DHAULAGIRI PASS TREK

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destination Dhaulagiri
duration 16 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5,360m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 6-7 Hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse/Tent Camp
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,790
Pax 2 USD 2,750
Pax 3 USD 2,690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,650
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,590
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,550
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,490
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DHAULAGIRI PASS TREK

A trek for those who want a physical high altitude challenge! A three in one package: a circuit of Dhaulagiri (8167m) via the French Pass (5360m) and the Hidden Valley among dazzling white mountains. This is a trek through a wild & mostly uninhabited region in some wild and remote landscapes.

The Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) trek is not for beginners. It also as known as "The white mountain" and is the 7th highest mountain in the world that sits entirely within the borders of a single country - Nepal. Ascending through the French Pass at 5360 meters will test the resolve of the more serious trekker.

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.

It was not until 1960 that a Swiss expedition finally climber the mountain. Maurice Herzog, the famous mountaineer initially planned to climb Dhaulagiri but after serious consideration gave up the idea due to the difficulty of the climb. Instead he and his expedition climbed Annapurna I instead.

This is a mountain climbers dream, challenging, yet rewarding with some of the most spectacular mountain views anywhere on the planet.

Key Features of Dhaulagiri Pass Trek

  •  The seventh highest mountain in the world at 8167m.
  • Varied landscapes, from green farming villages to snowy glacier to barren, rocky mountain vistas.
  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri and numerous other 7000m plus peaks.
  • Views of the numerous peaks of the Annapurna massif.
  • A circuit trek where there is no retracing your footsteps on the return journey.
  • The Dhaulagiri Trek is not for beginners but for more experienced trekkers.
  • Physically challenging but big on beauty. 
  • Trek across the French Pass (5370m) and into the stunning Hidden Valley.

ITINERARY

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu or simply relax and prepare for the trek.

We first fly to Pokhara and then drive 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 take the trail to the village of Muri where we stop for lunch and then continue our ascent of the Myagdi Khola Valley to Naura Bhir where we stay the night.

Our trek today is of about seven to eight hours following the Myagdi Khola (river) until we reach Baghara Village. We descend down to the river before ascending to a herder’s camp at Lapche Kharka where we stay 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 trek for four to five hours and pass through and across a moraine until we reach the Italian Base Camp where we camp below the awesome west face of Dhaulagiri.

Today we again ascend up the Myagdi Khola (river) with a steep ascent to Japanese Camp, also known as Chhonbardan Glacier Camp where we have incredible views of the numerous Dhaulagiri peaks. We will camp here 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.

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.

Today we ascend back to the height of French Pass at the other end of the valley and then trek at this higher altitude to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass. Once through the pass we begin our descent to our overnight camp at Yak Kharka.

Today the trail descends for about 1000 meters to the Kali Gandaki Valley and the attractive village of Marpha (2667m) that is on the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.. After a short trek we reach Jomsom where we stay in a lodge for the night.

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 wonder around the tourist area of Thamel catching up on some last-minute shopping.

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)
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Darbang by Local Jeep
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • One Night hotel accommodation In Kathmandu with breakfast (3 star Hotel)
  • All standard meals (lunch, dinners & breakfast) during the trek.
  • Tent camp accommodation & food 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 comfort and better quality teahouses - without the attached bathroom at until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

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 regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ 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 use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be 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 takes you around the Dhaulagiri massif, the seventh highest mountain in the world, and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek usually takes around 15-20 days to complete. This includes trekking through rugged terrain, crossing high passes, and acclimatization days.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is considered a challenging trek due to its remote location, high altitude, and steep ascents and descents. Previous trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended.

To trek in the Dhaulagiri region, you will need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from the Nepal Tourism Board. These permits can be arranged through a trekking agency or in Kathmandu.

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, clear views, and favorable trekking conditions.

Accommodation during the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These are basic but comfortable, providing a bed, blanket, and meals. However, as this trek is less popular than others, the availability of teahouses may be limited in some areas.

While it is possible to do the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek independently, it is recommended to hire a guide and/or porter for this trek. The route can be challenging to navigate, and having a guide can enhance safety and provide valuable insights into the local culture and environment.

As the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek involves crossing high passes, altitude sickness is a potential risk. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the chances of altitude-related illnesses.

You will need to pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a waterproof jacket, trekking poles, and a first aid kit. It is also advisable to bring a good quality map or hire a guide who knows the route well.

Yes, it is possible to hire a guide and porter for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Hiring a guide can provide you with local knowledge and ensure your safety, while a porter can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,790
Pax 2 USD 2,750
Pax 3 USD 2,690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,650
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,590
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,550
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,490
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 2,650

Per Person

BOOK NOW QUICK ENQUIRY

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Rossanna Patino

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December 12, 2023

Sherpa Expedition: The Best Company for Dhaulagiri Trek

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Sherpa Expedition proved to be the best company for the Dhaulagiri Pass Trek. Their experienced team, impeccable planning, and attention to detail ensured a safe and enjoyable journey. We felt confident and supported throughout the entire trek.

Amalie Therkelsen

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November 16, 2023

Highly Recommended for Adventure Seekers

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For adventure seekers looking for a challenging and rewarding trekking experience, the Dhaulagiri Pass Trek with Sherpa Expedition is strongly recommended. It offers a unique opportunity to explore remote and untouched landscapes in the heart of the Himalayas.

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Australia

September 15, 2023

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The team of guides and porters from Sherpa Expedition was exceptional. They were experienced, knowledgeable, and always ready to lend a helping hand. Their expertise and friendly nature made the trek even more enjoyable.

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