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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

  • View the great 7th highest Mountain in the world Dhaulagiri (8167m) with Annapurna ranges, Nilgiri, and fishtail Macchapuchare.
  • Explore unique wild landscapes, Villages, culture, nature, and mountains
  • Picturesque view of the world’s deepest gorge and the Kali Gandaki valley
  • Cross two spectacular high passes and embark on a glacial traverse

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek -14 days is a demanding trek, a classic adventure for those with previous high altitude trekking experience. It includes a taste of all of the trekking environments that Nepal has to offer. Dhaulagiri trek region massif in Nepal extends 120 km (70 mi) from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. This massif is bounded on the north and southwest by tributaries of the Bheri River and on the southeast by the Myagdi Khola. Dhaulagiri Round Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni, we set out trekking on foot. In between, we will be crossing many cultivated fields, forests, and villages where various ethnic groups like Gurung, Chettri, and Magar reside. After few days of the trip, we will reach the Italian Base Camp, where we can see the exciting views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and V. We will also take a rest for few days to acclimatize to the altitude. Beautiful forests trail with closer views of mountains panorama will lead to Upper Vungini which is the Italian Basecamp. Passing through an ever-changing landscape, with numerous picturesque villages, we reach Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the way, we can encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep, or the elusive snow leopard, Kali Gandaki River; the world's deepest gorge, and so forth.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek-14 days hidden snow valley (after crossing French Pass) gives you a heavenly test of the white world. The villages and the hidden valleys are particularly memorable, with their charming inhabitants. Subsequently, we descend down to Marpha, a popular city of Mustang district, which is situated between the majestic mountains of Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchhare. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek has all the features of a classic Nepal trek because in one trip it combines everything from wild landscapes as remote and beautiful as one can visit amongst the high glaciers of Nepal.


This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m) and make our way to our first night’s camp. On arrival we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range.We drive through pitch road until Beni and then off road after that.We make our way to Darbang (1110m) for the night; today’s journey takes approx. 6-7 hours. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
It is initially an easy walk as we follow the valley upstream but then we take a steeper route in the afternoon from the village of Phedi.The trail winds through conifer forests and then levels out as we head in to Dharapani.At this busy Magar village time can be taken to explore while camp is set in the schoolyard on the far side of the town. Dhaulagiri dominates to the northeast, while the Gurga Himal is to the northwest. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge,descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810meters).Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6465 meters).Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naura from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs,then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 meters). MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut.The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Firstly we descend to cross the Choriban Khola and trek through temperate forest.As we descend we enjoy glimpses of the west wall of Dhaulagiri, an inspiration for our efforts so far. We cross the Myagdi Khola and trek high above the river to Chartare. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Our route takes us through the rhododendron and conifer forest and above the tree line.This is a short and very pleasant day’s walk.The southwest face of Dhaulagiri I looms above us and the snow-covered flanks of Manapati (6380m) rise to the south.The huge rock parapets of Tsaurabong Peak (6395m) are to our west and the huge peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) fill the western sky. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today we will have a rest day and acclimatization day in Italian Base camp and explore the areas in the afternoon or evening .Overnight in Italian Base Camp.
A very solid day of walking as we trek across the glacier and up towards the pass.The day commences with a gentle Walk across lateral moraine to the head of the Myagdi Khola and then on to the Chonbarban Glacier.As we round the bend of the valley,Tukuche Peak West is revealed for the first time.Our camp is spectacularly situated at the end of the glacier with views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, V, Tukuche Peaks and the imposing icefall that cascades from the north east col of Dhaulagiri I. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Our route leads off the glacier and ascends rocky scree to the pass. French pass is named after a French reconnaissance expedition in the 1950s which set out to climb an 8,000 metre peak. Dhaulagiri was chosen but found to be too difficult. Maurice Herzog and his team then attempted Annapurna I. Being the first to reach the summit of an 8,000m peak they achieved international acclaim. It was not without a high price though, as retold by Herzog in his book Annapurna I. As we approach the pass the terrain becomes steeper and it may be necessary to fix ropes for a small section, (approx 100m) depending on snow conditions. It will take at least half a day across undulating terrain to reach the pass from the Base Camp. As we reach our goal the mountains surround us; Sita Chuchura and Tukuche Peak West flank us, Dhaulagiri I is behind, and Mukut Himal and Tashi Kang are to the north. As we descend into Hidden Valley the landscape changes to stark, dry lands with snowy peaks.There is a true sense of isolation here and it is quite possible we might sight the elusive blue sheep. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Another long day, depending on conditions, to our camp just below Thapa (or Dhumpus) Pass (5250m). It is a short climb to the pass (approx. an hour), followed by a long traverse and descent upon loose scree to our camp amongst vegetation once again.Now on the other side of the pass, we can enjoy frontal views of the Nilgiri range and the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Descending towards the Kali Gandaki Valley, the trail through forest is well defined and makes a pleasant change from the high alpine terrain we have been in for the last few days. We descend steeply all day and enter the main trail for trekkers of the Annapurna Circuit. Marpha is a substantial town of the valley and a good stopping off point for trekkers/pilgrims and traders between Muktinath/Jomoson and Pokhara. The paved,winding footway and closely built terrace-like housing makes the town very picturesque. Many apples are grown in the area, there is a good chance we may have apple pie tonight!Continuing north we reach Jomsom and our lodge for the night. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We board the early morning flight to Pokhara savouring magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.On arrival at Pokhara airport we will have a couple of hours before the onward flight to Kathmandu.On arrival we transfer you to your hotel. MEALS: Breakfast
Today we drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara after having breakfast, we will reach the Kathmandu after approx 6-7 hour’s drive. Overnight in Kathmandu. MEALS: Breakfast

