Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking around world seventh highest massive Dhaulagiri and its range of peaks full of excitement From low warm areas to cooler alpine green hills and towards great fields of ice and glaciers Scenic walks with daily views of incredible range of peaks and exploring remote farm villages Into green hills lined with enchanting forest of tall rhododendron, magnolia, and pines trees Explore Magar villages of Himalayan high hills and Thakali charming villages of Mustang areas Cross high French Pass from Dhaulagiri base camp to Hidden valley enclosed by mountains Following Mygdi River up to its glacial source at Dhaulagiri base camp with its massive ice falls”.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking probably one of the most rewarding treks for real adventurous people and for some trekkers interested to be in the complete wilderness of mountains and fields of massive ice and glaciers. Dhaulagiri Circuit Adventure leads you to one of the best walking areas around Nepal Far North West where you will be away from human settlement and villages for a week in the total ambiance of pristine nature and high peaks of the Dhaulagiri range. An adventure where you can experience great feat overcoming high altitude where walks leads to cross over French pass 5,350 m and 5,244 m at Thapa / Dhampus pass to reach from Myagdi area to Mustang district at Marpha and Jomsom.
This fabulous journey leads at far corners of western Himalaya at Dhaulagiri base camp, overlooking world 7th highest peak at 8,167 m high with its range of peaks that makes Dhaulagiri massive mountains, fascinating treks with grand views and away from the main flow of trekkers in this perfect walks on Dhaulagiri Circuit Adventure.
Where treks start with the exciting drive from scenic Pokhara valley to reach Far Western town and villages of Beni around Mygdi district, the home of Magar hill tribe of Western Nepal Himalaya, as walk follows the raging Mygdi River upstream right up to its glacial source at Dhaulagiri base camp. Walking into the high hill and past farm villages then into the complete wilderness of lovely forested areas slowly our route leads to higher areas within glaciers and ice hidden between mountains of Dhaulagiri range.
As journey proceed after overnight at Dhaulagiri base camp crossing high pass to enter scenic hidden valley and over Dhampus to reach back into woodland towards charming village of Marpha within Mustang areas, where a flight from Jomsom brings you back at the beautiful city in Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake after completing a fantastic Dhaulagiri Circuit Adventure.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Kathmandu with an interesting sightseeing tour and preparations for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860 m – 06 hrs journey (via flights 30 mins on air).
Day 04: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Khamla (riverside) 925 m – 05 hrs walks.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Charter / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 09 Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750m -05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,748 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 5,140m via French Pass 5,360m- 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Dhampus / Thapa pass – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 – 04 hours.
Day 14: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m and Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to the hotel.
Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 16: International departure for homeward bound or to respective countries.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 then transfer to respective Hotels On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located. After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant. the evening includes group welcome dinner in nice Nepalese restaurants with cultural programs as entertainment with the dinner.
Day 02: Kathmandu with the sightseeing tour, trek briefing, and preparations.
Morning after hearty breakfast, as per the given time our city and tour guide will lead you in the heart of Kathmandu city, for exciting historical and heritage tour of old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square, of historical importance includes Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess) Kastamandap Temple where Kathmandu name derived from, a temple built with the wood of a single tree, tour of old palace during the reign of Malla and late Shah kings. Tour leads to the famous landmarks of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa with all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, afternoon back to the hotel, after an interesting tour rest of the day free at leisure and preparation for Dhaulagiri Circuit Adventure.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860 m - 06 hrs journeys (via flights 30 mins on air).
Dhaulagiri Circuit Adventure begins with the overland drive to Nepal Mid West aking a comfortable coach or in Tourist Bus to reach scenic Pokhara, a beautiful and leading touristic place in all Himalaya range, with warm sub-tropical temperatures and close views of Annapurna Himalaya with Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’.On reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa Lake with views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare peak, afternoon at leisure for short walks around the lakeside.
Day 04: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Morning depart from the hotel taking a short drive where the journey takes you beyond Pokhara, valley facing views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya. As the drive continues following Modi River which later joins into Kaligandaki with Myagdi River to reach Beni, headquarter town of Mygdi area from here drive leads further past farm villages and terraced fields to reach Darbang village located by the raging Mygdi River. Here for an overnight stop in the local lodge with time to explore this farm village of great interest.
Day 05: Trek to Khamla near a riverside 925 m - 05 hrs walk.
Our walk begins crossing over Magdi river over the suspension bridge, as our trail winds up for an hour, after leaving the river, with the climb for short while to reach at farm villages and then back into the river to remote and isolated Kamla village with the first night in tented camp by the riverside.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.
The morning starts following a river for an hour to Jugepani, a small farm village with few houses with the possible stop for lunch, from here heading for a steep climb to reach a ridge top within thickly forested areas. From the hilltop descend into the forest to reach our overnight camp at Bagar, a farm village and the last human settlement before Dhaulagiri base camp and beyond till our adventure ends at Kaligandaki areas in Marpha village.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.
