Higher Limits Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit and Base Camp Trek - 25 Days

“Traversing through a high remote pass in between the giant snow capped peaks”

Dhaulagiri Circuit and Base Camp Trek is an enthralling and varied trek, which includes a taste of combined trekking environments which Nepal has to offer. Starting from the low farmlands to the green fertile grasslands & into the arid and treeless valleys. From the dense forests of the lower part of the valley to high snow crested ridge and callous ice fields. This trip also offers excellent and rare views of both the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massifs. The trek is even more special; culturally. The villages and the hidden valleys are particularly memorable, giving picturesque examples of the less frequented settlements with its charming inhabitants that are still quite unused to the scene of the passing by trekking groups. This is certainly an overwhelming trek from the remote west of Dhaulagiri to the main popular Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route and through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley which finally concludes this wonderful adventure at Pokhara via the scenic routes of Annapurna area.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu for full day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to Beni (830m) which is. 200 km. 5 – 6 hr journey.
Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babichaur 950m. 4 – 5 hrs journeys.
Day 05: Trek to Babiya Chaur to Dharapani 5 hrs.
Day 06: Trek from Dharapani 1,560m. To Mure 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek from Mure to Baghar 2080m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek from Bagar to Dobang {2520m]. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek from Dobang to Sallagharri {3110m}. 5 – 6 hours.
Day 10: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp {3660m}. 5 hrs.
Day 11: Trek from upper Vungini (IBC) to Glacier Camp at {4940m}. 5 hrs.
Day 12: Trek from Glacier camp or French Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp {4740m}
Day 13: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col {5010m} or hidden valley. 6 hrs.
Day 14: Trek from Hidden Valley {4,900m} to Yak Kharka.
Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha {2670m}. 5 hrs.
Day 16: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa. 4 hrs.
Day 17: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani {1189m}. 5 hrs walk.
Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani {2853m}. Approx. 6 – 7 hrs.
Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. Approx. 6 – 7 hrs.
Day 20: Trek from Tadapani 2,590m to Ghandrung {1950m} approx 5 hours walk.
Day 21: Trek from Ghandrung to Pothana {1990m} approx 3-4 hours walk.
Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi {1113m} with 2 hrs drive to Pokhara.
Day 23: Drive to Pokhara/Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 24: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Cost Include

  • Airport pickup and drop.
  • Hotel in kathmandu as your requirement.
  • Full Board Plan – (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation Tea or Coffee) during the trek. You can choose food from the menu.
  • Join Nepali culture program with dinner.
  • Private accommodation to a basic standard. Please be aware that the toilet and bathroom will be outside of the room during the trekking.
  • If necessary, we will be happy to provide you with a sleeping bag, down jacket, raincoat and trekking poles.
  • All necessary transportation by car, flight, bus.
  • An experience licensed holder English speaking guide.
  • Strong porter(s) if required.
  •  Wage, accommodation, food and travel expenses for guide and porter (s). As well they are fully equipped. .
  • Annapurna conservation area project fee permit.
  • Trekkers information management system (TIMS) Permit.
  • In cases of emergency, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for on your behalf. This will be paid for by your own travel insurance company. (Please ensure that you are adequately covered for this eventuality).
  • Insurance for guide and porter(s).
  • We will also inform your embassy that you are doing trekking under our care.
  • In cases of Emergency, we will contact your family or friend and make them aware of the situation.
  • Trekking Map of Annapurna region.
  • All guided sight seeing tour in kathmandu and entry fee for heritage site.
  • All necessary transport while sight seeing.
  • All government tax.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel Insurance.
  • International flight and departure tax.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Any kinds of Bar bills.

Day 01: Arrival
Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.  This will include Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni which takes about eleven hours.
As you drive uphill out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You then follow the Marsyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Sanctified with pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include lakes, caves, and temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

The drive from here goes through uphill into a meandering road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends through a twisty road up to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of Mardi River. This is one picturesque journey by road that most travelers enjoy. Stay overnight at a camp in Beni.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babichaur (950m) that takes about five hours.
From Beni you strike out west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through several small villages. You then cross two bridges near the village of Simalchour, and head back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor. Stay overnight at camp in Babiachaur.

Day 05: Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani which takes about six hours.
The trail is wide, smooth and graveled till you reach Darbang. After you hike through a small town you cross a suspension bridge. You then hike a flat narrow path passing through terraces, traditional villages and then again you cross another suspension bridge. The trail is a gentle ascent from this point through sparse forest of rhododendron, pine and oak. After a

Couple of hours; you reach a green ridge surrounded by colorful villages, green hills and jungles. To reach Dharapani you need to follow a straight leveled path. Dharapani is quite a large village with traditional but big houses made of thatched straw, wood, tin and other materials found on the mountain itself. The local people are quite friendly down here. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri & this takes about six and half hours.
After descending and walking through villages, we go over a suspension bridge across the river when the trail leads uphill. The gentle ascending path continues through villages, sparse forest and terraces till you reach another ridge. You then trek gently along over a straight trail until you reach Muri. This is a small village. Should the weather be clear, you will get a glimpse of Manapathi peak and the whole Dhaulagiri range etc. Stay overnight at camp in Muri.

