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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Highest access: 5240

Duration: 20 Days

Location: Dhaulagiri region

Grade: Challenging Trek

Himalayan sights: Dhaulagir massif, Annapurna and fishtail

Accommodation: Tourist star to five star as request

Transportation: By Tourist Vehicle/ Flight

Group Size: 03-12 persons per Group if more we splits group.

Best season: Autumn(Sep-Dec) & Spring(Feb-May)

Major Activity: Trekking

Include Activity: Sights trip on Kathmandu & Pokhara

Country: Nepal

Airport: Kathmandu(TIA)

Departure From: Kathmandu

Meals: During the trek (B.L.D.), BB Plan in Kathmandu

Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Bramhan

Mode of Travel: Camping only

Mt. Dhaulagiri with the altitude of 8167m is the seventh highest Himalayan peak in the world. Dhaulagiri literally means "white mountain" which justifies a magnificent peak rising as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow, though many mountains over the world have names, which translate to White Mountain; this is without doubt the most astonishing one. Dhaulagiri was first discovered in 1808, and it was thought to be the highest mountain in the world for westerners. It was assumed the highest peak for 30 years before its place was taken by Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Dhaulagiri is one of the most popular 8000m Peaks for climbing in the Himalayas which lies north – west of Pokhara culminating to its highest point at the eastern end. Dhaulagiri is also almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic as two 8000ers, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is one of a strenuous trek, great adventure circuit through high alpine pastures, higher passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Dhaulagiri the western mountain in Nepal probably is the best spot for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal. The reason behind this argument is that it consists of more than fifteen 7000m magnificent peaks with land of dramatic contrast.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking route of Snowy Horizon begins after 8-9 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni via Pokhara and from Beni, the trail head in a north-west direction through the villages of Babia-chour, Dorbang and Darapani to Muri continuous toward north still keeping to the banks of the Myagdi Khola. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is inhabited by people of the Magar tribes of Mongoloid stock and descended from the early settlers of the Nepalese middle hills.

In Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking After Muri, the trail leads toward north along the Myagdi Khola through the villages of Baghara, Dorbang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. Still heading north the route skirt the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are at experience. By heading north-east from the Base Camp and climb the steep incline to the French Pass (5,360 m) lies between Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m). Further east you descend a little and pass through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250 m) lies between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012 m) from where the trail begins your descent to the south-east toward Alubari.

From Alubari, the trail further descends to the village of Marpha on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and then follows north to Jomsom from where we arrange fly back to Pokhara. If time permitted Snowy Horizon willing to arrange you a holy trip to Muktinath Temple by up and down jeep drive to explore the most popular Hindu Pilgrimage site with an altitude of 3750m.

Snowy Horizon also provides the option for those trekkers who have got enough time and interest to continue the trek down to Kalopani, Tatopani (the Natural hot spring), Beni or Ghorepani then into Pokhara from where you may have options to choose surface or air route to reach in Kathmandu for you returning destination at final.


  • Keep on touch with local peoples
  • Sleep in lap of Dhaulagiri Himalaya
  • Experience the different culture
  • Dhaulagiri base camp Explore
  • French Col Pass
  • Dhampush Pass
  • Unique human civilization at high altitude

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel (1350m)

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (9820m), which takes about eleven hours.

Day 03: Trek from Beni to Babichoaur (950m) and it takes about five hours. You camp overnight.

Day 04: Trek from Babichoaur to Phedi (1100m) which takes about four hours.

Day 05: Trek from Phedi to Phalai Gaun (1810m) and it takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Phalai Gaun to Jugapani and it takes about five hours.

Day 07: Trek from Jugapani to Boghara (2080m) which takes about five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Boghara to Lapche kharka and it takes about four and half hours.

Day 09: Trek from Lapche kharka to Chartare (2820m) which takes almost four and half hours.

Day 10: Trek from Chartare to Pakoban (3585m) and it takes about five hours.

Day 11: Trek from Pakoban to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750m) which takes six hours.

Day 12: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base camp to French pass (5360m) and it takes about three hours.

Day 13: Walk five hours from French pass and camp on 4915m.

Day 14: After crossing 4915m pass trek to Yak kharka (4500m) which takes about five hours.

Day 15: Trek from Yak kharka to Marpha (2667m) and it takes about six hours.

