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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek-20 days

Trip introduction
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek via French Pass and the Hidden Valley is Nepal’s one of the challenging offbeat treks. Meant for those trekkers with previous high altitude walking experience, the trek comprises a taste of all of hiking adventures Nepal has to offer. As the trek kicks off at Beni, the walking escapade slides up to the beautiful and unharmed valley of the Myagdi Khola. After 8 days of walking, through an ever-changing landscape, with numerous picturesque villages, we reach Dhaulagiri Base camp and prepare ourselves for the crux of our route - the crossing of the ‘French Pass' (5360m). This tough, but technically straightforward pass lies close beneath the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the mountain views on our ascent and descent are simply sensational. We have a day to explore the remarkable ‘Hidden Valley' before crossing the Dhampus Pass and making the long descent to Marpha in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Flying back to Pokhara from the airstrip at Jomsom, we have time to enjoy this lakeside town, before returning to Kathmandu. This is adventure travel at its best - a brilliant trek in a rarely visited part of Nepal.

Trip Highlight

  • A trekking holiday off the beaten track in the Nepal Himalaya

  • Trekking across the French Pass and the spectacular Hidden Valley

  • Superb views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges

  • A challenging trekking holiday in a remote part of Nepal

  • Amazing culture of Magar tribe who live in the far-flung hamlets of the region

Can I accomplish this trek easily?

If you have, the extreme ability to walk around 6-8 hours a day with a light daypack and passionate feeling, this trek will be highly suitable as this is moderate trek. It is fact that having walk in higher altitudes is definitely more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Therefore, you need to be prepared to adjust in the high altitude. Advance Adventure Kindly request to all the clients to prepare themselves for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 20 day/s by Jogging and exercising regularly at least 3 month prior to the start of the trek. If you have the subtle experiences on walking /trekking in high altitude, environment this trek will be really easier. Your Past hiking experiences may be worthy but you need special technical skill for this trek. To accomplish the trek you should have excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination. If you have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases please kindly inform us before booking the trip. We are highly conscious about your health and safety. You can have the experiences of more demanding and challenging episode while in Trek.

Additional Information

Come directly, join honestly and become our family member without any hesitation. The door of Advance Adventure is always open for our guests. Regarding this trip, we have attempted to provide enough information from our website. Nevertheless, if you need any discussion regarding your time availability in addition, others query please feel free to contact directly at +9779851040806, if you want to talk. Alternatively, please contact us via our email .we are eagerly waiting to welcome you in Nepal, the land of mountain and peace.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel; Evening welcome dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek preparation day-B

Day 03: Drive to Beni 8 hrs drive-D

Day 04: Trek to Babiachor,1000m, 5 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day o5: Trek to Dharapani,1556m, 6 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 06: Trek to Muri,1850m, 5 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 07: Trek to Boghara,2050, 6 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 08: Trek to Dobang ,2630m, 5 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola,3200m, 5 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 10: Trek to the Italian Base Camp,3500m, 7 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 11: Rest day in Italian Base Camp for acclimatization-B/L/D

Day 12: Trek to the Glacier Camp,4250m, 6 hrs trek- B/L/D

Day 13: Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp,4740m, 7 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 14: Rest day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 15: Trek across the French Pass (5,360m), then trek to the Hidden Valley 6 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 16: Explore around Hidden Valley-B/L/D

Day 17: Trek across Dhampus Pass (5,200m), and trek to Yak Kharka 6 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 5 hrs trek-B/L/D

Day 19: Morning flight to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu; Evening farewell dinner

Day 20: Depart Kathmandu B/L/D denotes the Breakfast,Lunch And Dinner

Price: US $2840 per person

What is Included?


  • Airport picks up/ transfer
  • 3 Nights 3 star standard accommodation at Kathmandu with  breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant- Traditional Dance & Music & Farewell Dinner at one of the finest restaurant in main down town
  • Half Day guided tour of Kathmandu Valley, with all the entrance and monument fees
  • Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek permit/TIMS Card- Trekkers Security Card
  • Kathmandu- Beni overland transfer in a private vehicle
  • Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu Flight
  • 16 Nights/17 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek on full board of meals plan (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Mt. Accommodation on twin share- Comfortable and clean Mt. Lodge.
  • One Advanced Adventures Trekking Leader ( Experienced, Fluent English Speaking, Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), required assistance Leader/s as per the group size, their entire expenses, equipment and insurance
  • Entire poterage cost- one porter for each two member in a group-AA provide trekking clothing to its porters
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • AA duffle Bag and T- shirt, Trekking Map, Adventure Certificate
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags while on trekking (on Request)- rated to -15 Degree Celsius
  • Group medicine Kit Box (Diamox & other first Aid Medicine)
  • Departure transfer

What is Excluded?


  • Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu from Home country
  • Your meals at Kathmandu, except provided dinner and breakfast
  • Entire cost of beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek
  • Travel insurance (Must includes Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation)
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Assistance Guide/s and Sherpa Porters
  • Any extending trips
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

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Bal Bahadur Tamang

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Bal Bahadur Tamang was born in Solukhumbu. After completing his eighth grade, he left his village and went to Jiri to work as a porter. His first experience as a porter was to carry a big sack of rice from Jiri to Lukla. He has carried as heavy as 110 kg of load on his back as a porter.

After working as a porter for some years, he met a trek company owner in Lukla and started working for them as a porter. He was later afforded the opportunity to work as a guide. He took the opportunity with both hands. As a guide, his first assignment was to lead two Canadian trekkers and an Australian trekker to the Everest Base Camp.

At present, he lives with his family in Kathmandu. He has a 12 years old son and a 7 years old daughter. He is very fond of the mountains. So much so that as soon as a trek concludes, he cannot wait for the other to begin so that he can be around the mountains again.

 his first assignment was a group of two trekkers from Canada and Australia whom he took to EBC…that being his first trip, it required him to ask a lot of questions to other fellow guides…he learnt a lot.

his family is now in Kathmandu….he has two kinds..a 12 yo son and a 7 yo daughter…and his wife…..when he is not on trek , all he does is wait for the next group to arrive so that he can go to the mountains.

He believes that it is important to give tourists a unique taste of places they visit- be it local animals or flora and fauna, celebrations or culinary experiences. He tries his best to always give the tourists a close view of the life in the Himalayas beyond just the majestic mountains.

Hom Rana

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Born in Bungkot village of Gorkha, Hom Rana is cheerful mountain guide with more two decades of experience. Most of the guests who trek Nepal with him thinks that he is a "cool" guide. Mr. Magar's engagement in trekking started when he was 15 years old (in year 1995). He went to Annapurna Circuit Trek and his first salary was a modest NRs 75. Hom Magar is passionate about trekking in the Himalayas. He talks fondly of the mountains, the people and the cultural heritage of Nepal.

Hom can play traditional Nepalese musical instruments like Madal and Flute. He is also fond of singing. He has a tiger face tattooed on his left arm and fondly tells his guests about the story behind it. He generally spends his free time with his family- cooking Momo and playing with his child.

He says that Nepal is a "small world with a lot to behold".

Ishor Lamichhane

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Born in Burlang, Gorkha District, Ishwor first came to Kathmandu in 1999 to get enrolled in a college to complete his under-graduation.

It was during the final year of his under-graduation that he got into tourism to support his financial instability. A novice, he first went to the Annapurna Circuit as a porter carrying a 30 kg goods on his back. He did the same for half a dozen trips, An earnest man, he waspromoted to be the porter cum guide for Annapurna trek and later guided a trek to Everest Base Camp.

He lives with his family in Kathmandu. A family guy, he loves to cook at home and help with other household chores along with assisting his children with school assignments.

His friends call him a jolly fellow. He loves dancing to folk tunes...and occasionally sings during the recreational activities in trek. He says, "If we consider going to Everest Base Camp to trek, it is not just about Everest, the cultural and natural extravanza along the way is what make the trip special [...] The fun of the trek is not in the destination but in what you meet along that way…and in Nepal one meets a lot!"

He is a man of various stories and you can talk about a variety of topics with him.

Kim Rana

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Born and raised in Gorkha, Kim Rana came into the tourism sector through his cousin Hom Rana. He started as a porter and fondly remembers his first every trip. He carried 45 kg weight all the way from Jomsom to the Annapurna Base camp as a porter for a group of 14 Hungarian trekkers.

The content faces of the trekkers after long and adventurous trek motivates him to become an even better guide. His first trip as a full time guide was a 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla with a group of Australian tourists.

Kim lives with his spouse with whom he has a son and daughter together. He has a metal workshop and works there when he is not trekking. He learned his trade as an apprentice under a friend who was a good metal worker.

Kim does not know how he has a seemingly Korean name. He asked his priest who gave him the name; he even doesn't have an answer. Kim speaks some Korean too. Once, a group of four Koreans started talking to him in Korean language. He knows some Korean too and started conversing to them. They ended up thinking he was a Korean too.

Price US $2840

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Trip Facts
Activities Cultural Tours, Trekking in Himalayas
Meals All meals during the trek
Difficulty Challenging
Room Fully Tented Camps, Htl in City
Max Elevation 5360m
Transport Private Vehicle & Flight
Group Size 2 - 10 Persons
Best Month March-May & September-November

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