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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

21 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Very Strenuous

    This trek is best described as Alpine and suitable for those in excellent health and capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trip covers trek to very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitude of up to 5,000m. You may need axes and crampons to cross the passes when there is heavy snow.

    Very Strenuous

  • Trip Code: ATH311
  • Best Season: March to May, and October to November
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route: KTM-Beni-Italian Base Camp-Dhaulagiri Base Camp-French and Dhampus Pass-Jomsom-Pokhara- KTM
  • Trip Style: Tented Camp Trek
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Max. Altitude:
    5,360 m /17580.8 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hrs walking per day
  • Trip Category: Remote Area Trek
  • Trip Highlight

    • Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour
    • Scenic road drive to Beni
    • Mur Magar village
    • Dhaulagiri and Italian Base Camp
    • French Pass Dhampus Pass and Hidden Valley
    • Kaligandaki River Valley
    • Scenic fly to Pokhara from Jomsom

Dhaulagiri 8,167m - the 7th highest mountain in the world - means the "white mountain" though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain. This is a strenuous trek, through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal. The simple reason behind it is that it consists of more than fifteen 7,000m magnificent peaks with land of dramatic contrast.

Dhaulagiri trekking routes start after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandi to Beni, from Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babichour, Dorbang and Darapani to Muri, from where you head north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribe, of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills. From Muri, you head north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north you skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available. Head north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360m), between Tukche Peak (6,920m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Heading east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250m), between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m) from where you begin your descent, heading south-east to Alubari. From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then heads north to Jomsom from where you fly back to Pokhara.

For those who have got enough time there is an option of continuing to trek down to Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani then into Pokhara.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 - Drive to Beni (850m) by bus - 8 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.  
  • Day 04 - Trek to Babiachor (950m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 05 - Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) 6 hrs . Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 06 - Trek to Muri (1,850m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 07 - Trek to Boghara (2,080m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 08 - Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 09 - Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 10 - Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,660m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 11 - Acclimatization and rest day.  Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 12 - Trek to the Glacier Camp (4,210m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 13 - Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 14 - Another acclimatization and rest day. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 15 - Cross the French Pass (5,360m), then trek to the Hidden Valley (5,200m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 16 - Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at a tented camps .
  • Day 17 - Trek to Jomsom (2,710m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 18 - Morning flight to Pokhara - 30 mins. Sightseeing around Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 19 - Leisure day and sightseeing  around Pokhara.  Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 20 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 21 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website