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Trip Facts

Trip Highlights

  • Breathing taking views of mountain sceneries, landscapes, and villages
  • Dhaulagiri base camp trek at an elevation of 4740 meters above sea level
  • Italian base camp at an elevation of 3660 meters.
  • French pass (5300 m) and Thapa pass (5250 m)
  • Wonderful villages like Marpha and Jomsom
  • View the world deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki river
  • Experience an adventure around the worlds 7th highest mountain with spectacular scenery
  • Enjoy the massif mountains views od Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, fishtail and others

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most adventurous and rural trekking routes in the heart of the central Himalayas. This trek presents different shades of the Dhaulagiri Massif, the Seventh highest peak in the world. Dhaulagiri region binds the rich local culture with the sublime natural beauty stunningly. The thrill is unrivaled crossing high passes and segments resembling Shangri La in the mountains. Trekkers here will walk beside the Kaligandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world). The challenging terrain and lesser-traveled trails make this trek sensational. Dhaulagiri Circuit is undoubtedly a complete trekking experience in the Himalayas.

The trail of the Dhaulagiri Circuit begins from small towns in the lower hills. The path then climbs gradually passing tropical forests, streams, terraced farmlands and waterfalls to the high hills and alpine lands below the peaks. Elevating further, the views expand with the sights of magnificent landscape touching the horizon. Sharing the meals with local people and discovering rural Nepal, reach the base camp of mighty Dhaulagiri Mountain (8167 m). The views of Dhaulagiri massif alongside the Annapurna, Tukuche, Churren, Gurja Himal, Junction Peak, and other mountains is pristine from the camp. Dhampus and French Pass soon follow with delights and thrills of their own. Descending on the other side we will join the Annapurna circuit trail. This completes the mesmerizing journey of the Dhaulagiri circuit with Magic Himalaya Trek.

Crossing the Famous Pass

The best achievements of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek is the moments of crossing the two biggest pass on this area, The two famous pass, we cross is the French pass and the Thapa pass. French pass and Thapa pass are on an elevation of 5300 meters and 5250 meters above sea level respectively. Besides the pass and the snow-clad peak, those area is also famous and popular for flora and fauna. The lifestyle of the people living here has unique cultures that are beautiful and adorable.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu airport

Day 2: Trek Preparation Day

Day 3: Kathmandu to Beni Drive (850 m)

Day 4: Beni to Babia Chaur (950 m)

Day 5: Babia Chaur to Dharapani (1400 m)

Day 6: Dharapani to Muri (1850 m)

Day 7: Muri to Boghara (2080 m)

Day 8: Boghara to Dobang (2520 m)

Day 9: Dobang to Choriban Khola (3110 m)

Day 10: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3660 m)

Day 11; Acclimatization Day (3660 m)

Day 12: Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4900 m)

Day 13: Acclimatization

Day 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Pass (5300 m)

Day 15: French Phedi to Thapa Pass (5250m) to Kalopani (5000 m)

Day 16: Kalopani to Marpha (2667 m)

Day 17: Marhpa to Jomsom (2743 m)

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure

Itinerary

01

Our representative from Magic Himalaya will receive you from the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) upon your arrival. After a brief welcome session, we will then drive to your hotel in Thamel. You can rest for the day here. In your spare time take a short walk in the artistic streets of Thamel. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel.

02

After breakfast, you can visit our office for the orientation session of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek. You will meet your team for the trek including guides and porters here. We will finalize the permits and any other constituents for the trek. After that, your guide will assist you through the preparations for the trek. If you have some time to spare after the preparation, you can visit the nearby attractions reachable from the hotel. Rest for the day back at your hotel in Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu.

03

The guide will pick you up from the hotel early today. You will head towards the bus station to leave for Beni. The hill highway drive is scenic and thrilling beside the raging Trishuli and Kaligandaki rivers. We will stop frequently for short breaks and lunch in the way. Try some local snacks and enjoy the scenery in the way. We will reach Beni towards the evening. Rest for the day in a hotel here. Overnight at Beni.

