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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek explores a wild, remote and off-the beaten track area of the Nepal Himalaya. The trek has the classic start down in the farming villages of the Himalayan foothills – terraced hillsides and children everywhere and climbs through a series of climate zones into an increasingly empty landscapes as remote and wild as it is beautiful.

Dhaulagiri is a real adventure trekking. It takes you places beyond the imagination of the most people back home, forces you to confront your own physical and mental limitations and hits you with the unexpected. This is obviously a great trek and I would recommend it but there are just a few things to be aware of. Dhaulagiri is a tough trekking despite the fact that the days are not that long, you have two acclimatization days and you only spend two nights above 5000m. Unlike trips around Everest and the Khumbu valley you are camping all the way and don’t have the option of getting warmed up in a teahouse. It is cold, particularly at night and for five days you are sleeping either on a glacier or on snow. Dhaulagiri trek is the combination of altitude and cold that make the trek particularly tiring. It’s worth nothing that this is not a popular trip with the porters and the only way to get them to carry the loads over the French Pass Col is to pay them more money. Round Dhaulagiri trek starts at Beni and then follows the Myagdi Khola river passing through beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif.

After walking up the narrow Churchwarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp we then cross French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing Dhampus Pass we start the long descent to Jomsom and then at the end of the trek we fly/drive out to Pokhara. This trek is relatively strenuous and requires high altitude trekking experience. You will need to wear gaiters and carry an ice-axe with you for at least three days of this trek.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek explores a wild, remote and off-the beaten track area of the Nepal Himalaya. The trek has the classic start down in the farming villages of the Himalayan foothills – terraced hillsides and children everywhere and climbs through a series of climate zones into an increasingly empty landscapes as remote and wild as it is beautiful.

Dhaulagiri is a real adventure trekking. It takes you places beyond the imagination of the most people back home, forces you to confront your own physical and mental limitations and hits you with the unexpected. This is obviously a great trek and I would recommend it but there are just a few things to be aware of. Dhaulagiri is a tough trekking despite the fact that the days are not that long, you have two acclimatization days and you only spend two nights above 5000m. Unlike trips around Everest and the Khumbu valley you are camping all the way and don’t have the option of getting warmed up in a teahouse. It is cold, particularly at night and for five days you are sleeping either on a glacier or on snow. Dhaulagiri trek is the combination of altitude and cold that make the trek particularly tiring. It’s worth nothing that this is not a popular trip with the porters and the only way to get them to carry the loads over the French Pass Col is to pay them more money. Round Dhaulagiri trek starts at Beni and then follows the Myagdi Khola river passing through beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif.

After walking up the narrow Churchwarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp we then cross French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing Dhampus Pass we start the long descent to Jomsom and then at the end of the trek we fly/drive out to Pokhara. This trek is relatively strenuous and requires high altitude trekking experience. You will need to wear gaiters and carry an ice-axe with you for at least three days of this trek.

Day 1
Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly.

Day 2
Drive to Beni (850m) Duration: 8-9 hrs

After your breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive should take 8-9 hours and you’ll find most of the scenery very enjoyable. Overnight at Guesthouse, full board meals included.

Day 3
Trek to Babiachor (950m) Duration: 05 hrs

Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babiachor. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 4
Trek to Dharapani (1400m) Duration: 6 hrs

The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 5
Trek to Muri (1800m) Duration: 5 hrs

After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. We Continue trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810meters). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 6
Trek to Boghara (2080m) Duration: 6 hrs

Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 meters). Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 7
Trek to Dobang (2520m) Duration: 5 hrs

The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 8
Trek to Choriban Khola (3110m) Duration: 5 hrs

After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 9
Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) Duration: 7 hrs

Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 10
Acclimatization and rest day

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “tuned” for the even higher altitudes to come. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 11
Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) Duration: 6 hrs

Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 12
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) Duration: 7 hrs

This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north east col. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 13
Acclimatization and Rest Day

Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 14
Cross French Pass (5360m) then trek to Hidden Valley (5200m) Duration: 6 hrs

After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360 meters). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 meters) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6012m). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make it to camp at 5200 meters. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 15
Cross Dhampus Pass (5200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) Duration: 6 hrs

Descend from the hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surroundings. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 16
Trek to Jomsom (2710m) Duration: 5 hrs

Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

Day 17
Fly to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 20-minutes

Today 20 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 18
Pokhara to Kathmandu

Scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist vehicle, 6 hrs. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 19
Farewell

Our team representative drops you off at Tribhuvan International Airport before your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport
  • 1 nights hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel ( centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower) and standard hotel in Pokhara
  • All ground transportations Kathmandu to Beni and Pokhara to Kathamndu
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse/tent camp.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System) - ( we need two photos each for permit
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, Sherpa
  • Necessary number of porter’s their meal /accommodation / transportation / salary / insurance / equipment’s are included in price.
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking Maps
  • Rubbish Disposal
  • Our Service Charge and Government Taxes

Cost Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned herein

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

You can send your inquiry via the form below.