Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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destination Dhaulagiri
duration 19 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Dhaulagiri
max altitude 5,100m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Lodge + Camping
season Autumn/Spring

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Looking for a physically challenging adventure on the “wild-side” - then this is the trek for you!

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is rated as “high-advanced” and climbs to 5100m and takes you through some remote and isolated regions, through high altitude passes and around the Dhaulagiri Massif.  Mt. Dhaulagiri, also known as "The white mountain", is the world's seventh-highest mountain (8,167m). 

Follow trails through Hidden Valley set among impressive white snow-capped mountains and ruggedly desolate landscapes. The Hidden Valley is surrounded on one side by the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli in the west, Ganesh Himal in the south and Sringi Himal in the North.  This area has not changed in centuries due to it being cut off from the southern lowlands by deep gorges and rivers and from Tibet in the north by snow-covered passes.

The Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) trek is not for beginners. Ascending through the French Pass at 5360 meters will be a test of your endurance, but with well-prepared acclimatization beforehand will make it easier for you.
Dhaulagiri derives from the Sanskrit word (dhawala) means dazzling, white, beautiful, and (Giri) meaning mountain. Dhaulagiri 1 is also the highest mountain in the Gandaki river basin.

Annapurna I (8091m) lies 34 km to the east of Dhaulagiri. The Kali Gandaki River flows between the two in the Kaligandaki Gorge, said to be the world's deepest gorge. The town of Pokhara is south of the Annapurnas and is an important starting point for treks in this region.

The trek starts on the slopes of terraced farmland and forests in a region inhabited by the Magar people, a caste with more than 20 sub-castes. The trail takes you through moraines along the edges of Dhaulagiri and then through French Pass (5360m) and on to Hidden Valley. At this point on the trek you may choose to climb Dhampus Peak (6060m). The trail proceeds and heads through Dhampus Pass (5240m) and finally descends to Jomsom where the trek ends. 

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is more physically demanding than the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek and demands a good physical ability to endure several days trekking across barren gravel and stone moraines at the base of mountain glaciers.

Key Features of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  •  Dhaulagiri 1, the seventh highest mountain in the world 8167m.
  • Trek across the French Pass (5370m) and into the stunning Hidden Valley.
  • Changing landscapes, lush green farmlands, glaciers and barren high altitude moraines.
  • A true feeling of being on an expedition to an unspoiled and pristine region in Nepal.
  • Magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and several other 7000m plus peaks.
  • A circuit trek that does not return back on the same trail.
  • The Dhaulagiri Trek is for the more adventurous trekker who is willing to put in the hard-yards but will be satisfied with the unparalleled beauty.
  • Scenic flight from Jomson to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 