Day 07: Trek from Muri to Baghar (2080m.)
Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. Descend a path through terraced fields to Dhora khola. Cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. The view from this pass is real good and for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465m). Follow the right bank past Naura where you start to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope.

The steep slope will need careful walking because it won’t tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzagging stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you traverse to the right-where you must also beware of mis-stepping and falling into the gorge of the Myagdi khola. Soon you descend through a wooded area, emerging to a ridge snout where bagara (2080m) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people’s yards or the terraced fields. Its adventurous fun! Stay overnight at camp in Baghar.

Day 08: Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m.) takes about five hours.
Here you leave the villages behind and the trail becomes increasingly challenging. Stay overnight at camp in Dobang.

Day 09: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (3110m) takes about six hours.
The early part of the gentle ascending trail moves through forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons. After trekking for some hours gently where the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, you reach Sallaghari. This becomes our camping spot in between forest surrounded by pine trees at the bank of Myagdi River. Stay overnight at camp in Sallaghari.

Day 10: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m.)
which takes about six and half hours. The trail is covered by bamboo forest all the way to Italian Base Camp. At some points you cross small bridges and jungles and this makes the trail quite strenuous and difficult. There is an open field at Italian Base Camp. There are two small tea houses available hereabouts that provide a minimal supply of trekkers items. At this base camp, you experience breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi peak, Dhaulagiri II among other unnamed peaks and mountains. Stay overnight at camp in Italian base camp.

Day 11: Trek from Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp at (4940m.) this takes about four hours.
After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope at a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. You may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough and challenging day. Stay overnight at camp in Glacier camp.

Day 12: Trek from the Glacier Camp or French Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m.) takes about five hours.
Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but magnificent Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5010m.) or Hidden Valley which takes about four hours.
Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls we reach gentler, rather less arduous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is evocative of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night). Stay overnight at camp in Hidden Valley.

Day 14: Trek from Hidden Valley (5200m) to Yak Kharka takes about seven hours.
You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.
More steep descents lead to Marpha. The trail is not much covered with trees. En route you can see some yak herds and sheep herds as well. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus as well. You can visit a nearby monastery. In and around the monastery you can see the many walls and prayer flags fluttering in the mountain winds, whispering odes of prayer for the departed. Stay overnight at camp in Marpha.

Day 16: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa takes about six hours. Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The starting point of the trail is stretched at an almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through a windy area covered with pine and rhododendron forests and birch trees are also seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. At this point you would be amazed with the bewildering views of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.). Stay overnight at camp in Ghasa.

Day 17:  Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m.) takes about five hours.
The trail descends steeply up to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. The deepest gorge in the world is situated here between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) facing each other near Rukse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot springs at Tatopani as the word ‘Tatopani’ is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking a bath in the Hot Spring helps you get rid of skin diseases. Besides this, it also gives you physical and mental relaxation as well. Stay overnight at camp in Tatopani.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m.) for about seven hours.
Your trail goes through a flat level of the land for some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. The path then goes up through different villages inhabited by people of different ethnic caste and who survive through the agricultural lands that they own. The majority of the people around here serve in the Nepalese and Indian armies as well. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki River with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.

The trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and picturesque landscapes. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Water outlets for Horses) is a small pass near the village of Deurali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that you can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panorama of Dhaulagiri I,II,III,Iv, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges, Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang), Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The views you get from here are probably the best in the world. Not only this, Poon Hill is usually crowded by visitors from different parts of the world who throng here to enjoy the stunning landscapes seen from the sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight at camp in Ghorepani.

Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani.
Wake up early in the morning and climb up to Poon hill from where you can see the vast Dhaulagiri range that stretches right up to the Mustang Himalaya. Again walk down to the hotel and after breakfast walk uphill towards Tadapani. We climb with mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge, the trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. We then do a short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna and to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Stay overnight at camp in Tadapani.

Day 20: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk.
This is short trek. The trail descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung and explore the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung Settlement. Stay overnight at camp in Ghandruk.

Day 21: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.
First part of your trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now, your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now, the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.).

Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.
Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist mini bus takes about seven hours.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to the Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily chores. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Recreation & shopping day.
In the evening, we visit a well known Nepali kitchen for having a delicious Nepalese cuisine. While enjoying our dinner, we get entertained by a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This dinner is provided complimentary by Higher Limits Trek & Expedition for the good welfare of our guests. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Transfer to the Airport for final departure.
(Fly out from Kathmandu). Our representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home.

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