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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Memorable trekking experience around Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m – seventh highest mountain of the world & fifth highest mountain in Nepal.
  • Cross the challenging and adventurous passes; French Pass 5360m and Dhampus Pass 5240m
  • Explore remote charming villages, hidden valleys, mountain glaciers including its flora and fauna
  • One of the challenging and adventurous trekking in Nepal.

Trip Introduction;
Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m is a beautiful mountain rising as a monster shoulder of bright snows and ice. It is seventh highest mountain in the world and fifth highest mountain in Nepal, located west of Annapurna range and separated by world’s deepest – Kali Gandaki George. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the challenging and adventurous trekking trips in Nepal since it covers high altitudes, snow paved rough trails, high Himalayan valleys, glaciers and numerous numbers of high mountain passes. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is one of the best options to explore remote hidden valleys and best close – up views of Annapurna to Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. Main highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek includes the crossing of two major high passes; French Pass 5360m and Dhampus Pass 5240m.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Nepal Guide, Treks and Expedition begins with a day drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara then to Beni. From there we start walking towards northwest direction following the Myagdi River as we pass through the charming Gurung villages with agricultural fields. As we pass through Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we make a gradual uphill trekking, gaining altitude every day with impressive views of mountains. We have carefully designed the itinerary of Dhaulagiri circuit with altitude acclimation days; at Italian Base Camp 3660m, at Glacier camp 4200m, at Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4700m and at Hidden Valley 5050m to be physically and psychologically fit for trek since the trek is serious and challenging.

After Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we head north east towards ascending trail of French Pass 5360m which is located between Tukuche Peak 6920m and Sita Peak 6611m with splendid scenery of series of mountains. From there we gradually descend to Hidden Valley. After spending a full day exploration at Hidden Valley, we make a climb towards another adventurous pass Dhampus Pass 5240m situated between Dhampus Peak 6012m and Tukuche Peak. (Find our Package trip to; Dhampus Peak Climbing, Tukuche Peak Climbing). After crossing our second adventurous pass, we head southeast to Yak Kharka then north to Jomsom with long descending path. Finally, our memorable experience of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek ends after a sweeping flight from Jomsom to Pokhara then drive back to Kathmandu.

Find our day to day Itinerary of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek through Google Map;

