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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking
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Overview

The remote Dhaulagiri region is a superior trekking area where you can experience high alpine scenery, passes above 5000 meters, untouched trails and valleys, impecable mountain vistas and above all, a sense of adventure. This trek is very challenging, tackling some difficult terrain and trails along glaciers and accross high snow covered passes, only energetic individuals with good fitness levels should participate on this route.

The area is known as the region of White Mountains, it includes more than 15 peaks that are above 7000 meters, and is separated from the Annapurna mountain range by the Kali Gandaki gorge - the deepest gorge in the world.

It begins in Beni, before leading you through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene, uninhabited valleys to experience the most breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri; the seventh highest mountain in the world standing at a height of 8167 meters.

A full camping trip, not a teahouse in sight, exploring remote mountain areas and leaving the main tourist trails behind. Our support team will ensure camp is set up each night under the stars and that you enjoy delicious meals cooked in camp to fuel your energy to explore this virgin land.

A truly memorable trip to the base of a Himalayan giant, what are you waiting for? Go and dig out your walking boots!

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal!

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2
Day 2: Meeting with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trek and Kathmandu sightseeing

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3
Day 3: Drive to Beni

Duration: 8 hours.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 4
Day 4: Babiyachaur

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation reached: 950m.

Terrain: Gradual inclines, flat trails, riverbank and farmland paths and a few suspension bridges over the river.

Views on offer: The Kaligandaki and Myagdi Rivers and Valleys.

Highlights: Entering the Myagdi River Valley.

What’s to see?: The local villages of Shisman and Talkot.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 5
Day 5: Dharapani

Hours walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1400m.

Terrain: Winding trails, some gentle inclines, narrow tracks and riverbank tracks.

Views on offer: The beautiful river valley, terraced hills and farmland.

Highlights: Walking alongside the fast flowing rivers.

What’s to see?: The villages of Shahashradhara, Phedi and Ratorunga.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 6
Day 6: Muri

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1850m.

Terrain: Steep inclines, rocky paths and winding trails.

Views on offer: Dhaulagiri and Gurja Himal.

Highlights: The views!

What’s to see?: The local villages of Sibang and Mattim.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 7
Day 7: Boghara

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 2080m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and riverbank paths.

Views on offer: Wonderful views of Mount Ghustung form the top of a ridge and miles of terraced fields.

Highlights: Walking through a pristine environment, meeting local people living a traditional lifestyle.

What’s to see?: Thick, lush forests and the traditional village of Naura.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 8
Day 8: Dobang

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2520m.

Terrain: Some gradual descents and ascents, jungle paths, riverbank trails, rocky paths and a long stone staircase.

Views on offer: Terraced hills and snow capped peaks.

Highlights: Passing through the isolated settlement of Jyardan.

What’s to see?: The traditional villages of Lipshe and Lapche Kharka.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 9
Day 9: Choriban Khola

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3110m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines, hilly terrain and “Nepali flat,” rocky trails and forest paths.

Views on offer: The West face of Dhaulagiri I through the trees.

Highlights: Crossing some wooden bridges over some beautiful Himalayan Rivers.

What’s to see?: The local village of Chartare, the traditional houses and the Myagdi River.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 11
Day 10: Italian Base Camp (2 nights here to acclimatize to the increasing altitude)

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 3660m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky paths, difficult, narrow and undefined tracks.

Views on offer: Tukuch Peak, Dhaulagiri I, II, III and V.

Highlights: The mountain views and the Chhonbarban glacier.
What’s to see?: Beautiful Himalayan mountains as far as the eye can see!

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 12
Day 11: Glacier Camp

Hours of Walking: 6.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Elevation reached: 4210m

Terrain: Steep inclines, uneven, rocky paths and a narrow gorge.

Views on offer: Snow capped peaks and Dhaulagiri I.

Highlights: Crossing a spectacular glacier.

What’s to see?: Alpine scenery at its best.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 14
Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp. (2 nights here for acclimatization and exploration)

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty : Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3860m.

Terrain: You will need to scramble up some steep, rocky inclines for the most part of the day.

Views on offer: The north side of Dhaulagiri I amongst other Himalayan Giants.

Highlights: Completing the climb to base camp for some awesome views.

What’s to see: Look out for some of the world’s highest mountains, ask your guide to point some out for you.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 15
Day 13: The Hidden Valley via the French Pass

Hours of walking: 7.
Difficulty: Difficult.
Elevation reached: 5360m on the Pass and 5200m in the Hidden Valley.
Terrain: Steep inclines, rocky paths, uneven tracks.

Views on offer: From the French Pass; Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386m) and Sita Chuchura (6611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I.

Highlights: Reaching the French Pass and then the Thapa Pass for some extraordinary views.

What’s to see: Beautiful mountains covered in snow all around.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 16
Day 14: Yak Kharka via the Dhampus Pass

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 5200m on the pass and 3680m at Yak Kharka.

Terrain: Valley trails, some steep, rocky inclines and quick descents.

Views on offer: The Dhaulagiri range.

Highlights: Reaching yet another high alpine pass for some spectacular vistas.

What’s to see: Pasture land, yaks and some vegetation will start to appear again as we lose altitude.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 17
Day 15: Jomsom via Marpha

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2667m at Marpha and 2710m at Jomsom.

Terrain: Steep descents and forest trails.

Views on offer: The Kaligandaki River Valley and distant peaks.

Highlights: Getting to taste the local apples and the products made with them!

What’s to see: Apple orchards in the important apple growing region of Marpha.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Day 18
Day 16: A flight to Pokhara and free time in the afternoon to explore

Duration: 35 minutes.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 19
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu by bus

Duration: 6 hours.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20
Day 18: Departure

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

The Cost Include(s)

  • International airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Camping equipments, kitchen equipments, mattress, toilet tent, shower, dinning tent, dining tables, chairs etc.
  • Licensed English speaking Guide (Sherpa), experienced cook and required number of Porters to carry your luggage and other camping equipments.
  • Expenditure for the field staffs that includes their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine etc.
  • All required trekking permits.
  • Mosaic adventure duffel, sleeping bag, down jacket to use during the trek (on request).
  • All other surface transportation throughout the trip as described in the itinerary.
  • Government imposed taxes.

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, etc.,
  • Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by trekking team members but not mandatory)
  • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.

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Trip Facts

  • 20 Days
  • Difficult
  • 12 People max

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