Day 16: Trek from Marpha to Jomsom(2710m) this takes about five hours over night at hotel/lodge

Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara(920m) this takes about 20 minute and leisure day in pokhara

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minute’s .Overnight at Hotel

Day 19: Free and Shopping day at Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 20: Final Departure or alternatively Join other activities

Price for the Trip

  • The cost of the Trip depend group size, Category of the trip and your desire (budget)
  • The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements.
  • The Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added as per mutual understanding.
  • The itinerary mentioned above is published from Airport to Airport services for the betterment of the client. Due to various categories Hotel facilities in the Capital City they may choice for their own and if required through us, we provide the facilities Also.
  • The cost also affect the number of guides and porters 
  • For these reasons the same trek can higher and lower price.
  • With above reason please contact us for up to date reasonable cost

Cost Include

  • Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport .
  • 3 Nights requested category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in B/B plan.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • 1 Night requested category hotel accommodation in Pokhara in B/B plan.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) for Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • TIMS card(Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • Flight Ticket from Jomsom - Pokhara
  • One High Altitude trekking porter may carry 25kg each. we supply 2:1 trekking porter in camping as needed.
  • Complete camping /Trekking equipment for trekking.
  • Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs, Mattresses are available Sharing with other member.
  • Two member has one tent for camping during trekking period
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • An Experienced  Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • One Night Hotel and Accommodation In Pokhara
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes
  • Complete pre -departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon  Special Gifts (T-shirt, Pashmina )

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water
  • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, Internets.
  • All kind of Personal Expenses
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Read the following information which makes you easy to book your trekking in Nepal.

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Terms & Conditions

Trekking is an adventure activity involving multiday walk on village trails, National Park trails and climber’s trails often on reasonably steep terrain and snow at higher altitudes often crossing high passes in the range of 5500m/18000ft.

It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available.

In Nepal children below 18 years of age are required to trek accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Depending on trekking area you may require a special trekking permit while other areas would require only conservation/national park entry permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

In General treks vary in duration from 2 to 4 weeks;average one would trek between 4 to 6 hours per day.

On most established treks bottled water is ubiquitously availableas well as locally purified drinking water is available in many villages along the trek. Otherwise, you can use boiled water supplied by the teahouse or camping crew.

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you withcontinental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available.

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try if you cannot find your insurance.

We ensure travel safety for all our guests’ women or men travelling with our company. Nepal is generally very safe and welcoming to foreign tourists. We have very good relationships with lodges we use and our guides aware all the time of whereabouts of every guest on the trek. Our groups are small and we ensure continues visual contact.

On the trek we provide all accommodation, food and we cover park fees, so you need to take only small amount of money to purchase water, small snack and tea outside meals, localsouvenirs, tips or donations to monasteries if you wish to donate small change. $20 per day should be sufficient to cover such expenses

Majority of trekking is done with lodge/guesthouse accommodation unless you prearranged camping based trip. There are very few trekking areas where lodge accommodation is unavailable and we will offer there a tent accommodation only.

Teahouse trekking is a trekking where your accommodation and meal are arranged in a local lodge/house with full board services.

Camping trekking is a trekking where we provideyou with tent accommodation and full board with meals to be cooked by professional trekking cook in a mobile camp equipped with akitchen and with adequate support staff of kitchen helpers, guides and porters.

It depends on trekking route and altitude; typically a trekking porter would carry load of 15kg to 25kgand camping porter would carry load up to 40kg.

In Nepal it is not customaryto tip but porters and guides would expect and appreciate a small tip. Your tip will go long way to help their families.

Trekking is for you and everyone who is patient and physically fit and enjoys outdoors.

You should have a general good level of physical fitness, general hiking experience, do not have any chronic or acute issues with your leg functions andbementally comfortable withmulti-day hikes, than you are ready for trekking.

In principle if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world and you are currently fit for trekking, there is nothing to stop you from Himalayan trekking in Nepal. You just need to increase your cardiovascular capacityto be able to cope with high elevation, where the oxygen density is much lower.

Post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May are the best period for trekking in Nepal. In winter, December till February, at high elevation is very cold and heavy snowfalls may impede crossing of high passes but trekking in low elevations below 3000m is accessible all year round. In summer, June till August is a monsoon season and trekking is very wet, however in rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang trekking in monsoon season is feasible and pleasant.

It all depends on the time and altitude of your trek. You may require Down Jacket, warm fleece jacket, warm thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, sleeping bag, trekking boots and a backpack, camera and your personal medication. Consult lists of cloth and equipment on our website as a guide and use a common sense to pack enough but not too much at the same time.

We highly recommend having a guide with you. You will travel in wilderness areas and at high elevations so from safety aspect you should not be alone. Travelling through villages there are many trails and if you took wrong path accidently it may be difficult to communicate with locals to get back on the right path or to secure food or accommodation. They will be unlikely to speak English

You will be taken immediately to the lower altitude first and will be provided first aid as the immediate treatment and then if necessary the guide will call the rescue helicopter tofly you down to Kathmandu or Pokharausing your rescue insurance.

Anywhere from 5km to 15km depending on condition of trekking trail and the altitude of the trekking route.

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