ITINERARY

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On your arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met by Sherpa Expedition and trekking staff and transferred to your respective hotels followed by a briefing regarding Dhaulagiri trek, hotels, lodges on the route and the dos and don’ts followed by an evening welcome dinner.
Today, we will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our guide. We will visit Pashupatinath, which is regarded as the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and where pilgrims worship Lord Shiva (situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River), Bouddhanath, a Buddhist temple known as ‘Little Tibet’ and then on to Swayambhunath known as the Monkey Temple. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and located in front of the old royal palace. Upon arriving back at your hotel you may have time to do some last-minute shopping around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Back at your hotel your guide will help you prepare for your trek.
We first fly to Pokhara and then drive for four to five hours down into the Kali Gandaki Valley and up the tributary of the Myagdi Khola valley until we reach Darbang where we will stay the night.
Today we follow the trail for six to seven hours, passing several villages until we reach Dharapani that is situated on top of a ridge. We have lunch here and then continue through several villages and pass Takam Village before reaching Sibang where we stay the night.
Today we trek for about 2 to 3 hours ascending to a ridge before dropping down to the river. We then cross a suspension bridge and climb for one to one and a half hours to the Magar village of Muri. Along the trail you have amazing views looking down into some deep tree-covered valleys. Tonight we camp at Muri.
We start our day by ascending to the ridge and then descending to Juge Pani where we stop for a lunch break. After lunch we ascend along a steep trail and then find ourselves high above the valley. The trail follows along a cliff edge and after about an hour we reach Boghara Village where we camp for the night.
The trail today begins as we head through cultivated fields while ascending to the ridge. The trail becomes a little less tiring and then we reach Lipshe Village where we stop for lunch. We then trek through dense forest for about two to three hours until we reach Dobang Village where we camp for the night.
Today we need to remain focused as the trail is less defined and you will need to watch your balance as some of the trails can be dangerous. We follow the wild Myagdi Khola (river), stepping over logs and using your limbs to scramble up the more uneven areas of the track. We then ascend through bamboo and other untouched forests. Along the trail you may see Langur monkeys scrambling about the treetops. After another three to four hours on the trail we reach Dobhan and then Sallaghari where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we continue to climb up through prickly aeglea brush (broom bush). Two to three hours later we finally reach Italy Base Camp previously used by Italian explorers prior to the ascent of Dhaulagiri. Tonight we camp at Italy Base Camp.
Acclimatization is important for your safety before heading to higher elevations. Medical professionals recommend that you stay active during the day, so maybe a short trek around Italy Base Camp or alternatively climb a small ridge to the American Base Camp. Dhaulagiri peak is not visible from here, but there are marvelous views of the Dhaulagiri Massif. We camp here overnight.
Today is a short trek of two to three hours before we reach Swiss Base Camp. Along the trail, after leaving Italy Base Camp you will pass several memorials of climbers who perished while attempting to climb Dhaulagiri, which includes three Chinese climbers who died in 2010. Previous trekkers have left a fixed rope making the descent less risky. We then cross the moraine to the Swiss Base Camp where there is a single hut. We set up camp here for the night.
The trail today leads us through a narrow gorge surrounded by fragile rocky cliffs which require constant vigil and looking upward in the event rocks fall onto the trail. After about 30 minutes we leave this area and come to a moraine where we descend to the Japanese Base Camp, a trek of another four to five hours. Tonight we set up camp here.
Today’s trek is about seven to eight hours. We follow a trail across the Dhaulagiri moraine below the glacier until we reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp which will hopefully be before lunch if we leave early enough in the morning. Our camp here tonight is surrounded by Himalayan peaks – a breathtaking experience.
It is essential that we take a break here and again acclimatize. Again, it is advisable to remain as active as possible.
A six to seven-hour trek is ahead of us today, and due to the higher altitude will be physically more demanding. We begin by crossing a moraine and then reach a ridge that heads up to the snowy slopes heading up to French Pass. We cross the pass and head into the Hidden Valley on the other side of Dhaulagiri where we make camp for the night.
For those who wish to climb Dhampus Peak (6,060m) there will be an early start at around 3 am. The climb to Dhampus Peak and return to Kalopani will take about 10 hours. Tonight we set up camp at Kalopani.
The trek today has some memorable views of Dhaulagiri Peak in the southwest, Annapurna and Nilgiri in the east, and far off Mustang in the north as well as the deepest gorge on earth - the Kali Gandaki Valley. The trail is fairly easy going until we get nearer to Yak Kharka when it descends rapidly to Marpha Village where we can stop for lunch. After lunch we continue to Jomsom where we stay the night in a lodge.
We fly above the mountainous terrain and head back on a scenic flight to Pokhara and check in to our hotel. We can either put our feet up and rest or stroll around the city shopping area or alternatively sit beside Phew Tal (lake) and admire the distant Annapurna Mountains.
Our morning flight takes us back to Kathmandu where we will check-in at our hotel and then have time to wander around the tourist area of Thamel catching up on some last-minute shopping, or maybe have a drink at one of the many bars to celebrate our unforgettable mountain experience.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure and explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations by private/Public vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu including tour guide, entry fees and vehicle
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced guide required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight including departure tax
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T - Shirt (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag
  • All necessary permits for trek
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa:
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfortable and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Jomson and Pokhara.

Physical fitness

Dhaulagiri is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

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No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 2,800
2 Pax USD 2,650
3 Pax USD 2,600
4 - 6 Pax USD 2,500
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,401
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,300
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,200
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