Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

18
Days

Trip Facts

Highlights of the Treks

  • Trek around the Mount Dhaulagiri.
  • French pass 5360m and Dhampus Pass 5244m.
  • Spectacular view of Dhaulagiri Icefall.
  • Trek over popular hidden valley.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a demanding trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp that also includes crossing of two high passes, French Pass and Dhampus Pass. This “off the beaten path” trek is a perfect match for the trekkers who has been in the Himalayas of Nepal before and wants more of the high altitudes and wilderness missing in the other more popular treks.
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.

Detail Itinerary

  • 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)

  • Note:

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

Includes

  • 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.

Excludes

  • 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

Gear List

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.

Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
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.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
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.

Faqs

How do I know that your company is a legit company?
On the home page of our website, under the section, company profile, all the legal documents are present.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed up to a year.
How far in advance can I book?
A trip can be booked as far as one year in advance. We do not book more than one year ahead because of possibility of huge fluctuations in the international exchange rate.
Can I customize trips to make them suite me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trips as long as the proposed itinerary does not harm your own chances of acclimatization on the trips.
Before a trek: What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of 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 a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients’ safety in even the wildest region of the country.
Is there any arrangement made for emergency while on trekking Tour?
In case of severe sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be rescued by a helicopter. 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 you for both- medical as well as emergency evacuation costs.
On a trek: How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food on lodge/ tea house trek. On Camping Trek our trekking cook will provide food cooked in our own camp.
I m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
What is the stander of gears use on camping trek?
We use stander quality of (Camping Gears) like tents, dining tents, mattress, etc on a camping trek, Also we provide proper warm jacket, trouser, shoes for the porters too.
Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you would have to pay additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your gadgets charged.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
You can’t use credit card on a trekking unless in a certain luxuries hotel.
Can I use foreign currency in the place I visit in trekking?
Well! You may use foreign currency during the trekking but exchange rate may not meet correct rate as city so we recommended you to take enough Nepali currency from Kathmandu where you can exchange.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Most of the place they have shower heated by gas and some places headed by solar so you can have shower paying extra cost. However in Camping trek our staffs will provide hot water in bucket for wash and shower.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
In every trekking our guide carries first aid kit with basic requirement tools and some medicine for preventing out in an emergency condition.
Is Visit Himalaya's staff insured?
All our staffs are fully covered by Insurance and high altitude evacuation if necessary.
Do I get refund if trek finished earlier then the schedule?
After conformation your trip we manage our field staff giving them a full wages of the trip duration so you won’t get refunds. If any case you drop from the trip by illness or any case there will be not any refundable.
Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
We provide 2 in sharing porter for carry your gears in Tea house trek (Lodge Trek) and such a demanding camping trek we use Yak, Mules, for carry the loads. Our porter carry 20 to 25 kilograms so we suggest each person‘s good weight 10 to 12 Kilograms. You need to carry your own day pack with your valuable items.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
Yes either you can store same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
Yes you can obtain your Nepal Visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. More details of Nepal visa please follow the link given. Nepal Visa Information.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
About Tipping and Suggestion:-
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 minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.
The best time to Visit Nepal - October to November :-
October to November also referred as the autumn season, this is the time of the year with the clear blue skies and green and lush valleys, easily making it the best time in the year to visit Nepal. Adding to the weather is also the festive season that falls in these months, Tihar, the festival of lights (also known as the festival of the brothers and sisters) being the highlight of the many festivals. The temperature can be hot in the days with clear sky with no rains and can be very pleasant for the views of the mountains.
December to February :-
December to February it is winter in Nepal in these 3 months in Nepal. High altitude trekking can be unbearable because of the freezing cold, with many treks with high passes being close at this time of the year. This could be easily the best time to visit and do some moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek etc if a quiet, peaceful and less people on trails is your priority. The weather remains calm, rainfall is rare during these months and trekking is still very much possible and enjoyable as well.
March to May :-
March to May The spring season falls during this time and is easily the busiest time of the year in some parts, Everest Trekking trail in particular being the busiest region. The days can get really hot, at times temperature crossing 30 degrees Celsius mark but the jungles with blossoming colourful Rhododendrons and other flowers with towering snow capped pinnacles at the background are an absolute delight to watch. March to May, along with October to November are the best months to trek in Nepal.
June to September :-
June to September The worst time to trek in Nepal as heavy rains, floods and landslides are common until mid September. However, places like the Upper Dolpo and upper parts of Mustang are the places to be at this time of the year because of the least rainfall in these areas. Apart from these areas, all other areas are a nuisance to trek during these times because of the rains and the problems like leeches, muddy trails, cancelled flights.

Notes

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.

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