Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters,26,795 feets) Seventh heighest:This spectacular peak’s name means ,benignly enough,the “White Mountain”but the Dhawalagiri has come to be known as the mountain of stroms and sorrows. Althrough the first of the 8,000 meters peak’s to be attemped by the French in 1950, who abandoned their bid in favour of Annapurna I,ironically it was the very last 8,000 meter peak in Nepal to be climbed. Seven Expedition attemped Dhawalagiri,including one sponsored by president person of Argentina ,but it was not until 1960 that a massive swiss attempt was sucessful via the North east spure . supplied by a small glacier plane piloted by Ernst Saxer ,The Expedition finally ended the Goldan decade of Nepal;s giants by putting four European and the two sherpas on the summit on 13th May, 1960.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: In Kathmandu with optional tour and trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
Day 04: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Riverside1, 700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m via Jomsom – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lete 2,400 m – 06 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (hot-spring) 1,190 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill and continue trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul / Bhirethati 1, 000 m and drive to Pokhara – 04 hrs.
Day 19: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 20: In Kathmandu free day at leisure for individual activities.
Day 21: International departure for home ward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking with other useful details. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with optional tour and trek preparations.
A free day in Kathmandu where you can join in our interesting sightseeing tour led by expert guide around places of great interest, as Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur steeped with historical and religious monuments listed as World Heritage Sites. Afternoon preparation for the great adventure on Dhaulagiri Circuit starting next morning towards Nepal Far West Himalaya.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara (950 m), 30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive.
Starting this fabulous adventure Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking, taking a morning drive towards Nepal Mid-West with grand views of Ganesh-Langtang Himal, as the drive gets closer towards Pokhara catch the views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare known as Fish Tail due to its shape. After exciting scenic drive reaching at Pokhara a famous and popular touristic spot of Nepal Himalaya, blessed with natural wonders of snowcapped peaks, rolling green hills and valley with serene lakes, in Pokhara overnight by the Phewa Lake with ample time for short walks around the lake. (Options by Air taking half hour of scenic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu).
Day 04: Drive to Darbang via Beni (900 m), 4 hrs.
After a wonderful stop in scenic Pokhara, morning drive continues for next few hours to reach Beni town to begin this awesome adventure beyond Dhaulagiri base camp with Hidden Valley. Beni a large town and headquarter of Dhaulagiri and Myagdi district from here few hours’ drives brings at Darbang to starting point of our adventurous trek, overnight in best available local lodge and hotels.
Day 05: Trek to Riverside (1,560 m), 4 hrs.
Starting first day walk of this adventure with a climb towards a small ridge passing several farm area and villages and then the walk is gradual walking along the bank of river Myagdi, after a pleasant day walk reaching to camp by the bank of the river for overnight stop, afternoon at leisure for a cool splash in the river and short walk around this least visited area.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar (2,375 m), 6 hrs.
Morning walk follows river for a while reaching a small rural farm village of Jugepani, for lunchtime permitting after 3 hours of nice walks, after a break here a steep climb to a ridge for an hour reaching a ridge and then downhill through forest to Bagar, a small farm village overnight camp by the schoolyard, this will be the last village or human settlement for a week till it joins at popular Annapurna circuit route at Kaligandaki near Marpha.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan (2,600 m), 6 hrs.
Morning leaving farm fields of Bagar village, walk into cool forest for an hour and then a steep climb towards forested ridge of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees, looking down at Mygdi River, after ending the climb downhill into dense forest of pines and rhododendron to reach at Dovan for overnight camp by river, Dovan a small temporary place with small teahouse in the midst of a forest surrounding.
Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka (3,000 m), 5 hrs.
From Dovan morning walk leads to cross an unstable wooden bridge over a river confluence of Myagdi River, after crossing back into woodlands for a whole day, walking on winding forest path till Chartare also known as Bhainse Kharka, as this area a grazing place for animals.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (3,750 m), 5 hrs.