04

The trekking commences today as we start the walk towards Babia Chaur from Beni. We will leave the hustle of this large settlement and after breakfast follow the trail beside the Myagdi Khola. Passing by the village of Singa we will have a relaxed segment to the Tatopani village. Here we will rest for some time and cross the river near the village. After a couple of hours, we will cross the river again passing the Simalchaur village. Back in the northern bank of Myagdi Khola, we will walk the last part of the day to Babia Chaur. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse at Babia Chaur.

05

The trail widens with gradual uphill sections throughout today leading to Dharapani. Starting the walk after breakfast, we will have a relaxed portion next to the village of Shashradhara. Passing the village we will cross the Duk Khola. From here the path is beside terraced farmlands to Ratorunga. These terraces start to disappear and we will have a bit uphill to cover to reach Dharapani. We will reach here towards the late afternoon. Overnight at a lodge in Dharapani.

06

We will start the walk today with a steep climb from Dharapani. We will pass by the village of Takum and take a brief break in Sibang. These are Magar villages and you can have the bliss of hill lifestyle and culture here. We will also be passing by small settlements throughout today. We will cross the Dhara Khola passing by Phalai and continue the trail on the west bank of Myagdi Khola. After an hour or so of uphill, we will reach Muri village. Muri is a significantly large Magar village in the region here. The views of Dhaulagiri is fantastic from the village in clear weather. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Muri.

07

You can take a short village tour of Muri early in the village as a warm-up to today's walk. The Magar culture and lifestyle is best viewed from muri village in the Dhaulagiri circuit. Leaving the village we will walk beside the terrace fields for a while and cross a small stream. Continuing the walk we will have an uphill portion showcasing the Gustang South Mountain. Stopping briefly at the Naura village we will have the path climbing in grassy hills. Descending through the sparse forest we will reach Boghara in the afternoon. Overnight at a lodge in Boghara.

08

We will have a fantastic sunrise to enjoy from Boghara village to start the day. After breakfast, we will continue in the trail up to a small ridge to Jyardan. Jyardan is pretty much the only permanent village from now as most of the settlements in higher elevation are a bunch of lodges or huts. The terrain starts to get rocky, and we have a windy path next to Lipse. About an hour of walk from here will take us to Lapche Kharka. Dobang is a bit of an uphill climb from Lapche Kharka. We will rest for the day in a lodge/teahouse after reaching there. Overnight at Dobang.

09

After breakfast, we will start the trek to Choriban Khola crossing a wooden bridge near the village. After a couple of steep segments, the trail leads us to a dense forest. On the other side of the forest, we will be greeted by a fantastic view of the west face of Dhaulagiri I. We will cross the Myagdi Khola once more and reach Chatare. From here we have few sparse forests to cross before some high rocky trail section. Near the village of Choriban Khola, we will cross a small stream and reach the village. Overnight at a lodge in Choriban Khola.

10

After an alluring view of a Himalayan sunrise, we will start our walk today to the Italian Base Camp. Our trail will soon follow the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier. The climb is steep in some segments and you will pass by multiple Landslide prone sections as well. After reaching the Italian Camp in the evening we will end the walk for the day with some wonderful scenery surrounding the camp. Overnight at the Camp.

11

We will have an important acclimatization day at the Italian Base Camp today. As we have some days of trekking in the higher elevations, this break at the Italian camp is strategically significant. You will have few options for hiking around for better compatibility of the body with the altitude. From the camp, you can have a sublime view of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche peak and other peaks of the Dhaulagiri massif. Overnight at the Italian Camp.

12

We will have a comparatively demanding day today from the Italian Base Camp to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Some sections might also require safety harness ropes to cross as well. Following the guide carefully you will reach the glacier camp in mid-day. Stopping briefly here we will continue the climb to the Dhaulagiri Base camp. The last part of today's trek is long and steep with a high probability of snow covering the trail as well. Follow the instructions of the guide and gradual but steady walking is the key. Overnight at a tent in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

13

We have a rest and acclimatization day today at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You can have the best views of this ginormous mountain from the camp today. Similarly, the surrounding peaks and landscapes are breathtaking as well. Take short hikes in the nearby places and prepare for the high pass tomorrow. Overnight at a tent in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

14

The trek for the day will start early for doing the French Pass in clear morning weather. The trail might get windy during the pass. On the other side is the Hidden valley of Dhaulagiri. The view of Dhaulagiri I-VI, Tukuche peak, Junction Peak, Thapa Peak, Dhampus Peak, and others is fantastic from the valley. We will set up a camp here and rest for the day. Overnight at a tent in Hidden Valley.

