Dhaulagiri Trekking is an unforgettable exploration of the wild. This thrilling trail has been recently reopened to shows the long-kept secrets of the region. Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge and the view of fifteen 7,000 meter peaks are some of the highlights.
Sometimes, trekking off the major paths is immensely rewarding and adventures. And it increases your ability to cope with unexpected.
If you are planning the 22 days Dhaulagiri circuit trek, get ready for the wildest experience of your life. In Nepali, Dhaulagiri translates to “white mountain”. With the white shine of thick snow over the peak, the mountain looks astonishing. Geographically, Dhaulagiri is a land having dramatic contrast.
Trekking through the huge Himalayan Peak of Dhaulagiri (8th tallest mountain peaks of the world) is among the most challenging treks.
The trail takes you through the huge challenging mountain passes like French pass (5,360 meters) and the Thapa Pass (5,200 meters). Walk on an icy track at the altitude is almost like climbing the mountain. So if you are an adventure freak, this Dhaulagiri trek is going to be an ultimate satisfaction.
Dhaulagiri Trek is an arduous trek that passes through high alpine pastures. The serene and uninhabited valleys make the trek an “extreme route”. You will also encounter some small and temporary settlements where the locals reside. You get to witness the extreme adaptation of the mountain people at such altitude.
With its extended high altitude route, the trek can only be attempted when it’s snow-free. The trek is possible in late September to December or even May and early June. Trekking in March or April can be unpredictable and dangerous. If the real rock falls while you trek, the consequences cannot be predicted.
With such a danger, the trek demands a very strong physique. You must have some previous experiences of trekking at higher altitude. Along with sound health, regular practice is also compulsory.
Dhaulagiri circuit trek begins from the antique city of Kathmandu. After some sightseeing in Kathmandu, we drive towards Beni. For the first few days, you walk through the cultivated fields that connect to the mountain villages. As you move ahead, you can witness the lifestyle of the Gurung, Magar, and Chhetri people. During this time you walk over suspension bridges, along cobblestone paths, and through dense forests. The actual climb commences after Dobang- you ascend towards the Italian Base Camp. After witnessing the perfect views of Dhaulagiri ranges, you make your way towards Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. The trek continues along the Iced French and Thapa Passes. The path then winds to Yak Kharka. Here, you find yourself among the mountain people in their classic villages. A long descent takes you to Marpha, a popular city in Mustang. Following the classical Annapurna trek, you head towards Tatopani. Here, you are surrounded by the majestic peak of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna. Driving back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu bring your trek to the end.
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you finish the custom formalities. Our representative will receive you with a placard displaying your name. After welcoming you to Kathmandu, we will drive you to the hotel. As you will be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle, you can have some rest. Once you freshen up, we will brief you about the itinerary. We introduced you to the crew members and other trekkers. You can stroll around the hotel and explore the place. In the evening, we enjoy our welcome dinner. You can taste some authentic Nepali dinner. After that, you can enjoy the nightlife of Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast in the morning, the sightseeing trip commences. You will drive you to the destination in a private vehicle with a professional tour guide. Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples has different UNESCO world sites that are worth exploring. Here is the list of heritages we will visit: Swayambhunath Stupa: First thing in the morning, we drive towards Swayambhunath Stupa. This place is also known as “Monkey temple”. From the top, you can witness the entire Kathmandu Valley below your feet. The place has many small stupa, a pond, and other monuments. Pashupatinath Temple: It is a significant Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located right on the Bagmati Riverbank. Though you cannot go inside the temple, you can witness the monuments and the other activities from the eastern bank. It also has a square pagoda style temple that was built on a single-tier plinth. Boudhanath Stupa: This is the holiest Buddhist site in Valley. It was built back in the 5th century with four eye pairs of Lord Buddha in four directions. The eyes are said to keep an eye on the people. The site was rebuilt after the destruction of the 2015 earthquake. Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet and other parts of the world visit the place. You can spin the prayer wheels as you walk around the Stupa. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Lastly, we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It has a Royal Residential Quarter, a five-storied temple in Pagoda style, Bhairavnath temple, Batsala temple, Duttatraya temple, 55 window palace, and a museum. After the tour, we will drive back to the hotel. You can complete if there is any last-minute shopping in the Thamel area. Pack your bags and get prepared for the journey. Overnight in Kathmandu
