Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 17N/18D

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17 Nights / 18 Days


Difficulty:: Medium


Max Elevation: 26795 feet


Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel


Trip ends at: Kathmandu


Trip starts at:: Kathmandu


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Embarking on a trek through the majestic Dhaulagiri region of Nepal, the journey begins with acclimatization at Italian Base Camp. Trekking onwards, adventurers navigate challenging terrain, reaching Glacier Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Days of rest and acclimatization punctuate the trek, crucial for adjusting to high altitudes. Crossing daunting mountain passes like French Pass and Dhampus Pass, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking vistas. Descending to lower elevations, the trek concludes in Jomsom, followed by a scenic flight to Pokhara and a return to Kathmandu, encapsulating a remarkable adventure amidst the Himalayan splendor.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni Day 3: Trek from Beni to Babiachor Day 4: Trek from Babiachor to Dharapani Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Muri Day 6: Trek from Muri to Boghara Day 7: Trek from Boghara to Dobang Day 8: Trek from Dobang to Choriban Khola Day 9: Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,008ft) Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day Day 11: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210m/13,812ft) Day 12: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m/15,551ft) Day 13: Acclimatization and Rest Day Day 14: Cross French Pass (5,360m/17,585ft) & trek to Hidden Valley (5,200m/17,060ft) Day 15: Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200m/17,060ft) and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m/12,074ft) Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,710m/8,891ft) Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu and soak in the bustling atmosphere of the capital city of Nepal. Check into your accommodation and perhaps take a stroll around the colorful streets of Thamel, known for its vibrant markets and eclectic shops offering everything from trekking gear to souvenirs.

Embark on an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Beni, enjoying scenic views of terraced hillsides, rushing rivers, and charming villages along the way. Beni, situated at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Myagdi rivers, serves as the gateway to the Dhaulagiri region.

Begin your trekking adventure, following ancient trails that wind through lush forests, terraced fields, and quaint hamlets. As you ascend gradually, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Babiachor, with its picturesque setting, offers a serene environment for overnight camping.

Continue your journey through diverse landscapes, passing through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows. The trail meanders alongside the Myagdi Khola, providing refreshing glimpses of cascading waterfalls and rocky gorges. Arrive at Dharapani, a charming village adorned with traditional stone houses and terraced fields.

Traverse through quaint villages and verdant forests as you make your way towards Muri. En route, you'll encounter friendly locals going about their daily routines and perhaps get a glimpse into the rural way of life in the Himalayas. Muri, nestled amidst emerald hills, offers a tranquil setting for relaxation and reflection.

Embark on a scenic trekking route that takes you through rugged terrain and remote mountain villages. As you ascend and descend challenging trails, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and deep valleys. Boghara, perched on a mountainside, welcomes weary trekkers with warm hospitality and stunning panoramas.

Continue your trek, crossing pristine streams and traversing dense forests of pine and oak. The trail gradually ascends, leading you to the secluded village of Dobang, nestled in a serene valley surrounded by towering cliffs. Take in the tranquility of your surroundings and enjoy a well-deserved rest after a day of trekking.

Journey deeper into the heart of the Himalayas as you follow the trail towards Choriban Khola. Along the way, you'll encounter rugged landscapes, high mountain passes, and perhaps even glimpses of elusive wildlife. Choriban Khola, situated amidst dramatic scenery, offers a remote and pristine setting for camping under the starlit sky.

Ascend higher into the alpine realm as you trek towards Italian Base Camp, named after the Italian expeditions that have explored the region. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the landscape as you make your way through rocky terrain and glacial moraines. Arrive at Italian Base Camp, where you'll acclimatize to the altitude and prepare for the challenges ahead.

After several days of trekking through the rugged terrain of the Dhaulagiri region, today is a well-deserved rest day at Italian Base Camp. Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, this camp offers stunning panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and glacial valleys. It's an opportunity to recharge your energy, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude and the demands of the journey ahead. Take leisurely walks around the camp, soak in the serene atmosphere, and perhaps engage in some light stretching or yoga to keep your muscles limber.

The trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp is a challenging yet rewarding journey. As you ascend higher into the mountains, you'll traverse rocky terrain and winding trails, with the majestic peaks of the Dhaulagiri range towering above you. The air becomes thinner, and every step requires effort, but the awe-inspiring vistas and sense of accomplishment make it all worthwhile. Glacier Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,210m/13,812ft, offers a rugged yet picturesque setting, surrounded by glaciers and alpine meadows. Spend the evening resting and enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers around the campfire.

Continuing your journey deeper into the heart of the Himalayas, you trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The landscape becomes increasingly dramatic, with towering peaks and cascading glaciers dominating the horizon. Along the way, you may encounter icy streams, moraines, and boulder-strewn paths, adding to the challenge of the trek. Dhaulagiri Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,740m/15,551ft, serves as a gateway to the majestic Dhaulagiri massif, providing a base for mountaineers attempting to summit this formidable peak.

Today is another rest day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, allowing you to acclimatize to the altitude and prepare for the high mountain passes ahead. Take the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, perhaps venturing towards the foot of the Dhaulagiri glacier or simply relaxing at camp, taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of your surroundings. It's essential to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and continue practicing gentle exercises to maintain your physical well-being.

Today marks one of the most challenging and exhilarating days of the trek as you cross the formidable French Pass at an elevation of 5,360m/17,585ft. The ascent is steep and demanding, requiring determination and perseverance as you navigate icy slopes and rocky ridges. However, reaching the summit of the pass is a moment of triumph, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. From there, you descend into the mystical Hidden Valley, a secluded oasis nestled amidst towering mountains. The landscape here is otherworldly, with barren terrain punctuated by colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

The journey continues as you cross the equally challenging Dhampus Pass at an elevation of 5,200m/17,060ft. The ascent is steep and rugged, requiring careful footing and steady nerves. However, the panoramic views from the pass are nothing short of spectacular, with snow-capped peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. Descending from the pass, you trek towards Yak Kharka, a tranquil grazing pasture nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here, amidst lush meadows and grazing yaks, you'll find respite from the challenges of the high mountain passes.

As you descend further into the lower altitudes, the landscape transforms once again, with dense forests and winding rivers replacing the barren terrain of the high mountains. The trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom is a leisurely descent, offering stunning views of the Kali Gandaki River Valley and the quaint villages dotted along its banks. Upon reaching Jomsom, a bustling town in the Mustang region, you'll be greeted by warm hospitality and the comforts of civilization after days spent amidst the rugged wilderness.

Bid farewell to the mountains as you board a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight offers bird's eye views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, as well as the picturesque landscapes below. Upon landing in Pokhara, a charming lakeside city nestled beneath the towering Annapurna range, you'll have the opportunity to relax and unwind, soaking in the serene ambiance of this popular tourist destination.

The final leg of your journey takes you from Pokhara back to the bustling capital city of Kathmandu. The drive offers glimpses of rural life in Nepal, as you wind your way through lush valleys, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Upon returning to Kathmandu, you'll have the chance to reflect on the incredible experiences and challenges of your trek through the Dhaulagiri region, while also savoring the comforts of modern civilization in this vibrant and culturally rich city.

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