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The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a strenuous yet a highly adventurous opportunity that takes us through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene valleys around the circuit of the Dhaulagiri. Dhaulagiri region is the perfect spot that exudes serenity and remoteness in Nepal and the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a one in a million experience which offers views of dramatically contrasted lands and the white glow of more than fifteen 7000 m peaks. The trail passes through connected mountain villages through cultivated lands. This trek gives a chance to explore the lifestyle of ethnic populations like Magar, Chettri, and Gurung people.
Dhaulagiri Circuit trek takes thrill seekers around the less trodden and the less populated paths around the Dhaulagiri (8167m) mastiff, which is the seventh highest peak in the world. The major attractions of the trek are the steep French Pass (5360m), ThapaPass (5250m) as well as the beautiful villages of Marpha and Alubari. Come to experience true, wild and spectacular Nepal with the hidden and less trodden Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.
Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the wild nature of the Everest region in Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.
You have the option to stroll around in the warm and welcoming streets of the throbbing capital. Another option is the relish the unique and the world famous Nepali cuisine. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and become strong for the adventure to follow.
While the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on 2015, has done some damage to the architecturally beautiful city of Kathmandu, it still of home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which stand proud and tall in the heart of the city.
We will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square in the morning today. An epitome of cultural and religious diversity Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with ancient Nepali architecture. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, worth exploring today is the Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the center of the Patan City. Considered a specimen of ancient Newari architecture the Patan Durbar Square comprises of three courtyards called the MulChowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. A huge number of temples of several shapes and sizes adorn vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The major attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, and Krishna Mandir. The entire region is made more attractive with the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books).
Another thing to do is to brief for the trek to follow. It will be made sure that all the members of the trek are properly equipped with the necessary materials.
Drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara on a scenic drive. Follow the roaring Trishuli River and terraced farmlands to reach the relaxed town of Pokhara, situated beneath the Annapurna Range. Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. It is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range. Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for years, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. Explore the backdrop of the perfect snowy peaks casting a whitish shadow on the surface of the beautiful lake of Phewa. Approximately 6 hours’ drive.
The trek starts today. We drive from Pokhara to Beni in a 3-hour drive, followed by a trek to Babaichor. The trail passes through the north bank of MyagdiKhola and transverses through BeniMangalghat, Singa, Tatopani (hot springs) and finally to Babiabhor. Approximately 3 hours of drive & approximately 3 hours of trek.
Through the widened valley, the trail passes through villages of Shahashradhara and Ratorunga. The valley widens at this point and reaches terraced hills. The trail now becomes fairly level as you pass through the DukKhola. We pass again through grassy fields to reach Ratorunga. The valley narrows again and disappears on either side of the river. Finally, the day ends at Dharapani. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
Cross the river to the West Bank and leave behind Phedi. The trail now becomes earnest and you need to climb at a fast pace with extremely difficult steps. After many switchbacks, we arrive at the ridge of the village of Sibang, Mattim, GattiKhola, PhalaiGaon and finally to the Magar village of Muri. Approximately 5 hours of trek.
Descend, cross a stream and trek through beautiful terraced fields to reach a pass. The ridge offers mind-boggling views of the south face of Mt. Ghustung. Later, we descend down to MyagdiKhola and reach the village of Naura from the West Bank. Later, we transverse through a grassy hill through several more switch-backs to reach Boghara. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
This day starts with a descent through terraced fields finally reaching a small ridge. We move on to cross a forest to reach Jyardan. Jyardan is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. Through this village, we cross winding paths to reach the village of Lipshe. Lipshe is home to a single hut. We continue further through a forest to the LapcheKharkha. With the expectation of up-close views of the mountain cheering us on, we climb to a leveled area at Dobang. Approximately 5 hours of trek.
Cross a wooden bridge and descend to a forested area. The west face of Dhaulagiri becomes visible through the breaks in the trees. Descend downwards to the MyagdiKhola and cross a wooden village. We continue onwards to Chartare. The forests greet was again as we continue towards to pass through a rocky area. Finally, after crossing a stream, we reach ChoribanKhola. Approximately 5 hours of trek.
Follow a trail to the moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier. Enter the glacial moraine from the right as you are cheered on by the views of the Tukuche Peak. We walk on for a short time more and reach the Italian Base Camp. This is the site of camping for the night and is home to the magnificent panorama of peaks like the Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri II and Dhaulagiri V. Approximately 7 hours of trek.
