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 04 hrs.
Day 15:       Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06hrs.
Day 16:       Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
Day 17:       Trek to Ghorepani 2,750m - 06 hrs.
Day 18:       Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hrs.
Day 19:       Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m.
Day 20:       Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21:       International departure for home ward bound.
For more information and trip details please contact us:
 
Our optional extension programs around Pokhara and beyond.
Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting at Seti - Kaligandaki - Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Day 01:      Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
Day 02:      In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
As per the time set for sightseeing tour, our city guide will meet in the morning after breakfast  and then depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake. The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for Dhaulagiri Circuit trek preparation.
 
Day 03:      Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 860m 275 km - 07 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure with a morning drive through many interesting towns and farm country on the main Nepal’s highway following the river Trisuli for some time and then heading west towards the famous touristic destination at Pokhara, from here our journey continues further west to reach at a large town of Beni for overnight stop.
 
Day 04:      Drive to Darbang and trek to Riverside 1,560 m - 05 hrs.
From Beni another short drive on the rough jeep road following Myagdi river passing several small rural farm villages and farm fields to Darbang village, located on route to Dhaulagiri base camp and Dhorpatan to Dolpo area, on reaching at this warm place at Darbang, our  trekking starts from here walking for 3-4  hours following the raging Myagdi river past farm areas to reach our first overnight camp on the grassy field by the river.
 
 Day 05:     Trek on route Jugepani1,700m - 06 hrs.
After this quaint camping area, morning walk following the river upstream most of the way reaching patch of forest and back on the farm terraces through several isolated farm villages and finally reaching our 2nd campsite near Jugepani where the trail from Mure a big Magar tribe village joins on this remote small village with afternoon free to explore the surrounding area.
 
Day 06:      Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads to winding path through farm terraces following Dhora Khola (stream), on leaving Dhora Khola, a steep climb for few hours with few stops to admire the surrounding landscapes view, and then finally reaching to the top of the ridge, where it leads to a descend through woodlands to reach at Bagar for overnight camp, this will be the last human settlement for many days till Marpha village is reached on the Kaligandaki river valley after a week time.
 
Day 07:      Trek to Dovan 2,600m – 06 hours.
Today leaving the last village for many days on the trail to complete wilderness in between high snow capped mountains of Dhaulagiri range, morning walk leads past the outskirt of farm land and into forested area, and then with climb for few hours above the Myagdi River, after completing the uphill walk, then a long descend to reach at a lonely hut at Dovan  for overnight camp in the middle of a lovely forest of rhododendron, oaks, magnolia and pines trees.


Day 08:      Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
From this isolated place of Dovan with few shades as huts a temporary settlement of cow herders and serving as tea shops for trekkers and porters, morning walk leads to cross an unstable wooden bridge and then on the upper winding path through the dense forest for whole day till Chartare is reached for the overnight camp in the middle of forest in a nice clearing on grassy meadow.
 
Day 09:      Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk begins with views of Dhaulagiri South West Face and then through the woodlands for few hours reaching an open area of Myagdi valley beneath the towering South West Face of huge peak of Dhaulagiri I, from here onwards end of the vegetation and tree lines heading to remorseless ice fields and glacier with a short climb on the clearing in between snow capped peaks for overnight camp with Myagdi River flowing down below the glacier of Dhaulagiri I and of Tukuche peak, this camp also named after Japanese Expedition camp to Dhaulagiri, from this camp overlooking gorgeous view of Dhaulagiri I West Wall and of Tsaurabong Peak.
 
Day 10:      Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp  4,750m  - 06 hrs.
After a scenic camp morning walk starts with a slow climb towards Dhaulagiri massive glaciers and moraine of huge rocks and boulders with ice, the path is quite difficult to trace so follow our expert guide who have walked this area many times, this strenuous walk leads for few hours in between the huge mountains on both side of this glacial valley, and finally reaching at Dhaulagiri base camp at 4,750 meter for overnight camp, this is one of the highlight of this awesome journey. From the camp world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri looks at a mere distance from the camp and views of adjoining west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.) and Dhaulagiri IV  (7,618 m.) and Dhaulagiri Ice Fall..
 
Day 11:      Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m with French Pass 5,360m.
Camping at base camp feeling high spirit in the midst of ice, glaciers and giant peaks, from base camp walk leads to the highest point of this adventure at French pass 5,360 meters before to camp at Hidden Valley, morning walk follows the moraine and ice fields close to the peak of Tukuche, and then with a steep climb on the gravel path at French Col at 5,360 meters, the pass is festooned with many Buddhist prayer flags with views of Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang 5,386 m, Tukuche West Peak and massif Dhaulagiri I. After the great unmatched scenery heading downhill towards the wide open Hidden Valley for overnight camp, this valley remained enclosed behind Dhaulagiri Massif Mountains undiscovered and unexplored till last 30 years.