15

We will head towards the second pass of the trek from the Hidden valley today. The trail to the pass is gradual uphill with few hard segments. After about 3 hours of walking, we will reach the Thapa Pass (5200). Spending a brief time here our steep descent commences. After four hours of steep downhill walk, we will reach the village of Kalopani. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Kalopani.

16

The trail joins the Annapurna Trek circuit as we head towards the Marpha village. Our walk to Marpha is relaxed throughout today and treats us with a magnificent view of the landscape. Walking beside the Kali Gandaki River you can stop in the midway settlements and enjoy the culture. We will reach Marpha towards the afternoon. Marpha is also known as 'The apple capital' of Nepal. You can see large apple orchards nearing the village. Try some apple products and rest for the day in Marpha. Overnight at a lodge in Marpha.

17

You can take a short village tour of Marpha before starting the hike to Jomsom Today. Marpha is one of the big settlements of the region and is a fantastic place to admire the local art and culture. The streets and houses here are picturesque as well. After breakfast, we will continue the trek to Jomsom. This is the last part of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek and is a pretty relaxed segment. The landscape views stick with the route throughout the day. Rest for the day after reaching Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge/hotel in Jomsom.

18

We will have a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. From this short domestic flight, you can view the Himalayas once more. After landing in Pokhara we will take you to your hotel there. After rest and lunch, you can head out to explore the Pokhara valley. Head towards the lakeside area and enjoy the local attractions here. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

19

You have options either to drive or fly back to Kathmandu today. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will drive you to the hotel here. In your spare time today, you can go for a souvenir shopping trip in Thamel. Try some organic goods and Nepali foods as well here. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.

20

Before your departure, we will pick you from the hotel and drive you to Tribhuwan International Airport. With some fantastic memories and adventurous stories to cherish, return with the completion of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek with Magic Himalaya Treks.


What's included?

  1. All ground transportation by private vehicles including both transfer to the airport.
  2. Accommodations with breakfast on a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  3. Sightseeing tours including guide and vehicle in Kathmandu
  4. Full boards meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and tea/ coffee) Prepared by exerts cook
  5. Tented Accommodations during the trek
  6. An experienced guide, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, insurance, salary and required equipment’s
  7. Trekking Equipment (two tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  8. Flights from Jomsom to Pokhara
  9. Magic Himalaya treks duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag
  10. Magic Himalaya treks map
  11. Safe Drinking water by boiled and using iodine tablets
  12. First aid kit and required medicine
  13. All required permits for trek
  14. All government and local taxes
  15. Office service charge

What's not included?

  1. Meals is not specified during the tented time of the itinerary
  2. Travel insurance
  3. All entrance fees during the sightseeing tour
  4. International airfare
  5. Nepal entry visa fee
  6. All cold drinks such as alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  7. Personal trekking equipment
  8. Tips for trekking crews

Departure dates

Group joining dates are not available. Please request for private trip.

Private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with us via bellow contact us form.

Essential Information

​Tips for Dhaulagiri circuit trekking

  • Trek with a professional local trekking guide from a registered company and avoids being alone.
  • Get knowledge and learn the Safety rules
  • Try to get well acclimatize
  • Choose the Best and right trails that suit your fitness level
  • Don’t forget to carry local currency
  • Walk on your pace instead of travel under pressure
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Select the local registered trekking agency as an operator
  • Check the weather before you start and be familiar with trails.
  • Packed the required equipment’s with the best insurance policy that covers everything’s
  • Tell someone about your travel possibilities

​Accommodation on Dhaulagiri trek

Before and after the Dhaulagiri circuit trek, we will be staying on 3 start category accommodations on Pokhara city as well as Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at the tea house where there is availability. Most of the time we will be doing camping. We will provide the camping tent with a mattress and the required sleeping bags. During the camping time, all the staff will be staying in dining tents as well as kitchen tents. We will also have a toilet tent.


Food on Dhaulagiri circuit trek

Most of the famous and classic trekking routes have developed the tourism infrastructures to provide the facilities. The famous trek like Annapurna circuit, Annapurna base camp trek, Everest trek doesn’t have the problems of food. The city like Kathmandu and Pokhara are also the best places for good food from western to continental cuisine. Due to a few teahouses, we have problems with food on this Dhaulagiri trek that makes us do camping trek. We have to bring everything except water so we cannot provide vast varieties of items on this trek. We will provide the Dal Bhat items including potato curry, Lentil soup, papadam, and some pickle. We will also provide macaroni, eggs, toast, Chow main, finger chips, and a few more items. We will have the best cook so we will provide delicious food.


Difficulty on Dhaulagiri Circuit trek

When we list some of the most difficult treks in Nepal, we should not forget this circuit trek because of its toughness. This trek is suitable for trekkers having the previous experience of trekking at an altitude above 5,000 m. being slightly difficult trekking in Nepal; it is hard during unstable weather at high altitude and rugged terrain. This adventurous challenge trek takes you through some stunning glaciers and high snow-clad passes to base camp. Lack of proper accommodation facility, difficult terrain and off beaten trail is some other obstacles of the trek. It is doable for people having a good physique and firm determination. We have to do it very carefully with proper preparations.


Best season for Dhaulagiri trek

Trekking, as well as hiking, are most like activities in the world. They will be a lifetime experience and happiness if they are secured and successful. So, while making any plan we must be very clear about when to go. Autumn and spring are the best seasons to go on trekking in Nepal. Autumn is from September to November and spring lasts from March to May. Both seasons are idle seasons for any treks and activities in Nepal. In spring we will have a moderate climate with hills full of rhododendrons flowers and orchid. On autumn even the temperature is warm in the mountains as well as clear weather. These things make this season-best for Nepal trekking as well as the Dhaulagiri circuit trek.


​Do Preparations for Dhaulagiri circuit trek

Most of the work with proper plan and preparations never fails so we also need to make proper plans and preparations for the Dhaulagiri circuit trek. We need to have good physical fitness before attempting the Dhaulagiri trek. Along with fitness we also need to have mental strength. The trek will be easier if you have done similar level treks earlier. Cardio, Yoga, Jogging, running and swimming help you to build your physics. We need to do stress endurance practice to build mental capacity. Having plenty of hygienic foods including protein, carbohydrates, and minerals also makes healthy. Here we have mentioned some of the tips for preparing before doing the Dhaulagiri circuit trek.

Need to go run or Hike on the hill where there are ascents and descents.
Do long walking once a week.
Do Swimming as well as cycling
Walking up and down of tall building also helpful
Eating healthy food for a healthy life
Yoga and Yoga related exercise and breathing practices will be helpful.


Acclimatization on Dhaulagiri circuit trek

We have two Acclimatization day during the Dhaulagiri circuit trek. The first s on an elevation of 3660 meters above the sea level. The first day where we stay two nights is on Italian base camp whereas the second rest day is on Dhaulagiri base camp. The Dhaulagiri base camp is situated on an elevation of 4900 meters above sea level. This bot rest day will play an important role to make this trek successful which is very important. during the rest day instead of staying ideal, we will walk around the villages on some higher point and cam back sleep in low height. Acclimatization helps the body to be able to adjust to the surrounding of higher parts of the treks. If we will have proper acclimatization we will feel easy doing a trek.


​Equipment’s for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

To make trek successful we need to have proper gears and instruments. We might need some technical trekking instruments depending upon the difficulty. Here magic Himalaya discusses some trekking gears required for Dhaulagiri trekking.

Packing: To do Packing we need a duffel bag which our company will provide. To carry a duffel bag you need to have a porter. The duffel bag is waterproof, durable and lockable. If you travel independently then rucksack with waterproof cover is important to have.

