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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Overview

Key Information

Duration:

14 Days

Grade:

Strenuous

Best Season:

Feb, March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec

Maximum altitude

5300

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Transportation

car / flight

Trip name

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Responsibilities:

Agency

Explore the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, as we invite you on an unforgettable expedition through the captivating Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Set amidst the pristine wilderness of the western-central Himalayas, this journey promises an unparalleled adventure into the heart of nature's grandeur.

Discover the majestic allure of the seventh-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri, towering proudly at 8,167 meters (26,795 feet). Our meticulously designed 15-day itinerary unveils the splendor of this iconic peak, taking you on a thrilling exploration of three base camps: Italian Base Camp, Glacier Camp, and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Tailored to cater to your individual preferences, our personalized trekking packages ensure a fulfilling and enriching experience that exceeds expectations.

Highlights Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek;

  • Immerse in the captivating beauty of Mt. Dhaulagiri, accompanied by spectacular views of neighboring peaks.
  • Explore three major base camps: Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Glacier Camp, and Italian Base Camp.
  • Traverse through mesmerizing Himalayan passes like Dhampus Pass (5,240 meters) and French Pass (5,360 meters).
  • Wander along scenic trekking trails adorned with cascading waterfalls, pristine rivers, and picturesque high Himalayan villages.
  • Encounter diverse endangered Himalayan flora and fauna in the pristine wilderness of the Dhaulagiri region.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Himalayan peaks including Manapathi Peak, Gurja Himal, and Dhampus Peak.
  • Immerse in the rich cultural heritage as you traverse through traditional settlements.

Your adventure commences with a scenic drive to Pokhara, offering glimpses of Nepal's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. Trekking through traditional villages and lush landscapes, you'll embark on a journey filled with panoramic views and cultural encounters.

As you ascend towards Italian Base Camp, be prepared to be mesmerized by the alpine environment, with breathtaking views of Tukuche and Dhaulagiri I. Take a day to acclimatize and soak in the majestic beauty of the Himalayas before continuing your trekking adventure towards Swiss Base Camp and Glacier Camp.

The pinnacle of your expedition awaits as you reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp, offering panoramic views of Dhaulagiri Massifs and vibrant prayer flags adorning the landscape. Traverse the challenging French Pass and Dhampus Pass, relishing in the panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan gems.

As your journey draws to a close, bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Pokhara before heading back to Kathmandu, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences and memories created during your epic Himalayan adventure with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks.

Embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of the Himalayas with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, where every step brings you closer to nature's wonders. Let us be your trusted companion in crafting an unforgettable adventure filled with camaraderie, exploration, and unparalleled beauty.

Experience the Magnificence of the Himalayas with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310

Upon landing at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you'll receive a warm welcome from Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks staff. A direct transfer to the hotel awaits, and there will be a comprehensive briefing about the upcoming adventure. You'll be staying at a comfortable hotel on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
830

Embark on an early morning journey to Beni, a bustling town at the confluence of the Myagdi River and the Kali Gandaki River. The scenic drive takes approximately 9 hours, offering glimpses of rural life and stunning landscapes. Arrive at a lodge in Beni for a well-deserved rest.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Homestay/Tent
Elevation
1350

The next leg of the journey involves a 6-hour drive to Naura, situated at an elevation of 1,350 meters. Upon arrival, experience the warmth of local hospitality with an overnight stay in a homestay or tent, providing a taste of the traditional Nepali lifestyle.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent/Homestay
Elevation
2050

Embark on a 4-hour trek to Bogara, a picturesque village nestled at 2,050 meters. Accommodations for the night will be in a tent or homestay, providing an authentic experience of the local culture.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Homestay/Tent
Elevation
2630

Today's trek is more challenging, requiring occasional use of ropes. After 6 hours of traversing the terrain, reach Dhoban at an altitude of 2,630 meters. Overnight accommodations are in a tent, providing a close connection to the rugged mountain environment.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Homestay/ Tent
Elevation
3110

Continue the journey to Sallaghari or Choriban Khola, reaching an elevation of 3,110 meters after a 5-hour trek. Accommodations for the night will be in a homestay or tent, providing a unique opportunity to connect with the local community.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Homestay/Tent
Elevation
3660

Embark on a 3 to 4-hour trek to reach Italian Base Camp at an elevation of 3,660 meters. Take a well-deserved rest day for acclimatization, exploring the surroundings, and adjusting to the altitude. Overnight stay in a tent.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Homestay/Tent
Elevation
3660

Spend the day acclimatizing and exploring the beauty of the Italian Base Camp. This rest day is crucial for adjusting to the altitude before ascending further.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4250

The trek continues to Glacier Camp at an altitude of 4,250 meters. The 5-6-hour trek takes you through challenging terrain, rewarded by breathtaking views. Overnight stay in a tent.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4750

Embark on a 5-hour trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 4,748 meters. Experience the awe-inspiring presence of the Dhaulagiri massif. Overnight stay in a tent.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5100

A challenging 6 to 7-hour trek takes you over the French Passes 5360m, to the Hidden Valley Camp at an altitude of 5,100 meters. Overnight stay in a tent, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Dhaulagiri range.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
2900

Descend to Yak Kharka at 2,900 meters via Dhampus Pass 5240m, during a 6 to 7-hour trek. Overnight stay in a tent, providing a serene mountain atmosphere.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2650

A 3-4 hour trek takes you to Marpha, a charming village at an altitude of 2,650 meters. Enjoy the unique local culture and architecture, with overnight accommodations in a lodge.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
827

Embark on a scenic drive back to Pokhara, situated at 827 meters. Check into a hotel on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan, where you can unwind and reflect on the incredible journey.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310

Return to Kathmandu by tourist bus, marking the end of this exhilarating adventure. Overnight stay at a hotel on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.