In the morning, we start our journey after breakfast. We drive along the path leading us to Beni. The journey takes about 8 hours. During the drive, you can enjoy the stunning scenario of the mountains, countryside, and forest. Beni is a tiny town in a bank of Myagdi and Kali Gandaki River. The town is on an altitude of 899m above sea level. It’s the district headquarters where you need to show your trekking permits. It is a bustling town lined with stores, restaurants, hotels and various government offices. From Beni, you get to watch the panoramic view of the Himalaya landscape. You can observe the flora, and fauna of the place. Beni is itself a significant pilgrimage place along with different temples and monuments. It is also the gateway for Mustang and Tibet. We will stop in this beautiful town for the night. Overnight in Beni
Our trek begins from Beni. We walk on the North bank of the Myagdi Khola to the West. We cross the village of BeniMangalghat and then get to Singa and Tatopani. Before we enter Myagdi Khola Valley, we trekking along the Kali Gandaki River. After crossing a bridge suited right beyond the village, the path takes a half loop. Crossing a bridge, we get to the village of Simalchour. The total journey is about 5 hours of walk from Beni Bazaar. For the night we will crash at Babiachor. Overnight in Babiachor
After breakfast in the morning, we leave Babiachor. First, we ascend through the terraced fields and get to the village of Shahashradhaara. Crossing Dudh Khola and walking through the fields, we arrive at Ratorunga. Now, the widened valley narrows down and terraces disappear. The trail is moderate and mostly winding. We continue walking to Dharapani village. This is a small yet beautiful settlement with colourful houses. Overnight in Dharapani
Today, we take a steep ascent to the place called Muri. The trek provides some opportunity to witness the clear view of Dhaulagiri ranges along with other Mountains peaks. We cross DharaKhola to reach the west of Myagdi Khola. Crossing the switch-backs, we arrive at a ridge. Continuing the trek, we pass Sibang and Mattim. Then, we descend to GattiKhola before we get to PhalaiGaon (1,810 m). Further climbing takes us to a large Magar village of Muri. This is a beautiful human habitation on the remote land of Dhaulagiri. Muri has some small shops and simple lodges. Overnight in Muri
In the morning, we leave Muri behind us. We continue towards Boghara as we walk through Myagdi River via Naura Village. Today, we cross a stream and walk along a terraced field. We climb a ridge from where you can witness Mt. Ghustung South (6,465 m). Descending to the Myagdi Khola, we trek on its West Bank to Naura village. We walk along a traverse and a grassy hill and thus climb a steep slope. A final descend through a forest finally takes us to our destination, Boghara. Overnight at Boghara.
Today, the path can be a bit tricky. You might also need rope assistance for the climb. Be careful and watch your steps properly. The trail passes through a forest, leading us to LapcheKharka via Jyardan. Jyardan is a remote permanent village in this part. Then, we pick a delightfully small trail crosses a few rocky areas. Then we get to the place called Lipshe- is has a single hut. After crossing some streams, we reach a beautiful forest camp with some cedar trees. Further down, we cross a bridge on the West bank. The roller-coaster path stays on the West and crosses several streams. Through a forest, we get to LapcheKharka and then to Doban. The place only has two small tea houses that are open during the peak seasons. Overnight in Doban
After breakfast, we begin our trek by crossing a bridge out of Doban. The path ascends through the forest area as you get a glimpse of the west part of Dhaulagiri I. After a short descend, you cross Myagdi Khola via a wooden bridge. As we walk, we rapidly gain altitude and the mountain peaks burst out all around. The trail takes us to the Chhonbarban Glacier. Tukuche Peak becomes clearly visible. At the far end, impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I dominate the skyline. Ascending the moraine requires a rope and help from the guide. Then, you get to the grassy area that is called the Italian Base Camp. The Base Camp has some simple shelters that are open on the trekking season. Now, the to the west, peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri V (7618 m), and Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) are visible. Overnight in Italian Base Camp
Now, we are already at an altitude of 4,210m so ensuring that our body gets enough rest is important. This is our first day for acclimatisation. This rest day is suggested so that you get adjusted to the thinner level of oxygen. Taking a rest will help you to climb the Glacier Camp. Well, we also recommend that you remain active. You can just walk around the place and explore the glacier.
Today, your path passes through a narrow gorge. You might encounter some stone falling on the path. We must depart in the morning when the weather is clear. After you cross the initial glacier, use a rope in some tricky spots. The climb takes you to the main glacier. The surrounding views are spectacular but the trail is rough and dangerous. After a thrilling walk for 6 hours, we get to the Glacier camp. This is the most beautiful place to second the night. Overnight in Glacier camp
Today, you reach the main destination of your trek- the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The trek will be exciting as well as difficult. The adventurous walk above a smooth white glacier is fun. Steady climb along the rough part will provide you with a stunning view of Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Also, Tukuche Peak is visible straight with massif north flank of Dhaulagiri I. To the West, you can get the view of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V. In the front, there’s an impressive icefall from the north-east col. Overnight in Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Well, after a tough day of the climb, our body deserves some rest. And what place could be better than the stunning Dhaulagiri Base Camp? We acclimatise ourselves to the low air pressure. In the day, we can witness the super views of Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V. This acclimatisation is necessary so that we can walk above 5000 meters.
