Dhaulagiri circuit Trek
Dhaulagiri circuit Trek Overview
Dhaulagiri circuit trek is one of the longest and most adventurous treks. This trek takes us through all the high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys, forests, cultivated terraced hills, and high windswept passes. This trek includes crossing two high passes the French pass (5360m) and the Dhampus pass (5200m), and the Dhaulagiri base camp at the height of 4740m. Mount Dhaulagiri is the world’s 7th highest mountain peak standing at an elevation of 8167m.
The first group to ascend Mount Dhaulagiri was the Swiss expedition group in 1960 May 13. Dhaulagiri circuit trek is not only famous for its mountain views but also for its diverse culture, rich vegetation like pine, oak, ferns, etc. The stunning views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, III, and Dhaulagiri V are the major highlights of this trek. Moreover, it is a long and more of a camping trek. Strong physical and mental fitness is a very important part of this trek.
Depending on the days of your journey, food and accommodations and mode of transportation the cost usually ranges from 400-500 $. It might take 18-19 days to finish the trek with proper rest.
The gateway for this trek is Beni. There are several buses available from Kathmandu to Beni which takes around 9 hours and cost you 1200-1400 NRS. From Beni, you need to walk Babiachaur, Dharapani, and further.
Highlights of Dhaulagiri circuit Trek
- Pass through high places like French Pass and Dhampus Pass
- Camp in the base of the 7th highest mountain peak in the world which is Mt. Dhaulagiri
- Panoramic view of Dhaulagiri massif
- Explore the hidden valleys of Manang.
- Day 1: Kathmandu to Beni, 9 hours drive
- Day 2: Beni to Babiachaur, 5 hours walk
- Day 3: Babiachaur to Dharapani, 6 hours walk
- Day 4: Dharapani to Muri, 5 hours walk
- Day 5: Muri to Boghara, 6 hours walk
- Day 6: Boghara to Dobang, 5 hours walk
- Day 7: Dobang to Choriban Khola, 5 hours walk
- Day 8: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp, 7 hours walk
- Day 9: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp, 6 hours walk
- Day 10: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, 7 hours walk
- Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass, 7 hours walk
- Day 12: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass, 7 hours walk
- Day 13: Yak Kharka to Marpha, 5 hours walk
- Day 14: Marpha to Pokhara, 7 hours drive
- Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu (4 Drive)
Safety and difficulties
Dhaulagiri circuit trek can be quite challenging and difficult. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to the Dhaulagiri circuit is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. There are two high passes in this trek French pass (5360m), Dhampus pass (5200m) including the base of Mount Dhaulagiri (4740m) itself. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
*Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
*Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Trekking Equipment List
|Woolen t shirts/shirts/thick sweaters.||Backpack/Duffle bag|
|Jackets (Fiber or down)||Passport size photographs|
|Raincoat||Permit and travel insurance|
|Pair of sandals||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Trekking trousers||Wash kit|
|Sleeping trousers||First aid kit|
|Hiking shorts||Power bank|
|Water proof pants||Summer/winter hat|
|Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Hiking boots||Trekking poles|
|Gloves and beanies||Camera|
|Snow glasses and sunglasses||trekking map|
|Neck gaiter||Water purification|
|Sun hat/woolen hat||Water bottles|
Travel insurance: trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits,
the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports: if you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.
Payment and Cancellation
Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.
Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Price W/O Addons: US$ 3920 per person
- A detailed certificate from Marvel Treks and Expedition (after accomplishment)
- Trendy Sunhat and t-shirt as souvenirs on behalf of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- A complimentary raincoat to shed you during the rainy season.
- A Complimentary Duffel Bag throughout the trek from our company. (returnable)
- A warm complimentary Down Jacket during the entire trek on behalf of Marvel Treks. (returnable)
- A complimentary sleeping bag for your icy trek. (returnable)
- The essential climbing gears like mountain axe, trekking sticks etc, for your need throughout the trek. (returnable)
- Delightful complimentary Authentic Nepali cuisine as dinner to embark on your arrival and departure
- Critical complimentary First Aid Service (in times of need)
- An informative trekking map for you to cherish on behalf of our company
- All the crucial services about airport transfer to and from the hotel via a private tourist vehicle ($40)
- The Garbage Disposal System will be accommodated by our company.($500)
- Climbing Permit for Peak Climbing ($250)
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems )($10)
- National park entry fees / ACAP permits / Conservation entry fees. ( $30)
- All essential local tax and Gov tax ($130 )
- All the required office service charges. ($200)
- Essential Medical supplies and first aid equipment will be provided.
- Miscellaneous ($10)
- Porter Guide ($375)
- Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for all the Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Extra nights in any city that’s not accommodated in the itinerary of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- Summit bonus (250 USD)
- All the International flight checks and airfares.
- Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
- Additional porter fees along with tips of guides and porters.
- Tips for Climbing Sherpa (200 USD)
- Electronic gadgets like chargers, headphones.
- Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs.
- Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
- Tips for our staff’s drivers.
Dhaulagiri circuit Trek