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  Dhaulagiri Circuit trek  (NTT-DT-001) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Nepal Duration: 19 days
Area: Annapurna Region Activities: Trekking
Max. Group Size: 12  Person Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 5,230  M.
Seasons: November, March, April

One of the more challenging treks to be taken in Nepal, the Dhaulagiri Circuit takes you right around the Dhaulagiri massif. Trek through areas that are uninhabited except for occasional herders or mountaineering expeditions. A unique experience. The Dhaulagiri range lies to the west of Kali Gandaki valley in Western Nepal. The main Peak Dhaulagiri1, is the sixth highest peak on Earth at 8172 metres above the sea level. This trek takes you in a clockwise circuit around the main massif with the crossing of two high passes as the main challenge. Most of the trekking route is along trails rarely traversed by trekkers. For seven days the route is completely away from permanent habitationthrough unspoiled forests and sub alpine pastures with two days spent travelling on a glacier before the crossing of the two high passes. In this high remote wilderness there is always the chance of spotting rare and endangered wildlife. the area is home to snow leopard and blue sheep to name just two of the species that you may be lucky enough to sight. Eventually the trail descends to the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river where a short glight takes you back to Pokhara and the end of trek.

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Katmandu – Pokhara - Baglung by bus (9h) - Beni (817m).

3-hour walk.The trail the Kaligandaki River valley to Beni.

Day 02.

Beni - Babichor (950m) in 5h.

Pleasant walk through the fields along Myagdi Khola Valley.

Day 03.

Babichor - Dharapani (1500m) in 6h.

Wonderful panorama over vast terraced field areas.

Day 04.

Dharapani - Muri (1840m) in 6h.

We gradually climb up through fire tree forests.

Day 05.

Muri - Boghara (2080m) in 7h.

The valley narrows and villages become less numerous. Along the trail meadows give way to woods then terraced fields. Great vistas of Dhaulaghiri I (8091m), Gurja Himal (7193m) and Ghustung Sud (6465m).

Day 06.

Boghara – Dobang (2880m) in 6h.

Up and down along the Myagdi Khola in an untamed setting: dense forest and impressive waterfalls.

Day 07.

Dobang - Camp at 3200m in 5h.

We continue up through a gradually- thinning forest.

Day 08.

Camp at 3200m – Italians Camp (3700m) in 3h30.

Our first meeting with the glaciers. A magical panorama: just opposite, the impressive west face of Dhaulaghiri I stares at us, on our right side is Manapati, and behind, the fantastic great wall of the Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 09.

Italians Camp.

Acclimatization and rest day.

Day 10.

Italians Camp – Camp at 4300m in 5h.

By a steep trail, cluttered with moraines we approach the Myagdi Khola springs. We then start our progression along the Chhonbardan glacier.

Day 11.

Camp at 4300m – Dhaulaghiri Base Camp (4750m) in 4h30.

The climb is now easier. We establish our campsite opposite an icefall, set between Dhaulaghiri II, II, IV and V on one side and Dhaulaghiri I and the Tukuche Peak on the other.

Day 12.

Dhaulaghiri Base Camp

Acclimatization and rest day.

Day 13.

Dhaulaghiri Base Camp - French Pass (5400m).

Camp in the " Hidden Valley " (5050m) in 5h. splendid view from the pass of Dhaulaghiri I and the peaks surrounding the Hidden valley: Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal et Tashi Kang.

Day 14.

Camp in the " Hidden Valley " - Thapa Pass (5230m) - Yak Kharka (4400m) in 6h.

A short climb takes us up to the pass. Magnificent panorama of the Annapurna massif and the Nilgiris.

Day 15.

Yak Kharka - Tukuche (2591m) in 5h.

The path descends zigzagging along mountainside.

Day 16.

Tukuche - Ghasa (2012m) in 4h30.

We follow the Annapurna circuit route, along the Kali Gandaki river.

Day 17.

Ghasa - Tatopani (1189m) in 4h30.

The trail now high above the Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges–regarded as the deepest and steepest in the world– and takes us to Tatopani – literally "hot spring".

Day 18.

Tatopani - Beni (817m) in 5h.

Day 19.

Beni - Baglung in 3h, then bus to Pokhara – Katmandu (9h).