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.
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.
(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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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