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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Overview
  • Trek Itinerary

Separated from the Annapurna region by the Kali Gandaki the Dhaulagiri massif includes more than 30 peaks over 6000 meters, eight of these surpassing 8000 meters. The area around Tansen is home to the Magar people and capital of the independent kingdoms to become part of Nepal.

From Dhorepatan the panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges is exceptional and this remote area is home to communities of Tibetan refugees who search the area for minerals and medicinal plants.

There is a long, difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8167m.) or Dhaulagiri circuit trek that starts from Beni on the Kali Gandaki. Follow the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang and turn north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high country. Much of the route is on snow and glaciers as it crosses French Col (5240m.), traverses the head of Hidden Valley and crosses 5155m Dhampus Pass. Dhaulagiri circuit trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara, either via the Kali Gandaki valley or over the Ghorepani ridge for a panoramic view of the entire Dhaulagiri massif.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni which takes about eleven hours.

Day 02: Trek from Beni to Babichoaur (950m) and it takes about five hours. You camp overnight.

Day 03: Trek from Babichoaur to Phedi (1100m) which takes about four hours.

Day 04: Trek from Phedi to Phalai Gaun (1810m) and it takes approximately six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Phalai Gaun to Jugapani and it takes about five hours.

Day 06: Trek from Jugapani to Boghara (2080m) which takes about five hours.

Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Lapche kharka and it takes about four and half hours.

Day 08: Trek from Lapche kharka to Chartare (2820m) which takes almost four and half hours.

Day 09: Trek from Chartare to Pakoban (3585m) and it takes about five hours.

Day 10: Trek from Pakoban to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750m) which takes six hours.

Day 11: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base camp to French pass (5360m) and it takes about three hours.

Day 12: Walk five hours from French pass and camp on 4915m.

Day 13: After crossing 4915m pass trek to Yak kharka (4500m) which takes about five hours.

Day 14: Trek from Yak kharka to Marpha (2667m) and it takes about six hours.

Day 15: Rest at Marpha.

Day 16: Trek from Marpha to Lete (2438m) which takes about six and half hours.

Day 17: Trek from Lete to Tatopani (1189m) and it takes about six hours.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Beni

Day 19: Drive from Beni to Kathmandu which takes approximately ten and half hours.

Facts of Trek

Tour Region: Dhaulagiri.

Best season: September to December & Feb to May.

Transportation: By tourist bus / private.

Accommodation: Hotel, Resort & tea house /camping

Grade: difficult

Trekking style: tea house / camping

Highest access of the trek: 5240m

Culture: Gurung, Magar, Thakali

Himalayan sights: Dhaulagir massif, Annapurna and fishtail

Attraction: Close Mountain View, Villages