DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT TREK

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destination Dhaulagiri
duration 17 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,100m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse/Tent Camp
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,890
Pax 2 USD 2,850
Pax 3 USD 2,790
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,750
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,690
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,650
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,590
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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.

We take private jeep drive for 10 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.

The trek continues as you make your way to Dharapani. The trail goes through terraced fields, small villages, and lush forests. You will spend the night in Dharapani.

The trek continues as you make your way to Jugepani. The trail goes through terraced fields, small villages, and lush forests. You will spend the night in Jugapani.

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 is another day of gaining altitude as we continue through forests and grazing lands around Dobang. After a lunch break we continue on to Sallaghari where we make 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, We can do small hiking.

Today is a short trek of four to five hours before we reach Japnese 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 Japnese Base Camp where there is a single hut. We set up camp here for the night.

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.

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 Yak Kharka will take about 10 hours. Tonight we set up camp at Yak Kharka.

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.

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 overnight. we will stay at teahouse.

On Day 15, after a fulfilling trekking experience in the Dhaulagiri Circuit, you will embark on a scenic drive from Marpha to Pokhara. Leaving the charming village of Marpha behind, you will be surrounded by stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges as you descend along the Kali Gandaki River Valley. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, passing through small traditional villages, terraced fields, and lush green forests.

Today we head back to Kathmandu, either by bus or private vehicle depending on the size of the group. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be taken to your respective hotels situated close to the main tourist hub – Thamel.

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

Costs Included In Your Package

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Two Night's hotel accommodation In Kathmandu with breakfast (3 star Hotel)
  • One Night hotel accommodation In Pokhara with breakfast (3 star Hotel)
  • Transportation from Marpha to Pokhara by Public Bus.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by Tourist Bus.
  • All standard meals - 3 meals a day (lunch, dinners & breakfast) during the trek.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek (after Itilian Base camp to Yak Kharka)
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Best possible teahouses, lodge accommodation (generally twin share rooms)- during the trek
  • Government licensed holder English speaking trek leader (10 or more trekkers an assistant guide) and porter to help carry your luggage. 
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Guides and porters provided by Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, including their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • All the required permits and paper works( Annapurna Conservation area Permit, TIMS etc)
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions such as altitude sickness (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir -  Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions t-shirt 
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after the trip is completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s certificate of appreciation & completion after the successful trek
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara- lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

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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The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging and remote trekking route in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal. It is known for its stunning views of the Dhaulagiri mountain range, including the seventh highest mountain in the world, Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and high alpine passes.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek typically takes around 15-20 days to complete. This includes the trekking days and acclimatization/rest days. However, the duration can vary depending on your fitness level and the itinerary you choose.

Yes, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is considered to be a challenging trek. It involves long and steep ascents and descents, crossing high passes, and trekking at high altitudes. Previous trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended.

The best time to do the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. However, it is important to check the weather forecast and be prepared for changing weather conditions in the mountains.

Yes, you need a special trekking permit called the "Restricted Area Permit" to do the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Additionally, you will also need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide or porter for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, it is highly recommended. A guide can provide valuable information about the route, ensure your safety, and assist with navigation. A porter can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek route. However, the availability of these facilities may be limited in some remote areas. It is advisable to carry some cash for accommodation and meals, as credit card facilities may not be available.

You will need to pack essential trekking gear such as a good quality backpack, trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag, a trekking pole, a headlamp, and a first aid kit. It is also recommended to bring a good quality map or hire a guide for navigation.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, as you will be trekking at high altitudes. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. It is advisable to consult with a doctor before the trek and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Yes, it is possible to do the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek solo. However, it is recommended to have previous trekking experience, good navigation skills, and knowledge of high-altitude trekking. Hiring a guide or joining a trekking group can enhance your safety and overall trekking experience.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,890
Pax 2 USD 2,850
Pax 3 USD 2,790
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,750
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,690
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,650
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,590
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  • 24/7 Customer Support

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USD 2,750

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Joshua Roger

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The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. The combination of breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters, and the sense of achievement make it a trek that should be on every adventurer's bucket list.

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The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a true test of endurance. The long days of trekking, high altitude, and challenging terrain require physical and mental strength. However, the rewards of the trek, including the stunning views and unique experiences, make it all worth it.

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We chose Sherpa Expedition and Trekking for our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, and they exceeded our expectations. The team was highly professional, organized, and attentive to every detail. From permits to accommodations, everything was taken care of seamlessly.

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