Trip Highlights
  • Anywhere in the Dhaulagiri - One of Nepal`s most difficult and finest circuit hikes
  • A travelling holiday off the beaten track in the Nepal Himalaya
  • Trekking across the French Pass and the spectacular Hidden Valley
  • Spectacular sight of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
  • A challenging trekking holiday in a remote part of Nepal

Situated at the heart of the Annapurna Himalayas, the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of most wondrous yet heart pumping form of trekking adventure. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is certain to mesmerize you with the amazing views of the glorious Himalayas like the Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri V, Dhaulagiri III and some other magnificent mountain peaks. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trip takes you all the way to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp which is a spot for some of the most incredible views whether it be of sunrise over snowcapped mountain peaks or the Himalayas themselves.

Set your footsteps on one of the least visited areas with the finest settings of the massif Dhaulagiri Mountain through a high altitude tented trek which is physically influential.

The 20 days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking will refill your soul with nature’s refreshment and energy through various encounters of jaw dropping scenarios and scented wilderness. Since Dhaulagiri Round is quite a difficult hike, it takes approximately about 3 weeks. With the high passes, waterfalls and the abundance of the waterfall with stunning scenery, the verdant valley is sure to stun you. Then as we hike through the trails, all your tiredness will be swept away through the peaceful walks in the forests of the rhododendron, alpine and the meadows. This Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking route is challenging accordingly as the path averts the main trail. The immense peak of the Dhaulagiri is gorgeous and is included as one of the eighth highest peaks in the world. In the middle of the marches of the high peaks, the Dhaulagiri peak itself with the altitude of the 8176m gives you a surreal scenario of its beauty. Most of the path in the area is covered with the glaciers and the snow as it passes the French Col Pass which is at the altitude of about 5240m. Following the first few days at the Myagdi Khola River, we head towards Chhonbarda Glacier, which sits proudly at the bottom of Dhaulagiri. The hike then passes over the high passes of the Dhaulagiri and the river of the Kali Gandaki River which leads our way to Marpha. Marpha is regarded as the best viewpoint of the Annapurna and it is indeed famous for its production of apples. Likewise, the setting alternates from the farmland to a barren area which is always covered in snow along with the unsteady mountain peaks and the gorgeous sight of Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan giants in the forefront. The expedition is much more admirable from the incredible sights of the Glaciers and the Ice Falls as this is something every adventurer dreams of. There are fewer choices of routes but each path offers an interesting and splendid sight of the majestic Himalayas. By joining us on this incredible Dhaulagiri trek, you can definitely gather an experience lasting for a lifetime.

Similarly, if our trekking days are filled with luck, we can get surprising encounters of the incredible wildlife living in the region like Musk deer, Ghoral and some other wild animals. The unique scent of wilderness is certain to consume your soul with refreshment from within. This amazing Dhaulagiri Circuit Holiday will leave you feeling satisfied yet thirsty for more adventures. This amazing trekking experience with the encounters of tiny villages, wildlife, waterfalls, ice falls, glaciers, river streams and some other wonders will reward you with glorious memories. So what are you waiting for?

At Nepal Nomad trekking, you can meet our experienced climbing crew who were born and bred on rugged mountains. Our team includes all the members with the same goal to provide an amazing trekking experience. The reason why you should trust us and our trekkers is here. Join the venture now to any massive peaks and you will certainly be pleased with the journey. If you are searching for a specific or different mountain to climb then contact us at Nepal Nomad. We can give you Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking itineraries that will be suitable according to your time for the listed peaks or any other peaks that may excite. We will be replying within 24 hours of your inquiry. We as a Team of Nepal Nomad promise you that you will have an amazing journey while we go through the paths and hardships. And will be guiding you on every step of your thrilling and adventurous journey.