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & Transfer to Hotel
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks & Expedition Team, we also organize a formal program; meet with our guide with full extent of information and discussion regarding our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara [5-6 hrs drive]
Today we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara following the scenic zigzag roads, scenic views of Nepalese green hills, bank of Trishuli River along the Nepal’s biggest Prithivi Highway. Pokhara is a beautiful town set on the banks of the Fewa Lake. Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. The city is situated on the base of world’s popular Annapurna and Fishtail mountain ranges. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive to Beni and Trek to Tatopani [3 hrs Drive & 4 hrs Trek]
After taking breakfast, we take a drive towards Beni, following the Pokhara Baglung Highway. Beni is the starring point of our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. We start our journey along the floor of Myagdi River, following the trail through charming cultural and traditional villages before reach at Tatopani.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Dharapani [1,470m/4821ft] [5-7 hrs Trek]
Leaving Tatopani, we follow the comfortable trail that leads along the Myagdi River, passing through several villages terraces and farmlands. Along the route we can have exploration of cultural lifestyle of mainly inhabited casts of Gurung and Chhetris tribes. Continue our journey to small suspension bridge and the trail suddenly starts climb up towards Dharapani.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri [1,850m/6068ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After Dharapani, we follow an easy trekking trail towards Muri. We pass through rice terraces, fields of paddy and wheat often cross charming villages. While continuing the way to Muri, we can have views of Himalayas from some places. After we cross a suspension bridge right above from Dhara Khola, our journey starts to climb until we finally reach at the Magar community Village – Muri. Evening, we explore the villages and experience their traditional and cultural lifestyle.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Muri to Boghara [2,080m/6822ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we start journey to Boghara. At beginning, we start to follow descending steep slopes until reach to the suspension bridge of Muri stream. Then we start following beautiful bamboo forests and farmhouses where we lead through northern route towards open valley before reaching at Boghara campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Dobang [2,500m/8200ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After Boghara, we start the journey towards Dobang, walking through the west bank of Myagdi River, passing the lush sub-tropical forests. After reaching at Lipshe, we again continue passing through charming villages, forests and several farm terraces. En-route, we can see the villagers trying to collect honey from high above the trees and hills. We finally reach at Dorbang, the place is settled with numerous numbers of tea houses and good camping sites.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari [2,820m/9249ft] [5-7 hrs Trek]
Leaving Dobang, we start the trail passing through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests. We can have great views of blooming rhododendron along our trail during its season. After we reach at suspension bridge then cross. After crossing the bridge, we head towards the east bank of Myagdi River. After there, an hours of walk through lush forests, we finally reach at Sallaghari campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp [3,660m/12004ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we start our journey with steep climbing trail through dense rhododendron forests, pine forest, and birch trees. This day since we are gaining high altitude, we equally face quite adventurous trails, passing the glaciers and moraine. Close up views of world’s sixth highest mountain – Mt. Dhaulagiri can be seen from Italian Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp
Since the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the serious trekking experiences in Nepalese Himalayas; we need to take more concentration while making its perfect itinerary to get succeed. Acclimatization is crucial in high altitudes to be fit with get adjusted. Today we take a rest with excursion and exploration around surroundings.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp [4,200m/13776ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we start our journey with narrow descending slopes down towards the glacier. Glacier Camp is a sandwiched part in between of Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We need to pay more attention and concentration on our trek since our full day walk is difficult where we need to cross glaciers, gorges, moraine and several narrow slopes. After crossing the Glacier on the left of Chinbarden gorge, we gradually head towards Glacier Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Glacier Camp
We take our second acclimatization day at Glacier camp with a full day free exploration. Since we are already with high altitudes and we still needs to gain more altitudes to complete Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, it is very important to have this free day. We need to be healthy and physically fit to gain more altitudes from Glacier Camp 4200 meters to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4700 meters.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp [4,700m/15416ft] [5 hrs Trek]
Leaving Glacier Camp, we head towards our major attraction of this trek – Dhaulagiri Base Camp. As we gradually gain the altitudes, the trail is equally adventurous and challenging, we walk through snow paved ice slopes, glaciers along the moraine. With our slow and careful walk, we finally reach at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Rest and acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking adventure trip needs further difficult steps and passes from Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We take another acclimatization day at Base Camp to be acclimatized. Today, we explore the surrounding with great scenery of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Dhaulagiri II 7751m, Dhaulagiri IV 7618m, Tukuche Peak 6920m and other surrounding high peaks, makes our excursion day worthy.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 15: Trek to Hidden Valley [5050m/16564ft] via French pass [5,360m/17580ft] [8-9 hrs Trek]
Early morning, we start our journey following the left side of upper Chhonbarden glacier. We start the journey through steep ascends of lateral moraine ridge. Main attraction of the day is to cross adventurous French pass 5360m with inspiring views of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Mukut Himal 5970m, Sita Chuchura 6611m, Tashi Kang 6386m and many other snow-capped peaks where the French pass is the highest point of our entire Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.  After crossing the pass, the trail dramatically starts descending through moderate slopes and finally reaches at beautiful Hidden Valley.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 16: Free Exploration at the Hidden Valley
we take a rest day at Hidden Valley to explore as much in the remote mountain regions. We make our day worthwhile with numerous numbers of walking options. Among all, the best option would be a walk up to the western ridge from where we can have great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt Nilgiri and many other snow-covered Himalayan ranges. Furthermore, Hidden valley is the starting point for Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 17: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka [3680m/12070ft] via Dhampus Pass [5,240m/17187ft] [7-8 hrs]
After taking early morning breakfast, we leave Hidden valley by following ascending trail until reach to Dhampus Pass 5240m. After crossing the adventurous Dhampus Pass, our trekking journey starts following descending into the Kali Gandaki Valley. Again we follow further downhill finally reach to Yak Kharka.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 18: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom [2,670m/8757ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Leaving Yak Kharka, we start our day with gradual downhill until we reach at Marpha Village. Marpha village is well known for beautiful apple garden where one can try local whiskey made with the local apple. Then we again follow the smooth trail to reach at Jomsom. At evening, we can have celebration program of our successful Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek since the Jomsom is the exact ending point of the trek.
Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 19: Morning flight to Pokhara. Free day for Exploring & Sightseeing.
It is essential to have early morning flight to be safe from unusual wind flows at mountains. We take a sweeping flight from Jomsom to Pokhara followed by full day free activities in Pokhara. Beautiful lake city Pokhara offers to have sightseeing of several mysterious caves, temples, monuments, boating at Fewa Lake as well as paragliding, bungee jumping and many other adventure activities.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
finally, we take a day drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which takes approximately four five hours. We drive along Prithivi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 21: International departure
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