Clothes: We need hiking boots, socks, gloves, hats, shell pants, fleece, etc.

Sleeping: we will provide a sleeping bag

Other accessories: trekking poles, water filters, harness, mosquitoes repellent, towel, and a few other items.

Little other Trekking equipment

Map/compass

Sun protection creams

Extra clothes

Headlamp/flash lamp

First aid kit

To know more about the packing list you can check the Everest base camp trek packing list which is similar.


FAQ

Answer: There is not and compulsory rule from the Nepal government about guides and porters for the Dhaulagiri area. It is advisable to have one and trek with them. Most of the restricted areas need to have them compulsory.

A guide is so knowledgeable about the areas so he will advise you what to do and how to do it. He will also advise you to stay places and food ideas. during medical emergencies, he will take good care and try to solve problems by doing different things. if you need medical evacuation he will help you to arrange this.

A porter is someone who will support to carry your luggage.

We can also provide the person who can do both guide and porter at a reasonable cost.


Answer: If you are satisfied with the details and itinerary you can book with magic Himalaya treks to book the trek you need to send 30% of the total amount on our company accounts. You also need to send us the deposit slip. After receiving the amount on our account we will send you the trek booking confirmation by email or call. In this way you will book the trek to Dhaulagiri.

Answer: Yes we can add the itinerary to Muktinath which will extend the itinerary longer and the cost will be added to. we will trek to Muktinath through Kagbeni and the next day back to jomsom for flight next. if we do that we will have two days added on the original plan. The extra cost fo the two days will also charge.

Answer: The Dhaulagiri circuit trek is one of the best and hard trek in the Dhaulagiri area. We need to have proper travel insurance before we start trekking. You can hire some of the best insurance online or in your country. In the mountain, if you get sick and need to bring Kathmandu on helicopter then at that time you need more money which we claim with the insurance company. While buying the insurance make sure that it will cover Heli rescue and till 6000 meters.

you can check some of the good insurance company on net befoe you buy.

Answer: Dhaulagiri is hard to trek in comparison to others so yes this s not for young children as well as old people. You need to be physically fit for doing this trek successfully. We do not advice children and old people to do this trek.

Answer: Altitude sickness is also known as acute mountains sickness. It is a medical condition when your body could not adjust to the environment. This will happens due to low oxygen in the air to breathe. Due to less oxygen our body cannot adjust on environment around. We have two types of sickness they’re HACE and HAPE. HAPE is High altitude Pulmonary Edema and HACE is High Altitude Cerebral Edema. If some on have HAPE then he will have water in lungs where as those having HACE will have water in brain which is threating. People having HACE cannot walk, breathe and can go on coma.


Answer: While doing the Dhaulagiri circuit trek, there are high chances of getting the altitude sickness due to walking on elevations for a long time. At that time you will get some symptoms such as Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Vomiting, Fatigue, Loss of appetite and sleeping problems. If you will have such things then remember you are having altitude sickness.


Answer: After getting the altitude sickness, the first things are not to panic and tell to other team members and guide. The guide will give you medicine for sickness. You also need to drinks lots of water. If you are on high elevations then get down to the lower altitude. We should climb down less than 4 thousands meters. If the sickness is bad conditions ask guide to arrange the Heli rescue to get proper hospitals in Kathmandu.

Answer: On a hard trek like Dhaulagiri circuit we need to do well Acclimatization. We have two acclimatization on itinerary which we need to use by climbing high elevations and sleeping low elevations. If we do proper acclimatization’s your body will able to adjust properly on high altitudes. Here is some of the basic guideline that is important to do prevent altitude sickness.

Do not climb faster be on steady pace.

Do acclimatization day properly

Do not drink and smoke

Drink plenty of fresh water

Eat plenty of hygienic foods

Use Diamox pills 24 hours prior to climb

Answer: Yes there are no doubts about it. Infect Nepal is a safe country to travel and with the best trekking company and experience staffs Dhaulagiri is safe to trek. Remember you need to follow your team leader and stay together with the team to do the trek with no problems.

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