Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

22 Days

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Max Altitude:

5050m

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Drive/Flights included

Best Season:

Oct - Dec, Feb - Apr

    Dhaulagiri Circuit trek trail is one of the most challenging trekking trails in the Himalayas. It passes through the Chon Barden Gorge and Hidden Valley, making it a geographically remote and difficult terrain with majestic mountains in the periphery.
    Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a hidden trekking trail, barely explored around the 8th highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri and involves crossing two high mountain passes. Starting from Beni, this trekking for adventure lovers follows the Myagdi Khola. Along the way you can see beautiful Gurkha village‘s pastures and varied terrain until you reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp after which it gets dry and rocky and the real challenge of this trek is crossing the French Pass into Hidden Valley. Yet another pass, the Dhampus pass must be crossed before we start the long fun descend to Jomsom.

     

    Why Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

    • The most challenging trekking trail explored barely, among the 8 highest peaks.


    The trek ends when we reach Jomsom and fly to Pokhara the next day. There are options to continue to Muktinath (3880m), which require two additional days or go along the Kali Gandaki River towards Tatopani or Ghorepani. Dhaulagiri trek is a trek for people who are physically fit and have a thirst for challenges. If you are looking for challenges and adventure in life, this is a trek to go for!


    Trip Outline

    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
    Day 02: Explore Kathmandu
    Day 03: Scenic flight to Pokhara
    Day 04: Drive to Drabang (1,180m)
    Day 05: Trek to Sibang (1,750m)
    Day 06: Trek to Jugapani (2,000m)
    Day 07: Trek to Dobang (2,260m)
    Day 08: Trek to Soligari (3,100m)
    Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,600m) and acclimatization.
    Day 10: Acclimatization
    Day 11: Trek to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m)
    Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)
    Day 13: Acclimatization
    Day 14: Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley (5,050m)
    Day 15: An Optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060m)
    Day 16: Spare day
    Day 17: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m)
    Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2,800m)
    Day 19: Fly to Pokhara/Drive to Beni (In case of harsh weather)
    Day 20: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
    Day 21: Leisure Day at Kathmandu
    Day 22: Fly Home!

    Starting Price

    USD 2415 per person

    Group Discount : Available

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    Itinerary

    Arrival on: Kathmandu

    Departure from:

    Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu (1300m)

    You will be met by our representative and transfer to the hotel.

    Day 2

    Explore Kathmandu

    Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage site and Welcome dinner with the trekking guide who will brief you about the trek and solve your queries if there are any regarding the trek.

    Day 3

    Scenic flight to Pokhara

    A scenic flight of Pokhara in the morning. Depending on your flight time and the time availability we can decide to either continue to drive to Drabang, our trek starting point or you can choose to explore Pokhara and its attractions for this day. Pokhara is also known as the Lake City and has a lot to explore. Since you might not get a 5-star treatment during the trek ( as treks have basic tea houses only), it would be a good idea to grab a beer by the lake and relax before you start. (Make sure not more than one beer as drinking alcohol makes you dehydrated and more prone to high altitude sickness!)

    Day 4

    Drive to Drabang (1,180m)

    We start from Pokhara after breakfast and drive Drabang via Beni Bazar. The drive is about 5 hours with stops including lunch.

    Day 5

    Trek to Sibang (1,750m)

    We start the day after crossing the suspension bridge and start walking along the Myagdi river. We will follow the west side of the river and continue walking into the valley leading towards the Dhaulagiri region. This interesting trekking trail in the Dhaulagiri region offers a diverse terrain and gradual climbs and is an easy day compared to what lies ahead. the main valley that you follow towards Dhaulagiri. We will cross the village of Dharapani and stop there for lunch and then continue the trail to reach Sibang after crossing picturesque hillsides with terraced farms and thin forests.

    Day 6

    Trek to Jugapani (2,000m)

    The day starts after a big mountain breakfast at the Sibang camp and continues to Muri which offers magnificent views of the 8th Highest mountain, Dhaulagiri. We will have a lunch stop at Muri and then take a short descend and cross the Muri River. The trail starts to get steeper from here and is a gradual climb through a forest ridge until we reach the camp at Jugapani. Make sure you take a stroll around the camp looking for good photographs!

    Day 7

    Trek to Dobang (2,260m)

    After a good mountain breakfast at Jugapani, we continue walking along the river bank and start climbing up towards Boghara (2,080m) which is a gradual walk of about 4 hours with a decent pace and then we stop for lunch here. After lunch we take it slow and easy and continue to walk towards Dobang, our camp for the day. The forest gets thin and alpine-like as we are gaining altitude.

