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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Max. Elevation
6012 m / 19724 ft
Group size
Min 1+
Level
Difficult
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea house / Lodge during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Highlights

  • Majestic views of Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world.
  • Crossing the challenging French Pass and Dhampus Pass, offering panoramic vistas.
  • Remote and pristine trekking route, with fewer crowds compared to other treks.
  • Encounters with diverse ethnic communities and their unique cultures.
  • Exploration of hidden valleys, glacial lakes, and breathtaking landscapes.

Overview

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that takes trekkers through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Dhaulagiri massif in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This iconic trek offers unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks, serene valleys, and authentic Nepalese culture.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers adventurers an unparalleled experience amidst the majestic Himalayan range. Spanning over 20 days, this trek takes you through diverse landscapes, remote villages, and challenging terrain, providing a glimpse into the raw beauty of Nepal.

Itinerary Overview
The typical itinerary for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek spans around 14 to 16 days, starting and ending in Kathmandu. Trekkers will journey through diverse terrain, including dense forests, high mountain passes, and remote villages. Highlights of the trek include crossing the French Pass, exploring the hidden valley of Dhampus, and summiting Dhampus Peak for breathtaking panoramic views.

Is This Trek for You?
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is ideal for experienced trekkers seeking a challenging and remote adventure in the Himalayas. This trek involves long days of hiking over rough terrain, high mountain passes, and varying weather conditions. Trekkers should be physically fit, mentally prepared for high-altitude trekking, and comfortable with basic camping and wilderness survival skills.

Difficulty
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is rated as a strenuous trek, suitable for experienced trekkers with good physical fitness. Trekkers will encounter steep ascents, rocky terrain, and high altitudes, reaching over 5,000 meters at certain points.

Prerequisites
Prior trekking experience at high altitudes is highly recommended for this trek. Trekkers should be in excellent health and physical condition, with a willingness to face the challenges of remote wilderness trekking.

Meals
During the trek, trekkers will enjoy hearty and nutritious meals provided by teahouses along the route. Meals typically consist of a variety of Nepalese and international dishes, including dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and tea.

Accommodation
Accommodation options along the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek include teahouses, lodges, and camping grounds. Trekkers can expect basic yet comfortable accommodations with shared facilities, showcasing the warm hospitality of the local communities.

Best Season
The best time to undertake the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and optimal trekking conditions.

Guides
While not mandatory, hiring a local guide or porter is highly recommended for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Experienced guides provide valuable insights into the terrain, culture, and safety precautions, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

Group Size
The ideal group size for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek ranges from small to medium-sized groups. Smaller groups allow for personalized attention and flexibility in pacing, ensuring a more enjoyable trekking experience.

Travel Insurance
Obtaining comprehensive travel insurance is essential for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Insurance should cover emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellations, and unforeseen circumstances arising during the trek.

Drinking Water
Trekkers should carry their reusable water bottles and purification methods such as water purification tablets or filters. Clean drinking water is available at teahouses along the route, but it's essential to treat water from natural sources.

Safety Measures
Trekkers should adhere to safety guidelines provided by their trekking agency or guide. This includes acclimatizing properly to high altitudes, staying hydrated, wearing appropriate clothing, and being prepared for changing weather conditions.

Typical Day on Trek
A typical day on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins with an early morning wake-up call followed by a hearty breakfast. Trekkers then embark on the day's hike, with breaks for snacks and lunch at local teahouses. Evenings are spent resting, enjoying warm meals, and socializing with fellow trekkers.

Will I Have to Carry My Own Stuff?
While trekkers are encouraged to carry a daypack with essentials such as water, snacks, and personal belongings, porters are available to transport heavier gear and equipment.

Equipment List
Essential trekking gear for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek includes sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first-aid kit, and a headlamp.

Additional Information
For further details and to ensure a successful trekking experience, trekkers are advised to acclimatize properly, respect local customs and traditions, minimize waste, and leave no trace in the pristine Himalayan wilderness. Taking time to immerse oneself in the local culture and interact with the friendly inhabitants adds a rich dimension to the journey.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is more than just a journey through the mountains – it's an adventure of a lifetime. From the rugged terrain of the Himalayas to the warmth of Nepalese hospitality, every step of the way offers new discoveries and unforgettable moments. So lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on a journey that will stay with you long after you've returned home.

