Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is off beaten and wilderness trek in Nepal. Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters) literally means ‘white mountain’ is the 7th highest peak in the world rising 7000m above its local terrain over the Kali Gandaki George in the most remote part of western Nepal. This feature has made Dhaulagiri one of the most unique mountains in the world. Dhaulagiri circuit trek takes you through some of the most challenging high passes like Dhampus Pass (5,182 meters) and French Pass (5,360 meters) encircling the magnificent towering peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters) massif. This region receives a very little rainfall and this determines its versatile vegetation and the rugged topography.
Besides that, this trekking trail takes you all the way through the isolated western region through outstanding scenery of emerald hills, terraces filled with barley, the pristine forest of oak-juniper and rhododendron blossoming from pink to red, beautiful villages inhibited with delightful people and their unique culture, moraine, Glaciers, high glaciated peaks and many more. This trek also takes you to the deepest George of the world namely Kali Gandaki George. It is formed in between the two towering mountain peaks Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I.
Western Nepal is culturally and scenically exotic regions with its people highly influenced by Tibetan lifestyle. Peoples have built their houses in Tibetian Style which is beautiful. Moreover, people have adopted a different kind of religion that seems to be a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism practice. Best trekking season for this Dhaulagiri circuit trek is from late spring and throughout the summer until late October.
Three nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu and Two Night in Pokhara including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and One nights after trek in Kathmandu and Two night after trek in Pokhara.
Airport arrival and departure by private vehicle.
Sightseeing trip with city tour guide in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing entrance fee and Tour guide fee.
All local transportation.
Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu round flight ticket.
Full board meal(breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) in during the trek
Comfortable tent accommodation during the trek
Trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), Sherpa helper, and all payments
Dhaulagiri entry fee and necessary permits
Exclusive medical kit bag
All government taxes and service charge.
Medical Supplies (Frist aid kit).
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by a member of Top of the World Treks and after a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Beni (671m/2,200ft), 20 minutes flight and 4-5 hrs drive or Direct drive to Beni from Kathmandu 10 hours
Today, we'll transfer to airport for morning flight to Pokhara takes 20 minutes fly and upon arrival guide will receive you and take a bus drive to Beni takes 4-5 hrs drive and overnight at camp.
Beni to Babi Chaur (853m/2,798ft), 5-6 hr walk
Today, we will start our adventure towards Babi Chaur. After walking for about 5 - 6 hours through steep upward trail and bank of the Myagdi River, we'll reach at Babi Chaur a small village where one can find the mixed inhabitants. We'll spend the night at Babi Chaur at our own camp.
Babi Chaur to Dharapani (1,400m/4,592ft), 5-6 hr walk
Today we walk for about 2 - 3 hours through steep upward trail to reach Darbang where we take the lunch and later after crossing the Myagdi River we walk again for 3 - 4 hours more to reach Dharapani, where we spend the night. One can witness the Dhaulagiri 1, 2, and 3 from here. Enjoy your evening on tented camp.
Dharapani to Muri (1,850m/6,068ft), 5-6 hr walk
After the breakfast we walk for about 5 - 6 hours, through steep upward and downward trails and crossing various small villages, reach to Muri, where we spend the night. Muri is a nice village from where one can see the beautiful view of mountains and overnight at camp.
Muri to Bagar (2,080m/6,822ft), 5-6 hr walk
We start continues our walk through flat land and steep up and down hill and the forested path for about 5 - 6 hours and lastly we reach to a village called Bagar where we will stay tonight at our camp and this village is the last village on this trail before cross.
Bagar to Dobang (2500m/8,200ft), 5-6 hrs walk
This morning we'll start our trek further to Dobang descend through the scenic landscapes and forested path but can not get any peaks view this day but during the walk on the trail we can have the view of beautiful landscape and after walking for about 5 - 6 hours through the forest to Jyardan and after here climb high winding path & rocky area, we descends and climb to Lapche Kharka then further climb we'll reach at Dobang, where we stay overnight at camp.
Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,005ft), 6-7 hr walk
Today we'll walk through the dense forest and the river banks for about 6-7 hours and we reach to Italian Base Camp where we spend the night. Once, when during an adverse weather, a group of Italian people, who were heading towards the base camp has to camp at this place and they were the first trekkers who pitched the camp at that place and since then, it is being known as Italian base camp and overnight at tent.