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AVAILABILITY OPTIONS

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Your Program Duration = 21 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer
  • 2 Nights stay in Kathmandu & 2 nights stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • All land transportation by private vehicle – As per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period
  • Camping Accommodation during Trekking
  • National Park fees, Conservation Area Fees & TIMS [Trekkers Information Management System] fee.
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide for entire trek
  • Required Number of Porters
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary, Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All tax, vats and necessary paper works

 

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Important Info

Preparation for Trekking:

  • Trekking is an art of walking in the Himalayas. Trekking in Nepal has its several varieties of trails from very easy to hard routes depending upon what you choose for your adventure holiday.
  • Basic physical fitness warm up prior to any trekking trips would be highly appreciated such as Jugging, cycling, walk through ascends/descends, gym and so on.
  • Travel insurance from reputed insurance company would be highly appreciated, sometime along the trail there might be happen unusual natural disaster, high altitude sickness and weaknesses that should have to cover by the insurance policy. We usually carry general first aid which would not be sufficient in some cases. Apart from the popular trails, there are not any sophisticated hospitals in case of emergency, helicopter rescue would require in such cases.
  • Nepalese mountain trails comparatively contains high altitudes than any other trekking trail around the world, take it in mind that we should not have to ascend very quickly to be safe from altitude sickness attack. Having more acclimatization days in itinerary is a good idea.
  • Some trekking trials in Nepal are seriously difficult; we recommend choosing those trips for those trekkers who already have previous trekking experiences.

Clothing and Equipments for Trekking:

Equipments and Clothing plays crucial role to have trekking adventure great. Don’t miss all essential stuffs and do not carry a lot of heavy equipments. Trekking clothing and equipments requirement differ from individual trekking trip; easy to hardest, short trek to long trek, low altitudes to high altitudes etc. Nevertheless the general equipment lists are as follows;

Clothing:

Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Hands:

  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)

Feet:

  • One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Over-boots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

  • Rucksacks and Travel Bags; One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Medical & Personal:

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Toiletry kits: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep you kit small)
  • First-aid kits: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor. (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful Baby wipes
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.

Best Seasons for Trekking:

Basically, three months in autumn – September, October, November and 3 months in spring – March, April, May total 6 months are considered as a best season for trekking in Nepalese Himalayas. During the seasons, the weather would be clear, sunny and warm in mountains that’s why trekker can get great opportunities to have splendid views of mountains. Apart from that, some adventure seeking trekker also loves to have their trekking holiday in December, January and February to avoid trekker’s crowed and to get peaceful environment along the route. Monsoon seasons (June, July & August) would not be perfect trekking holiday since it will be affected by rains. But, one can enjoy short trek, hike and also can plan for rain shadow parts during the monsoon.

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Trekking around ' Dhaulagiri Circuit ' - Outstanding service by NGT team members :D

We were a group of 6 people who went on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. We are extremely happy with the humble and hardworking team members.

We received top level of service during the whole trip duration. We explored the less visited areas with magnificent views of high peaks within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Our guide Ramu was full of local knowledge. We had a great time together. We would like to do similar trekking trips with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition in future.

We recommend this company for anyone wanting to do any kind of travel related activities in Nepal.

Best of Luck ;

Sasha and Group – Russia

Excellent arrangement by NGT - 'Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek'

Many thanks to whole Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition team for arranging such a great trekking trip around Dhaulagiri Circuit. We have previously done Everest Base Camp trekking with the same company. At that time as well we were extremely satisfied with the professional service we received.

The performance by the team members have once again exceed our expectation. Our trek was unlike the popular Everest Base Camp trekking, had very few tourists and was rich in terms of natural and cultural wonders. We enjoyed every moment of our trek around Dhaulagiri Circuit.

With our open heart, we recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition to anyone wanting to explore the hidden pockets of Himalayas in Nepal.

Wishing Best of Luck for Future !!

Daniel and Grace – AUSTRALIA 

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