Trip Itinerary

Your journey begins with an arrival in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal. Explore the bustling streets, immerse yourself in the rich culture, and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Catch a scenic flight to Pokhara, a picturesque city nestled beside the serene Phewa Lake. Take in the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountains, setting the stage for your trekking expedition.

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Darbang, the starting point of your trek. From Darbang, trek to Dharapani, passing through picturesque villages and lush forests.

Continue your journey towards Muri, a quaint village offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Marvel at the beauty of the landscape as you traverse through rhododendron forests and cross crystal-clear streams.

Venture deeper into the wilderness as you trek to Boghara, a remote settlement nestled amidst towering cliffs. Experience the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature.

Ascend further into the heart of the Himalayas as you make your way to Dobang. Pass through rugged terrain and pristine forests, encountering diverse flora and fauna along the way.

Continue your ascent to Sallagari, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri massif. Take your time to acclimatize to the higher altitude and soak in the beauty of your surroundings.

Reach the Italian Base Camp, a staging point for climbers attempting to summit Dhaulagiri. Marvel at the towering peaks that surround you, feeling the anticipation build as you approach higher altitudes.

Take a well-deserved rest day at the Italian Base Camp, allowing your body to acclimatize to the altitude. Explore the surrounding area, interact with fellow trekkers, and prepare for the challenges ahead.

Resume your trek towards Glacier Camp, navigating rugged terrain and crossing glacial streams. Feel the exhilaration of trekking amidst towering ice walls and pristine snowfields, surrounded by the untamed beauty of the Himalayas.

Arrive at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the ultimate destination of your trek. Situated beneath the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri I, this remote outpost offers unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

Another rest day allows for further acclimatization and exploration of the surrounding area. Use this time to relax and prepare for the challenging days ahead.

Embark on a challenging journey across the French Pass, a high mountain pass renowned for its stunning views and technical terrain. Descend into the Hidden Valley, a remote and surreal landscape surrounded by towering peaks.

Take a well-deserved rest day or opt for an optional ascent of Dhampus Peak, a challenging climb offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Choose your adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Cross the Dhampus Pass, a high mountain pass that offers panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Descend to Yak Kharka, a tranquil pastureland nestled amidst the mountains, where you can unwind and recharge for the final leg of your journey.

Descend further into the lower valleys as you make your way to Marpha, a charming village known for its apple orchards and traditional stone houses. Explore the winding streets, sample local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Bid farewell to the mountains as you drive back to Pokhara, retracing your steps through the picturesque countryside. Relax and unwind in this lakeside paradise, reminiscing about the adventures of the past few weeks.

Fly back to Kathmandu and spend the day exploring the city's cultural landmarks and vibrant streets. Visit ancient temples, bustling markets, and historic sites as you soak in the rich tapestry of Nepalese culture.

Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Kathmandu at your leisure. Shop for souvenirs, sample local cuisine, or simply wander the streets and soak in the atmosphere of this fascinating city.

As your adventure comes to an end, bid farewell to Nepal and embark on your journey back home. Carry with you memories of breathtaking landscapes, challenging trails, and unforgettable experiences, knowing that the spirit of the Himalayas will always beckon you back.

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops ina private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Private vehicle / Tourists Bus
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German speaking trained and experienced local tour guide which one is your necessary and assistant trek leader (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Metro Everest’s trekking bag/duffel bag for the trekking and t-shirt is yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Certificate of Achievement by Metro Everest
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek after dinner 
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $30 or equivalent foreign currency, multiple entry visas for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Highway
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, cold drinks, hot drinks and shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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Frequently Asked Questions

While the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is challenging, it is possible for experienced beginners to undertake with proper preparation and guidance from experienced guides.

The best time to trek the Dhaulagiri Circuit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is mild and the skies are clear.

Yes, trekkers are required to obtain permits from the Nepal Tourism Board and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) before undertaking the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Accommodation along the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek varies from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges in larger villages. Trekkers should be prepared for basic facilities and shared accommodation in remote areas.

Altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high elevations reached during the trek. Trekkers should acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

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