As we have reached an altitude exceeding 3000 m, we will use this day to acclimatize with the increase in altitude. Acclimatize with the thinning air as views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri V, and Dhaulagiri III appear before us and cast a whitish, beautiful, glow all around. We need to be fully tuned for the increasing altitudes, as we move on to explore more mind-boggling views of the Dhaulagiri range.
Walk through treacherous paths, prone to stone fall. We will need to be on the lookout for the strenuous path today. Through a narrow gorge, the trail takes us near a glacier before ending in the Glacier Camp. We need to move out in the better part of the morning, to reach the Glacier Camp by the evening when the weather is clear. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
An adventure filled day as we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp today. We set off early today, as this day is an interesting one. Cross rocky paths in order to reach the Base Camp. Look up to the impressive mastiff od the Dhaulagiri I which dominates the skyline. Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri II, and Dhaulagiri V also appear in the scene and an impressive icefall descending down from the northeast col makes up for a heavenly and picturesque experience. Approximately 7 hours of trek.
We start off the day by crossing a glacier. Cut through the mountain flank and cross the moraine as you climb terraced hills and walk across the moraine to reach the French Pass. The French Pass opens up a magnificent vista which offers views of the MukutHimal, Tashi Kang, SitaChuchura and the Tukuche Peak. Continue further to cross the Thapa Pass and descend down to the Hidden Valley with mind-boggling sights of the mountain peaks on the way. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
We descend down from the Hidden Valley in order to reach the Champions pass. As you drop down to the Dhampus Pass, which offers scenery of the white tops of mountains shining and smiling at us in their full glory. Descend downwards to Yak Kharka which has a perfect camping site which offers views of the surrounding panorama. Approximately 6 hours of trek.
Continue downwards to the village of Marpha, known for its abundance of apples. We pass through the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River in order to reach this beautiful village. Taste the local Apple Brandy as you continue north the river valley to the dry, arid and mystical Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful town situated in between the two giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and has its mystical beauty of its own.
Jomsom spreads over both banks of the Kali Gandaki River and is a perfect spot to witness the views of the towering backdrop of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. You can find merchants and local inhabitants going about their daily work there. The awesome splendor of the mountain peaks glistening all around, combined with the mystique of the people living in Jomsom, makes this town a perfect mixture of beauty and splendor. Jomsom is the gateway to Mustang and is also home to a small airport.Approximately 5 hours of trek.
It is finally time to bid farewell to the beautiful Annapurna region as we fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Bid goodbye to the exceptionally beautiful Annapurna region and reach Pokhara. From Pokhara, we head back to Kathmandu on a 6 hours’ drive. Approximately 20 minutes of flight. Approximately 6-7 hour drive.
This day is separated for optional sightseeing in Kathmandu. There are many places in the capital of Nepal, like the Boudhanath, Syambunath as well as Pashupati, which are worth visiting. Boudhanath is the largest stupa in the world while Syambunath is commonly called as the Monkey Temple for the huge number of monkeys found there. Pashupatinath is the holy temple of Hindu people and a sacred spot which cannot the accessed by foreigners. The rest of the evening can be spent by doing some souvenir shopping for loved ones back home. Thamel is the perfect location to shop for supplies and souvenirs. You will spend the night in the hotel.
After the experience of a lifetime, you will finally bid farewell to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Keeping the memories of this adventure in mind and with a promise to come back for more, you can finally depart from the country. You will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the Annapurna region and is considered a tough one. It is required that you have a good hiking experience before embarking on the journey. The trek passes through different types of terrains, and the roads change quite often. Muddy road, rock steps, and steep ascents and descents are extremely common. It is crucial that you know how to place your footing in the most precipitous of areas, prone to loose rocks and transverse with creeks. As altitude gains, the trek becomes harder. It is recommended hence that you give resting as much importance as walking. There are risks associated with Altitude Sickness one your cross the 3000m mark. However, with proper acclimatization, you can complete the trip with almost no altitude sickness at all.
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It goes without saying that your safety is our topmost priority. The difference in climate, altitudes and geography can cause a certain level of distress for some, which is why our tour guides and leaders are trained and well-equipped for first aid services throughout the trip. Our super tour guides and leaders will ensure your safety at all times.
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