Dhaulagiri High Himalaya trekking is one of the best routes for adventurers who seek challenge and solitude. Especially the unspoiled nature and stunning views of snow-capped mountains will leave you speechless! Want to get closer to the world’s rising giants? Mount Dhaulagiri is with 8137m the seventh highest mountain on earth. However, due to the several high passes we cross, it is only a route for altitude experienced trekkers in good physical condition.
Especially exciting about this trek is also the fact that it’s relatively new trekking territory. Therefore, we will camp as no lodge accommodation can be found along the trek. In addition, you won’t encounter large groups of other tourists, which gives you a better opportunity to deeply connect to the nature and take in the mountain’s spirits!
01: Arrival to Kathmandu
02: Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850m by by bus 10hr)
04: Trek from Beni to Babiya Chaur (950m)
05: Trek from Babiya Chaur to Dharapani(1400m)
06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri(1850m)
07: Trek from Muri to Boghara(2085m)
08: Trek from Boghara to Doban(2520m)
09: Trek from Doban to Italian Base Camp(3660m)
10: Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp
11: Trek from Italian Base camp to Glacier Camp(4210m)
12: Trekking to Dhaulagiri Base Camp(4740m)
13: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden valley(5000m)
14: Rest day at Hidden Valley
15: Trek From Hidden valley to Yak Kharka crossing the Dhampus Pass (5200m)
16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Tukuche(2680m)
17: Trek from Tuckuche to Kalopani(2565m)
18: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani(1180m)
19: Rest day at Tatopani (Natural hot spring)
20: Trek to Ghorepani(2850m)
21: Trek to Ghandruk
22: Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
23: Sightseeing in Pokhara and flight to Kathmandu(25 minutes flight)
24: Departure Day
Arrival to Kathmandu
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Pashupatinath: It is a holy site for Hindus all over the world. The pagoda-styled temple of Lord Shiva is visited by thousands every year.
Boudhanath Stupa: One of the important pilgrim sites for Buddhists and Hindus, it is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world.
Swayambhunath Temple: Another famous holy site, it is also called the Monkey temple. Kathmandu Durbar Square is also famous for its cultural and architectural temples and palaces.
Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (850m)
Trek from Beni to Babiya Chaur (950m)
Trek from Babiya Chaur to Dharapani (1400m)
Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1850m)
Trek from Muri to Boghara (2085m)
Trek from Boghara to Doban (2520m)
Trek from Doban to Italian Base Camp (3660m)
From here we proceed towards Chhonbarban glacier which we enter from the right. As we soak in the splendor of Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri I from the trail, we reach Italian Base camp after some time. The base camp (at an elevation of 3660 m.) has splendid views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri V. We spend the night here in a camp.
Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp
Trek from Italian Base camp to Glacier Camp (4210m)
Trekking to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden valley (5000m), passing French pass (5360m)
Rest day at Hidden Valley.
Trek From Hidden valley to Yak Kharka crossing the Dhampus Pass (5200m)
Trek from Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2680m)
Trek From Tuckuche to Kalopani (2565m)
Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1180m)
Rest day at Tatopani (Natural hot spring)
Trek to Ghorepani(2850m)
Trek to Ghandruk
From Tadapani, the trail descends through forests to Bhaisi Kharka. Then, we cross a stream and reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk. Here, we get to enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna South.
Trek down to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
From Nayapul, we drive to Pokhara for an overnight stay. In the evening, you can enjoy live music in the many restaurants around lakeside area
Sightseeing in Pokhara and flight to Kathmandu(25 minutes flight)
Trekking and Camping Equipment Check List:
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that he or she should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
All your trekking are supported by Nature Trail, however in the trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks/donkeys, personal belongings that you may need during the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. On your arrival, Nature Trail will brief you about final pack items in two different bags.
‘Nature Trail’ will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by our porter/s. If you wish, you may take duffel bags back home to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu or at the Nature Trail office store room, and collect them after the trek.
• 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/Nature Trail can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
• Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (Nature Trail will provide one complimentary Nature Trail duffel bag for you to keep)
• If necessary Nature Trail will provide a ‘Down Jacket’ however, is to be returned after the trek
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes:
• Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
• Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
• Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
• Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
• Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
• Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
• A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
• A pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
• 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
• 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
• Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
Core Body Related Equipments
• T-shirts (2).
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
• Fleece jacket or pullover.
• Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
• 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs Related Equipments:
• 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
• Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
• 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
• 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
• 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
• 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
• 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
• All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
• 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
• 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
• 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
• 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
• 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
• 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
• 1 pair sandals (Optional).
The Following equipments are essential for crossing Itilian, Franch and Dhampus pass. Please contact us if you want to rent the equipment from Nature Trail office
• 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum).
• 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
• 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
• 2 Non-locking carabiners
• 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
• Neck gaiter
• Ski goggles (optional)
Medicines and First Aid Kits:
(Please note Nature Trail guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
• Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
• Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
• Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
• Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with Nature Trail Expert -Bishnu Subedi, before starting to take this medicine.
• 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important :
• Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
• Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at Nature Trail office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
• Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
• Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
• Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
• Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
• Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
• Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
• 1 small stainless steel thermos or hard plastic re-usable water bottle
Optional Check List:
• 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
• Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
• Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
• Binoculars (Optional).
• 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 DSLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
• Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
• A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Fact of the Trek
Trip Region: Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 24 days in Toal (20 Days Trekking and 4 Days in the Cities Kathmandu and Pokahra)
Highest Elevation: French Pass 5360m and Dhampus Pass 5244m
Mode of Trip: Camping
Grade: Very Strenuous
Average Walking: 6-7 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, cooked by Nature Trail private cook
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal water proof tented camp during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight, and Nature Trail Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Thakali and Magar, Gurung, Brahmin
Major Himalayan Sights: Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m and its range, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 6819m, Dhampus Peak 6012m.
Highlights of the Trip: Traverses the head of hidden valley, crossing French Pass and Dhampus Pass, extreme and tiny trekking trail through dense forests into the high country to base camp, snow and glacier walking for a week, experiencing with Thakali culture in Kaligandaki valley. scenic flight out of Jomsom if it ended in Jomsom.
Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a one of the adventurous and challenging trekking route in Nepal which required trekking experiences and physical strength. If you have hike before Nepal like other trekking areas such as Everest Base Camp, Kanchenjunga Trekking, Annapurna Circuits of Manaslu Circuits including Larke La Pass etc. that will be helpful. You need to cross few different passes in this Dhaulagiri trekking and this passes consider to be of high passes, needed to walk through snow walls in a high altitude.
Sometimes walking in a high altitude may occur unexpected sickness, altitude problems or other injuries, so we suggest slow and steady walk. As a more than 2 decades of experienced trekking and expedition operator agency in Nepal – Nature Trail Trekking and Expedition, highly recommend daily around an hour physical exercise, couple of months or at least couple of weeks prior to this adventure in Nepal.
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