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

Country:
Max Altitude:

French Col (5,360 m) / Dhampus Peak (6,012 m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive

Best Season:

Oct - Dec, Feb - Apr

    Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek trail is one of the most challenging trekking trails in the Himalayas passing 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.

    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!

    Starting Price

    USD 2415 per person

    Group Discount : Available

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    Itinerary

    Arrival on: Kathmandu

    Departure from: Kathmandu

    Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu (1300m)

    Upon landing in Kathmandu, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel by a representative from Himalayan Trekkers. 

    After assisting until you check-in at the hotel, you will be on your one for the rest of the day.

    Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

    Day 2

    Explore Kathmandu & trek preparation

    Meals included: Dinner

    After breakfast, you will discover the cultural and historical sites that include a few of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Tempel, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After sightseeing, we go for welcome dinner with the trekking guide who will brief you about the trek and solve your queries if there are any regarding the trek.

    Accommodation: Hotel

    Day 3

    Scenic flight to Pokhara

    Meals included: Breakfast

    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!)

    Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 25 mins flight

    Day 4

    Drive to Drabang (1,180m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

    Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5 hrs drive

    Day 5

    Trek to Sibang (1,750m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

    Day 6

    Trek to Jugapani (2,000m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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!

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

    Day 7

    Trek to Dobang (2,260m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs trek

    Day 8

    Trek to Soligari (3,100m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

    Day 9

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

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 7 hrs trek

    Day 10

    Acclimatization

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 11

    Trek to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs trek

    Day 12

    Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 7 hrs trek

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs trek

    Day 15

    Optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 16

    Leisure day

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 17

    Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 8-9 hrs trek

    Day 18

    Trek to Jomsom (2,800m)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    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.

    Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs trek

    Day 19

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

    Meals included: Breakfast

    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.

    Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 20 mins flight

    Day 20

    Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

    Meals included: Breakfast

    After breakfast flight/drive to Kathmandu.

    Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 25 mins flight/6-7 hrs drive

    Day 21

    Leisure Day at Kathmandu

    Meals included: Breakfast

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

    Accommodation: Hotel

    Day 22

    Departure day

    Meals included: Breakfast

    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.

    Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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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/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 & Entry Fees
    • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • Guide, Driver, and Porter
    • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) during the trek
    • Accommodation as per the itinerary 
    • First-Aid Kit
    • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
    • All Taxes & surcharges 

    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.
    • Anything not mentioned in the includes section 


    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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