Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 18 Days

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 18 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 2680
  • Duration:
    18 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Extremely Difficult
  • Max Altitude:
    5140 m

Highlight

  • Experience diverse landscapes on the trek, ranging from lush emerald hills to arid highlands.
  • Trek along the Kali Gandaki Gorge,the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, and V from Italian Base Camp and Glacier Camp
  • Trek through French Pass (5,360m), Thapa Pass (5,250m) and Dhampus Pass (5,244m)
  • Visit the apple orchards of Marpha and try out local apple delicacies. 
  • Sightseeing in Pokhara

Overview

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a lengthy, strenuous trekking experience in the rural western Nepal, which leads adventurers through elevated alpine meadows, across even loftier mountain passes such as French Pass (5,360m), Thapa Pass (5,250m) and Dhampus Pass (5,244m), and into tranquil, unpopulated valleys. Dhaulagiri towers over the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge on Earth, rendering the circuit trek a truly unique experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. The route of the Dhaulagiri Circuit was first explored by a French expedition in the 1950s, resulting in the name of the French Pass. This pass guides trekkers from Dhaulagiri Base Camp into the secluded land known as Hidden Valley.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers stunning vistas of mountain peaks that encompasses of Dhaulagiri Ⅰ (8,167m), Dhaulagiri ⅠⅠ (7,751m), Dhaulagiri ⅠⅠⅠ (7,715m), Dhaulagiri ⅠⅤ (7,661), Dhaulagiri Ⅴ (7,618m), Churen Himal (7,385m), Tukuche Peak (6,837m), to name a few. Undertake this fusion of tented and teahouse trek where you’ll reside amongst some of the world’s loftiest rigid landscapes. 

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : Flight - 25 mins. Drive - 4 hours
Max Altitude : 830 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We take an early flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu
  • Take a scenic drive from Pokhara to Beni.
  • Beni sits at an elevation of 830 meters where the Kali Gandaki River and Myagdi River merge.
  • Overnight in Beni

Time : 5 hours
Max Altitude : 970 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Depart from Beni and the Kali Gandaki valley, heading westward along the northern bank of the Myagdi Khola river.
  • Pass through the quaint village of Beni Mangalghat, taking in the local scenes of rural life. 
  • Continue on through Singa before arriving at the welcoming hot springs of Tatopani, the perfect spot to rest your legs.
  • After Tatopani, cross over the river to the southern bank and follow the trail as it makes a little half loop.
  • From here, the trail leads you onwards to our destination for the day, the village of Babiyachaur where we will rest overnight.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 1560 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Traverse terraced hills and villages as we make our way towards Ratodhunga.
  • Trek towards Dharapani, following the trail through the narrow valley, offering glimpses of the majestic Himalayas in the distance.
  • Upon arrival in Dharapani, take a leisurely evening stroll, savoring the beauty of the Himalayan sunset and the peaceful ambiance of the village.

Time : 5 hours
Max Altitude : 1720 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Dharapani, cross over the river to the western bank, embarking on a new leg of the trek.
  • The trail winds through the villages of Sibang, Mattim and Ghati Khola before arriving at Phalai Gaon.
  • Cross over the Dhara Khola stream to regain the western bank of the Myagdi Khola river.
  • From here, tackle one final ridge climb until you reach our destination for the day - the authentic Magar village of Muri.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2080 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Descend from Muri and cross a gentle stream, continuing our journey through terraced fields.
  • Today we get a view of Ghustung South (6,465m) during the trek.
  • Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its west bank, following the meandering river as it winds its way through the rugged landscape.
  • Trek along the west bank of the Myagdi river until you reach the village of Naura then climb a grassy hill before getting across its slopes until you reach the village of Boghara.

Time : 5 hours
Max Altitude : 2520 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Boghara, we descend from a trail leading us across large terrace farms.
  • Soak in the views of the surrounding villages as we make our way towards the forested areas to Jyardan.
  • Many ridges and rocky terrain challenge our trek today, with continuous ascent and descent up until we reach the village of Dobang.

Time : 5 hours
Max Altitude : 3110 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We depart from Dobang crossing a narrow wooden bridge, ready to take on the day.
  • Enjoy the serenity of the forest trails as we make our way towards Chartare.
  • Cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to reach Choriban Khola, our destination for the day where we will be staying overnight.

Time : 7 hours
Max Altitude : 3660 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We follow the trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier, entering the glacier from the right, marveling at the stunning vistas of Tukuche Peak (6,837 m) straight ahead and the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominating the skyline to our right.
  • From there we reach the Italian Base Camp after a long day of trek, where we will camp for two nights.
  • To the west of Italian Base Camp, the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m) can be clearly seen.

Time : NA
Max Altitude : 3660 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret to safe acclimatization is to “climb high and sleep low.”
  • Engage in short walks around the campsite to help your body adjust to the high altitude.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 4210 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today presents more challenges with steep ascents and descents along a rugged trail, making our way across glaciers and narrow canyons.

Time : 7 hours
Max Altitude : 4740 m
Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • From Glacier Camp we ascend through rigid, snowy and harsh conditions to the base of Mount Dhaulagiri.
  • Our quest unfolds, revealing the Dhaulagiri Base Camp with stunning views of  Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). 
  • Soak in the incredible 360-degree panorama of titanic Himalayan peaks surrounding you, as we end our day camping in the Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 5360 m
Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After navigating the glacier, conquer two terraced hills - the first hugging the glacier before cutting across the mountain's flank and moraine.
  • From the French Pass, an incredible vista opens up - the Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m) peaks surround the mythical Hidden Valley below.
  • From French Pass, continue traversing along the right edge of Hidden Valley, losing a little altitude towards Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukche and Thapa Peak (6,012m).
  • After the descent from Thapa Pass, we’ll arrive at the Hidden Valley, where we will be staying overnight.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 5244 m
Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Depart from the lofty Hidden Valley camp at 5,140m, begin the trek towards Dhampus Pass (5,244m)
  • All around, towering peaks from the mighty Dhaulagiri range encircle you in a dramatic amphitheater.
  • From Dhampus Pass, follow the trail that leads to the grazing pastures of Yak Kharka for a night stay.

Time : 3 to 4 hours
Max Altitude : 2670 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Leave the high mountain terrain and descend towards the deep Kali Gandaki River valley of Marpha below.
  • As you approach, notice the patchwork of lush green apple orchards that blanket the surrounding slopes. 
  • Marpha is renowned for its abundance of apple orchards and delicious apple products. Don't miss the chance to sample some local apple brandy, a specialty spirit from this fruit-growing region.
  • Rest for the night in Marpha.

Time : Drive - 6 hours
Max Altitude : 822m
3 Star
Breakfast and Lunch
  • Today we head back to Pokhara from Marpha. 
  • Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : Flight - 25 mins
Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Max Altitude : NA
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Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Dhaulagiri region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 18-day trek of the Dhaulagiri Circuit. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 14-night trek in the Dhaulagiri Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals.
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

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Physical Fitness

  • Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Dhaulagiri Circuit are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Annapurna Circuit Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 14 Days 
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Beni under 1000 meters to trekking above 3500 meters for significant days. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 500-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

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Equipments

Equipments

For the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 3 of Annapurna. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Annapurna region.
 

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a trekking activity done around the Dhaulagiri Massif, which takes us through some of the most lush Himalayan vegetation as well as the most barren and arid landscapes Nepal has to offer.

The most common way to start the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is by driving to Beni from Kathmandu. From there on you can begin trekking through the Dhaulagiri Region. The trek typically takes around 12 days.

The best time to trek the Dhaulagiri Circuit is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit:Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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