DHAULAGIRI TREK IN NEPAL

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek in one of the tallest and biggest mountain systems in the world, forty kilometres long and encompasses no fewer than fifteen 7,000 m plus peaks. The trek is an Extended strenuous trek through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene uninhabited valleys. The area was originally closed to visitors, for a variety of reasons - including its remoteness, the region west and /north of Dhaulagiri was opened to trekkers in 1990, traveling in organized groups. This made it possible for trekkers to enter the region north of Dhaulagiri.

The massif hides the hidden region of Dolpo in the North.

The circuit route starts after a 4 hour drive from Beni near Pokhara. It then heads west to Kali Gandaki River which cuts between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal forming one of the World's deepest gorges. You will spend two days trekking through the Kali Gandaki before turning toward Myangdi Khola passing through several small, remote villages. Beyond Pakoban there are no permanent settlements. After this, we head around the Chhanbardan Glacier, keeping on its left side, to reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where magnificent mountain vistas are available including Tukche Peak (6,920m). From Italian Base, we head to Dhaulagiri Base Camp and then descend through a portion of the Hidden Valley and climb to Thapa Pass (5,250 meters). From here, we begin our descent.

Overview


Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Day-3: Fly to Pokhara. Overnight hotel.

Day-4: Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.

Day-5:Hike to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.

Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.

Day-7:Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5 hrs.

Day-8:Hike to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.

Day-9:Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.

Day-10:Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.

Day-11:Trek to Italian Base (3,660m) - 7 hrs.

Day-12: Acclimitisation.

Day-13:Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) 6 hrs.

Day-14:Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)

Day-15: Acclimitisation.

Day-16:Trek to the French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.

Day-17:Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.

Day-18:Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.

Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu.

Day-21: Depart

Frequent Questions

It is 5360m at Hidden Valley.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of Nepal's most demanding treks and requires previous experience of high altitude trekking. Rope, ice axe and crampons are usually required and you might need to wear a helmet as some stretches of path are susceptible to small rockfalls. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is said by some to be the toughest three-week trek in Nepal. For this reason it is suitable for trekkers with previous experience of trekking at altitudes above 5,000m. The optional ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,060m) requires basic ice axe and crampon skills.
The hike to base camp is about 170km return trip, Lukla to Lukla. If you add on the Gokyo lakes, it is longer
The hike can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite and also main summit season for Mt Everest. During spring time, the Khumbu valley erupts with beautiful rhododendron flowers. June to August is monsoon season so the route is quiet. During November and December it is cold but again, some travellers find it worth visiting during this period, as there are fewer tourists. .
The route is very clearly marked out with wide paths in most places. The route heads up via the Kumbu Valley through small little villages. It is very hilly, and if there is a river to cross the paths will go down one side, over the river and up the other side. As you approach Lobuche, the route becomes quite rocky as you walk along moraines.
You can choose either, though we recommend lodges/teahouses. Almost all of the main trekking routes in Nepal are teahouse treks, and allow the trekker to travel with the miminum amount of gear. Meals are chosen off a menu and served in the lodge.
There are several variations but they start from either Jiri, or Lukla. The route from Jiri joins in at Lukla. From Namche, there are several variations you can take e.g. via Renjo La to Gokyo Lakes, Cho La, Dingboche or Periche or even Kongma La pass to the basecamp of Everest. etc. The routes via Renjo Gokyo Lakes are the longest, while the direct route up via Tengboche and Periche/Dingboche are the quickest.
This really depends on the operator you travel through. The Sagarmatha (Everest) Park authorities do not ask for any medical information on the climbers when permits are purchased. Some operators request the clients complete a medical form, others do not. We require that all of our clients complete a medical form and based on the answers, we may request a letter from your medical practitioner. People suffering with conditions such as severe asthma e.g. should not climb. Regardless, anyone attempting the climb, or any climb for that matter, should ensure that they are medically fit, and convey any medical conditions to the operator they book with.