After a pleasant stop in the middle of the forest, morning walk leads closer towards Mt. Dhaulagiri South Face flank, with views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi and of Dhaulagiri south flank, after 3 hours walk reaching a glaciated area named as Italian camp, from here leaving the forested and tree lines behind for few days, and then t adventure begins walking on glacier and moraine, rocky ridge to reach a small grassy spot known as Pakhaban and as well called as Japanese camp, as Japanese expeditions to Dhaulagiri camped on this spot. This camping offers a grand view of Dhaulagiri South West face with a rear huge wall face of Tsaurabong Peak.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750 m), 6 hrs.
From this camp heading between huge bulk of mountains and deep gorge down below where glacier feds source of Myagdi River, walk continues following moraine and iceberg in few places, climb towards base camp requires a teamwork to find the right good path on this glaciated sections, after a strenuous walk off the glacier area to reach a rocky place and then at Dhaulagiri base camp for overnight, one of the highlight of this adventure. Camping is pitched on a rocky area in the shade of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) and its glacier including Tukuche peak with west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 m).
Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley (4,900 m), via French Pass (5,360 m).
Morning walk heading highest point of the trek at French pass of above (5,360 m) high, walk follows on dry glacier with moraines close to Tukuche peak and then heading higher to the top ridge of French Pass which is festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, after enjoying the surrounding views a short downhill walk of few hours reaches to a wide grassy area at hidden valley for overnight camping. This camp offers awesome views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m), Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I.
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,915 m) via Thapa Pass (5,250 m), 5 hrs.
After a nice rest at Hidden Valley morning a leisure and gradual walk for few hours and then reaching the last pass of this marvelous adventure at Thapa also known as Dhampus pass at (5,250 m), on reaching the top views of Annapurna Himal with Nilgiris peak towards northeast horizon, after enjoying the scenery heading down towards Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back to vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.
Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2, 670), 4 hrs.
From this peaceful spot with grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks heading into woodland with a big drop of (1,200 m), downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, where our pleasant walk leads Mustang area within Kaligandaki River valley. After a long descend reaching at Marpha, one of the most charming villages with white painted houses and neatly paved streets, well-kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.
Day 14: Trek to Lete (2,480 m), 6 hrs.
From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m), 6 hrs.
Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to a dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. The first two hours of trek leads through Ghasa village with a view of snowcapped peaks into the forest. After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village. This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m), 6 hrs.
After a refreshing time at Tatopani, morning walks leads on winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with steep climb than with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Sikha a large Poon / Magar village full of cultivated neat terraces growing wheat, barley, and millets, here with time to enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri mountain range. After Sikha village walk continues past cool forested areas within farm fields to Chitre village and then an hour climb reaches at Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani famous and popular for a hike to Poon Hill a viewpoint offering super wide angle views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.
Day 17: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,500 m), 5 hrs.
Morning an hour hike up to Poon-Hill at (3,210 m) for fabulous sunrise views over an array of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. From here walk through lovely rhododendron forest, and then with long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul / Bhirethati (1,000 m) & drive to Pokhara, 4 hrs.
After a pleasant stop with overnight at Tirkhedhunga with the sound of marvelous cascading waterfalls, our last day of this great adventure leads you to much warmer areas of rice fields and terraces overlooking magnificent views of massive Himalayan range of mountains, an hour walk downhill to Bhirethati village and at Nayapul on the road head of Baglung-Pokhara, after getting into a vehicles few hour drive brings you beautiful and scenic Pokhara after a great and wonderful time up in the high mountains.
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Early morning transfer to a bus or other smaller vehicle for the scenic and exciting drive to Kathmandu as the morning ride leads towards farm villages and towns and driving along the Marysangdi and Trisuli River toward Mugling Bazaar, and then after an interesting 5-6 hours journey reaching hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life. (By Air options of 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).
Day 20: In Kathmandu free day at leisure for individual activities.
A necessary spare day after a fantastic adventure on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking on this free day where you can relax and catch up with your dairy or join and book for another interesting tour around places of interest includes most of the World Heritage Sites.
Day 21: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking.
What's included !
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 night 3 or 4 stars hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Camping gears
- All ground transportation
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
What's not included !
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- Airport departure tax (NRs. 170 per person)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Meal in Kathmandu or Pokhara (Main city)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.