    Day 8

    Trek to Soligari (3,100m)

    After your healthy breakfast, you are headed towards Soligari. Overnight

    Day 9

    Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,600m) and acclimatization

    We will continue from Soligari after breakfast and then walk towards the Italian base camp. Most of the walk is up to the hill with From Soligari you quickly leave the trees behind, cross the Choriban Khola and ascend steadily up grassy slopes to reach Italian Base Camp by lunchtime.

    Day 10

    Acclimatization

    This day is dedicated to acclimatization and you can take a day trip to 4050 m, which will prepare you for the accent to the higher camps on the coming days. Acclimatization is important as this gives your body time to adapt to the high altitude which has a relatively low level of oxygen.

    Day 11

    Trek to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m)

    From the camp at the Italian basecamp, we approach the steep moraine towards the Chhonbardan glacier camp. After a steep climb of a few hours, we reach the French Camp for lunch and then and continue on the rocky trail to the glacier. We reach the camp early in the afternoon and spend time relaxing. You can take a short walk around the area to have a feel of high altitude as we will have some time before it gets dark.

    Day 12

    Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)

    Since we are already at high altitude we won’t do a strenuous walk and take it easy for the day, just doing 5 hours of walk to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp through the moraine covered glacier.

    Day 13

    Acclimatization day

    We take rest on this day to acclimatize as the next two points in the trek are above 5000m and to sleep in those conditions we must get proper rest before climbing up.

    Day 14

    Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley (5,050m)

    This is the most challenging day of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek. We will start early and have a packed breakfast on the way. We follow the path keeping the glacier on south and continue walking to the crest of a massive moraine ridge that finally takes us to the French Col. This is the highest point of the Dhaulagiri trek(if you are not doing the Dhampus peak) and after that we will descend the slopes of "Hidden Valley", where we will camp for the overnight.

    Day 15

    Optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060m)

    If you are doing this part of the trek, climbing Dhampus Peak, we must start early in the morning, before sunrise. Things also depend on the Weather conditions and it is severely cold as we walk slowly to cross the Dhampus Pass at 5,258m. We will continue to the Peak, at roughly 6000m height and spend some time on the top to enjoy the view. We will come back to the camp at hidden valley.

    Day 16

    Leisure day

    This is a spare day, in case the weather gets bad for the Dhampus Peak accent on day 15. If everything goes as planned we will spend this day as a rest day, before we begin our long descent.

    Day 17

    Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m)

    This day might be quite challenging for your knees as it is the longest descent of the day. There are few ups and downs before the actual long descent starts. We can go beyond Yak Kharka and save time on the next day, but it is not a promising idea.

    Day 18

    Trek to Jomsom (2,800m)

    We will walk down to Jomsom from Yak Kharka and spend overnight in Jomsom. Jomsom has a small airstrip and is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. Explore the town in the Evening. Watch your hat or cap as this windy valley acts as a wind tunnel for the strong wind passing through the Himalayas.

    Day 19

    Fly to Pokhara/Drive to Beni (In case of harsh weather)

    The airport at Jomsom is pretty much operational in the high season and weather is expected to be fine. If there is a cancellation, we will drive down to Beni and In case of Harsh weather drive to Beni on a Jeep and reach Pokhara by late evening.

    Day 20

    Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast flight/drive to Kathmandu.

    Day 21

    Leisure Day at Kathmandu

    Collect your souvenirs and stroll around the bustling Kathmandu city, visiting the old town is highly recommended. Farewell dinner in the evening.

    Day 22

    Departure Transfer/International Day

    Fly Home!It's your time to fly back in your origin. We hope you have a great trip. Have a safe journey!! See you again in Nepal.

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    Accommodation

    Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

    Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

    Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

    If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

    Meals

    Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
    For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

    In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
    On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

    Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


    Inclusion

    Whats Included

    • TIMS
    • Permit
    • Transportation
    • Guide, Driver and Porter
    • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea)
    • Accommodation
    • First-Aid Kit
    • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
    • All Taxes

    Whats Not Included

    • International airfares and airport tax
    • Nepal Visa fees USD 25 Cash on arrival
    • Trekking Equipment
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
    • Beverage expenses
    • Tips to Guide, Porter and Driver
    • Your Travel Insurance
    • Any cost occurs from the unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.


    GearList

    Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

    Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Sun glasses
    • Sunscream
    • Lip Balm.

    Feet

    • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
    • Sandals
    • Trekking Shoes on the trek
    • Comfortable Shoes in cities

    Body

    • Warm gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Light jackets and pullovers
    • Wind – stopper jacket
    • Undergarments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

    Accessories

    • Earplug
    • Electronics gadgets of your choice
    • Spare Battery
    • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
    • Tour/Trekking Bag
    • Hiking Poles
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Down jacket
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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