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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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  • Crossing French Col Pass (5,360m/17,585ft).
  • Up close and personal with the eighth highest Mountain of the world, Dhaulagiri.
Dhaulagiri is a scenic region located in the northwestern corridors of Nepal. As confessed by many, the trek to Dhaulagiri base camp is one of the toughest treks in Nepal.

Starting from Beni, you must pass through uneven terrains of Kaski district. The trail leads to Italian Base Camp 3,660 m (12,005 ft), the supposed base camp of the 1st Italian expedition to Dhaulagiri. From here, you can trek directly to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, followed by the hardest pass in the region, French Col. Pass. The trail descend to Ghandruk via Yak Kharka.

You can undertake the trek during Pre-monsoon/Spring and Post-monsoon/Autumn seasons when the weather remains dry and sky is clear. And, to beat the fatigue, you can also consider taking a bath in the hot stream of Tatopani.
Day 1 Fly from Kathmandu and drive to Ben 4 to 5 hours Camping

Today, we'll transfer to airport for morning flight to Pokhara takes 20 minutes fly and upon arrival guide will receive you and take a bus drive to Beni takes 4-5 hrs drive and overnight at camp.

Day 2 Trek from Beni to Babi Chaur 4 to 5 hours Camping

Today, we will start our adventure towards Babi Chaur. After walking for about 5 - 6 hours through steep upward trail and bank of the Myagdi River, we'll reach at Babi Chaur a small village where one can find the mixed inhabitants. We'll spend the night at Babi Chaur at our own camp.

Day 3 Trek from Babi Chaur to Dharapani 5 to 6 hours Camping

Today we walk for about 2 - 3 hours through steep upward trail to reach Darbang where we take the lunch and later after crossing the Myagdi River we walk again for 3 - 4 hours more to reach Dharapani, where we spend the night. One can witness the Dhaulagiri 1, 2, and 3 from here. Enjoy your evening on tented camp.

Day 4 Trek from Dharapani to Muri 5 to 6 hours Camping

After the breakfast we walk for about 5 - 6 hours, through steep upward and downward trails and crossing various small villages, reach to Muri, where we spend the night. Muri is a nice village from where one can see the beautiful view of mountains and overnight at camp.

Day 5 Trek from Muri to Bagar 5 to 6 hours Camping

We start continues our walk through flat land and steep up and down hill and the forested path for about 5 - 6 hours and lastly we reach to a village called Bagar where we will stay tonight at our camp and this village is the last village on this trail before cross.

Day 6 Trek from Bagar to Dobang 5 to 6 hours Camping

This morning we'll start our trek further to Dobang descend through the scenic landscapes and forested path but can not get any peaks view this day but during the walk on the trail we can have the view of beautiful landscape and after walking for about 5 - 6 hours through the forest to Jyardan and after here climb high winding path & rocky area, we descends and climb to Lapche Kharka then further climb we'll reach at Dobang, where we stay overnight at camp.

Day 7 Trek from Dobang to Italian Base Camp 6 to 7 hours Camping

Today we'll walk through the dense forest and the river banks for about 6-7 hours and we reach to Italian Base Camp where we spend the night. Once, when during an adverse weather, a group of Italian people, who were heading towards the base camp has to camp at this place and they were the first trekkers who pitched the camp at that place and since then, it is being known as Italian base camp and overnight at tent.

Day 8 Acclimatization day Camping

Today, we'll have full day at rest and relax at the camp. You may have chances to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the view and overnight at tented camp.

Day 9 Trek from Italian base camp to Dhaulagiri base camp 6 to 7 hours Camping

We trek through the snowy and long trail to get to Dhaulagiri base camp. This is most difficulty path but breath taking view and climbing up to the camp. It takes 6-7 hrs journeys and can be feel short breath to reach at base camp. We can sighted Tukche Peak (6837 m.) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). We will enjoy the night at tented camp.

Day 10 Trek from Dhaulagiri base camp to French Col 5 to 6 hours Camping

Today we'll walk on the snowy trail takes 5-6 hrs to get to French Col from here we can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri including the massif ranges of Annapurna as well. You can enjoy the scenic view of Dhaulagiri and down to camp site 5,050 meters for the overnight.

Day 11 Acclimatization at camp Camping

You will have full day to relax and rest at French Col and enjoy the scenic view of high mountains and overnight at camp.

