The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the longest and most difficult treks in Nepal, circumnavigating the sixth highest mountain in the world. Very few trekkers visit this area, which makes it a very special trek. You can embrace a wide range of people and terrains, from subtropical jungle to a geographic extension into the high, dry, Tibetan Plateau. The scenery is a superb mix of lush vegetation, massive mountain peaks and a variety of different villages.
The trek start at Beni in the Myagdi district. Myagdi is one of the most easterly of the districts, home of the Magar people. This group of hill dwellers are similar in many ways to their Gurung neighbours but are thought to have settled in Nepal some time earlier.
The Dhaulagiri trail follows the Myagdi Khola, a river that drains the southern side of the Dhaulagiri massif. Passing through the settlements of Darbang and Muri, the country is still quite heavily populated with scattered villages and farming land. Beyond Muri, the river swings north and the landscape becomes much more rugged and sparsely populated. The tree line is reached just below the site of the so-called Italian base camp. located at tip of the Chhonbaraan glacier, an ideal place to spend an acclimatization day exploring the hills nearby.
The next two nights are spent on the glacier, the second night being at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, a rugged spot with some spectacular views of the western face of Dhaulagiri. The trail then crosses the French pass (5360m). the highest point of our trek. Descending from the French Pass you will enter to the Hidden Valley. The place is one of the true wilderness areas accessible to trekkers in Nepal.
From Hidden Valley, the trail crosses Dhampus pass (Thapa Pass) which is 100m lower than French pass. After crossing Dhampus Pass the trail descends into the valley of Kali Gandaki meeting the main trail at Marpha or Tukuche. Along the way there are spectacular views across to the Annapurnas and up into the arid steppes of Mustang.
The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to a diverse variety of flora and fauna with in this region. These parts of area are heavily cultivated and the landscape is terraced paddy fields for most of the year. the higher up in the hills the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron.