This is a long, difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8167m) that starts from Beni. The trekking route follows the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang, then turns north through lowland forests into the high country. Much of the route is on snow and glaciers as it crosses the French Col pass (5240m). Then we traverse the head of Hidden Valley and cross Dhampus Pass (5155m). The trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha and a return to Pokhara via the Ghorepani ridge. This trek provides some amazing; close-up, panoramic views of the entire Dhaulagiri massif.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is more physically demanding than the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek and demands a good physical ability to endure several days trekking across barren gravel and stone moraines at the base of mountain glaciers.
Today we take an early flight to Pokhara for 45 minutes. Then we take a drive all the way to Darbang via Beni on a jeep. On the way, we will enjoy the lush hills and snow-capped mountains.
Today, we head towards Sibang ascending to the ridge-top village of Dharapani. From where we can get a beautiful view of the Himalayas around. It includes Dhaulagiri massif, Gurja Himal (7193m), and Putha Hiunchuli (7246m). We continue our trek walking along the ridge on the path above the river to reach Sibang.
We start by descending to Gatti Khola then climb up to the village of Muri where the Myagdi and Dhara rivers meet. We continue to trek crossing the bridge over Dhola Khola. Later descend through the terraced farm fields before arriving in Naura village.
Moving alongside the bank of Myagdi Khola through a grassy hill and a steep slope, we arrive in Bagar. We then follow the up and down trail to Dobhan. We continue to descend through a forest to Jyardan before climbing uphill to Lipshe. The route then enters the forested area before ascending up to Dobhan.
Leaving the last village of Dobhan, we trek towards Italian Base Camp. Today we pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As we move further and gain altitude, mountains start to surround us from all around. We can get the best view of Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Dhaulagiri Range from the Italian Base Camp.
We take this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view.
Leaving behind Italian Base Camp, we trek through the rocky area on a steep slope. We then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese Base Camp”. We enjoy the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) on one side and Tsaurabong Peak (6395m) on the other.
Today is the most challenging day out of our journey. We will walk on the glacier and sometimes on the lateral moraine. We take a slow and responsible way to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, we can see the stunning view of all the peaks of the Dhaulagiri range. We will enjoy an amazing icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak.
Today we take this time to get used to the higher elevation of the Himalayas. We can spend the day exploring the areas nearby the base camp. There's also an option of hiking up a little for a better view of the mountains.
We continue to trek on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier. We climb the steep hillside above the glacier. Following the zig-zag trail across moraines, we make our way up to French Pass. It gives a 360-degree view of surrounding mountain ranges. We then descend through snow slopes to finally reach the Hidden Valley.
We keep the extra day in case the weather condition becomes bad. We can also use this day to explore the outskirts of Hidden Valley.
We head towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). We enjoy the beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the background. Later, we descend to Yak Kharka through avalanche-prone slopes.
We continue to descend from Yak Kharka towards Marpha, also known as the apple capital of Nepal. We will pass through the whitewashed houses, paved streets. Later we follow the flow of Kali Gandaki River to make our way to Jomsom.
We take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara enjoying the aerial views of the mountains. We check in the hotel in Pokhara and enjoy this trekkers hub destination.
Today we take a flight all the way to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. We check-in at the hotel and take this day to rest or buy souvenirs for family and friends.
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Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
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