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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek explores a wild, remote and off-the beaten track area of the Nepal Himalaya. The trek has the classic start down in the farming villages of the Himalayan foothills - terraced hillsides and children everywhere and climbs through a series of climate zones into an increasingly empty landscapes as remote and wild as it is beautiful.

Dhaulagiri is a real adventure trekking. It takes you places beyond the imagination of the most people back home, forces you to confront your own physical and mental limitations and hits you with the unexpected. This is obviously a great trek and I would recommend it but there are just a few things to be aware of. Dhaulagiri is a tough trekking despite the fact that the days are not that long, you have two acclimatization days and you only spend two nights above 5000m. Unlike trips around Everest and the Khumbu valley you are camping all the way and don't have the option of getting warmed up in a teahouse. It is cold, particularly at night and for five days you are sleeping either on a glacier or on snow. Dhaulagiri trek is the combination of altitude and cold that make the trek particularly tiring. It's worth nothing that this is not a popular trip with the porters and the only way to get them to carry the loads over the French Pass Col is to pay them more money. Round Dhaulagiri trek starts at Beni and then follows the Myagdi Khola river passing through beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you there and drive to hotel. Free day in the afternoon and tour briefing in the afternoon.

Day 02:Kathmandu to Darbang (1100m)
We fly to Pokhara, then drive down into the Kali Gandaki Valley and up the tributary Myagdi Khola valley as far as Darbang situtated at an altitude of approximately 1100 metres. We set up the first camp of the trip at Darbang.

Day 03:Trek to Sibang (1770m, 6/7 hours) Trekking
We set off trekking, passing through several villages en route to the ridge-top settlement of Dharapani. We have lunch here, then continue our trek via Takam to Sibang (1770m).

Day 04:Trek to Naura Bhir (1450m,7/8 hours)
Today, we trek to the large village of Muri where we stop for lunch , before continuing our ascent of the Myagdi Khola valley to Naura Bhir (1450m).

Day 05:Trek to Lapche Kharka (2000m, 7/8 hours)
We trek northwards, still following the Myagdi Khola, to the village of Baghara. We descend to the river before climbing again to the herders camp at Lapche Kharka (2000m).

Day 06:Trek to Sallaghari (2500m, 6/7 hours)
The trail continues climbing through forest to the open grazing area of Dobang. After lunch, continue to Sallaghari (2500m) where we make camp.

Day 07:Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m, 4/5 hours)
Today, we trek through a forested area and across moraine to reach the area known as the 'Italian Basecamp' (3660m) where we make our camp below the stupendous west face of Dhaulagiri.

Day 08:Trek to Japanese Camp (4200m, 3/4 hours, 4km)
Continuing our ascent of the Myangdi Khola, we make the short but steep climb to our next camp known as 'Japanese Camp' or Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4200m). There are great views of the Dhaulagiri peaks.

Day 09:At Japanese Camp.
We are now above 4,000 metres and our next camp will be at 4700 metres so it is important that we include an acclimatization day prior to going higher. A good day for resting and catching up with the laundry.

Day 10:Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m, 7/8 hours, 8km)
Today, we trek across moraine of the Dhaulagiri West Icefall to reach Dhaulagiri Basecamp (4748m) which we should reach in time for lunch. We set up camp here in a fantastic location completely surrounded by Himalayan peaks.

Day 11:Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
After our significant recent height gain, we take a rest day here to help with our acclimatization.

Day 12:Trek to Hidden Valley (5120m, 6/7 hours, 9km) via French Pass(5360m)
An early start, crossing moraine to eventually reach a ridge that takes us up to the easy-angled snow slopes leading to the French Pass (5360m). We cross the pass to reach the 'Hidden Valley' behind Dhaulagiri where we make camp at 5120 metres.

Day 13:At Hidden Valley.
The Hidden Valley is a great place for a spot of exploration. This day also serves as a spare or contingency day in the case of delays up to this point.

Day 14:Trek to Yak Kharaka (3837m, 8/9 hours,14km) via Dhampus Pass.
We climb back up to the level of the French Pass at the other end of the valley and then make the high traverse across to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass (5280m). Once over the pass, we descend steeply to our camp at Yak Kharka (3827m).

Day 15:Trek to Jomsom (2736m, 9km, 4/5 hours)
Today we descend 1000 metres to the floor of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the pretty village of Marpha (2667m) on the Annapurna Circuit. A short trek north then takes us to Jomsom (2736m), where we stay in a lodge.

Day 16:Jomsom to Pokhara.
We take the exciting flight to Pokhara, where we check in at a hotel and have the rest of the day to explore this picturesque lakeside town, with its spectacular Annapurna views.

Day 17:Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We have a morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 18:Kathmandu Airport
Final complimentary airport transfers to airport to get your flight back to home.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome dinner.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader.
  • Porter service.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, food and accommodation.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Does not Include:

  • Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc).
  • Personal clothing.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Any unseen expenses, etc.

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