Itinerary

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On the first day of your arrival, our representative with our office vehicle will be on a standby .After you are transferred to the hotel a pre-trek briefing on the trekking program and any last minute arrangements will schedules. You will get familiar to the surroundings as you go down the streets for a walk. Then a delicious local Nepali dinner will be served accompanied by cultural dance performed by the local belles

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

On this particular day, we explore around Kathmandu City and visit to the two world heritage sites. This includes a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa known for its unique structure and as the biggest shrines in the world. For a more lighthearted day, a visit to Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the holy Baghmati River which is considered as a home to the hundreds of thousands Hindus people and as the famous Hindu temple across the country where you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. In the early afternoon you can relax to your hotel or do last minute shopping. Trekking Departure Information shall be provided.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

From Kathmandu, we take an early flight to Pokhara after an early breakfast and get moved to the hotel. After relaxing and wandering around we will head to dine out at lake side restaurants (cost not included) and then drive to Beni which is about 20 minutes flight and about 4-5 hrs drive.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Beni
  • Altitude: 671m

Today is day four as we head to the BabiChaur from Beni at the 853m and then take about 5-6 hrs of walk. We begin our hike from the Myagdi Khola bank after crossing the Kali Gandaki River. We then pass the SingaChaur market place where we stay there for lunch. We stay at the local accommodation at the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: BabiChaur
  • Altitude: 853m

The valley becomes steeper and narrower as the vegetation alternates to pine forests and rhododendron. Out from the village we come across a large suspension bridge and from here the route progresses steeply as the river tumbles through the maze of large boulders. Nestled amongst fields of wheat, barley and potatoes, the valley widens out the reveal of the village of Tal. We are now welcomed to the beautiful district Manang where we will have our lunch at fine hotels. Following the river valley in the afternoon we gradually ascend to Dharapani (1890m) and end our trek to get some rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1400m

Ascending up to the crest of the Dharapani we then arrive at the broad Hill side of the fertile lands and then with the beautiful sight of the Myagdi Khola we pass the Dhara Khola and then ultimately arrive at the Muri which shows great sight for the Dhaulagiri and the Gurja Himal. We can see this place inhabited by the Magars.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Muri
  • Altitude: 1850m

A beautiful day gets started out from the Muri as we descend to the Dudh Khola passing steadily the Gorban Hillside. We then descend to the Myagdi and reach at the Bagar where we will stay for an overnight. It takes about 5-6 hrs of waking.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bagar
  • Altitude: 2080m

We hike up to the Dobang as we pass through some of the splendid forests and then take our steps further to the rough path as we see come to reach at the theatrical settlement of the Dobang village after 5-6 hrs of wak and then we can see some of the colorful forests at spring where every variety of the flower makes the path wonderful. We stay for an overnight there.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dobang
  • Altitude: 2500m

At day 9, today is significant for the acclimatization as the altitude is about 3660m and then we are set to explore and learn about our surrounding. We spend our overnight here and then have our meals.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dobang
  • Altitude: 2500m

Out from the Italian Base Camp, we head towards the Dhaulagiri Base Camp as the walk can take up to 6-7 hrs of trek we come passing the Dhaulagiri West Icefall moraines to arrive at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp which is at the altitude of about 4748m where we arrive for the time of lunch we then come to this amazing place where we set our camp as this enclosed by the Himalayan peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4750m

Today we head to the French Col Camp after passing the glacier of the two terraced hills then we run along the glacier and the pass the flank mountain then ascend gently up to the slope to the French Pass which is at the altitude of about 5360m after 5-6 hrs of trekking.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: French Col Camp
  • Altitude: 5360m

Today we stay at the French Col camp for the proper acclimatization as we will be able to see the great vistas of the Tashi Kang (6386m), Mukut Himal (6328m) and the SitaChuchura which is at the altitude of about 6611 meters. We then explore the surrounding and get to know more about the place, its beauty and get properly acclimatized.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: French Col Camp
  • Altitude: 5050m

We trek downhill to the Dhampus Pass hidden valley and then walk to the Yak Kharka where we will enjoy the camp site where we then will stay for an overnight at the tended camp with meals included

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Yak Kharka,
  • Altitude: 5230m

From the Yak Kharka we head to the Tukuche which is at the altitude of about 2550 and takes about 5 hrs of walk. After passing through the straight path and then descending towards the hill we reach at the Tukuche Village where we stay for an overnight. Tukuche lies on the Kaligandaki River banks and is the Thakkali village where the garden of apples can be found. We stay for an overnight at the trek.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tukuche
  • Altitude: 2550m

Away from the Tukuche we head to the Ghasa with an altitude of about 2120m which takes about 4-5 hrs of walk. With the gorgeous sights of the Mountain scenery and then following the stream up to the river of Kaligandaki which lies near the Dhaulagiri and the Tukuche Peak we continue our trek to the Kalopani village for lunch which has amazing tea houses after 2 hrs more we reach there and stay for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghasa
  • Altitude: 2120m

