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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Duration 20 days
Max-Altitude 5360 m
Transportation Flight/Drive
Grade Strenuous
Accommodation 3 * category hotel in kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouse/camping During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Best Season March, April, May, September, October, November
Communication Avialable
Group Size 2+

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is considered to be one of the toughest and most challenging treks. This trek explores a wild, remote and off-the-beaten area around Mt. Dhaulagiri. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain on the planet. The trek starts in a forested and terraced farming village of the Himalayan foothills area; predominantly dominated by the Magar community. This trek is to the west of the Annapurnas and starts from Pokhara and follows the Myagdi Khola to its source at the Chhonbardan Glacier, which is just below Dhaulagiri.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a real adventure trekking. It takes you to the places that beyond the imagination of the most people. This trek also forces you to confront you are in own physical and mental limitations and hits you with the unexpected. Dhaulagiri trek is a tough trekking and you have two acclimatization days and you only spend two nights above 5000m. Unlike the trek around Everest and the Khumbu valley, you are camping all the way because you don’t have the option of getting warm in a teahouse. Particularly,  it is cold at night and for five days you are sleeping either on a glacier or on snow. Because of the combination of altitude and cold makes the trek particularly tiring.

After walking up to the narrow Churchwarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp we cross French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing of Dhampus Pass we move to the long descent to Jomsom. At the end of the trek, we fly or drive out to Pokhara. Due to strenuous trek, trekkers requires high altitude trekking experience. You also need to wear gaiters and carry an ice-ax for at least three days during this trek.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival(1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.
Day 03: Drive to Beni (850m) 7-9 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Babiachor (950m) 3-5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1400m) 4-6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1800m) 3-5 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2080m)4-6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2520m)3-5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola (3110m) 3-5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) 5 – 7hrs
Day 11 : Acclimatization and rest day
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m)4 -6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) 5 -7 hrs
Day 14: Acclimatization and Rest Day
Day 15: Cross French Pass (5360m) Trek to Hidden Valley (5200m) 4- 6 hrs
Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass (5200m), Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) 5-6 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2710m) 4-5 hrs
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara (910m) Duration: 25-minutes
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu(6-7hr)
Day 20: Departure Day

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
A representative from HSA will be waiting for you outside the international airport terminal gate holding your name and take you to our hotel for overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.
After breakfast in the morning you will be Proceed on to  Boudhanath  Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, Patan Darbar square and Swayambhunath Stupa.

Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa said to be more than 2000 years old, is perched on a hillock 77 meters above the valley floor and offering a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu City. Tour of Patan, known as Lalitpur or the “city of beauty” is the oldest city in the valley. A great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Beni (850m) Duration: 7-9 hrs
After your breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive normally takes  7-9 hours and you’ll find most of the scenery very enjoyable. Overnight at Guesthouse
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 04: Trek to Babiachor (950m) 4-5 hr
 Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babiachor. Overnight at tented camp,
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1400m)4- 6 hrs
The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 06: Trek to Muri (1800m) 3-5 hrs
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. We Continue 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. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2080m) 4- 6 hrs
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. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2520m) 3- 5 hrs
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 the single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang. Overnight at tented camp
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 09: Trek to Choriban Khola (3110m)3-5 hrs
After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank to continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) 5-7 hrs
Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while, you will reach the Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). Overnight at tented camp
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “tuned” for the even higher altitudes to come. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) 4-6 hrs
Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. Overnight at tented camp,
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)5-7 hrs
This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the northeast col. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Acclimatization and Rest Day
Another rest day, but very important for the acclimatization. Views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Cross French Pass (5360m) then trek to Hidden Valley (5200m) Duration: 6 hrs
After the glacier, you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360 meters). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386 meters) and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 meters) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6012m). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make it to camp at 5200 meters. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass (5200m),Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m)4- 6 hrs
Descend from the hidden valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2710m) 4-5 hrs
Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom. Overnight at tented camp.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18: Fly to Pokhara (910m) 25-minutes
Today 20 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu
After Breakfast in the morning you will be taken to  the Tourist bus station where you will catch a bus back to the Kathmandu. Enjoy the refreshing hill highway segment to the valley. In your spare time head out to explore the lively Thamel market and do some souvenir shopping. Join us for a farewell dinner and share your experiences with the whole team. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. 
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Departure Day

We will pick you up and drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport from your hotel a couple of hours before the departure with some exciting stories and wonderful memories from the Himalayas, 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Price Included

  • Airport pickups and drop up
  • 3- star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including Breakfast.
  • Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners cooked by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek .
  • Tented camp Accommodation and equipment during the trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents and Climbing rope to cross the Passes etc.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trip
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Local Bus transfer from Ktm to Beni and Tourist Bus transfer form Pokhara to Ktm).
  • Domestic flights (Jomsom – Pokhara)
  • City tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking Guide.
  • Porter service (1 Porter for 2 Trekkers) 
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • 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 Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls,WiFi, laundry, bar bills,hot and cold drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

We are pleased to offer our checklist for your references. This equipment list is only a guideline. We recommend you to bring the listed items as below, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise. The necessary equipment and clothing as mentioned below can be easily purchased or hire  at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.
General Item

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag: Big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Down Jacket: (Your own Down Jacket and sleeping bag is strongly recommended)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • A small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
  • Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Optional

  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes 
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me ?
This trek is more demanding than any of our other treks in Nepal. Crossing the high passes in this trek can be technical so, climbing rope may be required in presence of heavy snow. You need good stamina for a long day effort while crossing the high passes in this trek. You can do this trek without any previous climbing experience and skills. The knowledge on using climbing rope and other equipment would be beneficial although not mandatory because our guide will provide you the necessary training on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, crampons.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least three to four months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal 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.)

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 opportunities will I have for shower along the trek ?
During the camping, the proper shower facility is not available. However the shower tent will be provided and our kitchen team will provide warm water in the bucket for the shower.

How much additional money do I need per day ?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. Also 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.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem ?
No problem at all. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach

What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
There are lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can find any delight of your choice like local, continental, Chinese etc. and can choose the best option for yourself from the menu.
During the camping, our expert camping cook will prepare normal and special meals upon request. The food is very healthy and safe and one can eat without any hesitation.

Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek ?
During this trip we will provide you with toilet paper. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

Where do we go to toilet along the trail ?
At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
During the night stay in tented camp, our team would provide the very basic tented toilet facility.

What are the Toilet facilities in the camping ?
During the night stay in tented camp, our team would provide the very basic tented toilet facility.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in this trip ?
We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included.Along the trekking routes we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents with good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. Refer to the equipment list for items you will need to bring. We usually camp in or near a village, which allows you to buy sweets and drinks, which we do not carry with us. You will also get a small bucket of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.
For the night spending in camping, shared tented accommodation is provided (Two Person at each tent). You can book private tent by paying additional cost of USD 500 for those nights you spend in the camping.

Do i Need to Tip my Guide and Porter if so how much that would be ?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 500 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 to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek ?
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

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