Acclimatization day (3,660m/12,005ft)
Today, we'll have full day at rest and relax at the camp. You may have chances to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the view and overnight at tented camp.
Italian base camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4,750m/15,580ft), 6-7 hr walk
We trek through the snowy and long trail to get to Dhaulagiri base camp. This is most difficulty path but breath taking view and climbing up to the camp. It takes 6-7 hrs journeys and can be feel short breath to reach at base camp. We can sighted 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 Camp (3660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). We will enjoy the night at tented camp.
Dhaulagiri base camp to French Col (5,360m/17,581ft), 5-6 hr walk
Today we'll walk on the snowy trail takes 5-6 hrs to get to French Col from here we can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri including the massif ranges of Annapurna as well. You can enjoy the scenic view of Dhaulagiri and down to camp site 5,050 meters for the overnight.
Acclimatization at camp (5,050m/16564ft)
You will have full day to relax and rest at French Col and enjoy the scenic view of high mountains and overnight at camp.
Camp to Dhampus Pass (5,230m/17,155ft) to Yak Kharka (3,680m12, 070ft), 6-7 hr walk
We'll start our hard day to cross the pass through the snowy trails walk on your own pace and slowly get to the top. After the summit trek down to the Yak Kharka and it takes on total 6-7 hrs walking time and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and landscape.
Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2550m/8,364ft), 5 hrs walk
Today we walk for about 2 hours through the plane trail and after crossing plain trail we walk for about 3-4 hours more through steep downwards to reach at Tukuche village where we spend the night. This place is settled on bank of Kaligandaki River and village of Thakali inhabitant. Also faTmous for home made apple brandy and garden of apple where we'll stay overnight at our campsite.
Tukuche to Ghasa (2,120m/6,955ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Today we start our trek with scenery of Mountain and follow the down stream to Kaligandaki River. This is close beneath the Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri's and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri's east face, continuing trek down to Kalolpani village for lunch, and this is another lovely village of more than 30 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful pine forest. After 2 hrs easy downhill brings you long settled Thakali village for overnight at camp.
Ghasa to Tatopani (1,200m/3937ft), 4-5 hrs walk
The route dramatically changes the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna's. From Ghasa the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupse waterfall. We come down through Dana village (the deepest gorge of the world) and after lunch onwards couple of hour to get to Tatopani for natural hot spring bath. Explore the local place and overnight at camp.
Relaxing day at hot spring.
Today, we a full day relaxing at hot bath and after long day at Himalaya enjoy your day with Nepalese lifestyle and explore surrounding village, read your book or play pool. It's depends on your interest you have full free to do your own and overnight stay at camp.
Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Spending wonderful day at hot spring we trek down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We diverts from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani for the overnight at tented camp. This is a great place for mountain scenery and Kaligandaki valley.
Ghorepani to Tikedunga 6-7 hours trekking
Another early start as we rise at 4am to walk for about one hour to go to Poon hill for sunrise. We will again be rewarded with impressive views and is one of the highlights of this trek. After about an hour we will walk back to Ghorapani for breakfast. We will then have a steep desent to the village of Ulleri, and then we will continue our descent to the final destination of the trek in Tikedunga.
Tikedunga to Birethanti dreive to Pokhara 3-4 hours trekking
We leave Tikedunga for a easy walk to Nayapul (New Bridge) Here we will be met with civilisation as we leave the mountain region. We then drive for about an hour back to Pokhara where we will go straight to the hotel for a well deserved rest! The rest of the day is free for eating, shopping and exploring this wonderful city.
Sightseeing in Pokhara
We spend the day together in Pokhara and will take boats across the lake. Here we will walk up to the World Peace Stupa. Where we can see all the mountains and the city of Pokhara. It is a very interesting place and a chance to learn about Buddhism. After this we will walk back down the other side and then there is a chance to visit the Mountaineering Museum if the group would like to.Evening will be spent in Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will get up early and after breakfast head for the airport to fly back to Kathmandu Or by Tourist bus to Kathmandu, In Kathmandu you will be able to spend time relaxing and shopping.
Extra days are available at your own cost.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.