Tour itinerary: Kathmandu → Dhaulagiri → Kathmandu
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging and remote trekking route that takes you around the majestic Dhaulagiri massif, the seventh highest mountain in the world. This trek offers stunning views of towering peaks, diverse landscapes, and a chance to experience the unique culture of the local communities in the western region of Nepal. It's a less frequented route compared to some other popular treks in the region, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure.
Here's a brief overview of a typical Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek itinerary. Keep in mind that actual itineraries can vary slightly based on the trekking company, weather conditions, and your preferences. The itinerary provided is a general guideline.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Beni (830m/2,723ft)
Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Beni, a town located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Myagdi Rivers.
Day 2: Beni to Babichaur (950m/3,116ft)
Begin your trek, following the Myagdi River and passing through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages.
Day 3: Babichaur to Dharapani (1,400m/4,593ft)
Trek through terraced fields, cross suspension bridges, and enjoy views of the Dhaulagiri massif.
Day 4: Dharapani to Muri (1,850m/6,069ft)
The trail continues through villages and forested areas, offering glimpses of local culture and lifestyle.
Day 5: Muri to Boghara (2,080m/6,824ft)
Descend to the Myagdi River and then climb up towards Boghara through rhododendron forests.
Day 6: Boghara to Dobang (2,520m/8,268ft)
Trek through forests and cross the Dobang River, gradually gaining elevation.
Day 7: Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,008ft)
Enter the alpine zone and enjoy breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day at Italian Base Camp
Spend a day acclimatizing and exploring the area around the Italian Base Camp.
Day 9: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210m/13,812ft)
Trek along the lateral moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier, with fantastic views of Dhaulagiri.
Day 10: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m/15,551ft)
Reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp, surrounded by towering peaks and impressive glaciers.
Day 11: Acclimatization Day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Take another acclimatization day to prepare for the higher altitudes ahead.
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,140m/16,863ft) via French Pass (5,360m/17,585ft)
Cross the challenging French Pass, offering panoramic views, and descend to Hidden Valley.
Day 13: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3,680m/12,073ft) via Dhampus Pass (5,240m/17,192ft)
Trek over the Dhampus Pass and descend to Yak Kharka.
Day 14: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m/8,760ft)
Descend through the Kali Gandaki Valley to the town of Jomsom, where you'll find more civilization.
Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, enjoying aerial views of the Himalayas, and spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara.
Please note that this is a general itinerary and is subject to change based on various factors. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek that involves high altitudes and challenging terrain, so proper physical fitness and acclimatization are essential. It's recommended to undertake this trek with a reputable trekking agency and be well-prepared with appropriate gear and equipment.
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