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

There are certain essentials that are needed for most treks and base camp is no different. The best way to draw up your list is from the base layer up, i.e. thermal underwear, then hands and feet (gloves, socks etc). Then boots which must be waterproof with good ankle support, trekking pants, trekking tops, short and long sleeve, thermal jacket, outer shell jacket which likewise is windproof and water proof, hat, scarf, beanie, balaclava. Then consider sleeping, i.e. sleeping bag, etc. Accommodation along the route is in guesthouses, so a bed and mattresses are provided. Some include lovely warm duvets, others not, so a sleeping bag is required. If you are camping, then you will still need a sleeping bag but we will supply the sleeping mat.

The last items to add are personal items like toiletries, camera, medicines, water bottle, backpack, camera etc.

We supply a duffel bag on arrival

This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude and the route to base camp. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water. That said, Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a risk on the Dhaulagiri Trek as sudden increases in altitude cannot be avoided. This makes it challenging even for fit and very experienced hikers. Acclimatisation is essential, but it cannot guarantee a risk free trip.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Fly to Pokhara. Overnight hotel.

Free to explore Pokhara

Day-4: Drive to Beni (850m) - 4 hrs.

After breakfast, you drive to Beni. The drive should take 4 hours and you'll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is the district headquarters and has a police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki.

Day-5:Trek to Babiachor (950 m) - 5 hrs.

From Beni you leave the Kali Gandaki and head 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 by the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back via the north bank from where it continues to Babichor.

Day-6: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) - 6 hrs.

We start out along a high, winding path out of Babichor. 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 walking through fields arrive at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and the terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue Dharapani.

Day-7:Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5 hrs.

Cross the river and head north to Phedi. As you leave, the trail starts climbing and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge. Again the trail climbs steeply to Muri village. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up the incline of the snout of a ridge, descend to Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on Myagdi Khola west bank of the and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri.

Day-8:Trek to Boghara (2080m) - 6 hrs.

After a short descend, we 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 m). Descend to 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 climb a steep slope with switch-backs and then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara (2080 m).

Day-9:Trek to Dobang (2,520m) - 5 hrs.

The trail beyond Boghara descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there a single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to Dobang.

Day-10:Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) - 6 hrs.

Crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge on the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

Day-11:Trek to Italian Base (3,660m) - 7 hrs.

Follow a trail (which is not very well defined) to the terminal moraine of Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 m) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base (3660 m), which is also the site of your tents for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m).

Day-12: Acclimitisation .

Rest for acclimatisation.

Day-13:Trek to Glacier Camp (4210m) 6 hrs.

Set off early in the morning when the weather is clearer. We stay overnight near the glacier.

Day-14:Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)

Tukche Peak (6837 m.) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Dhaulagiri Base (3660 m)

Day-15:Acclimitisation .

Acclimitisation

Day-16:Trek to French Pass (5,100 m) - Hidden Valley High Camp. (5,360m) - 6 hrs.

After the glacier you climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. Climb to French Pass (5100 m) from where you can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). South is Tukche Peak (6920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of Hidden valley to Thapa Pass (5250 m) Descending from Thapa Pass we set up tents at about 5360m.

Day-17:Cross Dhampus Pass, and trek through Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 6 hrs.

Descend from the high camp, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect site to enjoy the surrounding.

Day-18:Trek to Marpha (2,667m). Continue to Jomsom (2,710m) - 3 hrs.

Descend to Marpha village , on the west bank of Kali Gandaki river. Continue to north, up the river valley to Jomsom.

Day-19: Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara (35 min).

Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara. Overnight Hotel

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu.

Arrive Kathmandu and free to explore at your leisure. Celebrate your successful trek of the Dhaulagiri massif.

Day-21:

Departure.


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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek. Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Island peak permit
Climbing Sherpa guide
Main ropes
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek


Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $50
Rescue and evacuation
Climbing gear
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

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