Today is the tough day of the walk. In the high pass, you might need to use a rope. After a few ups and downs, you walk above the steep moraine walls. Finally, we descent to a French pass from a safer and smooth part. Still, the climb can be hard and breathless. After the glacier, you need to climb two terraced hills. The first hills run along the glacier and then cuts the mountain flank. We then reach the top of the French Pass (5,360m). A great mountain vista opens wide from the French Pass. You can also see Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, and SitaChuchura. These mountain ranges cover the Hidden Valley in all directions. To the South, there is Tukuche Peak and beyond is the majestic Dhaulagiri I peak. From the French Pass, you continue walking on the right edge of the valley. Finally, you descend to the Thapa Pass and to the camp situated in the Hidden Valley at 5200 meters. Overnight in Hidden Valley
After a tough climb to the French Pass, our body deserves to have some rest. Today, we have two intentions-let our feet heal so that we can proceed down and to explore the valley. In the morning we observe the magnificent sunrise from the Hidden Valley. We will enjoy our breakfast and then explore the place. Although there aren’t any man-made structure, we explore the prodigious beauty of the place. Overnight in Hidden Valley
Today, we descend from the hidden Valley to Yak Kharkha. But first, we cross the Dhampus peak that is located at 5200m above sea level. The walk uphill can be tough, but we have already made the harder ones. We spend some time on the top as we admire the surrounding peak. After some rest, we walk down the hill. We walk past the avalanche-prone slopes before descending to Yak Kharka. Ya Kharkha is a perfect camp spot to spend our night. We can enjoy the surrounding area in roofless shelters. The view from the spot is stunning. Overnight in Yak Kharha
After a delicious breakfast in Yak Kharkha, we bring our trek. Today, we catch the route leading us to the classic Annapurna Circuit. We descend from the village of Marpha. As you walk, you cross the multiple beautiful sightseeing points. You can also feel the drastic change in the landscape as you walk towards Mustang. Marpha is located right on the west of the Kali Gandaki River. It is famous for the big apple orchards and various food products. You can taste the local Apple Brandy from Marpha. The drink is famous all over Nepal. Overnight in Marpha village
After a wonderful day in Marpha, we take the path to the west of the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on the recent path through the beautiful Thakali Villages. We walk past the decorated houses and different wide paved streets. After some hours of walk, we cross the river. In a place called Koketanti, we stop for lunch. Then, we will again follow the path through woods of pine and fields to Kalopani. This is a smart town that nestles below the Icefall of Dhaulagiri. Here, we can witness the typical Thakali culture and other traditions of Nepal. Overnight in Kalopani
This is our final day of the trek. You will mostly trek downhill today through the agriculture fields and orchards trees. After some hours of the walk, we stop at RukseChhahara for lunch. The place is quite close to a big waterfall. After enjoying the views at the waterfall, we continue downhill walk into the deep valley of Tatopani. In Nepali, Tatopani is hot water. Here, you can soak yourself in the natural hot spring. The bath in natural hot spring is believed to take you away from the pain from walking in the mountains. In the evening, you can visit the river or other nearby areas. Overnight in Tatopani
After a wonderful morning in Tatopani, we will drive towards Pokhara. The drive-in a private jeep begins after enjoying our breakfast. The first part of the ride in an off-road is thrilling until you reach Beni. Then you join the highway. As we drive in the bank of the river, the views of the hills appear stunning. The peak starts to get far from us. Along the way, we will stop at the place called Kusma. There, we can visit the longest suspension bridge in Nepal. Then we further drive to the city of Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city of lakes. If you reach the hotel early, you can enjoy boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening, you can stool around the place and experience the nightlife of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara
After such an awesome trip, we drive to the place where it all started. After breakfast in Pokhara, we drive to the capital of Nepal. It is a beautiful drive on Prithivi highway. As you drive along the bank of Trishuli River, the stunning scenery accompanies you. Once you reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Then you can have some rest or just explore the area around. In the evening, we will all gather to enjoy the farewell dinner. We will talk about the wonderful journey we accomplished as a team. Overnight in Kathmandu
This is your last day in Nepal. In the morning, enjoy your final meal in Kathmandu. As per your flight time, you can check out from the hotel. Our representative will drop you at the airport- three hours before the flight schedule. Waving a final goodbye to Kathmandu, you proceed to your home country. You will take many beautiful memories of this journey back to your home.
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