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DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT TREK

Group Size

5-15

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5,360m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • The views of the Dhaulagiri (8,167 m)
  • Breathtaking 360 ° panoramas and Rhododendron forests
  • Exceptional trekking thanks to its high mountainside
  • one of the most remote places of Nepal

Dhaulagiri circuit trek only a few lovers of Nepal have the opportunity to approach. This “8000” of the Himalayas. which is also five other peaks of over 7000 meters that face it. Dhaulagiri, the “white mountain”, and the low valleys which surround and remained preserved until this day from the tourist flow. That certain other regions of Nepal knew. It is true that his approach is technically more difficult than trekking the Annapurna circuit trek or the Manaslu circuit trek.

Dhaulagiri circuit trek route starts by providing splendid views from the first days of the trek. we trek to the French Pass (5380 m) and enter the Hidden Valley. The name was given by the Herzog expedition to Annapurna in 1950 (the hidden valley). Therefore, with A Long crossing of this high plateau, we reach the Tukuche base camp (5150 m). Then, the new short ascent to cross the Thapa Pass (5280 m) before diving into the Kali Gandaki valley

in 1950, the French expedition led by Maurice Herzog’s main objective was the ascent of Dhaulagiri. Based in the village of Tukuche (Kali Gandaki), the expedition begins the climb to the Thapa Pass (5230m) before reaching an unknown pass which becomes the French Pass (5360m): from the past, the view has seen almost perfect of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna north face  (the ascent of the first 8000). . The route that we suggest allows you to cross these two legendary passes. Starting at an altitude of less than 1200m, we cross all the levels of vegetation to the glaciers and moraines.

If you have a trekking or even better mountaineering experience, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an unforgettable adventure. That takes you into the heart of some of the highest mountains in the world. With several days and nights spent above 5,000 meters, two 5000 meter-plus passes, and snowy conditions, it is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal.

Dhaulagiri circuit trek Route and itinerary 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a rough high-altitude camping trek in one of the lesser-visited areas of the  Annapurna Himalayas. The first few days follow the Myagdi Khola River to the high glacier of Dhaulagiri himal. The landscape changes from tended farmland to barren. often snow-covered rocky mountains, all with views of Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan giants ahead. As you get higher, the predominantly Magar villages thin out. until the last few days are spent trekking in areas with no permanent settlements.

After an Acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the trek goes over the French Pass (5,360 m), and into the Hidden Valley. At this point, experienced mountaineers will have a great chance to summit Dhampus Peak (6,060 m). Continue on over the Dhampus Pass, and down to Jomsom, the gateway to Mustang. From Jomsom, you’ll fly to Pokhara. Enjoying the view of the exceptionally beautiful Annapurna region, you drive back to the capital city, Kathmandu. You’ll spend one day exploring the culturally rich valley. Thus, after the experience of a lifetime, eventually, you’ll bid farewell to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Keeping the lovely memories in mind, you finally depart from the country.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Transfer to Kathmandu airport and flight to Pokhara (880m), Nepal’s third city. Located on the shores of Lake Phewa, a lake where the Machhapuchhare (6997m), Annapurna III (7555m), and Annapurna IV (7525m) are reflected. We then take the direction of Darbang, at the crossroads of two valleys. The journey can be a bit difficult due to the state of the road or track in places but the landscapes crossed are magnificent.

We start the trek, by a slightly steep path at the beginning, through a pine forest. The villages are surrounded by crops of potatoes and millet. We arrive at Dharapani (1500m), one of the most beautiful places in the region: beautiful view of the Gurja Himal (7193m), Dhaulagiri II, III, IV, and V, all peaks over 7500m above sea level.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The path often continues on the mountainside with a superb view of the Gurja Himal and the Dhaulagiri II, III, IV and V, which we are gradually approaching. Numerous crossings of villages and their terraced cultures to Muri (1850m), the last magar village.

approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The path descends approximately 700m to Muri Khola then climbs up more than 800m with narrow and very airy passages: the valley narrows and villages become rarer. Arrival in Boghara (2080m), the last inhabited village (less than 300 inhabitants) in the valley. Camp in the schoolyard, the only flat site in the area.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,080 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Alternating ascents and descents along the Myagdi Khola river. Arrival at the hamlet of Dobang (2520m) where there are some huts of buffalo breeders in the middle of the pines. All around, we can admire huge waterfalls.

approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,520 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

After a first descent, the path climbs into the forest which becomes increasingly clearer. Some crossings of bridges sometimes very rudimentary. Camp in the middle of a pine forest at a place called Sallaghari at around 3200m, in front of Tsaurabong Peak (6395m).

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Small step to allow better acclimatization. The path climbs through forests of birch, bamboo, and then giant rhododendrons, increasingly sparse. The camp is located at the foot of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), with, to its right, Manapati (6380m) and, opposite, Tsaurabong Peak and its formidable barrier of seracs. The camp is set up at the Italians’ base camp (3700m), in the middle of high lawns.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Acclimatization is very important at the higher altitude due to the thinning air of this region. We need to acclimatize ourselves by exploring around the Italian camp or hiking at a certain altitude or just by taking a rest before climbing the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Overnight stay at the tented camp at Italian Base Camp.

We descend the moraine, generally frozen in the morning, before passing in the middle of gorges surmounted on both sides by immense walls. We reach the source of the Myagdi Khola then set foot on the Chonbardan glacier which we will climb up to the camp (approximately 4300m) at the foot of the west face of Dhaulagiri I. Camp in a high mountain atmosphere

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Short enough step in order to continue perfect acclimatization. We continue to climb the glacier to the base camp of Dhaulagiri I at an altitude of 4750m. From the camp, the view of the Dhaulagiri is exceptional!

Approximately 3 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Steep climb in a moraine to the French Pass (5360m). From the pass, the view of Dhaulagiri I is absolutely fantastic! The camp is located not far from there, in the Hidden Valley at 5050m altitude, surrounded by Sita Chuchura (6611m), Hongde (6556m), Dhampus Peak (6035m), and Tukuche Peak (6920m). In this very isolated and often windy place, the nights tend to be very cold.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The short climb to the Thapa Pass (5230 m) from where you have a superb view of the Annapurna range. Long descent starting from a succession of descents and climbs to reach the camp at Yak Kharka (3680 m).

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,680 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Descent, sometimes steep in some places, to the beautiful village of Marpha (2700 m) then continuation on a sometimes difficult track by vehicle (local bus) to Tatopani 1190 m).

Approximately 3 hours of walking
Transport: private jeep hours of drive 
Final altitude: approximately 3,680 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Continuation by the track then the road to finally reach Pokhara (880m).

6 hours of driving 
Final altitude: approximately 880 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We take the direction of Pokhara airport to take a flight to Kathmandu and avoid the long hours of driving. Transfer to your hotel and end of the day at leisure.

35 minutes of flight to Kathmandu
Final altitude: approximately 1350 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of driving from the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • 3-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Domastic flight and Transportation
  • camping and cooking equipment.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • food and accommodation for local team and insurance
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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