Day 12 Trek from Camp to Dhampus Pass to Yak Kharka 6 to 7 hours Camping

We'll start our hard day to cross the pass through the snowy trails walk on your own pace and slowly get to the top. After the summit trek down to the Yak Kharka and it takes on total 6-7 hrs walking time and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and landscape.

Day 13 Trek from Yak Kharka to Tukuche 5 hours Camping

Today we walk for about 2 hours through the plane trail and after crossing plain trail we walk for about 3-4 hours more through steep downwards to reach at Tukuche village where we spend the night. This place is settled on bank of Kaligandaki River and village of Thakali inhabitant. Also famous for home made apple brandy and garden of apple where we'll stay overnight at our campsite.

Day 14 Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa 5 to 6 hours Camping

Today we start our trek with scenery of Mountain and follow the down stream to Kaligandaki River. This is close beneath the Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri's and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri's east face, continuing trek down to Kalolpani village for lunch, and this is another lovely village of more than 30 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful pine forest. After 2 hrs easy downhill brings you long settled Thakali village for overnight at camp.

Day 15 Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani 4 to 5 hours Camping

The route dramatically changes the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna's. From Ghasa the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupse waterfall. We come down through Dana village (the deepest gorge of the world) and after lunch onwards couple of hour to get to Tatopani for natural hot spring bath. Explore the local place and overnight at camp.

Day 16 Relaxing day at hot spring. Camping

Spending wonderful day at hot spring we trek down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We diverts from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani for the overnight at tented camp. This is a great place for mountain scenery and Kaligandaki valley.

Day 17 Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani 6 to 7 hours Camping

Spending wonderful day at hot spring we trek down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We diverts from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani for the overnight at tented camp. This is a great place for mountain scenery and Kaligandaki valley.

Day 18 Hike from Tatopani to Pun hill and trek to Tadapani 6 to 7 hours Camping

As briefing yesterday evening, we hike to early morning for 40 minutes up to Pun hill and en-route offering the glimpse of aurora walking through the pleasant rhododendron forest. Pun hill named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani/Shikha village. This is wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu Himalayan range. It is picturesque Himalayan scenery and good memorable moments spending an hour to the top. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to onward destination, the walk passes through the Rhododendron, Pine and fur forest with up and downs hill and finally you will reaches at Tadapani for overnight at tent. This is a great place surrounding by rhododendron forest with closest view of Mt. Fish Tail.

Day 19 Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk 3 to 4 hours

Today, we have short and pleasant walking day through the forested path. The trail leads us is on gradual downhill path most of the way with occasional view of the Mountain. The trail enters an unusual and cool forest of moss-hung oak and rhododendron for an hour to Bhaise-Kharka a small place with couple of teahouses amidst the woods. A steep descend leads us through the slippery small fast flowing creeks and streams, after the steep portion the walk gets better on the gradual path most of the way for another hour or more to Ghandrung village for lunch and overnight stop. This is heavily settled Gurung village, a modern village of Nepal and explore the surrounding area and simply relax at the tented camp.

Day 20 Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara & 1 hrs drive 5 hours 3 Star Hotel

This is our last day walk after long trek and immersing yourself to finish quickly this day. Trek leads through the scenic landscapes and local villages to get down to the Syalui bazzar settled in river bank of Modi. Further an easy path reaches at Birethanthi for lunch, where is the confluence of Modi and Bhurungdi River. After half an hour flat walk will reach at Nayapul. Our trek ends here and drives back to Pokhara lakeside for the overnight stop. Remaining time explore the surrounding lake side area and simply relax at the heart of Lake Town.

what’s included
  • • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • • Accommodation and Meals (Meals other than those mentioned in Itinerary, Welcome and Farewell are excluded)
  • • Domestic Flight/Transportation
  • • Trekking Permit (TIMS)
  • • Entry fee for the national parks
  • • First Aid
  • • Trek Guide
  • • Insurance for Guide/Porter
  • • Certificate for Trek Completion
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • • Visa
  • • International Flight
  • • Additional Excursions (Applicable to those not mentioned in Itinerary)
  • • Trekking Equipment
  • • Personal expenses
  • • Insurance coverage
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 20 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Nepali
Maximum altitude 5360 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
Starts/Ends Kathmandu, Nepal/Kathmandu, Nepal
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