Day 12:      At Hidden Valley (Contingency or Spare day).
An important and necessary to have an extra free day to regain the strength after a week of continues trekking, and to marvel this beautiful location, this free day will help to maintain the itinerary days, in case of bad weather, broken trail or to help if some members of the party is sick including porters and staff, if all goes well continues to next camp and using this extra day on route Pokhara as well, so our guide and leader will decide regarding this situations.

 
Day 13:      Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Thapa / Dhampus pass
                     5,250 m - 05 hrs.

From this remote and isolated Hidden Valley, morning walk on the gentle path for a while to reach the end of this glacial valley, walking on stone gravel path for a while and then with a climb for few hours reaching the last pass of this adventure at Thapa / Dhampus pass beneath the peak of the same name of this pass at 5,250 meters with awesome panorama of surrounding mountains and of Kaligandkai valley down below, after a brief moment here on the downhill walk reaching at Yak Kharka for last camping before Marpha village.
 
Day 14:      Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 04 hrs.
Today morning walk leads back to villages and to forested area with beautiful tall rhododendron, pines and juniper trees, walk leads to a long winding descend with fabulous views of Annapurna and Nilgiri’s peaks, after hours of good walk on the easy trail reaching back to human life at the most charming village of this trip at Marpha famous for its delicious apples, apricot and the apple product like cider, juice, dry apples and apricot and the potent brandy, a nice place to end the day on this white washed color village with a nice old monastery close by.
 
Day 15:   Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06hrs.
After an enjoyable time in Marpha walking on the good trail passing the villages of Tukuche, Kobang and Larjung situated just beneath the towering Tukuche peak, from Larjung crossing the wide Kaligandaki river valley reaching back to green vegetations and tree lines of pines and rhododendrons, with few short ups and on the gradual path to Kalopani another nice village beneath the massive Mt. Dhaulagiri and its tumbling ice falls and glaciers with views of rare face of Annapurna I with Nilgiri’s peaks a short walk from Kalopani brings to Lete for overnight stop with great views of giant mountains on each side forming the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki river.
 
Day 16:   Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs..
From Lete catching the marvelous scenery journey continues on the downhill walk with few ups in between reaching at Ghasa village and end of Mustang district, from here reaching towards warmer area of citric fruits like oranges and fields of paddy cultivation, then passing the village of Dana and coming at Tatopani (Hot Water formed by the hot spring by the river Kaligandki) Tatopani a nice village which looks like smaller version of Thamel in Kathmandu. Here with time for a dip in the hot pools to ease the weary muscles from the long walk of this journey.

 
Day 17:   Trek to Ghorepani 2,750m - 06 hrs.
After a refreshing time in Tatopani village with its hot spring, starting with a nice walk, on leaving the Kaligandaki River behind a steep up for few hours to the farm village of Ghara, from here walk is on the gradual uphill’s till Chitre village passing several nice looking villages of Sikha and Phalute with continuous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and its massif range or peaks, after hours of nice trekking coming at Chitre village, from here into a serene woodlands of rhododendron and pines trees with steep climb to Ghorepani, located on the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal / Tibet via Mustang.
This place offers superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri range of peaks, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna Fang “Vara Shikar” Annapurna South and Huinchuli, Ghorepani a busy trekking destination with its nice many lodges to stay.
 
Day 18:   Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hrs.
Early morning before breakfast (if it’s a clear morning) worth a hike for an hour to the top of Pun Hill at 3,190 meters for striking sunrise views over chain of mountain panorama from the peak of Dolpo, Mustang, Mt.Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna range with Mt. Machapuchere “Fish Tail” and of Mt. Manaslu range in the east. After a fabulous moment descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue downhill walk through enchanting forest to Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop.
 
Day 19:   Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m.
After Tirkhedhunga, a short and the last day walk leads on the gradual path on the easy downhill most of the way through scattered farm villages with views of beautiful waterfalls, then finally reaching to a nice village at Bhirethati by the river Modi, from here a short half hour walk reaches at Nayapul ending the final walk of this great adventure, from here a scenic drive of two hours brings at Pokhara for the overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa.
 
Day 20:      Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the mid hills of Annapurna area,  then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
 
(Options to fly back to Kathmandu our staff will transfer you to Pokhara domestic airport for 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu meet our staff and then transfer back to respective hotels).
 
Day 21:      International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.
 

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