Dhaulagiri circuit 15 days
Duration: 15 days
Trip level: strenuous to adventurous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5360 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain of the world. The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a tough and demanding trek for trekkers who can handle a challenge.
You start with a drive from Pokhara to your starting point. Then following the Myagdi Khola river to its source at the Glacier Japanese Camp below Dhaulagiri. An acclimatization day is spent at Italian Base Camp (3640meters) and later at Dhaulagiri base camp (4660 meters). From Dhaulagiri Base Camp at the foot of the north face, you trek up the side of the glacier and over the French Col to enter “Hidden Valley”. This is an extremely remote hanging valley, the crossing of this valley gives this trek more of an exciting expedition feel. You then make a steep descent down to Jomsom, where you will meet trekkers who have descended from the Thorong La on the Annapurna Circuit. From Jomsom you fly back to Pokhara and travel onwards to Kathmandu.
From Kathmandu it is a long drive to the second starting point Beni. During this long day you will pass the city of Pokhara and have a lunchbreak halfway at Muglin. The first days you will walk on partially secluded paths in continuous Nepali flat through fascinating terraced landscapes. From time to time, the snow-white peaks of the Dhaulagiri group sparkle behind the lush green valley. Slowly you climb higher into these mountains. You can see Dhaulagiri south and the Annapurna mountains with the recognizable Machapuchare. Later you will see the entire Dhaulagiri mountain range. The altitude adjustment is somewhat easier due to the long approach. Even though you should keep in mind that you are traveling from Pokhara (800 meters) through regions over 5000 meters altitude. With the French Col (5360 meters) you reach the highest pass of the trekking. Walking at these higher altitudes the route leads you over pathless terrain. After crossing the second pass Dhampus La, you will have a long descending to Jomsom.
The French Col – Dhampus La – Jomsom tour section is quite challenging due to the high altitude in which you are staying for several days and due to the length of the stages. If the French Col is crossed, there is no way to reverse and the high Dhampus La pass (5250 meters) must also be crossed. After Dhampus La pass the trail is followed by a few hours of a demanding hike and a long, tiring descend to Jomsom.
During the trek, you will be looked after by a highly experienced staff. They will take care of all luggage, they will put up the tents up and take them down, and also cook for you. You only have to carry the essentials in your day backpack. The remaining baggage is carried by porters. During the high trek the meals may become somewhat one-sided. Since it is rare to buy fresh produce along this trail.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Dharapani (1560 m – 10 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Muri (1850 m – 6,30 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Bagar ( 2080 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Sallagari (3100 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Italian base camp (3640 m – 4 hrs.).)
Day 06 Resting day at Italian base camp for acclimatization.
Day 07 Trek to Glacier Japanese Camp (4250 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Dhaulagiri base camp (4660 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 09 Resting day at Dhaulagiri base camp.
Day 10 Cross the over French Col pass (5360 m) to Hidden Valley (5120 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 11 Resting day, or optional climb to Damphus Peak (6035 m – 9 hrs.)
Day 12 Cross over Damphus La pass (5250 m) to Yak Kharka (4000 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Jomsom (2750 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Drive or flight to Pokhara (7 hrs.)
Day 15 Drive to Kathmandu ( 6 hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
Drive to Dharapani by jeep, flight Jomsom to Pokhara, drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight is optional)
Certificate of CO2- emission free for all Nepal transports
One night in guesthouse in Pokhara after trek
Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
Porter service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
Cooking staff service
Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee
ACAP fee and TIMS card and local taxes
Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
International flight to Kathmandu
Nepal entrance visa
Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
All meals in Pokhara
Remaining beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
Personal travel insurance
Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff