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Dhaulagiri Base Camp


Annapurna Manaslu Region


5,340 Meters


Moderate to Challenging




17 Days


Pokhara - French pass- Yak Kharka

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day


Hotel / Lodge / Tea house


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek


Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu


Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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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.

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Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

Flight to Pokhara and drive to Darbang (1110m/6-7 hours)

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. 

Trek from Darbang to Sibang (1780m / 6-7 hours)

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.

Trek from Sibang to Naura (1570m / 4-5 hours) or Bagar (2080m / 7-8 hours)

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.

Trek from Naura or Bagar to Dobhan (2520m / 5-7 hours)

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.

Trek from Dobhan to Italian Base Camp (3660m / 7-8 hours)

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.

Acclimatization Day

We take this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view.

Trek from Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (3890m / 4-5 hours)

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.

Trek from Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m / 4-5 hours)

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.

Acclimatization Day

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.

Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5140m / 6-7 hours) via French Pass (5360m)

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.

Reserve Day for bad weather or rest day

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.

Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m/5-6 hours) via Dhampus Pass (5244m)

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.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m / 4-5 hours) via Marpha

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.

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

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. 

Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

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.

Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

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.


  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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