What is Included?

    • One night hotel in Pokhara including breakfast.
    • Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek. We provide fully waterproof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent, etc., and Climbing rope to cross the Passes.
    • Full board meal (veg. /non veg.) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with Tea & coffee
    • A government licensed English-speaking Guide during the trek. A cook, Kitchen helper, and a required number of porters to carry the gear.
    • All permits and paper documents for around Dhaulagiri trekking.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service( paid by your Travel insurance company).
    • Land transport (Local bus from Kathmandu - Beni and Tourist Bus from Nayapul-Pokhara.
    • Bus from Kathmandu to Beni and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    • Government taxes and official expenses.
    • Oximeter 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 trek is in the safest hands possible.

What is Excluded?

    • Nepalese visa fee.
    • Personal expenses phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Beverage bills, shower, etc.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
    • Porter
    • 1 hour Mountain flight

Equipment Checklist

  • Day pack (25–35 liters),Pack cover
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
  • LED headlamp with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles,Trekking Clothing
  • Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
  • Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
  • Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid weight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid weight long underwear top
  • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
  • Mid weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
  • Convertible hiking pants
  • Fleece pants or insulated pants
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
  • Mid weight fleece gloves or wool gloves,Liner gloves
  • Mid weight fleece/wool winter hat,Sun hat
  • Mid weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
  • Liner socks (optional)Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion 35 to 50,Water Bottle
  • Slippers,Towels,Rain coat
  • Personal medicine kits


What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. The best preparation for this trek is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted, and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.


Will some body come to pick me up at the airport open my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)


Do I need any extra document?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu in Trekking?

We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory-style. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.

What are the toilet facilities in the tea house /guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.


Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled rooms instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.


What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season), and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at the best possible places to eat.


Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.


I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.


What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 3 to higher elevation per liter. If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during the trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drops is a must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.


How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and during the trek you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.


What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.


What is the best season for this trekking?

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek.


What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.


If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick at a higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and it at least needs 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are on a private or solo trips you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status. If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with a guide and catch up the group later on.


Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, etc.


Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.


Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are on a private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible whereas if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.


Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 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 spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.


All your departure is guaranteed to run?

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.


Is there WIFI available on the Dhaulagiri circuit trail?

Yes, Wi-Fi hotspots are available on the Dhaulagiri circuit trail. But please do keep in mind, due to the mountainous terrain the network may be erratic. Often times the signal gets lost or the strength is poor.


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