Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is demanding trekking to the 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 have 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 above sea level, one of the remote and high altitude treks leads us to the 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 treks in Nepal. Mountain Dhaulagiri extends 120 KM from the Kaligandaki River west to the Beri River. Mount Dhaulagiri Massif is bounded north and southwest by a tributary of the Bheri River and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola. Mount Dhaulagiri's first successful climb 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 views of the mountain itself are highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.
A demanding terrain, an average altitude of above 5000 meters (for a few days), and two passes, French Pass (5360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5244 meters) will test the endurance of every trekker. All this will also lead to some breathtaking landscapes and views of the snowy mountains of the Himalayas. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek concludes in one of the most interesting valleys 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 the Himalayas of Nepal has to offer.
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.
A full 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.
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)
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)
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 Mudi (Muri) marks the end of the day. (Around 7 hours)
From Muri (Mudi) we descend steeply to the bridge crossing over the Mudi 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 valley of the Myagdi Khola in village. (Around 7 hours)
The trail now follows undulates through the forest following Myagdi River and passes through Lipshe. The trail comes out of the forest only at Dobhan Kharka. (Around 6 hours)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
A half day guided tour to the most popular and historical sites of Pokhara and a late afternoon flight back to Kathmandu.
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.
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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
We have just returned from 23 days (October 01-2011 to October 23-2011) on trek with Himal (Visit Himalaya Treks) and his team, taking in both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna base camps. This was our third trek with Himal and it was every bit as special as the others. His organization, attention to detail and real care for his clients and the porters are excellent. It is an indication of our complete satisfaction with Visit Himalaya Treks that we are already discussing with Himal another trek for next October. 12th Nov, 2011.
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in this trek we will supply most of the foods from nearest store and remaining foods we buy from Locals that mean most of the time we served vegetarian food as well and our camping cook and guide will take care as well.
We use standard quality of (Camping Gears) like Clients tents (3 men tents for couple and two men tent for single), dining tents, Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, staff tend thick mattress, etc. Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek. You will also be requested to have the proper gear for your personal use which will be suggested while confirming the trip.
While during the camping trek it is really difficult to find the place to charge gadget somehow we will manage to charge if we stay close by village otherwise we have to take the portable solar panel to carry with us and charge our gadgets.
Now a day’s most of the areas has been covered by cell phone network connection. However, in this trek, we always send satellite phones along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.