Duration:19 Nights 20 Days
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Max. Altitude: 5360m
Group Size: 2-12
Activity: Trekking and Camping
Pick Up: TIA Airport
About Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4740m is an exemplary trekking and camping adventure in the Himalaya of Nepal. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a challenging voyage encircling the alluring Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m, the 7th highest mountain in the world crossing two Himalayan passes over 5,000m. The term ‘Dhaulagiri’ is believed to be derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘white mountain’. Most of the adventure seekers across the globe are familiar with the name Dhaulagiri as the mountain is very much discussed among the mountaineering community. Dhaulagiri is very much related with the first 8000m ascent of Annapurna by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of the French Annapurna Expedition in 1950. Also, the region resides more than 15 peaks above 7000 meters and crosses two high passes - the French Col 5360m and the Dhampus or Thapa pass 5250m. Moreover, you will experience trekking in snow and icy glacier; especially around Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we witness the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominating the skyline to the right and its ranges (Dhaulagiri II, III and V) surrounding the horizon.
Our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni which almost takes 9-10 hours. We have an option to reach Pokhara by flight and then drive to Beni to escape the long ride. From Beni, we head in a north-west direction through the isolated villages of Babaiya Chaur, Dharapani and to Muri. Muri is the last major settlement along this trail and is completely inhabited by Magar people and its community. Along the trail we witness the fascinating views of the Annapurna ranges with serene landscapes, pine, and rhododendron forest, waterfalls and hot springs. The climb begins to get tougher after Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. As we gradually gain altitude to Italian Base Camp, the trail continues on to the frozen and glacier areas. We quickly gain altitude each day and it is crucial to take our time, trek slowly and make sure we are hydrated. We will have our rest and acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp. After Italian Base Camp, the trail gets difficult at places. We might need ropes in couple of difficult glaciers until we climb onto the main glacier. We then trek to the stunning Dhaulagiri Base Camp enjoying outstanding views of the north face of Dhaulagiri I on the way. Another crucial acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp before we cross couple of 5000m high passes.
The trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden valley is a challenging one. Crossing the difficult glaciers and moraine section we reach French Col and then to Hidden valley. Experienced mountaineers will have the opportunity to summit Dhampus Peak 6012m if interested or just hike around the amazing Hidden valley. We take the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding peaks and acclimatize. After crossing the Dhampus or Thapa pass we pass through avalanche prone areas and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka.
Along the way, we cherish the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Thorung peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River gorge, claimed to be the worlds’ deepest gorge. After a long descend you will arrive in Marpha and then heading north, we reach Jomsom. From Jomsom, we fly back to Pokhara. We assure that you will enjoy the camping trekking, teahouses, diverse nature, culture and traditional lifestyles of Nepali people such as Gurung, Thakali and Magars.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a full organized camping trekking which takes you into the heart of some of the highest snow giants in the world. We will have porters to carry our logistics, supplies, tents and equipments for our trip. Annapurna Foothills provides a competent and experienced camping staffs for your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking in Nepal. We can customize our designed Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking itinerary according to your interests, requirements and plans. Private trips are flexible with dates, itinerary and other details.
Highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking
- Portrait glimpses of Mount Dhaulagiri 8,167m and several other 7000 meter snowy peaks
- Worlds’ deepest Gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge
- Italian Base Camp, Glacier Camp and the Dhaulagiri Base Camp
- Crossing high 5000m passes; French Col and Dhampus Pass
- Explore the mysterious Hidden Valley
- Magar, Thakali and Gurung villages of immense interesting local culture and traditions
- Experience calm cool mountaintop forest to barbarous fields of snow and iced glaciers
- Quaint, Trans – Himalayan journey filled with adventure and exciting activities
- Experience the spirit of enthusiast adventure in this fully organized camping trekking
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be staying before commencing the trip.
The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.
After breakfast, we head towards Beni, the starting point for our trek. The drive will last for about 9-10 hours. Beni is the administrative headquarters and has a police check post where they will check your essential permits.
Note: You can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which will take about 30 minutes and the Beni will be 3 hours drive from here. Or we can take a Privare Jeep option from Kathmandu.
Today, we leave Beni and hike by the side of Myagdi Khola. Passing through few villages and at last a bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, we reach near a village of Simalchaur. Eventually, we will be at Babaiya Chaur.
After an early breakfast in the morning, we march towards Dharapani today. We hike to Phedi crossing Myagdi Khola as the valley begins to broaden on both sides of river. We pass through the village of Shahashradhara, cross Duk Khola and walk through fields and reach Ratorunga. After a short hike from here, we reach Dharapani where we will stay for the night.
Today, 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. As the trail progresses, it goes steep up to Muri from where we can witness the spectacular Mt. Dhaulagiri and other neighboring snow capped peaks. Muri is a large village inhabited by Magar people.
From Muri, the trail is easy for first few hours. We hike across a stream and descend to Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naural. From here to Boghara, we have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours.
We descend through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is believed to be the most isolated settlement in this part. After a long climb, the trail gently descends to a peaceful forest before reaching Dobang.
Today, we witness the west face of Dhaulagiri I 8167m along the trail. The trail goes up to a forested area. Then we descend to the Myagdi Khola and continue to Chartare. Moving forward, we pass through the forests again and finally cross a stream to Choriban Khola where we will be spending our night.
Today, we lead a trail to the end of ridge of Chhonbarban Glacier. We then enter from the right where we can see the charming Tukche Peak 6,837m. From here, Italian base camp will be visible in a distance and as we reach Italian Base Camp, we will encounter the glacier; the peaks of Dhaulagiri II III and V to the west. Our campsite will be underneath the west face of Dhaulagiri-I.
To cope up with the thin air, we spend a day for proper acclimatization. We explore around the base camp, appreciate the sceneries there and give a good rest to our body today.
Early in the morning, we head to Glacier camp from the Italian base camp as the trail is prone to rock fall. We then cross moraine of glacier flowing down from the Dhaulagiri. We might need to do some rope climbing today to reach the Glacier Camp.
Today, we will be stepping on the foothills of worlds’ 7th tallest mountain, Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m. We trek through icy glaciers path and climb skyward which will be tougher. Once we reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we eyewitness the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I 8,167m dominating the skyline to your right and its ranges (Dhaulagiri II, III and V) surrounding the horizon.
We take another spare day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp for acclimatizing lower air pressure. We explore around for while and return to base camp for good rest.
Today, we ascend towards French Pass 5360m from where we can see the hidden valley in distance but dazzling. A great landscape opens up from here which will reward you with the glimpses of Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang and Dhaulagiri I, which surrounds the Hidden Valley. Descending from pass, we will make it to the Hidden Valley.
Today, we cross the Dhampus Pass and continuing through avalanche-prone slopes and rocky slopes, we reach Yak Kharka eventually. One of the longest and hardest day on the trail. Depending upon snow level, crampon might be necessary. From the pass, we continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Dhampus Pass 5,240m between Tukche Peak and Dhampus Peak 6012m.
Today, we hike a steep descent down to Marpha village (home to many apply orchards and fruit products). Further, we head up the river valley to Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of Mustang district.
An early morning flight of approximately 30 minutes from Jomsom will takes us to Pokhara, the heart of Nepal. Our guide will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. Sightseeing around Pokhara will be an option which includes discovering charming Fewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, Mysterious Devi’s fall, International Mountain Museum, etc. and walk around Lakeside in the evening.
Early morning, we depart from Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Option: We have not included the airfare of Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $125 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalaya where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. Check in at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours prior to your flight time.
- Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
- Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu ,Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation in Pokhara ,One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
- Accommodation during Camping Trekking, 15 nights ( twin-sharing tents)
- Trekking and Camping equipments (twin-sharing tents, dining tent, kitchen tent and other necessary equipment during the camping trekking)
- English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
- One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
- Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
- Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
- Thuraya satellite phone for communication with team, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
- Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking Map.
- Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
- First aid medicine kit.
- Jomsom- Pokhara Airfare for guests and guides
- Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
- All ground transfers in Kathmandu.
- All government and local taxes.
- Your Personal Travel Insurance.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
- Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
- Beverages (hot and cold drinks, mineral water beer).
- Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
- Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
- Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.
|Start Date10 Apr, 2023||End Date29 Apr, 2023||Available||US$ 3000|
Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.
Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.
Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.
Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.
The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
We have set dates for departure to the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Dhaulagiri Circuit is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have a single tent during camping
Why Trek to Dhaulagiri Circuit with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 15 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
The Best Time of Year for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking:
The best seasons for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to late November).
Sherpa Support Staff:
- Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing Himalayan trips. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
Drinking Water on the Dhaulagiri Circuit TrekKing:
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3-4 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.
The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
- Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
- First Aid Kit
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.