From the Ghasa we head toward the Tatopani which is at an altitude of about 1200m, and takes about 4-5 hrs walk. At the Ghasa, the place is filled with the Thakali people. We then take the amazing path to the surrounding of the terraced paddy fields and on to the village of the Tatopani which passes through the Rupse waterfall and then we descend to the Dana village and then stay at Lunch, later we then discover the surroundings and then stay there for an overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tatopani
  • Altitude: 1200m

Today we continue our drive to the Beni Bazaar and explore the city for a while and then relax at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Beni
From Beni, we travel to Pokhara after an early breakfast and get moved to the hotel. After relaxing and wandering around we will head to dine out at lake side restaurants (cost not included).
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
On day 15, we get up early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of your aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. We will meet at the airport and shall be transferred to hotel. Please remark, our flight will be subject to good weather for the sake of our overall safety. 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m
Today is the final day so you can relax until your departure or you can also initiate any supplementary trips or activities that you may have booked. In case of departure, you will be transferred to the international airport for fight back home.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

What's Included

  • 3 night's accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Everything on meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal l flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and Trek Leader.
  • National Park entrance fees, trekking permits accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances included in trekking arrangements.
  • Basic first aid, Trek bag kit carried by your leader.
  • None of the single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.
  • Arrival Airport Pick and departure Drop.
  • Food (Kathmandu) - lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport Taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees.
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs.
  • Own Expenditure(Personal) , .all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing .water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.
  • Drinks or meals except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, Personal clothing and equipment, Travel insurance, Optional trips. Tipping in general for trek crew (driver, Trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected).
  • Charges sustained as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. Anything not specified in the Cost Includes section.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Experience Required:

A good level of fitness and experience of mountain walking is required for the Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking. These tend to be longer treks with some more difficult days, some of which may involve walking at increased altitudes and more difficult terrain. Occasionally, there may be a longer day when negotiating the more challenging sections such as a mountain pass or viewing peak.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Prior to set off to Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu office on the 2nd day of your itinerary which starts in the evening during the dinner and introduce your trek Leader. It is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking as well as introduce you to one another.

Equipment Check List:

The specified basic equipment’s check lists should help you with your packing. Remember to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should not weigh more than 20 kg.

Head:-

For the head protection: Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection.

Lower Body: -

Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light weight hiking thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants – Waterproof trekking trousers -

Feet: - lightweight thin inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes – Gaiters (optional)

Upper Body:-

As for the upper body’s shirts – Hiking and light weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket - Base layer shirts - Warm jacket (down)*

Hands: - gloves that are Lightweight - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.

Accessories:-

Sleeping bag (comfort rated –10ºC)*- Sleeping bag liner - Head torch with spare bulbs and batteries - Small pad or combination.

Trekking Bags: - Large bag for keeping items dry inside trek bag, Daypack 250 to 30litres. - Thermarest sleeping pad - Water bottles - Water purification tablets.

Basic First Aid Kit: - Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Toiletries:- 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste - Multipurpose soap - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine products - Small mirror - Wet wipes - toilet roll/Tissue Extras - Antibacterial hand wash

Luxuries - Binoculars - Reading book - Trip Map/Guide book - Trekking poles – Camera - Repair kit: needle, thread, duct tape.

A typical day:

At 6.30 am your Sherpa knocks on your door with a cup of good morning tea. Time for the Breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today's trekking hiking for the next three to four hours then at pleasant spot we shall stop for an hour along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Later, a walk another three hours or so before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. An asset can be pack of games to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it's time to bed for a well-deserved night.

Accommodation:

While at the Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking, lodging options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! Nepal Nomad utilizes simplistic family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. Lodges are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Accommodations in the Dhaulagiri Circuit trekkingtend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Regardless of the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Mountain people.

Insurance:

Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining Dhaulagiri Circuit trekkingincludes that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.

Altitude Sickness:

Itinerary of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trekkingis designed to ensure that there is plenty of times for adequate occurs as a result of acclimatization and cases of mountain sickness are rare. The common Symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Medical Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.

Meals:

On Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking, three meals on full board basis will be provided (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian cousins). Every day dinner and breakfast will be placed and taken in the same lodge you spend over night but Lunch will be taken on your way to next village. Farewell dinner, breakfast and reception will be provided in Kathmandu.