Morning walking past farm areas of Bagar village as climb leads into forested areas of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees after a steep climb heading to a narrow trail as walk leads to a descend to reach overnight stop at Dovan, a small open place within the forest with small teahouse and shops.
Day 08: Trek to Charter / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
From Donovan, morning walk leads to cross a small bridge over the confluence of Mygdi River and then into the forest with short ups and downs to reach at Charter for the overnight stop, also known as Chinese Kharka for within forest surrounding.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
After being in the complete wilderness within dense forest and thick vegetation, as walk leads past lush green trees to reach an area with glacier and moraine called Italian Camp, just below Dhaulagiri Southern flank. Enjoy the views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi, and Dhaulagiri south flank, as the walk continues over the glacier and then climb over the rocky ridge to reach Pakhaban which is also known by the name as Japanese camp. Our overnight camp offers views of Dhaulagiri southwest Face with Manapathi, Puttha Hiunchuli including a huge ice wall of Tsaurabong Peak.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,748 m - 06 hrs.
Enjoying views from this isolated campsite, morning walk leads to our main destination at Dhaulagiri base camp and the highest campsite of the trip, as walk follows over the moraine and huge iceberg, one has to be cautious walking around this glaciers section. Following our guide on glacial areas and then over the glacial section to reach our overnight campsite at the Dhaulagiri base camp located beneath Mt. Dhaulagiri and its massive icefalls. From the camp stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 m, its huge icefalls, the glacier with Tukuche peak includes West peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.) and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 5,140m via French Pass 5,360m - 05 hrs.
After a scenic and wonderful stop at Dhaulagiri base camp, morning walk leads over moraine and ice with a glacier at a close distance from Tukuche Peak, where walk leads higher to reach the highest pass of the adventure at French Pass at 5,360 m high. From the pass descend towards a wide valley full of grassy meadow at the hidden valley for overnight camp, reaching our camp with grand views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang 5,386 m, Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Thapa / Dhampus pass 5,244 m - 05 hrs.
Slowly our adventure comes to an end on leaving Hidden Valley as morning leads on ling winding path to reach at Thapa also called as Dhampus pass of above 5,244 meters high. After crossing the last pass of this great adventure offering rare and exclusive views of Annapurna Himalaya range with Nilgiris peaks, after the pass on the downhill to Yak Kharka to our last overnight camps within green vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes with views of snow-capped peaks.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 05 hrs.
Last day walk of the adventure as our route follows with the on the downhill to Kali-Gandaki River at Marpha village a charming village in whole Himalaya. The morning starts entering into the forest of conferring with rhododendron-oaks-pines and fir tree lines as walk descends all the way to Marpha village, located by the Kali-Gandaki River on the popular Annapurna circuit trail.
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel by the Phewa Lake.
Early morning a short drive to Jomsom airport, which is a headquarter town of Mustang district from Jomsom as per the flight time for Pokhara transfer to its airport to board in a small aircraft and then fly for 22 minutes to land at scenic Pokhara, during flight views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. Dhaulagiri Circuit adventure completes with a short drive from the airport to your hotel in Pokhara by the Phewa Lakeside.
Day 15: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
After a wonderful time in the high mountains and hills, taking a morning driving journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after 5-6 hours of nice interesting drive, transfer to respective hotels with the afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts.(Options by air 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu with great views)
Day 16: International Departure for Homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable time on Dhaulagiri Circuit Adventure with the wonderful experience, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries.
Physically condition & experience requirements
For physically fit person of all ages with sound health who have done moderate to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of treks involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between. The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experience people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek .we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.
Accommodations on the trek
In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also note that single rooms are available the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Meals during the trek
In the city, only breakfast is included on the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).
TRAVEL & MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE
Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problem arise and situation beyond companies control. If such situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.
Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well of you next to kin, family members, close relatives or friends in case of emergency purpose.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Recommended equipment list
This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
- The warm hat that covers your ears
- Sun hat
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Fleece wind –stopper jacket
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
- Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Hiking trousers
- Fleece or woolen trousers
- Lightweight thermal bottoms
- Lightweight cotton pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
- Thin lightweight inner socks
- Heavy poly or wool socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)
- Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Toothbrush /paste
- Multi-purpose soap
- Nail clippers
- Medium-sized quick-drying towel
- Face and body moisturizer
- Small mirror
- Female hygiene products
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue/toilet roll
- Antibacterial hand wash
- Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
- A cough and /or cold medicine
- Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
- Stomach antibiotic
- Reading book
- Trail map /guidebook
- Journal and pen
- Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
- Modest swimsuit