Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Overview of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Nestled in the western vicinity of Nepalese Himalayan Belt is the seventh highest mountain in the world , Mt.Dhaulagiri, standing at a staggering 8167 metres above the sea level. Owing to is vibrant and lively structure, this peak has been astonishing mountain for climbers for decades. First climbed by the Swiss mountaineers back in 1960s, this has been a favourite climbing mountain since. The word “ Dhaulagiri” refers to beautiful dazzling mountain and this mountain shines like a bright diamond on a clear day and it lives up to its name as it is visible from as far as 150km away from Gorakhpur in India. http://Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
A difficult trail pierces through the base of the mountain traversing as high as 5360m at the French Pass and Dhampus Pass (5240m) . Dhaulagiri Circuit is none like any other treks you will find in Nepal for it passes through some of the toughest terrains with rock, snow and rugged glacial moraine to circumnavigate the seventh highest mountain on earth. With its enigmatic beauty and remote terrain this trek suffices for the adventure need of the trekkers holistically.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a popular form of trekking activity for it begins from the popular point , Beni, which acts as midpoint for the famous Upper Mustang Trek. From Beni the trail heads westward through small quaint Gurung settlements along the river basin of Myagdi Khola. Populated densely by Gurungs and Magars, the trail is filled with unique culture, tradition and walk of life of the inhabitants of the region.
The houses along the way are made up of rocks that are flat cut paved in the porch and yard of Gurung and Magar houses. The long facade of the house usually faces South, towards the sun. Gurung houses are rectangular in plan and typically 1.5 storeys high.
For the first few days we traverse through broadly encompassed sub tropical dense forest, river streams, terraced farm and sparsely populated villages. As we pass Sallaghari (2820m) and head for Italian Base Camp, the terrain changes its outlook completely. Arid and Alpine like landscape appears before us there onwards. In the days to follow, you will ascend towards another high altitude traverse to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp via numerous glacial moraines and rock boulders.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp is a small flatland that sits on the foot of the gigantic Dhaulagiri mountain. It is the initial stop for climbers summiting Mt. Dhaulagiri. We acclimatize at Dhaulagiri Base Camp for the biggest ascent of the trek to the highest passes of the trek begins from here.
From Dhaulagiri Base Camp the trail ascends towards French Pass crossing glacial moraines and rugged rock boulder paths finally descending towards the famous Hidden Valley. The French Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the Dhaulagiri region, and crossing it requires excellent physical fitness and trekking experience. From the pass, trekkers can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges.
From the Hidden valley the trail ascends steeply through narrow rocky ridges headed to Dhampus Pass from where the trail descends towards Yak Kharka. The trail now descends through desert like arid topography until finally reaching Marpha, your end point of the trek. Marpha is a charming village located at an altitude of 2,670 meters. It is known for its apple orchards, traditional architecture, and friendly locals. The village is also famous for its production of apple brandy and other local products. From Marpha you will be driven to Pokhara.
The accommodation during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is in a teahouse and camping tent. A teahouse is wooden built structure in the mountains for accommodation facilities. Similar to the mountain lodges in the European Alps, teahouses provide with private room and meals for travellers in trekking regions. These teahouses provide a limited food and beverage options.
The trail stopovers until Italian Base Camp has teahouses available, however, the trail from there on is remote and requires camp to be set.
Our team will assist you with all the camping requisites.In Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, your food and beverage options are limited to mostly Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Dal Bhaat Set( Rice, Lentil Soup, Curry and other sides) is usually preferred by most trekkers as it great value for money. You have other western dishes options too.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek requires a you to have TIMS ( Trekkers Informations Management System) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits. You will need these two documents for your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek:
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP): 3000 Nepalese Rupees (About $30)
- Trekkers Informations Management System (TIMS): 2000 Nepalese Rupees ( About $20)
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Itinerary of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Babiachaur Via Beni (950m/ 3116 ft) 7 Hrs
Day 2: Trek to Dharapani (1400m/ 4593 ft) 6 Hrs
Day 3: Trek to Muri (1800m/ 5905 ft) 5 Hrs
Day 4: Trek to Boghara (2080m/ 6825 ft) 6 Hrs
Day 5: Trek to Dobang ( 3110m/ 10203 ft) 5 Hrs
Day 6: Trek to italian base camp 3660m/12050ft 6 hrs
Day 7: Acclimatization in Italian Base Camp ( 3660m/ 12050 ft)
Day 8: Italian base camp to Glacier camp 4210m/13890ft 5 hrs
Day 9: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri base camp 4740m/13800ft 6 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp ( 4740m/ 15551 ft) 7 Hrs
Day 11: Dhaulagiri base camp to hidden valley 5140m/16850ft, Via French pass5360m/12070ft 7 hrs
Day 12: Trek Hidden Valley to Yak kharka 3680m/12070ft Via Dhampus Pass 5200m/17050ft 8 hrs(5200m/ 17060ft) via French Pass (5360m/ 17585 ft) 7 Hrs
Day 13: Trek Yak Kharka Jomsom 2800m/9238ft 6 hrs ( 3680m/ 12073ft) via Dhampus Pass (5240m/ 17191 ft) 7 Hrs
Day 14: drive to Tatopani by bus1190m/3920ft 4 hrs
Day 15: Drive to Pokhara 850m/2800ft 5 hrs
- Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle;
- Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast;
- Accommodation during the trek (or camping in case of need)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek;
- Authorized English speaking guide along with porters (2:1) for the trek;
- All applicable government tax;
- All expenses for our team members: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation;
- All necessary paperwork and special trekking permit for Dhaulagiri Circuit, Trekkers’ Information Management System fees (TIMS);
- Medical kit (carried by your trekking leader).
- International flights, Nepalese visa fee;
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary;
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu;
- Travel and rescue insurance;
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.);
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).
- Sleeping bag
- Feather jacket
- Waterproof trekking shoes
- Trekking Pole
- Couple of trekking shocks
- Personal care box
- Camera/Mobile/Binocular (Depend on you)
- Trekking Pants
- Water Purification pills
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