Bid farewell after a hearty breakfast, cherishing the memories of an unforgettable trek in the Dhaulagiri Circuit. Until the next adventure, namaste!

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Cost Includes?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services.
  • Transportation to Dharapani via public bus.
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), inclusive of tea or coffee.
  • Accommodation in tents throughout the trekking journey.
  • Two nights' accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide.
  • Necessary porter in a ratio of 1:2 (one porter for two guests).
  • All government and local taxes included.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • General equipment provided for porters during the adventure.
  • Salary coverage for guides and porters.
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage for all Nepali staff during the trekking expedition, with additional services available upon guest request.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, and laundry services.
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance. It is highly recommended to obtain personal travel insurance to cover trip cancellation costs, accidents, health issues, loss or theft of personal belongings, and damage to personal effects.
  • Entrance fees to any monasteries, temples, or other cultural sites not included in the itinerary.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff members are not included in the package. However, tipping is customary and greatly appreciated for excellent service.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek FAQs

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging trek in the Himalayas of Nepal that takes you around the Dhaulagiri massif, the seventh-highest mountain in the world.

The trek typically takes around 12-16 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary.

The best times to trek the Dhaulagiri Circuit are during the pre-monsoon season (March to May) and post-monsoon season (September to November).

The trek is considered very difficult and is suitable for experienced trekkers due to its high altitudes, steep ascents, and challenging terrain.

Yes, prior high-altitude trekking experience is highly recommended for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Physical preparation should include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and practice hikes to build stamina and endurance.

The highest point of the trek is the French Pass at 5,360 meters (17,585 feet).

Acclimatization days are included in the itinerary, and gradual ascent is planned to help trekkers adjust to the high altitude.

 

Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Severe cases can include confusion, inability to walk, and fluid build-up in the lungs or brain.

Trekkers need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit.

Permit costs can vary, but typically the ACAP is around USD 30 and the Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit costs around USD 50 per week.

Yes, permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara through trekking agencies.

Accommodation includes a mix of teahouses and camping, as the region is remote and lacks extensive infrastructure.

Himalayan Adventure Intl provides camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, and mats. However, you may bring personal gear if preferred.

Meals typically include local Nepali dishes such as dal bhat, as well as a variety of soups, bread, and other nutritious foods to sustain energy levels.

Safety measures include experienced guides, acclimatization schedules, emergency medical kits, and communication equipment.

Yes, travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation is mandatory.

In case of a medical emergency, the guide will administer first aid and arrange for helicopter evacuation if necessary.

Essential items include warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sturdy trekking boots, a backpack, and personal toiletries.

Yes, trekking poles are highly recommended for stability and support on uneven terrain.

Yes, trekking gear can be rented in Kathmandu or Pokhara if you do not wish to bring your own.

Respect local customs and traditions, be polite, and dress modestly, especially in villages.

Follow Leave No Trace principles, carry out all trash, use biodegradable soaps, and avoid single-use plastics.

The cost varies based on the package but typically ranges from USD 2,500 to USD 3,500 per person, inclusive of permits, guide fees, food, and accommodation.

It's advisable to book at least 3-6 months in advance to secure permits and make necessary preparations.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Additional Information

Discover the Ideal Season for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the west-central Himalayas with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers an extraordinary adventure, and choosing the right time to explore is crucial for an optimal experience.

Optimal Seasons:

The peak seasons for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During these times, stable weather conditions, clear skies, and mild temperatures create the perfect environment for high-altitude exploration.

Autumn Excursions:

Autumn brings a delightful blend of moderate temperatures, stunning scenery, and vibrant cultural festivities. Trekkers can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Himalayas while enjoying festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath. Although the latter part of autumn may see fewer visitors due to cooling temperatures, the refreshing breezes and mild days offer an invigorating outdoor experience.

Spring Splendor:

Spring transforms the region into a natural paradise, with blooming wildflowers adorning the trails. The landscape bursts with life, offering enchanting encounters with endangered wildlife amidst lush forests. Warmer temperatures facilitate easier acclimatization, ensuring an unforgettable journey through the Himalayan wilderness.

Navigating the Challenges:

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek presents moderate to challenging terrain, requiring adequate preparation. While no technical skills are necessary, physical conditioning is essential for navigating rugged trails and high altitudes.

Elevation and Acclimatization:

Ascending to altitudes exceeding 5,000 meters demands careful attention to acclimatization. The trek encompasses significant altitude gains, with key points including Choriban Khola, Italian Base Camp, and the iconic French Pass. Proper acclimatization ensures a safer and more enjoyable adventure.

Remote Wilderness Exploration:

As you venture into the remote wilderness of Dhaulagiri, expect a moderate level of amenities and services. Transportation relies on yaks, mules, and porters, with limited access to medical facilities. Helicopter evacuation is available in emergencies, underscoring the need for preparedness.

Training for Success:

Preparing for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek requires a training regimen focused on strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. Practice hikes on natural terrain simulate trekking conditions, while strength exercises build resilience for the journey ahead.

Is it Right for You?

With meticulous planning and determination, anyone can conquer the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Ample acclimatization days and well-designed itineraries ensure a success rate of over 90%. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or embarking on your first Himalayan adventure, the journey awaits, promising awe-inspiring vistas and unforgettable experiences.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Reviews

Celia C

Celia C

France

5th Feb, 2019

Experienced guide

I did the Dhaulagiri trek this past October with Binod as a guide. It was a very nice trek with beautiful views, and the organization was perfect.


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