Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek a demanding trekking to seventh highest peak mount Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748 meters) that also includes crossing of two high passes, French Pass (5350 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5244 meters) Dhaulagiri Base Camp “off the beaten path” trek is a perfect match for the trekkers who has been in the Himalayas of Nepal before and wants more high altitudes and wilderness treks in Nepal.
The seventh highest mountain in the world mount Dhaulagiri is 8167 meters from sea level, one of the remote and high altitude treks lead us to Base Camp of Mount Dhaulagiri 4748 meters, Trek over the French Pass (5350 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5244) via Hidden valley is one of the most rewarding and challenging trek in Nepal. Mountain Dhaulagiri is extends 120 KM from the Kaligandaki River west to the Beri River. Mount Dhaulagiri Massif is bounded north and southwest by tributary of the Bheri River and on the southest by Myagdi Khola. Mount Dhaulagiri first successful climbed was on May 13 1960 by a Swiss/ Austrian/Nepali expedition.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek mixes trekking through populated lower elevations and higher and wilder valleys to almost perfection. There are bits of trek below 1000 meters with terraced villages rich in social and cultural aspects and hidden valleys with no settlements (all above 4500 meters). Dhaulagiri Base Camp and various angled view of the mountain itself are highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. A demanding terrain, average altitude of above 5000 meters (for few days) and two passes, French Pass (5360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5244 meters) will test the endurance of every trekkers. All this will also lead to some breathtaking landscapes and views of snowy mountains of Himalayas. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek concludes in one of the most interesting valley of the country, Kali Gandaki Valley. This new valley also offers new mountain vistas of Annapurna Massif, Nilgiri Range and Tilicho (7134 meters), providing an equally dramatic end to one of the amazing treks that Himalayas of Nepal has to offer.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters).
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Beni. Trek to Tatopani. (900 meters).
An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by a couple of hours of drive to Beni. The trek starts following a road by the Kali Gandaki River up to Tatopani. A leisurely afternoon can be enjoyed by the hot springs. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Trek to Darbang (1110 meters).
The trek continues to follow Kali Gandaki River and passes through several smaller villages providing an insight to a typical village lives of Nepal. After an easy terrain and good couple of hours, the ends at Darbang. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Trek to Muri (1720 meters).
A good climb in the morning leads to Dharapani, one of the bigger villages and then passes through villages of Takum and Sibang. These terraced villages are inhabited by various minority groups of the country with majority of them being Magars. Finally, after crossing a small river the village of Muri marks the end of the day. (Around 7 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2000 meters).
From Muri we descend steeply to the bridge crossing over the Muri Khola. After passing through dense bamboo stands the trail enters a number of clearings with fields and farmhouses. Further north the valley steepens and the trail is exposed in places. We camp in the grounds of the primary school in this village. (Around 7 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Trek to Dobang (2350 meters).
The trail now follows undulates through the forest following Myagdi River and passes through Lipshe. The trail comes out of the forest only at Dobang. (Around 6 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Trek to Sallaghari (3000 meters).
The trek continues to go through the forests and consistently gains height throughout the day. The camp is also in the jungle for the day. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3630m).
Now, the lush vegetations slowly starts to disappear as the trail moves on and then enters the moraine where the Base Camp is located. From the Base Camp view of the west face of Dhaulagiri can be enjoyed. (Around 3-4 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 10: Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp.
The day can be used to take a good rest to prepare the body for the next few days (hard and long days follow after the day). This day can also be used to explore around the area depending upon the condition of your body.
- Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp (4200 meters).
The trail steeply drops down to the glacier and crosses the glacier, entering into the moraine. Most of the day is spent in this moraine and the camp is also in the moraine. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748 meters).
More walk in the moraine leads to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From Base Camp, stunning views of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters), Tukuche Peak (meters), Dhaulagiri II (7751 meters) and Dhaulagiri IV (7661 meters) can be enjoyed. (Around 4 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 13: Cross French Pass (5350 meters) and trek to Hidden Valley (5140 meters).
An early morning start is a must on days crossing a high pass. The day starts with a brief gradual descend and then a long steep ascent until top of the of the pass follows. A brief stop at the top to enjoy all the surrounding mountains of the valleys left behind is followed by a steep drop, which only ends at French Pass. Now a long descent continues for the rest of the day and only ends at camp. (Around 7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 14: Cross Dhampus Pass (5244 meters) and trek to Yak Kharka (4700 meters).
This day is the longest and hardest day of the whole trek as the trail once again climbs up to Dhampus Pass and then again starts to descend for the rest of the day. The descent also marks the treks entrance into Kali Gandaki Valley and offer stunning views of Nilgiri South (6839 meters), Tukuche ( meters) and a section of the Annapurna Range. (Around 10 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meters).
The descent mode still continues and only ends at Marpha Village. This is the first settlement after exiting the valley and from Marpha, the trek continues on a road to Jomsom.(Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 16: Flight to Pokhara.
An early scenic flight to Pokhara. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) (6997 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake as the hotel is located near to the lake. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 17: Sightseeing at Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu.
A half day guided tour to the most popular and historical sites of Pokhara and a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 18: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.
- Airport pick up / drop by private car/Van/Bus.
- Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) Kathmandu on 3 star standard levels Hotel with breakfast
- Kathmandu – Pokhara and Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu airfare
- Annapurna conservation entry permits and Trekkers information management system (TIMS)
- Experience Government license holder trekking guide, cook and supporter porters
- All necessary land transport for staffs and porters
- Tented Accommodation during the trek
- All Meal breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea coffee while on trek
- Accommodation, food, salary, insurance, for Guide cook staffs and Porters
- All necessary cooking gears.
- If need down jacket, sleeping bag, walking pole, duffel bag
- First aid kit
- Government Taxes & Service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory)
- Lunch dinner in Kathmandu.
- Mineral water, beer, coca cola, personal expenses as like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.